It was a bizarre incident - a rare umpiring error - and it caused upset in the Scotland v Denmark match tonight. It occurred in the fourth end. A measure had been called. The umpire appeared to indicate that the shot was Scotland's even though it was clear to many, especially those watching on Curlingkanalen's webcast, that Denmark's stone was the shot. The Danes queried the awarding of the shot to Scotland, the Chief Umpire Mats Olofsson asked the umpire who had carried out the measure, and it was agreed that a mistake had been made. Denmark threw the first stone of a new end. As Scottish Coach Isobel Hannen objected, the game was stopped. Isobel remonstrated with the umpire as the team sat and waited.
The Chief Umpire's decision was to award the shot to Denmark, giving them a 4-1 lead.
Eve Muirhead, Kerry Barr, Vicki Adams and Sarah Macintyre hit back immediately with a fine two shots, and battled on. They stole in the ninth to tie the game.
In the tenth, Eve played an immaculate draw to the button around a Scottish counter at the front of the house. All Madeleine Dupont could try was the run back double, and this she made.
Into the extra, and Eve's last stone, a tap up on a Scottish counter in the eight foot. Line was good, but it picked and only moved the shot an inch or two. Dupont then found the four foot circle for the win.
As joint leaders Sweden were beaten too, the Scots have some consolation that they are still top of the table.
Mats Olofsson and Isobel Hannen
Scotland on a sit down strike!
Pics by Bob.
All the results, linescores and standings from the championship can be found at www.curlingkanalen.se
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