WMCC 2013: Day 5 Evening Round-up

Scotland faced Sweden in Wednesday evening's round-robin play at the Ford World Men's Curling Championship in Victoria, Canada, with both teams sitting near the top of the table, still with strong medal hopes.

The Czech Republic picked up two wins from two today Photo: WCF/CCA/Michael Burns

After trading scores of two points each in the first two ends, Sweden stole one point in the third end of this game when Scottish skip David Murdoch failed with his final draw into the house and caught a front guard instead. However, Scotland eventually won when Murdoch's team swept his last stone into the house in the tenth to score one point for a final score of 8-7.

Afterwards, Murdoch acknowledged the sweeping work done by his front end on his crucial last stone, saying: "It’s nice to know you have sweepers like that. That’s where all the hard work in the gym pays off. The ice was just a little slower tonight, and even in that last end, it went down a little more and it caught us a hair."

More generally Murdoch added: "We’re very happy. We have the one-two game in our own hands, and that’s great. That’s what we really tried to achieve all week. We have a couple tough games (on Thursday) and we need to win both of those to make the one-two, but if we do that, we’ll meet our goal for the round robin and then we’re into the hard part of the weekend.”

In the game between Russia and Japan, skip Yusuke Morozumi made a good take-out to score two points and take a 3-1 lead in the fifth end. But in the tenth end, Morozumi came up short with his final draw shot and Russia won by 6-5.

After a tight game against USA, the Czech Republic's Jiri Snitil drew in the tenth end to score one point and win by 9-8. After this game, he said: "We finally found our draw weight as the game progressed, so I was happy with the last shot. They gave me a piece of the four foot for the out-turn draw because the in-turn was closed. I was sure about the ice for this one."

Speaking about what will be a nervous final day of round-robin play for his team, Snitil said: "We feel better than last year for sure. We just have to relax tonight and be here, ready tomorrow. We've been in this situation at the Europeans before so we're kind of used to it. Hopefully we won't be looking around and will be able to just concentrate on our own game."

The game between Denmark and China was the tightest of them all in this session. Denmark looked to be well in control when they scored three points in the sixth end for a 6-2 lead, but China then scored single points in each of the remaining ends to tie the game at 6-6 after ten ends, and set up an extra end. In this end, Danish skip Rasmus Stjerne drew into the four-foot ring to score one point and win by 7-6.

Afterwards, he said: "That was a really important win for us. His last stone in the sixth over-curled and that gave me a chance to hit for three and it paid off." Asked about the Chinese come-back in the second half, he added: "They are a good team and played really very well and he just kept putting the pressure on. I thought I would give myself a shot in every end, but eventually it was just saving shots, rather than going for shot-rock. But I am so glad my team made it possible for a four-foot draw in the final end."

Session 14:
USA 8, Czech Republic 9; Scotland 8, Sweden 7; Russia 6, Japan 5; Denmark 7, China 6 (extra end).

Standings after 14 sessions:
Canada won 7, lost 2
Scotland 7-2
Denmark 6-3
China 5-4
Sweden 5-4
Czech Republic 5-4
Norway 5-4
Switzerland 4-5
USA 4-5
Japan 3-6
Russia 2-7
Finland 1-8

Note: Standings do not reflect win-loss record and Draw Shot Challenge until end of the round robin

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