Table-toppers Canada and Scotland continued their unbeaten runs at the Ford World Men’s Curling Championship in Regina, Canada, as both notched up their fourth wins of the event in Monday morning’s sixth session of round-robin play.
Perhaps surprisingly, pre-event favourites Canada were taken all the way to ten ends by Korea before running out as 7-4 winners. Despite this effort, Korea are still to get a win on the scoreboard.
Canada’s team of skip Jeff Stoughton, Jon Mead, Reid Carruthers and Steve Gould scored twos in each of the first, third, and fifth ends on the way to their fourth straight victory.
“We’re doing better” said Stoughton, the 1996 world champion. “I think everyone was pretty nervous, just excited to be here in the first game” he said. “We’re starting to feel better and more comfortable out there with every shot. It’s becoming very comfortable, which is great.”
Scotland’s dream start continued as Scottish skip Tom Brewster beat old adversary Andy Kapp of Germany by 8-5, in a game that turned on a perfectly-executed double take-out and stay by Brewster in the fourth end.
After his win, Brewster said, “the guys played a great second half to the game. They picked it up and we brought it home pretty well. I’m really pleased for them”.
Reflecting on his lofty position on the rankings, he said, “I probably wouldn’t have thought beforehand that we’d be four and zero. I’ve not skipped at a Worlds before, and the guys are just 22, but we’ve just got to take each game as it comes. That’s all we’re doing”.
“All we’re doing is one game at a time – I don’t think you can look any further. We’re just taking care of each game, each end, each shot...just keep grinding away, that’s all I can ask”.
For the second successive game, Sweden’s Niklas Edin had a thumping victory, beating China by 9-1 in just seven ends, after building a 5-0 lead in the first three ends. Afterwards, Edin said, “win or lose? That can depend on a lot of things, we’re playing well now and that’s the most important thing.”
In the fourth game of the session, France got back onto winning ways with an 8-5 win over Denmark. Afterwards, French skip Thomas Dufour said, “the team is playing quite well. We are fixing a little piece of everything, but sometimes we miss shots, but this is one of the best starts we’ve had”.
These results mark third victories each for France and Sweden, and they now share third place, one win behind Canada and Scotland.
These results also mean that winless Denmark and Korea prop up the table.
Standings after 6 sessions:
Czech Republic 2-1
Session 6: France 8, Denmark 5; China 1, Sweden 9; Canada 7, Korea 4; Scotland 8, Germany 5.
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