Wales, Finland and Israel win again to remain undefeated

  • Israel remain undefeated Photo © WCF / Alina Pavlyuchik

Day two of the World Mixed Curling Championship 2017 drew to a close this evening (Saturday 7 October) with session six of the round robin and saw wins for Korea, Finland, Slovakia, Israel and Sweden.

Israel kept their winning form going when they secured a 7-3 victory over hosts Switzerland. After a single point score in the first end, a single point steal in the second end and two points in the fourth end, Israel led 4-1 at the break.

With the score set at 6-3 in Israel’s favour going into the last end Switzerland were unable to recover the deficit, Swiss skip Yannik Schwaller flashed a hit attempt with his final stone giving up a steal of one point and Israel the win.

Finland picked up their second win of the competition when they defeated Norway 5-2, while Slovakia recovered from their loss yesterday to record a 6-5 win over Hong Kong.

Elsewhere in the session Korea defeated Luxembourg 14-2 and Sweden defeated Belarus 8-2. This was the first match of the competition for both teams.

Earlier this afternoon Scotland, Latvia, Ireland and Japan picked up their first wins while Wales became the first team in the competition to record two wins.

Wales defeated Hungary 7-5, helped largely by a score of three points in the third end and a steal of a single point in the fourth end to hold a 5-2 lead at the break, This result gives Wales their second win to leave them sitting alone at the top of group A.

Scotland defeated Spain 9-7 in a tense encounter when the scores level at 7-7 going into the final end, Spanish skip Sergio Vez flashed a hit attempt with his final stone, giving Scotland a steal of two points and the win.

Elsewhere in the session Latvia defeated Brazil 10-3 after six ends; Japan defeated Slovenia 6-5 in a back and forward game that went all the way to the final stone, and in the session’s final game Ireland defeated New Zealand 7-5.

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They said it

Janis Rudzitis; Latvia skip (after 10-3 win over Brazil): “It’s always good to start the tournament with a winning game. The first impressions of the ice were a little scary because it is a new circumstance for us, we needed to learn to gauge the ice quickly and in the second part of the game we started to perform to our level. The first step is done, our minds are more comfortable now.”

Adrian Meikle; Wales skip (after 7-5 win over Hungary): “We’re elated to win because the first half was a bit shaky at times. I had to make a big shot in the first end to save losing a five. Then we got a three before half time which got our tails up a bit and I think we performed much better in the second half. It’s a rare sight to see Wales on top of the scoreboard and we’re very happy about it.”

Isabella Wranaa; Sweden skip (after 8-2 win over Belarus): “We played really well. It was our first game of the competition and everything felt really good. We’ve played together for a long time, so waiting for our first game was the same thing as always and we just didn’t think about it. We had our practice yesterday and the ice felt good. Hopefully, if we keep playing well we’ll be fine.”

Adam Freilich; Israel skip (after 7-3 win over Switzerland): “Tonight’s game actually surpassed my expectations. It’s not only that we had a great game, I felt the crowd were on our side for part of it. We’re staying with people from this area and they were cheering for us. We have friends and family with us too and it really felt like it was a home crowd for us. Maybe that helped a little bit.

“We can only get better. We had a good game but there were a few misses and we still don’t have the handle on the ice that I hoped we would, so we played well but there’s definitely room for improvement.”

Juraj Gallo; Slovakia skip (after 6-5 win over Hong Kong): “Tonight, we played better than yesterday. We were more familiar with the ice and I think the quality of our game was higher than yesterday. We have to focus on the next game and in our group there a lot of tough games coming up so we’ll see how it goes and hopefully we’ll get more wins like this one.”

RESULTS, Session 5

Brazil 3-10 Latvia; New Zealand 5-7 Ireland; Scotland 9-7 Spain; Japan 6-5 Slovenia; Wales 7-5 Hungary.

RESULTS Session 6

Luxembourg 2-14 Korea; Finland 5-2 Norway; Hong Kong 5-6 Slovakia; Switzerland 3-7 Israel; Belarus 2-8 Sweden.