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WOMEN Final: Scotland 2, Canada 8.

Scotland’s women had to settle for silver when Canada beat them by 8-2 in their gold medal final.

This completed a golden Canadian double – their men having won their title earlier.  This victory also completed a remarkable personal double for their skip Kelsey Rocque who retained the world title with a completely different team from last year’s winners.

At the same time, Switzerland beat Sweden by 7-6 after an extra end to take the bronze medals.

In the gold medal game, Canada started with last stone and blanked the first end.   In the second end Canada’s skip Rocque was heavy with her attempt to draw for two points and had to settle for opening the scoring with just one point.

Scotland got on the board in the third end, but by accident.  Skip Gina Aitken wanted to blank the end, but her final effort was tight and she hit and stayed for an unwanted single point.  The Canadian break-through came in the fourth end when Rocque pounced on her chance to hit out a Scottish stone and score three points for a clear 4-1 lead.   The Scots then succeeded in blanking the fifth end and Canada took a 4-1 lead into the break.

Looking for a bigger score that would bring her team back into the game, Scotland’s Aitken was instead forced to draw for just one point in the sixth end to reduce Canada’s lead to 4-2.  Canada had another break-through in the seventh end, when Rocque had a nose-ht for another score of three, increasing her lead to 7-2.  In the eighth, Aitken’s final draw came up short to gift Canada a steal of one point and, with the score now at 8-2 to Canada and only two ends left, the Scots conceded.

A disappointed Aitken spoke after the game, saying, “it was a really good game. I think both teams actually played really well and in the end it just came down to a few shots that didn’t come off for us and then Kelsey and her team played well and took advantage of it.  I think just now we are a little disappointed but in a couple of hours or a couple of days we’ll be delighted with what we’ve done.  We are happy with how we played this game and the whole week. ”

Meanwhile winning skip Rocque said, “It’s pretty awesome. It’s such a cool feeling and for four of those girls it’s the first time the gold will be around their necks and hopefully not the last, so it’s really exciting.”

so near yet so far...

… so near yet so far…

In the bronze game between Sweden and Switzerland the teams completed ten ends tied at 6-6 to force an extra end.  In this end, Sweden had last stone, but Switzerland’s fourth player Briar Heurlimann delivered an inch-perfect draw behind a guard with her last stone.  Sweden’s skip Isabella Wranaa tried to take it out but caught the guard to give up a steal of one , the game, and the bronze medals to Switzerland.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Richard Gray/WCF

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MEN bronze medal game: Scotland 8, Sweden 3.

Scotland’s men took bronze medals when they beat Sweden by 8-3 in Sunday morning’s bronze play-off game .  At the same time, Canada took the world title as they beat defending champions Switzerland by 6-3 in the gold medal final.

The Scots had been relegated to playing for bronze, rather than gold, when Sweden beat them by 7-6 in Friday evening’s Page 3-4 Play-off, and therefore had a compete day to re-group.

The game started cagily.  Sweden opened with last stone and blanked the first two ends.  Then in the third end, Swedish skip Fredrik Nyman had a complete miss with a take-out attempt and then came up short with his final stone draw, giving Scotland a steal of three points.

Nyman made up for this in the fourth end with a good double take-out and stay to open his account with one point, but in the fifth end Scottish skip Bruce Mouat played a nose-hit to score one point and take a 4-1 lead in to half-time.

Sweden came right back into the game in the sixth end when Nyman hit out two Scottish stones and scored two points, to reduce Scotland’s lead to 4-3.  Mouat responded in the seventh with a double take-out for two points but the Scots moved further ahead in the eighth end when Nyman’s tap-up attempt went wrong, giving Scotland a steal of one for a 7-3 lead.  The game concluded in the ninth end when Nyman could only remove one Scottish stone, leaving another to count one point for 8-3, at which point the Swedes conceded.

After his bronze medal win, Scotland’s skip Bruce Mouat said, ” It feels really good. It wasn’t our best week here but we’re satisfied with the bronze. We’ve got a great team dynamic and the guys played awesome all week so I’m just chuffed.”  Speaking about the break-through third end, he said, “we put a lot of pressure on Fredrik (Nyman) and fortunately his draw didn’t curl enough and we managed to steal a three from that.”  Speaking more generally, he added, “we had a full day’s preparation so we managed to just relax, chill out and regroup almost.  We were quite disappointed after our 3-4 game so we’re just glad to come out with a win there.”

Meanwhile a disappointed Swedish skip Nyman said, “unfortunately, that was our worst game this week. After a tough miss in the third end we fought well but did not manage to come back.”

"We’ve got a great team dynamic", Scottish btonze medal skip Bruce Mouat

“We’ve got a great team dynamic”,
Scottish bronze medal skip Bruce Mouat

The new Scottish bronze medallists are: skip Bruce Mouat, third player Duncan Menzies, second Derrick Sloan and lead Angus Dowell, supported by alternate Bobby Lammie and coached by Colin Morrison.

In the gold medal game, Canada had last stone advantage and blanked the first end before opening the scoring with two points in the second when Switzerland’s fourth player Romano Meier could not pull off a double take-out, leaving Canada’s skip Braden Calvert to draw his last stone into the house.

Switzerland then blanked the third end and in the fourth, Meier’s last stone wrecked on a guard on the way in, handing Canada a single steal and a 3-0 lead.  Switzerland blanked again in the fifth end but Canada had another single steal in the sixth end for a 4-0 lead.

Switzerland finally got on the scoreboard in the seventh end, but had to settle with drawing for one point.  Canada re-asserted themselves in the eighth, leaving skip Calvert with a draw for two points and a 6-1 lead.  Switzerland played on, scoring two points in the ninth end with a delicate tap-up by fourth player Meier to reduce the Canadian lead to 6-3, but in the tenth, Calvert’s first stone took out two Swiss stones in the house, running Switzerland out of stones.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Richard Gray/WCF

WOMEN’s Semi-final: Scotland 6, Sweden 1.

The Scottish women recovered from their Page Play-off 2-9 loss to Canada with a confident 6-1 victory in their semi-final against Sweden, a result which puts them into Sunday afternoon’s final to face Canada again, guarantees them silver medals at least, and keeps their world crown dream alive.

Skip Gina Aitken was tested from the start – she had to draw inside five Swedish stones to open the scoring in the first end and the Scots got the first break of the game in the next end when Swedish skip Isabella Wranaa jammed a Scottish stone on its way out of the house to give Scotland a steal of one and a 2-0 lead.  The Swedes then blanked the third end and followed that up with a draw by Wranaa in the fourth end to open their account with one shot.

Good work early in the end by the Scottish team in the fifth gave their skip Aitken a chance to score two in the fifth, but her second effort was long and, after an umpire’s measure, the Scots had to be content with a score of just one and a 3-1 half-time lead.

In the sixth end Wranaa was very short with her final draw to give Scotland another single steal that moved them onto a 4-1 lead.  Sweden blanked the seventh and, in the eighth, the Scots built the house again, forcing Sweden’s Wranaa to draw against two Scottish stones.  This time she was heavy and through, giving Scotland a steal of two more and a  6-1 win.  She then conceded.

After the game, Scotland’s Aitken said, “we’re feeling really good. It was nice to come back from the 1-2 Page and we played a really solid game there.  We kept our cool, made sure we played all our shots the best we could and kept the pressure on.”

Another picture that needs no caption!

Another picture that needs no caption!

Once she had recovered from her loss, Sweden’s Wranaa said, “it feels horrible. We played great this morning and have had a good week. After a bad start of the game we really struggled to get back. Tomorrow we will try to find our game again and bring home a medal, which is our goal.”

Sweden will now come back on to the ice to play Switzerland for bronze medals at the same time as the Scots face Canada for gold.

In the men’s semi-final, Switzerland beat Sweden by 9-4 and they now go on to the gold medal final against Canada, while Sweden come back to play Scotland for bronze medals.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Richard Gray/WCF

WOMEN: Page 1-2 Play-off: Scotland 2, Canada 9.

Gina Aitken and her Scottish team  went down by 2-9 to Canada in Saturday afternoon’s Page 1-2 Play-off game, and now face Sweden, who beat Switzerland by 10-4 in Saturday evening’s semi-final.

Canada, skipped by defending world champion Kelsey Rocque, opened the scoring against Scotland, hitting out a Scottish stone in the first end for one point.  Scottish skip Aitken then drew her last stone of the second end inside two Canadian stones to take one point and level the score.

Canada made the first breakthrough of the game in the third end when Rocque had a hit and stay to score three points for a clear 4-1 lead.   The Scots blanked the fourth end and then Aitken again drew for one point in the fifth, this time having to get inside three Canadian stones.  This gave Canada a 4-2 half-time lead.

Canada’s Rocque hit and stayed with her last stone to score one point in the sixth end and then Scotland gave up steals of two points in each of the seventh and eighth ends to finish the game at 9-2 in Canada’s favour.

No caption needed!...a picture tells a thousand words

No caption needed!…a picture tells a thousand words

Canada’s skip Kelsey Rocque now goes on to play in her second successive world final, and she said, ” we just came out firing in this game. We were inspired by our Team Leader Garry’s speech before the game. He talked about how proud of us he was for getting this far. There’s always a bit of pressure carrying Canada’s colours and now we’re going home with a medal, so it’s pretty amazing.”  She added, “we got fortunate with a couple of uncharacteristic misses by Scotland.”

For her part, Scotland’s skip Gina Aitken said, “we don’t feel so good after that. We’ll prepare for the semi in the same way we prepare for every game and just keep focused”.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Richard Gray/WCF

MEN Page 3-4 Play-off: Sweden 7, Scotland 6.

Bruce Mouat’s team struggled in the first half of their Page 3-4 Play-off game against Sweden.  The Swedes had last stone advantage and blanked the first end, they then opened the scoring with two shots in the second end when their skip Fredrik Nyman hit and stayed with his last stone.

The Scots could only respond with a score of one in the third end when Mouat was facing two Swedish counters and was forced to draw the button.  However the Swedes made a break-through in the fourth end when Nyman was able to hit out the only Scottish stone in the house, keep his own stone there, and score three for a 5-1 lead.  Things got worse in the fifth end when Mouat’s take-out attempt went wrong, leaving one Swedish stone lying in the house to steal one more for a 6-1 half-time lead to Sweden.

However, the Scots mounted a charge in the second half.  They split the house in the sixth end and Mouat was eventually able to draw for two shots and reduce the Swedish lead to 6-3.  The Swedes missed a succession of take-outs in the seventh end and eventually their skip Nyman was forced to play a damage-limiting tap-out allowing Scotland a steal of one that reduced the Swedish lead to 6-4.  In the eighth end a well-placed final stone by Mouat forced Nyman to play a draw for one and a 7-4 lead rather than attempt a riskier multi-score hit.  The Scots scored another two in the ninth end to close the gap to 7-6 in Sweden’s favour when Nyman’s double take-out attempt left a Scottish stone lying shot and Mouat drew his final stone into the house.

In a tense tenth end, Mouat was forced to attempt a hit and roll with his last stone, but his shooter rolled out, giving Sweden a 7-6 win without Nyman having to play his final stone.

After the game, Nyman said, “we got an early lead in the game that we managed to keep throughout even though they did everything they could to get back.  We had a great amount of pressure on them in the fourth end  We had  a possible shot for four, picked up three and that was pretty much the game.”

Bruce Mouat and his team had too much to do in the second half

Bruce Mouat and his team had too much to do in the second half

In the Page 1-2 Play-off, Canada stole one in the tenth end when Switzerland’s fourth player Romano Meier had a complete miss on an open take-out, and this means that Switzerland will now face Sweden in the semi-final, with the winner going on to the gold medal final against Canada and the loser facing Scotland for bronze medals.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Richard Gray/WCF

WOMEN Session 9: Scotland 7, England 3.

Gina Aitken’s Scottish women beat Hetty Garnier’s England team by 7-3 to not only conclude their round-robin programme with their sixth win, but also to grab a place in the Page 1-2 Play-off game, against Canada.

The Scots opened well, drawing for one shot in the first end and stealing one more in the second  when Garnier left one of two Scottish stones in the house.

England scored one in the third end and then Scotland took another shot from the fourth despite Aitken’s last effort being long.  The break-through came in the fifth end when Garnier was short with her final draw, handing Scotland a steal of three and a 6-1 half-time lead.

The teams swapped singles for the next three ends, and, in the eighth, when Garnier hit for one to take the score to 7-3 in Scotland’s favour, the English conceded.

Canada finished the round-robin in top spot and Scotland shared a won six, lost three record with Sweden but took second place on the rankings because of their earlier win over Sweden, by 10-5 on Monday.

In winning this game, Scotland avoided a complicated tie-break scenario. In this session, USA beat Switzerland  by 7-3, a result that meant USA and Switzerland finished on five wins from the round-robin programme, as did Korea and Russia.  However, in comparing the record of wins among these four teams, USA emerged top and Switzerland in second place, thereby qualifying to  take part in a tie-breaker to decide which of them will take up the last place in the Page Play-off line-up.

With poorer records among the four teams, Russia and Korea will also play in a tie-breaker – this time to determine which of the two will finish sixth and therefore take the last available direct qualification place in the line-up for next year’s World Junior Championship, with the other finishing seventh and therefore moving to next year’s pre-Qualification event.

A slot in the Page 1-2 Play-off was Scotland's reward for beating England

A slot in the Page 1-2 Play-off was Scotland’s reward for beating England

After the game, Aitken said, ” It feels really good to be in the 1-2 play-off, it’s a nice place to be.”  About the fifth end she said, “we just had a few in the house and decided to go a bit more aggressive in that end and keep the pressure on.  In the end we got a miss on the last shot.  We knew we just had to win and we’d be through to some sort of Page Play-off so we just had to keep concentrating and keep focused for that game.”

The women’s Page games take place on Saturday morning.

RESULTS

 Session 9: Scotland 7, England 3; Estonia 2, Russia 8; Canada 7, Korea 1; Czech Republic 3, Sweden 10; USA 7, Switzerland 3.

Standings after 9 sessions: Canada won 9, lost 0 (Q); Scotland (Q), Sweden 6-3 (Q); USA (tie-Breaker for playoff qualification), Switzerland (tie-Breaker for playoff qualification), Korea (tie-Breaker for relegation to Junior-B Championships event), Russia 5-4 (tie-Breaker for relegation to Junior-B Championships event); Estonia, England 2-7; Czech Republic 0-9.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Richard Gray/WCF

MEN Session 9: Estonia 1, Scotland 8.

The Scottish men concluded their round-robin programme in Thursday evening’s ninth session with a one-sided 8-1 win over Estonia in just six ends.

In some ways, this was a meaningless match – the Scots already knew they were in the 3-4 Page Play-off game (the only matter to be decided was whether they or Sweden would rank third, and as Sweden beat Switzerland by 8-2, the Scots rank fourth), and Estonia  already knew they would finish tenth on the rankings.

However, the Scots dominated, opening with a score of two and then stealing two in the second end when Estonia’s fourth player Sander Rouk was heavy and through with his final stone.  A single steal followed in the third end when Rouk  was heavy again, and this was followed by a further steal of two shots in the fourth after a measure, Rouk being short with his draw this time.

Estonia finally got onto the scoreboard with a single shot in the fifth, thanks to a well-played nose-hit by Rouk.  The team played out the sixth end  and skip Bruce Mouat scored the final shot of the game with a nose-hit.

Afterwards, Mouat said, ” that was a good game for us. We played really solid and didn’t make many mistakes so hopefully we can keep that going.  We came out firing this game. We were a bit slack this morning so we just needed tighten up a bit.”

Looking ahead he said, “we’re against Sweden, we already knew that, so we are just going to have to come out and play well. We’re just going to play the same game we’ve been playing all week and hopefully it will lead us to the final.”

Scotland got back to winning ways against Estonia

Scotland got back to winning ways against Estonia

The Page Play-offs – Canada against Switzerland and Sweden against Scotland – will take place on Friday evening.

RESULTS

Session 9: Canada 6, Korea 5; Norway 5, Italy 4; Sweden 8, Switzerland 2; Russia 0, USA 7; Estonia 1, Scotland 8.

Final standings: Canada won 8, lost (Q); Switzerland 7-2 (Q); Scotland, Sweden 6-3 (Q); USA, Norway 4-5; Korea, Italy, Russia, Estonia 1-8.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Richard Gray/WCF

WOMEN Session 8: Scotland 6, Korea 7.

Scotland’s women lost by 6-7 to Korea in Thursday afternoon’s eighth round-robin session, a result that places them in a four-way tie for second place with Korea, Switzerland and Sweden behind unbeaten Canada – who have already qualified in first place – for the three remaining Page Play-off places.

To make matters more complicated, Russia and the USA, who are tied for sixth place are still in with a tie-breaker chance.

it was the Scots who took the early lead in this vital game, scoring one point in the first end and stealing one more in the second, for 2-0.  However, skip Gina Aitken wrecked with her final stone of the third end allowing Korea skip Eun Bi Kim to draw her last stone into the house and score a game-changing four points.

After blanking the fourth, the Scots did manage to level the game at 4-4 when they scored two points in the fifth end, but Korea moved ahead again after this, scoring single points in the next three ends for 7-4, including a steal of one point in the eighth that was only decided after an umpire’s measure.  Scotland came back with a single point in the ninth for 7-5 to Korea and in the tenth, Kim’s first attempted take-out jammed on the way out, but she got it right with her second take-out and although Scotland scored one more point from the end, it was too little, and Korea won by 7-6.

Afterwards, Kim said (through an interpreter), ” I feel pleased and I’m more confident that we can get to the play-offs. We will try to do our best for the last game tomorrow so we can make the play-offs.”

Friday morning’s last round-robin session has now turned into a nail-biter.  Ironically, Scotland face England, who now know that they are relegated to next season’s pre-qualification event in Finland, while Korea face Canada; Sweden play the Czech Republic, and USA are against Switzerland, with all to play for.

The Scottish women still  have every chance of making the Play-offs

The Scottish women still have every chance of making the Play-offs

RESULTS.

 Session 8: Sweden 9, USA 6; Scotland 6, Korea 7; Estonia 7, England 5; Switzerland 3, Canada 4; Russia 10, Czech Republic 6.

Standings after 8 sessions: Canada won 8, lost 0 (Q); Korea, Scotland, Switzerland, Sweden 5-3; Russia, USA 4-4; England, Estonia 2-6; Czech Republic 0-8.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Richard Gray/WCF

MEN Session 8: Scotland 5, Sweden 7.

Despite going down by 5-7 to Sweden in Thursday morning’s eighth session of round-robin play -their third loss of the week – Scotland’s men have now qualified for the Page Play-offs.

Canada beat defending champions Switzerland by 5-3 in this session, and these two teams are now two wins ahead of the Scots and Sweden, so these two will play in the 1-2 game, while the Swedes and Scotland will face each other again in the 3-4 game.

Bruce Mouat’s men looked well set when they stole two points in the first end, but a simple draw for two points by Sweden’s skip Fredrik Nyman in the fourth end brought the teams level, at 3-3.  The Scots blanked the fifth end and were looking good for a good score in the sixth but slack Scottish play eventually let Sweden take the lead for the first time – at 5-3 – with a steal of two points in the sixth end.  The teams swapped single points in the seventh and eight ends and Mouat was forced to draw just for one shot in the ninth, meaning Scotland had to steal in the tenth to force an extra end.  Mouat’s final draw was close but eventually an umpire’s measure went to Sweden for their 7-5 win.

After the game, Sweden’s skip Fredrik Nyman revealed how close the game actually was, saying, “we had a bad start in this game, no control of the ice and I was really close to mentally giving up. But we came back strong since we just could not afford to lose. Every game is like a final now.”

Behind the four Page qualifiers, five teams – Italy, Korea, Norway Russia and USA all have three wins and share fifth place.

A new WCF qualification system comes into force this season and, with one more round-robin session to play, only two of these teams can be sure that they will qualify direct for next year’s Championship, while, depending on which nation hosts next year’s event, the others, along with Estonia, who, on just one win so far, will finish tenth, will need to depend on next year’s world qualification event in Finland to try to return to the Championships line-up.

Angus Dowell in action

Angus Dowell in action

RESULTS

 Session 8: USA 9, Estonia 4; Canada 5, Switzerland 3; Norway 6, Korea 5; Scotland 5, Sweden 7; Italy 6, Russia 4.

Standings after 8 sessions: Canada (Q), Switzerland 7-1 (Q); Scotland (Q), Sweden 5-3 (Q); Italy, Korea, Norway, Russia, USA 3-5; Estonia 1-7.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Richard Gray/WCF

WOMEN Session 7: Switzerland , Scotland .

Scotland faced Switzerland in Wednesday evening’s seventh round-robin session and skip Gina Aitken played a brave last shot – an angled raise take-out – to score five shots in the tenth end to win by 11-6 and move themselves into joint second place on the rankings.

Switzerland won last stone advantage and the teams swapped singles in the first two ends.  Switzerland scored another single in the third when their fourth player Briar Huerlimann drew her final stone into shot position against five Scottish counters.

But Scotland made a break-through score of two shots in the fourth end  when a Swiss double did not come off and Scottish skip Gina Aitken drew her second stone into the house to move the score to 3-2 in Scotland’s favour.  However, in the fifth, Aitken’s attempt to clear out a collection of stones left one Swiss stone lying shot and Huerlimann scored two with a draw to take a 4-3 lead into the break.

The Scots blanked both the sixth and seventh ends, and then, having split the house early in the eight end, Aitken played a double take-out and stay to score three for a 6-4 lead.  Switzerland responded with a draw for three in the ninth, and, in the tenth, Aitken produced her angled raise take-out to remove the only Swiss stone in the house, giving Scotland a score of five from the end and an 11-6 win.

This was Scotland’s  fifth win of the week and they lie in joint second place along with Switzerland behind now already-qualified Canada.

Afterwards, an elated Aitken said, “we always knew it was going to be a tough game and it meant a lot to both team so it was good to come out there with a win.  When it comes to your last stone you can’t really be thinking too much you’re just thinking about what you’ve got to do and get on with it. It was all or nothing, I had to make it.”

She added, “the score doesn’t reflect the game. The Swiss girls actually played really well, it was a close game throughout. Both teams played really well so we’re just happy to have edged it at the end. We took the opportunities better tonight, played a bit better in those key shots like the last one there. We made them today when we didn’t before so that’s pretty much the difference today. ”

words of wisdom from coach David Aitken

words of wisdom from coach David Aitken

RESULTS

 Session 7: Canada 8, Estonia 2; England 3, USA 14; Russia 6, Sweden 4 (extra end); Korea 8, Czech Republic 6; Switzerland 6, Scotland 11.

Standings after 7 sessions: Canada won 7, lost 0 (Q); Scotland, Switzerland 5-2; Korea, Sweden, USA 4-3; Russia 3-4; England 2-5; Estonia 1-6; Czech Republic 0-7.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Richard Gray/WCF

MEN Session 7: Scotland 4, Canada 10.

The Scottish men went down to their second loss of the week, by 4-10 to Canada, in Wednesday afternoon’s seventh session of round-robin play.

Scotland won the last stone advantage for the first end but Canada stole a single point in the opener to set the tone for the rest of the game.

The Scots did equalise in the second end ,when the front end swept Bruce Mouat’s final draw all the way to just score one, but in the third, Canada’s skip Branden Calvert  drew his final stone into the house to score three points for a 4-1 lead.  In the fourth, Mouat played a double take-out to score two shots and narrow the lead to 4-3 for Canada.

Calvert drew against three Scottish counters in the fifth end to move to 5-3 and then, when it was Mouat’s turn to draw against three counters, the Scottish skip came up short in the sixth to give Canada a steal of two.  The Scots responded with a single shot in the seventh but, in the eighth, Calvert cleared out Scottish stones in the house to score three, and the Scots conceded with the score at 10-4 to Canada.

Canada and Scotland went into this game n the same 5-1 record and this victory gave Canada qualification for the Play-offs.  Switzerland, who maintained their unbeaten 7-0 record with a 7-3 win over Russia, have also qualified for the Page Play-offs.

Scotland now face Sweden and then Estonia to finish off their programme on Thursday, with a Play-off place still in their sights.

Duncan Menzies and his team-mates could not better Canada

Duncan Menzies and his team-mates could not better Canada

RESULTS

 Session 7: Sweden 4, Norway 6; Korea 14, Estonia 2; Italy 10, USA 1; Switzerland 7, Russia 3; Scotland 4, Canada 10.

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

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Richard Gray/WCF

WOMEN Session 6: Scotland 2, Canada 9.

Scotland’s women lost to Canada by 2-9 in just seven ends in Wednesday morning’s sixth round-robin session, a second defeat of the week that slips them down to joint third place on the rankings alongside Sweden, who had a last stone 7-6 win over England..

Canada had last stone advantage and blanked the first end. Their skip – defending world champion Kelsey Rocque – was then able to draw for two in the second end when Scottish skip Gina Aitken could only clear out one of two Canadian counters with her last stone of the end.

In the third end, Aitken had to draw against two Canadian stones in the house to score one and the Scots stole a further shot in the fourth to level the score at 2-2 when Rocque’s attempted tap-up went wrong.

In the fifth end Aitken could not move the stones the way she wanted, leaving Rocque an open hit for three and a 5-2 lead.  Aitken’s final draw in the sixth was short, handing Canada a steal of one.  Once again the Scottish skip’s draw in the seventh came up short and, after a measure, Canada stole three points.  The Scots then conceded.

After the game, Canadian skip Rocque said, ““I think we just got the breaks when we needed them. Scotland struggled a little bit and we played well enough to win. We were expecting a lot tighter of a game. They’re a great team and we definitely expect to see them again.”

Scotland struggled against Canada

Scotland struggled against Canada

RESULTS

 Session 6: Korea 7, Russia 6; Czech Republic 4, Switzerland 9; Scotland 2, Canada 9; Estonia 3, USA 5; England 6, Sweden 7

 Standings after 6 sessions: Canada won 6, lost 0; Switzerland 5-1; Scotland, Sweden 4-2; Korea, USA 3-3; England , Russia 2-4; Estonia 1-5; Czech Republic 0-6.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Richard Gray/WCF

MEN Session 6: Russia 3, Scotland 9.

Scotland’s men came back from being 0-3 down after the first two ends of their Tuesday evening sixth round-robin session game against Russia to win by 9-3 in just six ends.

Russia earned last stone in the first end and their skip Artur Ali drew in his last stone to open with a score of two.  In the second end an attempted tap-out by Scottish skip Bruce Mouat was just not strong enough, giving Russia a single steal and a 3-0 lead.

However the Scots repaired the damage in the third end when Mouat had a tap-back and stay to score four points, and a single steal by the Scots in the fourth end improved their lead to 5-3.  In the fifth end, Ali’s attempted hit and stay rolled out, giving Scotland a further steal of two and a 7-3 half-time lead  .In the sixth end, Ali’s final draw was heavy and through, giving Scotland yet another steal of two.  At this point, the Russians conceded to give Scotland a remarkable six-end victory.

Afterwards, an elated Mouat said, “It was a good turn around.  Even in the first two ends we weren’t down in the game. Ali made a real good draw for two in the first end and I was about half an inch away from scoring two in the second.  The third end was just a massive turn around.”

Speaking more generally, in response to being asked what signal such a win sent the rest of the field, he said, “we’re here to do well.  The other teams probably know that, we’ve played quite a lot of the other teams before so they are not going to underestimate us anyway.  But now that they’ve seen that they might be thinking that we don’t give up.”

He also said, “now we mustn’t get too carried away.  Keep it going, but we’ve got Canada tomorrow and then Sweden – big games.  Win and we’ll  be good, so focus on that.”  He added, “we’ll rest well tonight – we’ve only played thirteen ends today”

As Mouat said, his team face Canada tomorrow, who kept themselves in joint second place with Scotland with a 3-2 extra end win over Sweden.

Scotland completed a remarkable turnaround against Russia

Scotland completed a remarkable turnaround against Russia

 RESULTS

Session 6: Switzerland won 6, lost 0; Canada, Scotland 5-1, Sweden 4-2; Russia 3-3; Korea, USA 2-4; Estonia, Italy, Norway 1-5.

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

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Richard Gray/WCF

WOMEN Session 5: Scotland 5, Russia 7.

The Scottish women suffered their first loss, going down to Russia by 5-7 in Tuesday afternoon’s fifth session of round-robin play.

Russia won last stone advantage and blanked the first end.  In the second, they were facing three Scottish stones, forcing fourth player Uliana Vasilyeva to draw for just one shot.  The teams swapped singles in the third and fourth ends and they went into the half-time break tied at 2-2 after Scottish skip Gina Aitken was just short with her attempted draw for two in the fifth and had to settle for a single score.

The Scots found themselves in trouble in the sixth end.  Skip Gina Aitken was facing three Russian counters when she came to play her last stone and, in trying to limit the damage, ignored the shot stone and tried a double take-out on the other two Russian stones .  This did not come off,  leaving Russia’s fourth player Uliana Vasilyeva with a straightforward hit and stay for three points and a 5-2 lead .  The Scots responded to this set-back immediately as Aitken scored two with a delicate tap-back in the seventh end.  Aitken played another controlled tap-back in the ninth end to reduce the Russian lead to 6-5, but Vasilyeva ended the game with a draw inside a Scottish counter for one shot in the tenth end and a 7-5 Russian win.

While Canada remain unbeaten, the Scots are now tied in second place with Switzerland on four wins and one loss.

After this first loss, Aitken said, ” I don’t think that sixth end was the killer, I just think they played well – but we still had a chance at the end.”  And reflecting overall she added, “that was just one game, we’re still sitting well”.  Meanwhile Russia’s second player Ekaterina Kuzmina said, “I feel good now, maybe because it is our second win after three defeats. I think it’s good.”

The Scottish women now have two key top-of-the-table clashes on Wednesday – against Canada and then Switzerland.

The Scottish women suffered their first loss against Russia

The Scottish women suffered their first loss against Russia

RESULTS

Session 5: USA 9, Czech Republic 3; Korea 4, Sweden 7; Switzerland 6, Estonia 4; Canada 6, England 2; Scotland 5, Russia 7.

Standings after 5 sessions: Canada won 5, lost 0; Scotland, Switzerland 4-1; Sweden 3-2; England, Korea, Russia, USA 2-3; Estonia 1-4; Czech Republic 0-5.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Patrick Fulgencio/WCF

MEN Session 5: Scotland 9, Norway 2.

Bruce Mouat led his team to a 9-2 win over Norway in Tuesday morning’s session, thanks largely to a steal of four shots in the first end.

This was a fourth win for the Scottish men and puts them in joint second place alongside Canada and Sweden, behind unbeaten defending champions Switzerland, with the hint of a play-off slot beckoning.

Norway, skipped by lead player Gaute Nepstad, were bronze medallists last year, but have yet to record a win this time round.  They opened with a few mistakes in the first end, including fourth player Markus Skogvold putting his last stone all the way through the house, with four Scottish counters sitting there.

Norway then blanked the second end and the teams swapped singles in ends three and four.  After the break, the teams swapped singles again to give Scotland a 6-2 lead in the sixth end.  In the seventh, fourth player Skogvold wrecked on his last attempt to get into the house, handing Scotland a further steal of three points.  The Norwegians then conceded defeat.

After this fourth win, a pleased Bruce Mouat said, “that was a good win, clinical – that’s the word to describe it.  They had some missed shots and so did we, but overall we made the right shots.  We made a really good four in the first.”

Reflecting on his progress so far, he said, “we’re  getting  there. I wouldn’t say we’re playing our best yet, but we’re getting a lot closer to our best.  As far as the campaign goes…we’re just looking at each game so far.  If we keep on playing the way we’re playing we’ll get to the play-offs at least.  The number one target is play-offs and the we’ll see what happens from there.”

Mouat's team opened with a steal of four

Mouat’s team opened with a steal of four

In Tuesday evening’s session, the Scots play a Russian team that, to keep their play-off hopes alive, cannot afford to lose.  About that game he added, “we’ve played Russia quite a few times this year and it’s been quite close, so it should be a good game.”

Speaking about his team’s form, he said, “They’re playing awesome, I couldn’t ask for better.”

RESULTS

 Session 5: Estonia 1, Russia 8; Switzerland 6, USA 5; Scotland 9, Norway 2; Sweden 8, Norway 4; Sweden 8, Korea 4; Canada 5, Italy 1.

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

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Richard Gray/WCF

 

WOMEN Session 4: USA 2, Scotland 8.

The Scottish women retained their unbeaten status with a fourth-session 8-2 win over USA on Monday evening.  At the same time, Canada beat Sweden by 4-2, and these two teams still share the top ranking.

Gina Aitken’s team had a good start when in the first end and with last stone, USA skip Cory Christensen failed to clear out a busy house, leaving a Scottish stone on the button to give up a steal of one.

USA got on the scoreboard with one shot in the second end and their play in the third forced Scotland to draw for one.  In the fourth end Christensen was facing three Scottish counters when she came to play her final draw – she made it to level the score at 2-2.  However Aitken made the breakthrough in the fifth end when she drew her final stone nicely around two other Scottish counters already in the house to score three from the end and take a 5-2 half-time lead.

In the sixth end, Aitken placed her final stone well and forced Christensen to attempt to clear two Scottish stones, but one jammed on the other on the way out, and Scotland had a single steal.  In the seventh an attempted USA double take-out merely put one of the Scottish stones onto the button to give Scotland another single steal and a 7-2 lead.

In the eighth end, the Scottish sweepers husbanded Aitken’s last stone round a USA stone and when Christensen’s double attempt missed its second target, the Scots stole a single again for 8-2, at which point USA conceded.

After the game, Aitken said, ” the last two games have been particularly tough but we’ve just managed to keep the pressure on and keep going.  It’s just a matter of keeping that pressure on and just playing well. The score might say something a little bit different but  that was a tough game and they (USA and Sweden) are both good teams so you just need to keep the pressure on and keep playing well.”

In the same session, England beat the Czech Republic by 6-5, to record their second win so far.

The Scottish women now have one game on Tuesday, against Russia.

GIna Aitken...determined or what?

Gina Aitken…determined or what?

RESULTS

Session 4: Estonia 4, Korea 7; USA 2, Scotland 8; England 6, Czech Republic 5; Russia 4, Switzerland 5; Sweden 2, Canada 4.

Standings after 4 sessions: Canada, Scotland won 4, lost 0; Switzerland 3-1; England, Korea, Sweden 2-2; Estonia, Russia, USA 1-3; Czech Republic 0-4.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Richard Gray/WCF

MEN Session 4: Italy 3, Scotland 5

Scotland’s men recorded their third win so far when they beat Italy by 5-3 in Monday afternoon’s fourth session of round-robin play.

This was a game that the Scots controlled all the way, but an unwanted nick in the tenth end on an Italian stone that then fluked into shot position, left Scottish skip Bruce Mouat with a tense draw to inside the four foot button to score one and win the game.

Italy won last stone advantage and scored one in the first end.  The Scots then blanked the second end and split the house early in the third.  Good stone placement by the Scots for the rest of the end yielded two shots when Mouat successfully drew his last stone into the house.  I the fourth end, Italy’s skip Amos Mosaner wrecked with his last effort and the Scots stole a single for a 3-1 lead.

Italy re-grouped and scored one shot in the fifth end to give Scotland just a 3-2 halftime lead.

Scotland moved further ahead, scoring one in the sixth end.  It was then Italy’s turn to blank, looking for a big score.   They blanked the seventh and eighth ends and then good pressure from the Scots forced Mossaner to nose-hit for just one in the ninth.  The Scots again were in control in the tenth, until the fluke meant that Mouat faced two Italian counters and a potential game-losing position when he came to play his last.  His draw was perfect and Scotland had their third win to share second place with Canada and Sweden behind unbeaten defending champions Switzerland.

After the game, Mouat said, ” We’ve only got one game today so it feels good coming out with a win. We are on 3-1 now, so if we keep on going like that we have good chances of making the playoffs.”

About his winning shot, he added, “my team gave me the four foot draw for the win, which I am quite happy with playing every day of the week.”

Angus Dowell and Duncan Menzies sweeping it onto the spot

Angus Dowell and Duncan Menzies sweeping it onto the spot

Mouat also spoke about his World Championship experience, saying, “this is great, I have personally been to the World Mixed Doubles but that isn’t exactly the same. That is more social, where this is a more intense competition. I have loved every second of it so far”

The Scottish men return to the ice on Tuesday morning, to face Norway and follow that up with an evening game against Russia.

RESULTS

Session 4: Norway 1, Switzerland 7; Estonia 1, Canada 10; Korea 8, Russia 7; Italy 3, Scotland 5; USA 5, Sweden 8.

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

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Patrick Fulgencio/WCF

WOMEN Session 3: Sweden 5, Scotland 10

The Scottish women extended their unbeaten run to three games in Monday morning’s women’s round-robin play, and they now sit in joint top spot on the rankings with Canada’s defending world champion skip Kelsey Rocque and her new team.

Gina Aitken’s team gave themselves a great start by scoring three points in the first end.  Some of that was undone when Aitken’s last stone – a delicate nudge-out failed to remove a Swedish stone sitting in the house, giving Sweden’s skip Isabella Wranaa a simple draw for two shots in response.

The teams swapped single in the next two ends and then the Scots scored another single shot in the fifth end when Aitken picked out a nicely-judged draw  onto the two foot ring around a sea of front guards.  This gave the Scots a 5-3 half-time lead and things improved in the sixth when Wranaa could not come in off an angle to hand the Scots  single steal and a 6-3 lead.

Things got better with a further single steal by the Scots in the seventh end, and they completed their win with three more shots in the ninth end.

This Scottish team recorded only three round-robin wins in total at last season’s Championships, and a delighted Aitken spoke after the game.  “It feels pretty good, a third of the way through and it’s nice to be 3-0.”

Speaking about the game itself, she added, “that’s a good Sweden team out there – we’ve played them several times before. We came out firing and we knew we had to. We just knew that we had to come out playing our best and in the end we got a mistake and that’s how it happened.”

Scotland's third Naomi Brown making the call

Scotland’s third Naomi Brown making the call

The Scottish women return on Monday evening to play USA, who recorded their first win so far, by 10-4 over Korea, in this session.

RESULTS

Session 3: Russia 3, Canada 10; Switzerland 7, England 5; Sweden 5, Scotland 10; USA 10, Korea 4; Czech Republic 4, Estonia 6.

Standings after 3 sessions:  Canada, Scotland won 3, lost 0; Switzerland, Sweden 2-1; England, Estonia, Korea, Russia, USA 1-2; Czech Republic 0-3.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Richard Gray/WCF

MEN Session 3: Scotland 5, Korea 4.

The Scottish men returned to winning ways with a 5-4 victory over Korea in Sunday evening’s third session of round-robin play.

Korea had last stone in the first end and used it to score one point.  The Scots then blanked the second end but scored two points in the third when skip Bruce Mouat promoted one of his own front guards to take out a Korean counting stone and stay at the back of the house.   In a tight game, the teams were level in the fifth end, at 2-2, and again at 4-4 in the ninth end.  With last stone advantage in he tenth, Scotland scored the one point needed for their win.  Afterwards, Scottish skip Mouat said, “we always expected a tight game there and we’re glad to come out with a victory after our loss this morning.”

He added, “we got the two in the third end and were pretty much in control after that.”  Reflecting on his loss to world champions Switzerland in his morning game, he said, “one game loss at this stage is not a lot and hopefully, if we get another win tomorrow, we’ll be in a good place.”

That game is against in the afternoon session against an Italian team who recorded their first win so far in the third session with an extra end 8-7 win over previously unbeaten Sweden, who now drop in to second place alongside Canada, Russia and Scotland.

The Scottish front end of Derrick Sloan and Angus Dowell keeping an eye on things

The Scottish front end of Derrick Sloan and Angus Dowell keeping an eye on things

RESULTS

 Session 3: Italy 8, Sweden 7 (extra end); Scotland 5, Korea 4; USA 4, Canada 6; Estonia 3, Switzerland 14; Russia 5, Norway 4.

 

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

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Richard Gray/WCF

 

WOMEN Session 2: Czech Republic 4, Scotland 6

Gina Aitken led her team to a 6-4 win over the Czech Republic in Sunday afternoon’s second session of round-robin play, and she now shares top spot, along with the two other undefeated women’s teams – defending champions Canada and Sweden.

Scotland won last stone for the first end and opened strongly, scoring one in the first end and stealing another in the second when Czech ski Alzbeta Baudysova hit and rolled out.  The Czechs blanked the third end, scored one in the fourth and then stole one in the fifth to level the game at 2-2 at the halfway mark.

The Scots then blanked the sixth end and achieved the major break-through of the game in the seventh, scoring three points for a 5-2 lead.

The Czechs responded with a score of two in the eighth but Aitken stayed in control, blanking the ninth end and then scoring one more shot in the tenth with a perfect nose-hit for her 6-4 win.

Afterwards, a pleased Aitken said, “we’re pretty happy with that.  The ice was good it was nice and swingy”.

She added, “it’s been a better start than last year, but we’ve only had two games.  We’ve got to stay focussed, stay the same for every game and not get ahead of ourselves.  It’s a long week, with nine games in total.  We can’t be thinking (beyond the round-robin) already. Everybody’s happy and we all know what we have to do and we’re just going to do it.”

Good play brought the win against the Czechs

Good play brought the win against the Czechs

Meanwhile, with a 5-4 win over Russia, England’s women recorded their first-ever victory at World Junior Championships level in Sunday afternoon’s women’s second round-robin session.  Afterwards a delighted skip Hetty Garnier said “it feels amazing, incredible to be able to say we have won a game at the world championships. We didn’t know what to expect really coming in, so to say that we’ve beaten a good team like Russia is really, really good.”

The Scottish women have two games on Monday, against Sweden and then the USA.

RESULTS.

 WOMEN session 2: Czech Republic 4, Scotland 6; Sweden 9, Estonia 1; Korea 2, Switzerland 8; England 5, Russia 4; Canada 7, USA 3.

 Standings after 2 sessions: Canada, Scotland, Sweden won 2, lost 0; England, Korea, Russia, Switzerland 1-1; Czech Republic, Estonia, USA 0-2.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Richard Gray/WCF

Men Session 2: Switzerland 7, Scotland 4

Bruce Mouat’s team lost in their second round-round game, going down by 4-7 to reigning world champions Switzerland on Sunday morning.

The Scots had a poor start when skip Bruce Mouat’s last stone of the first end hit but just rolled too far to give Switzerland a steal of two points.  After blanking the second end, Mouat suffered another misfortune when his cleverly-played nudge up again rolled too far, leaving the Scots to settle for just one shot instead of the two they were looking for.

However, the Scots levelled in the fifth end when a Swiss promote went wrong, giving Scotland a steal of one shot with a 2-2 score-line at the halftime break.

Switzerland’s fourth player Romano Meier produced an accurate nose-hit in the sixth end to give Switzerland two shots and a 4-2 lead.  After this, the Scots could only score a single point in the seventh end and, when Switzerland scored three in the eighth, the game was effectively over, with the score at 7-3.  Scotland then duly scored one in the ninth end and then shook hands.

Reflecting afterwards, Mouat said, “it wasn’t a bad game – we did  well to fight back after giving up the steal in the first end and got level at the break.  But we kind of fell apart again after that”  Acknowledging the standard of his opponents he said, “They are the world champions, but that’s we’re aspiring to be, so we want to beat them.”

Meanwhile Switzerland’s skip and third player Yannick Schwaller said, “we know that team Mouat is a good team, they’ve had a good season. They were good in the men’s Scottish nationals and they won the Scottish juniors, so we are really happy to have won this game.”

The Scottish men now go on to play Korea, who share the same won one, lost one record, on Sunday evening.

 

Scottish skip Bruce Mouat: "we did  well to fight back after giving up the steal in the first end"

Scottish skip Bruce Mouat: “we did well to fight back after giving up the steal in the first end”

RESULTS

Men Session 2: Russia 7, Canada 4; USA 4, Norway 3; Switzerland 7, Scotland 4; Korea 7, Italy 6 (extra end); Sweden 10, Estonia 1.

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

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Richard Gray/WCF

WOMEN Session 1: Scotland 8, Estonia 2

The Scottish women followed the earlier example of the men when they cruised to a comfortable 8-2 win over hosts Estonia, who were playing in their first-ever game at this level.

Gina Aitken’s team opened with the hammer and used it to score two shots in the first end.  They then added another shot by stealing in the second.  After Estonia got onto the scoreboard with a single shot in the third, skip Aitken drew her last stone of the fourth end to score three and take a 6-1 lead.  In the fifth end Estonia skip Marie Turmann hit but rolled with her last stone to hand the Scots another single steal and an 8-1 lead.

Estonia scored one in the seventh for 8-2 to the Scots and then shook hands with the game beyond them.

Afterwards, Aitken said, “it feels really good. We had a really good time last year and couldn’t wait to get the chance to represent Scotland again. It’s been good so far”.  She added, “I think there is an advantage of having experience at this level again but I think most of the teams out there have got players or whole teams that have been there before so, while it might be good to have experience, I wouldn’t say it’s an advantage over everyone.”

Aitken’s team is coached by her father David and, asked what that was like, she said, “We do get along. I think we have to draw a line – when we’re not curling he’s your dad but when you are curling he’s your coach. I can’t argue with him as much when we’re on the ice but it’s good.”

In the same session, in what was England’s debut at this level, Hetty Garnier and her team went down by 3-9 to Korea, conceding the game when Korea scored four in the ninth end.

The Scottish front end in action against Estonia

The Scottish front end in action against Estonia

The Scottish women have only one game on Sunday, against the Czech Republic, who lost their opener to Canada by 1-8.

RESULTS.

Session 1:  Switzerland 3, Sweden 11; Canada 8, Czech Republic 1; USA 7, Russia 8 (extra end); Scotland 8, Estonia 2; Korea 9, England 3.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Richard Gray/WCF

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MEN Session 1: Scotland 9, USA 2.

Bruce Mouat led Scotland to a comfortable 9-2 win over the USA as they opened their round-robin campaign at the World Junior Curling Championships in Tallinn, Estonia.

The Scots started well, blanking the first end before scoring two in the second.  They moved into a 3-0 lead with a single-point steal in the third end.  USA got onto the scoreboard with a single shot in the fourth end and then, after blanking the fifth, the Scots scored five in the sixth for an 8-2 lead.  A further steal of one in the seventh to Scotland was enough to persuade the Americans to concede.

After the game, a pleased Mouat said, “it was really good to get on the ice”, and, about the score of five he added, “for the five we had two centre guards and we just kept piling them in.  We got four in the four-foot and he was a bit unlucky with his first shot and I played a run-back for five.”

He summed up his opening game saying, “we were in total control and we were all playing well.”

The Scottish men now play defending champions Switzerland, who beat Korea by 7-6 after an extra end in their opener, and then Norway, who lost by 3-8 to Canada in the first session.

Mouat's team had a comfortable 9-2 win in their opener against USA

Mouat’s team had a comfortable 9-2 win in their opener against USA

RESULTS.

MEN Session 1: Scotland 9 USA 2;  Sweden 8, Russia 2; Estonia 7 Italy 6; Canada 8, Norway 3; Switzerland , Korea (extra end).

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Richard Gray/WCF

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