Canada and Sweden senior men to compete for World gold medals

  • Sweden men celebrate their win over Germany Photo © WCF / Céline Stucki

Host Canada will play defending champion Sweden in Saturday (29 April) afternoon’s men’s gold medal final in the World Seniors Curling Championships 2017, being held in Lethbridge, Canada’s ATB Centre, Lethbridge Curling Club.

In the semi-finals, Canada opened with a score of two points in the first end against Ireland and were always in control. Two single-point steals by the Canadians added to their score and Ireland conceded after the seventh end, with the score at 5-2 to Canada.

Scoring in the other semi-final between Sweden and Germany was much closer, and it was only in the second half of the game, when Sweden scored two points in each of the fifth and seventh ends that the Swedish win, at 7-3, emerged.

Now, Ireland – last year’s bronze medallists – will play for bronze again, against Germany.

They Said It:

Bryan Cochrane; skip, Canada (after 5-2 win over Ireland): "It’s a pretty big deal, it’s very special. We didn’t want to say we’re coming here to definitely play in the gold medal game, but that’s the goal. I think we deserve to be in this game, we’re playing well and looking forward to it. The competition has gone from playing a little bit conservative strategy to, as we play better teams, putting more pressure on the opposition. That’s the game we like to play and we got a chance to do a little bit of it there against Ireland. We know Sweden is a really good team, so we’ll have to step up and be sharp."

Mats Wranaa; skip, Sweden (after 7-3 win over Germany): "This was a really solid game from the whole team. It should be nice to play in the final. It’s enormous – a gold medal game in Canada, against Canada, that’s what I’ve dreamed of for my whole life. But we must take it like any other game, we can’t think too much about it. But it’s nice to be here.”

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