Poland, Russia and Sweden qualify for the play-offs

  • Sweden win again to secure play-off place Photo © WCF / Alina Pavlyuchik

The opening sessions of day six (Wednesday 11 October) at the World Mixed Curling Championship 2017 saw Poland, Russia and Sweden secure their play-off places.

In the morning’s first session of play Russia defeated Estonia 9-0 in just six ends to continue their unbeaten run and claim a place in the play-offs at the top of Group A.

Sweden defeated USA 9-1 after six ends to continue their unbeaten run and claim the first play-off place from Group B in the day’s second session.

Also in the second session of play, Poland went all the way to the final stone in an extra-end in their 9-8 defeat of Germany to secure their play-off spot. That win ensures Poland claim the second guaranteed play-off place from Group E after Canada claimed the first spot during yesterday’s late session.

With only one guaranteed place remaining from Group E, Turkey put themselves in prime position to secure it when they defeated Netherlands 8-2.

Elsewhere this morning, Czech Republic kept themselves in play-off contention when they defeated Israel 8-7 after an extra-end. Scotland defeated Luxembourg 9-2 to ensure that they stay near the top of the Group C table with four wins and a single loss to put themselves in prime contention for one of the available play-off places.

They said it

Mikael Qvist; Denmark skip (after 7-6 win over New Zealand): "We didn’t play too well, I missed a lot of rocks, but my family played well. We played badly for the first four ends and then the family played well in the last four ends. I missed a lot of rocks, but I made the last one which is the important thing. It’s been so nice to play together with the whole family this week."

Isabella Wranaa; Sweden skip (after 9-1 win over USA): "It’s always fun to know that you’ve made the play-offs, but we still have one game left in the round-robin against China so we’re going to focus on that one first, then we can think about the play-offs. That just confirms to us that we know the ice now and that we can put the stones where we want them. We know the USA guys can play better than they did today too, so we had a bit of luck on our side as well."

Andrzej Augustyniak; Poland skip (after 9-8 extra end win over Germany): "It was a very tough game. I think it was the most chaotic game we’ve ever played as a team. It was very tough to read the ice and the stones for about half the match. We just didn’t know what was going to happen. After the five [in the fourth end] it boosted our confidence and let us settle down so that we could make it through. It feels very good to qualify for the play-offs, that was the plan, now we just have to play against Turkey to decide our place in the group."

RESULTS Session 19

Russia 9-0 Estonia; Japan 6-5 Wales; New Zealand 6-7 Denmark; Scotland 9-2 Luxembourg; Israel 7-8 Czech Republic.

RESULTS Session 20

Sweden 9-1 USA; Germany 8-9 Poland; Belarus 9-8 Brazil; Netherlands 2-8 Turkey.

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