|Dunedin Ice Stadium, St Kilda||26 April - 3 May 2009|
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|Men, Group B||P||W||L|
Saturday, 2 May 2009 – Canada scored double gold for the second year in a row at the 2009 World Senior Curling Championships, the first world curling championship to be hosted in the Southern Hemisphere.
The Men's Final between Canada and their USA neighbours was a thriller. It was a game of steals and singles all the way and was locked up at 3-3 coming home. The Canadian four – Eugene Hritzuk (skip), Kevin Kalthoff (third), Verne Anderson (second) and Dave Folk (lead) – held their nerve with hammer on the last, with Hritzuk making an open takeout for one and a narrow 4-3 victory.
"It was quite a ride here this week," said Hritzuk. "I'd have to say if you were a fan you'd have to enjoy that game. Momentum swings, some steals, a comeback, and then tied up coming home and having to make the last shot to win. It's great for fans."
In the Women's Final, Canada – Pat Sanders (skip), Cheryl Noble (third), Roselyn Craig (second) and Christine Jurgenson (lead) – took charge against the Swiss from the time they made a huge 4-point steal in the first end. The teams shook hands after six completed ends with the score at 10-1.
Both Canadian teams went undefeated, with the men finishing 7-0 and the women setting a 9-0 mark.
The Men's bronze medal match was effectively decided when Scotland scored a whopping 5 in the fifth end against the Swiss foursome. The 9-3 victory and bronze medal for the Scots was some consolation for their agonizing extra-end loss to the Americans in the morning's semi-final.
In the Women's bronze medal game, Sweden started with a steal and were never headed, easing out to a 6-2 win over Scotland.
There were some very tight games earlier in the day from the semi-final matches.
In the Men's draw, blue section winners Canada led for most of their match against Switzerland and then hung on for an 8-7 victory, despite a late rally from the Swiss. The USA team of Paul Pustovar, winners of the red pool, left their run very late against Scotland. The Americans needed a double in the eighth end to tie the game up and then stole a point in the extra end to squeak home 6-5.
The winners of the Women's round-robin, Canada, were always in control of their semi against Sweden and triumphed 8-4. Switzerland kept their nerve against Scotland, using last-rock advantage on the final end to take the point and a 7-6 win.
Friday, 1 May 2009 – The final playoff scenarios were confirmed Friday morning on the last round of pool play at the World Senior Curling Championships in Dunedin. No tie-breakers were required to find the medal contenders.
In Men’s Pool B, Switzerland defeated Sweden 4-3 to earn second place in the group and advance to the playoff round. Switzerland will play Canada in the Saturday morning semi-final while Paul Pustovar’s USA team scored a 7-2 win over Italy to stay undefeated.
The top-ranked American team will play Scotland in the Saturday semi-final.
In the Women’s competition which wrapped up Friday evening, first place Canada will play Sweden in one semi-final while Switzerland plays Scotland in the other.
Article courtesy of thecurler.com
Thursday, 30 April 2009 – Playoff teams are set in the Women's Division of the World Senior Curling Championship in Dunedin, New Zealand as well as in one of the Men's groups. In the second Men's group, the final round of play Friday morning will determine the playoff teams although Paul Pustovar's Team USA from Minnesota has already assured itself of a playoff berth.
In the Senior Women's competition, Canada's Pat Sanders finished the round robin undefeated with a 7-0 record by beating Sweden 7-4 Thursday evening. Switzerland grabbed second place with a 12-1 win over Team USA (Sharon Vukich-Seattle) and a 5-2 record. Sweden and Scotland, who beat New Zealand 6-4, finish in 3rd and 4th position with 4-3 records. Playoffs begin Saturday morning.
In one Men's Division, Eugene Hritzuk's Team Canada finished unbeaten with a 5-0 record, a game ahead of former champion Keith Prentice of Scotland. The two teams advance to Saturday's playoff round.
Pustovar's US team has a 4-0 record with one game to play Friday. Switzerland and Sweden are at 3-1 and play each other Friday morning. The winner of that game will advance to the playoff round along with the Americans.
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Friday, 7 Jan 2011 –
Canada`s Pat Sanders team and Scotland both won a pair of games Wednesday in the World Senior Women’s Championship in Dunedin, NZ. Canada`s wins, a 7-5 win over Team USA and a 12-5 whipping of the host Kiwis, improves their undefeated record to 5-0.
For Scotland the pair of wins, 8-5 over Italy and 10-5 over Sweden, means the Scots and Sweden are at both 3-2 and tied for second place with Switzerland, who defeated winless Italy 12-6.
In the Senior Men’s competition, the teams played only one game Wednesday. Canada’s Eugene Hritzuk team and Paul Pustovar of the United Stated stayed perfect to lead the two groups. Canada was a 10-2 winner over winless England while Team USA beat Switzerland 6-5.
Pustovar and his USA foursome are at 3-0 with two games yet to play. Canada is 4-0 and plays their final round-robin game Thursday against Japan. Japan and Scotland are currently in second place at 3-1 in the group. A Japanese win over Canada would be an upset but it would likely create a 3-way tie as Scotland plays Hungary in their final game.
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The host teams went winless on the second day of the 2009 World Senior Curling Championships at Dunedin on Tuesday 28 April. The New Zealand Mens and Womens teams were both outplayed in their only games of the day.
First up in the morning round were Peter Becker's Mens team. They took 2 with hammer on the first end but then went scoreless until the seventh, going down 7-4 to the Swiss foursome.
In the afternoon session, the NZ Women got off to a horror start against the Swiss women, dropping 5 shots on the first end. It didn't get much better, and the teams shook hands at 14-2 when Switzerland scored another handful on the seventh.
At the end of the second day the Canadians are leading the eight-team Women's competition with a perfect 3-0 record. Sweden, Switzerland and the USA have 2 wins while Japan, NZ and Scotland have a win apiece. Italy are still to record a win.
The Canadian Men also have a perfect 3-0 record and lead the six-team Blue pool. USA and Switzerland lead the charge in the Red group.
The 2009 World Senior Curling Championships got underway Monday morning at Dunedin Ice Stadium with a traditional opening ceremony, including an entry of the 20 competing teams (12 men, 8 women) from 14 nations led by pipers from the City of Dunedin Pipe Band.
World Curling Federation President Les Harrison, from Canada, commended the committee and the city on its successful efforts to host the first-ever world curling championship in the Southern Hemisphere.
After the completion of two draws, all teams had played their opening games of the event.
On the afternoon draw, the New Zealand Men`s team, skipped by Peter Becker, allowed Italy a score of four points on the opening end but fought back for a popular 8-5 victory to open the event. On the earlier draw, the New Zealand Women`s team, skipped by Wendy Becker, lost their opener 8-4 to Team USA.
The Canadian Men`s team scored a close 6-5 win over Scotland in the feature game of the opening day.
“We had terrible execution on the first end and they made everything,” said Canadian skip Eugene Hirtzuk, explaining a three-point end scored by former champion Keith Prentice and his Scottish team on the opening end.
Canada came back to score a single on the second end and steal three more on the third end. Scotland scored one to even the score at the mid-game break.
“We played a more aggressive game and it seemed to be to our advantage,” Hritzuk said. “It was a learning experience for both teams. The ice is great but you have to get adjusted to the rocks and the ice.”
Tied 5-5 coming home, Hritzuk won the game with a last rock draw to the four-foot circle, facing a pair of Scottish rocks.
The Canada-Scotland match-up on the opening day was considered by many to be a preview of a potential playoff game. Hritzuk said he was pleased to play a tough opponent first.
“It is good to get out of the gate in a game where you need focus and intensity,” the Canadian skip said. “It is not good to start with what might be an easier game – you don’t want any opportunity to relax at the start of the event.”
In other first round men’s games, Japan opened with a four and cruised to a 10-2 win over England and Team USA scored four unanswered points after the break in a 7-2 win over Sweden.
In three much closer matches, Hungary led Australia 5-3 after five ends but gave up four on the sixth end in losing 8-6 to Australia; Switzerland scored two on the final end for a 6-5 win over Finland; and New Zealand stole a single point on the seventh end to lead Italy 7-5 coming home and left the Italian skip a near impossible last shot which failed, allowing New Zealand another point and an 8-5 win.
In the first round of Women’s competition, Japan trailed Scotland 5-2 at mid-game but tied the score coming home and scored two on that final end to win 8-6. Canada defeated Switzerland 8-2, Team USA beat New Zealand 8-4, and Sweden blasted Italy 15-0.
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L-R: Pat Sanders (4,s)
Cheryl Noble (3,v)
Roselyn Craig (2)
Christine Jurgenson (L)
L-R: Lucilla Macchiati (4,s)
Mafalda Hausberger (3,v)
Caterina Colucci (2)
Paola Gancia (L)
L-R: Hideko Tanaka (4,s)
Naomi Kawano (3,v)
Kazuko Takahashi (2)
Mieko Nakamura (L)
Yumi Unno (A)
Terri Johnston (coach)
L-R: Wendy Becker (4,s)
Christine Bewick (3,v)
Pauline Farra (2)
Liz Matthews (L)
L-R: Marion Craig (4,s)
Rhona Fleming (3,v)
Catherine Raeburn (2)
Anne Malcolm (L)
Helen Drummond (A)
L-R: Gunilla Bergman (coach)
Ingrid Meldahl (4,s)
Ann-Cathrin Kjerr (3,v)
Anta Hedström (2)
Sylvia Liljefors (L)
L-R: Renate Nedkoff (4,s)
Lotti Pieper (3,v)
Silvia Niederer (2)
Brigitta Keller (L)
Irène Goridis (A)
L-R: Sharon Vukich (4,s)
Joan (Mary) Fish (3,v)
Cathie Tomlinson (2)
Aija Edwards (L)
L-R: Ted Bassett (4,s)
Dave Thomas (3,v)
Ali Cameron (2)
Nick Sheard (L)
L-R: Eugene Hritzuk (4,s)
Kevin Kalthoff (3,v)
Verne Anderson (2)
Dave Folk (L)
John Brown (4,s)
Phil Barton (3,v)
John MacDougall (2)
Robin Gemmell (L)
L-R: Mauno Nummila (4,s)
Juhani Heinonen (3,v)
Paavo Ruottu (2)
Martti Salonen (L)
Matti Syrja (A)
L-R: Andras Rokusfalvy (4,s)
Mihaly Veraszto (3,v)
Laszlo Tolnai (2)
Gyorgy Kalmar (L)
L-R: Carlo Carrera (4,s)
Adriano Casagranda (3,v)
Bruno Paolo Mosca (2)
Mauro Coda Zabetta (L)
Gino Marino (A)
L-R: Masayasu Sato (4,s)
Tomiyasu Goshima (3,v)
Takahiro Hashimoto (2)
Syozo Ito (L)
Hisashi Urashima (A)
L-R: Peter Becker (4,s)
Richard Morgan (3,v)
Nelson Ede (2)
David Greer (L)
John Sanders (L)
L-R: Archie Craig (A)
Tommy Fleming (L)
Robin Aitken (2)
Lockhart Steele (3,v)
Keith Prentice (4,s)
L-R: Karl Nordlund (4,s)
Wolger Johansson (3)
Per-Arne Andersson (2,v)
Owe Larsson (L)
L-R: André Pauli (4,s)
Fritz Pulfer (3,v)
Pierre Zuercher (2)
Daniel Gruenenfelder (L)
Heinz Kneubuehler (A)
L-R: Paul Pustovar (4,s)
Brian Simonson (3,v)
Thomas Harms (2)
Don Mohawk (L)
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