April 10, 2008

World Men's Curling Championship 10

It's Wednesday night in Grand Forks and the Harlem Globetrotters are playing in the next door arena. Three of them gave a demonstration of sweeping a ball with corn brooms then popping it in the basket.....could be a whole new sport.

But back to Scotland against Switzerland at the World Men's Curling Championship in Grand Forks, North Dakota, on five wins Scotland need to keep winning to stay in the hunt for a playoff spot, Switzerland have won only two games and can't even make a tie break.

The Scots got off to a a great start, a raised take out in the third got them three and the lead. That disappeared when they gave up two in the fourth and a single against the head in the fifth when a double take out removed only one stone.

The second half was a bit nerve wracking, Scotland got two in the sixth, Switzerland blanked the next three ends, Scotland went into the last end two up but without last stone. They didn't get it wrong, keeping everything clear and ran Switzerland out of stones for a 6/4 win.

Canada are on a record of 8/1, Norway and Scotland 6/3, Australia, China, France and the USA are tied on 5/4.

Scotland play Germany and Denmark in their final round robin games tomorrow.

Find the linescores from the championship here. The event website is here. Mike Haggerty's reports are on the Royal Club website here. The CurlingZone team, Gerry Geurts and Dallas Bittle, have an event blog here.

Above: The photo of Peter Smith is by Hugh Stewart.

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