Saturday, April 09, 2011

WMCC2011: Page 1-2

Leslie Ingram-Brown reports from Regina:

"This was never going to be a game for the faint hearted as Scotland's Tom Brewster, Greg Drummond, Scott Andrews and Michael Goodfellow took on Canada's best in Jeff Stoughton, Jon Mead, Reid Carruthers and Steve Gould to earn a place in the gold medal game at the Ford World Men's Curling Championship.

In a packed Brandt Stadium, Canada, ranked higher, had the right of the hammer and blanked the first end. In the second end, Brewster hit and ran out leaving Stoughton a draw for two.

Third end was a save for Scotland when Brewster played a triple take-out with his first stone and then proceeded to blank this and the fourth end.

The fifth end was a reverse of the second. Stoughton hit and ran out with his second stone leaving Brewster the draw for two. Halfway and the score read Scotland 2 Canada 2.

In the sixth Canada had a chance to kill the game with a three if Stoughton could manage an angled raise take-out, knowing if he missed he would collect a single shot. He connected a fraction on the narrow side and passed in front of the Scottish stone counting only one shot.

The seventh end was blanked and in the eighth Brewster had to draw against one shot. But on outside ice it failed to swing, and the weight was slightly heavy, allowing Canadian third Jon Mead to pull the stone to the back of the house. Canada stole one.

Trying to blank the ninth end Brewster flashed past the Canadian stone and Canada stole again. Down 5-2, Brewster's Bravehearts, as they have been knicknamed by many Canadians, conceded in the tenth."

Canada is now in the final. Scotland will meet the winners of the Page 3-4 between Sweden and Norway, the latter having come through a tiebreaker against France in an extra end.

SCO 00002 0000x = 2
CAN 02000 1011x = 5

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

The photo of Team Scotland is courtesy of Leslie Ingram-Brown.