April 13, 2008

World Men's Curling Championship final: Canada wins Gold, Silver for Scotland

A beautiful day in Grand Forks, the sun is shining and the wind has disappeared, spring has arrived. And so has the final of the World Men's Curling Championship, Scotland against Canada.

Scotland had last stone and blanked the first, Canada stole one in the second when David Murdoch's double got only one. The Scots tied the game with one in the third.

The beginning of the end came in the fifth when Canada got two shots, then stole in the seventh. Scotland lay one behind cover, Kevin Martin played a great hit and roll on a side stone, he lay shot right behind the Scottish stone. David Murdoch had only one shot, an outwick, he rubbed the shot but didn't move it far enough, Scotland trailed by three.

They got two in the eight but gave up two in the ninth when Martin made a double take out and the measure went in Canada's favour.

You can guess what happened in end 10, Canada ran Scotland out of stones, Canada won gold, Scotland got silver, Norway bronze.

It's been a great championship in a fabulous arena, and the train track is farther away, the horns are quite faint.

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, had an event blog here.

Above: Kevin Martin, John Morris, Marc Kennedy and Ben Hebert with the World Championship trophy.

Kevin Martin

David Murdoch

Pics by Hugh Stewart


Anonymous said...

I found the coverage of the final on eurosport very poor indeed. We used to get the full match but as each year passes we are getting less and less coverage. To miss out half the match is disappointing in my opinion especially when the game had more or less been won in those first 5 ends.

Anonymous said...

Congradulations to David and his team for a remarkable season. European gold and World Silver should not be underestimated. They can now be considered as one of the top teams in the world. Once again well done and good luck for the future. If David reads this, great effort for that raised takeout in the 7th end. The Canadians described it as a "circus" shot but I believe you should be admired for trying. Yeah brilliant effort.

Anonymous said...

One thing I am disappointed in is the lack of World Championships in Europe. It isn't a coincidence that Canada have won 3 worlds in four years. At least we have a europeans in Aberdeen to look forward to next year.

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Anonymous said...

When I visited Calagary in 2002 to watch the Brier the final was between a certain Randy Ferbey and John Morris. I never knew 6 years later he would become world champion as he was just out of juniors but he is an incredible talent. Not a bad third to have in your team.