Undefeated Scotland claim the first semi-final place

  • Scotland claim semi-final place Photo © WCF / Jeffrey Au

Scotland’s 10-5 victory over the Czech Republic in Wednesday morning’s women’s seventh round-robin session preserved their 100% record and made them the first team to qualify for the semi-final stage of the Championship.

They sealed their win with scores of three points in both the seventh and ninth ends.

By contrast, Norway recorded their first win so far when they beat Finland by 6-3, finishing off the game with single-shot steals in both the ninth and tenth ends.

Sweden had a 7-2 win over world champions Switzerland to move into clear second place, just one win behind the Scots, although they still need one more win to guarantee semi-final qualification.

Russia, the Czech Republic and Germany are all tied in third place. Russia beat Italy by 5-3 in a tight game with a score of two points in the third end and a steal of one point in the eighth end making the difference, while Germany scored four points in the sixth end of their 9-3 win over Denmark.

These results leave win-less Italy as well as Finland and Norway - both with just one victory – battling it out in the relegation zone.

The next live broadcast on WCTV (geo-blocking may apply) and national broadcasters will be Switzerland v Norway, in the eighth session of men’s round robin play at 12.00 on Wednesday afternoon.

They said it

Eve Muirhead; skip, Scotland (after 10-5 win over Czech Republic): "That’s us in the semi-final now, which is good. That was another solid performance against the Czech Republic -they’re in the mix so it’s extremely important that you get on top of the play-off teams at this stage. Every game has been tough and the important thing now is to keep the focus.”

Daniela Jentsch; skip, Germany (after 9-3 win over Denmark): "I’m very relieved that we could win this game. The difference today was that we had our draw-weight under control. Although I was struggling a little, my team pulled up our performance. That sixth end sealed the deal and it was a relief. I just hope we can make it to the play-offs.”

Kristin Skaslien; skip, Norway (after 6-3 win over Finland): "Finally! We have struggled a bit this week and today all four players played well so it felt really good. We have to win at least one, probably two matches to stay in the A-Division. We have to pull ourselves together and hopefully we are on a roll now with our first win so it would mean everything to stay in.”

Results women's session seven: Scotland 10-5 Czech Republic; Switzerland 2-7 Sweden; Norway 6-3 Finland; Russia 5-3 Italy; Denmark 3-9 Germany

Standings after women’s session seven (W-L):

Scotland 7-0 - Qualified for the playoffs
Sweden 6-1
Russia 5-2
Czech Republic 4-3
Denmark 4-3
Germany 4-3
Switzerland 3-4
Finland 1-6
Norway 1-6
Italy 0-7

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WCTV highlights

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