Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Universiade M7: GBR v Korea

Leslie Ingram-Brown sends this report from Erzurum:


Let's start by welcoming back onto the ice Kerr Drummond now recovered from a mild bout of flu which it is believed he brought with him, but at the same time wish brother Greg a speedy recovery from the same ailment.

With the hammer Korea blanked the first end then made an error in hitting and lying 1 shot in the second when the shooter was supposed to clear the house. Third end and Kim (M.K.) slightly heavy Glen draws for 2. Fourth and it is the Korean skip who plays a perfect tap back to for 2 and a 3-2 lead. Fifth end should have been been the defining end of this game. Solid front end play and the Korean skip faces 4 shots which he reduces to three but lies open and Glen makes it back to 4 and a lead at the break of 6-3.

Glen was now in control. The Korean skip faces two shots when he throws his last stone draw and makes the shot but things were about to change.

Kim draws for a single in the sixth and steals a single in the seventh when Glen just did not make it with his final stone draw. Eighth and Glen comes up short on his draw and the scores are now tied 6-6.

Ninth and Korea lie 3 all in the four foot with GBR having a stone on either side of the tee making any chance of a major reduction at strike weight unlikely but Glen goes for it and removes only one shot and all of a sudden Korea are leading in the game 10-8. Tenth and GBR are controlling proceedings. Kim plays a double with his last stone and GBR lies second shot. Glen hits on the nose on the Korean shooter and the first extra end of this Universiade has arrived.

GBR is in control in the extra, with a stone just behind the button and guarded. Korean skip heavy with his draw first stone. Glen goes for very short guard in house but finishes sitting beside the shot stone. Surely the Kim can make this draw but the pressure was there and he threw slightly heavy and to the relief of the GBR team only clips the second shot and leaves GBR the winners 10-8.

GBR top the standings with Korea holding top spot due to this round robin result. With two games to go (Norway and Switzerland) tomorrow (unlike the GBR Women who HAVE qualified with two games to go) Glen's team must make one more win to be secure.

GBR: Glen Muirhead, Alasdair Guthrie, Kerr Drummond, Michael Goodfellow
KOR: Chang Min Kim, Min Chan Kim, Se Hyeon Seong, Young Seon Oh

GBR 00204 00002 2 = 10
KOR* 01020 11120 0 = 8

Great Britain 10 Korea 8 (extra end), Norway 7 Turkey 3, Canada 6 USA 5, Czech Republic 7 Sweden 2, Switzerland 13 Slovenia 2.

6/1 - Great Britain, Korea; 5/2 - Czech Republic, Switzerland; 4/3 - Canada; 3/4 - Norway, Sweden, USA; 0/7 - Slovenia, Turkey.