Bronze for Scotland at 2013 World Men’s Championship
Scotland took bronze medals from this year’s Ford World Men’s Championship when they beat Denmark by 7-6 on Sunday morning (7th April).
The Scots opened with a two in the first end. Denmark then blanked three ends and finally got onto the score board in the fifth end with two points when skip Rasmus Stjerne drew into the house to level the score. In the sixth end, Scottish skip David Murdoch produced a nose-hit on a Danish stone at the back of the house to score two and take a two-point lead, at 4-2. But in the seventh, the Danes once again levelled. This time skip Stjerne hot out a Scottish stone to score two points for 4-4.
In the eighth end, Murdoch played a well-judged tap-out on a Danish stone while keeping his own in the house to score three points for a 7-4 lead. Following this, Stjerne produced a spectacular multiple take-out to score two and keep the game alive, with the Scots ahead by 7-6.
The Scottish victory came when Murdoch cleared out two Danish stones with his own to empty the house and leave the score at 7-6.
Considering their obvious disappointment at the earlier semi-final loss to Canada, this was an outstanding recovery by the five-man Scottish squad, pictured L-R: David Murdoch, Tom Brewster, Scott Andrews, Michael Goodfellow, Greg Drummond with coach Soren Gran. Photo: CCA/Michael Burns.
And even after winning his bronze win, skip Murdoch could not help reflecting on what might have been, saying, “it’s disappointing not getting to the final – we had that chance but we didn’t grasp it. But we wanted to make sure we went home with a medal, so we were really fired to come out and win today. It’s just rewards for such a good week”.
He continued, “this is the world championships before the Olympics and you tend to find that the best teams are here and they’re starting to get to the top of their game. The fact that we can top the round-robin and shoot some really good numbers shows that we’re doing a lot of things right. We’re going to take a lot of encouragement that we’re doing the right things. We know that when we bring our ‘A’ game we can beat anyone. We just need to be a bit more consistent”.
Sweden were crowned world champions when they beat hosts Canada by 8-6 in Sunday afternoon’s gold medal final of the 2013 Ford World Men’s Curling Championships in Victoria.
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Scotland Team Return
David Murdoch will be staying on in Canada for a few days however Tom and the rest of the team return to Scotland on Wednesday 10th April:
Scott, Greg, Michael and Soren to Edinburgh Airport at 17:00 on flight number BA 1448 and Tom to Aberdeen Airport at 17:50 on flight number BA 1314.