2014 World Senior Mens Bronze

2014 World Senior Championships Wrap Up

This year, Australia had two representative teams in the 2014 World Seniors Championships. The Men were represented by Hugh Millikin(Skip), Wyatt Buck, Jim Allan, Rob Gagnon, John Anderson and Coach Sandra Thompson. The Women were represented by Sandy Gagnon(Skip), Ellen Weir, Janet Cobden, Jenny Riordan and Coach Ben Franklin.

The Worlds were held in Dumfries, Scotland from April 21 to May 1. Seniors is for players that have matured enough by reaching at least fifty years old.

There were 40 teams from 25 countries competing with 25 Men and 15 Women’s teams. http://www.wscc2014.curlingevents.com/

The Men’s field was split into 3 pools of 8 or 9 countries, in which we played each team in our pool. After the round robin the top 3 teams in each pool qualified for playoffs.

With little preparation prior to the tournament and the interesting challenge of some of the players not having met each other before, the two hour practice session prior to the event was invaluable. Our round robin record was 7 wins and 1 loss.

Our only loss was to eventual Gold Medal winning Canada. We finished second in our pool and qualified for the playoffs. The quarter final game was against England which we won 7-4. The semi-final was against our old foe Sweden. After playing very well for 5 ends, an unfortunate feather of a guard on skip’s last rock in the 6th end gave Sweden 3 points which set up their last rock win of 5-3. It was a disappointing loss as we really thought we had a good chance to go all the way. After a good regroup, we stepped back on the ice against the USA for the bronze medal. The USA had just come off the ice after a close loss to Canada in the other semi. A great effort from all the guys and we won 6-3 to give Australia its 3rd World Seniors medal in the last 5 years. Canada dominated Sweden 7-2 to take out the Gold.

The Women’s field was split into 2 pools of 8 and 7 countries, in which Australia played each team in the pool. After the round robin the top 3 teams in each pool qualified for playoffs.

After spending time training in Stranraer Scotland, the Women’s team was very excited and looking forward to the competition.

The Women’s team round robin record was 3 wins and 3 losses with wins against Italy, Russia and Finland. They played well throughout the week and the final rankings found Australia in 7th place, the best result to date for our Senior Women. Congratulations to the team and coach. Scotland won Gold, Canada Silver and USA Bronze.

The atmosphere of a packed arena during the last few days was fantastic. With the Scottish teams in the playoffs, the noise levels increased and it made for an exciting finish to the competition. Dumfries provided a great venue and they were excellent hosts over the 10 days.

Hugh Millikin

Photo: © WCF / Richard Gray 2014

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