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Posted on Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 9:45pm

Final: Canada 6, Sweden 8.

Sweden : World and European Champions 2012 -13

Sweden were crowned world champions when they beat hosts Canada  by 8-6 in Sunday afternoon’s gold medal final of the 2013 Ford World Men’s Curling Championships in Victoria.

The Swedes opened with a score of two in the first end when their skip Niklas Edin delivered a nose-hit on a Canadian stone.  Canada responded  with a single point in the second end when skip Brad Jacobs hit with his last stone.

In the third end, Edin played a perfect little tap-up to score two points and take a 4-1 lead. Canada brought themselves right back into the game in the fourth when Jacobs tapped-out a Swedish stone to score two and close the Swedish lead to just 4-3. Perhaps the game’s key turning point came in the sixth end, when Jacobs failed in an attempt to remove two Swedish stones, and, with the stone of theirs that remained in the house, the Swedes stole one point for a 6-3 lead.

In the eighth end, Sweden closed in on the title when Edin drew his final stone into the house to score two points for an 8-4 lead. Canada scored two more points in the ninth to close the gap to 8-6 in Sweden’s favour, and Sweden eventually ran Canada out of stones in the tenth, to add the world title to the European crown they had already won this season, with a final score-line of 8-6.

Afterwards, Swedish skip Edin said, “we had a really good game here. I’m so proud of my team, we executed the plan perfectly, so I’m just super-happy”.

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Report: Mike Haggerty

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Bronze medal game: Scotland 7, Denmark 6

Scotland took bronze medals from this year’s Ford World Men’s Championship when they beat Denmark by 7-6 on Sunday morning.

The Scots opened with a two in the first end.  Denmark then blanked three ends and finally got onto the score board in the fifth end with two points when skip Rasmus Stjerne drew into the house to level the score.  In the sixth end, Scottish skip David Murdoch produced a nose-hit on a Danish stone at the back of the house to score two and take a two-point lead, at 4-2.  But in the seventh, the Danes once again levelled.  This time skip Stjerne hot out a Scottish stone to score two points for 4-4.

In the eighth end, Murdoch played a well-judged tap-out on a Danish stone while keeping his own in the house to score three points for a 7-4 lead.  Following this, Stjerne produced a spectacular multiple take-out to score two and keep the game alive, with the Scots ahead by 7-6.

The Scottish victory came when Murdoch cleared out two Danish stones with his own to empty the house and leave the score at 7-6.

Murdoch celebrates bronze...and thinks about what might have been

Considering their obvious disappointment at the earlier semi-final loss to Canada, this was an outstanding recovery by the five-man Scottish squad  – skip David Murdoch, Tom Brewster, Scott Andrews, Michael Goodfellow and Greg Drummond.

And even after winning his bronze win, skip Murdoch could not help reflecting on what might have been, saying, “it’s disappointing not getting to the final – we had that chance but we didn’t grasp it.  But we wanted to make sure we went home with a medal, so we were really fired to come out and win today.  It’s just rewards for such a good week”.

He continued, “this is the world championships before the Olympics and you tend to find that the best teams are here and they’re starting to get to the top of their game. The fact that we can top the round-robin and shoot some really good numbers shows that we’re doing a lot of things right.  We’re going to take a lot of encouragement that we’re doing the right things.  We know that when we bring our ‘A’ game we can beat anyone.  We just need to be a bit more consistent”.

Meanwhile, Stjerne said, ” I felt we struggled to put together decent ends where we had eight good shots. The Scots just kept putting the pressure on and there was nothing we could really do. We tried coming back; he left me no shot in the ninth and I made a deuce out of nothing. But coming home down one without hammer is kind of hard”.

“You can definitely tell these games are different from the ones in the round robin. You just have to take the learning from this. It’s really the same curling you just have to get the mindset right. We were off today, and it’s been a long week. But when we go back home, I think we’ll be pleased with what we’ve done here”.

Canada now face Sweden in the concluding act of the 2013 Championship.

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Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: WCF/ Michael Burns

Semi-final: Canada 6, Scotland 3.

Scotland’s world title hopes were dashed on Saturday evening at the Ford World Men’s Curling Championship when they lost the semi-final by 3-6 to Canada.

The Canadians now go on to face Sweden in the gold medal final, while the Scots will come back onto the ice on Sunday morning to play Denmark for bronze.

The Scots opened the semi-final with last stone and scored a single point in the first end.  Canada then blanked the next two ends.  In the fourth end, Canada’s skip Brad Jacobs hit and stayed with his second stone to score two points and take the lead – at 2-1 – for the first time in the game.

In the fifth end, Scotland’s David Murdoch drew inside two Canadian stones to score one point and tie the game at 2-2 and , in the sixth end, the Canadians took on a difficult come-around a front guard shot, and good sweeping kept their stone on line, allowing them to hit for three points and a 5-2 lead.

Scotland blanked the seventh and, in the eighth end, Scotland’s skip David Murdoch attempted a triple take-out to get back on level terms, but managed to take out one of his own stones at the back of the house instead, to give Canada a steal of one point, moving their lead to 6-2.  Murdoch drew into an empty house to score one point in the ninth end to reduce the Canadian lead to 6-3, after which the Scots conceded.

Scotland just could not get anything going against Canada

Afterwards, a  disappointed Scottish skip Murdoch said, “that was gut-wrenching.  I firmly believed this team would win this week  but those  guys played extremely well.  They had a great game.  They’ve got a bit of momentum and they’ve got the crowd behind them – they put on a good show.  We  had a couple of chances, but it’s just disappointing because we’ve had a great week.  All the guys are playing well and I’ve been throwing the rock as good as I have done for a long time”.

Meanwhile, an unbelieving Canadian skip Jacobs said, “we’re in the world final; I think we lost four of our last six games in the round robin, but we’ve managed to scrape our way into the final and I think it says a lot about our character, the way that this team has been able to park those losses and come out knowing what we’re capable of doing, and then going out and doing it. It’s just phenomenal.  I’m really proud of the guys for coming out and playing so great in front of me. Today was a perfect day”.

And looking forward to the final, he said, ” I’m really looking forward to playing Sweden in the final. They’re friends of ours off the ice and rivals on the ice. Hopefully it will be everything that everyone expects, a back-and-forth battle and a shootout. Hopefully both teams can provide that tomorrow”.

About the bronze medal game against Denmark, Murdoch said, “we’ll just have to come out tomorrow, I don’t want to leave here without a medal  this week.  I think we’ve been one of the best teams here and we’re going to come out hard tomorrow”.

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Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: WCF/ Michael Burns

Page 3 v 4 Play-off: Canada 8, Denmark 6.

Denmark faced Canada in Saturday morning’s Page 3 versus 4 Play-off game at the Ford World Men’s Curling Championship  in Victoria, Canada, with a place in the semi-final against Scotland up for grabs.

Denmark opened with last stone advantage and they took one point in the opening end.  Canada then opened their account with a score of two points in the second end. Danish skip Rasmus Stjerne responded straightaway , as he scored two points in the third end to take a 3-2 lead.

That is how the score stayed until the sixth end when Jacobs played a raise double take-out to score two more points and take a 4-3 lead.

In the eighth end, after Stjerne’s take-out shooter rolled too far, Jacobs drew into the house to score two points and take a 6-4 lead.  But again, Stjerne responded straightway in the ninth.  in this end Canada’s Jacobs could not remove both of the Danish stones he was trying to clear with a double take-out, leaving Stjerne with a straightforward draw onto the button to score two and level the score again, at 6-6.

In the tenth end Canadian third player Ryan Fry set up the Canadian win with a crowd-pleasing double take out, and when Stjerne’s final attempt rolled too far, Canada had the 8-6 win without Jacob having to play his last stone.

The Canadians now go on to face Scotland in the sole semi-final, with the winner of that going on to meet Sweden in the final, and the loser coming back on the ice to play Denmark for bronze.

With the Ford World Men’s Championship  now nearing its climax, the official declaration of the nations qualified directly for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, will be made by the World Curling Federation (WCF) following the final on Sunday. Seven nations plus hosts, Russia, will secure a spot following the conclusion of the 2013 World Championships.

Nations not qualifying directly for the 2014 Games will be eligible to take part in a new WCF Olympic Qualifying Event to be staged between 11-15 December 2013, in Fussen, Germany. Two nations will qualify from the event in both men’s and women’s disciplines to complete the Olympic fields of 10 teams. National Olympic Committees are required to endorse team entry for this event by the end of May 2013. On confirmation of the number of competing teams, the competition format will be made public by the WCF at the start of June 2013.

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Report: Mike Haggerty

Page 1 v 2: Scotland 5, Sweden 6.

Sweden beat Scotland by 6-5 in Friday’s Page 1-v 2 Play-off at the Ford World Men’s Curling Championship in Victoria, Canada, to go straight to Sunday afternoon’s final.

The Scots now must wait to see who wins the Page 3 v 4 game between Canada and Denmark to find out who their semi-final opponents will be.

This was a tight game all the way with Sweden making the early breakthrough when they scored two points in the second end for a 2-1 lead.  In the fifth, Swedish skip Niklas Edin drew with his last stone to score one and move onto a 3-2 lead.

Scotland then levelled the game in the sixth end when skip David Murdoch drew for one point, but, in a see-saw game, Edin then scored two points with a draw in the seventh to re-establish a lead, at 5-3.  Murdoch then played a delicate tap-up in the eighth for one point to reduce the Swedish lead to 5-4, then, in the ninth, Edin missed a take-out attempt, handing the Scots a steal of one point to level the game at 5-5.

In the tenth, Edin was facing three Scottish counters as he played his last stone, but he drew nicely for the one point that gave Sweden a 6-5 win and the direct berth in the final.  The Scots now go onto the sole semi-final game.

The Page Play-off was tight all the way

Afterwards, a pleased Edin said, “it feels amazing. We were feeling really good before the Worlds last year then I got injured and we felt we didn’t really get to perform as well as we have been for the last couple of years. So this year, going in, we put a lot of pressure on ourselves”.

About the game itself, he added, ” we played fantastic and my team made my job really easy.  We pretty much controlled the game. It was close on the scoreboard, but we really felt that we controlled this game, it feels amazing and to go straight to the final having secured a medal already, that’s just great”.

Meanwhile a disappointed Scottish skip Murdoch said, “that was obviously disappointing, not to get through to the final at the first opportunity.  I thought we were playing pretty well.  There were a couple of key shots we just didn’t quite make tonight and we didn’t put more pressure on to make big shots and score.  We’re just going to have to bin that and come out tomorrow and bring our ‘A’ game.  That wasn’t quite our ‘A’ game tonight and if you don’t do that, you’re not going to beat the top teams that are left here.  We never really got that real good set-up  where we were on the front foot and then they chased us.  We’ve got lots to play for, it’s all or nothing now, so we’re just going  to have to wait to see who we’ll play tomorrow”.

Canada and Denmark face each other next in the Page 3-4 game, with the winner going onto the semi-final against Scotland, and the loser playing the semi-final loser for bronze medals.

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Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: WCF/ Michael Burns

Session 17.

With Scotland sitting out, already assured of a place in the Page 1-2 Play-off, Canada faced Sweden in the last round-robin session of the Ford World Men’s Championship.

The Swedes had the early advantage, sitting 4-2 up after three ends, but Canada’s Brad Jacobs drew for three points in the fourth end to take the lead for the first time in the game at 5-4,  In the ninth, Swedish skip Niklas Edin hit out a Canadian stone, leaving two of his own already in the house, to score two points for a 9-7 lead.  After this, Sweden stole another two points in the tenth, for 11-7, when a desperate, ambitious Canadian attempt to win the game didn’t come off.

This result put Sweden into second place ahead of Canada and Denmark, and they now move on to play the Page 1-2 game against Scotland.

This result, and previous head-to-head results, means that Denmark, who also sat out the session, finished third overall  and will now face Canada in the Page 3-4 game.  Both of these teams had the same won seven, lost four record as Sweden, so all three were ranked on the round-robin results among these three teams.

Meanwhile Norway, who still had hopes of reaching a tie-breaker when they came off the ice, depending on other results, beat Russia by 11-3 in just six ends.

Switzerland beat the Czech Republic by 6-3 , while China beat Finland by 8-5, but all of these results were in vain in terms of reaching the Play-offs, as the clear top four teams emerged elsewhere.

RESULTS.

Session 17: China 8, Finland 5; Norway 11, Russia 3; Canada 7, Sweden 11; Switzerland 6, Czech Republic 3.

Standings after 17 sessions: Scotland won 8, lost 3; Sweden, Denmark, Canada 7-4; Norway, China, Switzerland, Czech Republic 6-5; USA 5-6; Russia, Japan 3-8; Finland 2-9.

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Session 16: Finland 10, Scotland 9.

As is often the way, with their qualification already assured, the Scottish team slumped to a 9-10 defeat at the hands of bottom-placed Finland in their final round-robin game of the Ford World Men’s Championship on Thursday afternoon.

This was a see-saw game in which Finland opened with a score of three points in the first end when skip Aku Kauste made a strong hit. Scotland skip David Murdoch responded with a well-judged draw for four points in the fourth end to take a 6-5 lead, but gave up a steal of three points in the sixth end. The Scots fought back, scoring in each of the next three ends but eventually Finnish skip Kauste got round a Scottish guard with his last in the tenth to hit for one point and his win.

Murdoch found it impossible to skate past Finland

Afterwards, Kauste said: “We’ve been having so many close games and tough losses. This one, we got lucky in the sixth end; David wanted to go for the big shot for two points and he got the worst possible result. We tried to just hang in there and play well, but it was pretty tough.”

The results from this second-last round -robin session mean that Canada, Denmark, Sweden as well as  Czech Republic, Norway, China and Switzerland all still in the hunt for Page Play-off places, with Scotland already assured of their place in the Page 1-2 game as they sit out the final round-robin session.

RESULTS.

Session 16: Switzerland 8, Japan 5; Denmark 5, Canada 3; USA 9, Norway 7; Finland 10 , Scotland 9.

Standings after Session 16: Scotland won 8, lost 3; Canada 7-3; Denmark 7-4; Sweden, Czech Republic 6-4; Norway, China, Switzerland 5-5; USA 5-6; Russia 3-7; Japan 3-8; Finland 2-8.

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Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: WCF/ Michael Burns

Session 15: Scotland 7, China 4.

The Scottish men clinched a place in the Page 1-2 Play-off game with this win in Thursday morning’s session of the final round-robin day at the Ford World Championship.

Scotland opened with a score of two in the first end and never looked back. They did suffer a minor slip when China stole a single in the fifth end, but bounced back straightaway with twos in the sixth and eighth ends.

in the sixth end, skip David Murdoch drew a second shot into the house to score two and  take a 5-3 lead.  In the eighth, Murdoch scored another two points, this time chipping out a Chinese stone, for a 7-4 lead.  After this, tight Scottish play restricted the Chinese men.  China blanked the ninth before the Scots ran them out of stones in the tenth with a nice Murdoch double take-out, to record their eighth win of the week.

China had no answer to "solid" Scottish play

This win, allied to Denmark’s loss to Sweden, means that the Scots now go into the top Page Play-off game, with the winner of that going straight to the final and the loser having a second chance by way of curling’s sole semi-final.

After this performance, Murdoch said, “that was a solid game, nice and steady. We played with a nice calmness today, we didn’t need to get over-excited about anything – just play our game and make our shots”.

He added, ” I wanted to finish  off with a bit of style – make the double and get off nice and early.  That’s us definitely 1-2 so that  feels great.  We set our target at the start of the week  and we kept it running throughout the week, and showed great form.  What we need to do now is take that form into the Page weekend – that’s our next objective”.

Looking over the campaign so far he said, “Canada was the only game in which we’ve been slack.  We were lacking sharpness in that one, but we’d just had the quick turn-around with an extra end.  We don’t want that to happen again.  We want to make sure that we’re bringing this game that we’re playing now to the weekend.  It’s causing a lot of havoc to other teams and that’s what we’re going to do”.

The Scots now face Finland in their last round-robin game.

RESULTS.

Session 15: Sweden 7, Denmark 6; Czech Republic 10, Japan 5; Scotland 7, China 4; Russia 7, USA 5.

Standings after 15 sessions: Scotland won 8, lost 2: Canada 7- 2; Denmark Sweden, Czech Republic 6-4; China 5-5; Norway 5-4; Switzerland 4-5, USA 4-6; Japan, Russia 3-7; Finland 1-8.

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Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: WCF/ Michael Burns

Session 14: Scotland 8, Sweden 7.

Scotland’s front end of Scott Andrews and Greg Drummond proved their worth when they swept skip David Murdoch’s last draw in the tenth end  from a long way out for Scotland to score one and win their game against Sweden in Wednesday evening’s session of the Ford World Men’s Championship.

This came at the end of a tight game in which Scotland opened with a score of two, only for Sweden to do the same in the second end.

In the third end, Murdoch wrecked with his last attempt to come around a guard, giving Sweden a steal of one and a 3-2 lead.  The Scots were forced to take one shot from the fourth end, and the teams swapped singles after this, all the way to the eighth end when the Scots built a collection of stones on the wing.  With his last stone, Murdoch came into the house and nudged a Swedish stone aside to score three and take a 7-5 lead.

In the ninth, Sweden levelled the game with a nose-hit for two.  In the tenth, the Scots seemed to be in control and, after changing his mind in the hack when he was originally intending to hit for the win, Murdoch eventually drew into the four-foot ring, helped in no small part by muscular sweeping from his front end.

The Scots emerged with a key win against Sweden

Afterwards, Murdoch acknowledged their efforts, “it’s nice to know you have sweepers like that. That’s where all the hard work in the gym pays off.  The ice was just a little slower tonight, and even in that last end, it went down a little more and it caught us a hair”.

The Scots now share top spot with Canada, on seven wins and two losses, one win ahead of Denmark and two wins above a four-team log-jam.  He said, “we’re very happy. We have the one-two game in our own hands, and that’s great. That’s what we’ve really tried to achieve all week. We have a couple of tough games to come and we need to win both of those to make the one-two, but if we do that, we’ll meet our goal for the round robin and then we’re into the hard part of the weekend”.    He added, “the guys are just full of confidence, we’re making a ton of shots, and when the ice is good like that you can really trust your technique and your throw, and we really are. We’re throwing them and making them”.

The Scots now play China and Finland in their last two round-robin games on Thursday.

RESULTS.

Session 14: USA 8, Czech Republic 9; Scotland 8, Sweden 7; Russia 6, Japan 5; Denmark 7, China 6 (extra end).

Standings after 14 sessions: Canada, Scotland won 7, lost 2; Denmark 6-3; China, Sweden, Czech Republic, Norway 5-4; Switzerland, USA 4-5; Japan 3-6; Russia 2-7; Finland 1-8.

The full international story of this event is available by clicking here:

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: WCF/ Michael Burns

Session 12: Norway 4, Scotland 8.

Following their frustrating Tuesday evening loss to the USA, Scotland got themselves right back into winning ways as they beat Norway by 8-4 in Wednesday morning’s round-robin session at the Ford World Men’s Championship.

They opened well in this game, stealing a single point in the first end and following that up with a further steal of two in the second end.

Norway got on the scoreboard, scoring two in the third end, but the Scots bounced right back in the fourth, with a hit for two.  Norway took a single in the fifth and then stole a further single in the sixth when an attempted tap-back by skip David Murdoch just did not have enough.

The Scots split the house early in the seventh and got the reward with another hit for two points by Murdoch for a 7-4 lead.  they stole a single in the eighth and then the Norwegians conceded before finishing the ninth end.

Murdoch and Brewster - back to winning ways

Afterwards, Murdoch said, “we were very disappointed  with the loss last night, considering that we dominated the game.  For us, it was just a case of taking some of that anger out this morning.  We were pretty frustrated after that game and we thought we’d really need to get up for this game.  To put Norway down to four losses was our intention, and to really come out firing – showing that real will to win and showing the form we’re playing, because we’ve been playing really well”.

He continued, “we came out of the traps quick and forced a lot of pressure in the first few ends – usually it’s the other way about when we play Norway, so it was good that we really took the game to them.  We had a really good chance in six to seal the deal, but we just got an angle wrong.  We had some nice shots in the eighth and we cleaned it up in the last end there”.

The Scots return to face Sweden on Wednesday evening.

RESULTS.

Session 12: Norway 4, Scotland 8; USA 7, Finland 6; Denmark 4, Switzerland 6; Japan 8 , Canada 10  (extra end).

Standings after 12 sessions: Canada, Scotland won 6, lost 2; Sweden 5-2; Denmark 5-3; China 4-3; Norway, Switzerland, USA 4-4; Czech Republic, Japan 3-4; Russia 1-6; Finland 1-7.

The full international story of this event is available by clicking here:

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: WCF/ Michael Burns

Session 11: USA 8, Scotland 6.

The Scottish men lost only their second game of the Ford World Men’s championship on Tuesday evening, when they went down by 6-8 to USA.

In this game, the USA gave themselves the perfect start when they scored two points in the first end.  But Scotland’s David Murdoch took his team into a 5-4 lead when he drew into the house to score three points in the fourth end.

The Americans levelled the game with a single score in the fifth end, but the Scots nosed ahead again in the sixth with a single score of their own.  Despite the closeness of the scoreboard, the Scots always seemed in control as they deliberately blanked the ninth end with the scores tied at 6-6, to keep last stone for the tenth end and complete what should have been a routine win.

In that tenth end, USA skip Brady Clark played a perfect draw onto the button behind guards and when Murdoch came to play the last stone it was wide and failed to remove the US stone, giving the Americans a steal of two points and an 8-6 win.

Scotland went down to USA for only their second loss

Afterwards, still stunned at what had just happened, Murdoch said, “we just  got ourselves in a bit of a mess, really.  Our tick shot ended up guarding and that was us in a bit of trouble.  We just never got those double peels away or those guards opened up.  I tried a come-around with my first…out of  my hand it was great and then it just went bananas.  My second one …you could see a quarter stone, it just didn’t break.  It was trying, it really was trying”.

Speaking more generally he said, “that was frustrating, because we bossed the entire game.  They hung on our coat-tails the whole game and we never really got away from them.  We should have made life easier for ourselves at the end there, that’s for sure.  That’s a  bad  loss.  I hope it doesn’t affect us for the 1 -2, because we’ve got a lot of tough games coming up.  We’ll just have to come out firing tomorrow”.

Meanwhile US skip Clark said, “we stole that win from Scotland. I thought they played really well but we just happened to set up a really good end there. They just missed that one but I’m happy to get a couple of wins today.  That’s real big for us. We needed to do that to build our confidence and feel good”.

The Scots have chances to make amends on Wednesday, when they face Norway and then Sweden, two teams that are, like Scotland, right in the mix for Page Play-off places.

RESULTS.

Session 11: Finland 5, Switzerland 7; Japan 4, Denmark 7; Norway 7, Canada 10; USA 8, Scotland 6.

Standings after 11 sessions: Canada won 6, Lost 1; Sweden, Scotland, Denmark 5-2; China, Norway 4-3; Czech Republic, Switzerland, USA 3-4; Japan 2-5; Finland, Russia 1-6.

The full international story of this event is available by clicking here:

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: WCF/ Michael Burn

Session 10: Russia 4, Scotland 6.

Scotland produced their third successive victory in Tuesday afternoon’s ninth session of round-robin play at the Ford World Men’s Championship, beating Russia by 6-4.

In this game, the Russians had last stone advantage and opened the game with a single score in the first end.  They then stole a single in the second end and, after blanking the third, the Scots finally got on the scoreboard in the fourth end, opening their account with a single.

A large collection of stones built up in the fifth end, which skip David Murdoch cleared up with his first stone.  After that, Russian skip Andrey Drozdov messed up his last effort to give Scotland a game-turning steal of three.

In the sixth end, Murdoch cleared out two Russian stones with his own last stone and forced Russia to take a single that still left the Scots in the lead, at 4-3.

Scotland blanked again in the seventh and the teams swapped singles in the eighth and ninth ends.  Then, in the tenth, Murdoch hit out a Russian stone in the house to leave one of his own counting for the single point that gave the Scots a 6-4 win.

After what was his team’s fifth win of the week so far, Murdoch said, “we’re doing a lot  of things right now.  We got off to a slow start there. We had a bad rock and we got  on the back foot for a while and we had to play some good curling to get back into it.  It was a big turning point in the fifth end.  We played  a big run-back to lie four and he didn’t  make his shot and we took a three from that end, so that got us on the front foot and we never looked back from there really”.

The Scots now go on to face USA and then Norway.

RESULTS

Session 9:  Czech Republic 6, Canada 4; Sweden 9, Switzerland 8; Finland 6, Russia 7; China 4, Norway 5.

Session 10: Japan 10, Sweden 8 (extra end); Russia 4, Scotland 6; China 8, USA 10; Czech Republic 5, Denmark 6.

Standings after 10 sessions: Canada, Scotland won 5, lost 1; Sweden 5-2; Norway, Denmark 4-2; China 4-3; Czech Republic 3-4; Switzerland, Japan, USA 2-4; Finland 1-5; Russia 1-6.

The full international story of this event is available by clicking here:

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: WCF/ Michael Burns

Session 8: Switzerland 6, Scotland 8.

Scotland beat Switzerland by 8-6 in Monday evening’s eighth session of round-robin play at the Ford World Men’s Championship to keep their position in joint second place, on four wins behind unbeaten Canada, who have five wins.

In this game, the Scots blanked the first end and then scored two in the second when skip David Murdoch tapped-out a Swiss stone.  Switzerland got on the scoreboard with a nudge on a Scottish stone to score one in the third and then Murdoch drew for one shot in the fourth end to take a 3-1 lead.  The Swiss blanked the fifth and got their reward in the sixth when their skip Sven Michel cleared out two Scottish stones to leave two of his own in the house to score two and level the game  at 3-3.

Murdoch played a strong promote double take-out in the seventh to score two and take a two-shot lead again, at 5-3, but the Scots definitely got a break in the eighth when, after Murdoch jammed on an attempted heavy-weight double take-out, Michel went all the way through the house when he had an open draw – with backing – to score just two instead of the three shots that looked to be on the cards.

The Scots went on to add to that bonus in the ninth, when Murdoch decided against a straightforward draw for one shot and opted for a heavy cross-house double that he executed perfectly to score three and effectively end the game as a contest.  The Scots ran the Swiss out of stones in the tenth and left one Swiss stone in the house for their eventual 8-6 win.

Third player Tom Brewster was full of praise for the decision to go for the big double in the ninth end.  He said, “that was a big shot but it was worth going for.  If we give up one, we’re coming home trying to get a two with the hammer.  We felt pretty comfortable being in that position so  it was worth going for.  It was a whole team effort and we got it right”.

Speaking more generally, he added, “we’ve got two more wins today, we’re much more positive.  We’ve only lost one game and we’ve got a few wins in the bag, so that’s good, there was a lot more energy about the team today”.

Scotland's Murdoch kept his team on a high

Skip David Murdoch spoke about the break that the Scots got in the eighth end, saying, “those guys set up an absolutely great end in the eighth, and on my last, it was just dead straight and I jammed it.  That gave him a chance for a three, and for him to horse it through the back was most uncharacteristic, but that was part and parcel of them being down on time.  You need  a little bit of luck this week, and that was our first piece of luck which is nice, and hopefully we’ll get a little more”.

The Scots sit out the next session before playing Russia and then the USA.

RESULTS

Session 8: Denmark 7, Norway 5 (extra end); Canada 7, USA 2; Switzerland 6, Scotland 8; Japan 5, Finland 6.

Standings after 8 sessions: Canada won 5, lost 0; China, Sweden, Scotland 4-1; Norway, Denmark, Czech Republic, Switzerland 2-3; Finland, Japan, USA 1-4; Russia 0-5.

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Report: Mike Haggerty

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Session 6:  Scotland 7, Czech Republic 3.

Scotland bounced back from their loss to Canada at the Ford World Men’s Championship with a 7-3 defeat of the Czech Republic, a game that “we just really  bossed from start to finish” according to skip David Murdoch.

The Scots opened with a steal of one in the first end – after an umpire’s measure – and then forced Czech skip Jiri Snitil to take one in the second end, although Murdoch’s final guard attempt was too long to give a chance for another steal.

The Scots scored two in the third for a 3-1 lead and then forced another Czech single in the fourth.  After blanking the fifth, Murdoch had a hit and stay for two in the sixth to move further ahead.  The Scots split the house early in the seventh end to eventually force another single by the Czechs.  Scotland took a single of their own in the eighth and then managed the ninth end so that two of their own stones were sitting apart at the back of the house.   When Snitil could only remove one and rolled – but not enough for a double – the Scots stole another and the Czechs conceded, at 7-3 to Scotland.

Murdoch and Snitil both"in the zone"

This was the third win so far for the Scots, and afterwards, Murdoch said, “that’s three games back-to-back for us.  The most important thing was waking up with a lot of energy and really firing from the start like we did in the first two games.  Certainly in that first end we were on fire and just really bossed the game from start to finish.  That was really great to see from the guys”.

Asked about the reaction after the Canadian defeat, he added, “it’s always a  good thing to just get on with it. It’s a long week  and you  do have to bounce back – you’re going to lose games this week, there’s a lot of good teams out there.  It’s great to see that we’ve got the hunger to go forward”.

Snitil’s Czech team have troubled Murdoch at past Championships, and Murdoch’s respect for his opponents was clear, “those guys can call a good game when they want to, but we just dominated from the start and never  gave them a look-in, and that got us on the front foot really”.

The Scots "bossed" the game against the Czechs

The Scots now face Switzerland in Monday evening’s eighth session of round-robin play.

RESULTS.

Session 6: Sweden 7, USA 6 (extra end); Denmark 8, Russia 5; Japan 5, China 7; Scotland 7, Czech Republic 3.

Standings after 6 sessions: Canada won 3, lost 0; China, Sweden, Scotland 3-1; Czech Republic, Denmark 2-2; Norway, Switzerland 2-1; Japan, USA 1-3; Finland 0-3; Russia 0-4.

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Report: Mike Haggerty

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Session 5: Scotland 4, Canada 9.

The Scottish men lost their undefeated record at the Ford World Men’s Championship when they lost by 4-9 to Canada in the fifth session of round-robin play.

This result puts Canada alone at the top of the rankings, while the Scots are now in a six-way tie for second place.

Canada stole a single in the first end when Scottish skip David Murdoch could not get inside a Canadian stone just off the button.  But the Scots then took the initiative when, after clearing out some trouble with his first stone, Murdoch was able to draw for two and a 2-1 lead.

After this, Canadian skip Brad Jacobs drew for two points in the third end to lead 3-2, and then Canada stole a further two points in the seventh end, when Murdoch came up short with his draw.  This was the turning point in the game and gave Canada a 7-3 lead on their way to a 9-4 win, when Jacobs drew to score two points in the ninth and the Scots conceded.

Scotland v Canada: meeting again perhaps?

By their own admission the Scots were slightly off in this game.  Murdoch said, “that was a little bit sluggish.  I think coming out after the extra end in the previous game (against Denmark) and then a 45 minute turn-around, we just weren’t sharp there or came out the way we wanted to.  We did get a good two early, but we were never really on the front foot”.

By contrast, Canadian had the previous session off, and skip Jacobs was able to say, “we did everything right today. After our first game, we ate lunch, we relaxed, we had a nap, we had a nice workout before the game. I think we all felt great going into that game”.

Overall, Murdoch reflected on the day’s activities.  “It’s been a good day.  We beat Denmark and losing to Canada at this stage is not a disaster.  Also their third Ryan Fry was making every shot while we weren’t just there sometimes”.

The Scots now face the Czech Republic and Switzerland on Monday.

RESULTS.

Finland 2, Denmark 9; Scotland 4, Canada 9; USA 4, Switzerland 8; Norway 8, Japan 6.

Standings after 5 sessions: Canada won 3, lost 0; China, Sweden, Czech Republic, Norway, Switzerland, Scotland 2-1; Japan, Denmark, USA 1-2; Finland, Russia 0-3.

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Report: Mike Haggerty

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Session 4: Scotland 5, Denmark 4 (extra end).

Scotland moved into top joint position on the table alongside Canada with a 5-4 extra end win over Denmark in Sunday afternoon’s play at the Ford World Men’s Championship.

Denmark started with last stone advantage and  the teams scored singles in each of the first three ends.  The Scots then blanked the next two ends, but were forced by the Danes to take one in the sixth to tie the game at 2-2.

The seventh end ended up as a guddle of stones bunched around the house and, because both teams were playing cat and mouse as they worked out nudging angles, this became clearly the longest end of the game.  However, after all this effort, the net result was a single score for Denmark, and a 3-2 lead.

In the eighth, with Tom Brewster sitting out due to the pre-planned team rotation, Scottish skip David Murdoch drew onto the button to beat a Danish counter and level the scores again.  The main Scottish break-through came in the ninth end when Danish skip Rasmus Stjerne hit but rolled instead of staying, to give Scotland a steal of one and the lead – by 4-3, for the first time in the game.

In the tenth, Stjerne kept his nerve to score one when he was drawing against four Scottish stones, to push the game into the first extra end of the  Championship.  The eleventh eventually came down to a hit and stay by Murdoch for the one shot needed for the 5-4 win that keeps his unbeaten record going.

Afterwards, Murdoch said, ” it was always going to be a tight one, these guys are a good team,.  We started  a little bit slower today than we did yesterday so we had to adjust and hang  in there.  We came out in the second half and turned it up a little bit, so it was good to get the hammer and a win on the board”.  He added, “we had good build-up in the latter half and forced Rasmus in the ninth end to make a decision about what he wanted to be coming up the tenth.  We had a great tenth end and, going into the extra end, as long as you can see the button, you’ve got a good chance of the win”.

In the eleventh, the Scots missed two tic shots and about this Murdoch said, “if you don’t make that tic there’s  a lot of stones in play.  Also, they had a great shot on the button and when Greg  made that run-back, that was gorgeous, getting the double guard off made a difference.  It gave me an easy shot in the last”.

The Scots now face Canada in the next session, with only the winner of that being able to boast an unbeaten record.

RESULTS.

Session 3: Norway 8, Switzerland 7; Canada 8, Finland 6.

Session 4: Russia 6, Czech Republic 7 (extra end); USA 6, Japan 7; Scotland 5, Denmark 4 (extra end); Sweden 4, China 5.

Standings after 4 sessions: Canada, Scotland won 2, lost 0; China, Sweden, Czech Republic 2-1; Norway, Switzerland, Japan, USA 1-1; Finland, Denmark 0-2; Russia 0-3.

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Report: Mike Haggerty

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Session 2: Scotland 7, Japan 5.

David Murdoch skipped the Scottish men to a 7-5 win over Japan in what was, for both teams, their first games in the 2013 Ford World Men’s Championship.

The Scots took the early lead with two single steals and a score of four in the fourth when Murdoch tapped-out a lying Japanese stone.  in the fifth end, Japan scored one point to reduce the Scottish lead to 6-2 when skip Yusuke Morozumi drew for a single point.

The Japanese stole singles in the next two ends to reduce the Scottish lead to 6-4, but in the eighth end, Murdoch had an accurately-weighted draw to score one point on his way to an eventual 7-5 win.

Murdoch was in charge against Japan

After this opening win, Murdoch said, “one of the things we talked about was that we really wanted to start with a solid couple  of games.  If you’ve got any hope of trying to get into that 1-2 game, you need to start well. We’ve got that first win and it’s a nice way to start”.

Speaking about the run of steals that went against his team, he explained, “when a team is so far down, they’re going to throw the kitchen sink at you.  They made so many  shots – they played 100% for a couple of ends – and I was left with a few circus shots.  We decided to be a little bit more aggressive in the eighth and make sure we got our score.  We knew that if we scored in eight, it was going to be game over”.

He was reminded that he had reached his first world final in this week’s venue – the Save-on-Food Memorial Centre – and he said, “it’s just incredible for me.  It’s hard to believe it was eight years ago, and I loved every moment of it.   It’s so good to be back.  I just love this town and it just feels awesome.  I’ve had surgery on my shoulders and you think you might never be back at a World championship, so it’s great to be back and to be with such a good team, guys that are really driving forward”.

The Scots have been asked at length about their line-up here. About that Murdoch said, not for the first time and almost certainly not for the last either,  “a lot of people want to criticise the things that we’re doing with the five-man rotation, but it just fires us up.  For us, it’s great – we’re loving it as a five-man unit.  Every one’s playing well and whoever is coming on next is playing better, so that’s great to see”.

The Scots now face Denmark and Canada on Sunday.

RESULTS.

Session 2: Scotland 7, Japan 5; China 12, Czech Republic 5; Russia 5, Sweden 6; Denmark 3, USA 8.

Standings after 2 sessions:  Sweden won 2, lost 0; Canada, Switzerland, Scotland, USA 1-0; China, Czech Republic 1-1; Finland, Norway, Japan, Denmark 0-1; Russia 0-2.

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Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: WCF/ Michael Burns

Session 1

Scotland sat out the first session of the Ford World Men’s Championship in Victoria in which Canada beat China by 7-6; Sweden beat Finland by 7-6, after an early scare; the Czech Republic had an 8-5 win over Norway; and Switzerland beat Russia by 6-4.

The Scots face Japan in Saturday evening’s second round-robin session.

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