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Scots curlers suffer final defeat

Scotland skip David Murdoch in action
Murdoch, a winner in 2006, added silver to his collection

Scotland lost 6-3 to Canada in the final of the men's World Curling Championship in North Dakota.

David Murdoch's rink trailed 4-3 with two ends remaining in a close match, but the Canadians sealed victory by winning two shots in the ninth.

It was revenge for the reigning champions, who had lost 7-6 to Scotland on Friday in the round-robin stage.

The Scottish team lost three early games in the finals, but won their next seven games to reach the final.

For defending champions Canada, who saw off Norway in the semi-final to set up the rematch with Scotland, it was the 31st time they have won the men's title since the tournament began in 1959.

The holders won 10 out of 11 matches on their way to the final.

Their skip, Kevin Martin, scored two points in the decisive ninth end. Martin, 41, won a silver medal in the 1991 championship and finished fourth in 1997.

Scots captain David Murdoch said his side were unlucky not to do better.

"We had a couple of early chances for twos and the whole week I've been making those," Murdoch said.

"There has been a couple of time that the ice has actually confused us - a couple curled and a couple went straighter. We just got baffled a little by that.

"The shot in the seventh inning, Kevin Martin played a great hit. It was the only place he could have put it and he put it there. And mine just curled about 2mm too far and we never got a two out of it. It's a bit of bad luck."

He confessed, however, that although he took on a daring effort late on, he was short of options.

"It was a high risk shot but to be honest I didn't have an awful lot else. It was the only shot and it was only millimetres from making it. Sometimes that's the difference in curling - a couple of millmetres here and there and you lose the game."

Despite his disappointment in being defeated, Murdoch said he was delighted with the efforts of his side this season. And he is optomistic about his teams preparations for tyhe 2110 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

"We've had a great season. Graeme Connel come on board and we've won the Europeans and made the final here.

"It's a great building block for heading towards Vancouver. We'll just have a summer and relax and come back next year."

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see also
Curlers celebrate cold hard cash
11 Feb 08 |  South of Scotland
Scotland's men clinch Euro gold
08 Dec 07 |  Winter Sports
Murdoch beaten in curling final
16 Dec 06 |  Winter Sports
Scotland win world curling crown
09 Apr 06 |  Winter Sports
Murdoch despair at missed medal
24 Feb 06 |  Winter Sports


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