Curling Fans Show Their Support – Photos by Kasey Eriksen (Island Sports News)
April 6, 2013, Victoria, BC, Canada (ISN) – Denmark faced Canada in Saturday morning’s Page 3 versus 4 Play-off game at the Ford World Men’s Curling Championship in Victoria, Canada, with a place in the semi-final up for grabs.
Denmark opened with last stone advantage as they took one point in the opening end. Canada then opened their account with a score of two points in the second end. Danish skip Rasmus Stjerne responded straightaway in the third end, when he tapped back a Canadian stone to score two points and retake the lead at 3-2.
Denmark fans on hand to show their support – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)
Canadian cowgirls in the house! – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)
That is how the score stayed until the sixth end when Jacobs played a raise double take-out to score two more points and take a 4-3 lead. In the eighth end, after Stjerne’s take-out shooter rolled too far, Jacobs drew into the house to score two points and take a 6-4 lead.
Loyal Denmark Fans look on with anticipation – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)
They’ve returned to cheer on Team Canada in high fashion – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)
But again, Stjerne responded straightway in the ninth end. In this end Canada’s Jacobs could not remove both of the Danish stones he was trying to clear with a double take-out, leaving Stjerne with a straightforward draw onto the button to score two and level the score again, at 6-6.
Canadians focus on the task at hand – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)
In the tenth end Canadian third player Ryan Fry set up the Canadian win with a crowd-pleasing double take out, and when Stjerne’s final attempt rolled too far, Canada had the 8-6 win without Jacob having to play his last stone.
Fan in style with her Canadian Viking hat in support of Team Canada – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)
The Canadians now go on to face Scotland in the sole semi-final, with the winner of that going on to meet Sweden in the final, and the loser coming back on the ice to play Denmark for bronze.
Enthusiastic fan wins big on the 50/50 draw – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)
After the game, Canadian skip Jacobs said: “The double in the sixth end was a nice shot to come back to after the break. I think we got all of deuces in the even ends and to get that deuce in the sixth end was huge. We barely made it, but just did, and I guess there was a bit of a momentum shift there.”
An energetic gentleman starts a pep ralley and tries to get the fans going – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)
On Ryan Fry’s shot in the tenth end he said: “Man that was incredible. That was the biggest cheer we’ve ever had for our team, in curling, that definitely gave us all chills. When you make a shot like that the crowd go crazy – it makes you really want to win the game for them. That was an incredible shot, really was a game saver – he pretty much won the game with that shot. It was phenomenal.”
Meanwhile, a disappointed Stjerne said: “We didn’t come up with the really big key shots, and they made some huge shots in the last end to score a deuce. Coming down in the 10th, it’s not easy against Canada and Ryan kills the game with that triple and there’s basically no shot left for me. They were more into it today, and you know Canadians will step it up in the playoffs. We tried to do the same, but we had some key misses and that’s what hurt us in the end.”
With the Ford World Men’s Championship now nearing its climax, the official declaration of the nations qualified directly for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, will be made by the World Curling Federation (WCF) following the final on Sunday. Seven nations plus hosts, Russia, will secure a spot following the conclusion of the 2013 World Championships.
Nations not qualifying directly for the 2014 Games will be eligible to take part in a new WCF Olympic Qualifying Event to be staged between 11-15 December 2013, in Fussen, Germany. Two nations will qualify from the event in both men’s and women’s disciplines to complete the Olympic fields of 10 teams. National Olympic Committees are required to endorse team entry for this event by the end of May 2013. On confirmation of the number of competing teams, the competition format will be made public by the WCF at the start of June 2013.
3v4 Page Play-off: Canada 8, Denmark 6.
SCHEDULE (all times Pacific Time):
Saturday, April 6
Semi-final: Scotland v Canada at 16:00
Sunday, April 7
Bronze Medal Game: Loser of semi-final v Denmark at 11:00
Gold Medal Game: Sweden v winner of semi-final at 16:00
World Curling TV (WCTV), the television arm of the World Curling Federation, will provide extensive live and video-on-demand coverage to broadcasters outside Canada of the Ford World Men’s Curling Championship 2013. WCF Broadcast Partners for the 2013 World Curling Championships include Eurosport (Eurosport, Eurosport 2 and Eurosport Player) in Europe, NHK in Japan, CCTV-5 in China, Universal Sports Network in the USA, SporTV in Brazil. In Canada, TSN (RDS in French) will carry all Team Canada games throughout the round robin, followed by the playoffs and medal games. http://www.worldcurling.org/tv-web-coverage
In addition, Curling fans around the world are able to follow selected live coverage of the events via the World Curling Federation’s YouTube Channel www.youtube.com/WorldCurlingTV
Event website: http://www.curling.ca/championships/worlds/
Live Results can be found here: http://www.curling.ca/scoreboard/?e=12
With all results mirrored on the WCF Results Database: http://results.worldcurling.org
Additional coverage and galleries will also be available on the WCF website: http://www.worldcurling.org/ford-world-mens-curling-championship-2013
Event Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/fordworldcurling
Event Twitter Hashtags: #2013wmcc #curling
The World Men’s Curling Championship 2014 will take place in Beijing, China at the Capital Indoor Stadium from 29 March to 6 April.