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Posted on Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 3:20pm

Final: Women: Scotland 5, Germany 4 (extra end)

Jackie Lockhart led her team of lead Margaret Richardson, second player Isobel Hannen and third Christine Cannon, supported  by alternate Margaret Robertson, to gold medal victory, beat Germany by 5-4 after an extra end in Saturday afternoon’s final.

The Scots blanked the first three ends before scoring two in the fourth for a half-time lead.  But they let Germany get back into the game with a score of two in the fifth end to level the game at 2-.2.  In the sixth Lockhart was short with her final draw to give Germany a steal of one and the lead – at 3-2 – for the only time in the game.

In the seventh end Lockhart’s hit did not stay as she had planned, but the Scots still managed to score two from the end to take the lead back.  In the eighth end, Lockhart took out a German front biter with her last stone, which left Germany’s Andrea Schoepp to play a simple draw for the one short that out the game into an extra end.

In the extra end, Scotland’s third Christine Cannon cleared out a German stone near the button, and this eventually left Lockhart with a draw for one shot, the win, and the title.

Scotland winners

An extra end win!

Afterwards, she said, ” I’m so excited and it’s fantastic!  That was a tough game.  Everybody  played really well in the first half and then they picked up a two.”   About the extra end, she added, “I’m glad she left me a shot.  I’m chuffed to bits, chuffed to bits.”

Scotland medals

Gold medal winners

RESULTS.

WOMEN.

Bronze medal game: Sweden 10, England 5.

Final: Scotland 5, Germany 4 (extra end).

MEN.

Bronze medal game: Denmark 2, Ireland 7.

Final: Canada 4, Sweden 7.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Celine Stucki

Semi-final: Sweden 6, Scotland 8 (extra end)

Jackie Lockhart’s women beat Sweden by 8-6 in Saturday morning’s semi-final to face Germany, who beat England by 11-4, in Saturday afternoon’s final game.

Sweden opened with a score of two in the first end and the Scots matched this in the second end.  The first Scottish breakthrough came in the third end when Sweden’s skip, Gunilla Arfwidwidsson Edlund, was heavy with her final draw, handing Scotland a steal of two shots and a 4-2 lead.   In the fifth end Arfwidsson Edlund hit and rolled out to give Scotland another steal, this time for one shot and a 5-2 lead.

However, in the sixth, Lockhart missed an important take-out attempt and Sweden drew their last stone into the house to score three and level the game at 5-5.  Lockhart had a draw for two in the seventh end but was long and had to settle for just one shot and a 6-5 lead, and when all four Swedish team members swept their last stone of the eighth into shot position, they scored one and forced an extra end.

In that end the Scots kept control and Lockhart finished with a hit and stay for two shots and an 8-6 win.

Semi v Sweden

The Scots controlled the extra end for the win

Afterwards Lockhart said, “that was what you call teamwork.  I had a couple of dodgy shots there.  I missed a bad plant and that gave away the three.  But the girls were really good, they said, ‘we know you can play the shots, so just keep going’.”

She added, “this is what we came for, to get to the final, so we’ll see how that goes.  We’re delighted with this so far.  That win was a little boost for us.  We cruised through but not on full power – we’re getting there though.”

RESULTS.

Semi-finals:

Women: Germany 11, England 4; Sweden 6, Scotland 8.

Men: Ireland 3, Canada 7; Sweden 7, Denmark 1.

Report: Mike Haggerty

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Quarter- final: Scotland 3, Canada 4.

In a hard-fought game, Scotland went down on the last stone by 3-4 to Canada to exit the Championship at the quarter-final stage.

As soon as this tie was drawn out of the tin, it was predicted to be close and so it proved.  Canada started with last stone advantage and, with tight play throughout, the teams swapped singles for the first six ends.  Canada were then able to blank the seventh to keep last stone for the eighth and then, despite the Scots’ best efforts, their skip Randy Neufeld drew his last stone inside the four-foot ring to score the one shot needed to put his team into the semi-finals.

Quarter-final v Canada

This game went all the way to the last stone

Afterwards, a disappointed Gordon Muirhead said, “I think if we’d played any other team we’d have beaten them, they’re the best team here.  But that’s the way it goes.  We’ve enjoyed the campaign because the boys have been great”  He also explained, “my last stone picked up at the hog-line, but that’s just the way it goes.”

Meanwhile Canada’s Neufeld said, “that was a well-curled game.   He made a great shot in six and we knew it was a battle right the way to the end.  We needed to get the full four-foot (with my last stone in the eighth) and the boys put their heads down and we got it – pretty good for seniors.”

RESULTS.

Men’s Quarter-finals: Canada 4, Scotland 3; Denmark 5, USA 4; New Zealand 5, Ireland 6; Norway 4, Sweden 10.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Celine Stucki

 

Session 29: Men: Switzerland 1, Scotland 6.

The Scottish men concluded their programme of Group games on Friday morning with a confident 6-1 win over Switzerland.

This result places them in second position in the Group rankings and qualifies them for the Quarter-Finals.

Gordon Muirhead’s team had last stone advantage in the first end and scored one.  They then got an early break-through when in the second end the Swiss gave up a steal of two.  Switzerland then blanked the third end and could only score one in the fourth to give the Scots a 3-1 lead at half-time.

The Scots then blanked both the fifth and sixth ends.  In the seventh, Scotland’s third Norman Brown hit and stayed with his second stone and then Muirhead took out a Swiss stone with his first of the end, to lie two.  Switzerland skip Stefan Karnusian wrecked on  a guard with his last stone of the seventh, leaving Muirhead with an open draw for three and 6-1.  Karnusian shook hands with Muirhead to concede before the last Scottish stone came to rest.

Friday S29 v Switzerland

Gordon Muirhead – through to the Quarter-FInals

After the game, Muirhead said, “we’re highly delighted, that’s  us through to the quarter-finals.  We don’t know who we’re playing yet but it was a good solid performance.  That was quite a big game because if we had lost that we could have been involved in tie-breakers.”

Reflecting on the week so far, he added, “when we got the draw we reckoned that the sections were a bit lop-sided.  The way it’s worked out there were a few good teams in our section, but we’ve managed to get through it and that’s the main thing.  Now, we’re just going to have a chill-out day and let the others battle it out.”

RESULTS

Session 29: Switzerland 1, Scotland 6; Latvia 3, Germany 7; France 10, Slovakia 3; Israel 1, Canada 10.

Standings after 29 sessions.

Group A: USA, Scotland won 7, lost 1 (both Q); Germany 6-2 (Q); Switzerland, Latvia 5-3; Wales 3-5; Czech Republic 2-6; Russia 1-7; Belgium 0-8.

Group B: Canada won 8, lost 0 (Q); Sweden 7-1 (Q); Ireland 6-2 (Q); Finland 4-4; Israel, France 3-5; Slovakia, Netherlands 2-6; Japan 1-7.

Group C: New Zealand won 8, lost 0 (Q); Norway 7-1 (Q); Denmark 6-2 (Q); England 5-3; Australia 4-4; Slovenia, Italy, Poland 2-6; Turkey DNS.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Celine Stucki

 

Session 27: Women: USA 5, Scotland 6.

Jackie Lockhart’s Scottish women completed their round-robin programme undefeated with a 6-5 victory over USA  on Thursday afternoon, their seventh successive win.

This now puts them directly into Saturday’s semi-final.

The USA blanked the first end and an early miss by the Scots gave the American skip Norma O’Leary the chance to hit and stay for two in the second to take the early lead.  In the third end, Lockhart tapped out an American stone for one and then in the fourth, O’Leary shaved a guard with her final effort to let Scotland steal one more and level the score at 2-2.

A nose-hit let USA open the second half with a score of one and in the sixth,  the Scots had a biter at the back of the house  that let Lockhart hit and stay for two and a 4-3 lead.   The USA got two back in the seventh for them to take the lead and, in the eighth, with plenty of stones in the house, Lockhart played a gentle tap to score the two shots that gave her victory.

Thursday w v USA

Christine Cannon and Jackie Lockhart

Afterwards, she said, “that was a great end result there.  It was really tense and it could have gone either way.  I was trying to steal in the seventh end but she played an absolute cracker.  But we played a really good last end there.  We definitely pulled it together in the second half there.  I’m pleased because that’s what we were looking for.”

Looking forward, she added, “we’re in the semi-final , so a day off tomorrow.  Now we just need to re-group. ”

RESULTS.

Women.

Session 26: Latvia 3, Canada 7; Japan 8, Finland 6.

Session 27: USA 5, Scotland 6; England 12, Sweden 3.

Standings after 27 sessions:   

Group A: England won 87, lost 0 (Q); Canada 7-1 (Q); Sweden 6-2 (Q); Japan, Latvia 4-4; Czech Republic 3-4; Australia, Finland 1-6; Lithuania 0-7.

Group B: Scotland won 7, lost 0 (Q); Switzerland 5-2 (Q); USA 5-2; Germany 4-2; Russia 2-4; Italy 2-5; Austria, New Zealand 1-6.

MEN

Session 26: New Zealand 8, Slovenia 1; Japan 6, Ireland 7 (extra end); Canada 10, Finland 1; Netherlands 4, Slovakia 10.

Session 27: Poland won (Over absent Turkey); Israel 9, France 7; Denmark 10, England 4; Belgium 6, Latvia 9.

Standings after 27 sessions:

Group A: USA won 7, lost 1 (Q): Scotland 6-1; Germany, Latvia, Switzerland 5-2; Wales 3-5; Czech Republic 2-6; Russia 1-7; Belgium 0-8.

Group B: Canada won 7, lost 1 (Q); Sweden 6-1 (Q); Ireland 6-2 (Q); Finland 4-4; Israel 3-5; France, Netherlands, Slovakia 2-5; Japan 1-7.

Group C: New Zealand won 8, lost 0 (Q); Norway 6-1 (Q); Denmark 6-2(Q); England 5-3, Australia 3-4; Italy, Slovenia 2-5; Poland 2-6; Turkey DNS.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Celine Stucki

 

Session 25: Men: Wales 5, Scotland 9.

Gordon Muirhead’s men beat Wales by 9-5 in Thursday morning’s play to maintain their second-placed position in their Group and keep their Play-off hopes alive.

The lead changed hands four times in this game and Wales opened with a score of two in the first end.  But the Scots responded with a score of three in the second.  Another two shots by Wales in the third saw them take the lead again, at 4-3.  The Scots could then only take one from the fourth end to put the game into the half-time break tied up at 4-4.

The second half was a different story.  Scotland stole two in the fifth end and, in the sixth, it was Wales’ turn to only be able to score one.  A further score of three by the Scots in the seventh was enough to seal a crucial victory.

On the sheets beside the Scotland-Wales game, Group leaders USA beat Belgium by 10-1 in just six ends to complete their Group programme, record their seventh win, guarantee first qualifying place from the section (having beaten the Scots earlier in the week), and seal a Play-off slot.  Germany and Switzerland, Scotland’s rivals for the second and third Play-off positions from the Group, faced each other, and it was the Germans who won, by 7-4.  This means that with each of these three teams set to play in Friday morning’s last Group session of play, the Scots sit on a 6-1 record, while both Germany and Switzerland are on 5-2.

In that final session, Scotland play Switzerland while Germany face a Latvian team whose record is 4-2.  Victory for the Scots in that session will give them a Play-off position while defeat could see them involved in a tie-breaker.

RESULTS.

MEN.

Session 23: Wales 5, Latvia 6; Sweden 4, Finland 3; Russia 9, Belgium 4; Norway 5, Australia 3; Czech Republic 1, Switzerland 6; Slovakia 7, Japan 4.

Session 24: Israel 8, Netherlands 9 (extra end); Poland 2, Denmark 11; Italy 3, New Zealand 6.

Session 25:  Czech Republic 7, Russia 4;  Germany 7, Switzerland 4; Belgium 1, USA 10; Wales 5, Scotland 9.

Standings after session 25:

Group A: USA won 7, lost 1 (Q); Scotland 6-1; Germany, Switzerland 5-2; Latvia 4-2; Wales 3-5; Czech Republic 2-6; Russia 1-7; Belgium 0-7.

Group B: Canada won 6, lost 0 (Q); Sweden 6-1 (Q); Ireland 5-2; Finland 4-3; France, Israel, Netherlands 2-4; Slovakia 1-5; Japan 1-6.

Group C: New Zealand won 7, lost 0 (Q): Norway 6-1; Denmark, England 5-2; Australia 3-4; Slovenia 2-4; Italy 2-5; Poland 1-6; Turkey DNS.

WOMEN.

Session 23: no women’s games

Session 24: Czech Republic 2, Sweden 9; Latvia2, England 8; Australia 4, Japan 6.

Session 25: New Zealand 4, Italy 5; Switzerland 7, Austria 2.

Standings after session 25;

Group A: England won 7, lost 0 (Q); Canada, Sweden 6-1 (Q); Latvia 4-3; Czech Republic, Japan 3-4; Finland 1-5; Australia 1-6; Lithuania 0-7.

Group B: Scotland won 6, lost 0 (Q): USA 5-1; Switzerland 5-2; Germany 4-2; Russia 2-4; Italy 2-5; Austria 1-5; New Zealand 1-6.

Report: Mike Haggerty

 

Session 22: Women: Scotland 6, Germany 5 (extra end).

It took all the way to an extra end of their Wednesday afternoon game against Germany, but with a 6-5 victory, Jackie Lockhart’s women became the first team in either the men’s or women’s competitions to qualify for the Play-off stages.

The Scots started shakily, giving up a steal of one in the opening end but came back strongly with a score of three in the second.   In the third end, Lockhart played a nice double to reduce problems, but Germany’s skip Andrea Schoepp (who was later to leave the game after the sixth end to play in a mixed doubles  game) made a draw to score two and level the game at 3-3.

The Scots took the lead again with a single shot in the fourth and, after the Germans blanked the fifth end, good Scottish play forced Schoepp to draw for just one shot again in the sixth.  Another single in the seventh nudged the Scots ahead again and then, in the eight, Germany’s Monica Wagner, who was now playing fourth stones, was heavy with a draw that would have given her team two shots and the win.  Instead, the Germans scored one and the game went into an extra end.

In that extra end, the Scots got an early stone in the house and, when Wagner was wide and heavy with her last stone, the Scots took one from the end and won the game without Lockhart having to play her last stone, a result that kept the Scots’ unbeaten record alive, after six games.

Wed S22 W v Germany

The Scottish women – first qualifiers for the Play-offs

After the game, Lockhart said, “the first half of that game was not pretty – there were a lot of misses on both sides. It could have been different, but as it was we were hanging in there. In the second half of the game we all just stepped up a mark and hung in. I think even at the end there we were pretty fortunate that Monica played that wide shot.”

She added, “the good thing from that is the whole unit just buckled down.  We needed one of these tight games because we’ve had relatively easier games. It was nice to get eight ends in, and then the ninth, so we’re glad that we survived that. I was happy going into the extra end knowing we had the last stone. In the last end we had opportunities to make it easier for ourselves and we made a couple of mistakes. So, ugly – but happy that we survived that one.”

Looking forward she said, “i think that was good for us, we needed it because the games are going to get harder from here.”

The Scottish women now conclude their Group programme with a game against second-paced USA on Thursday afternoon.

RESULTS.

WOMEN.

Session 22: Scotland 6, Germany 5 (extra end); Finland 5, Sweden 11; Lithuania 2, Canada 5.

Standings after 22 sessions:

Group A: England won 6, lost 0; Canada 6-1; Sweden 5-1; Latvia 4-2; Czech republic 3-3;Japan 2-4; Australia, Finland 1-5; Lithuania 0-7.

Group B: Scotland won 6 , lost 0 (Q): USA 5-1; Germany, Switzerland 4-2; Russia 2-4; Austria, Italy, New Zealand 1-5.

MEN.

Session 22: France 3, Ireland 9; Slovenia won (over absent Turkey); England 4, New Zealand 8.

Standings after 22 sessions:

Group A: USA won 6, lost 1; Scotland 5-1; Switzerland 4-1; Germany 4-2; Latvia 3-2; Wales 3-3; Czech Republic 1-5; Belgium 0-5; Russia 0-6.

Group B: Canada won 6, lost 0; Sweden 5-1; Ireland 5-2; Finland 4-2; Israel2-3; France 2-4; Netherlands 1-4; Japan 1-5; Slovakia 0-5.

Group C: New Zealand won 6, lost 0; Norway 5-1; England 5-2; Denmark 4-2; Australia 3-3; Italy, Slovenia 2-4; Poland 1-5; Turkey DNS.

Report: Mike Haggerty

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Session 21: Men: Belgium 2, Scotland 13.

The Scottish men had another straightforward win on Wednesday morning, beating Belgium by 13-2, a result that keeps them well-positioned for Play-off qualification, as they sit in a clear second place in Group A, one win behind the USA, who have played one game more.

The Scots opened with a single shot in the first end, and then stole one more in the second.  The Belgians got on the scoreboard with one shot in the third, but after this Scotland scored four in the fourth, and then stole three more in the fifth end for a 9-1 lead that changed the game.

Belgium had another consolation single shot in the sixth end and , when Scotland scored four more in the seventh, the game was over.

Wednesday M v Belgium

Another straightforward win for the Scottish men

After the game, skip Gordon Muirhead said, ““that was one of those games you feel you should win, because they’re sort of an emerging nation. We’re quite happy with the way we’re playing and as long as we win we’ll be there come Friday or Saturday. The goal is to be playing on Saturday afternoon.”

More generally, he added, “the ice is brilliant, really, really good – it makes for good aggressive curling and the organization of the event has been great too.”

The Scots now conclude their Group programme with games against Wales and then Switzerland, on Friday morning.

RESULTS

MEN.

Session 19: Sweden 8, Israel 3; New Zealand 9, Poland 2; Latvia 12, Russia 5.

Session 20:  Slovenia 4, England 7; Denmark 8; Australia 6; Italy won (over absent Turkey); Slovakia 7, Finland 8.

Session 21: Belgium 2, Scotland 13; Japan 4, Canada 6; USA 6, Germany 4.

Standings after 21 sessions:

Group A: USA won 6, lost 1; Scotland 5-1; Switzerland 4-1; Germany 4-2; Latvia 3-2; Wales 3-3; Czech Republic 1-5; Belgium 0-5; Russia 0-6.

Group B: Canada won 6, lost 0; Sweden 5-1; Finland, Ireland 4-2; France, Israel 2-3; Netherlands 1-4; Japan 1-5; Slovakia 0-5.

Group C: New Zealand won 5, lost 0; England, Norway 5-1; Denmark 4-2; Australia 3-3; Italy 2-4; Slovenia 1-4; Poland 1-5; Turkey DNS.

WOMEN.

Session 19: Finland 15, Lithuania 1, Germany 9, USA 1.

Session 20: Czech Republic 4, England 8; Canada 11, Japan 1.

Session 21: USA 15, Russia 4; Switzerland 7, Italy 3; New Zealand 7, Austria 9.

Standings after 21 sessions:

Group A: England won 6, lost 0; Canada 5-1; Sweden 4-1; Latvia 4-2; Czech Republic 3-3; Japan 2-4; Finland 1-4; Australia 1-5; K Lithuania 0-6.

Group B: Scotland won 5, lost 0; USA 5-1; Germany 4-1; Switzerland 4-2; Russia 2-4; Austria, Italy, New Zealand 1-5.

Report: Mike Haggerty

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Session 18: Men: Germany 2, Scotland 7; Women: Russia 3, Scotland 10.

It was another successful day for the Scots on Tuesday as Gordon Muirhead led the men to a 7-2 win over previously undefeated Germany while Jackie Lockhart’s women had a 10-3 win over Russia.

The Scottish men opened with a two and followed that up with another two in the fourth end when Muirhead drew his last stone into the house, for a 4-1 half-time lead.  Another score of two in the sixth added to the Scots’ lead and when German skip Uwe Saile wrecked his last stone of the seventh, the Scots stole one more, for a 7-2 lead, at which point Germany conceded.

This win puts the Scots into a three-way tie for second place, along with Germany and Switzerland on four wins and one loss.  USA – who had two extra end wins on Tuesday – have played one game more and lead the table, at 5-1.

Tuesday Men v Germany

Scotland third Norman Brown contemplates the action with his German opponents

After the game, Muirhead said, “”all these wins are very important for us, especially that one because they hadn’t lost a game up until now.    We’re in the position where it’s in our own hands – as long as we win our games we’ll qualify.  We’ve got tough games to come against Wales and Switzerland, but we’re playing ok and confidence is quite high.”

In the women’s game it was the Russians who took the early lead when they scored two in the second end after blanking the first.  But the Scots took the lead in the third end when Lockhart produced a hit and stay for three shots.  The Russians blanked the fourth end and then, in the fifth, when their skip Titiana Smirnova was heavy with her last draw, the Scots stole a game-changing four, for 7-2. Russia could only score one in the sixth end and when Lockhart rolled her last stone of the seventh into the house for three more, the Russian conceded with the score at 10-3.

The Scottish women now top their section on five wins an no losses, ahead of USA who are also unbeaten but who have played one game less.

Tuesday W v Russia

It was a fifth win for the Scottish women

Commenting on her team’s fifth win, Lockhart said, “that was a similar score to some of our other games, but what was good was, as a unit, we’ve stepped it up and that’s what we’re aiming for.  We’ve got two tough games coming up, but I think we’re peaking at the right time.  That little steal in the fifth was really nice.”

In Wednesday’s play, the Scottish men face Belgium and then the women are up against Germany.

RESULTS.

WOMEN

Session 16: Finland 3, Latvia 9; Sweden 9, Australia 6.

Session 17: England 8, Canada 3; Japan 7, Lithuania 5.

Session 18:Switzerland 12, New Zealand 3; Russia 3, Scotland 10; Czech republic 3, Latvia 5.

Standings after Session 18:

Group A: England won 5, lost 0; Canada, Sweden 4-1; Latvia 4-2; Czech Republic 3-2; Japan 2-3; Australia 1-5; Finland 0-4; Lithuania 0-5.

Group B: Scotland won 5, lost 0; USA 40; Germany 3-1Switzerland 3-2; Russia 2-3; New Zealand 1-4; Austria, Italy 0-4.

MEN.

Session 16: Germany 10, Belgium 2; Wales 5, USA 7 (extra end); Sweden 8, Ireland 2; Latvia 10, Czech Republic 4.

Session 17: Denmark 6, Italy 3; Australia 9, Poland 3; Canada 7, France 3; Japan 6, Netherlands 4.

Session 18: Norway 11, England 3; Germany 2, Scotland 7; USA 5, Switzerland 4 (extra end).

Standings after session 18:

Group A: USA won 5, lost 1: Germany, Scotland, Switzerland 4-1; Wales 3-3; Latvia 2-2; Czech republic 1-5; Belgium 0-4; Russia 0-5.

Group B: Canada won 5, lost 0; Sweden 4-1; Ireland 4-2; Finland 3-2; Israel 2-2; France 2-3; Japan, Netherlands 1-4; Slovakia 0-4.

Group C: Norway won 5, lost 1: New Zealand 4-0; England 4-1; Australia, Denmark 3-2; Slovenia 1-3; Italy, Poland 1-4; Turkey DNS.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Pictures: Celine Stocki/WCF

 

Day 4 (Monday): Session 15: Men Scotland 11, Russia 4: Women: Austria 1, Scotland 8.

Both of Scotland’s senior teams had comfortable wins in Monday evening’s section play.

Gordon Muirhead’s men took seven ends to beat Russia by 11-4.  They opened with a score of three in the first end and then, after Russia scored one in the second end, Muirhead drew his last stone of the third into the house to score three more and take a 6-1 lead.  He repeated this for three more in the fifth end and a 9-2 lead.  Russia got two back in the sixth end, but another draw for two by Muirhead in the seventh and an 11-4 lead was enough to convince Russia to concede.

Monday S15 Men v Russia

The Scottish men’s lead, Hugh Aitken, in action

Afterwards, Muirhead said, “you just have to be patient.  You  know they’re the type of teams you should beat, but…these guys (Russia) pushed Switzerland to the last stone.  You’ve just  got to be careful.  The way the ice is swinging they could always get one buried in somewhere.  So, what we’re trying to do is just keep it as open as possible and try not to get into too many guddles and just keep it simple.   That’s what we did today –  just keep them spread out.”

More generally, he added, “we’re playing ok, we’re quite happy with the way we’re playing.  I know we lost one game, but we’re quite happy.”

On the next sheet, Jackie Lockhart led her team to what was their fourth successive win.

Their breakthrough came in the fourth end when, after the Scots had blanked two ends, Lockhart played a hit and stay to score four and take a 4-1 lead.  In the fifth end, the Scots stole two when Austria’s skip Sandy Gagnon accidentally tapped up one of her own front guards to let the Scots score, for a 6-1 lead.  In the sixth end, a take-out attempt by Gagnon failed, to give the Scots another steal of two and the Austrians conceded, with the score at 8-1.

Monday S15 W v Austria

Christine Cannon, Scotland’s third player, chasing her second World Seniors title

After the game, Lockhart said, “”our scores are looking good at the moment and if you’re sitting at home everybody thinks you’re railroading them, but it’s not quite like that.  These ladies quite often will draw to everything.  We’ve been making a few errors but we’ve been fortunate that the opposition have been counteracting that.  But as a team, we have to step it up.”

She added, “the second half of that game was comfortable, but we have to raise our game.  There’s room for that improvement, but at the moment, we’re happy.”

The Scots men now face Germany on Tuesday afternoon, while the women play Russia at the same time.

RESULTS.

MEN.

Session 12: England won (over absent Turkey); Italy 7, Poland 5; Finland 3, France 5.

Session 13: Australia 5, New Zealand 7; Slovakia 3, Ireland 11; Czech Republic 5, Germany 7; Slovenia 4; Norway 7; Russia 4, Wales 7.

Session 14: Sweden 6, Japan 3; USA 6, Latvia 10; Finland 6, Israel 2; Switzerland 13, Belgium 1; Denmark won (over absent Turkey).

Session 15: Netherlands 3, Canada 13; Scotland 11, Russia 4.

Standings after 15 sessions:

Group A: Switzerland won 4, lost 0; Germany 3-0; Scotland, USA 3-1; Wales 3-2; Latvia 1-2; Czech Republic 1-4; Belgium 0-3; Russia 0-5.

Group B: Canada won 4, lost 0; Ireland 4-1; Sweden 3-1; Finland 3-2; France, Israel 2-2; Netherlands 1-3; Japan, Slovakia 0-4.

Group C: England, New Zealand won 4, lost 0; Norway 4-1; Australia, Denmark 2-2; Itay, Poland, Slovenia 1-3; Turkey (DNS) 0-0.

WOMEN.

Session 12: England 10, Japan 3; Latvia 8, Australia 3; Sweden 19, Lithuania 1.

Session 13: Canada 13, Finland 3.

Session 14: Australia 1, Czech Republic 9.

Session 15: Austria 1, Scotland 8; Germany 12, New Zealand 3; USA 8, Switzerland 5; Italy 6, Russia 7.

Standings after 15 sessions:

Group A: Canada, England won 4, lost 0; Czech Republic, Sweden 3-1; Latvia 2-2; Japan 1-3; Australia 1-4; Finland 0-3; Lithuania 0-4.

Group B: Scotland, USA won 4, lost 0; Germany 3-1; Russia, Switzerland 2-2; New Zealand 1-3; Austria, Italy 0-4.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Celine Stocki/WCF

 

Day 3 (Sunday): Session 11: Men: Scotland 7, Latvia 2.

The Scottish men bounced back to winning ways with a 7-2 win over Latvia in their third section game on Sunday evening.

Gordon Muirhead’s team started with last stone advantage and the teams swapped singles for the first four ends.  The Scottish breakthrough came in the fifth end when they scored two.  They then followed that up with a steal of three in the sixth for a 7-2 lead, at which point the Latvians conceded.

This result means that the Scots share third spot with Wales on the same won two, lost one record, as USA continue to lead the section on three wins and no losses, thanks to their earlier 7-2 victory over the Czech Republic.  Meanwhile Switzerland, who beat Russia by 7-3 in the evening session, sit in joint top spot with USA.

Sunday M v Latvia

Hugh Aitken and David Hay… a study in concentation against Latvia

The Scots now face Russia in their next game, on Monday evening.

RESULTS.

MEN.

Session 8: Netherlands 6, France 3; Italy 6, England 9; Australia won (over absent Turkey); Poland 1, Norway 9.

Session 9: Ireland 7, Israel 6; Wales 14, Belgium 1.

Session 10: New Zealand 8, Norway 7; USA 7, Czech Republic 2; Finland 5, Japan 2; Slovenia 4, Denmark 13.

Session 11: Slovakia 1, Sweden 8; Ireland 1, Canada 10; Scotland 7, Latvia 2; Germany 5, Wales 3; Switzerland 7, Russia 3.

Standings after 11 sessions:

Group A: Switzerland, USA won 3, lost 0; Germany 2-0; Scotland 2-1; Wales 2-2; Czech Republic 1-3; Belgium, Latvia 0-2; Russia 0-3.

Group B: Canada won 3, lost 0; Ireland 3-1; Finland, Israel, Sweden 2-1; France, Netherlands 1-2; Japan, Slovakia 0-3.

Group C: England, New Zealand won 3, lost 0; Norway 3-1; Australia 2-1; Denmark, Poland, Slovenia 1-2; Italy 0-3; Turkey (DNS 0-0).

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Celine Stocki/WCF

 

Day 3 (Sunday): Session 10 Women: Scotland 8, New Zealand 1.

The Scottish women literally stole their third win so far when they beat New Zealand by 8-1 on Sunday afternoon.

The Scots stole in every end from first to fifth, scoring one, two, one, one again and then three for an 8-0 lead.  Eventually, in the sixth New Zealand’s Liz Matthews drew her last stone into the house to score one and then concede defeat, at 8-1 to the Scots.

This result keeps the Scots in joint top spot along with USA, while Germany and Switzerland are just one win behind.

SUnday S10 v New Zealand

Scotland’s second player Isobel Hannen in action against New Zealand

After the game, Lockhart said, “three games, three wins, so it’s going alright, but I think there is still room for improvement.  You have to concentrate one game at a time but there’s a little part of me that will keep an eye on the others. We were worried when we played the Swiss last night but they didn’t have a good game and we did.”

She also explained the qualification set-up – “the group leader goes to the semis and the next two to the quarter-finals, so we’re really trying to get that top spot.  But the USA looking slick.  If we’re going to beat them, we’re going to have to all play very well.”  And speaking about her new lease of life as a senior she said, “the competitiveness is still there but what I really enjoy about the seniors is the great fun and camaraderie, but on the ice, I desperately want to win.”

The Scot now face Austria on Monday evening in their next game.

RESULTS.

WOMEN.

Session 10: Russia 3, Switzerland 4; Scotland 8, New Zealand 1.

Standings after 10 sessions:

Group A: England won 3, lost 0; Canada, Czech Republic 2-0; Sweden 2-1; Australia, Japan, Latvia 1-2; Finland 0-2; Lithuania 0-3.

Group B: Scotland, USA won 3, lost 0; Germany, Switzerland 2-1; New Zealand Russia 1-2; Austria, Italy 0-3.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Celine Stocki/WCF

 

Day 2 (Saturday) : Session 7: Women: Scotland 8, Switzerland 1.

In a dominant performance, Jackie Lockhart’s Scottish women beat Switzerland by 8-1 in just six ends on Saturday evening, for their second consecutive victory, a win that keeps them in joint top spot of their group, alongside the USA, who beat New Zealand by 10-2 in the same session.

The Scots opened with last stone advantage and used it to score two in the first end.  Switzerland blanked the second end and then the Scots stole two in the third and followed that u with a further steal of three in the fourth end to take a 7-0 lead into the break.

Saturday S7 W v Switzerland

A dominant performance by the Scots against the Swiss

The Scots continued to steal in the second half of the game, scoring one more in the fifth end.  Switzerland finally got on the score board with a single in the sixth end  and promptly conceded.

The Scottish women face New Zealand next, on Sunday afternoon

RESULTS.

MEN.

Session 6: Norway 7, Denmark 3; Finland 5, Netherlands 1; Poland 9, Slovenia 2; France 1, Sweden 15; Latvia 3, Switzerland 10.

Session 7: Czech Republic 3, Wales 7; Japan 4, Israel 10.

Standings after 7 sessions:

Group A: Switzerland, USA won 2, lost 0; Germany 0-1, Scotland, Wales 1-1; Czech Republic 1-2; Belgium, Latvia 0-1; Russia 0-2.

Group B: Canada, Ireland, Israel won 2, lost 0; Finland, France, Sweden 1-1; Japan, Netherlands , Slovakia 0-2.

Group C: England, Norway, New Zealand won 2, lost 0; Australia,, Poland, Slovenia 1-1; Denmark, Italy, Turkey (DNS) 0-2.

WOMEN.

Session 6: Lithuania 2, England 7.

Session 7: Russia 7, Austria 4; New Zealand 2, USA 10; Scotland 8, Switzerland 1; Italy 2, Germany 7.

Standings after 7 sessions:

Group A: Czech Republic, England won 2, lost 0; Canada, 1-0; Australia, Japan, Sweden 1-1; Finland 0-1; Latvia, Lithuania 0-2.

Group B: Scotland, USA won 2, lost 0; Germany, New Zealand, Russia, Switzerland 1-1; Austria, Italy 0-2.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Celine Stocki/WCF

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Day 2 (Saturday): Session 5: Men: Scotland 6, USA 7 (extra end).

Gordon Muirhead’s men faced USA on Saturday afternoon, with both teams having won their Friday openers.

This was a game that swung throughout and, after the teams swapped singles in the opening two ends, USA took the early advantage, following up a score of two in the third end with a single steal in the fourth for a 4-1 lead at the break.

The Scots scored two in the fifth to cut the USA lead and then USA took one shot from the sixth end to increase their lead again, to 5-3.  The Scots built the seventh end well and were disappointed to only score three points when Muirhead’s attempted double did not come off.  However, this gave Scotland the lead for the first time in the game at 6-5.  Clean play by the Scots in the eighth end meant that USA skip Geoff Goodland could only draw for one to level the score and push the game into an extra end.

But the Scots could not find a way through to the button throughout this end and when Muirhead’s last run-back attempt did not come off, USA stole one shot for a 7-6 win.

S5 Men v USA

A tough game went down to an extra end

After this loss, Muirhead said, “that was a bit of both us losing and them winning.  We were getting stuffed in the first half and then we came back pretty well.  But we had five crucial pick-ups, which was absolutely sickening. If we had gone out and played a lot of rubbish, I wouldn’t have minded.  There wasn’t a lot for us in that extra end.”  He added, “we’re just not getting the breaks, but the tide will turn – we’re not playing badly and that’s what counts.”

Meanwhile USA’s Goodland said, “that was a very close game.  We got  a bit of a lead and then they fought every inch of the way and made some good shots to get back into it and they finally took the lead in the seventh.  The eighth end didn’t develop so we didn’t have a chance at a deuce and they forced us to one.  We got a lot of rocks round the four-foot in the extra end and they were never able to clear more than one.”

The Scots now face Latvia on Sunday evening.

RESULTS.

Session 5.

MEN.

Group A: Scotland 6, USA 7; Belgium 4, Czech Republic 7.

Group B: Canada 8, Slovakia 2.

Standings after Session 5:

Group A: USA won 2, lost 0; Germany, Switzerland, 1-0; Czech Republic, Scotland 1-1; Latvia 0-0; Belgium, Wales 0-1; Russia 0-2.

Group B: Canada, Ireland won 2, lost 0; France, Israel 1-0; Finland, Japan, Netherlands, Sweden 0-1; Slovakia 0-2.

Group C: England, New Zealand won 2, lost 0; Norway, Slovenia 1-0; Australia 1-1; Denmark, Poland 0-1; Italy, Turkey (DNS) 0-2.

WOMEN.

Group A: Sweden 6, Canada 7; Latvia 6, Japan 7; Australia 6, Finland 2.

Standings after Session 5:

Group A: Czech Republic won 2, lost 0; Canada, England, 1-0; Australia, Japan, Sweden 1-1; Finland, Lithuania 0-1; Latvia 0-2.

Group B: New Zealand, Scotland, Switzerland, USA won 1,lost 0; Austria, Germany, Italy, Russia 0-1.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Celine Stocki/WCF

 

DAY 1 (Friday): WOMEN: Italy 1, Scotland 9.

The Scottish women, skipped for the first time by Jackie Lockhart, completed a successful opening day for Scotland with a 9-1 win over Italy, last year’s silver medallists, on Friday evening, adding to the men’s previous win over the Czech Republic.

In this game, Italy started with last stone advantage, and blanked the first end.  The Scots then stole two in the second end a further one shot in the third to take a 3-0 lead.

In the fourth, Italy blanked again and in the fifth, the Scots stole again, this time for three shots to double their lead.

Italy finally scored a single in the sixth end and then, in the seventh, the Scots scored three more for a 9-1 score-line, at which point Italy conceded.

FRiday S3 W v Italy

Jackie Lockhart’s women completed a successful opening day for Scotland

The Scottish women now face  Switzerland on Saturday evening.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Celine Stocki/WCF

 

DAY 1 (Friday): MEN: Scotland 7, Czech Republic 4.

The Scottish men opened their campaign with a  7-4 win over the Czech Republic, thanks largely to a whirlwind start.

They had last stone and used that to score three in the first end.  They then followed that up with a  steal of one in the second end, and a further steal –  this time for two –  in the third end, to take a 6-0 lead.

The Czechs opened their account with two shots in the fourth end, and the Scots responded with a single shot in the fifth to keep them well ahead.  The Czechs scored another two in the sixth and Scotland then blanked the seventh, before the Czechs conceded in the eighth end.

USA also won in this session, beating Russia by the same 7-4 score-line, and these two teams now share the lead.  They are scheduled to play each other in their next appearances, on Saturday afternoon.

Friday S2 v Czech Republic

A whirlwind start for Gordon Muirhead’s senior men

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Celine Stocki/WCF