WMDCC 2016: Day four round-up

  • Spanish pair Irantzu and Gontzal Garcia curling in the Löfbergs Lila Arena Photo: WCF / Richard Gray

The World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship 2016 continues today (Tuesday 19 April) in Karlstad, Sweden. This is the ninth edition of this championship and the first time that teams will be playing for Olympic Qualification Points. A record of 42 Mixed Doubles teams are competing.

This live blog page will be updated throughout the first day of action...

S17 & S18: Norway qualify for the play-offs while Lithuania get their first win

Norway joined current Champions Hungary in the play-offs with a 6-2 victory over Norway in session 17 tonight. After opening the scoring with two points Norway would score four more single points on the way to their win.

New Zealand defeated Netherlands by 12-0 in a game where they never once had the last stone, stealing all of their points for the win.

Russia defeated Wales 9-4 and Scotland defeated Qatar 19-0 to both go to a 3-1 record and keep their play-off hopes alive and in the final game of the session England defeated Japan 10-2 to take their record to 4-1 and move them closer to the second play-off spot in their group.

Session 18 saw Lithuania record their first win of the championship by defeating Slovenia 9-5. The session also saw wins for Ireland, Finland, France and Sweden.

France defeated Australia 8-6, Ireland claimed an 11-1 victory over Serbia and Finland defeated Korea by a score of 7-3.

In the session’s final game, hosts Sweden, picked up their third win of the week by defeating Germany 8-3.

RESULTS, session 17

Japan 2-10 England; Scotland 19-0 Qatar; Wales 4-9 Russia; Norway 6-2 Romania; Netherlands 0-12 New Zealand

RESULTS, session 18

Finland 7-3 Korea; Ireland 11-1 Serbia; Lithuania 9-5 Slovenia; Germany 3-8 Sweden; France 8-6 Australia

Photo below: Lithuania on their way to their first win of the championship
WCF / Hamish Irvine

S16: Canada and China remain undefeated in Karlstad


Both Canada and China improved their win/loss records to 4-0 after session 16 of round-robin play at the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship 2016. The battle for the top spot in Group D will be determined once the two teams face-off in their next game, tomorrow (Wednesday 20 April) evening.

Canada defeated Serbia 14-0 after six ends with five points scored in the first end, and consecutive steals, of varying value, throughout the rest of the game.

China scored five points in the second end which helped them to a 10-5 win against France to keep their undefeated run in check.

Newcomers Luxembourg won their second match in a row, this time beating Kazakhstan 11-4. Luxembourg scored four points in the seventh end to seal their victory.

Ireland came out on top in their match and won 9-7 after seven ends, while Lithuania forfeited their game after running out of time in the eighth end, automatically giving Austria the win.


RESULTS, session 16

Australia 4-9 Ireland; China 10-5 France; Kazakhstan 4-11 Luxembourg; Austria W-L Lithuania; Canada 14-0 Serbia


Photo below: China in action at the World Mixed Doubles
WCF / Richard Gray

S14 & S15: Hungary qualify for play-offs as Spain take first victory


Hungary beat Poland in Tuesday’s (19 April) 14th session of round-robin play at the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship to become the first team to qualify for Friday’s (22 April) play-offs.

The defending champions won their game 7-5, meanwhile during the same session, Bulgaria held their nerve to beat Switzerland 6-5 in a game which came down to the last stone thrown. Trailing by one point in the eighth and final end, Bulgaria’s Marina Yaneva played a successful hit for two points, which was enough to secure the win by a single point.

Canada and USA also continue unbeaten after winning their session 14 games. Canada beat Italy 9-5 and USA won against Denmark 6-4.

During session 15, Spain and Israel went head-to-head, both looking for a first win at this championship. It was Spain who emerged the victors, by 9-3, helped by single point steals in the fourth and fifth ends.

Despite making a major comeback in the fifth end – scoring five points and bringing the score to 7-8 – Korea were unable to beat hosts Sweden. The game finished 9-8 in Sweden’s favour.

There were also wins for Latvia, Czech Republic and Germany in this session. Latvia beat Belgium 11-1, Czech Republic defeated Qatar 17-0 and Germany won against Slovenia 7-4.


RESULTS, session 15

Belgium 1-11 Latvia; Israel 3-9 Spain; Korea 8-9 Sweden; Czech Republic 17-0 Qatar; Slovenia 4-7 Germany

RESULTS, session 14

Italy 5-9 Canada; Switzerland 5-6 Bulgaria; Hungary 7-5 Poland; Denmark 4-6 USA

STANDINGS


For full standings and results from Groups A-F visit, www.worldcurling.org/wmdcc2016/livescores