The Ford World Men’s Curling Championship 2013 is underway. That’s the opening ceremony above – thanks once again to Hugh Stewart for the photo.
Because of the nature of the time difference, I will be rounding up Scotland’s results and the event standings when full days of play are complete. For more up-to-the-minute reporting, my Twitter page should be of use as well as the official event website and Curling Zone.
David Murdoch (above) and Team Scotland got off to the perfect start with a 7-5 win over Yusuke Morozumi’s Japan. That’s Scott Andrews and Greg Drummond ready to sweep.
Two early steals and a big score of four set Scotland up really well and despite a surge of steals from the Japanese, they saw the game out.
After the game, Murdoch said: “One of the things we talked about was that we really wanted to start with a solid couple of games. If you’ve got any hope of trying to get into that 1v2 game, you need to start well. We’ve got that first win and it’s a nice way to start.”
Full scores from draws one and two:
Canada 7-6 China
Sweden 7-6 Finland
Czech Republic 8-5 Norway
Switzerland 6-4 Russia
Scotland 7-5 Japan
China 12-5 Czech Republic
Russia 5-6 Sweden
Denmark 3-8 USA
Standings after Day 1 (W-L)
1-0 Canada, Scotland, Switzerland, USA
1-1 China, Czech Republic
0-1 Denmark, Finland, Japan, Norway
Big end of the day went to China who scored a five against the Czechs.
Photos are © Hugh Stewart / 2013