Switzerland win Ford World Men’s bronze medals in Edmonton

  • Switzerland win bronze Photo © WCF / Mike Burns

Switzerland beat USA by 7-5 in Sunday (9 April) afternoon’s bronze medal game, in the Ford World Men’s Curling Championship 2017, in Edmonton’s Northlands Coliseum in Canada.

For the four playing members of this Swiss team – fourth player Benoit Schwarz, third Claudio Paetz, second player and skip Peter De Cruz and lead Valentin Tanner – these were second world championship bronze medals. Though in different positions, they had previously come third in the 2014 event. Winning a world medal for the first time was alternate Romano Meier.

The game opened with a steal for USA when an angle raise take-out attempt by Swizerland’s fourth player Benoit Schwarz could only move one of two USA stones on the button, leaving the other to count, for one point.

In the second end, USA skip John Shuster wrecked his final stone on a front guard, leaving Schwarz to draw his own last stone into the house, and open the Swiss scoring with two points. In the third end, Shuster had a draw for one point. Then, in the fourth end, USA had another single point steal when Schwarz’s draw just failed to get inside a USA stone on the button. At this stage the score was 3-2 in USA’s favour.

Switzerland blanked both the fifth and sixth ends and, in a game-turning seventh end, USA’s skip Shuster played a long run-back on his own front guard and cleared out some stones, but left three Swiss stones counting. Schwarz then played a controlled tap-back in the house to score four points and take a 6-3 lead.

In the eighth end, Shuster faced two Swiss counters. He tapped one out and nudged the other to score one point and reduce Switzerland’s lead to 6-4.

In the ninth end, Schwarz played an angle raise take-out with his first stone to lie two. Shuster cleared both of these and then Schwarz hit and stayed with his second stone to score one and move the Swiss lead to 7-4.

USA could only score one point in the tenth end as the Swiss ran them out of stones, giving Switzerland their 7-5 win and the bronze medals.

The final game of the Ford World Men’s Curling Championship 2017 will now take place at 18.00 (-6 Universal Coordinated Time) live on World Curling TV and national broadcasters.

They said it

Peter De Cruz; skip, Switzerland (after 7-5 bronze medal game win over USA): "This feels really good. We won the bronze three years ago. That was Olympic year so people were saying ‘two of the best teams weren’t there’ but now we feel that we belong with the best. This feels just as good [as last time]. I think the field was pretty tough this year and it was an important tournament with Olympic qualification. We’re very happy with how we performed, we’re already happy with our Olympic qualification, but the medal is a plus.”

John Shuster; skip, USA (after 5-7 bronze medal game loss to Switzerland): “It’s a good lesson, truthfully. We got heavy there on a few draws, bounced off, and they made good shots. We got a little unlucky but that’s what curling is – a game of quarter-inches.”

First eight men’s curling teams set for 2018 Olympic Winter Games

Results at the conclusion of the Ford World Men’s Curling Championship 2017 round-robin mean that Canada, Great Britain (qualified as Scotland), Japan, hosts Korea, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and USA have qualified their National Olympic Committees for the men’s curling event in the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, Republic of Korea. The Games will be held from 9-25 February 2018.

This also means that China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Italy, Netherlands and Russia are eligible to compete in the World Curling Federation’s Olympic Qualification Event to be held in Pilsen, Czech Republic between 5 and 10 December 2017. This event will determine the last two men’s teams to qualify for the Games.

Curling fans around the world will be able to follow live coverage of these championships on the event website and the World Curling Federation’s YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/WorldCurlingTV

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WCTV highlights next live game: Canada v Sweden [Gold medal game] (Sunday 9 April at 18.00, -6 UTC)