China, Hungary, Korea, Scotland and Turkey qualify for the play-offs

  • Turkey secured the third play-off place from Group E Photo © WCF / Alina Pavlyuchik

Day six of the World Mixed Curling Championship 2017 saw five more teams confirm their place in the play-offs and saw a first win of the week for France.

After the early evening session results China and Turkey secured their places in the play-offs before their next games. China secured the second available place from Group B while Turkey took the third guaranteed place in Group E alongside Canada and Poland.

Korea and Scotland confirmed their place in the play-offs after defeating Ireland and New Zealand respectively. Korea beat Ireland 10-1 while Scotland beat New Zealand 8-2.

Also in the early evening session, France defeated Latvia 6-5 to pick up their first win of the week and this result also ensured China progressed to the play-offs.

Elsewhere in the session England defeated Australia 12-4 in a game that was sealed when England scored 5 points in the seventh end. In the final game of the session Spain kept their play-off hopes alive with a 14-1 win over Kazakhstan.

In the late evening game Turkey faced Poland with both sides already confirmed for the play-offs the winner would secure second place in the group. Turkey would defeat Poland 5-2

Hungary defeated Croatia 6-2 helped in part by a score of 3 points in the fourth end. This win secured Hungary’s place in the play-offs and the second guaranteed place from Group A.

Group D remains the only group without any teams already qualified for the play-offs so far. After tonight’s sessions five teams are tied for first position with a record of four wins and two losses. Of those five teams, four are competing against each other tomorrow in their final round-robin game and will claim two of the three places available.

Switzerland defeated Austria 7-3 to maintain their chance of making the play-offs and leave Austria still searching for their first win with only one game remaining.

Hong Kong defeated Norway 4-3, sealing their win with a raised take-out with their final stone to score 2 points in the eighth end for the win.

In the session’s final game Slovakia defeated Finland 10-3 after six ends and give themselves a chance of a play-off place.

They said it

Yannick Schwaller; Switzerland skip (after 7-3 win over Austria): "We managed the weight from the beginning of the game perfectly, and getting the early steal of 3 made it easy to play defensive after that. It made things difficult for them and we had almost no misses on our peeling, so that made it easier to bring it home. I think that the ice is easier now, and it made it easier to find our draw weight. We’re pretty solid now and I’m pretty optimistic for tomorrow."

Gergely Szabo; Hungary skip (after 6-2 win over Croatia): "It was a very important match for us. Our minimum target was to make it to the play-offs and with this match we did that. The schedule has been kind to us. Tomorrow we have the day off so we can relax, rest and prepare for the play-off game."

Alican Karatas; Turkey skip (after 5-2 win over Poland): "We have a good team with a lot of experience. We knew that we had made the play-offs before the match so that helped us relax and we had very few mistakes tonight. We worked very hard before this tournament to prepare and everything has gone as we planned this week."

RESULTS Session 21

New Zealand 2-8 Scotland; Latvia 5-6 France; Spain 14-1 Kazakhstan; Ireland 1-10 Korea; Australia 4-12 England.

RESULTS Session 22

Hungary 6-2 Croatia; Norway 3-4 Hong Kong; Switzerland 7-3 Austria; Turkey 5-2 Poland; Finland 3-10 Slovakia.

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