Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)
April 7, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – A dramatic 9th end triple take-out by Danish skip Rasmus Stjerne was not enough to overcome 7-4 deficit, as Scotland moved on to a 7-6 win in the Bronze medal game of the 2013 Ford Men’s World Curling Championships on Sunday.
Denmark’s Troels Harry delivers the first rock of the Bronze medal game Sunday afternoon (Photo: Christian J. Stewart – Island Sports News)
The Scots opened with a score of two in the first end, and then Denmark blanked three ends.
The Danes finally got onto the score board in the fifth end with two points when skip Rasmus Stjerne drew into the house to level the score at 2-2.
Scotland’s Tom Brewster was his usual animated self right from the start on Sunday in the Bronze medal game versus Denmark (Photo: Christian J. Stewart – Island Sports News).
In the sixth end, Scottish skip David Murdoch produced a nose-hit on a Danish stone at the back of the house to score two and take a two-point lead, at 4-2. But in the seventh, the Danes once again levelled. This time skip Stjerne shot out a Scottish stone to score two points for 4-4. In the eighth end, Murdoch played a well-judged tap-out on a Danish stone while keeping his own in the house to score three points for a 7-4 lead.
Scotland’s Dave Murdoch watches intently as his shot makes its way down the ice (Photo: Christian J. Stewart – Island Sports News)
In the ninth end, Stjerne produced a candidate for shot of the week when he played an outrageous multiple clear-out to score two points and keep his team in the game, at 6-7 down, but in the tenth end, Murdoch cleared out two Danish stones to allow the five-man Scottish squad – skip David Murdoch, Tom Brewster, Scott Andrews, Michael Goodfellow and Greg Drummond Scots – to claim bronze, with the final score-line remaining on 7-6 to Scotland.
Denmark skip Rasmus Stjerne made some great shots Sunday but came up short in the Bronze medal game against Scotland (Photo: Christian J. Stewart – Island Sports News)
The Scottish team could do nothing but admire the replay of Denmark skip Rasums Stjerne’s 9th end triple take-out on big screen at Save-on-Foods Memorial Arena (Photo: Christian J. Stewart – Island Sports News)
Afterwards, Murdoch said, “It’s kind of disappointing not getting to the final – we had that chance but we didn’t grasp it. But today we were really fired to come out and win that medal. We wanted to make sure we went home with a medal and it’s just rewards for such a good week.”
Scotland’s Michael Goodfellow (left) and Scott Andrews (right) work hard to sweep a stone down ice in their game against Denmark on Sunday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart – Island Sports News)
He continued, “this is the world championships before the Olympics and you tend to find that the best teams are here and they’re starting to get to the top of their game. The fact that we can top the round-robin and shoot some really good numbers shows that we’re doing a lot of things right. For us we’re going to take a lot of encouragement that we’re doing the right things and we know that when we bring our ‘A’ game we can beat anyone. We just need to be a bit more consistent.”
These three ladies has plenty to cheer about Sunday morning as they won the 50/50 jackpot at the Bronze medal game (Photo: Christian J. Stewart – Island Sports News)
Meanwhile, Stjerne said, “I felt we struggled to put together decent ends where we had eight good shots. The Scots just kept putting the pressure on and there was nothing we could really do. We tried coming back; he left me no shot in the ninth and I made a deuce out of nothing. But coming home down one without hammer is kind of hard.”
Scotland skip Dave Murdoch punches the air after clinching the Bronze medal with a 10th end double take-out on Sunday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart – Island Sports News)
“You can definitely tell these games are different from the ones in the round robin. You just have to take the learning from this. It’s really the same curling you just have to get the mindset right. We were off today, and it’s been a long week. But when we go back home, I think we’ll be pleased with what we’ve done here.”