Day 5 Roundup

  • Russia and Turkey qualify for the playoffs Photo © WCF / Alina Androsova

Day five of the World Mixed Curling Championship 2016

Session 17

Germany became the third team, and the second team from Group E, to qualify for the playoff stage of the championship after their 8-1 victory over Croatia.

Croatia opened the scoring with a single point in the opening end, but Germany responded with 3 points in the second end and would then go onto steal another 5 points over the next five ends for the win.

Elsewhere in the session, USA continued their winning run with a 9-1 victory over France, Korea picked up their third win of the week with an 8-1 victory over Latvia and Poland also won their third game of the week with a 6-5 win over Australia.

In the session’s final game, Hungary maintained their undefeated record with a 7-4 victory over Brazil.

Session 16

Russia become the first team to qualify for the playoff stage of the championship after their 12-1 victory over Kazakhstan.

Kazakhstan would take the lead with a score of 1 point in the first end, however this would be the last point they scored in the game. Russia responded with a score of 3 points in the second end followed by steals of 5 points in the third, two single point steals in the fourth and fifth ends and finally a steal of 2 points in the sixth end for the win and a place in the playoffs.

Afterwards, skip Aleksandr Krushelnitckii said: “We’re playing not bad, but we could and will play better. I hope that in playoffs everything would be all right. We’re still making some mistakes. We’re happy to make the playoffs. Well, it’s not a surprise, we’ve been preparing a lot and have taken part at many tournaments. We’ve deserved this result. We will try very hard to go through last 16 and quarter-finals, of course our goal is the medals, but you never know how it comes out.”

About playing in front of the home support he would go on to say: “It’s absolutely different emotions when you play, for example in a small rink with no spectators but here it feels amazing. We’re very grateful to our supporters.”

Turkey would also claim a playoff place in this session when they defeated Netherlands 8-3 helped by a score of 4 points in the third end, to remain undefeated in their group with two more round-robin games to play

In the session’s other games, Scotland continued their unbeaten run with an 8-4 victory over Romania, Canada won by a score of 7-2 over Belgium to remain undefeated at the top of their group and Finland picked up their first win of the week with an extra end 4-3 win over Slovakia.

Session 15

In this session Sweden and Germany maintained their undefeated runs and there were wins for USA, Switzerland and Austria.

USA picked up their third win in a row when they defeated Andorra 11-1 in this afternoon’s session. USA opened the scoring with 2 points in the first end then stole 3 points in the second end and a single point in the third end on the way to their win.

After their win USA skip, Fred Maxie said: “You know, we’re finally starting to play like we can play. The rocks have been really tricky, I think it’s because they’re brand new rocks, so they’ve been a little bit tricky. I think we’ve finally got them figured out and we’re starting to play our game, so we’re feeling pretty good. Overall, once we lost our first two we couldn’t lose again so we’ve got to win them all at this point. It’s good to be on a roll, we’re three in a row now.”

Germany defeated Estonia 9-1 in six ends to stay undefeated with four wins. Sweden claimed a 7-5 victory over England helped largely by a score of 4 points in the second end to maintain their 100% record.

In the remain games Austria defeated France 10-5 and Switzerland defeated Croatia 10-2 to win their fourth game and keep them third in their group behind undefeated Germany and Turkey.

After the win Switzerland skip, Elena Stern said: “I think we had a good performance, better than before, so we’re getting better and better which makes us feel pretty good. We started out not playing that good, we knew we could do better, so that’s what we tried to do and I think were on a good run now.”

Session 14

The opening session of day 5 saw wins for Russia and Turkey to maintain their 100% record. There were also wins for New Zealand, Japan and Slovenia.

Russia defeated Denmark 9-3, taking a 5-2 lead into the fourth end break and scoring a further 4 points in the sixth end for the win. Turkey claimed an 11-4 victory over Wales where they would score 4 points in the fourth and seventh ends on the way to their win.

In the other games of the session New Zealand claimed a narrow 5-4 win over Belarus, Japan defeated Italy 6-4 and Slovenia won by a score of 8-2 against Netherlands.