WMDCC 2016: Day two round-up

  • Rui Wang and Dexin Ba competing in Karlstad Photo: WCF / Richard Gray

The World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship 2016 continues today (Sunday 17 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...

S7 & S8: Ireland and France pick up first wins while Russia record a dominant six end win

Ireland and France both picked up their first wins of the championship in today's seventh session of play. Ireland, playing their first game of the competition, took a 3-0 lead after the first two ends, but Italy responded with a score of three points in the third and two single point steals in the fourth and fifth ends to take the lead.

Ireland hit back immediately with a score of three points in the sixth end and with the scores tied at 6-6 going into the eighth end Ireland scored three further points for the 9-6 win.

France recorded their first victory of the competition by defeating Serbia 9-2. France scored two points in the first, fifth and seventh ends on their way to their win. Hungary picked up their third win this week by defeating Bulgaria by a score of 10-2 after six ends of play.

The session's final game saw Russia record a dominant 26-0 win after six ends against newcomers Qatar, in a game that would see the Russians open the scoring with six points in the first end and close the scoring with another six points in the sixth and final end.

In the session eight there were wins for Finland, Switzerland, Austria, USA and Slovakia.

Slovakia scored three points in the fourth end to take a 5-4 lead into the break before stealing two points in the fifth, then consecutive four points steals in the sixth and seventh ends for the 15-4 win over Belgium.

After leading 6-0 at the fourth end break, Finland went on to defeat Sweden 8-2 for their second win of the week. Switzerland defeated Latvia 7-4 and Austria claimed a 9-2 victory over Germany.

RESULTS, session seven

Serbia 2-9 France; Bulgaria 2-10 Hungary; Italy 6-9 Ireland; Russia 26-0 Qatar

RESULTS, session eight

Sweden 2-8 Finland; Latvia 4-7 Switzerland; Austria 9-2 Germany; USA 9-3 Spain; Belgium 4-15 Slovakia

Photo below: Ireland's Neil Fyfe and Alison Fyfe during their win in their first game of the week.
WCF / Hamish Irvine

S6: Six end win for Czech Republic as Norway, Belarus and Korea go two-from-two


Czech Republic defeated Scotland in Sunday afternoon’s sixth session of round-robin play.

The Czechs stole a single point in the second end to take a 3-0 lead, before Scotland’s Gina Aitken attempted a runback for two in the fifth end, but instead removed her own stones, giving Scotland’s opponents a steal of three. The teams shook hands after six ends, with the score at 8-2 in favour of the Czechs.

Norway, Belarus and Korea all recorded their second wins of the championship. Norway beat Japan 10-4, while Belarus won against Netherlands, who took to the ice for the first time during this session, by 6-4. Korea played Slovenia and won 9-3.


RESULTS, session six

Norway 10-4 Japan; Belarus 6-4 Netherlands; Turkey 11-7 Romania; Korea 9-3 Slovenia; Scotland 2-8 Czech Republic


Photo below: Czehc Republic's Jiri Candra calls his shot against Scotland
WCF / Hamish Irvine

S4 & S5: Major international debuts made at World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship


Luxembourg, Serbia and Qatar made curling history in Sunday (17 April) morning’s fourth session of round-robin play.

For Qatar it was their first ever appearance in an international curling event and they played Wales. Wales won the game by 13-2. Luxembourg and Serbia also suffered losses, but for them their games were their first matches at a World Curling Championship. Luxembourg lost to England, 2-11 and Serbia to Australia, 3-10.

In the final game of session four, Canada beat France, 9-3.

In session five there was wins for Slovakia, Hungary, Estonia, Bulgaria and China.

Slovakia and Poland’s game, level at 5-5 after the regulation eight ends, took two extra ends to be decided when Slovakia scored two points to seal a 7-5 victory.

Hungary beat Belgium 14-1 and Estonia won 9-5 over Brazil. With a steal of three points in the eighth end Bulgaria defeated Latvia 10-7 and China won their first game of the championship over Italy by 8-2.


RESULTS, session four

Qatar 2-13 Wales; Serbia 3-10 Australia; France 3-9 Canada; Luxembourg 2-11 England

RESULTS, session five

Hungary 14-1 Belgium; Brazil 5-9 Estonia; Slovakia 7-5 Poland; Latvia 7-10 Bulgaria; China 8-2 Italy


Photo below: Karen Wauters and Marco Etienne high-five during their countries first World Mixed Doubles game
WCF / Richard Gray

STANDINGS

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