It was Canada's day at the finals of the World Senior's Curling Championship in Dunedin, New Zealand. The Men's and Women's gold medals both went to Canadian teams in the first world curling titles decided in the southern hemisphere.
Both winning teams also had the distinction of going through the tournament undefeated.
The Men's Final between Canada and their USA neighbours was a thriller. It was a game of steals and singles all the way, and was locked up at 3-3 coming home. The Canadian four – Eugene Hritzuk (skip), Kevin Kalthoff (third), Verne Anderson (second) and Dave Folk (lead) – held their nerve with hammer on the last, scoring the vital point for a 4-3 win.
In the Women's Final, Canada – Pat Sanders (skip), Pat Sanders (skip), Cheryl Noble (third), Roselyn Craig (second) and Christine Jurgenson (lead) – took charge against the Swiss from the time they made a huge 4-point steal in the first end. The teams shook hands after six completed ends with the score at 10-1.
The Men's third / fourth playoff was effectively decided when Scotland scored a whopping 5 in the fifth end against the Swiss foursome. The 9-3 victory and bronze medal for the Scots was some consolation for their agonizing extra-end loss to the Americans in the morning's semi-final.
In the Women's bronze medal game, Sweden started with a steal and were never headed, easing out to a 6-2 win over Scotland.
There were some very tight games earlier in the day from the semi-final matches.
In the Men's draw, blue section winners Canada led for most of their match against Switzerland and then hung on for an 8-7 victory, despite a late rally from the Swiss. The USA team of Paul Pustovar, winners of the red pool, left their run very late against Scotland. The Americans needed a double in the eighth end to tie the game up and then stole a point in the extra end to squeak home 6-5.
The winners of the Women's round-robin, Canada, were always in control of their semi against Sweden and triumphed 8-4. Switzerland kept their nerve against Scotland, using last-rock advantage on the final end to take the point and a 7-6 win.
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