Canada confirmed their position as pre-event favourites when Jeff Stoughton and his team of Jon Mead, Reid Carruthers and Steve Gould beat Tom Brewster’s Scotland team by 6-5 in Sunday evening’s final of the Ford World Men’s Curling Championship in Regina, Canada.
This was the third time during the Championship that Canada had beaten Scotland and it was the closest game of all three. This was also a second world title for Stoughton, who last won in 1996.
Scotland – Brewster, Greg Drummond, Scott Andrews and Michael Goodfellow – took the early advantage when Brewster had a draw for two points in the third end, for a 2-1 lead. After this, the Scots stole another point in the third to push the score to 3-1 and put pressure on the host nation.
The game turned in the fifth end when pressure play by Canada and slackness from Scotland allowed skip Stoughton to finish the end off with a simple draw for three and a 4-3 lead. The Scots could only score one in the sixth end to draw level, and then, after blanking the seventh, Canada moved further ahead in the eighth with another draw for two. After this, Brewster could only manage a single point in the ninth when Brewster’s attempt to tie the game up again hit, but rolled out instead of staying in the house.
With the title in his sights, Stoughton controlled the tenth end, and when Brewster finally came up short with his final effort, Canada had their 6-5 victory and their thirty-third win since this Championship was inaugurated.
Stoughton was ecstatic after his win. He said, “it’s unbelievable. It’s not going to sink in for a couple of weeks I think. The guys played wonderfully well all week”.
He conceded that the Scots had given him a run for his money, “they had control early. But the fifth end was the turning point and we got control back. We had a struggle this first five ends until we pulled it out in
Asked how this title compared with his previous gold, in 1996, he said, “I’ve no idea, I don’t remember! It’s just an unbelievable feeling right now”.
After the game, Scottish skip Tom Brewster, who was celebrating his 37th birthday, said, “it’s great to get silver but I am a wee bit disappointed. I think we had a good chance here today and just didn’t pull it off – fair
play to them they played great”.
“We gave up a bad three and we just didn’t play a great end in the fifth, and we should have made two in nine – it just ran real straight on me”.
Reflecting overall, he said “it’s been fantastic – in two weeks’ time we’ll look back and think ‘brilliant!’ – right now I’m gutted – but that’s the way it goes”.
During the final ceremony, the Word Curling Federation announced that Norway’s skip Thomas Ulsrud (who finished fourth overall after losing the bronze medal play-off by 6-7 to Sweden’s Niklas Edin) was named the winner
of the 2011 Collie Campbell Award, voted by the players themselves for the curler who best exhibited sportsmanship and ability during this championship.
The 2012 World Men’s Curling Championship will be staged in the St Jacobs Halle, Basel, Switzerland from 31st March until 8th April.
1. Canada 12-1 Gold
2. Scotland 10-4 Silver
3. Sweden 8-5 Bronze
4. Norway 9-6
5. France 7-5
6. Germany 6-5
7. Switzerland 6-5
8. Czech Republic 5-6
9. China 4-7
10. USA 3-8
11. Korea 2-9
12. Denmark 0-11
Gold: Scotland 5, Canada 6.