In dramatic fashion, Canada stole a 5-4 extra end win over the USA in the Senior Men’s final of the 2011 World Senior Men’s Curling Championship in St Paul, USA.
USA Skip Geoff Goodland's final stone of the extra end was heavy and gave the Canadians the win.
“The game was so close all the way, with a lot of good shots being made by both teams,” said Canadian Skip Mark Johnson afterwards. “It was just one of those games that you just didn’t know who was going to win it. The pressure was on quite a bit. Stealing the point in the extra at the end there was very fortunate."
"I was surprised at how fast the first four ends went. Both teams played really well, and the fans had a lot of fun watching it. While we would have liked to have won the gold, we played really well," said USA Lead Ken Olson. "To play that well in a gold-medal game, you can't ask for anything more other than getting the gold. I have no regrets from this weekend."
The gold medal game for the senior women was not so close, with the Canadian team skipped by Christine Jurgenson dominating their Swedish opponents to win 9-2.
The game was over in 6 ends with Jurgenson’s side taking 3 points in the first end and stealing four more in the third end to march into the lead. The Swedish team skipped by Ingrid Meldahl, who was playing a senior women’s final for the fourth time and hoping for her third world title, was never able to get back into the game.
“We are delighted to win,” said Jurgenson who won the senior’s world title as lead in 2009. “The Swedish made us have to think but there’s no doubt that the three and four pointers were key to us winning the game.”
“The first end we missed too many hits and especially on the sweeping it shouldn’t have been a three it should have been a one maybe a two. We should have started out with a lot of stones instead of trying to hit. We can’t hit them out we should have out drawn them. We should have been more offensive,” admitted Meldahl.
The senior men’s bronze medal game also went to an extra end, with Australia claiming their second bronze medal in a row at these championships beating Denmark 8-5.
“Two years in a row – that was lots of fun!” exclaimed Australian skip Hugh Millikin, “we played Canada in the semi-finals last year. This year we didn’t play them quite as well. They are a great team and they deserved the gold medal. But we are so happy to have the Bronze. We had a couple of times when things didn’t really go our way in that game against Denmark but we kept our chins up.”
The Danes were delighted to make it to the final stages of the event, but skip Bent Kristoffersen did not hide his disappointment when the game was over “we had the chance to win the game in the sixth end, we had the chance for a four and we missed it.”
The senior women’s bronze medal was won by Switzerland. It was another tight game but Skip Chantal Forrer was able to beat the USA senior women’s team which came from the St Paul Curling Club 5-4.
“It’s paradise on earth – it’s brilliant” said Swiss Skip Chantal Forrer after the game “especially after this morning’s game where we lost by so little. The Americans played very well. It was a good game. We fell behind at the start but we managed to get back.”
"It was really close, just a shot here or there. We had a couple of missed opportunities and that's all it takes," concluded USA Skip Margie Smith.
Senior Men’s Gold
Canada 5, USA 4.
Senior Women’s Gold
Canada 9, Sweden 2.
Senior Men’s Bronze
Denmark 5, Australia 8.
Senior Women’s Bronze
USA 4, Switzerland 5
Senior Men’s Semi-finals
Canada 11, Australia 1.
USA 11, Denmark 2
Senior Women’s Semi-finals
Canada 6, Switzerland 5.
USA 5, Sweden 7
32 teams took part in this year’s World Senior Curling Championships. (11 senior women’s teams and 21 senior men’s teams). Their final ranking can be seen here along with complete results and photos from the event http://www.2011worldcurling.com/home
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