Bronze medal Roundup
April 6, 2014
Switzerland beat Canada by 7-5 to take the bronze medals in Sunday morning's play at the CPT World Men's Curling Championship, presented by Ford of Canada, at Beijing's Capital Gymnasium in China.
Canada had last stone in the first end of the game, but Switzerland's fourth player Benoit Schwarz cleared out two Canadian stones with his own last effort, to set up a steal of one point for his team.
This steal came about when Canadian skip Kevin Koe simply could not find a way to get inside the Swiss set-up.
In the second end, Canada's Koe was short with his final draw attempt and this let Switzerland steal another single point, for a 2-0 lead.
Canada managed to level the game at 2-2 in the third end when their skip Koe successfully drew his last stone into the house.
In the fourth end, Switzerland had a chance to score two points, but Schwarz was heavy with his last stone draw and had to settle for just one point from the end and a 3-2 lead.
Canada had a chance to score two points and take the lead in the fifth end, but Koe's tap-up attempt was just too soft and they had to settle for one point, to level the score at 3-3.
Switzerland set up the sixth end well and this left fourth player Schwarz with a simple draw with his second stone to score two points and take the lead again, at 5-3.
After Canada blanked the seventh end, their skip Koe played a strong strike with his final stone in the eighth end and this produced a score of one point to reduce Switzerland's leas to 5-4.
In the ninth end, Koe had put his last stone onto the button, but Switzerland's Schwarz hit it out.
However, his own stone rolled too far after the hit, which meant that Switzerland only scored two points from the end instead of more.
Despite that, they took a 7-4 led into the tenth end, and in this end, they ran Canada out of stones - although Canada did have a stone sitting in the house for a consolation point - to claim their 7-5 win and the bronze medals.
The bronze medal for Peter De Cruz's team marks another success for Switzerland in a season that already includes the European title won for Switzerland by the team led by Sven Michel; the Ford World Women's Championship title, won by Binia Feltscher; and the World Men's Junior title, won by Yannick Schwaller.
On the other hand, this fourth place finish by Koe's team marks the first time since 2001 that that Canada has left a World Men's Championship empty-handed.
After their win, Swiss skip Peter De Cruz said: “It feels really awesome. We came into the week thinking we had a chance if we played good. We didn’t start off so well and then we started getting better as we got used to the ice. My guys played an awesome game today. We were really ready for the game and I think that we probably wanted it more than them – that made the difference."
Speaking about opening the game with two single steals, he added: “We couldn’t believe that start. It was a great start and we played really solid throughout the game."
More generally, he continued: “It hasn’t really sunk in yet. Winning a medal at the World Championship knowing that we’re the youngest team here is really great. This is a huge boost for Swiss curling. This is the first (men’s) medal at a World Championship since 2003, so hopefully it will help with support and funding in the future.”
By contrast, the Canadian skip Kevin Koe said: "In games like that where the other teams are playing well, you have to make the last shot of the end sometimes and we let our chances slip away."
More generally, he added: "The World Championship isn’t the way it used to be - it's tough, every game is tough. There are a lot of good teams. They get up to play their best game against Canada, no matter who it is, and they usually do play their best."
Meanwhile Canadian lead Nolan Thiessen summed up the game, saying: "No excuses. They played better than us."
Bronze Medal Game: Switzerland 7, Canada 5.
After Bronze Medal Game:
Norway (To play Sweden in gold medal game)
Sweden (To play Norway in gold medal game)
3. Switzerland (Bronze)
7. Czech Republic
SCHEDULE (all times local CST)
Sunday 6 April
15:00 Gold Medal Game: Norway v Sweden
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