Scotland's curlers add to nation's sporting successes following big wins for men's and women's national football teams – Angus Robertson

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There has been a 14-year wait since Scotland’s last major title, but congratulations to our men’s curlers who have just won the world gold in a stunning victory over host nation Canada.

The dominant display by the Scots at Ottowa's TD Place Arena began from the second end and they remained in charge the whole way through until securing their 9-3 win. It took until the fourth end for Canada to even got on the board, but Scotland soon widened their lead to 6-1 at the halfway mark. Securing three at the eighth end led to Canada conceding.

Scotland captain Bruce Mouat reacted to the victory saying: "We shot the lights out. I didn't expect the final to go that way, but I'm so proud of everyone who has been part of our team.” Together with teammates Grant Hardie, Bobby Lammie and Hammy McMillan, the Scotland curlers add their world gold to their current European title and an Olympic silver medal.

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Scotland’s sporting success this week was also boosted with a 1-0 victory for the women’s football team against world number ten Australia, with a stunning strike by Nicola Docherty that should definitely rate amongst the goals of the month. Scotland’s women are back in action this evening against Costa Rica at Hampden, while the good news continues for the men’s team with Scotland's chances of qualifying directly for the Euro 2024 finals now apparently surging to 73 per cent after winning their opening two games.

Angus Robertson is the SNP MSP for Edinburgh Central and Constitution, External Affairs and Culture Secretary

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