Monthly Archives: March 2013

World Men’s Curling Championship 2013

As you may have picked up from my social network presence, I am currently enjoying my Easter break in Norway but I am still keeping my eyes firmly fixed on the world of curling.

Just as well really because it is now time for the best men’s teams in the world to show us what they can do at the Ford World Men’s Curling Championship 2013.

Location
The 2013 edition of the Men’s Worlds is taking place in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada – province capital of BC and home to almost 350,000 people.

The event is being held at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre which is the largest indoor arena in British Columbia outside of Vancouver. It hosts ice hockey, concerts, figure skating, trade shows and conferences.

Thanks to Hugh and Christine Stewart for the pictures below – they tell me they are enjoying the weather over in Canada even if it means being indoors all the time.

The arena has a capacity of 7,400 and held the Men’s Worlds in its first year of operation, 2005, when Canada’s Randy Ferbey took gold for the host-nation.

Event Information
The dates of competition are Saturday 30 March – Sunday 7 April but practice began on Friday 29 March.

The twelve teams competing will have completed round-robin play by Thursday 4 April.

Victoria operates Pacific Daylight Time which is seven hours behind the UK but will be eight hours behind for the majority of the tournament due to our clocks going forward one hour – don’t forget everyone!

Game times are not the most convenient for European fans but I will give you a rundown of Scotland’s matches later on.

The UK also has a non-playing representative in Victoria – Glenda Barrowman is a WCF Game Umpire for the tournament.

The Teams
The full team line-ups are available here but here is a quick guide to the twelve teams who will be hoping for victory in Victoria:

CANADA (Skip: Brad Jacobs) – The host-nation have 34 gold medals at this level and are always tough to beat with a home crowd behind them. This is Jacobs’ first taste of the Men’s Worlds but expect them to be very strong. Expectations will be high for Canadian fans too – they have seen their team medal in every World Men’s since 2002.

CHINA (Skip: Rui Liu) – Five-time Pacific-Asia champion, Rui Liu plays in his fifth Worlds in Victoria. While the Chinese men have never hit the heights of their female counterparts, nobody would see them as an easy opponent.

CZECH REPUBLIC (Skip: Jirí Snítil) – The bronze medal that this team picked up at the Europeans in December was the country’s first ever outside of junior level. Definitely a nation on the rise – keep an eye on the Czechs.

DENMARK (Skip: Rasmus Stjerne) – Playing in his second Worlds, Stjerne will be looking to give Denmark something to cheer about – they have not won a medal at this level since 1990. Stjerne overcame Scotland and Switzerland in 2012 so rule out this team at your peril.

FINLAND (Skip: Aku Kauste) – After a decade’s absence, Aku Kauste returns to the Worlds with his own team this time – back then he lost in the bronze medal match to Norway. This is Finland’s first Worlds since 2009 and while they have medalled in the past, it would be a surprise to see this team in the latter stages. Look out for second player Pauli Jäämies’ hair though.

JAPAN (Skip: Yusuke Morozumi) – Only Japan’s sixth appearance at a Men’s Worlds and Morozumi’s second, the reigning Pacific-Asia silver medallist will be hoping to cause some upsets in Victoria but, like Finland, Japan would be surprise participants come the end of the week.

NORWAY (Skip: Thomas Ulsrud) – Perhaps the most popular team at these championships, Norway are long overdue World Men’s success – their last gold came in 1988. With three bronzes at this level, Ulsrud will want to improve on that with his slightly tweaked team for 2013. I am even more determined than usual to see them do well seeing as I am in Norway for the duration – Heia Norge!

RUSSIA (Skip: Andrey Drozdov) – A bit of an unknown quantity seeing as this is Russia’s first ever appearance at a World Men’s. While their women’s team continue to impress, the men have never medalled outside of the junior competitions.

SCOTLAND (Skip: David Murdoch) – Team Brewdoch? Team Murdster? Whatever we want to call them, Team Scotland and Tom Brewster are hurting after losing two consecutive finals to Canada. With the women picking up a brilliant gold in Riga last week, can Scotland emulate them and make it third time lucky?

SWEDEN (Skip: Niklas Edin) – Two bronzes in the last two years show that Sweden mean business – as reigning European champions, Niklas Edin’s team will be hard to beat. No reason why they won’t be on top of the podium at the end of the competition.

SWITZERLAND (Skip: Sven Michel) – Impressive on the tour events, Sven Michel’s team will want to correct the fact that the Swiss have been waiting a decade since their last medal at this level. The youngsters from Adelboden could cause problems this week.

USA (Skip: Brady Clark) – The first experience of a World Men’s for Brady Clark, 2013 may prove tricky for the USA. 1978 was the last time the Americans struck gold – it would be unlikely to see that in Victoria.

Coverage
There are several ways to watch the action from Canada. Europsort TV and the online Eurosport Player will be showing the most games during the tournament. The Player currently costs £4.99 for one month’s access or £2.99 per month if you opt for a contract. Quality has been varied in the past but for a fiver, it isn’t exactly a big investment.

The World Curling Federation’s YouTube channel is also set to show some games.

The official event website to keep track of scores and find out more information is here.

Team Scotland

Scotland (L-R): David Murdoch, Tom Brewster, Sören Gran (standing), Scott Andrews, Michael Goodfellow, Greg Drummond

Here’s the team that will be representing Scotland in Victoria.

These are their eleven round-robin games (all times are Victoria time/UK time):

Saturday 30 March – Scotland v. Japan – 1900/0300 (Sun.)
Sunday 31 March – Scotland v. Denmark – 1400/2200 (Eurosport TV and Eurosport Player)
Sunday 31 March – Scotland v. Canada – 1900/0300 (Mon.) (Eurosport Player)
Monday 1 April – Scotland v. Czech Republic – 0900/1700
Monday 1 April – Switzerland v. Scotland – 1900/0300 (Tue.)
Tuesday 2 April – Russia v. Scotland – 1400/2200
Tuesday 2 April – USA v. Scotland – 1900/0300 (Wed.)
Wednesday 3 April – Norway v. Scotland – 0830/1630 (Eurosport TV and Eurosport Player)
Wednesday 3 April – Scotland v. Sweden – 1900/0300 (Thu.)
Thursday 4 April – Scotland v. China – 0900/1700
Thursday 4 April – Finland v. Scotland – 1400/2200

Following Team Scotland this year will take some dedication due to the time difference – five of the games start at 3am UK time but the rest are at more reasonable hours.

Best of luck to David, Tom, Scott, Michael, Greg and Sören.

Come on Scotland!

Photos are © Hugh Stewart and WCF / 2013

Weekend Curling 29-31 March

My preview of the World Men’s will be up on Saturday but first, here’s a look at what else is going on this weekend.

The Scottish Mixed Championship is taking place at Curl Aberdeen from Friday until Sunday – twenty mixed teams are taking part in four sections.

Scores, draw and team lists are here.

The winners will represent Scotland at the 2013 European Mixed Curling Championship which, I am delighted to announce, will be held at Murrayfield Curling, Edinburgh. Check out this Facebook page for more details.

Riga – Day 9 – Final Word

The Titlis Glacier Mountain World Women’s Curling Championship 2013 came down to the last stone of the last end of the last game.

When the rocks came to rest, Scotland were World Women’s Curling Champions 2013.

Eve Muirhead (above) was skipping against Sweden’s Margaretha Sigfridsson for the third time in the tournament – the Swedes won the first two encounters but it was Scotland who triumphed when it mattered most.

A steal of two in the fourth end gave Scotland the advantage and from then on it was singles traded all the way to the end. Crucially, Scotland had hammer in the tenth – Eve was left with a precise hit for the title and she nailed it for the 6-5 win.


1 2 3 4 5 6 7  8  9 10 Total
SCO 0 0 1 2 0 1 0 1 0 1 6
SWE*
0 2 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 5

Afterwards, a delighted Eve Muirhead said: “It’s still not sunk in. The girls played great out there today. To come out on the top is an unbelievable feeling, especially for myself, getting that silver medal in 2010 and silver at the Europeans this year. To top our season off by becoming world champions just feels great.”

About the game itself, Muirhead said: “We knew it was going to be a close game and we knew it could well come down to last end, last stone. We were ready for that. We played a great last end there, Anna played that great double rip that locked it up for us and left me a pretty simple shot.”

And here they are…

Team Scotland – World Women’s Curling Champions 2013!

An absolutely fantastic result for Eve and her team of Anna Sloan, Vicki Adams and Claire Hamilton – they played very well all week and performed brilliantly in the final stages.

This young team becomes only Scotland’s second World Women’s champions – Jackie Lockhart was the first in 2002 with Sheila Swan, Katriona Fairweather and Anne Laird. Coincidentally, the final score was 6-5 against Sweden in that year’s final.

Eve and her team finished the 2013 tournament on a record of twelve wins and two losses – worthy winners I’m sure you will agree.

The girls have made the front page of the BBC Sport website – take a look at the report here. You can find more on the official event website here and on the RCCC website here.

Highlights of the final are available in a video here – that tenth end will be long in the memory for Scotland fans everywhere.

Team Scotland (L-R): David Hay, Lauren Gray, Claire Hamilton, Vicki Adams, Anna Sloan, Eve Muirhead

Scotland – World Women’s Curling Champions 2013 (L-R): Eve Muirhead (skip), Anna Sloan (third), Vicki Adams (second), Claire Hamilton (lead), Lauren Gray (alternate), David Hay (coach)

I don’t think we will tire of seeing these wonderful pictures from Riga for a while yet.

The other game that took place today (Sunday) was the bronze medal game – Canada beat the USA in this one 8-6.

World Women’s Curling Championship Medal Winners 2013

Gold – Scotland: Eve Muirhead, Anna Sloan, Vicki Adams, Claire Hamilton
Silver – Sweden: Maria Wennerström, Christina Bertrup, Maria Prytz, Margaretha Sigfridsson
Bronze – Canada: Rachel Homan, Emma Miskew, Alison Kreviazuk, Lisa Weagle

Final Standings
1. Scotland
2. Sweden
3. Canada
4. USA
5. Switzerland
6. Russia
7. Japan
8. Denmark
9. China
10. Italy
11. Germany
12. Latvia

With this event now over, eight out of ten nations able to send teams to Sochi in 2014 have been decided. Russia qualify as hosts which means that the following teams will feature in the Winter Olympics: Sweden, Switzerland, Scotland/Great Britain, Canada, USA, Denmark, Korea.

The new World Curling Federation Olympic Qualifying Event is now open to Germany, Japan, China, Italy, Latvia, Czech Republic and Norway and will take place in December 2013 at a location yet to be announced – two teams will make it to Sochi.

So that’s it – my final Riga report and I am delighted to be writing about a Scottish victory.

A huge congratulations to Eve, Anna, Vicki, Claire, Lauren, David and Rhona Martin.

Scotland – World Women’s Curling Champions 2013.

Sounds great, doesn’t it?

Photos are © Alina Pavliuchik and Richard Gray / WCF 2013

Weekend Roundup 22-24 March

Before I get on to today’s big news, here’s what else was happening in the world of curling this weekend.

The Scottish Wheelchair Championship came to an end in Stirling on Friday and was won by Aileen Neilson – she beat Gregor Ewan 6-3 in the final – the report is here.

Stranraer was hosting the Scottish Pairs Championship this weekend – this was won by Ross McCleary who beat Brian Thomson 8-2 in Sunday’s final. Full report is here.

The Funspiel Finals were at Braehead on Sunday – you can find out all the info and scores from this one here. A report is now available here.

Finally, Team Brewster have been preparing for the World Men’s in Canada by playing in the Victoria Curling Classic. They were knocked out of the ‘C’ Event by Norway’s Thomas Ulsrud – all the event information is here.

Riga – Day 8

They’ve done it. Scotland have reached the final of the Titlis Glacier Mountain World Women’s Curling Championship 2013 after beating Canada in the semi-final on Saturday evening.

Earlier, Canada had beaten the USA 7-6 to reach the semi-final showdown with the Scots – the USA dropped to the bronze medal game.

Having beaten Rachel Homan’s Canada in the round-robin stage, Eve Muirhead and her Scotland team needed another victory against the Canadians to set up a meeting with Sweden to play for gold – and they did just that.

The teams traded twos for the first four ends before Scotland were forced to take a single leaving them 5-4 up at the fifth end break. Singles were swapped until Canada went ahead for the first time in the game with a two in the eighth. When Scotland were again forced to take a single and tie things up after nine, it looked like Canada were in the driving seat but with her final shot in the tenth, Eve left Homan with a double takeout for the win – a Scottish stone jammed and they got the only steal of the game to take it 8-7.

After the game, Eve said: “I’m delighted with that. We managed to pick up our two in the first end and it could have gone either way. I think it was a real high quality game, but when it comes down to last stone like that, I tell you what – I’d rather be playing than watching because I’m not the best watcher. We always have good battles Rachel and I and it just shows you that was a good battle.”

A fantastic result for Eve and her team of Anna Sloan, Vicki Adams and Claire Hamilton.


1 2 3 4 5 6 7  8  9 10 Total
SCO* 2 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 1 1 8
CAN
0 2 0 2 0 1 0 2 0 0 7

So, the bronze medal game will be a repeat of the 3v4 playoff game and sees Canada take on the USA – this means the wait for Canadian gold at a world women’s continues as they have not won since 2008.

For Scotland, meanwhile, they will now play Sweden for the third time in this tournament for the gold medal and the championship title – Sweden won the previous two encounters, will it be third time lucky for the Scots?

Since the women’s worlds began in 1979, Scotland have picked up ten medals – they are now guaranteed an eleventh.

Scotland’s only gold medal at this level came in 2002 when Jackie Lockhart skipped Scotland to victory over a Sweden team that included Margaretha Sigfridsson – she will be skipping Sweden in tomorrow’s final.

Since 2002, Scotland have picked up bronze (2007) and in 2010 Eve skipped Scotland to a silver medal. If the pattern of winning a medal of improving colour every three years continues then Scotland are due a gold!

The 2013 final against Sweden will be live on the Eurosport Player at 1200 tomorrow (Sunday) and will be shown after the event at 1700 on Eurosport TV.

For all the information ahead of the final day of play, the event website is here.

Best of luck to Eve, Anna, Vicki and Claire – one more game for glory. Come on Scotland!

Photo is © Alina Pavliuchik / WCF 2013

Riga – Day 7

If Scotland want to win the Titlis Glacier Mountain World Women’s Curling Championship 2013, they are going to have to do it the hard way.

In their 1v2 playoff game, Eve Muirhead (above with Anna Sloan) took on Sweden skipped by Margaretha Sigfridsson – the team that had inflicted Scotland’s only defeat of the competition so far, an 11-2 humbling on Sunday.

There was to be no revenge, however, as Sweden came away 7-5 winners despite a late surge from the Scots.

Afterwards, Eve said: “That totally got away from us. We had a hellish pick-up on my second-last stone in the last. We had that end sealed up…that’s curling. You get these unfortunate breaks and what can you do? We’ve got to come back tomorrow in the semi-final and put in another good performance.”


1 2 3 4 5 6 7  8  9 10 Total
SCO 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 2 0 0 5
SWE*
0 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 3 7

Earlier in the day, the two tie-breakers were played and the results were as follows:

Russia 6-7 Switzerland (EE)
USA 7-4 Switzerland

All of this means that Sweden are in Sunday’s gold medal game, Scotland are in tomorrow’s semi-final at 1700 (UK time) and Canada and the USA play the 3v4 playoff on Saturday afternoon.

If Scotland want to face Sweden for gold, they will have to beat either Canada or the USA first – if they lose, the bronze medal game awaits.

Eurosport TV and the Eurosport Player will be showing Scotland’s semi-final tomorrow (Saturday). The Player didn’t behave itself during the 1v2 game this evening which was disappointing considering we were at a crucial stage in the game – fingers crossed for tomorrow.

For more reaction and photos, the official event website is here.

Photo is © Richard Gray / WCF 2013

Riga – Day 6

For the fourth day in a row, Scotland won two games at the Titlis Glacier Mountain World Women’s Curling Championship 2013 – the round-robin stage is now over.

Their first game on Thursday was against Anna Sidorova’s Russia – that’s Scotland’s Anna, Anna Sloan above.

The last time these two faced each other was the European Championship final in December when Russia took the gold – Eve Muirhead got some revenge today with a comfortable 9-2 victory after just seven ends.

The win secured Scotland’s place in the 1v2 playoff game against Sweden.


1 2 3 4 5 6 7  8  9 10 Total
RUS* 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 X X X 2
SCO
2 0 1 0 2 3 1 X X X 9

Full results from draw fifteen:

Russia 2-9 Scotland
Switzerland 7-8 Latvia (EE)
Sweden 10-4 Italy
China 4-7 Canada

Scotland’s final round-robin game was against the USA.

Eve Muirhead (above) knew that her team were already qualified for the 1v2 game but also that the Americans were fighting to stay in the competition themselves.

An early steal and a big four midway ensured one final win for Scotland to leave them on a fantastic record of W10 L1 at the end of group play.

After the game, Eve said: “The first job was to qualify for the 1v2 and that’s what we’ve done. That was another solid game. We didn’t want to come out and have a slack game, so it was good to keep strong and finish dominantly.”


1 2 3 4 5 6 7  8  9 10 Total
SCO* 1 1 0 4 0 1 0 1 0 X 8
USA
0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 1 X 4

Full results from draws sixteen and seventeen:

Denmark 8-5 Latvia
Scotland 8-4 USA
Canada 8-4 Japan
Germany 6-8 Sweden
Italy 7-6 Germany
Japan 10-6 China
USA 6-5 Russia (EE)
Denmark 5-8 Switzerland

The big end of the day award was shared today between Sweden, Canada, Scotland and Japan who all picked up fours.

Final Round-Robin Standings (W-L)
1. Sweden 10-1
2. Scotland 10-1
3. Canada 8-3
4. Russia 6-5
4. Switzerland 6-5
4. USA 6-5
7. Japan 5-6
8. Denmark 4-7
9. China 4-7
10. Italy 3-8
11. Germany 3-8
12. Latvia 1-10

So what this all means is that Scotland play Sweden in the 1v2 playoff game tomorrow (Friday) at 1700 UK time – even if they lose, they still get a second chance in the semi-final.

The first tie-breaker will be between Russia and Switzerland with the winners going on to play the USA in the second tie-breaker. The winner of that game against the USA will then play Canada in the 3v4 game on Saturday. Keeping up?

It sounds simple, but Scotland are two wins away from winning the World Women’s Championship – you can watch the 1v2 game on the Europsort Player at 1700 tomorrow (Friday).

The official website is here.

Photos are © Richard Gray / WCF 2013

Riga – Day 5

It is becoming a familiar theme in my daily reports of the Titlis Glacier Mountain World Women’s Curling Championship 2013 to say that Scotland picked up two wins in a day and, sure enough, they’ve done it again and are now guaranteed a playoff spot. Fantastic!

First up on Wednesday for Eve Muirhead, pictured above with Anna Sloan, was Lene Nielsen’s Denmark.

The game went the distance with Denmark taking more ends than the Scots but, crucially, it was Scotland who scored bigger ends to take it 8-6.

Afterwards, Eve accepted that despite the win the team were not at their best: “We just weren’t as sharp as we had been yesterday. In any major championships you can’t have slack games. We just weren’t quite as sharp – it wasn’t bad – we knew it was always going to be tough against Denmark, but overall, we’re still happy.”


1 2 3 4 5 6 7  8  9 10 Total
SCO 0 0 3 0 1 0 3 0 1 0 8
DEN*
0 2 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 6

Full results from draws twelve and thirteen:

Japan 4-9 Sweden
Canada 8-5 Germany
Scotland 8-6 Denmark
Latvia 2-9 USA
USA 5-9 China
Denmark 9-7 Italy
Switzerland 7-3 Germany
Japan 3-10 Russia

Scotland’s second game saw them face Italy, skipped by Diana Gaspari. That’s Claire Hamilton and Anna Sloan sweeping above.

With no ends bigger than singles or twos, it was a succession of steals midway through the game that proved crucial for Muirhead and the Scots and they picked up an 8-4 win that ensured Scotland’s place in the playoffs.

A delighted Eve had this to say after the game: “It was solid out there and that’s guaranteed us a playoff slot. That was our first goal, so I’m really chuffed. Now we’ve just got to concentrate, we want to get into the right playoff, the one-two playoff.”


1 2 3 4 5 6 7  8  9 10 Total
SCO* 1 0 2 0 1 2 0 2 0 X 8
ITA
0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 X 4

Full results from draw fourteen:

Canada 7-4 Switzerland
Sweden 10-3 Russia
China 7-3 Latvia
Scotland 8-4 Italy

A brilliant seven straight wins for Team Scotland has now got them a coveted playoff berth but, as Eve said, it is still to be decided which spot they occupy when round-robin play concludes tomorrow (Thursday). As it stands, we are looking at Scotland v. Sweden and Canada v. Russia but there are still three draws remaining and anything could happen.

Scotland play in the two early draws tomorrow – Russia at 0630 and the USA at 1130. All times are UK times.

Current Standings (W-L)
8-1 Scotland, Sweden
6-3 Canada, Russia
5-4 Switzerland, USA
4-5 China, Japan
3-6 Denmark, Germany
2-7 Italy
0-9 Latvia

Big end of the day award goes to China who picked up a five against the USA.

The event website is here for those crucial final group games tomorrow.

Photos are © Richard Gray / WCF 2013

Riga – Day 4 / Scottish Wheelchair

Scotland continue to impress at the Titlis Glacier Mountain World Women’s Curling Championship 2013.

That’s Anna Sloan (above) in the game against Silvana Tirinzoni’s Switzerland – Scotland’s first opponents on Day 4.

This game had a steady flow of scoring but finished with a bang – Eve Muirhead and the Scots picked up a five in the ninth to take a big 11-4 victory. While this may not have come against the same Swiss team that won this competition last year, it was still a huge win for Scotland.

Eve said afterwards: “We came out sharp, won the draw shot, which is always our first goal, and then got two early. I think it’s about consistency now. All the girls are playing great. It’s going to be tough for a lot of teams to beat us.”


1 2 3 4 5 6 7  8  9 10 Total
SUI 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 X 4
SCO*
2 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 5 X 11

Full scores from draws nine and ten:

Switzerland 7-6 Russia
Russia 5-4 Denmark
Germany 5-7 China
Italy 4-6 Japan
Latvia 7-9 Russia
China 6-4 Sweden
Italy 6-7 Canada
Switzerland 4-11 Scotland

Eve Muirhead (above) and her team then played hosts Latvia in the final round of games on Tuesday.

Picking up from where they left off against the Swiss, Scotland stole early on and then traded points with Latvia in every end – the difference came from Scotland scoring more each time and they picked up another win, 9-5.

After seeing off the host-nation, Muirhead had this to say: “It’s rewarding to be able to execute like that. That’s what we came out to do today, so that’s ideal and we’re definitely going up the way now.”


1 2 3 4 5 6 7  8  9 10 Total
LAT* 0 1 0 1 0 2 0 1 0 X 5
SCO
1 0 2 0 2 0 3 0 1 X 9

Full results from draw eleven:

Germany 5-6 Denmark (EE)
Latvia 5-9 Scotland
Japan 3-10 USA
Canada 4-8 Sweden

Scotland have now notched up five straight wins and have more European opposition tomorrow in the shape of Denmark at 0630 and Italy at 1630. All times are UK time. Going into Wednesday, Scotland sit on top of the standings with Sweden – with two days of round-robin play left, they are doing their best to grab a playoff spot.

Current Standings (W-L)
6-1 Scotland, Sweden
5-2 Russia
4-3 Canada, Japan, Switzerland, USA
3-4 Germany
2-5 China, Denmark, Italy
0-7 Latvia

Big end of the day award goes, once again, to Scotland who picked up that five against the Swiss.

The official website is here for more information and pictures – if you are having problems with the site, Curling Zone is a great alternative for live scoring.

Photos are © Richard Gray / WCF 2013

Before I sign off for the night, I should point out that the Scottish Wheelchair Championship begins in Stirling tomorrow (Wednesday). Nine teams are playing in two groups with the final games on Friday. Follow the big event in Scottish wheelchair curling here.

Riga – Day 3

It was two wins out of two for Scotland on Day 3 of the Titlis Glacier Mountain World Women’s Curling Championship 2013.

Eve Muirhead (pictured above with Claire Hamilton and Vicki Adams) was skipping against 2009 World Champion Bingyu Wang of China in this morning’s early game.

Despite losing two steals early on, Team Scotland were patient, picked up a big score of four in the seventh end, and saw out the game 8-5.


1 2 3 4 5 6 7  8  9 10 Total
SCO* 0 0 1 0 1 0 4 0 2 X 8
CHN
1 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 X 5

Full scores from draws six and seven:

Russia 4-5 Canada
Scotland 8-5 China
Latvia 5-7 Italy
Sweden 9-0 Switzerland
Italy 7-6 China
Germany 4-6 Japan (EE)
Russia 8-4 Switzerland
USA 7-6 Denmark

Scotland’s second game of the day saw them play the other Pacific-Asia team in the tournament, Satsuki Fujisawa’s Japan.

That’s Anna Sloan above with Claire Hamilton and Vicki Adams the sweepers.

The Scots were in control of this one right from the start, building up a 7-2 lead at the fifth-end break. By forcing Japan to singles through the game, Muirhead and Scotland were able to secure a comfortable 8-3 win after eight ends.

Afterwards, Muirhead had this to say about Scotland’s confident performance: “We came out a lot sharper there than in every other game. That’s what we needed to do. We won the draw shot, put a two up on the scoreboard in the first end, forced the one, and then came away with that big four-ender in the third.”


1 2 3 4 5 6 7  8  9 10 Total
SCO* 2 0 4 0 1 0 0 1 X X 8
JPN
0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 X X 3

Full results from draw eight:

Scotland 8-3 Japan
USA 5-4 Canada (EE)
Denmark 4-5 Sweden (EE)
Latvia 3-6 Germany

Scotland are looking in good shape going into Tuesday’s games against reigning champions Switzerland at 1130 and hosts Latvia at 1630. All times are UK time.

Perhaps the shock of the day came in the battle of the undefeated teams this morning when a repeat of 2012’s final saw Sweden taking on Switzerland – Sigfridsson’s Sweden crushed Tirinzoni’s Swiss team 9-0 after just six ends to become the only undefeated team. A real statement of intent from the Swedes.

Current Standings (W-L)
5-0 Sweden
4-1 Scotland
3-2 Canada, Germany, Japan, Russia, Switzerland, USA
2-3 Italy
1-4 Denmark
0-5 China, Latvia

Big end of the day award goes to Eve and the girls who picked up fours in Scotland’s wins against China and Japan.

Don’t forget to check the official event website here for more pictures and information.

Pictures are © Richard Gray / WCF 2013