World Junior Curling Championships 2002

Men's tournament, Final

The trophy stays in Canada for the fifth straight year

Canada won the World Junior's men's title for the fifth consecutive year after a defensive but well-played game. It came down to a draw for victory in the final end and David Hamblin made no mistake. The game ended 3-2 and that's a tie for the low-scoring record for a World Junior's final. 

It was the 12th World title for Canada since the competition began in 1975 and stated the fifth in a row. John Morris won in 98 and 99, Brad Kuhn in 00 and Brad Gushue in 2001. The Canadian gold medal team consists of David Hamblin, Ross Derksen, Kevin Hamblin, Ross McCannell and Douglas Hamblin.

The Swedish rink that came second improved on their fifth record and will most probably be back to get another shot at the gold. The team consists of the Eric Carlsén, Carl-Axel Dahlin (plays skip's stones), Nils Carlsén, Emanuel Allberg and Daniel Tenn. Eric and Nils' uncle Per will skip the Swedish rink in the World's in two weeks.

Canada tried to use a short Swedish cornerguard in the first but the last try skimmed the guard leaving an open shot. Sweden tried to peel the Canadian shot but Dahlin was a bit narrow and they hit it on the nose for an opening point for Sweden.

In the 2nd Sweden tried to use a short centreguard to their advantage but after a number of tries to come around from the Swedes, Hamblin was able to blank the end.

After a non-eventful third end, things changed in the 4th when Sweden were able to hide behind a short guard. Canada wrecked it and Sweden lay a new one. Canada then freezed the shot on the pot-lid without being shot. Sweden tried to put another guard but wrecked the guard leaving Derksen with an open take-out to lie three. Eric Carlsén tried a hit & stick, hit all three stones, removed two and almost hid behind a guard (1 feet to the right of the centre-line). Derksen were able to come with a soft take-out and removed the Swedish stone to lie two. Sweden exchanged the shot, Hamblin was able to hit & roll to keep his two but now about 5 feet apart in the house. Sweden tried a hit & roll with their last stone but hit thin and rolled out leaving Canada to draw for two points. Canada in the lead with 2-1.

The fifth, sixth and seventh ends went quickly by with Sweden blanking the ends.

In the 8th, finally things heated up. The Canadians started with a stone on top of the four-feet-circle. Sweden made a good freeze, Canada guarded and Sweden tapped the guard to the back of the house. Canadian removed the Swedish front but left Sweden with an open hit and split to lie two. Sweden were able to hold the tempo until Derksen were able to hit and roll so that Canada had shot just inside the best Swedish stone. Sweden tried a take-out with hack-weight but wrecked the guard (may have been intentional) tapping the guard to the back of the house. Sweden tried a draw around a corner but Hamblin were able to peel it. Sweden decided to draw for one point, 2-2.

In the ninth Sweden got two guards but when they got the chance Eric Carlsén was wide and Canada could remove the shot. Sweden tried again but was heavy, Canada then selected to peel one guard. Sweden switched shot with the Candians and Hamblin peeled to blank the end.

In the 10th, Sweden once again put up the guards and Canada missed to skim them. Sweden tried to draw ending up at the top of the eight-feet-circle. During the next 8 stones Canada peeled and the Swedes put up new guards. When Hamblin completely missed his first stone, Sweden got the chance to draw behind but once again came up a bit short with another stone on the top of the eight-feet. Hamblin decided to make the draw even though he was forced to make it from the edge of the house. He made no mistake, made the draw and Canada was World Champions!!

Nation 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10     Total
SWEDEN * 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0     2
CANADA 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1     3
Pos Sweden
Shots % Canada
Shots %
Leads Emanuel Allberg 20 84 Ross McCannell 20 70
Second Nils Carlsén 20 76 Kevin Hamblin 20 84
Third Eric Carlsén (S) 20 71 Ross Derksen 20 84
Skips Carl-Axel Dahlin 19 79 David Hamblin 19 84
  Team totals 79 78 Team Totals 79 80

Kevin Hamblin, Canadian Skip.

Eric Carlsén, Swedish skip.

TSN cameraman

Ray Turnbull and the others from TSN

Carl-Axel Dahlin, plays skip's stones for Sweden.

Ross Derksen, without a doubt the best player of the tournament.

Rick Folk, co-chair person of the organizing committee, himself a two-time world champion.

Pat Ryan, another World Champion and Roy Sinclair, president of the WCF.

Bronze medal game

Hard-working Scots bring the bronze back to Lockerbie

Kenneth Edwards from Lockerbie and his Scottish team from different parts of Scotland won the bronze Sunday morning after defeating Switzerland with 10 - 3.

Scotland took the grip straight away by stealing two points in the first end. In the second end the Swiss skip came up slightly short giving away another point for a Scottish 3-0 lead.

In the third end the Swiss team finally put a point on the board with a raise against three Scottish stones by Hingher. After a blank 4th end the Scots had a lucky break when Clark tried to hit the Swiss shot but wrecked a guard sending it into a side guard, down into the house and cleared the shot anyway! Edward drew in, Hingher tried to follow but was too tight and hit the guard leaving a draw for two and a 5-1 lead for Scotland halfway through the game.

The final nail in the coffin was the 6th end where the Swiss tried to make draws and the Scots hit-and-stayed. When Andy Hingher played his last stone Scotland had 6 points in the house. Andy was slightly wide, made a double but left Scotland with a devastating four-point-steal.

After a beautiful double take-out by Edward in the 7th, Switzerland blanked the 7th. The Swiss were able to pull back a deuce in the 8th then the Scots took one in the 9th to end the game with a 10-3 score to Scotland.

 The Scotland bronze team consists of Kenneth Edwards, Duncan Clark, Graeme Baxter, Philip Garden and Colin Campbell.

Nation 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10     Total
SCOTLAND  2 1 0 0 2 4 0 0 1 X     10
    SWITZERLAND * 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 X     3
Pos Scotland
Shots % Switzerland
Shots %
Leads Colin Campbell 17 71 Florian Grunenfelder 18 82
Second Graeme Baxter 18 85 Martin Rios 18 81
Third Duncan Clark 18 81 Jan Hauser 18 79
Skips Kenneth Edwards 17 79 Andy Hingher 17 54
  Team totals 70 79 Team Totals 71 73



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