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Posted on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 4:00pm

FINALS

Hungary won gold and the world title, with a 6-5 win over Sweden in Saturday afternoon’s gold medal final.

Norway took bronze, beating Canada by 9-4.

Session 27: Scotland 10, Poland 5.

Scotland’s Judith and Lee McCleary concluded their Mixed Doubles campaign with a 10-5 win over Poland on Thursday evening, finishing off the game with a steal of three points.

Remarkably, this was the Scots’ fourth win in succession but an earlier run of four losses was enough to take them out of contention for Play-off games, and they finished  in sixth place in their Group.

the McClearys in action

the McClearys in action

STANDINGS

Group A: Russia won 9, lost 0; USA 7-2; Denmark, Japan 6-3; Switzerland 5-4; Czech Republic 4-5; France, Turkey 3-6; Slovakia 2-7; Australia 0-9.

Group B: Norway won 9, lost 0; Sweden, Italy, Latvia Finland 6-3; China 5-4; New Zealand, Slovenia, Austria 2-7; Brazil 1-8.

Group C: Canada won 8, lost 1; Estonia, Hungary  7-2; Korea, England, Spain, Scotland 5-4; Poland 2-7, Romania 1-8; Belarus 0-9.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Alina Pavlyuchik/WCF

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Session 21: Scotland 9, Korea 3

Scotland’s Judith and Lee McCleary recorded their third win in a row when they beat Korea by 9-3 in their second-last round-robin game on Wednesday afternoon.

The Scots started well.  They had  last stone advantage and used it to score three points in the first end.  After that they had a single steal in the second and a further steal of three points in the third followed by another single point steal in the fourth gave them an 8-0 lead at the halfway break.

Korea finally got onto the board with two points in the fifth end, after which the teams swapped single sin the sixth and seventh ends, and Korea conceded.

After this game, Lee McCleary said,  “it feels really good to get the win. We played really well there, got a good start then put the pressure on them. Unlike some of our other games when we got a good lead but then gave it up, we managed to keep piling on the pressure and saw it through to the end. That’s three wins from three now, which is really good.”

the joy of winning the TV game - the "live" TV interview

the joy of winning the TV game – the “live” TV interview

STANDINGS

Group A: Russia won 6, lost 0; USA 5-1; Denmark, Japan 4-2; Switzerland, Turkey 3-3; Czech Republic, Slovakia 2-4; France 1-5; Australia 0-6.

Group B: Norway won 7, lost 0; Finland, Italy, Sweden 5-2; China, Latvia 4-3; Austria, New Zealand 2-5; Slovenia 1-6; Brazil 0-7.

Group C: Canada won 7, lost 1; Estonia, Hungary 6-2; Spain, Korea 5-3; England, Scotland 4-4; Poland 2-6; Romania 1-7; Belarus 0-8.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Alina Pavlyuchik/WCF

Session 19: Belarus 3, Scotland 8

The Scotland team of Judith and Lee McCleary gained their third win so far with an 8-3 defeat of Belarus on Wednesday morning.

The Scots had last stone advantage and opened with a single point in the first end.  They then went into the fourth-end break with a 3-1 lead by scoring another single in the third end and stealing one in the fourth.

Belarus levelled with a score of two points in the fifth end but Scotland made a break-through score of four points in the sixth end for a 7-3 lead.  They then stole a single n the seventh and this was enough to complete their win.

Afterwards, Judith McCleary told the story of the game saying, “it feels good to have three wins now, two in a row. It probably wasn’t our best performance there this morning but a win’s a win and that was the important thing this morning.”

“The sixth end when we got the four was key. We created some good stones into the centre, got an opportunity and Lee had quite a straightforward draw for four with his last. It was important we made that to get the four and go ahead in the game.  Then in the seventh end we got one locked on, Lee played really well the whole of that game with his first stone, and we just guarded up for the whole of the seventh end and didn’t give them a chance to remove our stones.”

a second straight win for the Scots

a second straight win for the Scots

This result means that the Scots share sixth place in their Group beside England with two games left to play – against Korea on Wednesday afternoon and then finishing their round-robin campaign on Thursday against Poland

 STANDINGS

Group A: Russia won 6, lost 0; USA 5-1; Denmark, Japan 4-2; Switzerland, Turkey, 3-3; Czech Republic, Slovakia 2-4; France 1-5; Australia 0-6.

Group B: Norway won 6, lost 0; China, Finland, Italy, Latvia, Sweden 4-2; Austria 2-4; New Zealand, Slovenia 1-5; Brazil 0-6.

Group C: Canada, Hungary won 5, lost 1; Spain, Estonia, Korea 5-2; England, Scotland 3-4; Poland, Romania 1-6, Belarus 0-6.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Alina Pavlyuchik/WCF

Session 16: Scotland 9, Canada 5.

The Scottish team of Judith and Lee McCleary got back onto the winning track on Tuesday afternoon, beating Canada by 9-5 to hand the Canadians their first defeat of the event.

As in most of their other games, the Scots had a great start and were 5-1 up at the halfway break.  But also as in most of their other games, things began to unravel in the second half and thanks to a steal of three in the sixth end, Canada drew back level at 5-5.

In the seventh end, Lee McCleary played a nose-hit with his final stone to score three and take an 8-5 lead.  After this in the eighth end, Canada had a biter at the back of the house which made a score of three to tie the game a possibility.   But Lee McCleary put up a guard with his last and then Canada’s Kalynn Park’s attempted multiple take-out went wrong and Scotland stole a single point to seal their 9-5 win.

Afterwards, Judith McCleary said, ” We got off to a good start and then just kept the play going, kept putting on the pressure.  We got our weight quite good and our line good, so that was a good game for us.”

Her team-mate and husband Lee added, “after our series of losses it’s been a fairly tough week. so we felt we didn’t have anything to lose – just keep playing the way we’re playing.  All our losses have been marginal – I think we’ve been unlucky, but if we’d play like  that, we’d have had a chance. ”

Judith added, “we just felt good out on the ice, we were just enjoying it.  We always want to go well, especially against Canada who were undefeated before this and have had some big wins.   We wanted to prove ourselves a bit and play our game. For the next few games that’s what we want to do – get a few more wins on the board, finish off the week, and take as much from it as we can.  It’s been a great experience to be here.”

teamwork from Judith and Lee

teamwork from Judith and Lee

The Scots play Belarus and then Korea on Wednesday.

STANDINGS

Group A: Russia won 5, lost 0; USA 4-1; Denmark, Japan, Switzerland 3-2; Czech republic, Slovakia, Turkey 2-3; France 1-4; Australia 0-5.

Group B: Norway won 5, lost 0; Finland, Sweden 4-1; China, Italy, Latvia 2-3; Austria, New Zealand Slovenia 1-4; Brazil 0-5.

Group C: Canada, Estonia, Hungary, Korea won 5, lost 1; Spain 4-2; England, Scotland 2-4; Poland, Romania 1-5, Belarus 0-6.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Alina Pavlyuchik/WCF

Session 12: Scotland 7, Estonia 8

The Scottish team of husband and wife Lee and Judith McCleary suffered their fourth successive loss on Monday night, going down by 7-8 to Estonia with the last stone of the game, a result that makes progress to the play-off stage increasingly remote.

Estonia started well, scoring four in the first end, but the Scots eventually responded, scoring four of their own in the fifth end to tie the game at 5-5.  They then had a single steal in the fifth to take the lead briefly, but Estonia scored another two in the sixth end to re-take the lead at 7-6.

Lee McCleary missed a take-out attempt in the seventh end to leave the Scots scoring just one from the end and tie-ing the game at 7-7 and, in the eighth end, a bump-up by Estonia’s Erkki Lill replaced the Scottish shot stone, giving Estonia one more point for their 8-7 win.

Afterwards, a clearly frustrated  Judith McCleary said, ” we’re just losing out by the smallest of margins, it’s a bit frustrating.  If you look at the scoreboards from most of the teams across all the sections there’s some quite high wins. I don’t think anyone has had closer games than us and just to be sitting on one win and four losses just feels a bit frustrating.  If we could just get that win it would give us that bit of momentum. It could easily have been the other way round and we could be sitting here with a few wins on the board.”

She added, ” that’s probably us out of the qualification zone and it’s now just playing for pride.  We’ve got one game tomorrow, we play Canada, then we’ve got Belarus, Korea and Poland left to play.”

losing by the smallest of margins

losing by the smallest of margins

STANDINGS

Group A: Russia won 4, lost 0; Denmark, Japan, USA 3-1; Czech Republic, Switzerland 2-2; France, Slovakia, Turkey 1-3; Australia 0-4.

Group B: Norway, Sweden won 4, lost 0; Finland, Latvia 3-1; China, Italy 2-2; Austria, New Zealand 1-3; Brazil, Slovenia 0-4.

Group C: Canada, Korea won 5, lost 0: Estonia, Hungary 4-1; Spain 3-2; England, Poland, Romania, Scotland 1-4, Belarus 0-5.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Alina Pavlyuchik/WCF

Session 11: England 9, Scotland 8 (extra end)

The Scottish duo of Lee and Judith McCleary suffered their third loss on Monday when they went down in an extra end  by 8-9 to England’s Lana Watson and Alan McDougall.

As in all their previous games, the Scots dominated from the start, taking a 5-0 lead after three ends.  England started their recovery in the fourth end when McDougall hit out a Scottish stone in the house to score three.

The Scots had changed things for this game with Judith McCleary playing first and last stones and in the fifth end her attempted last stone nudge for three just failed.  Scotland still took two points from the end to move on to a 7-3 lead.  In the sixth end, England nudged a Scottish stone out of second-shot position to score two again and close the Scottish lead to 7-5,

Scotland could only take one point from the seventh end and in the eighth England’s McDougall succeeded in shifting a Scottish stone off the edge of the button to score three, take the score to 8-8 and force the extra end.

In that extra end, Judith McCleary was heavy with her open final draw, to give England a single steal and the win.

all the way to an extra end, but still a loss

all the way to an extra end, but still a loss

Afterwards, Judith McCleary said, “we changed things around a bit today – we got up in the game, and then probably made a couple of poor calls.  Then in the extra end we were just heavy with my last draw.”

Her husband Lee added, “we’re now in a must-win all games situation and hope that other teams drop a couple, but we can only take care of what we can take care of.”

The Scots’ next opponents are Estonia, on Monday evening.

STANDINGS

Group A: Russia, USA won 3, lost 0; Denmark, Japan, Switzerland 2-1; Czech Republic, Slovakia, Turkey 1-2; Australia, France 0-3.

Group B: Norway, Sweden won 4, lost 0; Finland, Latvia 3-1; China, Italy 2-2; Austria, New Zealand 1-3; Brazil, Slovenia 0-4.

Group C: Canada, Korea won 4, lost 0; Spain, Estonia, Hungary 3-1; England, Poland, Scotland, 1-3; Belarus, Romania 0-4.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Alina Pavlyuchik/WCF

Session 8: Spain 10, Scotland 9.

The Scottish team of husband and wife Lee and Judith McCleary went down to their second defeat of the day on Sunday evening when they lost by 1-0-9 on the last stone of the game against Spain, last year’s bronze medallists in Dumfries.

As they had in their earlier game against Hungary, the Scots opened well, this time scoring five in the first end.

But the Spanish pair fought back, scoring three in the second end, and when the McClearys could only score one in the third, a further three points by Spain in the fourth game levelled the game on 6-6 at the halfway mark.

The scoring pattern repeated itself in ends five and six – with the Scots scoring one and the Spaniards managing another three, this time to take a 9-7 lead.  The Scots then scored two to level the game in the seventh end but Spain were able to score the one point needed in the eighth for their 10-9 win.

Afterwards, a subdued Lee said, ” You bin today and move on. There’s another six games still to play so the competition’s just started. We just forget today and move on.  I think we’re calling a good game, our shot executing is letting us down at the moment.”

Judith added, ” We just need to step it up a gear. We’d like to qualify through the section for sure, that’s our main aim at the moment.” while Lee said, ” If we can get a win and get some momentum going hopefully we can carry it forward.”

a pensive Judith McCleary contemplates two losses on Sunday

a pensive Judith McCleary contemplates two losses on Sunday

 

The Scots play England and then Estonia on Monday.

STANDINGS.

 Group A: Denmark, Russia, USA won 2, lost 0; Japan, Switzerland, Slovakia, Turkey 1-1; Australia, Czech Republic, France 0-2.

Group B: Norway, Sweden won 3, lost 0; Finland, Italy, Latvia 2-1; Austria, China, New Zealand 1-2; Brazil, Slovenia 0-3.

Group C: Canada, Spain, Korea won 3, lost 0; Estonia, Hungary 2-1; Poland, Scotland 1-2; Belarus, England, Romania 0-3.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Alina Pavlyuchik/WCF

Session 5: Hungary 8, Scotland 5

Scotland’s Judith and Lee McCleary faced former champions Hungary in their second game on Sunday morning, and after leading for the first half of the game, eventually went down by 5-8.

The Scots gave themselves a great start, scoring three in the first end and then building on that with a score of two in the third to eventually go into the half-time break holding a 5-3 lead.

But with Hungary playing accurate freezes throughout, the Scots let their lead slip, first of all giving up one in the fifth end and then letting Hungary steal twos in both the sixth and seventh ends.  In these ends, Lee McCleary was consistently left with difficult final stones to play.  The teams shook hands in the eighth end to give the Scots their first loss.

After what had been a skilful game of mixed doubles, the Scots spoke.

Judith said, ” with only five stones to play, if you have one loose shot – even  a half-shot – it makes all the difference.”  Lee added, “we had the weight right but we just had the wrong line at times and that’s where we went wrong.”

Lee went on to say, “in the first end we created space.  They had one miss and we took advantage of it and got the three.  After that, we didn’t play badly, we were just left with a lot of difficult shots.”

Judith also said, “it’s early in the week. We can learn some stuff from that and take it forward through the week.”

" we didn't play badly, we were just left with some difficult shots"

” we didn’t play badly, we were just left with some difficult shots”

The Scots are back on the ice to face Spain on Sunday afternoon.

Standings Group C: Spain, Estonia, Korea won 2, lost 0; Hungary, Scotland 1-1; Belarus, England, Poland, Romania 0-2.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Alina Pavlyuchik/WCF

Session 3: Scotland 16, Romania 0.

The Scottish duo of Judith and Lee McCleary could not have asked for a more straightforward opening game.

In Saturday afternoon’s third session of play they beat Romania by 16-0, with only five ends completed.

They opened with a score of four in the first end and then proceeded to steal – two in the second, three in the third, two again in the fourth and five in the fifth.

Although the teams started playing the sixth end, the umpire intervened explaining that only five ends needed to be completed, at which point Romania conceded.

After the game Judith McCleary said, “it was good to get that one and settle ourselves.  We’ve got quite a big day tomorrow  – Hungary and Spain.”

a good start but a big day to come

a good start but a big day to come

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Alina Pavlyuchik/WCF