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World Men’s: Final: Scotland 7, Canada 8

Posted on Sunday, April 8, 2012 at 3:05pm

Tom Brewster and Glenn Howard in the final

It was so close yet so far for Tom Brewster’s team as Canada and Scotland played out a tense final of the World Men’s Curling Championship in Basel, Switzerland on Sunday afternoon in front of a packed house of some 3,000 spectators.

And after an extra end in a highly-competitive game, Canada emerged as 8-7 winners when their skip Glenn Howard delivered a well-judged draw-shot for the one shot he needed for victory.

Before that, Scotland had a chance to win in the tenth, but Brewster’s hit just nudged out one of his own stones as well as his Canadian target, and he scored one rather than two, as the game went into an extra end.

Canada started with last stone advantage, but Scotland managed to steal a single in the first end when Canadian skip Glenn Howard rolled too far with his final hit of the end. However, the first major break-through came in the third end when Scottish skip Tom Brewster was heavy with his last stone, leaving Howard an easy hit to score three for a 3-1 lead.

Despite this set-back, the Scots drew level in the very next end when Brewster was able to draw for two.
The teams swapped singles in the next two ends and, in the seventh, Howard was just good enough with a delicate tap-up to score two for a 6-4 lead. But staying tenacious all the way, the Scots responded in the next end when Brewster had a draw for two to level the game again, at 6-6.

The Scots forced Canada to take a single in the ninth end and Brewster then carved out a chance to win the title in the tenth, but his hit was just not precise enough, and he took out one of his own stones as well as his Canadian target to score just one, rather than the two points he was looking for as the game went to an extra end.

Canada had the crucial last stone advantage in this end and eventually Howard drew within a Scottish stone already sitting in the house to score the one point needed, and what was – for Howard – a third world title.

After the game, an elated Howard said, “I won my first world title twenty-five years ago and this one’s just as special, maybe more so. It just feels great to win. This win feels special; they get more special because I don’t think I’ll be getting back (to the World Championship). I can’t give enough praise to my team, they’ve been fantastic all year. We hung in there, it wasn’t our ‘A’ game but we got it done with a ‘B+’ game”.

Howard was gracious about his opponents, “Brewster and the boys threw everything at us – we were a little fortunate” he said, “he threw a good shot in ten and it didn’t curl – I don’t know why. I was worried watching it – if he makes it, its game over and he’s the world champion”. And Howard’s overall reaction?…”God, it feels good, it feels sweet”.

Hardly surprisingly, Brewster’s reaction was a bit different. “I’m gutted. I thought we were the better team, I really did. I thought we played some great curling, an inch more curl on that shot in the tenth and we’re there”.

This was the second successive final loss for Brewster and his team, and thinking about that he said, “twelve months ago we were in the same position and we’re miles better than last year. We’ve made big improvements on fitness and sweeping, and we’ve just got more experience. Our team played great here – what an effort. We’ve had a strong week here and we’ve got a big future”.

Tom Brewster and Glenn Howard in the final

Earlier, Sweden beat Norway by 9-8 in an extra end to take bronze medals.

Team Brewster return to Scotland on Monday 9th April, 16:55pm on flight BA1448 to Edinburgh Airport.

Report: Mike Haggerty: Picture: WCF/Richard Gray

World Men’s Championship: Semi-final: Sweden 6, Scotland 7

Tom Brewster and his team of Michael Goodfellow, Scott Andrews and Gregg Drummond have made the World final for the second year in succession after they recovered from their Page Play-off defeat to Canada earlier in the day to beat Sweden by 7-6 in Saturday evening’s semi-final at the World Men’s Championship in Basel, Switzerland.

The teams were tied at 2-2 after four ends, but the eventual result was set up in the fifth end when Brewster had a hit and stay to score three and take a 5-2 lead.

Sweden’s Sebastian Kraupp responded with a draw inside four Scottish counters to score a single in the sixth and then got closer in the seventh when Brewster’s attempted double take-out went slightly wrong, handing Sweden a steal of one and reducing the Scottish lead to 5-4.

However the Scots recovered well in the eighth with skip Brewster drawing for two to keep control of the game. In the ninth, Kraupp was desperate to get points on the scoreboard but his double attempt rolled on and he had to settle for just one point instead of the two he was looking for. The Scots kept control in the tenth and eventually ran Sweden out of stones for their win.

The Scots now go on to face Canada for gold while Sweden will play Norway for bronze medals.

Afterwards, Brewster said, “that was nerve-wracking but I thought we played pretty solid. The guys played great and it’s just amazing. We took heart from the fact that we only had two bad stones in the game against Canada”.

Looking forward to the final he said, “we’ve just got to go out and play well. If we can get rid of the small mistakes we’ll give him a game for sure. We’re night and day from the side we were twelve months ago, so here’s hoping we can beat Canada …it’d be nice”.

Sweden’s skip Kraupp said, “basically everything went wrong. We were chasing the first couple of ends and I think we were lucky to be 2-2 after four ends. In the fifth end we were lying pretty good, but made a couple of terrible shots and gave up the three – that was the turning point of the game. We are quite disappointed because our performance didn’t come up to standard”.

Looking forward to the bronze game he added, “I think we have to forget about this game and play as well as we did earlier today. We will go out there and fight for the medal. I don’t think you need an extra boost if you’re playing for a medal. You just need to go out there, focus on your shots and make it happen”.

Earlier in the week, Brewster declared “we only have to beat Canada once, and that’s on Sunday afternoon”. His chance to practise what he preaches has now arrived.

Sebastian Kraupp has taken over skipping duties for Sweden, with regular skip Niklas Edin injured

Report: Mike Haggerty; Picture: WCF/Richard Gray

World Men’s Championship: Page 1-2: Scotland 6, Canada 7

Scotland’s men will have to take the long route to the final – by way of a semi-final against Sweden – after losing 6-7 in an extra end to Canada in Saturday’s Page 1 v 2 Play-off at the World Men’s Curling Championship in Basel, Switzerland.

This was a tight game, fittingly played in front of the biggest crowd of the week, and Canada blanked the first two ends before opening the scoring with a single point in the third end.

Scotland’s Tom Brewster then responded with a draw for one point in the fourth and then went into the half-time break 2-1 up, with a single steal in the fifth.

Canada levelled again with a single point in the sixth and in the seventh, Brewster drew again to score one point and re-take the lead, by 3-2. But in the eighth, Canadian skip Glenn Howard played the shot of the match when he hit out two Scottish stones to score four and take a 6-3 lead.

The Scots kept fighting and Brewster counted two points in the ninth with a double take-out. Howard then had a shot to win the match in the tenth, but his stone picked up some debris and came up short, giving Scotland a steal of one point to level the game and force an extra end.

In this extra end, once again Howard had a straightforward draw-shot to win, and this time he made no mistake, coming nicely into the rings for one point and a 7-6 victory.

Afterwards, Howard said, “it was really good to win this one” and, speaking about the eighth end he added, “we got an uncharacteristic miss out of Tom. We were looking at it and looking at it, and we ended up chiselling it and got four”. More generally he said, “we were pretty good in that game but I’d like to see us pick it up a bit. I don’t care if we curl 12%, as long as we win the game tomorrow. This is as far as we can be so far, we’re in the final, so we’ve made goal number three and so we’re right where we want to be”.

For his part, Scottish skip Brewster said, “that was just one end and apart from that one end, we played pretty well”.

The Scots now come back on against Sweden in the semi-final, and about that, Brewster said, “we’ve got to bounce back tonight now. We need to try to get that out of our heads and come back fighting fit. If we just play the way we’re playing, we’ll be OK”.

So near yet so far for Brewster and Scotland against Canada

Report: Mike Haggerty; Picture: WCF/Richard Gray

World Men’s Championship: Page 3-4: Sweden 8, Norway 6

Despite an injury-enforced line-up change that has seen regular skip Niklas Edin sidelined and regular third player Sebastian Kraupp promoted to skip, Sweden qualified for Saturday evening’s semi-final game in the World Men’s Curling Championship in Basel, Switzerland, beating Norway by 8-6 in their Page Play-off game.

To reach this stage, Sweden had ended New Zealand’s brave campaign with a 10-2 victory in Friday’s tie-breaker game for fourth place.

The Page Play-off turned on steals in two successive ends.

In the third, Norwegian skip Thomas Ulsrud was light with his final draw into the house to let Sweden score an unexpected two points, and in the next end, he was too strong with his final effort, giving Sweden another unexpected two points for a 5-1 lead that was to prove too much for the Norwegians to peg back.

Ulsrud finally got his weight right in the fifth but could only score one point with a good draw. In the seventh, it was Swedish skip Sebastian Kraupp’s turn to draw nicely, this time for a further two points to keep the pressure on Norway. Despite being down, Ulsrud battled all the way, closing the gap with a draw for two points in the eighth end, but it was all too little, too late as Kraupp played a hit and roll for another single point in the ninth, on his way to victory.

After the game, Swedish skip Kraupp said, “we had a really solid game and Thomas struggled a little bit in the beginning of the game. The break came in the third and fourth ends when we stole two. We played really well and kept it simple”.

Looking forward to the semi-final, he said, “we will now go away and focus and whoever it will be – Scotland or Canada – I think we will have a good chance if we play like this. I think we can still improve our game”, and thinking about the line-up changes through the week he added, “the team is feeling good now, but it has been like a roller-coaster all week, mentally and how we have performed. But we’re feeling pretty good now. I’m more confident now as skip than at the beginning of the week”.

Meanwhile a subdued Thomas Ulsrud said, “we had a terrible start, I struggled with draw-weight. I guess I didn’t get the feel right. That was two easy draws normally I’d make them nine out of ten times, but not today. You can’t come back from that against a team like Sweden, they’re a good hitting team. As soon as the fourth end was over, we were in trouble”.

Reflecting more generally, he added, “we seem to struggle to get all the way to as final. I’m glad I’ve got the rest of today to get rid of that. Right now, I’m a bit disappointed – no chance for the gold anymore, but hopefully after a while, I’ll go hard for bronze”.
The Swedes now await the await the outcome of the other Page Play-off game to discover who they will play in the semi-final – either Canada or Scotland.

World Men’s Championship: Session 16: USA 6, Scotland 8

Tom Brewster’s men sealed a place in the Page 1 v 2 Play-off game against table-toppers Canada with an 8-6 win over USA in Thursday afternoon’s sixteenth round-robin session at the World Men’s Championship in Basel, Switzerland.

This concluded the Scots’ round-robin campaign on eight wins and three losses – the same as Norway – but Scotland are ranked second as they beat Norway in their head-to-head.

In the same session, New Zealand, skipped by ex-pat Scot pewter de Boer made a little bit of history by beating Canada by 9-7 in an extra end.

The Scots started well against USA, and were 5-0 up after just three ends, but they hit a sticky patch in the middle of the game. USA scored a two in the fourth and then Brewster was wide with his final draw in the fifth to give away a steal of one. In the sixth, he failed with a tap-out attempt and USA stole another single to close the score to 5-4 in Scotland’s favour.

The Americans forced Brewster to draw for one in the seventh but at least this steadied the ship as far as the Scots were concerned. Eventually, in the ninth Brewster drew for two points and an 8-5 lead, and although USA got one point back in the tenth, it was not enough and Scotland recorded their eight win of the week.

Brewster said, “it’s a tough slog out there. We got five up but that ice is tough to hit on, you couldn’t put the brush down”.

As he looked forward to the prospect of facing Canada at least once more, he added, “we’ll have a chat about how to beat Canada, but they’re not unbeatable” noting, “we went in against Stoughton (Canada’s 2011 skip) last year and we learned a lot. Last year, we weren’t close to Canada in the round-robin, we got a wee bit closer in the 1 – 2 and we got a wee bit closer in the final. But we were as close last night (against Howard) as we were in last year’s final, so we’ll take heart from that. We’ll just need to go out and make shots”.

Heath McCormick is the USA skip

RESULTS

Session 16: Germany 4, Denmark 6; USA 6, Scotland 8; France 6, Norway 9 (extra end); Canada 7, New Zealand 9 (extra end).

Standings after 16 sessions: Canada won 9, lost 1 (qualified); Scotland, Norway 8-3 (qualified); New Zealand 7-4; China, Sweden 6-4; Denmark 6-5; France, USA 3-7; Czech Republic, Germany, Switzerland 2-8.
Report: Mike Haggerty; Picture: WCF/Richard Gray

World Men’s Championship: Session 15: Scotland 9, Czech Republic 6

Scotland are guaranteed a tie-breaker place at worst or a place in the Page 1 v 2 Play-off at best, following their 6 win over the Czech Republic in Thursday morning’s fifteenth session of round-robin play at the World Men’s Championship in Basel, Switzerland.

Tom Brewster won the draw shot challenge to gain last stone for the first end, but the Czech skip Jiri Snitil promptly stole a single in the first end. To be fair to Scotland, that was the only time in the game that the Czechs led. Scotland responded with a single in the second end and stole two in the third, following that up with another single steal in the fifth when Snitil’s attempted double just nudged a Scottish stone instead of removing it.

The Czechs closed to 3-4 down when they scored two in the sixth but the Scots restored a gap in the seventh when Brewster nudged out a Czech stone to score another two for a 6-3 lead.

After a coach intervention in the eighth, the Scots failed to execute a tricky double take-out attempt by third Greg Drummond and this eventually led to Czech skip Snitil drawing to score three and level the game at 6-6.

Brewster the tapped back to score a further two in the ninth, and the Scottish victory was completed when Snitil failed in a difficult attempt to level the game again and the Scots stole one for their win.

Afterwards, Brewster said, “I was worried all the way through the tenth end to be honest! They made a lot of good shots, and it’s not easy peeling out there. Conditions were pretty tough on that sheet”.

Speaking about the eighth end, where they gave up a three, he said, “we need to have a chat about the eight, we maybe played the wrong shot… the double was a pretty hard shot, and we missed it by nothing”. More generally, he continued, “we’ve got to be happy, ice conditions are challenging, we’re making a lot of shots, so we just need to keep going. I think we’re almost definitely 1 -2, which is the same position as last year”.

The Scots now conclude their round-robin programme against the USA and win will ensure that they do indeed proceed to the Page 1 v 2. But they will still stay in the mix even if they lose.

RESULTS

Scotland 9, Czech Republic 6; Denmark 3, Sweden 6; New Zealand 6, China 4; Norway 6, Switzerland 4.

Standings after 15 sessions: Canada won 9, lost 0; Norway, Scotland 7-3; China, New Zealand, Sweden 6-4; Denmark 5-5; France, USA 3-6; Germany 2-7; Czech Republic, Switzerland 2-8.

Report: Mike Haggerty; Picture: WCF/Richard Gray

World Men’s Champiomnship: Session 14; Canada 7, Scotland 5

Tom Brewster’s men went down by 7-5 to Canada in their ninth round-robin game at the World Men’s Championship in Basel, Switzerland – a result that puts them into joint second place on six wins and three losses with China and Norway.

Meanwhile unbeaten Canada, with nine wins under their belts, guaranteed themselves a place in the Page 1 – 2 Play-off game.

Brewster’s men got as close as any team has this week to beating Canada, and led briefly when Brewster drew for two shots in the second end. However, they gave up a steal in the fourth to go 2-3 down, and suffered a similar fate in the seventh when they gave up another single steal to go 3-5 down. They levelled again in the eighth when good clear-out work earlier in the end by his team allowed Brewster to draw nicely for two but, after they blanked the ninth, Canada’s skip Glenn Howard played a precision straight raised take-out to score two in the tenth, for a 7-5 win.

Afterwards, Brewster said, “we had chances there, but we had a couple of shaky ends and lost a bad steal”. However, he was not despondent, and looking forward to the possibility of meeting Canada again in the Play-offs he said, “I’ve beaten them in the past. It’s not like there’re unbeatable. You’ve just got to go out there and believe you can beat them”.

The Scots now face the Czech Republic and then USA in Thursday’s concluding round-robin games, knowing that two wins should put them into the Page 1-2 game against Canada. However, Brewster dispelled any thought that his team might take their opponents – neither of whom can now make the play-offs – for granted. He said, “there are no easy games now – everybody’s fighting for Olympic points”.

RESULTS

Session 13: Sweden 6, Canada 10; Czech Republic 11, France 9; Switzerland 7, USA 5; China 7, Germany 6.
Session 14: USA 10, New Zealand 4; Germany 6, Norway 7; Canada 7, Scotland 5; France 3, Denmark 8.

Standings after 14 sessions: Canada won 9, lost 0 (qualified); China, Norway, Scotland 6-3; Denmark, New Zealand, Sweden 5-4; France, USA 3-6; Czech Republic, Germany, Switzerland 2-7.

Report: Mike Haggerty; Picture: WCF/Richard Gray

World Men’s Championship: Session 12: Scotland 7, Sweden 4

Scotland moved in to a clear second place on the rankings – behind unbeaten Canada, whom they face next – with an impressive 7-4 v victory over Sweden in Wednesday morning’s twelfth session of round-robin play at the World Men’s Championship in Basel, Switzerland.

Before this game, Sweden had lost their previous two games, and, for this game, they brought their skip Niklas Edin – who has been suffering a back injury -onto the ice for the first time this week.

The Swedes blanked the first end and then were forced to take a single in the second by the Scots. Brewster’s men scored two in the third end and Edin then drew for one in the fourth end to keep his team in the game.

But overall, the Swedes had no answer to a very strong Scotland team performance, which saw skip Tom Brewster deliver a precision draw onto the button in the fifth to score three and then follow that up with a single steal in the seventh for a 6-2 lead. The teams then swapped singles till, at 7-4, the Swedes conceded without playing the tenth end.

This result give Brewster and his team their sixth win and second place on the rankings behind unbeaten Canada, who sat this session out.

Afterwards, Brewster said, “We were pretty solid for the whole game. We forced the one in the second end and then got two off the bat, before forcing one again. We’ve been pretty solid for the last two games. There was a bit difference from the French game when we were absolute pants. We’ll forget about what the other teams are doing, and just try to keep winning”.

Speaking about the fifth end, Scottish skip Brewster said, “that was two great freezes from Gregg (third player Gregg Drummond) and then I had to draw the button for the third”.

And looking forward to the game against Canada he said, “we can relax and have fun tonight against Canada. We know we’ve got a tough game but we don’t really need to beat them till Sunday”.

Niklas Edin made his first appearance of the week, but the Scots still won

RESULTS
Session 12: Norway 7, China 5; New Zealand 9, Switzerland 6; Denmark 9, Czech Republic 8; Scotland 7, Sweden 4.

Standings after 12 sessions: Canada won 7, lost 0; Scotland 6-2; China, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden 5-3; Denmark 4-4; France 3-4; Germany, USA 2-5; Czech Republic, Switzerland 1-7.

Report: Mike Haggerty; Picture: WCF/Richard Gray

World Men’s Championship: Session 11: Scotland 7, China 6

Tom Brewster’s team returned to winning ways after their afternoon defeat at the hands of France, when they beat China by 7-6 in Tuesday evening’s eleventh session of round-robin play at the World Men’s Championship in Basel, Switzerland.

This was a solid Scottish performance, and they were more in control against China than the result suggests. Skip Brewster produced a nice come-around in the third end to eventually draw for two shots and make the first break-through. However, the real turning point came in the sixth when two early Scottish freezes onto Chinese stones gave Brewster a straightforward draw for three and a 5-3 lead.

The teams swapped twos in the next two ends and the Scots kept last stone by blanking the ninth.

Eventually, China’s skip Rui Liu could only score one in the tenth end with a hefty take-out attempt that got the angles wrong, to give Scotland their fifth win of the week.

This fifth win of the week puts them in joint second place with China and Sweden, behind unbeaten Canada, who have seven wins, and keeps them right in the weekend medal hunt.

After the game, Brewster said, “that was a pretty solid performance for us – they’re a good team. They missed nothing in the first two ends, and I thought we were on a sticky wicket. I played a good come-round in the third end and I had a good draw for two and that spurred us on. We played two great freezes in the sixth end and he missed a run-back, then I had a draw for three”.

Referring back to his morning defeat at the hands of France, Brewster said, “I was disappointed this morning, we didn’t quite get there. I couldn’t get draw-weight”. Looking forward to Wednesday’s today’s programme in which he faces Sweden and then Canada, he added, “we’ve got a big day tomorrow, but we’re right back in the mix now”.

Tom Brewster's Scots bounced back with a win over China's Rui Liu

RESULTS

Session 11: Denmark 9, Switzerland 4; Scotland 7, China 6; Norway 8, Sweden 3; New Zealand 8, Czech Republic 5.

Standings after 11 sessions: Canada won 7, lost 0; China, Scotland, Sweden 5-2; New Zealand, Norway 4-3; Denmark, France 3-4; Germany, USA 2-5; Czech Republic, Switzerland 2-5.

Report:Mike Haggerty; Picture: WCF/RIchard Gray

World Men’s Championship: Session 10: France 5, Scotland 3

Tom Brewster’s men went down to their second loss of the week when they lost by 3-5 to France in Tuesday afternoon’s tenth session of round-robin play at the World Men’s Championship in Basel, Switzerland.

The teams swapped singles in the opening two ends, with the Scots scoring their one after an umpire’s measure in the second end. Then, after France blanked the third, the Scots stole a single in the fourth when Brewster effectively guarded his own counter on the button and France’s fourth player Tony Angiboust could not find a way in to remove it.

France then scores a single in the fifth and stole another in the sixth for a 3-2 lead. The game see-sawed after that and eventually, after blanking the ninth, the French scored a single shot in the tenth for their 5-3 win.

This result puts Scotland into fourth place on the table, with four wins and two losses, behind unbeaten leaders Canada, who are on seven wins, and joint second-placed China and Sweden, each on five wins and one loss. The Scots still have to play all three of these teams in the round-robin – starting with China in the next session, so their ability to get to the Page 1 v 2 Play-off game still rests in their own hands.

Not for the first time at this level, Scotland went down to bogey team France

RESULTS

Session 8: China 7, USA 5; Switzerland 9, Germany 4; Czech Republic 3, Canada 9; Sweden 10, France 8.
Session 9: Czech Republic 3, Germany 4; Sweden 1, USA 10; China 8, France 2; Switzerland 6, Canada 7 (extra end).
Session 10: France 5, Scotland 3; Canada 8, Denmark 5; Germany 6, New Zealand 8; USA 4, Norway 9.

Standings after 10 sessions: Canada won 7, lost 0; China, Sweden 5-1; Scotland 4-2; New Zealand, Norway 3-3; France 3-4; Denmark 2-4; Germany, USA 2-5; Czech Republic, Switzerland 1-5.

Report:Mike Haggerty: Picture: WCF/Richard Gray

World Men’s Championship: Session 7: Scotland 7, Switzerland 4

Scotland recorded their second win of the day, and their fourth overall, when they beat Switzerland by 7-4 in Monday afternoon’s seventh playing session of the World Men’s Championship in Basel Switzerland.

The Swiss had not yet recorded a win before they came onto the ice to face Scotland, and they changed their line-up for this game, bringing alternate Benoit Schwartz on to play fourth stones while Jan Hauser moved up to skip, regular skip Toni Mueller moved to lead and regular lead Juerg Bamert spent the game on the bench.

The Scots handed Switzerland a steal of one in the second end when skip Tom Brewster had a complete miss, but they recovered by taking two shots from the fourth end after blanking the third. Former world junior champion Schwarz showed what he was made of when he drew for two and a 3-2 Swiss lead in the fourth, but good Scottish play in the seventh allowed Brewster a free draw to anywhere in the house for two in the seventh end to give Scotland the lead once again, at 4-3.

The Swiss could only take one shot from the eighth to level the game and Brewster then scored two in the ninth, with a good hit and stay, after which the Scots stole one in the tenth end when, with the game at his mercy, Schwarz wrecked on the way in with his final stone.

These two wins – in front of an enthusiastic and noisy Scottish support – place Scotland in clear third place on four wins and one loss, just one loss behind joint leaders Canada and Sweden, who have both currently played one game less than Scotland, and marked a fine birthday present for team coach Ron Brewster.

After the game, a pleased Tom Brewster said, “you need to be on your mettle for every game here, one mistake and you lose, but we’re in a great place now”.

Thinking about the tenth end steal he said, “we deserved to win the game but maybe not in that style. My last didn’t curl enough, and he had a shot for the game and missed it”.

Scotland's front end: Michael Goodfellow and Scott Andrews

The Scots now face France and then China in their Tuesday games.

RESULTS

Session 7: New Zealand 3, Sweden 8; Norway 6, Czech Republic 4; Scotland 7, Switzerland 4; Denmark 6, China 7.

Standings after 7 sessions: Canada, Sweden won 4,lost 0; Scotland 4-1; China 3-1; France 2-2; Denmark, Norway, New Zealand 2-3; Czech Republic, Germany, USA 1-3; Switzerland 0-4.

Report: Mike Haggerty: Picture: WCF/Richard Gray

World Men’s Championship: Session 6: Germany 3, Scotland 8

Scotland got back on to winning ways when they beat Germany by 8-3 in Monday morning’s sixth session of round-robin play at the World Men’s Championship in Basel, Switzerland.

Tom Brewster’s team had gone down to a disappointing loss to Denmark on Sunday, but they put themselves in control early on against Germany, responding to the Germans’ opening end single with a score of two, which they backed up with a single steal when German fourth player Felix Schultze was short with his final draw in the third end.

Germany scored a single in the fourth and the Scots blanked the fifth before they took control of the game in the sixth end when Brewster had a straight tap-back with his second stone to score three for a 6-2 lead. Although Germany narrowed the deficit when Schultze hit for one in the seventh, the Scots scored in each of the next two ends before Germany conceded at 3-8.

Scottish skip Brewster said, “That was a lot better than yesterday… pretty solid and it was good. I thought we won that quite well and played well. We had a good chat about a couple of things yesterday. We were maybe a wee bit flat going into yesterday’s game”.

Turning to the performance against Germany, he added, “that was a nice tap in the sixth, Greg (third player Greg Drummond) played a great wee hit and roll with his first and they were just having to corner-freeze the whole way. He was a bit heavy with his last and I had a tap-back for three. We’ll take where we are right now – we’ve been pretty solid in all our games except for two ends”.

Greg Drummond made all the difference for Scotland in the sixth end

RESULTS

Session 6: Canada 8, Norway 3; France lost, New Zealand won; USA 7, Denmark 6; Germany 3, Scotland 8.

Standings after 6 sessions: Canada won 4, lost 0; Sweden 3-0; Scotland 3-1; China 2-1; Denmark, France, New Zealand 2-2; Czech Republic 1-2; Germany, Norway, USA 1-3; Switzerland 0-3.

Report: Mike Haggerty; Picture: WCF/Richard Gray

World Men’s Championship: Session 4: Scotland 7, Denmark 9

Tom Brewster’s team went down to their first loss, by 7-9 to Denmark, in Sunday afternoon’s fourth session of round-robin play at the World Men’s Championship in Basel, Switzerland.

The Scots had the worst possible start, giving up what Brewster described as a “soft three” in the first end, and they were chasing the game after that.

They could only score one in the second end, and then their problems were compounded when the Danes followed up their opening three with a further two shots in the third end, when skip Rasmus Stjerne tapped up one of his own stones to count two, for a 5-1 lead.

The Scots responded with a two of their own in the fourth, but Denmark then scored two again, for a 7-3 half-time lead. Despite all of Brewster’s best efforts, the Scots could not really get back on terms and eventually, Stjerne took out the necessary Scottish stone in the tenth to make a Scottish win impossible, and for a 9-7 win.

Afterwards, Brewster said, “we just got off to a bad start and never really got it back to be honest. We made a lot of good shots, but we just didn’t get the breaks. The fifth was a turning point and the three at the first was just a soft three. We didn’t get a grasp of the ice and that was it in the opening end”.
Reflecting on this defeat he added, “we’re here just taking it a game at a time, and we can’t do much more”.

Meanwhile, Denmark’s skip Rasmus Stjerne said, “that’s one for the books. We came on strong and played a really good first five ends. I think Tom expected us to play negative but we felt we had a chance from the start and we took it, and it paid off. They were silver medallists last year, so that ‘s a big win to put in”.

Denmark's Rasmus Stjerne handed Scotland their first defeat of the week

The Scots now face Germany and then Switzerland in their Monday games.

RESULTS

Session 3: France 8, USA 6; Canada 9, Germany 2.
Session 4: Czech Republic 5, Switzerland 3; Scotland 7, Denmark 9; New Zealand 7, Norway 4; China 6, Sweden 7.

Standings after 4 sessions: Canada, Sweden won 2, lost 0; Denmark, Scotland 2-1; China, Czech Republic, France 1-1; Germany, Norway, New Zealand 1-2; Switzerland, USA 0-2.

Report: Mike Haggerty: Picture: WCF/Richard Gray

World Men’s Championship: Session 2: Norway 6, Scotland 11

Scotland’s Tom Brewster had the perfect start to his world championship campaign with two opening days wins on Saturday.

In the opening session, the Scots beat New Zealand by 5-3, but in the evening they recovered from letting Norway open the scoring with a three in the second end by scoring twos in each of the next two ends.

The game see-sawed from then on with, for example, the teams swapping twos in the seventh and eighth ends, until, in the ninth, the Norwegians had let the Scots build up the house. At this point, Brewster played his last shot with precision, and took out the one Norwegian stone that had any chance of counting, to score five and force the immediate concession, with the score at 11-6 to Scotland.

After this game, Brewster said, “I was going to be happy to be 1-1 tonight. That’s a big win for us and I’m really pleased. The five? It just built out of nothing, he realised if they didn’t score they were going to lose the game, so they kept gambling and didn’t make the shots. We want to be 1-2 but there’s a long week to go. I’m not counting my chickens yet. If we keep playing solid, we’ll be ok. We’ve been pretty good all day”.

The Scots now face Denmark in their only game on Sunday.

A second win for Scotland, over Norway, on their way to the perfect start

RESULTS

Session 1: USA 6, Germany 8; New Zealand 3, Scotland 5; Norway 6, Denmark 3 (extra end); Canada 7, France 5.
Session 2: Denmark 11, New Zealand 4; China 9, Czech Republic 5; Switzerland 4, Sweden 8; Norway 6, Scotland 11.

Standings after two sessions: Scotland won 2, lost 0; Canada, China, Germany, Sweden 1-0; Denmark, Norway 1-1; Czech Republic, France, Switzerland, USA 0-1; New Zealand 0-2.

Report: Mike Haggerty; Picture: WCF/Richard Gray

World Men’s: Session 1: New Zealand 3, Scotland 5

Scotland, led by Curl Aberdeen’s Tom Brewster, opened their round-robin campaign at the World Men’s Curling Championship in Basel, Switzerland with a solid 5-3 win over New Zealand on Saturday afternoon.

After what he later described as a slow start, Brewster eventually got into the game against New Zealand in the third end, with a nice angled promote of one of his own stones to score one shot for a 1-1 score-line. The Scots moved in to the lead in the fourth end, with a steal of one for 2-1 and never looked back.

Although the Scots were mostly in control, scoring a further two in the sixth when Brewster drew for a 4-2 lead, the New Zealanders were a handful throughout, and their skip Peter de Boer made a nice draw for one shot in the seventh to bring the score to just 4-3 in Scotland’s favour. But the Scots eventually won by 5-3.

De Boer and his lead Kenny Thompson are former well-known Scottish players, and this thought was in Brewster’s mind as he reflected on his opening win. “This was the one game I wasn’t looking forward to. I know Peter and Kenny well and, because it’s a derby game between us, form goes out the window. I thought we were pretty solid, we were just a wee bit slow to get going”.

It might have been the opening session, but there was plenty of energy in the New Zealand v Scotland game

Other opening session winners were Canada, Germany and Norway, and the Scots now face the Norwegians in the second session.

Report: Mike Haggerty; Picture: WCF/Richard Gray