March 14, 2010
Junior Men Final Standings
1. SWITZERLAND – Gold
2. SCOTLAND – Silver
3. CANADA - Bronze
4. CHINA 7-5
5. NORWAY 6-4
6. SWEDEN 4-5
7. FINLAND 3-6
8. DENMARK 2-7
9. USA 1-8
10. RUSSIA 1-8
Gold Medal Game: Scotland v Switzerland 6-7
Bronze Medal Game: Canada v China 7-1
Switzerland junior men’s team won the Gold at the World Junior Curling Championships in Flims on Sunday with Scotland taking silver and Canada beating China to win the bronze.
In a final full of suspense, both teams were tied up 2-2 at the end of the fourth end, 4-4 at the end of the sixth and 6-6 in the ninth. Going in to the tenth the Scots had the hammer last stone advantage.
With Switzerland’s final shot in the tenth, fourth player Benoit Schwarz nudged out the Scottish stone that had been lying shot on the button, leaving two Swiss stones frozen together to give Scottish skip Ally Fraser a really difficult attempt to remove them.
Fraser's weighted strike hit the first Swiss stone but jammed the second, leaving the second Swiss stone on the button to score the one shot needed for the win and the world championship title.
“It’s amazing it’s really the fruit of a lot of work,” said Swiss skip Peter de Cruz on winning the game. “We all played together as a team really well.”
It is Switzerland’s first junior men’s gold medal title since Ralph Stoeckli skipped the Swiss junior men to victory in 1997 in Karuizawa, Japan.
Already de Cruz has his sights set on higher things “we still have some work ahead of us to arrive at the level of our national coach Ralph Stoeckli and his performance at the Olympic Games.” The Swiss took bronze in Vancouver.
Scottish coach Tom Brewster gave his view of the last end saying “they got into a bit of difficulty and the Swiss played an absolutely perfect shot to give Ally no shot at all, it was absolutely first rate. That’s curling for you.”
In the junior men’s bronze medal game Canada dominated China winning 7-1 in eight ends. It was the first time ever that China had made it to a junior men’s world curling championship medal game. Speaking after the game Chinese lead Wenli Guo said “we are young and we enjoyed getting this far.”
Canadian Skip Jake Walker said “our goal coming into this was to make the playoffs. Winning bronze is good for us, we’d like to win gold but this is a good alternative.” He added “we were told coming into this to expect the same competition as we had at nationals and that’s what we got.”