Friday, April 20, 2012

Day 5 at Taarnby

Keith Prentice, Lockhart Steele, Robin Aitken and Tommy Fleming beat Hungary in their last round robin match at the World Senior Championships in Denmark yesterday. This result means that the Scots finished the round robin on three wins, tied for third place in their section with Japan and Italy. How would that be resolved? It's not simple.

John Brown explains all here (thanks John). The upshot seems to be that Scotland is still in contention for a quarterfinal place, if Team Prentice can defeat Italy, for starters, today. Then Scotland will need to get past Switzerland for a chance to play against top-ranked Canada in the quarterfinals.

A 'well done' to Ireland's men, skipped by John Jo Kenny, who finished top of Section B, undefeated in seven games.

In the women's competition, Barbara Watt, Jean Hammond, Maggie Barry and Valerie Mahon faced Canada in their last match, having earlier beaten Ireland. The Scots lost to the Canadians and so finished tied with the USA in second place in their section. So the Scottish and USA teams will play a tiebreaker to decide which will contest Saturday's semifinal against Sweden. Canada and New Zealand will contest the other semifinal.

Linescores and standings are all here. The results are mirrored on the WCF website here, and there are lots of photos here. The timings of the upcoming games, and quotes from some of the competitors are here.

Thanks again to John Brown whose reports from the rink are in Toothy Tales, here. Louise Kerr's blog is here on the Irish Curling Association's website.