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Posted on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 7:00pm

MEN: Finals:

It took all the way to an extra end and a last-stone draw to the button, but Sweden’s Mats Wranaa beat Canada by 5-4 in the gold medal final to retain his world senior crown and take gold.

Meanwhile, Ireland beat Germany by 6-3 to take bronze, meaning that the same three nations have won the same medals for the second year in succession.

With this gold medal win, Mats Wranaa and his Sweden team – third Mikael Hasselborg, second player Anders Eriksson and lead Gerry Waahlin – completed their week’s programme undefeated.

WOMEN: Bronze medal game: USA 4, Scotland 8.

Scotland’s women took bronze medals with an 8-5 win over USA on Saturday morning while, at the same time, Canada completed an undefeated week when they beat Switzerland by 10-5 in the gold medal final.

The game between Scotland and the USA started out tight, with the teams swapping singles in the first four ends to go into the break tied at 2-2.

The break-through came in the fifth end when USA skip Patti Lank missed a take-out, leaving Scottish skip Jackie Lockhart to draw for four points and a 6-2 lead.  The Scots – skip Jackie Lockhart, third Christine Cannon, second player Isobel Hannen and lead Margaret Richardson, supported by alternate Janet Lindsay – survived a USA challenge when they scored three points in the sixth end to reduce the Scots’ lead to 6-5.

The Scots took one from the seventh end when a nudge by Lockhart just failed to give her the second shot she was looking for.  In the eighth end, Lank’s hit on a Scottish stone rolled too far to give Scotland a single steal, to emerge as 8-5 winners and take bronze.

Bronze for Scotland

After this win, Lockhart said, “do you know what? It feels really good to get a medal and to go back with something after not playing quite the ‘A’ game we wanted against Canada.  We had to fight really hard for that – I mean we got a four and then we lose a three straight back.  Then it was just keeping it calm.  We worked really well as a unit there, if someone didn’t make a shot, someone else pulled them up.”

She added, “it’s been a tough week but every medal makes the season worthwhile and we’ve still got years to play in seniors, so…bring it on.”

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WOMEN: Semi-finals: Canada 5, Scotland 3

The Scottish women lost their semi-final to Canada by 3-5 and must now come back onto the ice on Saturday to play USA for bronze medals, after Switzerland won the other semi-final by 8-5 after an extra end.

Canada opened well, scoring one in the first end and then stealing another shot in the second for an early 2-0 lead.

The Scots blanked the third end and then skip Jackie Lockhart drew her last stone of the fourth inside two Canadian stones already in the house to open her account with a single shot.

Canada scored one more in the fifth end and then, in the sixth, two good shots by Scotland third Christine Cannon split the house and eventually Lockhart was able to draw for two– although it took an umpire’s measure to give the Scots the second shot.  Canada blanked the seventh end and then Lockhart was just wide with her last-stone draw attempt in the eighth to give Canada two more shots for the 5-3 win without their skip Colleen Jones having to play her last stone.

After this, Lockhart said, “I’m a little bit disappointed. It was just wee half-shots here and there in the first half – we were getting close but it would have been nice to make some of the shots – hitting and sticking instead of rolling out.  But in the second half, the girls strung some nice shots together.  But it has to be said, they came round our guards and placed them perfectly in that last end – it’s a bit of a shame.”

She added, “it was a good team we were playing against. Albeit we’re the world champions, they’re probably coming in here looking more favourites than us.  That wasn’t our ’A’ game – there’s still a medal at stake so we have to bring out our ‘A’ game tomorrow.”

“there’s still a medal at stake”

In the other semi-final, USA had a late revival to score three in the seventh end and then steal one in the eighth to force an extra end, but in the extra end Switzerland’s skip Cristina Lestander played a solid promote to remove the counting USA stone, score three and head for a gold medal showdown with Canada.

Both the bronze and gold games take place on Saturday morning.

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WOMEN: Qualification Game: Russia 0, Scotland 10.

A one-sided win by 10-0 over Russia in Thursday evening’s qualification game has set up a Friday semi-final clash with Canada, unbeaten so far, for Jackie Lockhart’s defending senior world champions.

There was only one team in this game.  The Scots opened with last stone and scored one. From then on it was steal after steal as the Russians struggled to cope.  The Scots stole one in the second end, four in the third, one again in the fourth, two in the fifth and another single in the sixth, after which Russia conceded.

The defending champions are through to a semi-final clash with Canada

Afterwards, looking forward, Lockhart said, “we’ve got to be coming out with a good game whether we’re playing Patti Lank (USA) or Colleen Jones (Canada).”

She added, “the girls played really well there.  We read the ice well, we set our stones in the places we wanted.  It’s safe to say the Russians didn’t have draw-weight or hit-weight, but it didn’t matter because we were making really good shots.  I’m really pleased with and it’s good going into the next game.”  She also said, “this is where we wanted to get to – semi-final, after that, all bets are off, so…I’m happy.”

In the other qualification game, Switzerland beat Italy by 7-3, a result that confirms the semi-final line-up as Canada v Scotland and USA v Switzerland.

In the men’s qualification game, Wales beat Israel by 8-6 to move onto a quarter-final clash with Canada.

Full standings and scores in the Senior Championships are available at:

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MEN Tie-breaker: Wales 5, Scotland 4.

The Scottish men crashed out of the Championships with a 4-5 loss to Wales in Thursday afternoon’s tie-breaker session.

Wales had last stone and blanked the first end before scoring only two instead of three in the second when their skip Adrian Meikle was heavy with his final draw.

In the third end, Scotland’s skip Ian Drysdale attempted a tap for two which did not come off, and the Scots had to settle for just one point.  Wales scored two again in the fourth end to take a 4-1 lead into the break.  The Scots scored one again in the fifth with an open Drysdale draw into an empty house, and Wales extended their lead by another single score in the sixth end, to 5-2.  The Scots blanked the seventh and when Drysdale’s last draw in the eighth wrecked as he looked for a third shot to level the game, the Scots’ campaign ended with a score of only two from the end and a 5-4 final score in Wales’ favour.

“we were hoping to qualify”

Afterwards, a subdued Drysdale said, “I’m disappointed.  I didn’t make the shots and you can’t expect to win if you don’t make the shots.  I just couldn’t get my weight and the more I thought about it, the worse it got.  But it’s been a great week, we wanted to qualify but just didn’t quite make it…we’ll have another go next year.”

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Session 16: MEN: Scotland 2, New Zealand 5.

Ian Drysdale’s men went down to a 2-5 defeat at the hands of New Zealand in their final Group game on Wednesday evening.  The New Zealanders now qualify direct in second place but, because Group winners Canada beat Wales by 7-2 in the same session, Scotland and Wales now meet in a tie-breaker on Thursday to determine the third-place qualifier from the Group.

New Zealand opened with a steal of one in the first end and then, after the Scots blanked the second end, New Zealand had another single steal in the third end.  In the fourth, they stole a single once again to take a 3-0 lead into the break.  The Scots finally opened their soring with one shot in the fifth end, but New Zealand responded with a score of one in the sixth, for 4-1.

In the seventh, Scottish skip Ian Drysdale was facing five New Zealand stones as he played his last draw, to score one.  Another single score by New Zealand in the eighth finished the game off.

Ian Drysdale – still in with a chance of qualifying

Afterwards, and after it had been confirmed that the scots were now in a tie-breaker, Drysdale said, “we’re still alive.  We maybe should have beaten Wales last time and I feel we can do it this time.”

Elsewhere, undefeated defending champions Sweden qualified from Group A, as did Denmark and Germany.  Group B is yet to be finalised, but Australia already know they have qualified, with Ireland, Switzerland and Israel still in contention to join them.

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Session 15: WOMEN: Switzerland 4, Scotland 8.

The Scottish women beat Switzerland by 8-4 in their last Group game on Wednesday afternoon, to qualify for the Play-offs in second place, behind USA but ahead of the Swiss.

Switzerland opened the scoring with one shot in the first end, but Jackie Lockhart’s team responded straight away with a single shot in the second end. Switzerland scored one again in the third end, but the Scots made the break-through in the fourth, scoring two even although Lockhart’s final draw was heavy. Switzerland could only score one again in the fifth end and then, after playing a delicate promote with her first to put one of her own stones on the button, Lockhart’s second stone of the sixth wrecked, meaning the Scots had to settle for just one shot again.

In the seventh, Switzerland’s skip Cristina Lestander attempted an angled raise that didn’t come off, so she had to settle for just another single shot that levelled the score at 4-4.  However, the Scots dominated the eighth end, and eventually Lockhart had a simple take-out to score four and win the game by 8-4.

Both Scotland and Switzerland have qualified for the Play-offs

After the game, Lockhart said, “I’m happier with that, the girls played well there.  We came in today saying ‘let’s practise our calling, our stone placement, just practise for the quarter-finals’, and what will be, will be.  I’m glad I’ve got good sweepers though.”

These results conclude the women’s Group games, with USA, Scotland and Switzerland qualifying from Group B.

In Group A, Canada qualified in first place to move straight onto the semi-final.  However, four teams are tied for the remaining two qualifying places from that Group, causing two tie-breakers.  Japan will face Russia while Sweden will play Italy with the winners progressing.

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Session 14: MEN: Scotland 4, Wales 6 (extra end)

The Scottish men suffered their second loss so far, going down by 4-6 to Wales in an extra end in their Wednesday afternoon Group game.

This result now sets up a vital clash with New Zealand – who beat England by 7-4 – in their last Group game on Wednesday evening.

Wales opened with last stone and scored one shot in the first end.  The Scots then blanked the second end, after which lead player Graham Lindsay had to come off because he injured his ankle, to be replaced by alternate Andrew Hemming.

The Scots moved into the lead with a score of two in the third end, but Wales fought back, scoring one in the fourth and stealing one in the fifth for a 3-2 lead.

In the sixth end, the Scots split the house early but even at that, had to settle for a score of just one, to level the score at 3-3.

In the seventh, Andrew Hemming fell while sweeping and disturbed a number of stones.  Sportingly the Scottish stone that was being played was taken off and the situation restored, but this allowed Welsh skip Adrian Meikle to draw nicely for one and re-take the lead.

In the eighth end, the Scots built the end to allow skip Ian Drysdale a difficult chance for two and the game win, but his last stone wrecked tom tie the game at 4-4 and force the extra end.  And in that extra end, Wales scored two shots for the victory.

alternate Andrew Hemmings had to come on to the ice during the game against Wales

Afterwards, a disappointed Drysdale said, “that was one that got away.  Graham (Lindsay, lead) had to come off after hurting his ankle in the first couple of ends.  In the seventh, Andy (Hemming, alternate) tripped on a stone and fell and there were stones everywhere.”

He added, “that was disappointing.  Now we’ll just have to go out this evening and see what we can do.”

Meanwhile Welsh skip Adrian Meikle said, “we were in a must-win scenario for that one.  I think a tight game in the first four ends suited us, that let us get into the game and our confidence grew a bit.”

Full standings and scores in the Senior Championships are available at:

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Session 13: Scotland 7, Finland 6 (extra end):

Finland’s fourth player Elina Virtaala, who has been drawing well all week, wrecked her final draw attempt in the extra end of this game, to hand Scotland a steal of one for the 7-6 win that guarantees them a place in the Play-offs and keeps their title defence alive.

The Scots started well, when an angled double take-out by skip Jackie Lockhart gave them a score of three in the first end.  However, the Finns responded with a three of their own in the second then, in the third, having played a good draw with her first stone, Lockhart was heavy and through with her second, meaning that Scotland only scored one in the end, for a 4-3 lead.

In the fourth end, Finland’s Virtaala tapped her last stone into a cluster round the button to score two and give her team a 5-4 lead.  The Scots blanked the fifth and in the sixth, Lockhart could not remove the Finnish shot stone and gave up a single steal to increase Finland’s lead to 6-4.

The Scots blanked again in the seventh to keep last stone and in the eighth, Lockhart got her first stone in behind cover and Virtaala missed a take-out attempt leaving Lockhart with a straightforward draw to score two, tie the game, and force an extra end.

In the extra end, Lockhart played two draws into the house behind cover, but left her opponent with a draw to the eight-foot ring for the win.  The Finns took a time-out before coming to play their last stone and then wrecked on the way in to give Scotland the victory.

An extra end win over Finland qualifies the Scots for the Play-offs

Afterwards, a relieved Lockhart said, “they had a great opportunity, so we got a get-out-of-jail card there.  We won that game, but you have to say we won it very ugly, lots of missed shots.  Every time we were coming to play we were just not making our shots.  So we need to take that win as a gift and just need to step it up a gear.”

She added, “we have to believe and remember we are current world champions, we can play the shots, but we all have to play the shots.  We can’t afford to be playing one good shot and one bad shot.  It’s just taking a moment in the hack and realising what we’ve got to play.”

She went on to say, “time-clocks has been a new thing for us and it’s amazing how it plays in the back of your mind.  This is the first we’ve all played with thinking time timeclocks – not that it’s bothering us, but it’s just another little thing…but we got out of jail there…onwards and upwards as they say.”

The three teams to qualify from this Group are now determined – USA, Scotland and Switzerland.  Having lost to USA, the Scots can now finish no better than second and will therefore play in the qualifying game, giving either USA or Switzerland the direct route to the semi-final as Group winners.

IN Group A, Canada remains the only qualified team so far.

The Scots now face Switzerland in their last Group game, on Wednesday afternoon.

Full standings and scores in the Senior Championships are available at: http://www.worldcurling.org/wscc2017/livescores

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Session 11: WOMEN: USA 6, Scotland 4

Jackie Lockhart’s Scottish women lost their 100% record when they went down by 4-6 to USA in Tuesday afternoon’s play.

The Scots started with last stone advantage, but skip Jackie Lockhart wrecked her last stone of the opening end to give USA a steal of one.  In the second Lockhart’s hit rolled out to give USA another single steal and in the third end the same thing happened with the same result, meaning that USA had built a 3-0 lead without having hammer.

The Scots finally did get onto the scoreboard with one shot in the fourth and then they levelled the score with a steal of two in the fifth when an angled raise attempt by USA skip Patti Lang did not work out.

In the sixth, USA took the lead again, having to settle for just one point when another Lang raise attempt didn’t work out.  This gave USA a 4-3 lead and they built on that in the seventh when Lockhart had a complete miss with her final take out attempt to give up a steal of two and build USA’s lead to 6-3.  The Scots were run out of stones in the eighth and could only score one from the end to lose by 4-6.

This win by the USA and a Swiss win over Slovakia puts them both in joint top slot in the Group on four wisn and one loss, with the Scots now lying third, having played one game fewer.

The Scottish women suffered their first defeat at the hands of USA

After the game, Lockhart said, “I think my hits were sub-standard, hitting and rolling out instead of hitting and lying as previously.  We got right back into the game in ends four and five but were lucky in the sixth end – she missed a hit for what could have been a three.  The seventh end was error after error.  We made too many mistakes and then I fresh-aired.”

She added, “this is probably a good thing, probably just what we needed.  It’s all still to play for.”

Meanwhile USA’s Patti Lank said, “I don’t think Jackie had a good day today, I know that Jackie is an awesome player.  I’m taking that one for fun because it was great – we’ll see them again and I expect it to be tough out there.”

The Scots now play fourth-placed Finland and then Switzerland on Wednesday to conclude their round-robin programme.

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Session 9: MEN: Scotland 12, Russia 2

The Scottish men recovered from their loss to Canada with a confident 12-2 win over Russia on Tuesday morning.

They started well, with a steal of two in the first end and then, after Russia had scored one in the second end, the Scots scored another two in the third for an early 4-1 cushion.

Russian skip Igor Minin struggled with his draw-weight throughout the game.  In the fourth end, he was light with his first draw and then heavy and through with his second, to give up a steal of four shots to the Scots, who went into the break with an 8-1 lead.

In the fifth end, Minin was finally able to draw well, getting inside two Scottish counters to score one from the end.

As can be the way of these things, the game ended in the sixth end thanks to some good fortune for the Scots.  Skip Ian Drysdale was attempting to come around a guard to knock out the sole Russian stone in the house for a score of four.  As it happened, Drysdale was heavy and therefore wide with his tap-back attempt, but, after getting around the guard, he nudged one of his own stones which stayed in scoring position.  His shooter then angled across off that stone to hit the Russian stone perfectly, knocking it out, while it stayed in the house to complete the score of four.  Russia conceded after this, with the score at 12-2 to Scotland.

Ian Drysdale’s men returned to winning ways against Russia

Afterwards, Drysdale was gracious in conceding that was not the nominated shot and that fate had smiled on him.  He said, “that was a wee bit fortunate” adding, “we’re quite pleased with that today, we played OK, so I’m quite happy.  Hopefully that’s us back in the groove…with two games to go.”

More generally he also said, “we’re enjoying this and I’d like to do it again.”

With this third win of their campaign – and one loss – the Scots now sit in third place in Group C, behind leaders Canada – on four wins and no losses – and second-placed New Zealand – on three wins and no losses.

In Group A, unbeaten defending champions Sweden and Denmark share the lead, while Ireland remain undefeated at the top of Group B.

The Scots now conclude their round-robin programme with two games on Wednesday – against Wales and then New Zealand.

Full standings and scores in the Senior Championships are available at: http://www.worldcurling.org/wscc2017/livescores

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Session 7: MEN: Canada 7, Scotland 2

The Scottish men suffered their first loss of the event when they went down by 2-7 to Canada in Tuesday afternoon’s play.

Canada started with last stone and blanked the first end, to then go on and score two in the second.  The Scots gave themselves a mountain to climb when skip Ian Drysdale was light with his last draw of the third end to give up a steal of three shots and hand Canada a 5-0 lead.

After this, the teams swapped single for the next four ends before the Scots conceded after seven ends.

The Scottish men were 0-5 down after three ends

Afterwards, Drysdale said, “we didn’t play well enough, simple as that.  We had a couple of bad ends early on and they didn’t miss much.  Once they were up that was it.  We did play a bit better after that.  We’ve still three games to go…”

Meanwhile, Canadian skip Bryan Cochrane was generous about his opponents, saying, “Scotland are a good team and they’ve competed well to get here.  That was really our first test and our team got pumped up.  It was nice to get the hammer and we got a fortunate two in the second end to get a little bit of control, and it went from there.”

And the first of Scotland’s remaining games is against Russia on Tuesday morning.  Meanwhile New Zealand beat the Russians by 8-5 to move into second place on two wins and no losses, ahead of Scotland and Wales in joint third place, with the Welsh beating England by 5-4 in this session.

Full standings and scores in the Senior Championships are available at: http://www.worldcurling.org/wscc2017/livescores

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Session 5: WOMEN: Scotland 9, Australia 1: MEN: England 2, Scotland 14.

Both Scottish senior teams continued their winning ways in Monday morning’s fifth session of Group play in the ATB Centre Lethbridge Curling Club – Jackie Lockhart’s women had a comfortable 9-1 win over Australia for their third victory, while Ian Drysdale’s men had their second win so far – by 14-2 over Thomas Campbell’s England team.

The Scottish women started with last stone and scored one in the first end.  After that, a succession of steals built the Scottish score – four in the second end, a single in the third and two more in the fourth end when a good final draw by skip Jackie Lockhart forced Australian skip Sandy Gagnon to try to follow her.  The Australian draw was heavy and wide, and the Scots stole two more shots for an 8-0 lead at the break.

Gagnon wrecked her final stone of the fifth end to give Scotland yet another steal, this time for just one shot and then, when Gagnon was successful with a hit and stay to put her team on the scoreboard with one shot in the sixth, Australia conceded.

Scottish third Christine Cannon delivers

Afterwards, Lockhart said, “that was a very similar game to yesterday, we just had to let them play their game.  But we still set up our ends well.  On paper, the first three games were to be easier, the next three are tougher on paper, so the three games we’ve had just now all had to be prepped for.”

Speaking about how her team keep their focus in their more comfortable games, she added, “we’re great off the ice, but the moment we step on the ice, we’ve got that fire in our bellies.”

The Scottish women now face USA next on Tuesday afternoon.  Like the Scots, Patti Lank’s USA team is still unbeaten so far.

This was a second game for Ian Drysdale’s men, and they faced England.

They gave themselves the perfect start with a score of four in the first end and never looked back.

England scored two in the second end but a score of three in the third moved the Scottish lead to 7-2.  In the fourth end, Drysdale pressured England with a well-placed draw and then when England’s skip Thomas Campbell was heavy and all the way through the house with his last, the Scots stole three shots to move to 10-2.

In the fifth end, Campbell’s last raise could only pick out one of two Scottish counters, giving Scotland a single-shot steal.  In the sixth, the Scots built up the house well, leaving Campbell with a near-impossible raise attempt, and got the reward with a further steal, of two for a 13-2 lead.  Another Scottish single steal finished the game off in the seventh end, with a final score of 14-2.

“it saves me a lot of ribbing” Ian Drysdale

After this second win, Drysdale said, “that was a better game, it was a bit steadier.  They were drawing all the time and we were just hitting and lying, building up the ends.”

He added with a smile, “it’s always good to beat the auld enemy – it saves me getting a lot of ribbing when I get home as well!”

Looking forward, he said, “we’ve got Canada next –  that’ll define the campaign.”

The game between the Scots and Canada, both unbeaten so far and sharing top spot in the Group, takes place on Monday afternoon.

Full standings and scores in the Senior Championships are available at: http://www.worldcurling.org/wscc2017/livescores

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Session 3: WOMEN: Slovakia 1, Scotland 15

The Scottish women came onto the ice on Sunday evening to face Slovakia in their second group game and they opened with a score of four in the first end for the second game running.

This time it was a steal as, after the Scots had built the house, Slovakia’s fourth player Maria Liptakova missed with a take-out attempt.  In the second end, Slovakia scored one when Liptakova safely delivered a draw inside three Scottish counters already sitting in the house.

In the third, Lockhart has a draw to the eight-foot ring for three but was heavy and through, to only score two.  Then, in the fourth end, a succession of Slovakian mis-hits handed Scotland a steal of three shots for a 9-1 lead at the break.  The Slovaks struggled throughout and, in the fifth end, Liptakova was heavy with her final draw, drifting all the way through the house to give Scotland another steal, this time for four.

In the sixth end, once again Slovakia’s Liptakova was heavy with her final draw, giving Scotland yet another steal, this time for two shots and a 15-1 lead, at which point Slovakia conceded.

Afterwards, Lockhart said, “we let them play their own game – they were struggling with line and weight.  But for my girls, we had lots of good stone placement – it’s very difficult playing teams like that, who will draw to anything, so where you put your stones is quite important and I think we did that well.  That was good practice for us for the next game, we’re very settled now.”

She added, “if we take scalps against the teams we expect to take scalps from, that will do us well.  It really depends on how we play against Switzerland and the USA.”

“we’re settled now”

The Scots now face Australia on Monday morning.

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Session 1: WOMEN: Scotland 9, Czech Republic 2: MEN: Finland 3, Scotland 6.

Both of Scotland’s men’s and women’s senior teams started their campaigns with wins in Sunday morning’s opening session of round-robin play.

However, these results were achieved in sharp contrast.  Jackie Lockhart’s women cruised to a 9-2 win over the Czech Republic while Ian Drysdale’s men fought all the way to the last stone before emerging as 6-3 winners over Finland.

The Scottish women could not have had a better start to the defence of their world title.  After the Czech skip Miroslava Vareckova chipped one of her own stones as she attempted a take-out, Scotland’s Lockhart had a draw for four points that went a long way to settling the nerves.  The Czechs got onto the scoreboard in the second end with a single shot but after this, Scotland dominated.

They scored two in the third end and then, after the Czechs blanked the fourth, the Scots stole one in the fifth, for a 7-1 lead.  The Czechs then gave up a steal of two in the sixth end to give Scotland an even more comfortable lead, at 9-1.

In the seventh end, Lockhart drew her last stone into the house to lie two, but Vareckova was able to hit and stay to score one shot and reduce Scotland’s lead to 9-2.  After this, the Scots ran their opponents out of stones in the eighth for their win.

The Scottish women had a successful opening to their world title defence

Later, Lockhart declared herself pleased with the opener, saying, “the ice is very similar to last year, so I like it.  It’s very handle-dependant but we’re professional and experienced enough to manage that.    We started well and that four in the first end really set us up.  I’m really pleased – the team’s all settled in really well and it’s nice to get that first win under our belts.”

The Scottish join Switzerland (by 7-3 over Australia) and USA (by 10-4 over Finland) as first session winners.  They now return to the ice in Sunday afternoon’s session 3, to face Slovakia, for whom this will be their opening game.

Making their debut as a team at this level as they faced Finland, Ian Drysdale’s men opened with a single steal in the first end, but the Finns scored two in the second end only for Scotland to respond with another single score in the third, to level the game at 2-2.

In the fourth end, Drysdale was heavy with a final draw attempt and this allowed Finland to blank the end as the teams went into the break level.

The Finns did score one in the fifth end but the Scots moved into the leads again in the sixth with a score of two for 4-3.  The Finns blanked the seventh to keep last stone.  However, good Scottish play in the eighth left two of their own stones counting, protected by a number of front guards.  This left Finnish skip Oiva Manninen with no option but to attempt an angle raise which didn’t come off, handing Scotland a steal of two and a 6-3 win.

“Our third had a cracker”

Afterwards, Drysdale said, “that’s going to be a very important win – every one is.  Hopefully we can improve from that.  Our third (David McQueen), had a cracker of a game and pulled us through.”  More generally, he added, “the conditions are good and swingy, it’s good ice.”

The men play their second game against England, who lost their opener to Russia by 2-6, on Monday morning.

Other opening session men’s winners were Australia (by 5-4 over USA), Switzerland (by 19-0 over Kazakhstan) and Israel (by 10-6 over France).

Full standings and scores are available at: http://www.worldcurling.org/wscc2017/livescores

Report: Mike Haggerty

Photos: WCF/ Celine Stucki

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