Saturday, April 07, 2012

World Men's: Page 1-2

Tom Brewster, Greg Drummond, Scott Andrews and Michael Goodfellow lost out to Glenn Howard's Canadian side of Wayne Middaugh, Brent Laing and Craig Savill in the Page 1-2 game in Basel, in an extra end.

Good to watch on the Eurosport Player - when the feed wasn't dropping off! Frustrating, but thank goodness for CurlIT's play by play graphics as the stand by. When there were moving pictures on my laptop screen, I saw some great curling! Tom's tap up in the fifth saw the Scots steal a point to go 2-1 up.

But the game turned in the eighth when Tom failed to find a good position with his last stone, leaving Glenn a double takeout to count four, and a 6-3 lead. Great shot! It should have been enough. But the Scots did get two back in the ninth, to be one down coming home, Howard with the hammer. Despite two tick shots from Craig Savill, Scotland was able to lie two when Howard went to play his last. A draw to the button would win the game, but it looked as if the Canadian sweepers failed to keep it clean, and the Canadian stone picked, and came up short.

So it was into an extra end. Two more tick shots from Savill! This time Glenn had a draw to the eight foot, and this was made perfectly.

Canada is now in tomorrow's final. Scotland will meet Sweden tonight in the semifinal, the winner gaining the other final place. So, there's another chance for Scotland to meet Canada again.

The linescore and shotmaking percentages are here. And you can watch the whole game with the TSN commentary team here.

Top: Greg Drummond encourages Scott Andrews and Michael Goodfellow who are working on their skip's stone. Photo © Leslie Ingram-Brown.