Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)
April 7, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – Brad Jacobs and his Canadian team fell just a bit short of the gold medal Sunday, losing to Sweden 8-6 and earning the silver at the 2013 Ford World Men’s Curling Championships at Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre in Victoria.
The Swedes came out firing from the start as Edin drew for a pair with the hammer in the first end and Canada would play catch-up for the entire game after that.
Swedish skip Niklas Edin came out firing, drawing for a pair in the first end, forcing Canada to play catch-up the rest of the way (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
Jacobs would use his hammer to draw for a single point in the second and two more with a hit and stick in the 4th, but a pair from Edin and Sweden in the 4th and singles in the 5th and 6th , would see the Swedes leading 6-3 after the sixth end.
Normally calm in the house, Canadian skip Brad Jacobs would have to use a bit of yelling to coax his sweepers at one point in the game against Sweden Sunday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
Once again Canada would take one step forward, but then two steps back as they would score a single in the 7th end, only to have Jacobs miss a key draw in the 8th that allowed Sweden to draw for a pair and the 8-4 lead.
The Harnden brothers, EJ (right) and Ryan (left) had an awesome tournament for Candada (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
In the 9th, with the crowd anticipating a concession if Canada did not score, or if Sweden did, Jacobs pulled another end out of his hat by drawing for a pair to make it 8-6 and giving the 5,340 in attendance a glimmer of hope.
However it was not to be, as an Edin double take-out of two of the Canadians final three stones ran Jacobs out of rocks and the Canadians conceded the 8-6 win.
Ryan Fry looks on as skip Brad Jacobs plays one of his final stones in the 10th end Sunday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
While Jacobs was disappointed his team did not capture gold, he put it all in a positive light, “We were just on the wrong side of the inch today and in curling that happens. We fought as hard as we could. We are going to hold our heads high. Full credit to Sweden, they were bang-on today. It was a great game.”
Canadian skip Brad Jacobs goes out with his head held high, earning the Silver medal at the World Curling Championships (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
“What a season,” added Jacobs. “We did all we could, you know. Silver-medallists at the worlds, we’re pretty young and this is a first-year team. Who knows? Cross our fingers, maybe one day we’ll get a second chance at this. Just overall, an awesome team.”
The Canadians silver medal marks their 49th medal overall in the 55-year history of the World Championships, leading all other countries in that category.
The Canadian team and their Silver Medal (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
For Edin and Team Sweden it was a historic win as it marked the first time a Swedish team beat Canada in a world final played in Canada since Kjell Oscarius did it in 1973, beating Harvey Mazinke in Regina.
And more impressively, it marked the first time that one team has won both the European and World men’s gold medals in the same season. Edin’s team claimed the European championship in their home town of Karlstad in December.
In addition to the gold, Niklas Edin of Sweden was awarded the Collie Campbell Award for sportnmanship in the tournament (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
And to cap a wonderful trip to Victoria, Edin also was named the winner of the Collie Campbell Award for sportsmanship, as voted by the players.
“We had a really good game here in the final” said Edin. “That day of rest was really important to us. We got to enjoy the silver medal, that was secured, and then really re-group and play the best curling we could play here in the final.”
The Swedish team ham it up for the cameras immediately after their gold medal win (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
“I think the key moment was the second deuce we got in the third end with the small tap” added Edin. “If they steal one there and get back to 2-2, it’s a totally different game. Once we got to 4-1, we felt comfortable, although we let them get back, we were always ahead in the game. I think I felt the pressure. They made some really good shots, but we always came back on them. I’m really proud of my team for sticking in there.
Team Sweden poses with the 2013 Ford Men’s Curling World Championship Trophy (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
“It feels amazing to be European and world champion at the same time. We set that up as a target three years ago, and to have done it feels amazing going into the Olympic season.”