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Posted on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 2:05pm

FINALS

USA men beat Canada by 9-4 to take the title, while in the women’s final, Canada beat a history-making Italian team – led by Fiona Simpson, formerly of Uplawmoor – by 6-2 for gold.

Canadian women celebrate

Canadian women celebrate

as do the USA men

as do the USA men

Report: Mike Haggerty

Pictures: Celine Stucki/WCF

MEN Quarter-final: Denmark 5, Scotland 4

The Scottish men crashed out in Friday evening’s quarter-finals, losing to Denmark by 4-5.

Gordon Muirhead’s team started well, stealing a single in the first end and then grabbing another single steal in the second when they managed to split the house early.

Denmark got two back in the third end and then, in the fourth, Muirhead was heavy with his final draw to score just one instead of two, for a 3-2 half-time lead.

Denmark levelled the game with a single point in the fifth and then, in the sixth, Muirhead’s attempt to come in off a winger just did not move the Danish counter enough, and the Danes stole one to take the lead for the first time in the game, at 4-3.

In the seventh, Muirhead drew nicely around a guard to score one and level the game at 4-4.  Then, in the eighth, the Scots just could not get to a Danish counter in the middle of a cluster and Denmark claimed the one point needed for their win without having to play their last stone.

Afterwards, Muirhead said, “we got caught out with the stones early on. but no excuses, they played well and we played a few slack shots  –  that’s it.”

"no excuses - they played well and we had some slack shots"

“no excuses – they played well and we had some slack shots”

In the other quarter-finals, USA beat a three-man Irish team by 6-3, New Zealand had an extra end 5-4 win over Switzerland and Canada beat Sweden by 9-3.

In the semi-finals, the New Zealanders will face USA, while Canada play Denmark.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Celine Stucki/WCF

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Session 22: Men: Scotland 7, Ireland 4

Gordon Muirhead’s team beat Bill Gray’s Ireland by 7-4 in their last round-robin game on Thursday morning, a result that qualifies them for the quarter-finals from Group A, in second place behind unbeaten Canada.

The key end came early in the game when, in the second, Muirhead got a well-swept second stone just round a guard to tap-back the Irish counter and score four for a 4-1 lead.  Ireland responded with a single point in the third and then Muirhead hit and rolled out instead of staying with his second effort of the fourth end to take a 5-2 lead into the break.

In the sixth end, Ireland’s Gray drew his second stone onto the button inside a Scottish stone already sitting there and when Muirhead wrecked, Ireland stole one to reduce the Scots’ lead to 5-4.

In the seventh end, Muirhead drew his last stone into the house to score two more points for 7-4 and then Ireland ran out of stones in the eighth.

As well as putting Scotland into a clear second place, this result means that Ireland are tied with Japan and the Czech Republic for the third qualifying slot.  Among these three, Japan had the poorest draw-shot challenge figures and are eliminated, leaving Ireland and the Czechs to play a Friday morning tie-breaker to determine which of them will claim the third qualifying slot for the Group.

Norman Brown's Irish jig

Norman Brown’s Irish jig

Afterwards, Muirhead said, “we were all up for that, I must confess.  We thought we’d played better than our record shows because the two games we’ve lost we probably should have won.  So we just thought ‘we’ll keep it going,  keep the standard up and we’ll be delighted’.  That’s probably the best game we’ve played, so we’re happy.”

Looking forward to the Quarter-finals, he said, “it’s a rather complicated  set-up – I don’t know how it works.  Even if you win your quarter, you don’t know who you’re playing.  Just being there is the main thing  and we’ll take on whoever we get put in front of.”

STANDINGS

MEN

Group A: Canada won 6, lost 0 (Q); Scotland 5-2(Q); Czech Republic, Ireland, Japan 4-3; Italy 2-4; Latvia 2-5; Kazakhstan 0-7.

Group B: Denmark won 6, lost 0 (Q); New Zealand 5-1; Sweden 4-2; England 3-3; Hungary, Norway, Russia 2-4; Turkey 0-6.

Group C: USA won 7, lost 0 (Q); Switzerland, Australia 5-2 (Q); Finland, Germany 4-3; Slovakia 2-5; France 1-6; Poland 0-7.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Celine Stucki/WCF

Session 19: Women: Scotland 5, Sweden 8

Scotland lost what was their final round-robin game on Wednesday afternoon, by 5-8 to Sweden, and now, although they concede the possibility is unlikely, must wait to see results elsewhere to discover if they have made it into the play-offs.

They gave themselves a mountain to climb straightaway, giving up three points in the first end and their troubles increased when second player Elinor Ritchie fell heavily in the fourth end and had to come off, to be replaced by alternate Judith Carr.

After their poor start, the Scots fought back, scoring two in the second end but they went into the break 6-2 down, with Sweden scoring two in the third end and stealing one in the fourth.

The Scots scored another two in the fifth end and one in the seventh but when skip Kay Gibb could not clear out two Swedish stones with her last effort of the eighth end, Sweden won without having to play their last stone.

After wards, Gibb said, “we were a bit slow out of the blocks, giving away a three in the first end so we were always chasing after that.  I was pleased with the girls, they didn’t flap when we had our injury.  We battled back for two or three ends there, but it was just too little too late.”

so near yet...

so near yet…

Contemplating her qualification possibilities she added, “we need the curling gods to look on us nicely now, but it’s unlikely.”

STANDINGS

WOMEN

Group A: Sweden won 4, lost 1; Czech Republic, Finland 3-2; Scotland 3-3; Switzerland 2-2; Japan 1-3; Russia 1-4.

Group B: USA won 4, lost 0; Canada 3-1; England, Italy 2-2; New Zealand 1-3; Slovakia 0-4.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Celine Stucki/WCF

Session 17: men: Canada 6, Scotland 5 (extra end)

The Scottish men went down to Canada by 5-6 in an extra end of a hard-fought top-of-the-table Group A clash on Wednesday morning.

Canada took last stone advantage, blanked the first end and then opened the scoring with a single point in the second end.  The Scots scored two in the third end to take the lead for the first time but a single point for Canada in the fourth end meant that the teams went into the break level at 2-2.

The Scots blanked the fifth end and moved ahead again with another score of two in the sixth end, for 4-2.

In the seventh, Scottish skip Gordon Muirhead just missed a double take-out attempt and crucially this allowed Canada’s Alan O’Leary to score three from the end for a 5-4 lead. In the eighth end, O’Leary executed a promote take-out with his first stone and Muirhead was left with no option but to draw for one in the eighth to take one a go into an extra end.

In that end, O’Leary once again cleared out the house and after Muirhead drew his final stone to lie shot, a nose-hit was enough to give Canada the win that kept their unbeatn record intact.

After the game, Canadian skip O’Leary said, “Scotland played well but we got a little bit lucky in the seventh end when he  hit one a little too thin – we’ll take the breaks.   My boys are comfortable peeling on this ice which is really nice for the skip, it makes you confident calling the shots.  I think that’s  us guaranteed top place in our section.”

Meanwhile, Muirhead said, “that was just a couple of bad shots, a couple of slack shots.  I was trying to hit and roll with my last one (in the extra end) but it’s strange because the ice straightened up quite a lot and we just didn’t seem to catch onto it quick enough.  That was a proper game of curling and I’m sure we’ll meet them again…I hope.”

...discussing tactics?

…discussing tactics?

The Scots are now in clear second place in Group A and conclude their round-robin programme with a game against Ireland on Thursday afternoon.

STANDINGS

MEN

Group A: Canada won 6, lost 0; Scotland 4-2; Ireland, Czech Republic 3-3; Italy, Japan, Latvia 2-3; Kazakhstan 0-6.

Group B: Denmark won 4, lost 0; New Zealand 3-1; Hungary, Norway, Russia, Sweden 2-2; England 1-3; Turkey 0-4.

Group C: USA won 5, lost 0; Australia 4-1; Finland , Germany, Switzerland 3-2; France, Slovakia 1-4; Poland 0-5.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Celine Stucki/WCF

Session 16: Women: Switzerland 6, Scotland 2

The Scottish women went down to their second defeat of the week on Tuesday evening, losing by 2-6 to Switzerland.

The Swiss had a good start, using last stone advantage to score two points in the first end and then stealing one more point in the second end.

The Scots scored one in the third end when they were looking for more, as skip Kay Gibb wrecked her second stone.  The teams swapped singles for the next three ends  and then, in the seventh after Gibb hit out a Swiss stone and lay, an umpire’s measure gave Switzerland a steal of one and a 6-2 lead.  The Scots ran out of stones in the eighth to concede defeat.

After the game, Gibb said, ” yes, the damage was done at the start of the game, but my team played really well and made some great shots – that’s the best they’ve played all week.  We came up against a slightly better team and they just kept putting the pressure on.  They were far more experienced in the tactics and were able to keep up the pressure.”

She added, “I did create a lot of nice chances , I’m disappointed in myself when in the third end I’d played a lovely run-back on my first stone to create the three then I wrecked on the guard, which  is a bread-and-butter shot for me and I shouldn’t have missed that.”

Looking forward, she said, “we’re still in the hunt and I saw the Swedes in there watching so they’ll know they’ve got a tough game tomorrow.”

Kay Gibb - disappointed in missing a "bread and butter" shot

Kay Gibb – disappointed in missing a “bread and butter” shot

STANDINGS

WOMEN

Group A: Sweden won 3, lost 1; Finland, Scotland 3-2; Czech Republic, Switzerland 2-2; Japan, Russia 1-3.

Group B: Canada, USA won 3, lost 0; England, Italy, New Zealand 1-2; Slovakia 0-3.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Celine Stucki/WCF

Session 15: Men: Scotland 6, Italy 3

The Scottish men bounced back from their surprise loss to Latvia with a 6-3 win over Italy on Tuesday afternoon.

They opened with a score of four in the first end and then added to that with a single steal in the second for a 5-0 lead.

After this, the game stalled with two blank ends before Italy got on the scoreboard with two points in the fifth end.  They then stole a single in the sixth to reduce Scotland’s lead to 5-3.

The Scots drew Muirhead’s last in the seventh end to take a 6-3 lead and then ran the Italians out of stones in the eighth to claim what is their fourth win.

Afterwards, skip Muirhead said, “we got a good start – a 100%  first end and picked up a four, but then you try to keep your focus.  It turned out to be a pretty tedious game but we’re still playing all right so we’re quite happy.”

the Scottish front end in action

the Scottish front end in action

Looking forward to his team’s Wednesday morning encounter with Canada, who top the table after their 6-5 extra end win over Ireland, he added, “I haven’t seen much of Canada but if they’ve won the Canadian seniors they’re no mugs, so I’m looking forward to it.”  He also was conscious of Scotland’s Mixed doubles win over Canada, saying, “hopefully we’ll do the double tomorrow (over Canada)”.

STANDINGS

MEN.

Group A: Canada won 5, lost 0; Scotland 4-1;Ireland 3-2; Czech \republic, Italy, Japan, Latvia 2-3; Kazakhstan 0-5.

Group B: Denmark won 4, lost 0; New Zealand 3-1; Hungary, Norway, Russia, Sweden 2-2; England 1-3; Turkey 0-4.

Group C: USA won 4, lost 0; Australia 3-1; Germany, Switzerland 3-2; Finland 2-2; France, Slovakia 1-3; Poland 0-4.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Celine Stucki/WCF

Session 12: MEN: Scotland 6, Latvia 7.

The Scottish men went down to their first loss of the week on Monday evening, when they were beaten by Latvia by 6-7.

This game was tight all the way and, in the eighth end, with Scotland leading by just one point at 6-5, the Scots got a stone on the button early and guarded it well for the rest of the end.  W

When he came to throw his last stone, Latvia’ fourth player Peteris Sveisbergs – who had been promoted from playing third earlier in the week – had no real shot to play and opted for an improbable come-in off a wide winger that had to pick its way through a cluster of stones round the four-foot ring.  Even more improbably, he made it to score two and take their first win of the week by 7-6.

Later, Scottish skip Gordon Muirhead said, “they played 100% in the last end.  You can’t cover for circus shots and these things happen.  He  could play that shot a hundred times again and never get it.  Anyway, it’s better happening to us now than at a later stage.”  He added, “we played pretty solid actually.”

the men's team in action

the men’s team in action

This loss relegates the Scots to second place in their Group behind unbeaten Canada.  They play Italy next, on Tuesday afternoon.

STANDINGS

MEN

Group A: Canada won 4, lost 0; Ireland, Scotland 3-1; Italy, Japan 2-2; Czech Republic, Latvia 1-3; Kazakhstan 0-4.

Group B: Denmark won 3, lost 0; Norway, New Zealand, Sweden 2-1; England, Hungary, Russia 1-2; Turkey 0-3.

Group C: USA won 3, lost 0; Switzerland 3-1; Australia, Finland, Germany 2-1; France, Slovakia 1-3; Poland 0-4.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Celine Stucki/WCF

Session 11: WOMEN: Scotland 9, Czech Republic 5.

 By their own admission, the Scottish women rode their luck in this game but still emerged as 9-5 winners over the Czech Republic to stay in joint top spot in Group A along with Sweden.

They opened with a steal of two points in the first end but in the second end, with thirteen stones still in play, the Czechs scored three to take the lead. The Scots then scored three of their own when skip Kay Gibb drew her final stone of the third into the house.

The Scots then got their first piece of luck in the game in the fourth end .  Gibb’s attempted guard went wrong but then so did the attempted tap-up by Czech skip Ivana Kubeskova, leaving Scotland to steal one for 6-3 instead of losing a handful of points as seemed likely.

In the fifth end, Kubeskova played a precision hit on two Scottish stones to score two points and reduce the Scottish lead to 6-5.  The Scots then scored one in the sixth end and manufactured another single steal of one in the seventh to go into the eighth end 8-5 ahead.

In this eighth end, Scotland lay shot but open, with three other Czech stones in the house when Kubeskova came to play her last stone but the Czech attempt wrecked, giving Scotland another single steal and a 9-5 win.

Afterwards, Gibb said, “it was a scrappy game and neither team got a  hang of the ice but we’ll take a victory.  It was a ding-dong battle that could have gone either way and I think we just edged it.  The front end played very well but you make your own luck in these circumstances.”

More generally she added, “we’re still hanging in there, we’ve got two tough games tomorrow.  We’re very pleased with three wins so far and we’re growing into the competition.”

the eyes have it

the eyes have it

The Scottish women play Switzerland next, on Tuesday evening.

STANDINGS.

 WOMEN.

Group A: Scotland, Sweden won2, lost 1; Czech Republic, Japan, Switzerland 1-1; Finland, Russia 1-2.

Group B: Canada, USA won 2, lost 0; England, Italy 1-1; New Zealand, Slovakia 0-2.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Celine Stucki/WCF

Session 9: WOMEN: Finland 6, Scotland 7

Kay Gibb’s Scottish team won a tight game against Finland by 7-6 in Monday morning’s eighth session of round-robin play – their second win from the three games they have played, and a result that puts them into the joint lead in their group alongside Sweden.

The Finns had last stone and used it to score two in the opening end, but the Scots followed up a single-point score in the second with single-point steals in both the third and fourth ends to take a 4-2 lead into the break. Finland levelled again in the fifth with another score of two, and a hit and stay from skip Gibb in the sixth produced one point and a 5-4 Scottish lead,

The Finns split the house early in the seventh end and eventually their skip Kirsti Kauste hit out a Scottish stone with her last to score two again, and take the lead again, this time at 6-5.

It was the Scots’ turn to split the house in the eighth and eventually, with a Scottish stone just biting on the wing, Kauste’s  last stone made its way through the house to give Scotland two points and a 7-6 win without Gibb having to play her final stone.

Meanwhile Sweden lost their game against the Czech Republic after an umpire’s measure in the eighth end gave the Czechs two points to force an extra end, in which they stole one point to give them their first win so far, at 9-8.

After this game, Gibb said “that’s another win on the board and I’m just delighted.  It was very interesting.  We were well in control in the first four ends and made some nice shots..  I had a nice draw to steal the end (third end) and that was the turning point for us.”

She also recalled the crucial eighth end, saying, “I played the chip and also just managed to  squeeze past the guard by a hair and then get a fraction of cover.  We fortunately had  a biter so we didn’t need to play my last.”

Speaking more generally, she added, “you’ve got to remember that until the Scottish we’d never played as a team because I had to bring in a substitute.  This is only our second competition playing together as a team, so we’re very much learning about out styles.  Hopefully we can carry on and be positive.   We’re thereabouts – we’re holding our own and that’s good because we’ve got some tough games to come.”

The first of these “tough games” will be on Monday evening when they face a Czech Republic team buoyed by their win over Sweden.

the spirit of curling is alive and well at the World Seniors in Sochi

the spirit of curling is alive and well at the World Seniors in Sochi

STANDINGS

WOMEN

Group A: Scotland, Sweden won 2, lost 1; Czech Republic, Japan, Switzerland; Finland, Russia 1-2.

Group B: Canada, USA won 2, lost 0; England, Italy 1-1; New Zealand, Slovenia 0-2.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Celine Stucki/WCF

Session 7: MEN: Kazakhstan 2, Scotland 14; WOMEN: Scotland 9. Russia 2.

Both the Scottish men’s and women’s teams had wins in Sunday afternoon’s seventh session of round-robin play.

The men had an untroubled 14-2 win over Kazakhstan, who have now scored only three points in three games.  They opened with a score of two and then finished the game off with a four in the fifth end and a steal of three in the sixth.  This result – a third win – keeps them in joint top position in Group A, with Canada.

After the game, skip Gordon Muirhead said, “they’re very inexperienced and it’s good to see another country curling, but they’re not at this level yet.  It gives us another chance to try to get on top of the ice.  Now we need and want a couple of tight games just to give us focus, keeping the concentration is not easy.”

Mike Hay played in this game while Hugh Aitken made the coffees

Mike Hay played in this game while Hugh Aitken was on the bench

The Scottish men play Latvia next, on Monday evening.

This was a first win so far for Kay Gibb’s women.

They opened with a steal of one in the first end and then Russia levelled in the second and stole a single in the third end to take a 2-1 lead.

However, in the fourth, the Scots set the house up well and Gibb played a nice tap-up and split with her last stone to score four and take a lead, at 5-2, into the break.  They never looked back after this.  A complete miss by the Russian skip in the fifth gave the Scots a steal of one, and further steals in the next two ends – for one in the sixth and two in the seventh – sealed their win.

After this first win that keeps the Scottish women in touch in Group A, skip Kay Gibb said, “I’m delighted, that was a super win.  We were definitely more comfortable with the ice today and the girls played really steadily.  I think we played one take-out in the whole game.  We really mastered the draw-weight and we stuck with it.”

She added, “we got that nice  four just before the half-time break – that was the killer blow.  They were always chasing the game after that.  That’s a really good result, we’ve got a score on the board so we’re delighted.”

"we've got a score on the board"

“we’ve got a score on the board”

The Scottish women now play two games on Monday, against Finland and then the Czech Republic.

STANDINGS.

MEN:

Group A: Canada, Scotland won 3, lost 0; Ireland 2-0; Japan 1-1; Czech Republic, 1-2; Italy, Latvia 0-2; Kazakhstan 0-3.

Group B: Denmark won 2, lost 0; England, Hungary, Norway, New Zealand, Russia, Sweden 1-1, Turkey 0-2.

Group C: Switzerland, USA won 2, lost 0; Australia, Finland, Germany, Slovakia 1-1; France, Poland 0-2.

WOMEN:

Group A: Sweden won 2, lost 0; Japan 1-0; Finland, Scotland, Switzerland 1-1; Czech Republic 0-1, Russia 0-2.

Group B: Canada, England won 1, lost 0; USA 1-0; Italy, New Zealand, Slovakia 0-1.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Pictures: Celine Stucki/WCF

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Session 3: Men: Japan 3, Scotland 9; Women: Japan 7, Scotland 3.

There were contrasting fortunes for the Scottish senior teams in Saturday afternoon’s  round-robin games.

Gordon Muirhead’s men cruised to their second win, beating Japan by 9-3, but in their first game of the week, Kay Gibb’s women went down to a 3-7 loss to Japan.

With their front end rotated, as Mike Hay played lead and David Hay watched from the bench, the Scottish men opened strongly, scoring two in the first end and stealing three in the second, then a further single shot in the third for a 6-0 lead.  The teams swapped singles in the next two ends and then, with the score at 7-1, Muirhead’s final draw in the seventh was short, giving Japan a score of two to reduce Scotland’s lead to 7-3.  But the Scots bounced back with another score of two in the seventh and the Japanese shook hands, at 9-3.

After the game, Muirhead said,” it’s always  good to get off to a good start.  These teams – you should beat them nine times out of ten – but they can end up  as banana skins.  But we played quite well today so we’re happy.”

a second win for the men puts them on top of their section

a second win for the men puts them on top of their section

The Scottish men now face Kazakhstan in their only Sunday game.

In the women’s game, the Scots scored two in the second end to take a 2-1 lead.  But they suffered a bad patch after this, with Japan scoring two in the third end and then stealing two in the fourth and a single in the fifth to put the Scots 2-6 behind.  The Scots could only score one in the sixth end and the Japanese responded with one of their own in the seventh to push their lead to 7-3.  The Scots then ran out of stones in the eighth to give Japan their win.

Afterward Gibb said, “the ice was very challenging.  You had to really judge your sweeping and we just didn’t grasp it.  We’ll come on, the girls will have learned from it.  We’ve enjoyed the experience and it’s still an honour to represent Scotland.  We’ll grow from that, hopefully.”

Kay Gibb, "we've enjoyed the experience and it's still an honour to represent Scotland"

Kay Gibb, “we’ve enjoyed the experience and it’s still an honour to represent Scotland”

The Scottish women’s next opponents are hosts Russia, on Sunday afternoon.

STANDINGS

MEN

Group A: Scotland won 2, lost 0; Canada, Ireland 1-0, Czech Republic, Japan 1-1; Kazakhstan, Latvia 0-1; Italy 0-2.

Group B: Denmark, England, Hungary, Norway won 1, lost 0; New Zealand, Russia, Sweden, Turkey 0-1.

WOMEN.

Group A: Finland, Japan won 1, lost 0; Czech Republic, Russia, Sweden 0-0; Scotland, Switzerland 0-1.

Group B: Canada, England, USA won 1, lost 0; Italy, New Zealand, Slovakia 0-1.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Pictures: Celine Stucki/WCF

MEN Session 1: Czech Republic 4, Scotland 8.

The Scottish men gave themselves the start they were looking for with an 8-4 win over the Czech Republic in Saturday morning’s opening session of play.

They scored five in the first end  with two good hits by skip Gordon Muirhead and controlled the game after that.

Eventually in the sixth end, with the score at 5-2 to Scotland after the Czechs had stolen a single in the fourth end,  Muirhead drew his last stone into the house to score three for an 8-2 lead.  Muirhead had a miss in the seventh end and this allowed the Czechs to draw for two and an 8-4 score-line, which became the final score when the Czechs ran out of stones in the eighth and last end.

Afterwards, Muirhead said, “we played a very solid first end.  The ice was quite brutal to start with, but we got on top of it before they did.  I played a good hit and roll with my first and another hit with my second, so that’s an ideal start.”

More generally, he added, “it’s a bit scary out there…the ice has been so bendy, it’s unbelievable.  But it’s starting to settle down – it will settle down.  That win was crucial confidence-wise.  This is not the easiest section, but we’ll try to stay on top of them.”

"It's scary out there" Gordon Muirhead

“It’s scary out there” Gordon Muirhead

The Scottish men now face Japan next, who beat Italy by 10-2 in their opener.  Two other games in the Scots’ section were played on Saturday morning, with Ireland beating Kazakhstan by 9-1 and Canada prevailing by 5-3 over Latvia.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Celine Stucki/WCF