Firstly, apologies if I have been getting the time incorrect for Scotland games. I am currently blogging from Norway where we are one hour ahead of the UK – I will try and remember to put any further game times an hour behind.
As the picture above suggests, Scotland are going to have to do things the hard way if they want to win the Ford World Men’s Curling Championship 2013.
In the early hours of Saturday morning UK time, they were playing European Champions Sweden in the 1v2 playoff match looking for a direct route to the gold medal game.
Despite getting the only steal of the game, Scotland could only pick up singles in the game while the Swedes were able to score higher and they ran out 6-5 winners.
Scottish skip, David Murdoch, said: “That was obviously disappointing, not to get through to the final at the first opportunity. I thought we were playing pretty well. There were a couple of key shots we just didn’t quite make tonight and we didn’t put more pressure on to make big shots and score. We’re just going to have to bin that and come out tomorrow and bring our ‘A’ game. That wasn’t quite our ‘A’ game tonight and if you don’t do that, you’re not going to beat the top teams that are left here. We never really got that real good set-up where we were on the front foot and then they chased us. We’ve got lots to play for, it’s all or nothing now, so we’re just going to have to wait to see who we’ll play tomorrow.”
So here’s how the rest of the tournament looks:
3v4 playoff – Denmark v. Canada – 1900 Saturday (UK time)
Semi-final – Scotland v. Winner of above – 0000 Saturday (UK time)
Bronze game – Loser of 3v4 playoff v. Loser of semi-final – 1900 Sunday (UK time)
Gold game – Sweden v. Winner of semi-final – 0000 Sunday (UK time)
All the remaining games will be on the Eurosport Player and the medal games are on Eurosport TV.
The event website is here.
Photo is © Michael Burns / CCA 2013.