Korea victory keeps play-off hopes alive

  • Korea's skip ChangMin Kim celebrates © WCF / Richard Gray

A 9-5 win by Korea over already-qualified Norway in Friday (6 April) afternoon’s 19th and penultimate round-robin session of the 361° World Men’s Curling Championship 2018 in Las Vegas, United States, kept Korean play-off qualification hopes alive.

In the same session, joint leaders Scotland and Sweden completed their round-robin programmes with wins – Scotland beat China by 9-4, while Sweden had a 7-3 win over Japan. The Netherlands won the fourth game of this session, by 8-6 over Russia.

In the tenth end of the game between Korea and Norway, Korea’s skip ChangMin Kim made a hit on a Norwegian stone to score three points and take the 9-5 win that keeps his team’s play-off hopes of progression alive.

Meanwhile, in the first end of the game between Scotland and China, Scotland’s skip Bruce Mouat played a raise take out to score the first six-pointer of the event so far to set his team on the way to a 9-4 victory.

Olympic silver medallists Sweden faced Japan in this session, and, in the third end, Sweden’s skip Niklas Edin drew his second stone into position to score two points and take a 3-1 lead. In the ninth end of the game, Edin hit out a Japan stone to score one more point for a 7-3 lead, and at this point, Japan conceded the game with handshakes.

Netherlands played Russia in the fourth game of this session and the Dutch skip Jaap Van Dorp opened with a hit for two points in the first end on the way to a final 8-6 victory.

These results mean that two play-off places are still up for grabs, with the first four places being taken up by Sweden, Scotland, Canada and Norway. The other two places will be taken by the winners among Korea, Switzerland, Russia and United States in the last round-robin session.

They said it

Bruce Mouat; skip, Scotland (after 9-4 win over China): “It was a good end – [the first end] – from the guys and they set me up with a few shots and I made them. Then, we finally got our two to seal the deal. We’re on track for our goal of getting the gold. We’re playing really well and hopefully we can continue that into the semi-final and hopefully the final.”

Jaap Van Dorp; skip, Netherlands (after 8-6 win over Russia): “You can have nicer wins but in the second half, we put our heads down and made the rocks, especially in the last two ends. I think we’re doing a good job this week. Maybe we didn’t get the results that we wanted but we can be happy with the play that we’ve shown. There is a lot more media attention in the Netherlands and people are getting to know curling and the sport is growing.”

Session 19 results: Japan 3-7 Sweden; China 4-9 Scotland; Korea 9-5 Norway; Russia 6-8 Netherlands

Standings after session 19

Q Sweden 11-1
Q Scotland 11-1
Q Canada 8-3
Q Norway 7-5
Korea 6-5
Switzerland 6-5
Russia 5-6
United States 5-6
Italy 4-7
Netherlands 4-7
China 3-9
Japan 3-9
Germany 1-10

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