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Posted on Sunday, February 26, 2017 at 7:30am

MEN: Bronze medal game: Scotland 3, Norway 10.

The Scottish men gave themselves a mountain to climb in Sunday afternoon’s bronze medal game against Norway.

They gave up a steal of two shots in the opening end and then, when skip Cameron Bryce wrecked on a front guard in the second, they handed another two-shot steal to Norway.

And it did not get any better in the third end.

When Bryce came to play his final stone, he faced a lot of Norwegian yellow in the house, and although he managed to take some stones out, he still left three Norwegian counters for a further steal of three, giving Norway an unanswered 7-0 lead.

Bryce did draw his last stone of the fourth end into the house to score one, but a two-point score by Norway in the fifth gave then an unsurmountable half-time 9-1 lead.

The Scots managed to get themselves back on the scoreboard with a single shot in the sixth end, and added to that with a single-shot steal in the seventh.  However, after a glimpse of good play by the Scots in the eighth, when Bryce positioned his first stone nicely around a guard, Norway scored one more in this end, for a 10-3 lead.  The Scots conceded at that point, meaning that Norway took the bronze medals.

Norway’s Bendik Ramsfjell receives Scottish congratulations

In a gold medal game that featured four blank ends, Korea won their nation’s first-ever gold medals, with a 5-4 win over USA, who had to settle for silver.

Report: Mike Haggerty

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WOMEN: Gold Medal Final: Sweden 10, Scotland 7.

After their 13-2 semi-final win over Canada earlier in the day, Saturday afternoon’s gold medal final proved a game too far for Sophie Jackson’s women, as they went down to Sweden by 7-10 and had to settle for silver medals.

Sweden opened the game with last stone advantage and the teams swapped singles for the first two ends. In the third Jackson’s last attempted take-out wrecked, leaving Sweden’s Isabella Wranaa with a straightforward hit-and-stay for two and a 3-1 lead.

In the fourth end, Sweden’s Wranaa faced three Scottish stones when she came to play her last and her take-out could only remove one stone, leaving Jackson with a hit and stay for three and a 4-3 lead.

This was the only time the Scots led in the game, and, in the fifth end, the roles were reversed.  Jackson’s last stone seemed to pick up and slewed to a halt well short of the hogline, and then a hit-and-stay round guards by Wranaa gave Sweden three shots and a 6-4 half-time lead.

In the sixth end, as she has been more than once during this week, Jackson was very short with her final draw and gave up a steal of two, extending Sweden’s lead to 8-4.  However, Jackson made no mistake with her final draw for two shots in the seventh end after a clearance attempt by Wranaa had failed to remove one Scottish stone from the house.

After long consideration, Wranaa elected to attempt a take- out with her last stone of the eighth end and managed to come through a narrow port in front of the house to hit and lie for two shots and a 10-6 lead.

In the ninth, the Scots could not get anything going, leaving Jackson with just a draw for one shot, to reduce Sweden’s lead to 10-7.  Scotland ran out of stones in the tenth, making Sweden world champions and forcing the Scots to settle for silver.

The final was a game too far for the Scottish women

After the game, an emotional Jackson said, “I’m a bit gutted, but we’ve had a really good week.  I’m speechless really, we’ve done way better than we expected, so we’re still happy”.

Speaking about the game itself, she added, “we’re still not really sure what happened to that stone in the fifth end.  We never picked upon the two sides of ice quick enough – one side was really a lot straighter and a lot quicker than the other side.  In the sixth we thought we’d thrown it well, but we just didn’t catch onto it quickly enough”.

She added, “I’m so proud of my team (third Naomi Brown, second player Mil Smith, lead Sophie Sinclair, supported by alternate Laura Barr and coach Cate Brewster).  “We’ve done so much this season, it’s been a really long season, and we’ll have a wee bit of a break now”.

Report: Mike Haggerty

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SEMI-FINALS: Women: Scotland 13, Canada 2: Men: Scotland 4, Korea 11.

Sophie Jackson’s Scottish women will face Sweden for gold medals on Saturday afternoon, following their semi-final 13-2 demolition of Canada, but Cameron Bryce’s men will play for bronze against Norway on Sunday afternoon, after a 4-11 semi-final loss to Korea that put paid to their title hopes.

The Scottish women clearly bounced back from their Page Play-off loss to Sweden.  They opened with a score of three in the first end and in the second Canada could only score one shot in reply, courtesy of a promote shot by their skip Kirsten Streifel.

After this, it was virtually all one-way traffic for the Scots.  Jackson drew her last stone of the third end to score two and then, when Streifel was heavy and through with her final draw of the fourth, the Scots scored a steal of four for a 9-1 lead.

In the fifth end, Streifel’s hit rolled through the back of the house to give Scotland another steal, this time for three shots and a 12-1 half-time lead.  Canada’s Streifel was short with her final draw of the sixth end to give Scotland yet another steal, this time of one, for a 13-1 lead.

The teams are obliged to play a minimum of eight ends at this stage of the competition and, after Canada finally got one more point on the board in the seventh, the teams played out a blank eighth end before Canada conceded.

The Scottish women celebrate their 13-2 semi-final win over Canada

Afterwards, a delighted Sophie Jackson said, “I think the fire was sparked in us.  We were so ready for that game, and we wanted to make the final so bad after last night’s loss.  We were just really ready and really pumped for that”.

Knowing her team is now assured of silver medals at least, she added, “that takes the pressure off a wee bit, but we still want that gold so bad.  This gives us a second shot at it after last night, so we’re ready to go for it.” She also said, “it’s definitely in our own hands.  We can’t control what the opposition is doing, so we’re just going to go and play our best”.

She also spoke about the challenge of keeping in form when so far ahead in a game that her team was obviously going to win, saying, “we were just trying to keep the focus, keep concentrating, keep drinking and stay calm…there’s all still to play for”.

Speaking about her four-hour preparation for the final she said, “we’ll just be trying to get some rest, sleep, and get some food”.

It was the opposite side of the coin for Cameron Bryce’s Scottish men, after their comprehensive 4-11 defeat at the hands of Korea.

The Koreans opened with a score of three when their skip Ki Jeong Lee settled his team with a nice draw in the first end.  Bryce replied with a draw for two shots in the second end but Lee hit out a Scottish stone in the third end to score two shots and take a 5-2 lead, and Korea built on that when Bryce was forced to throw away his last of the fourth end and concede a single steal, for fear of disrupting a busy head and making the situation worse.

The Scots did manage to score one in the fifth end, but a further score of three in the sixth, following a spectacular triple take-out with Lee’s first stone, kept the momentum and the score in Korea’s favour

In the seventh, a double take-out attempt by Bryce hit, but rolled the wrong way, and the Scots scored just one after an umpire’s measure. A take-out by Lee to score two more for Korea in the eighth put the game beyond doubt, and Scotland conceded with a final score of 11-4 for Korea.

Following their semi-final loss to the hosts, the Scottish men will now battle for bronze

Afterwards, a disappointed but gracious Bryce said, “We weren’t at our best but the Korean boys barely missed a shot.  They didn’t put a foot wrong, made the shots when they needed to, and deserved to win the game.  The skip played really well.  I didn’t have my best game and could have put him under a bit more pressure, but they played really well and deserve to be in the final”.

The Scottish men now face Norway for bronze medals on Sunday afternoon, and about that, Bryce said, “we didn’t come here to go home empty-handed.  We know we can beat the Norwegians, we did it yesterday, so it’s just the same again”.

The women’s gold medal final will be broadcast by World Curling TV (www.worldcurling.org/WJCC2017), starting at 15.00 local time on Saturday afternoon (6.00am in Britain).

Report: Mike Haggerty

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MEN: Page Play-off: Scotland 8, Norway 7 (extra end).

Yet again, it took all the way to an extra end, but Scotland emerged victorious from their Page 3-4 Play-off game, beating Norway by 8-7 to move onto the sole semi-final – against host nation Korea – and keep their title hopes alive.

Norway, who had previously beaten Canada by 8-7 in a tight tie-breaker to get this far, started with last stone and scored two in the first end.   In the second end, Scottish skip Cameron Bryce drew his last stone into the house to respond with two shots of his own.  The teams then swapped singles in the next two ends, and Scotland took a 4-3 lead into the break when Norway’s skip Magnus Ramsfjell hit but rolled with his last stone, giving up a steal of one.

Norway blanked the sixth end and then levelled with one shot in the seventh.

In the eighth end, Bryce spread a collection of stones with his final drive – unlucky to score just one point.  In the ninth, his final effort rolled too far, leaving Ramsfjell with an easy draw for three and a 7-5 lead.  After this, a nose-hit for two by Bryce in the tenth levelled the score at 7-7 and put the game into an extra end.

Eventually in this end, Ramsfjell was heavy with his final draw, giving Scotland another single steal and the win, at 8-7.

In the Page 1 v 2 game, Korea had the early lead, but the game turned in the USA’s favour when they had a run of scores in the fifth, sixth and seventh ends before holding on for a 7-5 win to go straight to the gold medal final.

Scotland’s Frazer Shaw

After the game, Bryce said, “I always knew we had the chance and we asked the questions late on.  The tenth end was a bit scrappy but we got a nice two out of it.   Even in the extra end we struggled with the ice conditions, so we struggled in that end”.

Bryce also revealed something of the Scots’ game plan, saying, “in the round-robin game he didn’t play a draw, so that was out tactic – to see if he could make a draw under pressure…it paid off”.

He added, “we’re making it hard work and the host team are playing well so it’s not going to be an easy game.   We should have beaten them last time, so…revenge?”.

Report: Mike Haggerty

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WOMEN: Page 1-2: Scotland 6, Sweden 9.

A short draw in the third end by skip Sophie Jackson, which gave her Swedish opponents a steal of three shots, was the telling blow as the Swedish women eventually beat Scotland by 9-6 in Friday afternoon’s Page 1 -2 Play-off game.

This result puts Sweden directly into the gold medal final on Saturday afternoon, while Scotland will play Canada, who beat Korea by 7-5 in the Page 3-4 game, in Saturday morning’s sole semi-final.

Having topped the rankings, Scotland had last stone as the game started.  They opened with a single shot in the first end, but Sweden built up the head in the second end and although Jackson’s last draw got round a centre guard, she still left Sweden counting two when their skip Isabella Wranaa came to play her last.  And rather than risk any damage, Wranaa threw her last away to settle for a score of two and a 2-1 lead.

In the third Jackson found herself facing three Swedish counters spread around the house but with a clear draw to the four-foot ring.  However, she came up short and gave up three to change the complexion of the game, with Sweden leading by 5-1.

The Scots were playing catch-up after this and could never really get anything going.  Their biggest success came in the seventh end when they scored two shots to reduce Sweden’s lead to 7-4.

The Scots scored a further two shots in the ninth end when Jackson successfully delivered a straight run-back.  After this, with the score at 9-6, Sweden ran Scotland out of stones in the tenth.

The Scots could not recover from an early steal of three by Sweden

After the game, Jackson said, “yes, that third end cost us the game.  I slid the same as my first one, I just didn’t give it as much”.

Analysing the rest of the game, she said, “I think we played well apart from that short draw, so it’s not too worrying – we just need to get ourselves back up for the semi-final.  We fought back hard and in the second half we had a really good game”.

She added, “pretty much all the game I was sliding slow, so I don’t think it was just that one draw, so I’ve just got to get out a little bit faster and the girls will be reminding me of that in the next game.  We’ve had games like that before and we’ve come back.  We’re all fighters so we’ll definitely be fighting it out in the semi-final”.

Meanwhile Sweden’s skip Isabella Wranaa said, “it feels absolutely fantastic to win the first game and already be ready for the final. We had one doubt in the semi-final at the World Juniors before, and we’ve always ended up fourth. It feels great to be in the final. I just think we have to rest and recharge and get some positive energy to the final game”.

The semi-final takes place on Saturday, at 9.00am local time.

Report: Mike Haggerty

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MEN: Session 12: Scotland 9, Canada 8 (extra end).

It took all the way to an extra end, but in a dramatic final round-robin session, Cameron Bryce’s Scotland team beat Canada by 9-8 and now go onto the Page Play-offs in third place, where they will play the winners of a tie-break between Canada and Norway.

Meanwhile, table-toppers Korea will play the USA in the Page 1-2 game.

The Scots gave themselves a dream start in this game, stealing two shots in the first end when Canadian skip Tyler Tardi wrecked with his final draw.

Tardi hit for two shots in the second end but, after he missed a double take-out in the third end, Bryce drew to score three shots and take an early 5-2 lead.

Canada blanked the fourth end and scored two shots in the fifth with a straight run-back by Tardi on one of his own stones, putting the teams into the break with Scotland holding a 5-4 lead.  And they moved that to 7-4 in the sixth when a good double take-out by third player Robin Brydone set his team up.

In the seventh Bryce just missed a double take-out and this left Tardi with a draw for two shots to reduce the Scottish lead to 7-6.

The Scots blanked the eighth and then scored one in the ninth when Bryce, facing four Canadian stones counting, was good with his draw inside the four-foot ring.

In the tenth, Bryce failed with a straight run-back attept and this let Canada score two shots and level the game at 8-8.  But in the extra end, the Scots made no mistake and scored the one point need to put them into the Play-offs.

Behind table-topping Korea, USA, Scotland, Canada and Norway all finished on the same won 6, lost 3 record, and it has taken a combination of wins among them and draw shot challenge results to give them the rankings they have.

The Scotland front end in action

After the game a delighted Bryce said, “We started really well, scoring a two in the first end and putting the pressure on from there, so that was a really strong start”.

He added, “there was a lot of stake in that game.  This is my last year of juniors too, so I didn’t want that to be my last game and I think we stepped up when we needed it”.

Looking forward he added, “we’ve got to beat the best to get to the top spot and every team that’s got to this stage is good enough to get to the play-offs, so we’ve got to treat everyone with equal respect.

Meanwhile Canada’s Tyler Tardi said, “we’re a little disappointed obviously.  We would have liked to be in the 1-2, but we never signed up for the easy road.  We’ve got to look forward and not back”.

RESULTS.

MEN.

Session 12: Scotland 9, Canada 8 (extra end); Korea 11, Switzerland 6; USA 6, China 4; Italy 2, Turkey 8.

Standings after session 12: Korea won 8, lost 1; USA, Scotland, Canada, Norway 6-3; Switzerland, Sweden 4-5; Italy, China 2-7; Turkey 1-8.

Report: Mike Haggerty

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WOMEN: Session 12

Scotland, already assured of top place on the ranking, sat out Thursday afternoon’s final session of women’s round-robin play.

Sweden, Canada, Russia and Japan were the four winners in this session, but while the round robin may be over, there are still final placings to be resolved before the Championship can move onto its Play-off stage.

As top-rankers, Scotland will have last stone advantage in Friday afternoon’s Page 1 versus 2 Play-off on Friday afternoon.

Sweden had also qualified for the Play-offs, and their 6-4 win over Switzerland confirmed them in second place, meaning they will be Scotland’s opponents.  The winner of this Page 1 versus 2 game will take the direct route to the final, while the loser will be given a second chance to join them by playing in the sole semi-final against the winner of the Page 3 versus 4 Play-off.

Canada beat the USA by 9-3 to rank third overall, and take their place in the Page 3-4 game.

Korea and Switzerland both lost in this session – Russia beat Korea by 4-3 while Switzerland lost to the Swedes.  These results meant that three teams – Korea, Russia and Switzerland – all tied in fourth place on five wins each.  With the poorest record among the three, Russia dropped out of Play-off contention, to rank sixth overall.  To decide fourth and fifth places, Korea and Switzerland now go on to a Friday morning tie-breaker, with the winner taking up the fourth Page slot and the loser ranking fifth.  The winners of the Page 3 versus 4 game go onto the semi-final and the loser plays for bronze medals against the eventual semi-final losers.

From this year’s Championship, only the top six finishers and next year’s hosts (Scotland) will go directly into the line-up for the 2018 Championships in Aberdeen.  USA’s loss to Canada and Japan’s 7-4 victory over Hungary meant that both of these teams finished on four wins, tied for seventh.  As a result, Japan and USA will also play a tie-breaker on Friday morning, with the winner ranking seventh overall and the loser finishing eighth and therefore relegated to next year’s Junior-B Championship, along with Hungary (ninth) and Turkey (tenth).

MEN: Session 11: Turkey 4, Scotland 7.

The Scottish men beat Turkey by 7-4 in their second-last round-robin game on Thursday morning to set up a tense last game on Thursday evening, when they play Canada.

As the Scots recognised themselves before they came onto the ice, they were going to have to be patient against Turkey, and so it proved.

Scotland had last stone at the start and the teams swapped singles in the first two ends.  The Scots took the early advantage in the third end.  Skip Cameron Bryce hit and rolled behind cover with his first stone after which Turkey’s skip Ugurcan Karagoz wrecked.  Knowing a score of two was on no matter which way he played his last, Bryce then attempted an ambitious hit and stay attempt, trying to score three.  Only an umpire’s measure on his shooter denied Bryce the three he was after, and the Scots had to settle for a score of two and a 3-1 lead.

Turkey then blanked the fourth end and scored three in the fifth end to take a 4-3 lead when Bryce came up short with his final draw, giving Karagoz a straightforward draw to score.

In the sixth end Turkey attempted to clear out a collection of Scottish stones but left one, and when Bryce drew his final stone into position, the Scots scored two and took a 5-4 lead.

Turkey them blanked the seventh and eight ends.  In the ninth, Bryce drew his first stone into the house to lie two, as the Scots attempted to force Turkey into scoring in the end.  After this, Karagoz was heavy with his final draw and the Scots stole two to move their lead to 7-4.  Tidy play by the Scots in the tenth ran Turkey out of stones.

This fifth win leaves Scotland in joint fourth place with USA, so there will be plenty to play for when the teams conclude their round-robin programme on Thursday evening.

Both the Scots and USA will be looking for their sixth wins.  The Scots face Canada, who, along with Norway, are on six wins already, while USA will play a China team who already know they are relegated into next year’s World-B competition.  Another game that will influence the Play-off line-up is the encounter between already-qualified Korea and Switzerland, who are on four wins, looking to set up a tie-breaker, should other results go their way.

The Scots changed their line-up at the fifth end of this game, bringing alternate Ross Whyte on again to replace Frazer Shaw.

Scotland’s Cameron Bryce and Euan Kyle

After the game, Bryce said, “Frazer was feeling his shoulder a wee bit there, so we just thought we’d give him a wee rest.  Ross is perfectly capable of filling in, he’s a really good player.  It wasn’t changing anything quality-wise, but we’ve got a game later”

Bryce was also full of praise for his opponents, saying, “they played really well and the one thing we said at the start of the game was – we’d have to be patient.  It was one of those games where we had to take our chances when they came.  That’s what we did in the ninth end, we forced it a bit and got a nice steal of two”

Looking forward to the showdown with Canada he said, “Scotland – Canada is always a big game.  I think we can still up our performance, but we’re getting to where we need to be”.

RESULTS.

MEN.

Session 11: Norway 8, Switzerland 6; China 8, Sweden 10; Turkey 4, Scotland 7.

Standings after session 11: Korea won 7, lost 1 (Q); Canada 6-2; Norway 6-3; Scotland, USA 5-3; Switzerland 4-4; Sweden 4-5; China, Italy 2-6; Turkey 0-8.

(Q = qualified)

Report: Mike Haggerty

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WOMEN: Session 11: Russia 8, Scotland 7.

The table-topping Scottish women lost their last round-robin game – in an extra end – by 7-8 to Russia in Wednesday evening’s eleventh session of women’s play, but despite that, and although they now sit out Thursday’s last women’s round-robin session, they will finish in number one position and go into the Page 1 versus 2 Play-off game with last stone advantage.

Russia started strongly, stealing two points in the first end when Scottish skip Sophie Jackson was short with her draw.  Although Scotland scored three in the second, Russia bounced back with another score of two in the third, helped by Jackson’s take-out jamming on the way out.  Scotland took the lead again in the fourth end with two shots and, in the fifth, it was Russian skip Maria Baksheeva who made the mistake, handing Scotland a steal of one for a 6-4 fifth end lead.

Russia then blanked the next two ends and threw away her last stone of the eighth to settle for one shot from the end rather than risk disturbing the head.

In the ninth end, Jackson was short with her final draw and this gave Russia a steal of two and a 7-6 lead.  In the tenth, Baksheeva played a nice freeze with her final stone and this forced Jackson to settle for a draw for just one to level the game and go into an extra end.

Baksheeva and her team made no mistakes in the extra end and eventually Russia had a draw to the eight-foot for one shot and the win.

Scotland’s lead Sophie Sinclair

After the game, a saddened Jackson said, “That was a disappointment.  I thought the girls played well, I missed that shot in the ninth and that was really the game decided”.

Looking forwards to the Play-offs she said, “that’s one thing down and the next to go.  I’m really happy with how it’s gone so far, so hopefully we can carry on”, adding, “we’d have taken hammer in the 1-2 game at the start of the week.  We’re a wee bit disappointed with what happened there, but it’s nothing compared to the rest of the week”.

The Scots now go back into Play-off action on Friday afternoon (05.00am in Britain).

RESULTS.

WOMEN.

Session 11: Switzerland 5-9 Korea; Japan 8-6 Turkey; USA 8-4 Sweden; Russia 8-7 Scotland (extra end)

Standings after 11 sessions: Scotland won 7, lost 2 (Q); Sweden 6-2, Canada, Korea, Switzerland 5-3; Russia, USA 4-4; Japan 3-5; Hungary 1-7; Turkey 1-8.

(Q = qualified for Play-offs)

Report: Mike Haggerty

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Scotland’s lead Sophie Sinclair

MEN: Session 10

The Scottish men sat out Wednesday afternoon’s tenth session of round-robin play.

RESULTS.

MEN.

Session 10: Korea 6, China 8; Turkey 5, Canada 7; Italy 4, Norway 10; Sweden 9, USA 8 (extra end).

Standings after 10 sessions: Korea won 7, lost 1 (Q); Canada 6-2; Norway, USA 5-3; Scotland, Switzerland 4-3; Sweden 3-5; China 2-5; Italy 2-6; Turkey 0-7.

(Q = qualified for Play-offs)

 

WOMEN: Session 10: Scotland 8, Canada 5.

Sophie Jackson’s Scottish women beat Canada by 8-5 with a strong performance in Wednesday morning’s round-robin session, and this seventh win overall makes the Scots the first women’s team to qualify for the Page Play-offs.

After blanking the first end, Canada opened the scoring in the second end with a draw for two by skip Kristen Streifel.  The Scots then blanked the third and produced the first big break-through in the fourth when good set-up play gave Jackson the luxury of drawing for four shots and a 4-2 lead.  However, in the fifth, Jackson’s last stone wrecked and this time it was Streifel who had an easy draw, scoring two shots to level the game at 4-4 at the halfway mark.

The Scots came out strong again in the second half and a good clearance by Jackson in the sixth end gave them two shots as they re-took the lead. In the seventh, after Jackson froze her last stone onto the sole Canadian stone in the house, the Scots had four red stones within the eight-foot ring and, when Canada’s Streifel came up short with her final draw, the Scots had a single steal and a 7-4 lead.

There was another big head in the eighth end, and Jackson added her final draw to the collection.  Streifel attempted to clear but was only able to score one shot from the end.  In the ninth end, Jackson drew her last stone into the four-foot ring to score one and take an 8-5 lead into the tenth end.  Careful Scottish play in this end ran Canada out of stones and gave Scotland their qualification slot.

A strong 8-5 win over Canada sealed Scotland’s Play-off slot

After the game, a naturally-pleased Jackson said, “that was a really good game, a really exciting game to be part of, and I’m really chuffed with that”.

She added, “I think we did a really good job.  We talked about it beforehand and we just wanted to go out strong and that’s what we did”.

This time last season, Jackson and Brown and their then team-mates were looking at relegation to the World-B event – a completely different scenario from this season.  Reflecting on that, Jackson said, “we’ve put a lot of hard work in and it’s really worked out for us.  I’m really pleased that it’s paying off”.

Jackson and Brown ‘take it easy’ for a moment

Six other teams – second-placed Sweden, Switzerland, Canada, Korea, Russia and the USA are still fighting for play-off slots, and the Scots will face a Russian team fighting for survival in their last round-robin game on Wednesday evening, before watching the others battle in the last women’s round-robin session on Thursday, which the Scots will watch from the side-lines.

RESULTS.

WOMEN.

Session 10: Russia 8, Turkey 1; Hungary 3, Switzerland 7; Scotland 8, Canada 5.

Standings after session 10:  Scotland 7-1 (Q); Sweden 6-1; Switzerland 5-2; Canada 5-3; Korea 4-3; Russia, USA 3-4; Japan 2-5; Hungary, Turkey 1-7.

(Q = qualified for Play-offs)

Report: Mike Haggerty

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MEN: Session 9: Korea 8, Scotland 7 (extra end)

Korea beat Scotland by 8-7 in the extra end of their Tuesday evening round-robin encounter, but it was a game that the Scots could – and perhaps should – have won.

In the tenth end, skip Cameron Bryce needed a tricky hit and stay to score two for the win that would break Korea’s unbeaten run.  But he knew his angle was wrong almost as soon as the stone left his hand and the Scots could only watch as Bryce’s stone rolled out of the house, leaving them to score only one, for 7-7, and face an extra end in which Korea would have the last stone.

And the Scots nearly stole that extra end too.  This time with his last Bryce played a delicate tap-back which was just a matter of millimetres short of getting inside the Korean counter, giving Korea the one shot needed for the win without their skip Ki Jeong Lee having to play his last stone.

Before these dramatic last two ends, the game had see-sawed both ways, with the teams swapping twos through the middle ends – in fact, the lead had changed hands five times by the time they came to play the tenth.

This result means that the Koreans have now guaranteed first place for the Page Play-offs, while Scotland are in a tie for the vital fourth place with Norway and Switzerland, on four wins.  Above the Scots, Canada and USA, on five wins, are tied in second place, with all these teams having two games to play over the concluding three round-robin sessions.

The Scots have two more games for glory

Afterwards, a frustrated Bryce said, “that was a good game.  We had our chances, but the Korean boys played well.  We played well too, and we made twos pretty easily.  It was just a mistake in that last end and then the extra end was just millimetres really”.

Looking forward, he added, “we’re confident going into the last two games, two more wins to get another go at them”

RESULTS.

MEN.

Session 9: Sweden 8-5 Italy; USA 5-3 Norway; Switzerland 3-8 Canada; Korea 8-7 Scotland

Standings after session 9: Korea  won 7, lost 0; Canada, USA 5-2; Norway, Scotland, Switzerland 4-3; Italy, Sweden 2-5; China 1-5, Turkey 0-6.

Report: Mike Haggerty

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WOMEN: Session 9: Scotland 7, USA 2.

After a slow start, in which they gave up an early single steal to USA, the Scottish women had what eventually turned into a comfortable 7-2 win in Tuesday afternoon’s ninth round-robin session.

This result, and Sweden’s 7-4 win over Korea, puts the Scots and the Swedes together at the top of the table.

Scotland had last stone advantage and blanked end after end, looking to open with a big score.  In the second end, a two looked on until skip Sophie Jackson rolled her first stone out and then settled for another blank.

In the fourth end the score was still 0-0 when Jackson was forced to try to draw for one, but her effort was short and USA opened the game’s scoring with a steal of one instead.

In the fifth end, Jackson produced a good hit and stay on a tight line round a front guard to score two shots and take a 2-1 lead, and, in the sixth, USA skip Annmarie Dubberstein was short with her final draw, giving Scotland a steal of one and moving their lead to 3-1.

USA recovered some ground in the seventh end when Dubberstein played a nice tap-up for one but in the eighth Jackson played a double take-out and kept her shooter in the rings to score just one shot, after an umpire’s measure for second went USA’s way.

In the ninth end, facing three Scottish stones already in the house, Dubberstein was short with her final draw and gave up a steal of three to the Scots and conceded the game, at 7-2 to Scotland.

Scotland’s Mili Smith and Sophie Sinclair

Speaking after the game, Jackson said, “it’s pretty good to be top of the pile again”. She then explained her team’s thinking for the first few ends, saying, “it felt a bit slow to start with.  We didn’t really create many chances but that wasn’t our plan, we wanted to keep it simple early on and pretty open, but I did miss a couple early on”.

She also acknowledged the importance of her hit for two in the fifth end in turning the game around.  “That really built me back up again and I was ready to go, ready to come back fighting after that.  It was plain sailing from there”.

Looking forward she added, “two more to go, two more wins would be nice to be up at the top of the table and get the Page 1-2, but we’ll see”.

In those two remaining games, the Scots face a Canadian team that was thumped 1-10 by Japan on Wednesday morning, and then conclude their campaign on Wednesday evening against a Russian team that is still fighting to qualify.  They then sit out Thursday’s final round-robin session, hoping to be in a qualified position by then.

RESULTS.

WOMEN.

Session 9: Scotland 7, USA 2; Sweden 7, Korea 4; Turkey 11, Hungary 12; Canada 1, Japan 10.

Standings after 9 sessions: Scotland, Sweden won 6, lost 1: Canada 5-2; Switzerland 4-2; Korea 4-3; USA 3-4; Russia 2-4; Japan 2-5; Hungary, Turkey 1-6.

Report: Mike Haggerty

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MEN: Session 8: Scotland 7, Italy 5

After a slight wobble in the middle of the game that allowed their opponents to level the score, Scotland went on to beat Italy by 7-5 in Tuesday morning’s eighth session of men’s round-robin play.

This result places the Scots in a five-way tie for second place on the rankings, alongside Canada, Norway, Switzerland and the USA.

With Frazer Shaw still recovering from a shoulder injury caused by a heavy fall while sweeping earlier in the week, the Scots retained the same line up as the previous game, meaning alternate Ross Whyte came in at two and Ewan Kyle moved to lead.

Scotland won last stone advantage and used it to blank the first end.  The first break-through came in the second end when Italy skip Marco Onnis missed with his take-out attempt, leaving Scotland’s Cameron Bryce with a nose-hit for two shots.

In the third end, Bryce played a guard with his last stone and Onnis wrecked, giving Scotland a single steal and a 3-0 lead.

Italy got onto the score board with one shot in the fourth and then, a well-swept draw from Bryce scored two in the fifth end for a 5-1 half-time lead.

Italy scored two in the sixth and then stole a further two to level the score in the seventh when Bryce came up light with his final draw.  The Scots blanked the eighth and then in the ninth, Bryce’s delicate draw – well-swept once again all the way into the house by Ross Whyte – nudged back the Italian shot-stone to give Scotland another two points and a 7-5 lead.

The Scots ran Italy out of stones in the tenth to claim their fourth win so far.

Scotland’s Ross Whyte and Robin Brydone on the way to a 7-5 win over Italy

After the game, Bryce said, “that was good, but we had a kind of dip in the middle there.  The ice was tricky and we got caught out a bit.  Our hits were running a bit straighter down one side.  But we got the win and that’s the main thing.  It never felt in doubt, it was just a procedure to get through”.

The Scottish men return to action on Tuesday evening (game televised live by World Curling TV on www.worldcurling.org/wjcc2017 starting at 10.00am in Britain).  They play Korea, unbeaten on six wins at the top of the rankings so far, and about that Bryce said, “we’ve got Korea tonight, someone’s got to take them down and hopefully it’ll be us”.

RESULTS.

MEN.

Session 8: USA 12, Turkey 1; Scotland 7, Italy 5; Switzerland 9, China 4.

Standings after 8 sessions: Korea won 6, lost 0; Canada, Norway, Scotland, Switzerland, USA 4-2; Italy 2-4; China, Sweden 1-5; Turkey 0-6.

Report: Mike Haggerty

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WOMEN: Session 8

The Scottish women sat out Monday evening’s eighth session of round-robin play.

RESULTS.

WOMEN.

Session 8: Hungary 4, Sweden 10; Canada 8, Russia 3; Japan 5, Switzerland 8; Korea 10, USA 3.

Standings after 8 sessions: Canada, Scotland, Sweden won 5, lost 1; Korea, Switzerland 4-2; USA 3-3, Russia 2-4; Japan, Turkey 1-5; Hungary 0-6.

MEN: Session 7: China 3, Scotland 8.

The Scots changed their line-up for Monday afternoon’s seventh round-robin game against China, with Frazer Shaw moving to the bench, alternate Ross Whyte playing second stones and regular second player Euan Kyle playing lead.  However, this did not affect the Scots’ performance, as they dominated the game from the start.

With last stone in the first end, the Scots opened with a single and then stole two more in the second end for an early 3-0 lead.  China got on the scoreboard with two shots in the third end and, in the fourth, the Scots built up the head nicely, but skip Cameron Bryce was slightly awry with his hit for two or three, and, getting the angle wrong, had to settle for just one, and a 4-2 lead.

In the fifth end, China’s skip Zhi Yu Wang was facing three Scottish counters as he played his last but managed to score one with an accurate hit.

The Scots opened the second half even more strongly than the first, scoring two in the sixth end and then stealing one in the seventh when Wang, facing four Scottish stones, hit but rolled too far.

In the eighth, Bryce played a precision take-out on a partially-frozen China stone and then Wang was long with his draw, giving Scotland another single steal, moving the score to 8-3 and persuading China to concede.

This result now puts Scotland into a three-way tie for fourth place with Switzerland and the USA.

Scotland’s new front end – Ross Whyte and Euan Kyle – in action

After the game, Bryce explained the thinking behind the line-up change, saying, “Frazer had a bit of a sore shoulder this morning.  We’ve got a two-game day tomorrow, so we thought we’d give him a rest and get him fit for tomorrow”.

Turning to the game itself, he said, “that was a really strong performance, our strongest of the competition so far.  We put them under pressure and made their skip play a lot of difficult shots.  It was a really good game.  The last three ends were really strong”.

Looking at the overall picture, he added, “psychologically it looks a lot better going out on the ice knowing you’re in the top half of the board.  It’s a lot better now”.

The two games the Scots play on Tuesday are against Italy and then, in the evening, unbeaten table-toppers Korea.

RESULTS.

MEN.

Session 7: China 3, Scotland 8; Switzerland 7, Turkey 6; Sweden 3, Korea 9; Norway 5, Canada 8.

Standings after 7 sessions: Korea won 6, lost 0; Canada, Norway 4-2; Scotland, Switzerland, USA 3-2; Italy 2-3; China 1-4; Sweden 1-5; Turkey 0-5.

Report: Mike Haggerty

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WOMEN: Session 7: Scotland 9, Japan 7.

A victory against Japan in Monday morning’s seventh session of women’s round-robin play put Scotland back on top of the table, although they have now played one game more than their closest opponents.

Japan had last stone advantage and opened with a single shot.  In the second end, Scotland skip Sophie Jackson had to settle for just one when a good double by Japan’s skip Misaki Tanaka forced her into a straightforward draw.

Scotland then took the early advantage with a steal of one point in the third end for a 2-1 lead, but, in the next end, Tanaka drew her final stone to score two points and take a 3-2 lead.

The Scots moved clear with scores in the next three ends, scoring two in the fifth with a Jackson nose-hit, and then stealing one in the sixth when Jackson guarded her own counter on the button with her last stone.  A further steal of two shots in the seventh, when Tanaka wrecked, gave Scotland a 7-3 lead.

Japan reduced the deficit with three points in the eighth end but Scotland scored two in the ninth, and then ran Japan out of stones in the tenth, leaving just one Japan stone in the house, for a 9-7 win.

Sophie Jackson’s team in action, on the way to 9-7 over Japan

After this win, Jackson said, “That was pretty solid from my team.  I missed a couple though – again!  I’m just needing to stop missing the easy shots. I’m struggling with my draw weight.  It’s really slow at the start of practice and it speeds up pretty quickly, but I should get there”.

She added, “we’re looking pretty good with three games to go”, and explained, “we’re off tonight so we’ll watch the boys and spend some time with the parents who are here”.

Reflecting on her campaign so far, she said, “I’m disappointed about losing the one last night, but pretty happy with how it’s gone so far.  We were always going for a medal and we’ll still be going for that.  We feel pretty good out there”.

RESULTS.

WOMEN.

Session 7: Scotland 9, Japan 7; Russia 10, USA 5; Turkey 6, Switzerland 8.

Standings after 7 sessions: Scotland won 5, lost 1; Canada, Sweden 4-1; Korea, Switzerland, USA 3-2; Russia 2-3; Japan 1-4; Turkey 1-5; Hungary 0-5.

MEN: Session 6.

The Scottish men sat out Sunday evening’s sixth round-robin session.

RESULTS.

MEN.

Session 6: Italy 3, Korea 7; Norway 8, China 2; Canada 2, USA 6; Turkey 5, Sweden 7.

Standings after 6 sessions: Korea won 5, lost 0; Norway 4-1; Canada, USA 3-2; Scotland, Switzerland 2-2; Italy 2-3; China 1-3; Sweden 1-4; Turkey 0-4.

Report: Mike Haggerty

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WOMEN: Session 6: Switzerland 8, Scotland 7.

The Scottish women lost their unbeaten record when they went down by 7-8 to Switzerland in Sunday afternoon’s sixth round-robin session, and now, because of results elsewhere, move into a three-way tie – along with Canada and Sweden – at the top of the table.

The lead changed hands six times in this game. Scotland opened with a single-point steal in the first end and followed that up with a steal of two points in the second, for a 3-0 lead.  Switzerland then opened their account with two points in the third end and stole a further two in the fourth when Scottish skip Sophie Jackson could not pull off an angled tap-up.

Another two in the sixth end, after good set-up play split the house, gave Scotland a 5-4 lead after they had blanked the fifth.

Switzerland then responded again, scoring one in the seventh and stealing another single in the eighth for 6-5 when Jackson was a touch wide with her final draw.

Jackson was able to draw for two points in the ninth end to go into the tenth 7-6 up but without last stone.  In the tenth, Switzerland skip Selina Witschonke drew her last stone into the four-foot ring to score two points and take an 8-7 win.

A pensive Naomi Brown as Scotland lose their unbeaten record

After the game a disappointed Jackson said, “that was a tough one.  We don’t feel too great about it, but we kept it close”.

She added, “she still had to make her last shot – a draw to the four foot, but we made it easier for her.  It’s not a disaster but it would have been nice to win.  As long as we keep winning after this one it’ll be all right”.

Switzerland skip Witschonke said, “that win was so good because we lost the last two games we had, so I am very happy we could win one game again. We said ‘don’t be nervous, just playing curling, it’s a normal curling game’.”

The Scottish women now play Japan on Monday morning.

RESULTS.

WOMEN.
Session 6: J Korea 4, Canada 7; Turkey 2, Sweden 9; Switzerland 8, Scotland 7; Hungary 3, Russia 5.

Standings after 6 sessions: Canada, Scotland, Sweden won 4, lost 1; USA 3-1; Korea 3-2; Switzerland 2-2; Japan, Russia 1-3; Turkey 1-4; Hungary 0-5.

Report: Mike Haggerty

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MEN: Session 5: Scotland 8, Switzerland 7 (extra end).

Although this game went all the way to an extra end, the Scottish men controlled the second half as they carved out their second win of the Championships.  This result puts them in a four-way tie for fourth place.

The Scots started well, stealing two shots in the first end, but Switzerland bounced back with a two of their own in the second.  In the third end, Scottish skip Cameron Bryce missed his take-out attempt as he tried to blank, to give Switzerland a steal of one and the lead, at 3-2.  However, a hit and stay by Bryce produced two shots in the fourth to give the Scotland the lead again.

In the fifth end, Switzerland briefly looked good for a big score but eventually, skip Jan Hess produced a weak last tap-up stone, meaning that they only scored two from the end to take a 5-4 lead into the break.

The Scots blanked the sixth end and then a good early set-up in the seventh produced another two shots for 6-5 to Scotland, the fifth time the lead had changed hands in the game.

In the eighth end, a good draw by Bryce left Hess with an almost impossible task and, although he managed to remove one Scottish stone, he left another, to give the Scots a single steal that moved their lead to 7-5.

The Scots restricted Switzerland to just a single shot in the ninth end and controlled the tenth until Bryce was slightly heavy and wide with his last take-out, to give Switzerland a steal of one, tie the game and force an extra end.

The extra end started well, with Scottish lead Frazer Shaw executing two tick shots perfectly.  Later third player Robin Brydone produced a nice double clear-out and eventually Bryce delivered a cool draw into the four-foot to score the one needed for their well-crafted win.

Scotland’s Frazer Shaw and Cameron Bryce… job done!

After the game, Bryce said, “I’m feeling really good about that one.  It was a good game and both sides played really well.  We managed to have a good eighth end which really turned it.”

He added, “we’ve been having really strong second halves and we managed to put together a good first half there, so we were confident going into the break.  We were in a good spot.”

Speaking about giving up the steal in the tenth end, he explained, “it just never curled as quick as we thought.”

And thinking about the extra end, he added, “we had a good last end.  Frazer had a couple of good ticks, which really helped us.  Robin had a good stone as well and my draw…well, it’s just a formality.  You’ve got to keep making those draws – that’s what you’re there for.”

Unbeaten Korea lead the table, with four wins.  (They beat USA by 7-4 in this session).  Behind them, Canada and Norway have three wins, and the Scots are now tied for fourth with Italy, Switzerland and USA.

The Scots now sit out Sunday evening’s session and face China on Monday afternoon in their next game, and about that Bryce said, “we’re a lot more positive now than when we were 0-2, so we can go into tomorrow looking a lot stronger”.

RESULTS.

MEN.

Session 5: USA 4, Korea 7; Scotland 8, Switzerland 7 (extra end); Canada 9, Italy 2.

Standings after 5 sessions: Korea won 4, lost 0; Canada, Norway 3-1; Italy, Scotland, Switzerland, USA 2-2; China 1-2; Turkey 0-3; Sweden 0-4.

Report: Mike Haggerty

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WOMEN: Session 5: Sweden 5, Scotland 6.

Scotland faced Sweden in Saturday evening’s fifth women’s round-robin session, with the two teams locked together undefeated at the top of the rankings.

This game went all the way to the last stone before Scotland emerged as 6-5 winners to remain unbeaten and sit alone at the top of the table, on five wins.

Sweden started with last stone advantage and blanked the first end but in the second an angle shot by their skip Isabella Wranaa went wrong to give Scotland a steal of one.  Wranaa made amends in the next end with a hit and stay for one shot to level the game.  Scotland’s Sophie Jackson was forced to draw for one in the fourth and two shots in the fifth gave the Swedes a half-time 3-2 lead.

In the sixth, a feathered take-out attempt by Jackson handed Sweden a steal of one and it looked like this would prove vital as the teams swapped singles in the next three ends, to give Sweden a 5-4 lead and last stone as they came to play the tenth end.  After tight Scottish play in this end, Wranaa missed a tight last-stone take-out to give Scotland a two-point steal from the end and the 6-5 win that puts them alone at the top of the table with their unbeaten record intact.

Sweden now go into a four-way tie in second place along with Canada, Korea and USA.

Victory sealed!

Afterwards, the Scots were deservedly delights and skip Jackson said, “that was pretty good!  It was really up and down in that game – it went our way, then it went their way. Myself and Isabella missed a couple of shots early on and that put the game up and down.  It was a good game to be in.”

Speaking about her error with the missed take-out in the sixth she said, “it didn’t feel too good at the time but the girls really kept me up, I was struggling and that really helped me.  We’re such a unit out there, on and off the ice.  We just get on so well and are supporting each other, so that works really well for us.”

So far, this year’s performance stands in stark contrast to Jackson’s experiences last year when she could only win two games, and about that, she said, “I was thinking about last year to myself earlier on, it feels pretty good and it makes me relax a lot more.  It’s nice to have the experience there and it feels so much better.”

The Scottish women now face Switzerland in Sunday’s only women’s session.

RESULTS.

WOMEN.

Session 5: USA 9, Japan 3; Korea 8, Hungary 5; Canada 8i, Turkey 6; Sweden 5, Scotland 6.

Standings after 5 sessions: Scotland won 4, lost 0; Canada, Korea, Sweden, USA 3-1; Switzerland 2-1; Japan, Turkey 1-3; Russia 0-3; Hungary 0-4.

Report: Mike Haggerty

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MEN: Session 4: Sweden 6, Scotland 8.

With a much more convincing performance than in their previous two outings, Cameron Bryce’s men’s team got their first win of the Championships in Saturday afternoon’s fourth session of men’s round-robin play, beating Sweden by 8-6.

The Scots started well, winning last stone advantage and opening with a single score in the first end.  Sweden levelled in the second end but the Scots edged ahead with two shots in the third for 3-1, a lead they were never to lose.

In the fourth end, good Scottish play managed to restrict Sweden to just one shot and in the fifth, Bryce played a hit and stay to score two form the end and take a 5-2 lead into the break.

The Scots again restricted Sweden to one in the sixth and another hit and stay by Bryce in the seventh produced the same result as before, a score of two that extended the Scots’ lead to 7-3.

Sweden scored two in the eighth end and reduced the Scottish lead to just one shot in the ninth with a single steal when Bryce’s attempted double missed its second target.

Scotland controlled the tenth end and, following good clear-up work by third player Robin Brydone, Sweden’s skip Johan Nygren was heavy with his last effort of the game, allowing the Scots to take one shot from the end and record their first victory so far, by 8-6, without their skip Cameron Bryce having to play his last stone.

Robin Brydone and Frazer Shaw in action on their way to a first win, against Sweden

After this win, a pleased Bryce said, “it’s good to get our first win on the board.  We played the way we know we can there.”

Thinking about what may have caused the change in his team’s fortunes, he explained, “we made a few changes pre-game.  We changed our warm-up a bit and just eased ourselves into it and got ourselves into the zone a bit better.  We started off a lot stronger and the first five was a lot better than it has been.  We cut out all the misses we’ve had in the last couple of games, and we’re looking more convincing.”

Asked about Sweden’s steal of one in the ninth, he said, “we were good in the ninth end.  We said ‘as long as we score, blank, or lose a one we‘re still in control’.  We were one up going up the last with hammer, so it was a great job in the last. Robin was really good.”

Looking ahead, he added, “we’ve got to go back now and get some good rest.  We’ve got a game in the morning against Switzerland now and we’re hoping we can get a second win on the board.”

RESULTS.

MEN.

Session 4: Turkey 3, Norway 7; Sweden 6, Scotland 8; China 5, Italy 6; USA 9, Switzerland 6.

Standings after 4 sessions: Korea won 3, lost 0; Norway 3-1; Canada, Italy, Switzerland, USA 2-1; China, Scotland 1-2; Turkey 0-3; Sweden 0-4.

Report: Mike Haggerty

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WOMEN: Session 4

The Scottish women sat out Saturday morning’s fourth round-robin session.

However, in this session, Sweden had a six-end 10-1 win over Russia to join the Scots, unbeaten at the top of the table, on three wins and no losses.

This sets up a top-of-the-table clash between these two teams in Saturday evening’s fifth round-robin session.

RESULTS.

WOMEN.

Session 4: Sweden 10, Russia 1; Switzerland 11, USA 12; Japan 6, Korea 7 (extra end).

Standings after 4 sessions:  Scotland, Sweden won 3, lost 0; Canada, Korea, USA 2-1; Japan, Switzerland, Turkey 1-2; Hungary, Russia 0-3.

MEN: Session 3: Scotland 7, Norway 8.

The Scottish men went down to their second loss when Norway beat them by 8-7 in Friday evening’s third session of round-robin play.  This result leaves the Scots still looking for a win, tied in eighth place with Turkey.

Norway opened with last stone advantage and used it to score two.  In the second end, a nice draw by Scottish skip Cameron Bryce opened the Scottish account with one shot.

However, in the third, despite Bryce attempting a freeze with his last, Norwegian skip Magnus Ramsfjell was able to find a way to tap it out and scored four from the end, a devastating blow to the Scots.

A good freeze by Bryce in the fourth end produced two shots to reduce the Norwegian lead and eventually another score of two by the Scots in the seventh brought them to within two shots of Norway, who then led by 7-5.

With Scotland fighting hard, the teams swapped singles in the eighth and ninth ends, but , despite a good set-up by the Scots in the tenth, Ramsfjell was able to remove one Scottish counter to give up a single steal in the end to Scotland, but claim the game win, by 8-7.

Robin Brydone watches a delivery by Norway’s Magnus Vaagberg

The Scottish men now face bottom-placed Sweden in their only game on Saturday, with both teams still looking to record their first win.

RESULTS.

MEN.

Session 3: Switzerland 10, Sweden 3; China 3, Canada 7; Korea 8, Turkey 4; Scotland 7, Norway 8.

Standings after 3 sessions: Korea won 3, lost 0; Switzerland 2-0; Canada, Norway 2-1, China, Italy, USA 1-1; Scotland, Turkey 0-2; Sweden 0-3.

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WOMEN: Session 3: Turkey 5, Scotland 10.

With a convincing 10-5 win over Turkey in Friday afternoon’s third session of women’s round-robin play, the Scottish women stretched their unbeaten run to three games and now sit alone at the top of the rankings.

Second-placed Sweden also have an unbeaten record but have played only twice.

The Scots started this game strongly, scoring three in the first end when Turkey’s skip Dilsat Yildiz missed a take-out and Scotland’s Sophie Jackson was able to draw her last stone into position.

In the second end, Yildiz’s attempted tap-back went wrong, and Scotland stole another three shots.  The Scots then stole another shot for a 7-0 win when Yildiz’s third-end draw was short.

Turkey got onto the scoreboard in the fourth end, scoring two with a hit and stay and then reduced Scotland’s lead to 7-3 in the fifth end when Jackson was just short with a draw to the button despite her sweepers’ best efforts.

Scotland blanked the sixth and moved to 8-3 in the seventh with a Jackson draw for one.  Yildiz played a precise promote in the eighth to score two points but a nose-hit by Jackson in the ninth gave Scotland two more points and a 10-5 lead.  Turkey conceded during the tenth end.

Scotland’s lead Sophie Sinclair keeps an eye on Turkey’s play

After the game, a pleased Jackson said, “this is a good place to be after two days, so we’re really happy with that.”

She added, “we came in pretty strong today, but it’s quite tricky to hold on to early leads like that sometimes, so I’m really pleased with how we did that.  We had a few slack shots here and there but we still felt pretty calm and collected.”

Looking forward she also said, “now, we’re just going to keep our processes going as we’ve been doing throughout the season…all our pre-game stuff, all out stuff after games…things like that – just keeping everything normal.”

The Scottish women now sit out Saturday morning’s fourth session and face Sweden on Saturday evening on what will be a top-of-the-table clash, if the Swedes beat Russia in the morning.

RESULTS.

WOMEN.

Session 3: Turkey 5, Scotland 10; Russia 5, Japan 6; Hungary 6, USA 9; Switzerland 5, Canada 7.

Standings after 3 sessions: Scotland won 3, lost 0; Sweden 2-0; Canada 2-1; Japan, Korea, Switzerland, USA 1-1; Turkey 1-2; Russia 0-2; Hungary 0-3.

Report: Mike Haggerty

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MEN: Session 2.

The Scottish men sat out Friday morning’s second session of round-robin play and return to the ice on Friday evening, to play Norway in the third session.

RESULTS.

MEN.

Session 2: Canada 5, Korea 9; Italy 5, USA 3; Norway 6, Sweden 2; China 13, Turkey 3.

Standings after 2 sessions: Korea won 2, lost 0; China, Switzerland 1-0; Canada, Italy, Norway, USA 1-1; Scotland, Turkey 0-1; Sweden 0-2.

WOMEN: Session 2: Scotland 8, Hungary 7.

The Scottish women recorded their second win with a characterful performance against Hungary in a game that could easily have gotten away from them.

The Scots went into the break down by 2-4 when a badly-judged hit by skip Sophie Jackson gave the Hungarians a steal of two.

However, the Scots bounced back immediately with Jackson drawing her final stone of the sixth end to score three and take a 5-4 lead.  Hungary responded with two shots in the seventh end and the Scots moved on to a 7-6 lead in the eighth when Jackson’s hit and stay produced two more shots.

Hungary’s skip Bernadett Biro wrecked on the way in with her last stone of the ninth to give Scotland a single steal and an 8-6 lead.  In the tenth, Jackson used her last stone to complete a five-stone wall of guards across the front of the house and, when Biro could not draw round that, Hungary could only score one point to let Scotland emerge as 8-7 winners.

The Scottish women sweep to a successful first day

The Scottish women now share top spot on the rankings with Sweden and afterwards, Jackson said, “that’s us off to a good start and that’s nice for the first day.  They were two pretty close games – we didn’t have a good game there, it wasn’t our best game.  We struggled a bit – we’re tired, we couldn’t get the ice, couldn’t get the stones, but it’s nice to come out with a win when things like that happen.  It’s a good feeling to still be on top when you’re playing like that, but we’d like to pick it up and make things easier for ourselves.”

Overall she judged, “first day down with two wins is pretty good.”

The Scottish women now face Norway on Friday afternoon.

RESULTS.

WOMEN.

Session 2: Russia 6, Switzerland 7; Sweden 8, Canada 7; Korea 12, Turkey 4; Scotland 8, Hungary 7.

Standings after 2 sessions: Scotland, Sweden won 2, lost 0; Switzerland 1-0; Canada, Korea, Turkey 1-1; Japan, Russia, USA 0-1; Hungary 0-2.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Richard Gray/WCF

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MEN: Session 1: Scotland 6, USA 7 (extra end)

Cameron Bryce’s men suffered the sting of an extra-end defeat when they went down by 6-7 to USA in their opening round-robin game on Thursday afternoon.

The game was close all the way, with the teams level at 1-1 after four ends.  Scotland nudged ahead with a single steal in the fifth end and then USA skip Andrew Stopera hit and rolled to level the score at 2-2 in the sixth end.

In the seventh, as a result of some slack Scottish play, the USA managed to carve out a four-point steal to earn what looked like a game-winning 6-2 lead.  But Scotland fought back, scoring one in the eighth end and then stealing in both the ninth and tenth ends to tie the game at 6-6.  In the tenth, USA skip Stopera had a complete miss on the wing on two Scottish stones after good Scottish stone positioning.

Eventually Stopera made amends in the extra end to take out Bryce’s last stone and score the one point needed for his 7-6 win.

Cameron Bryce’s team opened with an extra end loss

After the game a philosophical Bryce said, “that was just slack.  It wasn’t our strongest game and it took us to that single in the seventh to get us going and get us fired a bit.  We played a lot better in the last four ends but it still wasn’t good enough.”

Explaining the loss of four in the seventh end he said, “we just weren’t playing perfect shots.  It wasn’t full misses, they just weren’t as good as we could have made them, and all of a sudden we were in a bit of bother.”

Looking forward, he added, “hopefully that will give us a bit of motivation.  We can’t afford to go down to zero and two, so we’ve got to get back in tomorrow against Norway and get a win on the board.”

The Scottish men now sit out Friday morning’s second session before facing Norway in the evening.

RESULTS.

MEN.

Session 1: Scotland 6, USA 7 (extra end); Canada 12, Sweden 8; Italy 3, Switzerland 8; Norway 4, Korea 6.

Report: Mike Haggerty

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Women Session 1: Korea 6, Scotland 7.

It eventually took a single-shot steal in the tenth end for Sophie Jackson to lead the Scottish women to their first win, by 7-6 over hosts Korea, in Thursday morning’s opening round-robin session.

The Scots opened with last stone advantage but, in the first end, Jackson wrecked with her second stone, handing Korea a steal of two points.

In the second end, two good draws around guards by Scottish third Naomi Brown eventually set up her skip with a hit and stay for two to level the score.  However Korea responded with another two in the third end and when Jackson’s hit in the fourth end rolled too far, giving Scotland only one shot instead of two, Korea had a 4-3 advantage.

In the fifth end, Korea’s skip Min Ji Kim wrecked with her final draw, handing Scotland a steal to level the game at 4-4 and then a freeze by third player Brown set the Scots up for another single steal in the sixth end to take the lead for the first time in the game, at 5-4.

The pendulum swung again, with Korea following up a single shot score in the seventh end with a single steal in the eighth, for 6-5.

In the ninth, Jackson delivered with a hit and stay for one to level again at 6-6.  The Scots then went into the tenth end without last stone, but good front end play set up the steal possibility well, and eventually, after Jackson guarded her own counting stone with her final effort, Kim came up short with her final draw, giving Scotland a steal of one and the win.

Other opening session winners were Canada, Sweden and Turkey.

Sophie Jackson delivers…

After her opening win, Jackson said, “…a win, so that’s very good.  That was a real backwards and forwards game.  There were a couple of misses here and there – just absolute inches – from both teams, so it was really tough.”

She added, “it’s exciting playing in a game like that, it keeps your concentration going.  We’re really pleased with that first win on the board.  It gets us off to a good start, especially against last year’s silver medallists.”

More generally, she added, “we’re better prepared this year, we’ve done so much preparation work with Kate (Brewster, national coach), she’s helped us a lot.”

The Scottish women now face Hungary (who lost by 1-8 to Canada in their opener) in Thursday evening’s second women’s round-robin session.

RESULTS

WOMEN.

Session 1: Canada 8, Hungary 1; Korea 6, Scotland 7; Sweden 9, Japan 2; USA 7, Turkey 8.

Report: Mike Haggerty

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