Scotland ended the Ford World Men’s Curling Championship 2013 with a medal after defeating Rasmus Stjerne’s Denmark in Sunday’s bronze medal game.
The game itself was tight and featured four blank ends but Scotland were patient and went about the game in a professional manner, using the hammer, and picking up a big three in the eighth end that gave them a 7-6 victory.
Afterwards, Scotland skip Murdoch said: “It’s kind of disappointing not getting to the final – we had that chance but we didn’t grasp it. But today we were really fired to come out and win that medal. We wanted to make sure we went home with a medal and it’s just rewards for such a good week.”
He continued: “This is the world championship before the Olympics and you tend to find that the best teams are here and they’re starting to get to the top of their game. The fact that we can top the round-robin and shoot some really good numbers shows that we’re doing a lot of things right. For us we’re going to take a lot of encouragement that we’re doing the right things and we know that when we bring our ‘A’ game we can beat anyone. We just need to be a bit more consistent.”
As for the gold medal game, it was Sweden and Niklas Edin (above) celebrating after beating host-nation Canada 8-6 after nine ends.
The Swedes become the first nation to be European and World champions in the same season – huge congratulations to Niklas and his team. This was the first world title since 2004 for Sweden and their sixth overall.
Afterwards, Edin said: “We had a really good game here. That day of rest yesterday was really important to us. We got to really re-group and play the best curling we could play here in the final. I’m so proud of my team, we executed the plan perfectly, so I’m just super-happy.”
A great result for Scotland’s men but after their round-robin performace, they will perhaps have been wanting more from the week. Nevertheless, this means that Scotland have a medal from every World Men’s since 2008.
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With both the men’s and the women’s world championships now complete, the picture for Sochi 2014 is becoming clearer.
Eight of the ten nations that will be able to send men’s teams have been decided. Russia will be there as hosts and other qualification was based on points gathered in the 2012 and 2013 World Men’s Curling Championships.
The seven nations who have qualified are: Canada, Sweden, Scotland (whose points are allocated to Great Britain for Olympic purposes), Norway, Denmark, China and Switzerland.
The nations that are now eligible to send men’s teams to take part in the inaugural World Curling Federation Olympic Qualification event in December 2013 are: USA, New Zealand, Czech Republic, France, Japan, Germany, Finland and Korea.
The new WCF Olympic Qualifying Event will be staged from 11-15 December 2013, in Füssen, Germany. Two nations will qualify from the event in both men’s and women’s disciplines to complete the Olympic fields of 10 teams.
For the women’s curling competition Sweden, Switzerland, Scotland (whose points are allocated to Great Britain for Olympic purposes), Canada, USA, Denmark, Korea and Russia (as hosts) have all qualified directly for Sochi.
Germany, Japan, China, Italy, Latvia, Czech Republic and Norway are the nations eligible to compete in the women’s Qualification Event in Füssen.
The season is almost over but keep visiting the blog for news of the World Mixed Doubles and World Seniors as well as who won my Foxglide bag competition.
I’d like to say a big thank you to Hugh and Christine Stewart for providing me with so much content from their trip to Victoria – I was emailed a lot more than you saw on the blog so thanks for enhancing my output.
Photos are © Michael Burns / CCA 2013.