Thursday, April 07, 2011

WMCC: Scotland Qualifies for Page 1-2

Leslie Ingram-Brown reports from Regina:

"Tom Brewster, Greg Drummond, Scott Andrews and Michael Goodfellow beat France this morning at the Ford World Curling Championship in Regina. This win put the Scots in second position in the rankings, and even with one game to play, it is certain that they will play Team Canada in the Page 1-2 game, probably on Friday evening. The winner then will go directly to the final.

Having lost their previous round robin game to Norway, it was a fighting performance against a French team who were looking to better their highest world ranking since 1973.

With the hammer, Scotland opened by blanking the first two ends before taking a pair in the third with a last stone draw by Brewster. In the fourth Tony Angiboust, throwing last stones for France, missed an opportunity to level the score with a last stone draw which was light.

In the fifth, Scotland scored the second deuce when Brewster raised for two shots and a 4-1 lead at the break.

France blanked the sixth and when Agiboust missed his draw against two in the seventh France conceded.

In the other games Germany stayed in touch for a qualifying spot with a 7-3 win over Denmark whilst Sweden were also dealing with Korea 8-4. The Canada v China game went right down to the wire. With the score 4-4 and Canada holding last stone advantage, skip Jeff Stoughton had to draw the four foot with his last stone for the win, Canada's tenth straight of this Championship."

RESULTS Draw 15: Scotland 6 France 1, Germany 7 France 3, Sweden 8 Korea 4, Canada 5 China 4.

Standings after 15 Draws: 10/0 - Canada (QR1); 8/2 - Scotland (QR2); 6/4 - France, Germany, Sweden; 5/4 - Norway, Switzerland; 4/6 - China; 3/6 - Czech Republic, USA; 2/8 - Korea; 0/10 - Denmark.

Scotland's final round robin game is against the USA.

The event website is here. Mike Haggerty's reports are here.

The top photo of Greg Drummond, Scott Andrews and Michael Goodfellow on the ice in the game against France is courtesy of Leslie Ingram-Brown.