Sunday, April 03, 2011

Draw #5: some reflections

  • Staying for three draws in one day is wearing. But tomorrow our day jobs call, and I'll be here only for the evening draw (and maybe part of the afternoon draw?)
  • No matter who wins between the Czech Republic and China, everyone seems to agree that both teams are very good.
  • Note to self: "it ain't over 'til it's over!" Switzerland stole 2 in the 8th and 1 in the 9th to tie up their game with Scotland. Norway stole 3 in the 8th and 1 in the 9th to up their game, too. It all got pretty exciting near the end! It came down to an angle raise take-out by Scotland on their last rock to score 4 and defeat Switzerland 10-6. Germany had to hit and hang around in the 8' to defeat Norway 9-8 with their last rock. And Czech had to hit with the Skip's first rock to run China out of rocks for their win.
  • The time clocks make things "interesting" when the teams take so much time planning and discussing their shots: Norway began the 10th end with only 7 minutes left, China with 7:45, and Czech with 7:55. Bless the institution of those time clocks or we'd have been up for maybe another hour.
  • Recall that I said at the beginning that I expected Norway to be in the final? Well, if they are to get there, they will have to play much better than they have so far, especially in the early ends.
That draw turned out to be MUCH more exciting than we had feared after the first few ends!



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