Germany pick up first win while Sweden stand alone at the top of the rankings

  • Germany pick up first win Photo © WCF / Richard Gray

Olympic silver medallists Sweden beat Korea by 5-4 in Monday evening’s eighth session of round-robin play at the 361° World Men’s Curling Championship 2018 in Las Vegas, United States, to go into a clear lead at the top of the rankings. In the same session Germany beat Netherlands by 8-7 after an extra end to record their first win so far.

The other winners in this session were Russia, who beat previously-unbeaten Norway by 10-8, and Japan, with a 7-4 win over China. The teams that sat out this session were: Canada, Italy, Scotland, Switzerland and United States.

There was never more than one point between the teams in the game between Korea and Sweden, and, in the tenth end, Sweden’s skip Niklas Edin hit out a Korean stone to score one point and win by 5-4. This result puts Sweden into a clear lead, unbeaten after five games.

Germany started this session still looking for their first win and in the tenth end of their game against Netherlands, with Germany leading by 7-6, Netherlands skip Jaap Van Dorp drew his last stone into position to score one point, level the score at 7-7 and force an extra end. In that extra end, German skip Alexander Baumann hit out two Dutch stones and left his own to count one point for his first win.

Russia faced joint table-toppers Norway in this session, and the Russians opened strongly in the first end when their skip Alexey Timofeev drew his second stone into the house to open the scoring with three points. Russia then went on to win by 10-8.

China faced Japan and, with scores of two points in each of the fifth, seventh and eighth ends, Japan won by 7-4.

These results put Sweden at the top of the table on five wins, with Norway now in second place. Canada and Scotland share third spot, while China and Korea share fifth, meaning that these are the teams that currently occupy the six Play-off qualifying slots.

At the foot of the table Germany, the Netherlands and United States all share eleventh place on one win and four losses.
They said it

Alexey Timofeev; skip, Russia (after 10-8 win over Norway): “It was a very tight game and right now we feel good because when you win a tough game you feel better.
We’ve had some misses and some good shots, but we’re trying to do our best and we’ll take that win.”

Alexander Baumann; skip, Germany (after 8-7 win over Netherlands): “I feel very happy after our first win from our fifth game, but it’s still a long tournament with seven games left and we’re looking game by game. We’ve had a really tough start and we’ve been playing really solid in the earlier games. Every year the worlds is a really strong field but now six teams will go to the play-offs.”

Niklas Edin; skip, Sweden (after 5-4 win over Korea): “A super tight game. We had an easy draw for two [in the fourth end] and ended up way short on that, we got caught a little bit on the speed. It was changing quite a bit, it was fast on the draw to the button, then slowing down before the half time break. We struggled the first half to get the set ups the way we wanted to. But then after the half time break the speed got a little quicker again, as it has almost every game, and after that we were in control I think. Then we were really short on time, that was our biggest problem in the last three, four ends there.”

Session eight results: Germany 8-7 Netherlands; Russia 10-8 Norway; China 4-7 Japan; Korea 4-5 Sweden.

Standings after session eight

Sweden 5-0
Norway 4-1
Canada 3-1
Scotland 3-1
China 3-2
Korea 3-2
Russia 2-2
Japan 2-3
Italy 1-3
Switzerland 1-3
Germany 1-4
Netherlands 1-4
United States 1-4

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