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Posted on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at 4:00pm

Qualification Game for Quarter Final: Hungary 7, Scotland 5

Scotland took on current champions Hungary in the Qualification Game for the Quarter Finals of the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship. In the 1st end a raised take out on a pair of frozen Scottish stones on the button saw Hungary lying one. Bruce Mouat the played a tap up to open up the Hungarian stone for a take out but Hungary played a very nice freeze on the button to lie two. Scotland tried the draw but it failed to shift the Hungarian stones. Hungary put in another stone at the front of the 4foot to guard once again and once again Scotland tried for the draw but it was a bit light and Hungary played a draw to lie three. Gina Aiten played the take out and managed to remove one Hungary stone, reducing their lead to two in the 1st end. Scotland pulled one back for a score of 2-1 in the 2nd end with a nice draw from Gina Aitken.
Hungary edged ahead again in the 3rd though with a tap up from Hungary with their last.
With Hungary lying one in the 4th end Bruce played an amazing draw into the 4ft but with Hungary still lying shot. Hungary put up guards but a fantastic double takeout from Bruce Mouat saw Scotland lying five, but a really well played tap up from Hungary cut Scotland’s advantage to two. Gina Aitken great hit and roll was found to have added another one after measurement and Scotland moved into the lead for the first time in the game to 4-3 going into the 4th end break.
Hungary then went straight back into the lead with the 5th end with a couple of very nice draws which saw Hungary having the chance of three but in the end it hit the guard and the result was a deuce to move ahead 5-4. Hungary managed to build up more of a lead in the 6th end. With Hungary lying two Gina Aitken was forced to attempt a hit and roll and must have been millimetres short as after measurement it was decided that Hungary had stolen a one to go 6-4 ahead. With Scotland lying two in the 7th end Hungary managed to play a very well executed double but Scotland were still lying shot stone. Bruce Mouat attempted the freeze but it was a bit heavy and wide. Hungary played for the draw but clipped the guard and Gina Aitken was given the chance to draw for two but it came up a little light, so it was just a one for Scotland for a score of 6-5.
Scotland tried to force the extra end in the 8th and Scotland had the chance to draw for a one but it over curled and tapped up a red stone up for a final score of 7-5, and so Scotland’s journey in the Championship came to an end to current champions Hungary.

 

Session 25: Scotland 10, Estonia 4

Scotland took on Estonia in this morning’s Session 26 game. The teams traded ones in the first two ends before Scotland managed to take the lead in the 3rd end. After a nice draw from Bruce Mouat, Scotland were lying two in the 4ft. Estonia hit the guard with their next and Scotland after a nice freeze from Bruce Mouat Scotland were now lying three. An attempted draw from Estonia was tight and wrecked on their own stone at the front of the house. Scotland tried to add a fourth into the mix with another draw but it was slightly short taking three for Scotland and moving into a 4-1 lead.
Estonia got right back into it in the 4th end with a nice raised take out attempt saw them taking a two and taking the score to 4-3. Scotland put on the pressure in the 5th end when after lying two from a nice Gina Aitken freeze Scotland put up guards to take a two and extend their lead to 6-3.
In the 7th end Bruce Mouat played a raised double take out to lie three. Estonia tried to play a draw but it was tight and came to a stop in front of the Scotland stones at the front of the house. Gina Aitken then played a nice draw for Scotland to take a four and take the score to 10-4. With a deficit of six and only one more end to be played the Estonian’s decided to offer handshakes and the Scotland grabbed a nice 10-4 win.

Session 24

Scotland were not draw in Monday night’s Session 24 of the round-robin stages

Session 23

Scotland were not draw in Monday evening’s Session 23 of the round-robin stages

Session 22

Scotland were not draw in Monday afternoon’s Session 22 of the round-robin stages

Session 21

Scotland were not drawn in Monday morning’s Session 21 of the round-robin stages

Session 20, Scotland 4, Sweden 5

Scotland took on Sweden in Monday morning’s Session 20 game of the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship. Sweden were unbeaten going into this game but Scotland started well taking a two when Scotland lying one, Bruce Mouat played a nice take out to take a two for Scotland to go 2-0 ahead. But Sweden got straight back in the game when lying one they played a nice tap up to add another to tie the game at 2-2. Sweden managed to edge ahead in the 3rd end and then added further pressure on Scotland when they managed to add another after a nice freeze attempt on a cluster of Scottish stones was then guarded to go 4-2 ahead. Sweden added yet another in the 5th end, when they managed to get a stone behind a great deal of cover which Scotland weren’t able to remove.
Scotland pulled one back with a Bruce Mouat take out with hammer in the 6th end and were right back in the game in the 7th when Scotland managed to lie one amongst a great cluster of stones to lie  one and take the score to 5-4 going into the 8th. But when Sweden managed to lie three stones frozen in the 4 foot in the 8th end, it didn’t look like Scotland could remove the centre stone in particular and they offered handshakes with a final score of 5-4 to Sweden.

Results, statistics, live video streams, news and photos from the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship 2014  are available at the official event website.

Session 19

Scotland were not drawn in Sunday night’s session 19 of the round-robin stages

Session 18

Scotland were not drawn in Sunday evening’s session 18 of the round-robin stages

Session 17: Slovenia 2, Scotland 12

Scotland were looking to bounce back with a win in Sunday afternoon’s Session 17 of the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship, following a disappointing loss against Canada the night before. Going into the game Scotland lay second in Group B, where as Slovenia were lying bottom of the group having not previously won any of their first four games.
Scotland got off to a great start in the 1st end when a great hit and roll from Gina Aitken set Scotland up for two. Slovenia attempted a hit and roll off of their own stones but it rolled off the frozen Scottish stones in the 4ft. A raised tap up from Scotland added a third to World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship 2014, Dumfries, Scotlandthe cluster and Slovenia could not remove the Scottish stones for a 3-0 lead to Scotland. A nice hit and roll from Gina Aitken in the second saw Scotland lying two. Slovenia did manage to remove one of the stones but Scotland extended their lead to 4-0. However Slovenia managed to pull two back in the 3rd end when Scotland attempting the tap back removed one of their own stones which left Slovenia to draw for four but it was a little and heavy and joined another Slovenian stone on the edge of the 12ft. With Slovenia two in the 4ft, Gina Aitken played a lovely double take out and lie one in the 4ft. Slovenia removed the shot stone and registered two from their stones at the edge of the 12foot. In the 4th end with Scotland lying two behind a whole cluster of stones at the front of the house, Slovenia tried for a raised double but it hit on the nose and sailed harmlessly out of play. With his last Bruce Mouat then played a nice draw around the guards for Scotland to take three and take the score to 7-2.

Scotland added yet another in the 5th end taking their lead to 8-2 and when a Slovenian raised take out attempt in the 6th removed their own stone Scotland were left lying three. Unlike the Slovenian’s Scotland seem to have their weight exactly right and added another two to the mix, in the end giving five to Scotland and a huge 12-2 victory.

Photo: © WCF / Richard Gray

Results, statistics, live video streams, news and photos from the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship 2014  are available at the official event website.

 Session 16

Scotland were not drawn in Sunday morning’s session 16 of the round-robin stages

Session 15

Scotland were not drawn in Sunday morning’s session 15 of the round-robin stages

Session 14

Scotland’ took on Canada in Round 14 game on Saturday night and the Scots got into a good position in the 1st end following a couple of fantastic freezes from Gina Aitken to lie two with two Canadian stones in the 4ft but a third draw from Gina was slightly heavy and disturbed the Scottish stones, which had Canada lying two. A well played take out added a third to the mix as it came to a stop among the other Canadian stones. Bruce Mouat was a little wide in his take out attempt and left Canada still lying two. Canada threw away their last stone to make sure of their two and Canada took a 2-0 lead.
World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship 2014, Dumfries, ScotlandCanada then managed to extent their lead in the 2nd stealing a one to make it 3-0. In the third end with Canada lying shot a double take out attempt from Canada was wide and pushed the Scottish stone to remove the Canadian shot stone for Scotland to lie two. With the hammer Bruce Mouat played a lovely draw to take the three and level the game at 3-3, bringing Scotland right back into the game. In the 4th a nice draw from Kimberley Tuck gave Canada a two, after being confirmed by measurement, with a score of 5-3. With Scotland lying one in the 5th end, Canada tried for the run back but it was just wide and Bruce Mouat drew in for two to once again even the scores at 5-5. In the 6th end  with Canada lying two Scotland attempted raised double but it was slightly wide which gave Canada the chance to draw for three, which they did successfully.  Another missed raised take out attempt from Scotland lead to Canada adding a fourth with a draw to put them 9-5 ahead. Scotland did manage to pull one back in the 7th to bring the score to 9-6 going into the 8th end but try as they may in the 8th  it proved to be too much in the end and Scotland conceded suffering their first defeat of the Championships.

Results, statistics, live video streams, news and photos from the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship 2014  are available at the official event website.

Session 13

Scotland were not drawn in Saturday evening’s session 13 of the round-robin stages

Session 12

Scotland were not drawn in Saturday afternoon’s session 12 of the round-robin stages

 

Session 11: Finland 5, Scotland 6

Scotland started their Session 11 game against Finland in joint first position in Group B with three wins from three games and they got off to a good start in the first end taking a two. After a nice freeze from Gina Aitken on the Scottish stone on the button, a draw attempt by Finland was wide. Gina then played a nice hit and roll for Scotland to lie three. Finland made a double take out to remove two of the Scottish stones and lie shot, but a lovely hit and stick from Bruce Mouat recorded a score of two to Scotland to take the lead 2-0. In the 2nd end a great freeze from Bruce Mouat saw Scotland lying two. With their last Finland tried to execute a double take out but was tight and wrecked on a Scottish guard giving Scotland a steal of one and a 3-0 lead. Scotland added yet another in the in the 3rd end to lead 4-0 when a Scotland stone, from a Bruce Mouat draw,  lying  in the 4ft, could not quite be negated by a Finnish hit and roll attempt which was slightly wide.
A70P9615 (1280x853)Finland did pull one back in the 4th to bring the score to 4-1 and they seemed to have a great
4th end break as they came out fighting in the 5th end, causing one or two problems for Scotland. With Finland lying one, Bruce Mouat was forced to draw for the single, but was light and Finland stole a one to take the scores to 4-2. Scotland had a chance of a two in the 6th end. They made good use of early guards to defend their stone on the button but Bruce Moaut’s draw attempt with hammer was slightly light and so Scotland took a one for a 5-2 lead.
Finland managed to mount a real comeback after they steal a two in the 7th end bringing the scores to 5-4. Scotland started the 8th end very strongly and after a succession of fantastic freezes they were lying 4 in the 4ft. Finland managed to remove two of the stones but again Scotland responded with a perfect freeze on the button. Finland then played  a nice hit and roll which managed dislodged the Scottish stones and see them lying shot. This one came right down to the last and in the end Bruce Mouat was forced to attempt the take out but he was unable to remove the Finnish stone and the game went to an extra end with Scotland having the hammer.
In the extra end with Finland lying, Gina Aitken played a fantastic raised tap back to lie one. Scotland then called a time out and after consultation they opted to put up another Scottish guard in the front of the house. It proved to be the right call as Finland could simply not clear the guard and so Scotland secured the victory 6-5.
When asked how they felt after the game Bruce Mouat replied “It felt really good. It was good to have a close game as it gives us a chance to experience the atmosphere and gives us a boost going into the next games” Gina Aitken added “There was a great atmosphere and there was a lot of people coming so it was so really nice to get the support.”

Scotland maintain their spot at the top of the table with four wins from four games.

Photo: © WCF / Richard Gray

Results, statistics, live video streams, news and photos from the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship 2014  are available at the official event website.

Session 10

Scotland were not drawn in Friday night’s session 10 of the round-robin stages

Session 9

Scotland were not drawn in Friday evening’s session 9 of the round-robin stages

 

Session 8: Brazil 1, Scotland 14

Scotland took on Brazil in the Session 8 game on Friday evening. This was the first ever time Brazil have taken part in the World Mixed Doubles Championship and only entered the championships after Bulgaria pulled out of the competition two weeks ago.
Scotland went into this game having won both of their games so far and topped the table at the start of the game.  Scotland looked to pressure on early on and in fact both teams started very aggressively. It was looking like it was going to be a really guddly end until a great double raised take out from Gina Aitken left four Scottish stones lying in the house. Brazil then played a tap up to leave only two Scottish stones lying shot. A lovely draw from Bruce Mouat meant that Scotland secured a three from the 1st end to lead 3-0.
Scotland extended their lead in the 2nd stealing a two after a nice take out attempt from Gina Aitken followed by a nice draw from A70P9728 (1280x853)Bruce Mouat. With Scotland lying three in the 3rd, Brazil’s shot wrecked on the guard managed to clear the centre guard but Gina Aitken played a draw to then lie four. Brazil played a draw into the cluster of Scottish stones but it over curled and still left four Scottish stones lying in the four foot. Scotland attempted to try to put a stone in the edge of the front 8 foot but it was slightly heavy promoting a Brazilian stone. Brazil then tried to play a tap up to place their stone on the button but again it over curled and in the end hit a Scottish stone which came to rest amongst the other Scottish stones. This meant that Scotland got a massive steal of four bringing the score to 9-0 in the 3rd end. Scotland added yet another in the 4th end stealing a one created by a nice tap up from Gina Aitken.
Brazil seemed to then have a good 4th end break and came out strongly in the 5th and had their chances to secure a one but in the end could only manage a single, to put them on the scoreboard for 10-1.
A70P9751 (1280x853)In the 6th end Scotland were lying two after a nice take out by Bruce Mouat. Brazil tried to play a draw but was short and so Scotland play a draw to lie three in the house. On their second Brazilian attempt over curled leaving Scotland to Gina Aitken to play a draw for four which she successfully. With the minimum number of ends completed Brazil offered handshakes with a final score of 14-1 to Scotland.
After the game when asked how it felt to have three wins on the board Bruce Mouat replied “Good. It’s good to be on three nil, feeling quite confident out there so can hopefully keep that going.”
When asked whether it was hard to concentrate after going 10-0 ahead Gina Aitken replied “It’s always difficult to concentrate when there is fans and stuff but you just have to keep yourself in the mindset and not get distracted by other things. It is their first time and obviously they are going to be struggling with that so we just have to keep our head in the game and keep going.
On their aim for the competition Bruce Mouat commented “we would like to get to the playoffs and then we will think about that if we get there” Gina Aitken added “We know we can play well so we just want to play our best and just put on a good show.
Finally when questioned about what they thought about the format of the competition with 32 teams Gina Aitken told us “there is a lot of teams you can see that by the number of nationalities that are here and it’s groups unlike any other Worlds but I think it’s good that everyone gets included and more countries can get a chance to play in the worlds”.

Scotland are currently lying joint top of Group B with Sweden with three wins from three games.

Photos: © WCF / Richard Gray

Results, statistics, live video streams, news and photos from the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship 2014  are available at the official event website.

Session 7

Scotland were not drawn in Friday afternoon’s session 7 of the round-robin stages

Session 6 

Scotland were not drawn in Friday morning’s session 6 of the round-robin stages.

Session 5: Kazakhstan 4, Scotland 6

Scotland took on debutants to the competition Kazakhstan in this morning’s session 5 game and the Scots got off to a good start and took a three shot lead by the 3rd end, stealing a one in the 2nd as they got early guards in play and made it difficult for Kazakhstan.
Kazakhstan did manage to pull one back in the 4th end to cut the deficit to 3-1, but the Scots came back strongly after the 4th end break extending their lead to 5-1, after taking a two in the 5th end when Gina Aitken played a lovely freeze on her own shot stone.
World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship 2014, Dumfries, ScotlandKazakhstan regrouped though and responded by taking a two in the 6th end following a well executed double take out which left them with the opportunity to draw for a two, which they did successfully closing the gap to 5-3.
In the 7th end with Kazakhstan lying two, Scotland played a fantastic raised double to take out to leave a Scottish stone lying shot at the edge of the 8ft foot for a score of one, taking the score to 6-3
Both teams played a very aggressive 8th end, with no less than seven stones lying in a big guddle in the house. In the end Kazakhastan managed to get one back but Scotland grabbed a deserved victory with a score of 6-4.
After the game Scotland’s Gina Aitken commented “I think it went pretty well, we were in control and we have to keep and control and keep on going”

Scotland are currently lying joint top in group B after two wins from two games.

Photo: © WCF / Richard Gray

Results, statistics, live video streams, news and photos from the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship 2014  are available at the official event website.

Session 4

Scotland were not drawn in the Thursday evening’s fourth session of round-robin play.

Session 3

Scotland were not drawn in the Thursday afternoon’s third session of round-robin play.

Session 2: Scotland 8, Latvia 4

Bruce Mouat and Gina Aitken made their return to the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship at Dumfries Ice Bowl this morning. This is the second time that the pair has competed in the competition having qualified for the quarter finals in last year’s event and will again be representing Scotland following consecutive Scottish Mixed doubles titles.
Scotland faced Latvia in their first game, in session 2 of Thursday morning and it was an even contest to start with as the teams traded ones in the first three ends. Scotland had a chance to steal in the fourth but after a well played double take out, Latvia managed to secure a two to lead 3-2.
A70P8870 (819x1024)However the turning point came in the 5th end. After some great build up play, Scotland were lying four in the 4ft. With their last stone Latvia attempted to draw to the button but it was wide. This provided Gina Aitken with the opportunity to make the exact same shot, which she did with an inch perfect draw to score five to put Scotland 7-3 ahead. Scotland then extended their lead in the 6th end stealing a one. Latvia did manage to pull one back in the 7th but after a successful Scottish double take out attempt in the 8th end, Latvia decided that the deficit was too great to overcome and offered handshakes conceding with the final score of 8-4 to Scotland.

After the game Bruce Mouat commented “We had a good fourth end break with our coach. In the first four ends we were setting up good ends and it was just one shot that was missed and they would reduce it to one and we made an unfortunate error in the 4th to give them a 2 so in the 5th we just had to play the same and we did and we took the five”

Results, statistics, live video streams, news and photos from the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship 2014  are available at the official event website.

Photo: © WCF / Richard Gray

Session 1

The Scots sat out on Thursday morning’s 1st session of round-robin play