Leslie Ingram-Brown reports from Erzurum:
GBR TAKES A HUGE STRIDE TOWARDS QUALIFYING: KOREA COULD BE THE KEY
Whatever happened to Glen's second stone at the first end we will not dwell on but rather than come out with 2 or 3 shots his stone seemed to turn in and on a measure GBR counted 1. Second end and GBR lay 3 when Sundgren played his last stone draw which came up short. Almost the perfect start but at 4-0 the challenge was now for the Swedish team to make the move.
Third end Sweden drew for 1 and stole a single in the fourth. In the fifth with GBR lying shot, and every possible angle full of danger in trying for a second shot Glen had no option but to throw the stone away. Five ends gone and a GBR lead of 5-2.
Sixth and Sweden forced to take a single, then in the eighth Glen drew perfectly for 3 to the tee line to lead 8-3 and Sweden conceded leaving the GBR team on 5 wins like the GBR women.
After the game I asked Glen what had happened at the first end to which he replied, "The stone had not one but two picks on the way up the ice. The stone went to Greg and eventually ended up being thrown by Michael. It's a new set of stones but I don't know where from."
With three games in the round robin to go it is Korea first up tomorrow, followed by Norway and Switzerland on Thursday.
SWE: Christoffer Sundgren, Alexander Noredgren, Axel Rosander, Johan Spiik
GBR: Glen Muirhead, Alasdair Guthrie, Greg Drummond, Michael Goodfellow
SWE 00110 10XXX = 3
GBR* 13001 03XXX = 8
Canada 13 Slovakia 1, Great Britain 8 Sweden 3, USA 9 Turkey 5, Norway 5 Czech Republic 4, Korea 8 Switzerland 7.
STANDINGS AFTER 6 ROUNDS
6/0 - Korea; 5/1 - Great Britain; 4/2 - Czech Republic, Switzerland; 3/3 - Canada, Sweden, USA; 2/4 - Norway; 0/6 Slovenia, Turkey.
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Top: Spectators in the curling arena. Above: Glen Muirhead delivers, Michael Goodfellow and Greg Drummond ready to sweep. Courtesy of Leslie Ingram-Brown.