Victoria – Day 6 (Thursday)

The last day of round-robin play, Day 6, may have been mixed for Scotland at the Ford World Men’s Curling Championship 2013 but other results meant Scotland finished in first place.

The first game for the Scots was against Rui Liu’s China – David Murdoch skipping above.

Despite China stealing to level things up at the break, Scotland were always able to score higher than the Chinese and they took it 7-4 to confirm their place in the 1v2 game.

After the game, Murdoch said: “That was a solid game, nice and steady. We played with a nice calmness today, we didn’t need to get over-excited about anything – just play our game and make our shots. That’s us definitely 1v2 so that feels great. What we need to do now is take that form into the Page weekend.”

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

Full results from draw fifteen:

Sweden 7-6 Denmark
Czech Republic 10-5 Japan
Scotland 7-4 China
Russia 7-5 USA

Scotland’s final game of the round-robin was against Aku Kauste’s Finland – pictured above with David Murdoch.

This was a very high-scoring affair that was 6-6 at the break. A steal of three for the Finns at the restart set them up nicely but some late Scottish steals kept it tight until Kauste’s team finally saw it out 10-9.

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

Full results from draws sixteen and seventeen:

Switzerland 8-5 Japan
Denmark 5-3 Canada
USA 9-7 Norway
Finland 10-9 Scotland
China 8-5 Finland
Norway 11-3 Russia
Canada 7-11 Sweden
Switzerland 6-3 Czech Republic

So after six days of round-robin play, no tie-breakers are necessary – Scotland play Sweden in the 1v2 game at 0400 Saturday morning UK time while Denmark take on Canada in the 3v4 match on Saturday evening.

This means Scotland are just two wins away from gold – a win in the 1v2 puts them straight into the final while a defeat would give them a second chance in the semi-final against the winner of Denmark v. Canada.

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

Big end of the day was shared by Scotland and Norway who both picked up fours.

Hugh and Christine Stewart have sent some more interesting tales from Victoria. Here’s their latest offering:

Carolyn Morris is Canadian – way back in 1992 she moved to Scotland with her husband whose job took him there. They were supposed to be in Scotland for three years but that became 15.

While in Scotland she played twice in the World Senior Championships for Scotland getting silver in 2003 and gold in 2005.

But in 2007 she and her husband moved back to Canada and this year she will be representing Canada at the World Senior Championships in Fredricton.

This week she’s in Victoria at the World Men’s Curling Championship and she has a special interest in this event – her son in law is Tom Brewster, playing third for Team Scotland.

Carolyn Morris

Scotland’s showdown with the Swedes is at 0400 Saturday morning – if you fancy staying up, you can watch it live on the Eurosport Player.

All the latest from Victoria is here on the event website.

Not long left to enter my competition! Details are here.

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