Play-offs begin with Last 16 stage

  • Russia progress to the play-offs Photo © WCF / Alina Pavlyuchik

The play-offs of the World Mixed Curling Championship 2017 began this morning (Friday 13 October) with two sessions of Last 16 play in Champéry, Switzerland.

In the morning’s opening session Russia defeated Israel 6-3. After blanking the first end, Russia would go on to score 3 points in the second end and steal two further points in the third end. Israel responded with a single point score in the fourth end and a single point steal in the fifth end but we unable to recover the deficit.

Canada defeated Poland 4-3. Canada opened the scoring with two points in the first end. They would go on to score a single point in the fifth end before staling a single point in the sixth end for their win.

Canada will now face Russia in the quarter-finals at 19:00 CET. The game will be broadcast live on the World Curling Federation’s YouTube channel, http://www.youtube.com/worldcurlingtv

Norway defeated England 6-5 in a back and forth game. The teams traded single points throughout most of the game, however, Norway’s score of 3 points in the fourth end was enough of a lead for them to hold on for the win.

In the session’s final game Turkey defeated Hungary 8-3 after leading 5-1 at the break. Norway and Turkey will now face each other in the quarter-finals tonight.

In the day’s second session of play-off games Sweden defeated USA 6-5 in an extra-end. In a close game, Sweden opened the scoring with 2 points in the first end. USA then blanked the next two ends before scoring 2 points of their own in the fourth end to level the game at the break. Sweden hit back with 2 points of their own in the fifth end before the teams traded singles points. In the eighth end USA skip, Hunter Clawson, played a precise tap back to score 2 points and take the game to an extra–end. Sweden used the hammer effectively to score the single point in that extra-end for the win and a place in the quarter finals.

In another close game Scotland defeated Spain 4-2 to progress to the quarter-finals. Scotland opened the scoring with 2 points in the first end, and a score of a single point in the fourth end followed by a steal of 1 point in the fifth end were enough to secure the victory. Scotland will now face Sweden in tonight’s quarter-final session at.

Czech Republic defeated China 6-4 after scoring 3 points in the first end to take control of the game. They would go on to score a single point in the third end and 2 points in the sixth end on the way to their win.

And in the session’s final game Estonia beat Korea 7-4. Estonia scored 3 points in the fourth end to take a 4-3 lead into the break. They went on to score 2 points in the sixth end and a steal of a single point in the seventh end was enough to seal the win. Estonia will now face Czech Republic in the quarter-finals.

The play-offs continue this evening with the quarter-final stage at 19:00 CET

They said it

Ingvild Skaga; Norway skip (after 6-5 win over England): "It was a good game. I felt like we had control throughout the whole game. We had a couple of misses but we managed. It was close but I felt like having the hammer in the last end we would be good. The quarter-final should be a tough game. I know the Turkish players are really good so it should be interesting."

Trevor Bonot; Canada skip (after 4-3 win over Poland): "We’re coming along. That was probably one of our better games. It was nice, simple and controlled, so I liked that. We approach every game the same way, one at a time, we take each one as it comes and we can’t look down the line. We know that if we play our game we should be okay."

Grant Hardie; Scotland skip (after 4-2 win over Spain): "We got a really good two in the first and managed to maintain the lead for most of the game. We played them in the group and they really should have had us then, so we knew it would be a close game. Both teams played well but we managed to keep it together at the end to get the win, which is good, we’re very happy."

Isabella Wranaa; Sweden skip (after 6-5 extra-end win over USA): "I think USA played a little more defensive than the last time we played them so the score wasn’t as high as the last time. But they played very well so we had a super tight game and luckily we came out on top. We gave away an easy two in the fourth but got a two back straight away which was good. Now we’ll go away, relax look at the game then put it behind us."

RESULTS Last 16 session two

USA 5-6 Sweden; Czech Republic 6-4 China; Scotland 4-2 Spain; Estonia 7-4 Korea.

RESULTS Last 16 session one

Israel 3-6 Russia; England 5-6 Norway; Poland 3-4 Canada; Turkey 8-3 Hungary.

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