Disappointment for Stranraer three in world seniors

Norman Brown in action'Photo credit WCF / Celine Stucki
Norman Brown in action'Photo credit WCF / Celine Stucki

The Scottish men, including Norman Brown and Hugh Aitken, crashed out in Friday evening’s quarter-finals, losing to Denmark by 4-5.

The team, skipped by Gordon Muirhead, started well, stealing a single in the first end and then grabbing another single steal in the second when they managed to split the house early.

Denmark got two back in the third end and then, in the fourth, Muirhead was heavy with his final draw to score just one instead of two, for a 3-2 half-time lead.

Denmark levelled the game with a single point in the fifth and then, in the sixth, Muirhead’s attempt to come in off a winger just did not move the Danish counter enough, and the Danes stole one to take the lead for the first time in the game, at 4-3.

In the seventh, Muirhead drew nicely around a guard to score one and level the game at 4-4. Then, in the eighth, the Scots just could not get to a Danish counter in the middle of a cluster and Denmark claimed the one point needed for their win without having to play their last stone.

Afterwards, Muirhead said, “we got caught out with the stones early on. but no excuses, they played well and we played a few slack shots – that’s it.”

Neil Fyfe and his Irish teammates also lost in their quarter-final to the eventual winners, USA, 6-3. The team had got there the hard way, beating the Czech Republic 7-6 in a morning group play-off, then beating Australia by the same score in the afternoon to get to that evening quarter-finals, but three games in one day proved a step too far for the over 50s team, with one member David Hume having to retire in the fifth end with exhaustion.