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2009-04-21 12:47:31   Author:SystemMaster

David Murdoch's curling team will look forward to next year's Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver with confidence after stunning hosts and favourites Canada 7-6 to win the World Men's Curling Championship after a nail-biting final in Moncton.

It was revenge for the Scots, World Champions in 2006, who lost to the Canadians in last year's final in North Dakota.

The Canadian team came into these championships unbeaten in 12 months - but European Champion Murdoch was clearly no respecter of reputation.

Along with Euan Byers, Pete Smith and Ewan MacDonald, he beat them in the group stages, beat them in the play-off and came from 6-4 behind after eight ends in the final to beat the hosts again when it mattered most.
"Somebody needs to pinch me - it feels like I'm dreaming," said Murdoch.

"They were the unbeatable team and yet we've beaten them three times - that says all you need to know about the resolve and belief we have in this team."

Murdoch knows that the Canadians will be itching for revenge in front of a home crowd next year.

"This is a perfect set-up for next year's Olympics, but I wouldn't go so far as to say we're favourites. We had a good win today but Canada will be on home soil again. They'll be the best team there with a home crowd cheering and it will take another almighty effort to overcome that."

It was also a second world title for Ewan MacDonald, whose wife Fiona was an Olympic gold medallist in 2002.

"It's unbelievable," he said. "We beat these guys three times in three days, but that's what we train for. It's absolutely incredible."

Norway, led by Thomas Ulsrud, defeated Ralph Stoeckli's Swiss 6-4 to finish third for the second year running.


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