WMCC 2013: Day 1 Evening Round-up

Scotland got their campaign off to a winning start as they faced up to Japan in Saturday evening's second round-robin session of the Ford World Men's Curling Championship in Victoria, Canada.

China performed well in their victory over Czech Republic Photo: WCF/CCA/Michael Burns

This was the first game for both of these teams and the Scots took the early lead with two single steals and a score of four points in the fourth end.

In the fifth end, Japan scored one point to reduce the Scottish lead to 6-2 when skip Yusuke Morozumi drew for a single point. But In the eighth end, Scottish skip David Murdoch had an accurately-weighed draw to score one point on his way to an eventual 7-5 win.

After this opening win, Murdoch said: "One of the things we talked about was that we really wanted to start with a solid couple of games. If you've got any hope of trying to get into that 1-2 game, you need to start well. We've got that first win and it's a nice way to start."

China made up for their opening session loss to Canada when they faced the Czech Republic in this session. They were already 4-3 ahead when their skip Rui Liu split two of his own stones to score five points in the seventh end to go 9-3 upon their way to a 12-5 victory.

Afterwards, Liu said: "Although we lost the first game, we adjusted quickly for the second game," and, about his five-pointer, he added: "We went for the five points, instead of drawing for four, in the hope that the other team would shake hands sooner."

Russia faced Sweden in this session and it was Russia who took the early lead. They were ahead in the sixth end when Sweden's Niklas Edin scored a single point with a hit to reduce the Russian lead to 4-3, before stealing a single point in the seventh end to level things at 4-4.

After this, Russia's Andrey Drozdov scored one point to lead by 5-4 after eight ends. Despite trailing for most of the game, Sweden's Edin played a draw-shot in the ninth end to score one point and level the score at 5-5. In the tenth end, Drozdov could not keep his last stone in the house and gave Sweden a steal of one point and a 6-5 win, their second tough victory of the day.

Afterward, Sweden skip Niklas Edin said: "It could have been 0-2 instead, so we’re really happy about the outcome of this day. We need to keep focusing. I still think we played pretty well and made a lot of shots. We got some bad breaks here and there, and getting the wins the way we did, was a boost for our confidence."

In the game between Denmark and USA, American skip Brady Clark, making his debut at this level, scored two points with a draw in the third end to take a 5-1 lead. Later he built on that with a tap-in for a single point in the eighth end to lead by 7-3 lead in a game that USA eventually won by 8-3.

Speaking afterwards, he said: "We got a strong start in that game. We came out shooting pretty well and carried some momentum. We made a few key shots and got the win so we’re real happy to start off the week with a ‘W.”

Session 2:
Scotland 7, Japan 5; China 12, Czech Republic 5; Russia 5, Sweden 6; Denmark 3, USA 8.

Standings after 2 sessions:
Sweden won 2, lost 0
Canada 1-0
Switzerland 1-0
Scotland 1-0
USA 1-0
China 1-1
Czech Republic 1-1
Finland 0-1
Norway 0-1
Japan 0-1
Denmark 0-1
Russia 0-2.

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The World Men’s Curling Championship 2014 will take place in Beijing, China from 29 March to 6 April.