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Great Britain men’s student Curling team win a bronze medal on the final stone in the World University Games 10/03/2019

Great Britain’s men’s student Curling team bounced back from disappointment in yesterday’s semi-final to defeat a strong Swiss team and win Great Britain’s first medal of the Winter University Games.

The team of student athletes, made up of two Chemical Engineers, a Civil Engineer a Sport Studies student and a Rural Business Management student, knocked the Swiss stone out the house with the final stone. This resulted in Great Britain wining four stones in the final end, to take the final score to 10:5. The team, led by Ross Whyte from the University of Stirling, had one of their best performances of the tournament with an average of 91% shot success against the Swiss’ 88%. 

The Great British team have had a strong tournament, topping the tournament round robin after winning all but one of their group games. An unlucky defeat to eventual winners Norway in the semi-finals resulted in them facing the Swiss in the bronze medal match. The team won 8 of their 11 games across the past 10 days in Krasnoyarsk, Russia, bouncing back from an opening match defeat to the USA in a hotly contested tournament. 

Ross Whyte: Skip

“We played such a good game in the final game and are so happy to get it over the line and get on that podium. After such a tough week it feels great to go home with the Bronze, we’re really glad we came out fighting after a tough loss yesterday to show what we are about.”

Frankie Kelly: Great Britain Chef De Mission

“It was a joy to watch the men play this morning. They have performed well as a team all week and been great ambassadors for the sport. A huge congratulations to the 5 men, Greg and the wider team for securing Team GBR’s first medal of the Games.”

Cate Brewster: Curling Team Leader

“I am really proud of this team. They played some great games and had some gutsy performances throughout the whole competition. They were number one after the group stages and to come back after a hard loss showed a guts to go again against a very good Swiss team. We are so happy they brought back a medal for the team.” 

Team:

Skip: Ross Whyte – University of Stirling, Sport Studies
Vice: Duncan Mcfadzean – SRUC Edinburgh, Rural Business Management
Two: Luke Carson – University of Strathclyde, Chemical Engineering
One: Ryan McCormack – University of Strathcylde, Chemical Engineering
Alternate: Robin McCall – University of Strathcylde, Civil Engineering. 

Results:

Group:
03.03.19 Great Britain 2:8 USA
04.03.19 Canada 6:12 Great Britain
04.03.19 Great Britain 12:8 Norway
05.03.19 Great Britain 6:5 Sweden
06.03.19 Great Britain 7:2 Republic of Korea
06.03.19 Czech Republic 6:7 Great Britain
07.03.19 Switzerland 8: 5 Great Britain
08.03.19 Russia 6:8 Great Britain
08.03.19 China 6:12 Great Britain

Semi-final: 
09.03.19 Norway 8:6 Great Britain

Bronze place match:
10.03.19 Great Britain 10:5 Switzerland

#Krasnoyarsk2019 #WUGSGB 

James Bramley
Marketing Officer – Great Britain
James.Bramley@bucs.org.uk

 
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