Ford World Men’s Curling Championship Played in Moncton, New Brunswick, at the Moncton Coliseum April 4 to 12, 2009
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COTLAND’S DAVID MURDOCH captured his country’s fifth gold medal at the 2009 Ford World Men’s Curling Championship at the Moncton Coliseum. Murdoch’s Lockerbie team — third Ewan MacDonald, second Peter Smith, lead Euan Byers, alternate Graeme Connal and coach David Hay — stole the winning point in the 10th end for a thrilling 7-6 victory over Canada’s Kevin Martin. The Canadian skip shocked curling fans by purposely throwing his first rock of the 10th end through the rings, then was narrow on his last rock, a short runback takeout that left Scotland sitting shot rock for the victory. It was Murdoch’s second gold medal in four years and it avenges his loss to Martin in the 2008 gold-medal game in Grand Forks, North Dakota. “It shows we’re doing something
Scotland’s David Murdoch had Canada’s number throughout the week, posting three straight wins, including a 7-6 victory in the final.
The 2009 world champions from Scotland: David Murdoch, Ewan MacDonald, Peter Smith, Euan Byers and Graeme Connal. It all came down to the last rock between Canada’s Kevin Martin and Scotland and when Martin was narrow on a short runback takeout, it was a steal of one and gold for the Scots.
right,” said 30-year-old Murdoch. “We’re playing a tough game. We managed to beat an unbeatable Canadian team three times. I think that shows the belief this team has.” The teams traded deuces in the first two ends, but Canada then forced Scotland to one in the third, took two back in the fourth and held the lead through eight ends. Canada stole a point in the eighth but Scotland tied it on Murdoch’s draw for a pair after Martin missed a double takeout. That set the stage for the 10th-end dramatics and completed Scotland’s third straight win over Canada; the Scots were 6-5 winners in round-robin play and then posted a 7-5 victory in the Page 1-2 playoff, leading directly to the championship final. “Unbelievable,” said a happy
MacDonald. “To beat these guys three times in three days is unbelievable. But that’s what we train for, that’s what we work for, and we managed to come up with the goods. Absolutely unbelievable.” Norway’s Thomas Ulsrud defeated Ralph Stöckli’s outfit from Switzerland — skipped by Markus Eggler — 6-4 in the bronze-medal showdown. The Norwegians, who also won bronze in 2006 and ’08, found themselves down 4-3 through seven ends, but Ulsrud took out a Swiss counter to put a go-ahead deuce on the board in the eighth and stole an insurance point with a perfect hit and roll behind a centre guard in the ninth. Canada’s Martin and third John Morris, second Marc Kennedy and lead Ben Hebert defeated Eggler 6-5 in the
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