Scotland Ready for World Men’s Challenge in Halifax
The international curling focus now turns to Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada – host of the 2015 Ford World Men’s Curling Championship, which gets underway there on Saturday 28th February.
2015 Scottish Champion Ewan MacDonald and his team of third Duncan Fernie, second player Ruaridh Greenwood and lead Euan Byers, supported by alternate David Murdoch and coach David Reid will be wearing the blue of Scotland.
With three world golds in his collection, MacDonald would be the first Scot to join the select group of four-time world gold medallists that presently includes Ernie, Sam and Arnold Richardson, Glenn Howard and Randy Ferbey should he prevail at this year’s championship. This team – with newcomer Greenwood now in place – competed at last year’s World Championship in Beijing, where they finished ninth overall.
The Scots were welcomed to Nova Scotia on their arrival by local piper Ross Whyte (pictured right) who is originally from Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire and will be supporting the team during the competition. He will also be playing at the opening ceremony.
This is the first time that the World Championship will have been staged in Nova Scotia, and twelve nations are taking part: hosts Canada, China, the Czech Republic, Finland, Italy, Japan, defending champions Norway, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland and the USA, as well as Scotland.
The Scots open their campaign with two games on Saturday, against Italy and Japan. Altogether, the teams will compete in seventeen sessions of round-robin play, until the evening of Thursday 2nd April. After this, a tie-breaker will be played, if needed, to determine the top four ranked teams.
Then, as in all WCF Championship events, curling’s Page Play-off system will be used, in which the top two ranked teams from the round-robin face each other, with the winner of that game going direct to the final, and the loser being given a second chance by playing a semi-final against the winner of the Play-off between the teams ranked third and fourth. The winner of that sole semi-final goes onto the final to play for gold or silver, and the loser faces the Page 3/4 loser for bronze. These gold and bronze medal finals take place on Sunday 6th April.
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Results, news, videos and photos from the Ford World Men’s Curling Championship 2015 can be seen on the World Curling Federation’s official event website
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