Scotland completed the defence of their title with a 5-4 win over Switzerland in Saturday afternoon’s men’s gold medal final of the Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championships 2022.
This is now a third European title for this team.
Switzerland were skipped by Yannick Schwaller, while defending champions Scotland were skipped by Bruce Mouat.
After a blank first end, Switzerland’s fourth player Benoit Schwarz played a hit on a Scottish stone in the second end, to open the scoring with one point.
The third end was also blanked. Then, in the fourth, Scotland’s Mouat had a hit, looking for a score of three. But after an umpire’s measure, he only scored two points, and the Scots took a 2-1 lead.
In the fifth end, Switzerland’s Schwarz played a well-judged draw into a busy house, to score one and tie the game at 2-2.
The Scots took the lead again in the sixth when Mouat played a draw, nudging inside a Swiss stone sitting in shot position. This gave the Scots a 3-2 scoreline.
By the eighth end, the Scots still led by 3-2 and Schwarz played a hit to score one point and tie the game again.
The Swiss stole a single point in the ninth to take the lead for the first time since the second end.
With his first shot of the tenth end, Scotland’s Mouat played a raise double take-out to get rid of two Swiss stones sitting in the house. Then, with his last stone, Mouat played another complicated raise to score two points and take the win, by 5-4.
After this victory, Scotland skip Bruce Mouat said, “I’m elated and totally buzzing. Having to make two shots in the tenth end like that is pretty special. This one means a lot, having to finish off a game like that, amazing!”
The Scots came dangerously close to running out of time in the tenth end, and about that, Mouat said, “I had a calm panic, if there is such a thing. You play a lot of games in those situations, and you get used to it. Luckily, it worked out for us this time.”
More generally, he added, “It was a rollercoaster. It probably wasn’t our strongest Europeans performance but, to win the event after playing a couple of slack games feels amazing.”
Men’s Medal Teams:
Gold medal winning Scotland: Bruce Mouat (skip), Grant Hardie (third), Bobby Lammie (second), Hammy McMillan (lead), Kyle Waddell (alternate), Michael Goodfellow (coach)
Silver medal winning Switzerland: Benoit Schwarz (fourth), Yannick Schwaller (skip and third), Sven Michel (second), Pablo Lachat (lead), Haavard Vad Petersson (coach)
Bronze medal winning Italy: Joel Retornaz (skip), Amos Mosaner (third), Sebastiano Arman (second), Mattia Giovanella (lead), Alberto Pimpini (alternate) and Claudio Pescia (coach).
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