5th January 2013 5:58pm
4th January 2013 5:01pm
3rd January 2013 10:50pm
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.
4th January 2013 5:01pm
The losers from yesterday were rewarded with an 8.30 start today. Team Brydone first up on sheet A after their defeat to Edin yesterday they had Steve Laycock to contend with this morning. After a much better start taking a 2 in the first end the Canadians didn't let them back into the game until the 6th end but by then Team Brydone found themselves 5-2 down and a one for Laycock in the 7th end was enough to see them through to the next round.
Team Rantamaki handed Grant Hardie's team their second defeat in a close game 6-5 with the Japanese Team of Morozumi finding their first win on the sheet next to them beating Sven Michel 6-3 after 7 ends. Logan Gray bounced back from his first round defeat and Team Shaw was the unfortunate team in this instance being soundly outplayed 9-1 after 6 ends.
Sandy Reid similarly bounced back from the first round defeat and beat Bent Ramsfjell soundly 11-4 with a 5 in the fifth and a 4 in the 7th helping them along the way. Oskar Ericksson also proved why he is a Junior gold medalist with a win over Torkil Svensgaard 8-3. Ewan MacDonald and David Sik both won their games to stay in the B-Road with a last chance saloon game for all losers in this round of games down in the C-Road. The 10:45 session started brightly for some and not for others.
Niklas Edin back with his full team had one bad stone cost him a 5 against the head in the 5th End to seal victory for Team Edwards in the first of the A-Road Games. I don't think even Team Edwards dreamed of beating the Swedish and European Champions. Not the first scalp they will take I am sure. A win in the first game for Graham Shedden handed them a tough second round draw agains the Chinese team Liu. The later showing the form we know they are capable of winning 8-1 in a very one sided affair.
A really tight game between Glen Muirhead and Alexey Tselousov saw them give up no more than a 1 to each other right through to the eighth end with the score tied 3-3 Glen had the hammer coming down the extra end and made it count winning by 1 and staying in the A-Road with one more win taking them to the semifinals.
Kyle Smith had a tough second game against Brad Gushue and like Glen kept it tight right to the eighth end where Brad took his 2 to level the score and handed Kyle the hammer in the extra end and the young Scotsman didn’t waste it, taking his 1 to seal the victory.
A great start from both young Scottish teams. Sandy Christie couldn’t quite do enough against his Perth Super league rival Warick Smith with the later coming out on top with a 1 in the last end to win 5-4. Mike McEwen cruised through to the next round against Mario Frelberger 7-4 after 7 ends. Chuck Hay is looking good with his team again in this yea'rs Calcutta but can Team McEwen do the never before done three-in-a-row and win again? History will be made if they do.