Scotland win World Mixed Curling Championships

Grant Hardie delivers a stone during Scotland's victory over Canada. Picture: Keystone via AP.
Grant Hardie delivers a stone during Scotland's victory over Canada. Picture: Keystone via AP.
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“It’s absolutely brilliant!” said Dumfries curler Grant Hardie after leading Scotland to an extra-end victory over Canada in Saturday’s World Mixed Championship final in Champery, Switzerland.

Hardie, Barbara McFarlane, Rhiann MacLeod and Billy Morton led Trevor Bonot’s rink 5-2 before the Canadians fought back to earn an extra end. The Scots counted three stones there to win 8-5.

“The whole team played brilliant all week and especially during the play-offs,” said Hardie, pictured right during the final. “Canada are a great team and came at us really hard at the end, but we just managed to hold on. I’d thrown that shot four or fives times in the game, so I was pretty confident, but because it was for the win you’re always a little on edge..”

The Scots had beaten the Czech team 6-2 in an early-morning semi-final.