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Posted on Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 12:01am

Medal Games:

Switzerland beat Canada by 6-5 to take gold, while China took bronze medals by beating the Czech Republic by 6-2.

Final Ranking Game: Scotland 7, Italy 5.

Scotland’s duo – Gina Aitken and Bruce Mouat – ended their mixed doubles campaign with a 7-5 win over Italy, but this was too little too late, as Norway beat Finland by 6-4, a result that puts a British Olympic qualification slot beyond them.

This means the team that finished fourth in 2016 and – as Gina Aitken points out – only lost two games in this Championship will be watching Mixed Doubles’ Olympic debut from home.

Norway now join Canada, China, Finland, Norway, Russia, Switzerland, as well as hosts Korea, in the Mixed Doubles field for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Gangneung.

The Scots dominated the game against Italy, scoring twos in each of the first, third and fifth ends.  A further single shot in the seventh when they used their power-play was enough to see them over the line, at 7-5.

Afterwards, Gina Aitken said, “it’s good to finish on a win, on a high.  We’ve only had two losses out of eleven games.”

Meanwhile, Canada will play Switzerland for gold medals while China will play the Czech Republic for bronze.

Full results and standings are available at: http://www.worldcurling.org/wmdcc2017/livescores

Report: Mike Haggerty

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Consolation Semi-final: Russia 6, Scotland 5 (extra end)

Scotland’s Gina Aitken and Bruce Mouat lost out by 5-6 in the extra end of their ranking semi-final against Russia, a result which means that Britain’s Olympic qualification hopes will go down to the last games.

In the early part of this game, the Scots scored two in the second end for a 2-1 lead, but they lost this advantage when they gave up a single steal in the fourth end.  The teams swapped singles in the fifth and sixth ends for Russia to hold a 4-3 lead.

In the seventh end, the Scots duo called their power-play, but Gina Aitken’s final hit rolled too far giving Russia a single steal and a 5-3 lead.  The Scots responded in the eighth and this time Aitken’s hit stayed for a score of two that tied the game at 5-5 and forced an extra end.  In the extra end, the Scots could not remove a Russian stone around the button and they reluctantly shook hands before Russia had to play their last stone, for a Russian 6-5 victory.

After this loss, a subdued Mouat said, “I thought Gina played really well, but I just struggled a bit.  It wasn’t at my best and I needed to have my best game to win that.”

Aitken and Mouat now face Italy to keep their Olympic hopes alive

Aitken and Mouat can now do no more than beat Italy in their final game, to score two Olympic qualifying points instead of the one that their performance has already achieved.  With Canada, China, Finland, Russia and the USA qualified – as well as hosts Korea – there are now only two more places available in the Olympic line-up, with the Czech Republic and Norway, as well as Scotland/ Great Britain, still in the hunt.

Full results and standings are available at: http://www.worldcurling.org/wmdcc2017/livescores

Report: Mike Haggerty

Photo: WCF/ Richard Gray

Curling fans around the world will be able to follow selected live coverage of the 2017 World Championships via the World Curling Federation’s YouTube Channel.

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Consolation Quarter-final: Sweden 2, Scotland 9.

Scotland’s duo – Gina Aitken and Bruce Mouat – recovered from their earlier defeat to Canada to beat Sweden by 9-2 in the consolation quarter-final on Friday afternoon, a result that ensures at least one Olympic qualification point from this year’s event and keeps the overall hopes of British qualification for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games alive.

Although Sweden started with last stone advantage, the Scots opened with two single steals.  Sweden then scored one shot in the third end after which the Scots made a breakthrough, scoring four in the fourth end for a 6-1 lead at the break.  The teams then swapped singles in ends five and six and then a further score of two for the Scots in the seventh concluded the game, with a final score of 9-2 to the Scots.

“We’ve just got to keep winning”

After this win, Gina Aitken said, “I think we played pretty well this morning, but we were able to get on top of it and had a better start there, that made our lives a bit easier.”

Thinking about the Olympic campaign, Bruce Mouat said, “that’s a positive, and the Olympic spot is still there – to win two more games would be an achievement.  Ninth spot is still there – we’ve just got to keep winning.”

This result guarantees the Scots a ranking in the top twelve and therefore at least one more Olympic qualification point.  They remain one of ten teams still capable of taking one of the seven available places in the Olympic line-up (beside hosts Korea).

They now go on to face 2016 world champions Russia in the consolation semi-final on Saturday morning.

Full results and standings are available at: http://www.worldcurling.org/wmdcc2017/livescores

Report: Mike Haggerty

Photo: WCF/ Richard Gray

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Round of Sixteen: Scotland 3, Canada 8.

Scotland’s mixed doubles duo – Gina Aitken and Bruce Mouat – went down to Canada’s Joanne Courtney and Reid Carruthers by 3-8 in Friday morning’s round of sixteen game, a result that severely jeopardises the prospect of Britain having a team in the field when Mixed Doubles makes its Olympic debut at the PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games next February.

The Scots started with last stone and opened the scoring with a single shot in the first end.  In the second, Canada’s Courtney hit out a Scottish stone and, after an umpire’s measure for third shot, scored two from the end.  In the third end, Aitken could not get the angle right for her last stone, and the Scots had to settle for just one shot to level the score at 2-2.

In the fourth end, Courtney played a hit and stay to score one but, in the fifth, the Scots threw away their last stone for fear of giving up more than a single steal, and this gave Canada a 4-2 lead.

The Scots elected for their power-play in the sixth end, but eventually Aitken could only draw for one shot from the end.  In the seventh, Canada used their power-play and when Aitken’s last attempted freeze hit and edged open, Courtney hit it out to score four from the end for an 8-3 lead.  The Scots ran out of stones in the eighth.

This result means that the best the Scots can now do is finish ninth overall and gain four Olympic qualification points for Great Britain.  Britain already has nine points, so the total will be no more than thirteen, with seven places in the line-up (Korea is qualified as hosts).

Recognising this scenario, Mouat said, “We’re obviously disappointed.  I don’t know if that’s the Olympic run over or not, but we’ll keep on fighting and try to get that ninth spot.”

Reflecting on the game, Aitken said, “I think they won that (rather than us losing it).  I think they played really well and we didn’t get many misses or opportunities from them.  It was just a few stones and, much as the score-line ran away a bit, it was just that one end that got us.”

Aitken and Mouat still have Olympic qualification work to do

Speaking after her win, Canada’s Joanne Courtney said, “we were calm and focused heading into that game. We had talked about wanting to use our sweeping as much as we can on all of our shots; a lot of our misses were heavy throughout the week. And it worked out well for us today.”

Courtney’s partner Reid Carruthers, said, “that’s what you want in the first end — a classic curling score, force them and two in the second end.”

The Scots now face Sweden, who lost to Latvia by 4-6, on Friday afternoon as they begin their quest for ninth place.  Canada go on to play Latvia in the quarter-final.

Full results and standings are available at: http://www.worldcurling.org/wmdcc2017/livescores

Report: Mike Haggerty

Photo: WCF/ Richard Gray

Curling fans around the world will be able to follow selected live coverage of the 2017 World Championships via the World Curling Federation’s YouTube Channel.

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Session 27: Italy 4, Scotland 8.

Scotland’s Mixed Doubles team – Gina Aitken and Bruce Mouat – completed their Group programme unbeaten, with an 8-4 win over Italy in Thursday afternoon’s last round-robin session.

The Scots had their customary strong start, winning hammer, scoring one in the first end, and then stealing two in the second for a 3-0 lead.  However, Italy responded, scoring two in the third and then stealing one in the fourth, putting the teams into the break tied at 3-3.

The Scots restored an advantage with a score of two in the fifth end.  After this, the Italians could only take one from the sixth end and when the Scots scored a further two in the seventh end for a 7-4 lead, they looked virtually home and dry.  However, in the eighth end, Italy had a shot for four and the win, but the angles were wrong on their raise attempt, giving Scotland a steal of one and an 8-4 win.

The Scots now face Canada in the Play-offs

Afterwards, speaking about the last end possibilities, Scotland’s Gina Aitken said, “everything can swing on one or two shots, so you just have to be on your guard all the time.”

This was the toughest game yet for the Scots and, about that, Bruce Mouat said, “we’re glad we had a tough game to finish, we’re glad we had to fight there, going into the play-offs we want to take the same momentum into the next game.”

Inevitably, with qualification now secured, thoughts are turning to Olympic qualification and about that, Aitken said, “it depends on how other teams do, there’s so many possibilities with so many teams, so you can’t really guarantee it.  We think the same as last year (fourth place) will get us there for sure.”  Mouat added, “it’s a World Championships, so we’re obviously going for the world title, not just the Olympic stuff.  We’re just going to focus on getting the Worlds.”

Later the draw put the Scots against Canada in Friday morning’s round of sixteen games, with the winners still on target for a gold medal, and the losers capable of finishing no higher than ninth overall – meaning that the losers’ Olympic ambitions would be in real jeopardy.

World Curling TV will be televising this game, which starts at 09.00 am local time (16.00 pm in Great Britain).

Full results and standings are available at: http://www.worldcurling.org/wmdcc2017/livescores

Report: Mike Haggerty

Photo: WCF/ Richard Gray

Curling fans around the world will be able to follow selected live coverage of the 2017 World Championships via the World Curling Federation’s YouTube Channel.

Facebook: WCF, RCCC, World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship 2017
Twitter: @worldcurling @rccccurling
Hashtags: #curling #WMDCC2017 #Roadto2018

Session 23: Scotland 8, Denmark 2.

Scotland’s Mixed Doubles duo Gina Aitken and Bruce Mouat beat Denmark by 8-2 in their second-last Group game on Wednesday evening, to not only maintain their 100% record but also finally seal qualification for the weekend Play-offs.

Denmark opened with last stone but it was the Scots who scored first, stealing three in the first end.  They followed that up with a steal of two in the second and a further single steal in the third for a 6-0 lead as they stamped their authority on the game.  Denmark did get on the scoreboard with a single shot in the fourth and then, using their power-play, the Scots scored two in the fifth end for an 8-1 lead.

When Denmark scored one more in the sixth, they conceded defeat.

This win assures the Scots of qualification from Group B.  In the other Groups, Latvia have already qualified from Group A; Korea and China from Group C; USA, Canada and the Czech Republic from Group D; and Switzerland and holders Russia from Group E.

Qualified for the last sixteen

After this game, the Scots were pleased.  Bruce Mouat said, “…qualified, that means we’ve succeeded with the first target.  I think we know that we need to get to top eight, so we’ll need to win the last sixteen game.  We now have a game against Italy and that will determine where we finish in the Group.”

Gina Aitken also said, “we’re really happy to have qualified, that was the first goal.  I think we played to our own standard in that game.  I struggled a little bit with my first one, there was a slight difference in the stones but we did get on top of the weight early on.”

The Scots now face Italy at 2.30 on Thursday.

Full results and standings are available at: http://www.worldcurling.org/wmdcc2017/livescores

Report: Mike Haggerty

Photo: WCF/ Richard Gray

Curling fans around the world will be able to follow selected live coverage of the 2017 World Championships via the World Curling Federation’s YouTube Channel.

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Session 18: Scotland 11, Serbia 0.

In what was perhaps their most one-sided win yet, Scotland’s Gina Aitken and Bruce Mouat beat Serbia by 11-0 in just six ends in their fifth game so far on Tuesday afternoon – a win that puts them within touching distance of qualification.

The Scots opened with hammer and scored two in the first end.  After that, it was a succession of steals: for one in the second end, one again in the third, two in the fourth, four in the fifth, and another single in the sixth, after which Serbia conceded.

This was the Scots’ fifth win and they now sit on top of Group B, two wins ahead of their nearest rivals, Italy.  Meanwhile, Latvia in Group A, who have won all six of their games, became the first qualifiers for the round of sixteen.

Scotland’s Mixed Doubles team – focused on the job in hand.

After this game, the Scots spoke.  Bruce Mouat said, “I think five wins gets us at least third, so we’re very happy to be through if we are.”

Displaying the focus that has characterised the Scots’ approach here, Gina Aitken added, “we’ve not turned out minds to the next part of the competition yet.  We’ve still got two pretty good games to play, against Denmark and Italy.  We’re not going to sit back and relax yet, we’ve still got work to do.”

The Scots now face Denmark on Wednesday and Italy on Thursday to complete their Group programme.

Full results and standings are available at: http://www.worldcurling.org/wmdcc2017/livescores

Report: Mike Haggerty

Photo: WCF/ Richard Gray

Curling fans around the world will be able to follow selected live coverage of the 2017 World Championships via the World Curling Federation’s YouTube Channel.

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Session 12: Ireland 5, Scotland 8.

Scotland’s Bruce Mouat and Gina Aitken kept their 100% record intact with a third win so far, beating Ireland by 8-5 in Monday afternoon’s twelfth session of round-robin play at the ATB Centre in Lethbridge.

The Scots opened well, stealing two in the first end and then another single shot in the second.  After this Ireland’s Neil and Alison Fyfe clawed their way into the game, scoring one in the third end and then stealing one in each of the fourth and fifth end to level the score at 3-3.  In the fifth end, Scotland’s Gina Aitken could not winkle out the Irish counter from a typical mixed doubles busy head.

The Scots nominated their power-play in the sixth end and this tactic played off with, despite a heavy last draw from Aitken, the Scots scoring three for a 6-3 lead.

In the seventh, it was Ireland’s turn to call a power-play and eventually Alison Fyfe had a hit and stay with her last stone to score two and reduce Scotland’s lead to just one, at 6-5.

In the eighth end, the Scottish duo had two stones partly covering the button and frozen.  Ireland’s attempt to remove them was wide and the Scots scored two shots for the 8-5 win without having to play their last stone.  This win puts Scotland into a clear lead in Group B, with Italy and Norway sitting behind them, each on two wins and one loss.

“We’re happy with how we’re getting on”

After the game, Bruce Mouat said, “that was a good result there. We got our draw-weight early and got a couple on top T, leaving Alison (Ireland) with a tough, tough shot with her last one in the first end.  We’re happy with how we’re getting on. Two more wins and we’re guaranteed qualification.”

Gina Aitken added, “we started off well but we just had a couple of ends where Ireland made some steals, but I felt like they weren’t pulling back.”

The Scots now face Wales and then Serbia in Tuesday’s play.

Full results and standings are available at: http://www.worldcurling.org/wmdcc2017/livescores

Report: Mike Haggerty

Photo: WCF/ Richard Gray

Curling fans around the world will be able to follow selected live coverage of the 2017 World Championships via the World Curling Federation’s YouTube Channel.

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Session 5: Bulgaria 3, Scotland 10

Scotland’s Gina Aitken and Bruce Mouat cruised to their second victory of the event so far, with a 10-3 win over Bulgaria in Sunday morning’s fifth session of Mixed Doubles play.

This result was never in doubt, as the Scots opened the game with a score of five in the first end.  Bulgaria got onto the scoreboard with a single shot in the second, but in the third end, Gina Aitken drew her last stone into a busy house and, after an umpire’s measure, the Scots scored three from the end for an 8-1 lead.  A steal of two for Scotland in the fourth end gave them a 10-1 lead at the break.

Bulgaria opted for their power-play in the fifth end and, after a nice draw by Aitken, they were facing three Scottish stones, but their player Marina Yaneva drew her final stone inside them all to score one and reduce Scotland’s lead to 10-2.

In the sixth end, it was the Scots who nominated their power-play and, looking to score two shots from the end with a tap-back, Aitken wrecked on a front guard to give Bulgaria another steal of one.

Despite this, the Bulgarians immediately conceded, with a final score of 10-3 to the Scots.

With the top three from each of the five sections going forward from the round-robin groups, this second successive win already places the Scots well in their campaign to reach the knock-out stage and collect more Olympic qualifying points.

The Scots opened with a score of five on the way to a 10-3 win over Bulgaria

After the game, the Scots were in a buoyant mood.  Mouat said, “we know we’re playing quite well and we’re putting out stones in good positions.  Also, we know a bit more about the ice and a bit more about how we’re throwing it, so we’re feeling good, going into tomorrow’s game against Ireland.

Aitken agreed, saying, “this has been a good start, the ice is really good and the stones are really swingy, so we can’t complain – it’s been quite consistent so far.”

As Mouat noted the Scots are in action again, on Monday morning, against Ireland.  They now share top spot in their Group with Italy, who beat Denmark by 10-3.  The only other teams with two wins so far are Switzerland in Group E and England in Group D.

Full results and standings are available at: http://www.worldcurling.org/wmdcc2017/livescores

Report: Mike Haggerty

Photo: WCF/ Richard Gray

Curling fans around the world will be able to follow selected live coverage of the 2017 World Championships via the World Curling Federation’s YouTube Channel.

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Session 3: Norway 3, Scotland 6.

Gina Aitken and Bruce Mouat opened their campaign with a 6-3 win over Norway, in Saturday afternoon’s third round-robin session at Lethbridge’s brand-new ATB Centre.

The Scots gained last stone advantage for the first end, and used it to open the scoring with two shots.

In the second, a good draw to the button by Mouat, which the Norwegians could not remove, eventually set up a steal of one shot to take the Scots’ lead to 3-0.  However, the Norwegians bounced back from this, scoring two shots in the third end and stealing one more in the fourth when the Scots could only limit what might have been more damage, to put the teams into the break tied at 3-3.

In the fifth end, Aitken’s final draw was short, and Scotland could only score one for a 4-3 lead.  The Scots then stole a single for a 5-3 lead in the sixth end when Norway’s Kristin Moen Skaslien jammed a Scottish stone she was attempting to take out.

In the seventh end, the Scots got a stone on the button in the middle of a busy house, and when, after successive attempts, Norway’s Moen Skaslien could not remove it, the Scots had another single-shot steal for 6-3, at which point Norway conceded.

A confident opening win for Aitken and Mouat against Norway

The other opening winners in the Scots’ section were Denmark (by 11-1 over Bulgaria) and Wales (by 11-3 over Serbia).  Other opening day winners included hosts Canada (by 10-4 over Turkey) and defending champions Russia (by 9-4 over Spain)

After the game Gina Aitken said, “it’s really exciting to be here.  It’s going to be a great competition, there’s lots of strong teams and it’s good to get the first game under our belts.”  Meanwhile Bruce Mouat said, “we’re just going to try to keep the momentum going that we got in the last four ends there.  We definitely picked up our game and put them under some pressure.”

The Scots’ next game is in Sunday morning’s Session 5, against Bulgaria.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Photo: WCF/ Richard Gray

Curling fans around the world will be able to follow selected live coverage of the 2017 World Championships via the World Curling Federation’s YouTube Channel.

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