Victoria – Day 4 (Tuesday)

Day 4 at the Ford World Men’s Curling Championship 2013 saw Scotland start with a win but end with a loss.

The first game of the day was against Andrey Drozdov’s Russia – that’s Scotland skip David Murdoch above.

Despite this being the first appearance by Russia at this level, Scotland didn’t have it all their own way and an early steal saw the Russians 2-0 up after three. A big steal of their own saw Scotland ahead halfway before more singles were traded and the Scots were able to see it out 6-4.

After the game, Murdoch said: “We’re doing a lot of things right now. It was a big turning point in the fifth end, we took a three and we never looked back from there.”

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

Full results from draws nine and ten:

Czech Republic 6-4 Canada
Sweden 9-8 Switzerland
Finland 6-7 Russia
China 4-5 Norway
Japan 10-8 Sweden (EE)
Russia 4-6 Scotland
China 8-10 USA
Czech Republic 5-6 Denmark

Scotland’s second game of the day was against the USA team skipped by Brady Clark – Scott Andrews and Tom Brewster are pictured above.

The start of the game proved to be a relatively high-scoring affair with the score 5-5 at the break.

Going into the final end all-square, Scotland had the hammer but when Murdoch’s shot was wide, the Americans stole two points and the game, 8-6.

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

Full results from draw eleven:

Finland 5-7 Switzerland
Japan 4-7 Denmark
Norway 7-10 Canada
USA 8-6 Scotland

The big news on Day 4 came from draw nine where the Czechs beat Canada for the first time and Russia recorded their first-ever win at a World Men’s – all this meant that there were no longer any unbeaten teams and all the teams had recorded at least one victory.

Standings after Day 4 (W-L)
6-1 Canada
5-2 Denmark, Scotland, Sweden
4-3 China, Norway
3-4 Czech Republic, Switzerland, USA
2-5 Japan
1-6 Finland, Russia

Big end of the day goes to Sweden who scored a five against Switzerland.

Day 5 saw Scotland take on Norway and Sweden – full report soon.

My reliable photo sources from Victoria, Hugh and Christine Stewart, have sent me an interesting piece of curling nostalgia:

In 1985, Glasgow hosted the Air Canada Silver Broom, the World Men’s Curling Championship – the venue was the Kelvin Hall, not an ice arena.

The winning team was Canadian – Al Hackner, Rick Lang, Ian Tetley and Paul Peroud.

This year, Hackner and Lang are back at a World Men’s Curling Championship, but this time they’re not in the same team.

Hackner is coach to Team America while Rick Lang is coaching Team Canada.

Both have great memories of the Championship in 1985, the last sponsored by Air Canada.

And though they are with different countries this year they are still speaking to each other.

Rick Lang

Al Hackner

For all the latest on this year’s tournament, see the official event website here.

Photos are © Michael Burns / CCA and Hugh Stewart 2013.