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Posted on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 9:10am

Final: Scotland 6, Canada 5

Scotland’s Senior Women took on Canada in the World Senior Curling Women’s Championship 2014 at a packed Dumfries Ice Bowl at 12:30 on Wednesday 30th April.
After the first end was blanked Canada started the second by placing a high centre guard. Scotland opted to play a guard in front of the 12ft, while Canada followed this it up with a hit and roll to lie one behind cover. Scotland responded by playing a fantastic shot around cover for a hit and stick and lie shot. Canada played a freeze on the Scottish stone to once again lie shot and Scotland attempted the take out but it jammed on their own back stone and so continued to lie one. Canada then attempted a hit and stick but it was heavy and left the Scottish stone lying at the back of the house for Scotland to still lie one.

World Senior Curling Championships 2014, Dumfries, ScotlandCanada then played a draw to lie one behind cover but Scotland played a take out to remove it but Canada was still lying one stone guarded.
Christine Cannon with her first attempted a double take out on two Canadian stones but it jammed on the back stone leaving one Canadian stone still lying. Canada played a draw to then lie two which was successful. With her last Christine Cannon tried to play a hit and roll but it was a little bit heavy and gave Canada the chance to draw for two once more. The Canadian Skip Colleen Pinkney played a draw to take two for Canada to go into the lead 3-0.
In the 3rd end Canada played a draw to the 4ft before Scotland placed a corner guard. Canada played a freeze on their own stone in the 4ft to lie two and so Scotland attempted the double take out but it only managed to remove one and so Canada were able to draw for two, which they did. Scotland then played a nice hit and stick to lie shot but Canada replaced it immediately with their own. Once again Scotland attempted the double take out but was only able to remove one Canadian stone but were lying shot once more. Canada played a hit and roll which removed the Scottish stone and came to a stop in the 12ft to lie one. Scotland played a takeout and just did enough to remove the Canadian stone clipping it on its way out. Still Canada was lying one in the 8ft and so they played a draw to lie one just in front of their other stone in the 8ft. Once again Scotland attempted the double take out but again they could only remove the one and once again Canada had the opportunity to draw for two which they did successfully. Christine Cannon with her first attempted the hit and stick but it was a little tight and so rolled out with the Canadian stone. The Canadian Skip played a freeze on their own stone to lie two. Scotland were forced to play a draw but it was a little light and so Canada extended their lead to 3-0.
With Scotland lying one in the 4th end. Canada’s Skip with her first attempted to remove the Scottish stone still in the house but it was tight and missed tapping back their own stone to the back of the house and left Scotland lying shot. Scotland played a draw for two with Christine Cannon’s first which was successful and saw Scotland lying two. Canada played the take out and were lying  shot once more and so Christine Cannon with her second had to draw for two unfortunately it was a bit light and Scotland only took a single for a score of 3-1.
With Scotland lying one in the 5th end  with her first Canada’s Colleen Pinkney, attempted a  hit and roll but it tapped up a Scottish stone for them to lie one in the 4ft. With Christine Cannon’s first she placed a guard at the front of the house and so with hammer Canada was forced to play the take out but it clipped the Scottish guard at the front of the house and so Scotland stole a one to take the score to 3-2 to Canada.
In the 6th end with Canada lying two, Scotland attempted a draw around cover but it wrecked on their own centre guard placing a cluster of stones at the front of the house.  Canada then played a nice draw around the cluster of stones to lie two in the 4ft and lie three. Scotland attempted the double takeout but only managed to tap up a Canadian stone and they still were still lying three. Canada added a fourth to the mix with another draw and Scotland were under real pressure now.
With her first Margaret Richardson was light with her takeout attempt and so Canada played a draw to lie five. A fantastic hit and roll from Richardson with her second though saw Scotland lying shot. Canada decided to remove the guards but were very fortunate not to promote a Scottish stone as it sailed through. Christine Cannon with her first played a nice draw to add another one into the 4ft for Scotland to lie two. Canada played a draw to once again lie one, Christine Cannon’s freeze attempt was just a little heavy with her second and managed to push one of the Scottish stones out of the house and when Canada with hammer played a tap up Canada took two for a score of 5-2 to Canada.
World Senior Curling Championships 2014, Dumfries, ScotlandWith Canada lying two in the 7th end Canada’s attempt to remove the centre guard managed to remove one of their own stones in the 4ft. Scotland put up a center guard alongside their first but Canada drew around the guards to place one in the back 8ft to lie two. A fantastic draw into the 1ft however saw Scotland lying shot once more. Canada played a draw of their own though and placed one at the front of the 1ft to lie shot. Scotland played a tap up to remove the Canadian stone from the 4ft and lie two. With their next, Canada attempted the take out but one of the Scottish stones jammed on the other and still saw Scotland lying shot in the 1ft. After some discussion Maragret Richardson with her second played a really nice draw to lie two in the 4ft. Canada played a take out to remove one of the Scottish stones but again it jammed and still Scotland was lying one in the 4ft.
With her first Christine Cannon played a fantastic freeze on the Scottish shot stone. With her first Pinkney managed to remove the front Scottish stone but rolled behind the Scottish stone and still Scotland were lying one. With the hammer Christine Cannon played an incredible draw through a whole host of stones to place one on the button and taking a two for Scotland, bringing them right back in contention and closing the gap to 5-4 to Canada going into the 8th end.
In the 8th end Scotland placed a centre guard with their first stone. Canada removed it but left a stone each lying on each side of the house. Once again Scotland put up a centre guard which Canada removed with their next pushing it on the other Scottish stone. Again Scotland placed a centre guard and again Canada removed it adding one to the other Scottish stones and removing the other. Scotland’s next centre guard was again removed and Canada almost managed to lie one in the 8ft but did manage to push a Scottish stone on the other side into the 8ft. Canada attempted the raised double with their next to remove the centre guard and the Scottish stone but could only remove the guard and replace it. Scotland played a draw around the Canadian centre guard to lie two and Canada had to play the take out but it was a little tight and the Scottish stone jammed against their other to leave Scotland still lying one at the back of the 4ft. Christine Cannon with her first played a draw to replace the Scottish stone at the front of the 4ft and again Canada was forced to play the take out but it wrecked on their own centre guard. This gave Christine Cannon the chance with her last to draw for two and with a great shot Scotland were lying two in the 4ft. With the hammer Canada was forced to draw to play a draw in the one foot but it wrecked on a Scottish stone and Scotland were the World Senior Curling Champions 2014 with a final score of 6-5.
After the game Christine Cannon commented: “We’re delighted with our win and they way we did it actually makes the victory all the more special.  At one stage we felt kind of down and out and then we decided we were going t take the game to them.  The girls played really well in the last two ends and keeping them under pressure worked.
The support we’ve had all week has been good and there’s been a lot of people in the crowd cheering for us, and it’s nice to give them something back too, it’s incredible.”

Photos: © WCF / Richard Gray

Senior Women – Semi-Final, USA 4, Scotland 5

Scotland took on USA in their Semi-Final  of the World Senior Curling Championships.
After the 1st end was blanked USA was forced to play a take out to take a one with Scotland lying two. Scotland got one of their own in the 3rd when Scotland was forced to play a draw for one with USA lying two to take the scores to 1-1. Scotland were then lying three in the 4th end when a double take out from Canada opened the house up once more. Scotland played a draw into the 4ft and with their next Canada removed the front guard with their next and rolled to lie shot. With her first Christine Cannon played a hit and stick to once again lie two for Scotland. USA responded in kind with a hit and stick of their own. With her last Canon played a hit and roll to try and roll behind cover but it was just open enough for USA to remove and take the lead 2-1.
World Senior Curling Championships 2014, Dumfries, ScotlandUSA were lying two in the 5th end but a Scotland hit and stick at the front of the house removed one of the USA stones. USA attempted to remove the Scottish guard but it jammed on another USA stone and saw Scotland lying shot. Scotland played a draw to lie two but a takeout put the USA once more. Scotland replaced the USA stone with their own with their next to again lie two. Once again the USA played the hit and stick to lie one but a hit and stick with their last saw Scotland take a two for them to take the lead 3-2. Scotland got themselves into a good position in the 6th end and they forced the American’s to take a one after Scotland were lying two.
In the 7th end after a string of exchanged take outs Scotland took a one to once again edge ahead with a score of 4-3. Scotland looked in great shape in the 8th and were lying three after a USA take out and a nice takeout from Isobel Hannen, but a double take out from USA removed one Scottish stone and came to a stop before a Scottish one. With Scotland still lying two USA played a take out with their last stone and so Christine Cannon had to draw for the one but it was just light and it went to the extra end.
In the extra end with Scotland lying one USA tried to mount the guard no less than three times but each time Scotland managed to remove it and a fantastic double take out from Isobel Hannen made sure that the front of the house was kept open after a USA stone came to a rest just off the centre. Try as they may USA just couldn’t get a centre guard to stay with another two take outs from Scotland. USA were at last forced to play a hit and stick on the Scottish stone in the extra end, the take out was successful and forced Scotland to play the hit and stick for the game. The shot was perfect and Scotland’s Senior Women were into the Final with a win of 5-4 against USA.
After the game when asked how she felt the game had gone Christine Cannon commented “I felt it was a very tight game, they had the upper hand in the first half of the game and we were just trying to hang in but then we got a two and that lifted us and after that we were in control, right down to the last stone and extra end so you never just know but we are delighted.”

Photo: © WCF / Richard Gray

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Senior Women 2 v 3 Game, Slovakia 4, Scotland 8

Scotland Senior Women took on Slovakia in their 2 v 3 game of the World Senior Curling Championships and Scotland got off to a good start in the first. With Scotland lying two Slovakia managed to touch a Scottish stone and it was put back on leaving them still lying two. This gave Christine Canon the chance to draw for three, which she did and Scotland took a 3-0 lead.
Slovakia pulled one back in the 2nd after Scotland forced them to a one when they were forced to play a takeout for their one. With Scotland lying three in the 3rd Slovakia attempted a raised take out but it was tight and only removed one stone, Scotland played a draw to lie three. Once again Slovakia attempted the raised take out but once again it was tight and left three lying. Scotland now had the chance to draw for four but it came up light and when Slovakia pulled off a double take out with their last Scotland took a one to go 4-1 ahead.  Slovakia came right back with a one in the 4th when Slovakia played a draw for one with Scotland lying two. Then in the 5th the Scots managed to take control of the game. With Scotland lying two Slovakia played a hit and roll to lie shot, but with last stone Scotland played a tap back and was just light for the three but took a two to take the score to 6-2. Scotland looked like they could go further ahead in the 6th when lying two a draw from Slovakia was wide and so Scotland played the draw to lie three but with their last Slovakia played a nice draw around cover to lie one for a score of 6-3. In the 7th end Scotland were lying two when Christine Canon with her first played a draw to lie three. Slovakia played a take out to lie one, and Scotland with their last played a takeout but a Slovakian stone jammed on a Scottish stone and so Slovakia stole a one taking the score to 6-4.
Slovakia kept the pressure up and were lying two in the 8th but a Scottish double take out switched the advantage to Scotland lying two and when a Slovakian double take out attempt saw their stone wreck on one of their own stones and Scotland still lying two, Slovakia decided to offer handshakes and Scotland secured their way to the Semi-Final with a score of 8-4.

 

Senior Men Quarter Final: Canada 6, Scotland 5

Scotland Senior Men took on Canada in their Quarter Final of the World Senior Curling Championships. Both teams played a good defensive game from the start with both teams trading ones in the first two ends. Scotland then forced Canada to take a one when their take out attempt was wide with Scotland lying two in the 3rd end. With Canada lying two in the 4th after a Scottish hit and roll attempt was slightly heavy, Canada drew for three. Scotland pulled off a nice double take out and Canada attempted a hit and roll for two but it was slightly heavy and so Canada stole a one taking the scores to 3-1 to Canada.
Scotland got right back into the game again in the 5thend. With Scotland lying two and after Canada’s take out attempt was wide, sailing right through, Scotland then played a draw to lie three. The Canadians managed to removed one of the stones with a take out, but Scotland played a very nice hit and stick to lie four. A hit and roll attempt for Canada once again put them in shot but a takeout and roll saw Scotland lying two once more. Canada then attempted the draw but it was wide but did manage to remove one at the back at the house. With his last, Keith Prentice played a fantastic draw to put one right in the 4ft and grab a two for Scotland and bring the scores to 4-3.
A Scottish freeze on a Canadian stone in the 6th end saw Scotland lie shot. The Canadian’s attempted a draw but it came up light and so Scotland put up a centre guard. A raised tap up through tight port put Canada shot again. Scotland played the exact same shot and put themselves ahead, but a great from Canada draw through the port came to a stop at the front of the 4ft. Keith Prentice with his first played a very nice draw but it was just just light. Canada tried to put up a guard but it was light. After much discussion Scotland attempted an angled raised take out but it was unsuccessful and Canada grabbed the lead with a score of 5-3.
When Scotland played a lovely draw through a tight port they were lying two in the 7th end. Canada attempted the same shot but was heavy and so with Keith Prentice’s last stone he played a draw for three but it tapped up a one Scottish stone just out of contention and Scotland took just a two which put them one up going into the 8th without hammer with a score of 5-4.
With Canada lying two in the 8th end, a Scotland hit and roll attempt was a bit heavier than intended and left it open, Canada removed it for them to lie two once more. Scotland then tried to freeze on a Canadian stone but it was light and Canada removed the Scottish stone. With Prentice’s last stone he played a freeze on a Canadian stone. Canada was now forced to play the take out to take it to an extra end. Canada’s take out attempt was successful and rolled into the 8ft to lie two and take the final score to 6-5 to Canada and bringing the Scottish Senior Men’s journey in the competition to an end.

Session 24 Switzerland 3, Scotland 6

Scotland’s Senior Women took on Switzerland in the Session 24 game this afternoon. A win for Scotland from this match would guarantee them the second placed spot going into the playoffs. Scotland took a one in the first with hammer from a Christine Canon takeout. Both teams were playing very defensively and Switzerland took a one with an open draw with their last.
In the 3rd end Scotland was lying shot after a really nice draw around cover to freeze one on a Switzerland stone to lie a possible two. The Swizz tried to draw but it was wide and sailed right through.  After measurement it was decided that Scotland had only secured the single but went 2-1 ahead.
With Switzerland lying two behind cover in the 4th end following a hit and roll, Scotland played the draw for one, Switzerland played a take out to remove the Scotland shot stone and lie one. The next Scotland draw was light and hit a Swizz stone at the front of the house. A Swizz draw then ricocheted between the Scottish and Swizz stone at the front of the house and somehow found its way to the button. Scotland tried the take out but came up light and so with their last Switzerland drew for two but it was a bit heavy and so tapped up a Scottish stone to give them a one for a lead of 3-1. Scotland took one back in the 5th when they played a nice draw through a tight port and they were right back in the game at 3-2. Scotland moved one ahead again though in the 6th when they drew for one with the hammer to take the score to 5-2 to Scotland.
With Scotland lying two in the Switzerland played an amazing cross house raised takeout to remove one. Scotland played a freeze behind cover before Switzerland removed a guard. Scotland again mounted a centre guard which Switzerland caught when they were tight with a draw. Another Scottish freeze meant that they were lying three in a line in the house. Switzerland played a strike weight raised take out but could only remove the back stone and so Scotland were still lying two. Scotland once again tried to put up the centre guard but it was wide and left and open take out for Switzerland which was successful with the Swizz taking one for a score of 4-3.
Then finally in the 8th end with Scotland lying one behind cover a Swizz draw came up light and hit another Swizz stone at the front of the house. A strike weight take out from Isobel Hannen managed to remove both of the Swizz stones and the Swizz drew to take shot. Scotland removed a guard with their next before a Swizz draw attempt for two added another for Switzerland. A Scottish double takeout could only remove one and still Switzerland were lying one. Switzerland replaced their stone and once again Scotland could only remove one and move the Swizz stone onto the button.  Switzerland mounted a high guard but Scotland played a take out to take two and bringing the final score to 6-3.

Session 23

The Scottish teams were not drawn in Tuesday evening’s 23rd session of round-robin play.

Session 22: Italy 2, Scotland 8

Scotland took on Italy in the Session 22 game tonight. This was an important game for Scotland as a win would guarantee them a place in the playoffs.
In the first end a string of missed takeouts from Italy saw Scotland lying three. A freeze from Italy cut the advantage to one, and with the last Scotland attempted the take out but managed to remove their own shot stone for Italy to steal a one to take the score to 1-0. In the 2nd end was lying three, again a Italy draw cut their advantage to one and Christine Cannon tried to remove the Italian stone but again she hit her own stone but it came to a stop before the Italian stone for a one.
scoBoth teams kept it clear in the 3rd end and when an Italy draw was heavy Scotland played a draw for one. Then with Scotland lying two in the 4th Italy went for the take out but once again was wide. Scotland split the house and were now lying three. Italy once again tried the take out but the shot was again wide and so Scotland had the chance to lie four but the draw was a heavy. Italy attempted a double take out but was just tight and removed just the one Scottish stone. Scotland’s attempted the draw but it came up light. Italy tried for third time lucky for a takeout but was wide again and so Scotland played a draw for four. Scotland mounted a guard with their last and Italy tried to draw but it was heavy, it did however manage to remove one Scottish stone in the 12ft and so Scotland took three to go for 5-1 ahead. In the 5th end Scotland were lying two frozen in the 8ft, a raised takeout attempt removed their own guard and so Scotland played a freeze to lie three. Italy then opted for the triple take out which hit on the nose only removing one Scottish stone. Christine Canon then played a lovely draw around cover to lie three once more. Italy attempted a draw but it wrecked on a guard and so the Scottish Skip played a draw to lie four. Italy tried a hit and roll but it hit on the nose removing one of the Scottish stones for them to steal a three and take their lead to 8-1.
With Scotland lying four in the 6th end Italy played a draw to lie shot before Scotland to play the take out to lie five. Italy played a draw and managed to take a one, but it was just going to be too much to do for the Italians with a deficit of six and so they decided to shake hands and Scotland got a nice 8-2 and guaranteed themselves a playoff spot.

Photo: WCF / Hugh Stewart

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Session 21

The Scottish teams were not drawn in Monday evening’s 21st session of round-robin play.

Session 20, USA 8, Scotland 2

Scotland played USA in this afternoon’s Session 20 game of the World Senior Curling Championships. This was an important team for Scotland as a win would guarantee them a place in the playoffs. Scotland didn’t get the start they had hoped for however, with USA lying two in the 1st end , Keith Prentice with his first attempted a hit and roll but was but it hit on the nose, USA then played the USA played a take out to once again lie two and when Keith Prentice to play a hit and roll again, they got a pick up and the USA drew for three to go 3-0 ahead.
In the 2nd with Scotland lying two, an attempted double take out from Scotland only managed to remove one. USA played a take out to once again lie two and Scotland tried to freeze but it was heavy and tight. USA played a draw to add a third in the front of the 4ft to lie three and forced Keith Prentice to play a draw but it was heavy and USA took a 2 to take a 5-0 lead.
Scotland got in further trouble in the 3rd end. With Scotland  lying shot a failed take out attempt moved a Scottish stone lying shot and USA played a tap up for a further one for a score of 6-0.
Scotland then managed to pull one back with a Keith Prentice draw with his last to take the score to 6-1. But USA took another in the 5th with a raised tap up to extend their lead to 7-1.
Scotland got another one back in the 7th when a Scottish stone, from a Lockhart Steele just got enough to lie shot amongst seven USA stones.
It just wasn’t to be Scotland’s day and with USA lying one in the 8th end, Scotland offered handshakes with a final score of 8-2.

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Session 19

The Scottish teams were not drawn in Monday morning’s 19th session of round-robin play.

Session 18: Scotland 8, Czech Republic 4

Scotland’s Senior men were lying in joint second place at the beginning of tonight’s Session 18 game against fourth placed Czech Republic.
The Scots didn’t get off to the best of starts as the Czech Republic stole a one in the 1st end. In the 2nd end Scotland were lying three after a nice take out from Robert Anderson followed by a nice draw. Scotland then threw up a guard which the Czech’s removed. Scotland put up the guard once more and the Czechs opted for the double take out leaving Scotland just lying one on the button. Scotland tried for the draw but it hit one of their own stones at the front of the house. The Czech responded with a draw which hit the Scottish guard. With their last Scotland played a raised tap back to push a Czech stone lying in the 8ft back to the 12ft for Scotland to take a four for Scotland and they went 4-1 ahead.
With Scotland lying one in the 4ft, Lockhart Steele played a lovely hit and roll to lie two, the Czechs attempted a double take out but could only shift one of the Scottish stones. With his first Keith Prentice played a takeout but it was slightly heavy and pushed his shot stone away, but still managed to lie one in the 8ft. The Czech’s attempted a hit and roll but it was too heavy and their stone rolled out of the house leaving two Scottish stones at the back of the  house for a score of two to take their lead to 6-1.
In the 4th end Scotland were lying one on the button in between two Czech stones Scotland played a freeze. The Czechs attempted a draw but it was wide and sailed right through the house. Scotland threw up a guard before a Czech runback attempt was unsuccessful hitting a Scottish guard. The Scots put up a centre guard and to good effect as the Czech stone hit it and the Scots took a further one for a lead of 7-1 going into the 4th end break.
The Czech’s came back after the break and managed to grab a two in the 5th to bring the scores to 7-3. The Czech’s looked like they might be right back into the game lying two in the 6th but a raised take out from Scotland with hammer ensured that  they could only steal the one for a score of 7-4. Scotland went 8-4 ahead after Keith Prentice was forced to draw for a one with the Czech Republic lying three, and when Scotland managed to keep it clear in the 8th end the Czechs offered handshakes and Scotland secured the win with a score of 8-4.

Session 17

The Scottish teams were not drawn in Sunday evening’s 17th session of round-robin play.

Session 16: Finland 3, Scotland 10

Third placed Scotland Senior Women, took on fourth placed Finland in this afternoon’s Session 16 of the World Senior Curling Championships. After Finland took a 1-0 lead in the 1st end Scotland play a nice aggressive second end. Finland did almost manage to steal though with a nice draw with their last to lie shot, but Christine Cannon removed it to take a three and take a 3-0 lead.
World Senior Curling Championships 2014, Dumfries, ScotlandScotland came close to a steal in the 3rd end but after a nice draw from Finland, Scotland’s lead was reduced to 3-2.
Scotland managed to split the house in the 3rd end, Finland was only able to remove one Scottish stone. Scotland’s freeze attempt on their own stone was slightly wide and it left it open to a double take out from Finland but their attempt was a bit tight and only managed to take one of the Scottish stones. This left Christine Cannon two play a very nice draw for two and a 5-2 lead to Scotland. Finland once again fought back in the 5th pulling the score back to 5-3, but  in the 6th a nice hit and roll attempt from Margaret Richardson joined another two Scottish stones in the house. Finland played a draw but it was light which allowed Scotland to add another with a draw. When Finland’s last wrecked on their own stone, Christine Cannon’s draw allowed Scotland to take a five and take a massive five. This was too much for Finland to come back from and Finland decided to concede with the score at 10-3.

Session 15: England 7, Scotland 8

Scotland took on England in this morning’s Session 15 game of the World Senior Curling Championship. England were currently unbeaten before this game and Scotland were keen for a good result.
With Scotland lying two in the 1st end, England attempted a run back double but was a tight and in the end promoted a Scottish stone to the 4ft for Scotland to lie three. England managed to play a nice draw around to lie shot, but a fantastic take out from Keith Prentice restored Scotland’s advantage. After England’s draw with their last came up light, Scotland had the chance for a four. The draw attempt was a little heavy but Scotland took a three for a great start to the game.
A70P1856 (1280x853)After some fantastic curling from both teams, England grabbed one back in the 2nd end with a nice raised tap up. In the 3rd end a Scottish raised take out attempt went slightly wrong to promote an English stone to the 4ft to lie two. England threw up guards and the Scots simply couldn’t remove the English stones, which put England right back in it with a score now 3-3.
Scotland put the pressure on in the 4th end when lying two after a nice freeze on their own stone in the 4ft. England responded in kind now lying shot. After much deliberation Keith Prentice played an amazing take out, around cover, to remove the English stone for a three and taking the score to 6-3.
Scotland controlled the 5th end from the start and with a number of lovely take out attempts were lying three, with their last England attempted the double take but it was tight and only removed one Scottish stone and came to rest at the back of the 12foot for a two to Scotland and a 8-3 lead. England managed to mount a fight back though and pulled back to in the 6th end. England then managed to steal a one in the 7th end to bring the score to 8-6 and it was all to play for in the 8th end.
England got themselves into a strong position lying two in the 4ft behind a guard. Keith Prentice attempted the double but was slightly wide and could only remove one English stone. A nice draw replaced the English stone but Scotland just needed to remove the one stone which they did confidently securing an 8-7 victory.

Photos: © WCF / Richard Gray

Session 14

The Scottish teams were not drawn in Sunday morning’s 14th session of round-robin play.

Session 13: Scotland Senior Men 5, Hungary 3, Scottish Senior Women 8, Russia 2

Scotland’s Senior Men were looking to bounce back in their Saturday night’s session 13 game, following their loss to New Zealand the night before.
After the first end was blanked Scotland were lying two in the 2nd end.  A missed take out attempt from Hungary allowed Scotland to draw for three. With their last stone Hungary did manage to remove one of the Scottish stones but Scotland stole a two to go 2-0 ahead. With Scotland lying three in the 3rd Russia were faced to play a draw to salvage anything from this end but it was heavy and Scotland extended their lead to 5-0. Hungary managed to pull back two though before the 4th end break after they managed to split the house following a double take out, bringing the score to 5-2. After the break, Hungary then closed the gap even further managing to steal a one in the 5th end.
A70P1672 (1280x853)The next four ends were blanked following some very nice defensive play from Scotland and so Scotland secured the victory 5-3.

Scotland’s Senior Men are currently in joint third position in Group B with three wins from four games.

After the game Kieth Prentice commented

“We had a good start and we kept it fairly clean, tidy and straight forward after that”.

Photos: © WCF / Richard Gray

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World Senior Curling Championships 2014, Dumfries, Scotland

Scotland’s Senior Women played their second game of the day in this evening’s Session 13 game against Russia and they were hoping to maintain their form out there from this morning’s game.

After Russia took a one in the first end, Scotland used corner guards to good effect in the 2nd end and when a Russian attempt to draw wrecked on the guard Scotland played draw to score two and take the lead 2-1.
In the 3rd end a nice hit from Scotland’s Isobel Hannen and roll landed one right on the button. Scotland then drew around a Russian stone to plant a guard in the 8ft. When A Russian take out attempt was wide Scotland mounted another high guard forcing the Russian’s to draw for their single but it ended up wide and light and so Scotland stole a one to take their lead to 3-1.
After the 4th end was blanked Russia then got one back in the 5th end with a well placed draw with hammer. In the 6th end, Margaret Richardson played nice draw around to lie one. Russia tried the take out but it jammed on their own stone and Scotland managed to draw to the other side of the 4ft. With Scotland now lying two, a takeout attempt from Russia was wide and only managed to feather one of the Scottish stones. With her last stone Christine Cannon played a fantastic freeze on to her own stones scoring three and taking the score to 6-2 in Scotland’s favour.
With Scotland lying two in the 7th end, a great draw from Isobel Hannen saw Scotland lying three. After this the teams exchanged a succession of take outs with Scotland finally lying two and with last stone. Russia’s draw attempt with the hammer was heavy and Scotland took a two. With the score now at 8-2 to Scotland, Russia offered handshakes, securing Scotland their second win of the Championships.

Scotland are currently third in Group B with two wins from three games.

Photos: © WCF / Richard Gray

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Session 12

The Scottish teams were not drawn in Saturday afternoon’s 12th session of round-robin play.

Session 11

The Scottish teams were not drawn in Saturday afternoon’s 11th session of round-robin play.

Session 10: Scotland 7, Australia 2

The Scottish Senior Women were looking to bounce back with a win following a disappointing loss in their first against Canada. The Scots took on Australia in Saturday morning’s session ten game and they started well taking a two in the first end. After an Australian freeze attempt was slightly heavy, Christine Canon played a well placed take out to put the Scots 2-0 ahead.  In the 2nd end Scotland were lying one after Maragaret Richardson played a fantastic draw around to lie right on the pot lid. Australia tried to play a hit and stick but came up light and then wrecked on the Scottish guard on their second attempt. After Scotland put up a guard with their last, Australia tried a raised tap up to salvage the one but it was slightly tight and heavy giving the Scots a lead of 3-0. Australia pulled one back in the 3rd for a score of 3-1 before the 4th end was blanked.
Scotland added further pressure after the 4th end break. With Scotland lying three, Australia played a takeout which managed to hit another Asutralian stone on the edge of the 8ft to roll and lie shot. However Christine Cannon with her last played a great hit and stick to take a three for Scotland and a 6-1 lead. Australia then had the chance to take a two in the 6th end. After Scottish take out attempt was slightly light it provided the opportunity for Australia to draw for two. But it came up light to score only a single, taking the scores to 6-2 to Scotland.
Scotland added a further one in the 7th end and with Scotland lying one in the 8th, the Australian’s decided to offer handshakes in the 8th end with the final score of 7-2.
When asked about the game afterwards Christine Canon replied “Yea that was far better better today it was quite an unfortunate draw for us with the way the games have worked out and with so much time sitting out waiting after Canada so that was good. Great to get on the ice and we were allowed to play a reasonably simple game and everyone made their shot so we’re now ready to take it to the rest of the competition.”

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

Session 9: Scotland 2, New Zealand 5

The Scottish Senior Men were hoping to keep up their unbeaten form in the Championships so far as they took on New Zealand in Friday night’s session 9 game.
In the 1st end New Zealand took a one with the hammer to go 1-0 ahead and they looked as though they might extended their lead in the 2nd as they were lying one in the 4ft behind cover. But with his last stone Keith Prentice played a well executed raised take out to salvage a one for the Scots to level the score at 1-1. Scotland then looked as though they might steal in the 3rd, lying three stones in the 4ft but with their last stone New Zealand played a nice hit and stick to lie one on the button and take a one for a score of 2-1.
SCOScotland then gave up a two in the 4th end when a couple of missed take out attempts lead to New Zealand lying three. Keith Prentice attempted the double take out but it was slightly tight and as a result one of the New Zealand stones joined another at the back of the 8ft for a score of two to New Zealand who now lead by 4-1. After the 5th end was blanked Scotland did manage to pull one back in the 6th end. Once again in the 7th end Scotland looked like they might be able to mount a fight back with Scotland lying four but with their last stone New Zealand played a takeout which ricocheted amongst the Scottish stones coming to rest in the 4ft to take a one and taking the score to 5-2. It just wasn’t to be for Scotland and in the end they conceded at the start of the 8th end.
After the game Scotland Skip Keith Prentice commented “In the end anywhere we played a shot they played a better shot, there was no luck and no flukes, they played what was called for and we hoped that they would trip up somewhere in the fifth end but in the end they didn’t.”

Session 8

The Scottish teams were not drawn in Friday night’s 8th session of round-robin play

Session 7 

The Scottish teams were not drawn in Friday evening’s 7th session of round-robin play

Session 6: Scotland 6, Finland 3

Scotland’s Senior Men took on Finland in their second game of the Championships in Friday’s session 6 game. They didn’t get off to the best of start, as Finland took a two in the 1st end. After the 2nd end was blanked, Scotland retained the hammer and used it to good effect to take a one with a nice hit and stick shot in the 3rd end to bring the scores to 2-1. The 4th end was blanked.
The turning point of the game came in the 5th end. With Scotland lying three, after some nice build up work and a failed double take out attempt by the Finns, Finland skip Olli Rissanen attempted to draw to the 4ft to salvage a point from the end but it came up short and so Scotland took a three,  going ahead for the first time in the game with a score of 4-2.
SCOScotland added pressure on the Finns in the 6th end when a lovely hit and roll from Lockhart Steele saw Scotland lying two. Finland then played a draw through a tight port in order to lie one in the 4ft, but Scotland responded in kind to lie right on the Finnish stone. After a failed raised promote attempt by Finland it was decided, after measurement, that Scotland had taken a two for a 6-2 lead. Finland did manage to pull one back in the 7th end but with a deficit of three shots and only one end to go Finland conceded with a final of score of 6-3 to Scotland.
After the game Skip Keith Prentice said “I think we struggled early on they played very well with an efficient skip and we lost a two in the first end. We felt we needed to just put a bit of pressure on them which we did in the fourth end when we took our three and that set us in the right direction. We came through in the end and that’s what it’s all about.”

Photo: WCF/Hugh Stewart

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

Session 5

The Scottish teams were not drawn in Friday morning’s 5th session of round-robin play

Session 4: Scotland 2, Canada 9

Having narrowly missed out on a podium position at last year’s World Seniors, 2014 Scottish Senior Champion skip Christine Cannon returned with her team of Margaret Richardson, Isobel Hannen, Janet Lindsay and alternate Margaret Robertson.
Scotland took on Canada in their first game of the Championships, in session 4 on Thursday night. Scotland had their chances to build up an early lead against the Canadians and in the 1st end Scotland got the chance to steal a one with an open takeout attempt with their last stone. However it was slightly tight and still left a Canadian stone counting at the back of the 8ft. Scotland then had the chance to take a two after they played a lovely freeze to split the house. Canada managed to remove one of the stones but this left Scotland with the opportunity to draw for two. The attempt was a bit heavy though and in the end they could only manage a one, bringing the scores to 1-1. After this, Canada managed to edge ahead taking a two in the 3rd to lead 3-1. They then extended their lead to 5-1 after the managed to steal a two in the 4th end.
The Scots did manage to pull one back in the fifth to close the gap to 5-2, but the Canadians added another two in the 6th for a score of 7-2 to Canada. Scotland tried to get back into the game in the 7th end but after Scotland’s last stone draw attempt was short, they decided to offer handshakes with a final score of 9-2 to Canada.
Looking back on the game Scotland skip Christine Canon remarked “It was the first game and we had to get a feel for the ice. We came out pretty well but we didn’t finish off the first couple of ends and we had chances. It’s all about learning more about the ice and taking that into the next game. It’s not a sprint it’s a long haul as they say, it’s the start of the week so we’ll look at the positives and go on. “

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

Session 3

The Scottish teams were not drawn in Thursday morning’s 3rd session of round-robin play

Session 2:  Scotland  7, Russia 2

A70P9242 (1024x514)Former World Senior Champion, Keith Prentice returned to the World Senior Curling Championships representing Scotland at the Dumfries Ice Bowl supported by Lockhart Steele, Robert Anderson, Tommy Fleming and alternate Robert Clark. They earned their place at this year’s World Senior Championships after winning the Scottish Curling Senior Men’s Championship at Hamilton in February.
Scotland got off to a perfect start in their first game against Russia stealing a one in the first end. Russia took a one in the 2nd end to level the scores at 1-1, but after this Scotland managed to take control of the game in the 3rd end. With Scotland lying one, Russia’s draw attempt was heavy. This left an open draw for Scotland which they made going 3-1 ahead.
Scotland then extended their lead in the 4th end when  Keith Prentice played a lovely hit and roll to lie one in the 4ft. Russia again attempted a draw but was heavy, leaving Prentice with an open draw to the 4ft which he made bringing the scores to 5-1 in Scotland’s favour.
Russia did manage to get one back in the 5th but Scotland moved even further ahead taking a two in the 6th end. After this the game was all but over as a contest and Russia decided to concede in the 7th end with a final score of 7-2 to Scotland.
After the game Keith Prentice commented “We got the good solid start which is exactly what we wanted”.

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

Photo: © WCF / Richard Gray

Session 1

The Scottish teams were not drawn in Thursday morning’s 1st session of round-robin play