Scotland Claim Bronze at World Mixed Championship
Scotland claimed bronze at the weekend, with a decisive 8-4 victory over Korea at the World Mixed Curling Championship in Kazan, Russia.
Thirty-seven Member Associations took part in the World Mixed Curling Championship – including 2015 gold and silver medallist’s nations Norway and Sweden. Scotland and Germany were the only teams to have no change in line up since last year’s event.
Scotland’s team of Cameron Bryce, Katie Murray, Bobby Lammie and Sophie Jackson started the competition as part of group A, other teams in their section included defending champion nation Norway, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Belarus and Romania. The Scots got through the group stages undefeated, and met the USA in the final 16. After forcing a one in the first, and taking a three in the second they kept the lead for the rest of the game, with the USA blanking the fifth, sixth and seventh ends, and finally running out of stones in the eighth end; final score 4-1 to Scotland.
Next up were the quarter-finals, where Scotland were matched against Canada. It was a close game from the start, and after the seventh end the score was 5-4 to Canada, but Scotland had the hammer. A two secured a place in the semi-finals for Scotland, where they came up against Sweden. This was to be the first and only defeat of Scotland’s campaign, when they shook after seven ends with the score 8-2.
The team bounced back for the bronze medal game, although the first half of the game went in Korea’s favour, Scotland dominated in the second half. A stolen two in the fifth was followed by forcing Korea to take a one in the sixth. The Scots were limited to one in the seventh but a steal of three in the eighth was a strong way to finish and left the end score at 8-4 to Scotland.
For line scores from the week of play, please visit the World Mixed Curling Championship website.
Photos: © WCF / Alina Androsova