Two Out Of Two For Scots On Opening Day At World Championships

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Team Brewster made the perfect start to their Men’s World Curling Championship bid with two wins on the first day of play in Basel.

Starting with the hammer against Korea they took control with twos at the second and fifth ends either side of forcing their opponents to take a single at the third and when they then stole a three at the sixth the contest was over. The Koreans scored another two at the seventh, but a two at the eighth confirmed the Scots’ dominance as they ran out 9-3 winners.

They then met Thomas Ulsrud’s Norwegians, the 2014 world champions against whom they had a tough battle in the semi-final of the inaugural Aberdeen International last weekend at the facility run by Brewster.

The Scots’ steal at the first was partly negated when Team Ulsrud took a two at the second end, but Brewster responded in kind and it became tense from that point as the next three ends were blanked. However Brewster’s men won the game of patience with steals at both the seventh and eighth and after they forced Ulsrud to take a single at the penultimate end they duly took one of their own at the 10th to wrap up a 6-3 win.

Brewster was keen to keep things in perspective afterwards but reckoned the first day’s play had set them up well.

“It is always nice to win games early in the week to build some momentum,” he said.

“The team played solid and we need that effort each time we step on the ice. We can’t get ahead of ourselves and will take it one game at a time.”

Mike Harris, their experienced Canadian coach, reinforced that message, saying: “Any time you get two wins from two games you enjoy it. There are no easy games on this schedule so you have to stay in the moment and trust your instincts on the ice. Winning early build confidence throughout the team.”

Photos: Tom J Brydone.

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