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Gold Medal Final: Denmark 3, Canada 5.

Bronze Medal Game: Japan 6, USA 8.

Semi-final: Denmark 9, USA 3.

Denmark will now face Canada in Sunday afternoon’s gold medal final while before that Japan will play USA for bronze medals.

Page 3-4 Play-off: Japan 4, USA 5.

USA now move on to Saturday evening’s semi-final against Denmark, with the winner playing Canada for gold on Sunday afternoon  The Semi-final loser will play Japan for bronze on Sunday morning.

Page 1-2 Play-off: Canada 5,  Denmark 3

Canada now move onto Sunday’s gold medal final, while Denmark will face the winner of Saturday’s Page 3-4 game between Japan and USA in the semi-final.

Session 16: Sweden 4, Scotland 6.

The Scots beat Sweden by 6-4 in their last round-robin game to finish with a won five, lost six record, and, with a last session of play still to take place, can finish no higher than seventh on the table.

Scotland had last stone advantage in the first end and blanked.  They then gave up a steal of one in the second end but recovered with a single shot of their own in the third end.  In the fourth end world champion skip Niklas Edin drew his last stone into the house for two points and a 3-1 lead.

Once again the Scots responded with two more in the fifth end to level the game at 3-3.  Sweden then blanked the sixth end and scored one in the seventh end.  The Scots then blanked both the eighth and ninth ends and, in the tenth, with Sweden leading by 4-3, Scotland skip Tom Brewster played a double take-out for a count of three points and a win at 6-4.

S16 v Sweden

“It’s brilliant to finish on a win”

Afterwards, Brewster said, “it’s nice to finish on a win and it’s good for Olympic points  But it’s what could have been, I think.  The guys have played great and we’ve learned a lot – I’ve learnt a lot and they’ve learnt a lot.  Mike our coach was saying that last night…there’s a lot of great things there and if we take that experience and move on we can only be a stronger team next season.”

Speaking specifically about his last game, he added, “it’s always great to beat a world champion but we went in there not even thinking about them being world champions but thinking about them being the great team that they are, and knowing that it’s always a tough game against them.  It’s brilliant to finish on a win.”


Session 16: Japan 7, Russia 2; Sweden 4, Scotland 6; Switzerland 4, Norway 7; Germany 6, Korea 9.

Standings after 16 sessions: Canada won 9, lost 1; Denmark, Japan, USA 7-3; Norway 7-4; Sweden 6-4; Finland 5-5; Scotland 5-6; Switzerland 4-6; Korea, Russia 2-9; Germany 1-9.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Richard Gray/WCF

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Session 15: Scotland 6, Denmark 7 (extra end)

Scotland lost another extra end game, beaten 6-7 by Denmark in their second-last round-robin game on Thursday morning, a result that puts an end to their slim tie-breaker hopes.

Denmark had last stone advantage and blanked the first before opening with a single shot in the second end.  In the third end Scotland’s skip Tom Brewster tapped-out a Danish stone while keeping his own stone in play to score three and take a 3-1 lead.  Denmark then blanked again and scored two in the fifth when they were able to split the house early in the end.

The Scots were forced to draw for one in the sixth and the Danes scored two again in the seventh when Danish skip Rasmus Stjerne played a tap-back on a Scottish stone to score two for a 5-4 lead.  The Scots then blanked the eighth end and, after a Danish double attempt failed in the ninth, Brewster was able to draw for two and a 6-5 lead.  Stjerne then went on to play a hit and stay in the tenth for the one shot that forced the extra end.

After the Scots seemed in control throughout this extra end, Brewster over-threw his last stone, which rolled out after it hit one Danish stone, leaving the other to score one point and give Denmark a 7-6 win that keeps their Play-off hopes alive.

S15 v Denmark

Denmark’s extra end steal finally ended Scottish Play-off hopes

Afterwards, a subdued Brewster said, “another one that hurts.  We played well today  I just slightly over-threw my last one.  He put his last one in a really good position…what more can I say?  I missed the shot for the win and it’s tough.  That’s us definitely out now.”

The Scots conclude their programme on Thursday afternoon against a Swedish team that is fighting for a Play-off place as they keep the defence of their title alive.


Session 14: Sweden 7, Korea 4; Japan 6, Norway 4; Germany 6, Scotland 7 (extra end); Switzerland 6, Russia 3.

Session 15: Scotland 6, Denmark 7 (extra end); Russia 3, Finland 9; Korea 6, USA 8; Norway 4, Canada 6.

Standings after 15 sessions: Canada won 9, lost 1; Denmark, USA 7-3; Japan , Sweden 6-3; Norway 6-4; Finland 5-5; Switzerland 4-5; Scotland 4-6; Russia 2-8; Germany 1-8, Korea 1-9.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Celine Stuckl/WCF


Session 14: Germany 6, Scotland 7 (extra end).

Scotland recorded their fourth win of the week so far when they beat Germany by 7-6 after an extra end in Wednesday evening’s round-robin session.

While this win was welcome, results elsewhere in the day made Scotland’s tie-breaker prospects even more remote than they had been.

The Scots opened strongly, scoring two in the first end and then stealing one in the second end for a 3-0 lead.  However, Germany’s new skip Marc Muskatewitz picked out a Scottish stone with his last effort of the third end to score three and level the game at 3-3.

The Scots blanked the next two ends and then skip Tom Brewster was forced to play a hit and stay for one in the sixth, with two German biters clinging on in the house.  It was Germany’s turn to blank in the seventh and then they moved ahead with two shots in the eighth.  In the ninth end, Brewster had a chance to score three with a hit and stay but his shooter rolled out and they had to settle for just two and a 6-5 lead.  Germany managed to hit and stay for one in the tenth to level the game and force an extra end.  The Scots kept it tidy throughout that end, and then Brewster hit a well-swept hit and stay for the one shot that gave them their 7-6 win.

S14 v Germany

Scotland’s Ross Paterson and Germany Alexander Baumann keeping a watching brief

After the game Brewster said, “another win, but that was messy. We should have won that easier than that.  That was a tough shot in the ninth, but I should have stayed for three rather than take just two.  When we lost the three in the third, we were lying four or five and then they got a three out of nothing.”

He added, “we started on fire but the guys hung in and Ross swept that last shot really well.  I thought it was gone.”

The Scots now conclude their round-robin with games against Denmark and then defending champions Sweden on Thursday, with both of these teams still strongly chasing the play-off slots.


Session 13: Finland 9, Germany 1; Denmark 7, Switzerland 8 (extra end); Canada 3, Sweden 4 (extra end); USA 7, Japan 8.

Session 14: Sweden 7, Korea 4; Japan 6, Norway 4; Germany 6, Scotland 7 (extra end); Switzerland 6, Russia 3.

Standings after 14 sessions:   Canada won 8, lost 1: Denmark, Japan, Norway, Sweden, USA 6-3; Finland, Scotland, Switzerland 4-5; Russia 2-7; Germany, Korea 1-8.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Richard Gray/WCF


Session 12: Scotland 7, Finland 3.

The Scots recorded what was only their third win so far when they beat Finland by 7-3 in Wednesday morning’s twelfth session of round-robin play.

As skip Tom Brewster later confirmed, the Scots got onto the front foot straightaway and, after opening the scoring with one shot in the second end, Brewster played a double take-out for two in the fourth to establish a clear lead, at 3-2.  The Scots then followed that up with a single steal in the fifth  for a 4-2 half-time lead.

After blanking the sixth end, Finland were forced to take just one shot in the seventh end by pressing Scottish play.  In the eighth end, Brewster hit out a Finnish stone with his own last of the end, to score three and seal a 7-3 win.

s12 v Finland

a well-deserved rest between shots for Glen Muirhead and Hammy McMillan

After the game, Brewster said, “start-wise it wasn’t the best game we’ve had all week, but we got our stones in the right places at the right times and we took our chances.  I played a good double in four to get a two and that gave us a bit of momentum.”

Now, with the focus turning to Olympic qualification points rather than  a play-off slot, he added, “we’re just here to win as many games as we can and we’ll do our best.  The team spirit is high.  We changed gear last night for the American game.  We took the game to the opposition a bit more and were a bit more aggressive and we played more on that front-foot this morning.  We took a conscious decision to go out all guns blazing.”

The Scots play Germany next, in Wednesday’s evening session.


Session 12: Norway 3, USA 8; Korea 2, Canada 9; Russia 1, Denmark 9; Scotland 7, Finland 3.

Standings after 12 sessions: Canada won 8, lost 0; Norway, USA 6-2; Denmark 5-3; Japan, Sweden 4-3; Switzerland 3-4; Finland, Scotland 3-5; Russia 2-6; Germany 1-6, Korea 1-7.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Celine Stucki/WCF


Session 11: Scotland 7, USA 9 (extra end).

“I don’t know what we need to do to get a win” – the words of a frustrated Scotland skip Tom Brewster immediately after his team went down by 7-9 to USA in a game that saw him play one of the candidates for shot of the Championship.

This was the Scots’ fifth successive loss and all but puts an end to their Play-off hopes.

USA opened with last stone and scored two in the first end, but the Scots responded with two of their own in the second end when Brewster delivered a hit and stay.  USA nudged ahead with another two shots in the third  end and, after blanking the fourth end, Brewster was able to draw for two in the fifth end to keep the score level, this time at 4-4.

The sixth end was blanked and the Scots then forced USA to take a single in the seventh.  Brewster could not capitalise on that and had to hit to score just a single point in the eighth, levelling again at 5-5.

USA skip John Shuster was able to hit and stay for two points in the ninth end and then, in the tenth, Brewster was successful with a do-or-die raise double take-out to score two, level the score again and force an extra end.

In that end, USA’s third player Tyler George got his team out of trouble and when another complicated run-back by Brewster did not come off, the USA had their win.

S11 v USA

Brewster’s wonder shot in the tenth was the only Scottish highlight

Later, Brewster was full of praise for his team, obviously feeling they did not get the results their play had deserved.  He said, “I thought we were  playing well.   It’s been a tough day and I thought we played better than both the teams that beat us.”

He added, “I thought we had them in the extra end but that’s just the way it goes.  I thought the guys played great – maybe just a couple of bits where we’ve shown our inexperience, but I really think we’ve played some great curling. We’ve just not had the rubs or the luck and there’s not much more you can say.”

The Scots now face Finland and Germany on Wednesday.


Session 11: Russia 2, Canada 7; Scotland 7, USA 9 (extra end); Norway 7, Finland 5; Korea 8, Denmark 5.

Standings after 11 sessions: Canada won 7, lost 0; Norway 6-1; USA 5-2; Denmark, Japan, Sweden 4-3; Finland, Switzerland 3-4; Russia, Scotland 2-5; Germany, Korea 1-6.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Celine Stucki/WCF


Session 10: Switzerland 5, Scotland 4 (extra end).

Scotland went down to what is their fourth successive defeat when Tom Brewster’s team  lost an extra-end tense encounter against Switzerland by 4-5.

Switzerland started with last stone advantage but it was the Scots who opened the scoring with a single point steal in the fourth end.  in the fifth end, Switzerland’s skip Sven Michel hit out a Scottish stone to score two and take a 2-1 lead.

A hit and stay by Brewster in the sixth end gave the Scots two shots and a 3-2 lead.  After a blank seventh end, Switzerland took the lead again with a score of two in the eighth end.  The Scots blanked the ninth and despite attempt after attempt to build something in the tenth, Brewster eventually had to settle for a draw for one to level the score, tie the game at 4-4 and go into an extra end, without last stone.  In that extra end Michel drew the last stone of the game into the house to score the one shot that gave his team a hard-fought 5-4 victory.

M10 v Switzerland

a frustrating fourth successive loss for the Scots

With an evening game against USA looming shortly, the Scots quickly left the rink to prepare, but after the game Switzerland’s Michel said, “that feels good – we struggled so much in the last three games and finally we won again.  We played smarter than this morning and didn’t take that many risks. We made all the key shots and that was the difference between now and this morning.”


Session 8: USA 8, Sweden 3; Canada 9, Japan 2; Denmark 9, Germany 1; Finland 12, Switzerland 6.

Session 9: Denmark 7, Japan 5; Finland 8, Sweden 6; USA 9, Switzerland 7; Canada 6, Germany 3.

Session 10: Switzerland 5, Scotland 4 (extra end); Germany 7, Russia 2; Japan 6, Korea 3; Sweden 4, Norway 6.

Standings after 10 sessions: Canada won 6, lost 0;Norway 5-1; Denmark, USA 4-2; Japan, Sweden 4-3; Finland, Switzerland 3-4; Russia, Scotland 2-4; Germany 1-6; Korea 0-6.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Richard Gray/WCF


Session 7: Scotland 3, Canada 5.

Tom Brewster’s Scottish team suffered their third successive loss when they went down by 5-3 to Canada in their fifth round-robin game on Monday afternoon.

Canada blanked four ends in this game, including the first.  They scored two in the second end and then Brewster responded in the third, bringing his last stone round a front guard before tapping back a Canadian stone to count two and level the game at 2-2.

Canada could only score one in the fourth when an attempted nudge-up just failed to give them two shots from the end.  In the fifth end Brewster hit out a Canadian stone to score one and go into the break level with Canada at 3-3.   Canada then blanked the next three ends and, in the ninth, their skip Kevin Koe scored two points with a hit on a Scottish stone to take a 5-3 lead.  Scotland ran out of stones in the tenth to give Canada the win, at 5-3.

The Canadians now join unbeaten defending champions Sweden (who sat the session out) at the top of the table, while the Scots – on two wins and three losses – share eighth with Russia.

S7 v Canada

Canada blanked four ends

After a day without a win, Brewster said, “we played a lot better in that game.  We’ve been pretty solid in both games today but we’ve been unfortunate and come out with two losses – we could just as easily have had two wins. ”

He added, “we were a wee bit unlucky, we had a pick-up in the ninth end and it might have been a slightly different end otherwise.”

Asked how his team is coping with their situation he said, “we’re not talking about the losses, we’re talking about what we’re doing well and what other teams are doing.”  But he conceded, “they’re all must-wins now.  You don’t come here wanting to lose games but if we play as well tomorrow as we’ve played today, we’ll be good.”

The Scots have only one game on Tuesday.  They play hosts Switzerland in the afternoon session.


Session 7: Korea 4, Finland 6; Norway 8 Denmark 6; Scotland 3, Canada 5; Russia 6, USA 9.

Standings after 7 sessions: Canada, Sweden won 4, lost 0; Norway 4-1; Japan 3-1; Denmark, D Switzerland, USA 2-2; Russia Scotland 2-3; Finland 1-3; Germany 0-4; Korea 0-5.

Session 6: Japan 6, Scotland 5.

A complete miss by the Scots on a tight take-out attempt with the last stone of the game handed Japan a 6-5 win in this Monday morning round-robin game.

Before giving up this steal, the Scots had put themselves into a strong position to win when, after good set-up play by third Glen Muirhead,  skip Tom Brewster executed a spectacular double take-out to score four in the seventh end that turned a 1-3 deficit into a 5-3 lead.

Japan then blanked the eighth end and hit to score two in the ninth and level the game at 5-5, giving the Scots last stone in the tenth.  And the Scots seemed to have that end under control with play that included a well-judged tick-shot by lead Hammy McMillan and a couple of good doubles.  Japan’s skip Yusuka Morozumi placed his last stone partly-frozen inside a Scottish stone, but leaving a clear route for the hit.  Brewster was confident as his own last stone left his hand, but in what was claimed by most teams to be a session with particularly tricky ice, his stone slipped past its target, giving Japan their third win, and leaving the Scots behind them on just two wins so far.

M6 v Japan

Despite a personal stat figure of 98%, Glen Muirhead, Scotland’s third, found himself on the losing team

Unsurprisingly, it took the Scots some time to compose themselves after this blow, but skip Brewster said, “that was just a sweeping call.  I was hitting it when we started sweeping it.  It was hitting what we needed to hit, but it backed right off.”

The Scots now face Canada in the Monday afternoon session.


Session 5: Japan 9, Switzerland 6; Canada 10, USA 9 (extra end); Finland 2, Denmark 9; Sweden 8, Germany 5.

Session 6: Germany 2, Norway 8; Switzerland 12, Korea 4; Sweden 4, Russia 3 (extra end); Japan 6, Scotland 5.

Standings after 6 sessions: Sweden won 4, lost 0; Canada 3-0; Japan, Norway 3-1; Denmark 2-1; Russia, Scotland, Switzerland 2-2; USA 1-2; Finland 0-3; Germany, Korea 0-4.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Richard Gray/WCF


Session 4: Scotland 6, Russia 9.

Scotland suffered their first loss in three starts when Tom Brewster’s men went down by 6-9 to Russia in Sunday afternoon’s fourth session of round-robin play.

The damage was done largely in the fourth and sixth ends.  In the fourth, Russian skip Alexey Tselousov hit his last stone into a busy house to remove the one Scottish stone sitting in the collection, to score four for a 5-1 lead.  In the sixth, he played a double take-out for three shots and an 8-2 lead.

There was a brief Scottish fight-back when Brewster  played a double take-out in the ninth to score three and reduce Russia’s lead to 9-6.  The Scots were then run out of stones in the tenth end.

M3 v Russia

The Scottish front end in action

Afterwards, a disappointed Brewster said, ” I’m still trying to figure out how that happened.  We didn’t pick up on the stones or the ice and we weren’t throwing well enough to do so.  Hopefully we can learn from that for later in the week, but it might come back to haunt us”.

The Scots now have two games on Monday, against Japan in the morning session and then Canada.


Session 3: Switzerland 5, Sweden 9; Germany 3, Japan 8.

Session 4: Denmark 8, Canada 11 (extra end); Scotland 6, Russia 9; Korea 6, Norway 9; USA 7, Finland 5.

Standings after 4 sessions: Canada, Sweden won 2, lost 0; Norway, Russia, Scotland 2-1; Denmark, H Japan, Switzerland, USA 1-1; Finland, Germany 0-2, Korea 0-3.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Richard Gray/WCF


Session 2: Norway 3, Scotland 6.

Tom Brewster’s Scots had their second win of the day on Saturday evening, beating Norway by 6-3, to put them alone at the top of the table.

Norway had last stone advantage but it was the Scots who got onto the scoreboard first, with a single steal in the first end.  Norway opened their account with two shots in the second end, but, in the third, Brewster drew his last stone into the house to score two points and take a 3-2 lead.

Norway then blanked the next three ends, but this tactic backfired when the Scots had a single steal in the seventh for a 4-2 lead. And they went further ahead with another single steal in the eighth end.  Norway responded with a single score in the ninth end but one more shot for the Scots in the tenth was enough to give them a 6-3 win.

M2 v Norway

Scotland’s Hammy McMillan and Glen Muirhead working hard for their win over Norway

After the game, Brewster said, “that was a nice win and a big scalp that probably gives the guys that bit more belief.  But, it’s only two games.   We’ve got one game tomorrow, which is good.  It’s been quite a long day – the nerves take a bit out of you.  We seemed to get our draw-weight well and stayed patient.  We capitalised on any of their misses.  I’ve enjoyed both games.”

Looking forward, he added, “the guys will rest well tonight and one game tomorrow is probably good for us.”  That game is against Russia, a nation with a last-minute team replacement.


Session 2: Russia 9, Korea 8 (extra end); USA 1, Denmark 7; Canada 7, Finland 3; Norway 3, Scotland 6.

Standings after session 2: Scotland won 2, lost 0; Canada, Denmark, Switzerland, Sweden; Norway, Russia 1-1; Finland, Germany , Japan, USA 0-1; Korea 0-2.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Richard Gray/WCF



Session 1: Korea 3, Scotland 9.

Tom Brewster and his team opened their campaign with a comfortable 9-3 win over Korea on Saturday afternoon, in the opening round-robin session.

Scotland blanked the first end and then opened the scoring with two shots in the second end.  Korea could only score one in the third end and then, after blanking the fourth, Brewster hit out a Korean stone to score two more, for a 4-1 halftime lead.

In the sixth Scotland stole three shots when Korea’s skip Soo Hyuk Kim attempted to come in off a winger, an attempt that failed.

Korea scored two in the seventh end and then Brewster had a draw for two more in the eighth end when Kim missed an attempted take-out.  Korea then conceded, with a final score of 9-3.

M1 v Korea

“We weren’t actually sure what we’d get from them to day – we haven’t played that side. ” Scotland skip Tom Brewster

After this win, Brewster said, “I am very happy.  We weren’t actually sure  what we’d get from them to day – we haven’t actually played that side.  I’ve watched on a couple of occasions and I know Murdoch has played them three times this year, so we got a little bit of info from Scott (Andrews – alternate on the team), but you’re never quite sure, especially on arena ice.

The Scots’ next opponents are Norway’s Thomas Ulsrud team and about that, Brewster said, “The ice is good with big curls and it’s always fun against Thomas.”


Session 1: Sweden 8, Japan 5; Korea 3, Scotland 9; Norway 11, Russia 3; F Germany 2, Switzerland 8.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Richard Gray/WCF


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