Saturday, April 07, 2012

World Men's: The Semifinal

Scotland met Sweden in the semifinal of the World Men's Championship in Basel this evening. With skip Niklas Edin now recovering in hospital after surgery on a disc in his spine, Sweden was again skipped by Sebastian Kraupp, with Fredrik Lindberg, Oskar Eriksson and Victor Kjaell.

Tom Brewster, Greg Drummond, Scott Andrews and Michael Goodfellow took a three in the fifth, which set them on the road to their win. Sweden closed things by stealing in the seventh, but a well taken two shots in the eighth extended Scotland's lead again, to 7-4.

The Swedes should have had their two in the ninth, but Sebastian's shooter rolled out on his double attempt. That meant that Scotland was 7-5 up coming home, with the hammer. A perfect angled runback from Tom made sure that his final stone would be an open takeout. That was right on target too, and the Tom Brewster team will be in the world final for the second year in a row, and guaranteed, at least, World Silver medals. Magic stuff! Very well done to the whole squad.

Interesting commentary setup tonight on the Eurosport Player, with Alison Walker and Logan Gray being joined by Dean Gemmell, lead on the USA team, who some blogallies will know from The Curling Show podcasts. So a lot more was being talked about than just the game on the ice!

The scores, standings, and shotmaking percentages are here.

The Bronze Medal game between Sweden and Norway is tomorrow morning, and Scotland will meet Canada in the Championship game tomorrow afternoon.

Yes! Tom's reaction as his last stone hits its target.

L-R: Scott Andrews, Michael Goodfellow, Greg Drummond.

Photos © Leslie Ingram-Brown