Victoria, BC, Canada – Scotland beat Denmark by 7-6 in Sunday morning's bronze medal game at the Ford World Men's Curling Championship 2013, in Victoria, Canada.
The Scots opened with a score of two in the first end, and then Denmark blanked three ends.
The Danes finally got onto the score board in the fifth end with two points when skip Rasmus Stjerne drew into the house to level the score at 2-2.
In the sixth end, Scottish skip David Murdoch produced a nose-hit on a Danish stone at the back of the house to score two and take a two-point lead, at 4-2. But in the seventh, the Danes once again levelled. This time skip Stjerne shot out a Scottish stone to score two points for 4-4. In the eighth end, Murdoch played a well-judged tap-out on a Danish stone while keeping his own in the house to score three points for a 7-4 lead.
In the ninth end, Stjerne produced a candidate for shot of the week when he played an outrageous multiple clear-out to score two points and keep his team in the game, at 6-7 down, but in the tenth end, Murdoch cleared out two Danish stones to allow the five-man Scottish squad - skip David Murdoch, Tom Brewster, Scott Andrews, Michael Goodfellow and Greg Drummond Scots - to claim bronze, with the final score-line remaining on 7-6 to Scotland.
Afterwards, Murdoch said, "It's kind of disappointing not getting to the final - we had that chance but we didn't grasp it. But today we were really fired to come out and win that medal. We wanted to make sure we went home with a medal and it's just rewards for such a good week."
He continued, "this is the world championships before the Olympics and you tend to find that the best teams are here and they're starting to get to the top of their game. The fact that we can top the round-robin and shoot some really good numbers shows that we're doing a lot of things right. For us we're going to take a lot of encouragement that we're doing the right things and we know that when we bring our 'A' game we can beat anyone. We just need to be a bit more consistent."
Meanwhile, Stjerne said, "I felt we struggled to put together decent ends where we had eight good shots. The Scots just kept putting the pressure on and there was nothing we could really do. We tried coming back; he left me no shot in the ninth and I made a deuce out of nothing. But coming home down one without hammer is kind of hard."
"You can definitely tell these games are different from the ones in the round robin. You just have to take the learning from this. It’s really the same curling you just have to get the mindset right. We were off today, and it’s been a long week. But when we go back home, I think we’ll be pleased with what we’ve done here."
With the Ford World Men's Championship now nearing its climax, the official declaration of the nations qualified directly for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, will be made by the World Curling Federation (WCF) following the final on Sunday. Seven nations plus hosts, Russia, will secure a spot following the conclusion of the 2013 World Championships.
Nations not qualifying directly for the 2014 Games will be eligible to take part in a new WCF Olympic Qualifying Event to be staged from 11-15 December 2013, in Füssen, Germany. Two nations will qualify from the event in both men’s and women’s disciplines to complete the Olympic fields of 10 teams. National Olympic Committees are required to endorse team entry for this event by the end of May 2013. On confirmation of the number of competing teams, the competition format will be made public by the WCF at the start of June 2013.