Sunday, April 08, 2012

World Men's: The Final

Glenn Howard's Canadian side of Wayne Middaugh, Brent Laing and Craig Savill are the World Champions, edging Scotland's Tom Brewster, Greg Drummond, Scott Andrews and Michael Goodfellow 8-7 after an extra end!

An overthrown freeze attempt on Tom's last stone at the third cost the Scots a three and they were chasing the game. Still, they got two back at the fourth and, after a great double from Tom, forced the Canadians to a single in the fifth. That made it Canada 3-2 at the break.

It was exciting to watch on the Eurosport Player with commentary from Kenny Edwards and Alison Walker!

Glenn Howard hadn't missed much all week, and given the slightest of chances for a two at the seventh, he took it perfectly, angling a Scottish stone six inches to the side to pick up two and go 6-4 ahead. The Scots came right back with a pair of their own, and it was 6-6 after eight.

The team forced the Canadians to take their one in the ninth, and it was into the last end one behind, with last stone!

As a Scottish supporter, I have never watched anything quite as exciting live on a curling webcast. Tom made a fabulous hit and roll behind the corner guards. Glenn corner froze, but there was a chance, albeit a slim one, for Tom to edge it away cleanly to count two. His stone needed to curl a fraction more, but didn't. Good enough for a single, and it was into an extra end!

It came down to the final stone. With two Scottish stones lying against him, Glenn had to draw the four foot, and his team put it on the button! What a game.

The scores, standings, and shotmaking percentages are here.

See highlights and post game interview here. And you can watch the whole game on the TSN VOD here. (Or just relive the tenth, and see how close Tom, Greg, Scott and Michael were to becoming World Champions!)

Mike Haggerty's reports are here. General reports are here. Richard Gray's photos are here.

L-R: Glenn Howard, Wayne Middaugh, Brent Laing and Craig Savill.

Photos © Leslie Ingram-Brown. My thanks to Leslie for sending his photos for the blog.