Brewster beats Norway to reach final
Tom Brewster admits his Scottish rink have nothing to lose after booking a World Curling Championship final showdown with hosts Canada by narrowly seeing off Norway
Brewster, alongside Greg Drummond, Scott Andrews and Michael Goodfellow, were pushed all the way to an extra end by Norwegian skip Thomas Ulsrud in the semi-final but eventually ran out 7-6 winners.
The Scottish skip, who will celebrate his 37th birthday on the day of the final, is yet to beat Canadian skip Jeff Stoughton in Regina having lost to him on two occasions earlier in the week.
And with Stoughton heavily expected to repeat his gold-medal winning efforts of 1996 Brewster, with a surprise silver medal guaranteed on his world debut as skip, believes the pressure is off.
“After we went 9-2 in the round robin I would have been really disappointed if we didn’t manage to go home with a medal,” said Brewster – who won world junior gold in 1995.
“So I am really thrilled to have won that because we would have found it hard to get up for the bronze medal game.
“But the guys played well and we have performed beyond everybody’s expectations. They deserve it and they played well.
“Norway played a lot of nice shots and probably outside Canada they are the best team in the world so beating them is just amazing.
“And if we can play a few more shots than we did the last time we played Canada there is no reason why we can’t keep it tight, take it down to the last and see what happens.
“Now we are in the final we’ll be trying as hard as we can but we’ve got nothing to lose, they are the favourites.
“I can’t wait for it now. To play in front of that large crowd, even though they’ll be all against us, it doesn’t matter, it will be a great buzz.”
Brewster’s only other defeat came at the hands of Norway in the round robin stage with Ulsrud now set to face Sweden in the bronze medal match.
“Going into the extra end, the Scots played well with a couple of nice peels, and I was just a bit heavy with my last rock,” said Ulsrud.
“All credit to the Scots, they played a great game but we were not as sharp as we have been lately.”