WMDCC 2016: Day three round-up

  • Canada continue their winning form in Karlstad Photo © WCF / Hamish Irvine

The World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship 2016 continues today (Monday 18 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...

S12 & S13: First wins for hosts Sweden and Luxembourg


Hosts, Sweden had a commanding first win at the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship 2016 over Slovenia in Monday’s 12th session of round-robin play.

Sweden had big scoring ends of four points in the second end and five points in the fourth end. The teams shook hands after seven ends with a final score of 13-3.

In the same session Brazil beat Qatar. After scoring six points in the first end the Brazilians never looked back and won the game 14-2. Switzerland, on their final stone in their game, made a soft tap against two Slovakian counters to hold their opponents to one point, making the final score 5-4.

In a back and forth battle, tied 5-5 after seven ends, Russia’s Anastasia Bryzgalova peeled out an Estonian stone on her last shot to score the winning point and secure a 6-5 victory. Finally, Hungary continued their winning streak with a 9-4 win over Latvia.

First time World Championship participants, Luxemburg, earned their first win of the event with an 8-3 win over Romania in session 13. Luxemburg stole a three points in the third end, followed by two points in the fourth end to take an early lead.

During a hard fought game, New Zealand came back from being 4-0 down after three ends with five consecutive single point steals to win 5-4 over Israel. In a match-up of unbeaten teams, Norway improved their win/loss record to 4-0 with a 9-4 triumph over England, while Turkey moved to four wins with a victory over Kazakhstan that finished 8-3. Scotland won their match against Wales 8-4.


RESULTS, session 13

Israel 4-5 New Zealand; Wales 4-8 Scotland; England 4-9 Norway; Kazakhstan 3-8 Turkey; Luxembourg 8-3 Romania

RESULTS, session 12

Estonia 5-6 Russia; Slovenia 3-13 Sweden; Latvia 4-9 Hungary; Switzerland 5-4 Slovakia; Qatar 2-14 Brazil

S11: Finland win thrilling match with Austria to remain undefeated, along with England and China


Despite giving up a 7-3 lead against Austria in session 11 of round-robin play, Finland held their nerve to win the game 9-7 and remain undefeated in Group B at the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship 2016.

Finland's Oona Kauste was unable to draw the right weight and make a takeout in the seventh end, giving up a steal of four to level the scores at 7-7. However, in the final end Kauste and partner Tomi Rantamaki scored the two points needed, to take the win.

England and China also had wins during this session and sit at the top of Group C and D respectively, on three wins from three. England beat Kazakhstan 9-2, while China had a 14-0 victory over Serbia.

Italy also won against France, 10-2 and Czech Republic beat Wales 13-4.


RESULTS, session 11

France 2-10 Italy; England 9-2 Kazakhstan; Czech Republic 13-4 Wales; Serbia 0-14 China; Finland 9-7 Austria


Photo below: Finland celebrate their hard-fought win over Austria
WCF / Hamish Irvine

S9 & S10: Poland and New Zealand record first wins of the week


Day three of the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship in Karlstad, Sweden began with wins for Czech Republic, Korea, China, Denmark and Poland.

Poland recorded their first win at the championship by defeating Bulgaria 8-3 with a score of three points in the seventh end sealing their victory.

Both Denmark and Korea continued their winning form with victories over Belarus and Lithuania respectively. Denmark defeated Belarus 10-4 helped largely by a steal of three points in the third end and a score of four points in the fifth end.

Korea won their game against Lithuania 6-2 after scoring points in five of the ends played, that included steals of single points in the second and sixth ends and a steal of two points in the third end.

Czech Republic defeated Brazil 7-6 in the session’s closest game. With the scores tied at 6-6 going into the final end, Czech Republic with the last stone, would score the single point needed for the win.

In the session’s final game, China defeated Australia 12-2 in six ends of play after opening the scoring with five points in the first end. They went on to steal three points in the second, and a single point in the third before scoring a further three points in the fifth end on the way to their win.

Session 10 saw victories for Norway, USA, Canada, Turkey and New Zealand

Norway, USA and Canada all remain undefeated so far in the championship.

Norway defeated Luxembourg 14-1 in six ends after leading 10-0 at the fourth end break. USA claimed an 11-1 win over Netherlands and Canada defeated Ireland 8-3.

Turkey defeated Japan 7-6. Turkey took a 7-4 lead into the final end where Japan were unable to score the three points they needed to level the game.

In the session’s final game New Zealand recorded their first win of the week 11-7 after an extra end. With the game tied at 7-7 after eight ends New Zealand scored four points in the extra end to claim the win.

RESULTS, session nine

Czech Republic 7-6 Brazil; Lithuania 2-6 Korea; Australia 2-12 China; Denmark 10-4 Belarus; Bulgaria 3-8

RESULTS, session ten

Netherlands 1-11 USA; Luxembourg 1-14 Norway; Canada 8-3 Ireland; Spain 7-11 New Zealand; Turkey 7-6 Japan

Photo below: New Zealand celebrate their first win of the championship.
WCF / Hamish Irvine

STANDINGS

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