Ireland makes history in beating Canada at Senior Champions Staff

4/21/2012 6:47:53 PM

Ireland created history on Saturday, winning their first ever world curling championship title by beating Canada 6-5 in an extra end and becoming the World Senior Men's Curling Champions.

The main turning point in the game came in the fourth end when Ireland skip, John Jo Kenny, hit a double take-out to score four points. Canada battled back and the teams were tied 5-5 going into an extra end, Canada with last stone advantage. However, they could not make it count as Canadian skip, Kelly Robertson, was long with his last draw shot to hand Ireland one point and the championship title.

"Scrape me off the ceiling! I feel unbelievable," Kenny said. "It didn't look good out there for a long time. I went through a bad patch but the team hung in until the end and we persevered.

"What can I say, it's a great moment," Kenny continued. "A country of a million curlers against a country of 52 curlers - but on the ice it's four against four. We came here hoping to win four games and we're unbeaten.  Hopefully it gives us some support and some exposure in Ireland. We're hoping to get a rink in Dublin this year and hopefully this will be the catalyst that we need to get some coverage over there."

Robertson shared his feelings shortly after the loss.

"It's like the wind has been sucked right out of me," said Robertson. "They played a good game - we gave up a four ender which was a little hard to take but we came back. It was a hell of a game. Actually, he made a great shot with his first one in the extra end. If mine heads a little bit more it's like check-mate and he doesn't have a shot. I had the chance to win it with a draw, I've had draw weight all week, but it's the way it goes I guess."

The women's final was not as close and encounter, with Canada winning 12-2 in seven ends against Scotland. Canada stole five points in the last two ends to seal the victory

"We made it. Amazing, awesome, it's unbelievable," said skip Heidi Hanlon. "We waited a long time for this moment. We have curled so many years together, off and on, and this is what we've dreamed of, I've been saying that all day. This is what we've been curling all these years for, just to be in this game, so lets just play."

As a result, Scotland picked up the silver medal, something that skip, Barbara Watt, agreed was a great achievement.

"We're sorry we didn't make a better game of it but they didn't let us," said Watt. "They played absolutely beautifully. If you had told us at the start of the week we would be getting the silver medal we would be absolutely thrilled and we are - absolutely thrilled. We weren't in that game, they were just too good, that's all."

In the women's bronze medal game, Sweden defeated New Zealand 10-3 in seven ends.

In the men's bronze medal game, Sweden beat Norway 8-4 in seven ends.