Hosts Scotland first to secure World Junior men’s play-off berth

  • Scotland's Robin Brydone © WCF / Richard Gray

Scotland beat Switzerland by 10-5 in Wednesday afternoon’s seventh round-robin session to become the first men’s team to qualify for the weekend’s World Junior Curling Championships 2018 play-offs.

Other winners in this session were Canada, who beat Korea by 10-3 in just six ends after opening with a score of six in the first end; United States, who beat Germany by 9-7; Norway, who beat China by 9-2, also in six ends and helped by a steal of four points in the fourth end and Sweden, 9-7 winners over Russia.

These results put Canada and United States in joint second place behind unbeaten Scotland, on five wins and two losses, while Switzerland, on four wins are in fourth place. Germany, Norway and Sweden share fifth place on three wins. These six teams are likely to produce the three teams that will join Scotland in the play-offs after Thursday’s last two round-robin games, but, depending on results, China and Korea – both on two wins – can still remain involved.

Making the semi-finals is now beyond Russia, who are at the bottom of the table on just one win, and they are destined for next season’s World Junior-B Curling Championships.

Next live men’s game on World Curling TV: Scotland v United States on Thursday March 8 at 19:00 (Greenwich Mean Time)

They said it

Ross Whyte; skip, Scotland (after 10-5 win over Switzerland): "It was always our goal if we could get one or two because it gives us the hammer going into the play-offs, and that's quite a psychological advantage. We're really pleased to get the top seed. We're just staying within our zones and we're doing all the things we set out to do before we came here. We're managing to stay focused on the task in front of us. It's incredible to play in front of our fans here in Scotland because they're always so hyped when you make a shot. Hopefully, they can keep chanting even louder for the rest of the week."

Magnus Ramsfjell; skip, Norway (after 9-2 win over China): "That game felt really good. We got a grip of the ice early and the boys played well - everything worked out. The steal of four in the fourth end was massive. They were a bit unfortunate on their second-last stone and I had a nose-hit then they were forced to draw and it was tough for him. We're still alive sort of, you never know, we need some help from the other teams but we'll hang in there."

Men's session seven results: United States 9-7 Germany; Scotland 10-5 Switzerland; Norway 9-2 China; Canada 10-3 Korea; Sweden 9-7 Russia.

Standings after men’s session seven (win-loss):

Q Scotland 7-0
Canada 5-2
United States 5-2
Switzerland 4-3
Germany 3-4
Norway 3-4
Sweden 3-4
China 2-4
Korea 2-4
Russia 1-6

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