Canada and Scotland win to progress to the gold medal final

  • Canada advance to the final Photo © WCF / Alina Pavlyuchik

This morning (Saturday 14 October) saw Canada and Scotland progress to the gold medal final later this afternoon, while Norway and Czech Republic will compete for the bronze medals.

Canada defeated Norway 5-3 in a tense game to progress to the gold medal final this afternoon. With that win Canada are now guaranteed their first ever medal at a World Mixed Curling Championship.

With the scores level at 2-2 after three ends, Canada forced a steal of one point in the fourth end to take the advantage and change the complexion of the game. Norway, searching for two points, elected to blank the fifth end rather than score the single before giving up a steal of one point in the sixth end to give Canada a greater advantage.

In the seventh end, Norway scored a single point after a measure rather than the two points they needed to level the score. The eighth end also required a measure after Canada skip, Trevor Bonot facing three Norwegian shot stones was able to draw to the edge of the four-foot with his final stone, scoring a single point by the tiniest of margins for the win.

Scotland defeated Czech Republic 6-2 to claim a place in the gold medal game. Scotland started aggressively, opened the scoring with two points in the first end before forcing a steal of two points in the second end.

Czech Republic opened their scoring with a single point in the third, before Scotland brought the first half of the game to a close with a further two points to take a 6-1 lead into the break. The second half of the game saw only a single point scored when Czech Republic elected to take the single point in the sixth end rather than blank the end. Afterwards, Scotland would blank the seventh end before running Czech Republic out of stones in the eighth end.

Both medal games will be played this afternoon at 14:00 CET, with the gold medal game broadcast live on World Curling TV (http://www.youtube.com/worldcurlingtv).

They said it

Trevor Bonot; Canada skip (after 5-3 win over Norway): "It’s pretty amazing that we get to bring a medal home to Canada, regardless of its colour. We’re just very happy. We had a couple of unlucky little rubs or ticks, we missed out on an opportunity for a deuce in the first end. Even though we had those misses we knew we had the opportunities so we just kept plugging away, playing our game and knew we’d have some chances. So as much as was tense we also knew that as long as we made our shots we’d have a chance to win."

Grant Hardie; Scotland skip (after 6-2 win over Czech Republic): "We feel good. I think they’ve played a lot better this week, so it was just about doing the simple things right, the team did it and played well, so I’m really happy. In a lot of the games we’ve come out aggressive. You get your practice so we’re pretty happy going for it from the off and if you get in trouble you can bail out. It’s seemed to work for us so far so we’ll try and keep it the same again for the final."

RESULTS Semi-finals

Norway 3-5 Canada; Scotland 6-2 Czech Republic

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