Scotland men lead pack undefeated at World Juniors

  • Scotland skip Ross Whyte calls line at the World Juniors © WCF / Richard Gray

With their third straight win – by 10-4 over China – Scotland men moved into a clear lead on the rankings after Monday morning’s third round-robin session of the World Junior Championships in Liverpool, Canada.

The Scots scored four points in each of the second and fifth ends on their way to this victory and after the game, skip Ross Whyte said, “we reached the top of the table last year too and we managed to hold it there. Hopefully we can do the same this year and try to get some good wins over more teams. We’re feeling really good, we’re making nearly everything, so we just want to keep that going.”

New Zealand suffered their first loss when they went down to Norway by 7-6, while Germany beat the United States by 7-3 and Canada had an 8-3 win over Switzerland. These results mean that Canada, Germany, Norway and New Zealand all share second spot, on two wins and one loss.

In their game against New Zealand, Norway scored three in the third end to establish an early 4-1 lead. Speaking afterwards, their skip Magnus Ramsjfell said, “for this early in the competition we’ve been playing really well. Despite the short time we’ve been here, we’ve done well, especially later in the games.”

A score of three also proved crucial in the game between Germany and the United States. Germany made this score in the fifth end to go into the break with a 6-0 lead, after which they were able to control the game and emerge as 7-3 victors. Afterwards, their skip Claudius Hersch said, “I personally got off to a bad start, I missed a couple of opportunities, but my team-mates helped me out and we just got on with the game. It was good and important to bounce back. Now we’ve just got to keep winning.”

The fifth game of this session went to an extra end before Italy emerged as 10-9 winners over Sweden. This was a first win so far for Italy, and after the game skip Luca Rizzolli said, “it’s beautiful to pick up our first win in A group. We lost our previous two games on the last stone in the tenth end but this time, we did well in the extra end. I think this time we took our chances and finally have a victory.”
This result leaves Sweden as the only men’s team still looking for their first win.

Results and standings:

Session three: Switzerland 3-8 Canada; Sweden 9-10 Italy; Scotland 10-4 China; Norway 7-6 New Zealand; United States 3-7 Germany.

Standings after session three (W-L):

Scotland 3-0
Canada 2-1
Germany 2-1
Norway 2-1
New Zealand 2-1
China 1-2
Italy 1-2
Switzerland 1-2
United States 1-2
Sweden 0-3

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