Sweden win Men's World Senior Curling Championship 2017

  • Sweden men win back-to-back world championships Photo © WCF / Céline Stucki

It took all the way to an extra end and a last-stone draw to the button, but Sweden’s Mats Wranaa beat Canada by 5-4 to retain his world senior crown and take gold in Saturday (29 April) afternoon’s gold medal final in the World Seniors Curling Championships 2017, being held in Lethbridge, Canada’s ATB Centre, Lethbridge Curling Club..

Meanwhile, Ireland beat Germany by 6-3 to take bronze, meaning that the same three nations have won the same medals for the second year in succession.

With this gold medal win, Mats Wranaa and his Sweden team – third Mikael Hasselborg, second player Anders Eriksson and lead Gerry Waahlin – completed their week’s programme undefeated. They dominated the final, taking a 2-0 lead in to the break and then stealing one point in the fifth end.

Canada – skip Bryan Cochrane, third Ian MacAulay, second player Doug Johnston, and lead Ken Sullivan, supported by alternate Howard Rajala and coach Bill Tschirhart – finally got onto the score board with two points in the sixth end. Sweden scored one point in the seventh end, then Canada scored another two points in the eighth end, levelling the score at 4-4 and forcing the extra end. In that extra end, with two Canadian stones sitting around the four-foot ring, Wranaa delivered the title-winning draw onto the button.

In the bronze game, Germany built an early 2-0 lead, but, after Ireland scored one point in the third end, the game turned in the fourth end, when Ireland stole two points for a 3-2 lead. Another score of two points in the sixth end and one point in the seventh end were enough to seal the win and bronze medals for the Irish – skip Peter Wilson, third Johnjo Kenny, second player Bill Gray, and lead David Whyte, supported by alternate David Hume and coach Gillian Russell.

They Said It:

Mats Wranaa; skip, Sweden (after 5-4 win over Canada): "The ice was really tough to draw on in the last end there, it was a little soft. For that last shot I had to trust the feeling and trust our watches and be certain we had that stone covered It’s amazing but it was harder this year – absolutely. Last year we were at home but here we struggled – and we struggled a little bit in the final too."

Bryan Cochrane; skip, Canada (after 4-5 loss to Sweden): "I’m proud of the way we fought back and made their skip make a really good shot. Those guys are good curlers. At our age, wearing a Team Canada uniform for the first time, it’s a very proud moment for all of us. When we got here, we had the jitters — we wanted to make sure we put on a good show. And we did — we played really well all week. I wish we would have played a little better today, but that’s what happens in this game."

Peter Wilson; skip, Ireland (after 6-3 win over Germany): "I’m ecstatic – we’re really pleased with that. We had a loss yesterday and couldn’t go for the gold or silver, but like last year we had a chance to go home with some metal and the worst place to finish is always fourth. We came out with a nice attitude today and I think we deserved to win and we’re absolutely delighted with our bronze."