Victoria – Day 3 (Monday)

Scotland fans had plenty to cheer about on Day 3 of the Ford World Men’s Curling Championship 2013 – great to see so many supporters over in Canada.

Scotland’s first game on Monday was against Jirí Snítil’s Czech Republic – that’s Tom Brewster and David Murdoch above.

The Scots started and ended this game with a steal and were also able to score better than the Czechs’ singles – Scotland took it 7-3.

Afterwards, Murdoch said: “We came on with a lot of energy and were really firing from the start. We just really bossed the game from start to finish. That was really great to see from the guys.”

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

Full results from draws six and seven:

Sweden 7-6 USA (EE)
Denmark 8-6 Russia
Japan 5-7 China
Scotland 7-3 Czech Republic
China 6-3 Russia
Finland 4-7 Norway
Sweden 7-4 Czech Republic
Canada 7-2 Switzerland

With one win already under their belts, Scotland then faced Sven Michel’s Switzerland in the evening draw. That’s Scott Andrews delivering above with Tom Brewster and Greg Drummond the sweepers.

The game went with hammer all the way but it was a great double to score three in the ninth from David Murdoch that proved decisive.

Speaking about that shot, Tom Brewster said: “That was a big shot but it was worth going for. If we miss, we give up one and are coming home trying to get a two with the hammer. We felt pretty comfortable being in that position so it was worth going for and we got it right. It was a whole team effort.”

1 2 3 4 5 6 7  8  9 10 Total
SUI 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 2 0 1 6
0 2 0 1 0 0 2 0 3 0 8

Full results from draw eight:

Denmark 7-5 Norway (EE)
Canada 7-2 USA
Switzerland 6-8 Scotland
Japan 5-6 Finland

With three full days of round-robin play remaining, the table is starting to show some symmetry and it is still Canada who sit on top, undefeated.

Current Standings (W-L)
5-0 Canada
4-1 China, Scotland, Sweden
3-2 Denmark, Norway
2-3 Czech Republic, Switzerland
1-4 Finland, Japan, USA
0-5 Russia

Big end of the day goes to Canada and Sweden who both picked up fours.

Here’s a nice behind-the-scenes shot from Hugh Stewart – that’s Dave Merklinger and Hans Wuthrich, the ice technicians in Victoria.

Next up for Scotland on Day 4 (Tuesday) is Russia and the USA.

For more on the event, check out the official website here.

Photos are © Hugh Stewart 2013.