- A Road
- B Road
- C Road
- Quarter Finals
- Semi Finals
- Archived Results
10th September 2013 9:12am
‘Another star studded line up for the 2014 City of Perth Mercure Masters including six Olympic teams, the first round draw has now been made and there are a number of mouth watering games in prospect when we kick off on Thursday 2nd January 2014 at Dewars Centre, Perth’
11th January 2013 1:54pm
With only the quarters, semi and final left it is sure to be an action packed day. Quarter finals on a 9am and all games finished as expected with the results below.
Ulsrud v Tselousov 8-1
Gushue v Rantamaki 5-1
MacDonald v Hardie 6-2
McEwen v Liu 7-3
So onto the semi finals and you couldn’t wedge a fag paper between the four of them so it was anyone’s from here. MacDonald v McEwen was the semi to watch and it went right down to the wire when Ewan was forced to take a one down the 8th end to force an extra end but giving up the hammer in the process. The reigning champions didn’t have an easy time of it and Team MacDonald forced Mike to draw the four foot to win and he did. So onto Gushue v Ulsrud. Another tight match up and equally as close. Thomas took a 3 in the 6th end to edge ahead by two but with Brad taking a two in the 7th the score was tied going down the eighth and Thomas Ulsrud kept it clean and took his 1 to win 5-4.
So a repeat of last years final was to be had. Could Thomas Ulsrud get one over on Mike McEwen this time and stop him making history by becoming the first person to win the Perth Masters 3 years in a row?
The final started off as you might expect with a blank from McEwen with both teams testing out the ice but it was the second end when the chinks in the unbeaten Team McEwen's armour started to show. Mike had a hack weight hit to take his two but it over curled and took his own stone out for a steal of 1 to Ulsrud. In the second end a similar story unfolded but Mike was left with a raise takeout to take 3 but the opposite happened this time and his barrier weight stone didn’t curl enough and Ulsrud stole another 1. At 2-0 Mike tried again and this time took his two with a great draw in the third but with four ends gone and the hammer Ulsrud looked to be taking the upper hand. Coming down the fifth Team McEwen did not look comfortable and the yellow stones started to build in the head with guards blocking the big hitting team from Canada so Mike McEwen was forced to draw against 4 and came up short which left Ulsrud drawing for a 5 and potentially the game. He hit the button and after a measure got 5 which with 3 ends left was enough for Mike McEwen to call it a day and concede the championship. After 20 years of trying and in the same anniversary year the long-time supporter and competitor of Perth Masters finally becomes the champion. Well done to the Norwegian team for a great result and a great competition.
Not only did we have a great tournament but Team Edin, Team Ulsrud and Team Brewster are all heading out to represent Europe in the continental cup. It is non-stop for these guys and we wish them all the best next week and thanks for making the 2013 Perth Masters one of the best on the tour. See you next year when the tournament runs from 2nd – 5th January 2014.
5th January 2013 5:58pm
Early start after the dinner last night and last chance to stay in the competition for some teams. First up for a drink at the last chance saloon was Tomi Rantamaki v Logan Gray. After trading blows for the first 4 ends to keep the points level Gray edged ahead by one in the 6th End but Rantamaki was able to blank the 7th to take the hammer up the 8th end and made it count taking his 2 and the game.
Next in Line in the C Road was Oskar Eriksson v David Sik. Sik took his two in the first end with Eriksson taking a 1 in the next 3 ends to edge ahead. Sik then took a two in the 5th to edge ahead by one but the young Swedish team then pulled away with a 3 and a steal of 2 in the next two ends to take the game and stay in the competition.
One level up in the B Road, Kyle Smith took a 4 in the 5th end to see off Steve Laycock, while Warwick Smith kept the advantage of a 3 in the first end to beat Morozumi in 7 ends 6-3. Gushue never looked troubled against the local team Christie running out 7-3 winners after 7.
Niklas Edin had a close game against Pete Fenson but eventually run him out of stones in the 8th end to take the game 6-3 after 7, Sandy Reid's team also lost out to Rui Liu with two threes being the difference in the 5th and 7th ends, final score 7-2 to Liu. Lastly experience won out against youth with Ewan MacDonald beating Glen Muirhead 5-3 in a closely fought game.
The 11:15 Session saw Edwards take on Ulsrud in the A road alongside McEwen and Hess. These are the last 4 teams to remain unbeaten in the competition so far. Edwards v Ulsrud went down to the wire with Thomas taking a one in the 8th end to win 4-3 in a really close game. McEwen v Hess was a much more one sided affair with McEwen winning 8-1 after only 6 ends.
With no B Road games on this session it was down to the C Road and more teams with their last chance to stay in the competition. Brewster found it tough against Grant Hardie and after losing a 3 against the head in the 4th end was always up against it. Grant winning after 7 ends 7-3. Mario Felberger ran out winners with a similar scoreline 8-3 against Team Shaw with a brace of 3’s in the 5th and 7th ends being the difference between the teams.
Sandy Reid went 6-2 down after 5 ends against Glen Muirhead but came straight back to 6-6 in the next end but Glen took the advantage going 8-6 up going down the 8th end but Sandy ran out of stones to give Glen a well deserved win.
The Late entry of Graham Shedden surprised a few teams and played some great curling to beat Torkil Svensgaard 5-3 after 7.
In the 14:45 session only two C Road games were played, Rantamaki v Christie and Eriksson v Fenson. Rantamaki and Eriksson both dominated these games going through after only 4 ends 7-0 and 8-1 respectively.
With A road winners Thomas Ulsrud and Mike McEwen already through the Quarter Finals there were only B Road games left. Warwick Smith lined up against Kyle Smith on sheet C in a real battle of youth v experience, and as with Ewan MacDonald's earlier game, experience won out with Warwick biding his time and taking a 3 in the 7th end to take the game 7-2.
Brad Gushue saw off Pascal Hess in 4 ends winning 7-0 in a one sided affair. The last two games went down to the wire with Edin looking for revenge against Edwards and the Chinese team looking to get back to winning ways against Team MacDonald. Dave Edwards couldn’t take a two in the eighth end to win so they went down an extra end but Edin now had hammer. It all came down to a last stone draw but again Edin's draw weight failed him and ended up to far back in the house giving Dave Edwards the steal of 1 he needed for the game.
In the other game it also came down to the last stone but this time MacDonald and Liu were tied going down the eighth end and it was Riu Liu’s draw weight that failed him and his draw slipped back 4 which meant that Ewan didn’t need his last stone and took a 1 and the game. All 4 teams went straight back on for the 17:00 session, it certainly is tough at the top.