All's not well with Scots

JIM BENDER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:42 AM ET

VERNON, B.C. -- A personnel change blew up in the Braveheart faces here yesterday.

Scotland's national team coach Derek Brown asked skip Gail Munro to sit out yesterday's women's world championship game against Italy's Diana Gaspari as he inserted alternate Lynn Cameron. But when the match started, Scotland only had three players on the ice.

"It's never come up with the association where a player refused to play," Brown said. "One player (Munro) was asked to step down from a performance point of view and accepted that."

But Scotland third Lyndsay Wilson then refused to play. So Brown asked Munro to play after all and she declined. Both players will face disciplinary action when they return home because they have a signed agreement with the government when representing their country, agreeing to accept certain conditions and one of those is lineup shuffles.

"They had just lost eight games in a row," Brown said.

Munro was 11th among regular skips at 67%. Wilson was 10th among thirds at 74%.

Second Karen Addison moved up to skip, Cameron played third and Anne Laird stayed at lead. Addison then led the Scots to a 5-4 extra-end victory over Italy, which was good enough to earn Scotland enough points to finish 10th, earning three points toward the Olympics.

"Aye, I enjoyed the challenge of it," Addison said. "It was a fantastic experience and it was nice to have a win in your first international game as a skip ... It was a coaching decision. I was asked to skip the team and I was honoured to do that."

Addison declined comment on her teammates' refusal to play or whether the team will still be together next year.

Brown said he had not spoken to them directly about their refusal.

"It's very disappointing," he said.

BITER: The host committee has set up a trust account at three local banks where local citizens can donate money to help out the world championship contenders who were ripped off when someone broke into 11 rooms at the team's hotel last Sunday. Contributions in excess of the amount lost (about $10,000) will be donated to the Sandra Schmirler Foundation.


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