Quarter-finalists confirmed for World Mixed Curling Championship

Hosts Switzerland, China, Canada and Norway have reached the quarter-finals of the World Mixed Curling Championship 2015 after winning their qualification games this afternoon (Friday 18 September 2015).

Switzerland beat Scotland 6-4, China won 5-4 against Hungary, Canada defeated Italy 7-4 and Norway were victorious against their Scandinavian opponents, Denmark, 10-5.

Following these games the quarter-final schedule was determined by the draw of a hat. This ensured teams from the same group will not play each other. The quarter-finals, to be played at 20.00 (CEST), are Sweden v Switzerland, Germany v China, Russia v Canada and USA v Norway.

Russia and Canada’s game will be broadcast live on http://www.swiss-sport.tv/sports/7-curling

There was a dramatic twist to the end of the game between Switzerland and Scotland. The Swiss were leading 5-4 going into the final end. The Scots, with hammer, had a chance for the win, as Skip Cameron Bryce attempted a take-out which could have given Scotland at least three points, but he was wide with his last shot and tapped up a Swiss stone giving them a steal of one and the win.

There was also a tense end to China and Hungary’s game. Going into the eighth end China had a one point lead 5-4 and the hammer. With his last stone Chinese skip Ji Yansong was looking to blank the end, but a Hungarian stone which sat right on the edge of the 12 foot ring had to be measured to determine if it was in or out. The measure confirmed it was out and China won.

Italy against Canada was a fast game and was virtually an end ahead of the rest throughout the session. A turning point in this game was in the fourth end when Italy’s vice-skip and fourth player Fabio Sola attempted an angled-raised but missed, giving Canada a steal of two. Canada went on to win the game 7-4.

Canadian vice-skip, Jolene Campbell, said after the game: “We are very very pleased to reach the quarter-finals. We came here with our eye on taking a medal home so we’re one step closer to those medal games, which is very exciting.”

Despite the scores being level at the fourth end break, 4-4, Norway stole four points in the eighth end to win their game, comfortably against Denmark. Denmark were looking to draw into the rings with their last stone but it came up short.

Afterwards Norwegian skip Steffen Walstad said: “Mikael Qvist made all his draws today, the only one he missed was in the last end. This game was a real struggle for us. In the first end we over-swept a stone that should have forced them, then in the second end we under-swept a double. The whole way through the game we didn’t have the inches.”