Only four teams remain undefeated as World Qualification Event unfolds

  • Korea’s second JeongJae Lee © WCF / Tom Rowland

After Sunday’s third day of play in the inaugural World Qualification Event, being staged in Naseby, New Zealand, four teams remain undefeated – China and Finland women, and England and Korea men.

Both the women’s and men’s eight-team fields have now completed four of their seven scheduled round-robin sessions. Only the top three teams of each gender proceed to the knock-out stages.

The World Qualification Event is a new pathway to this season’s World Curling Championships, with places up for grabs for two women’s and two men’s teams to join the nations who have already qualified directly.

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Steals make the difference in women’s competition

The women only played one game on Wednesday and in this session, China had a comprehensive 12-1 victory over Estonia in just six ends. China opened with a score of four and stealing three in the fifth end on the way to their win.

Finland faced Poland in this session and, after conceding two points in the opening end, bounced back with a score of three points in the second end. They stole a further three points in the third end for a 6-2 lead. The Finns went into the fifth-end break leading by 8-3. They then went on to win by 9-4.

Hungary moved into a clear third place on the table with an 8-6 win over New Zealand. These teams were tied at 2-2 at the break and in the sixth end New Zealand scored four points for a 6-2 lead. After this, Hungary scored in the four remaining ends, including steals in the eighth, ninth and tenth ends. This result leaves the New Zealanders still looking for their first win.

Brazil beat Hong Kong by 7-5 to move into fourth place on the table. This game featured a run of scores for Brazil – including three successive single steals – that moved them from being 2-4 down after four ends to 6-4 up after eight.

China’s lead Jingyi Ma pictured below, © WCF / Richard Gray

Four points in ninth ends proves decisive

England men have produced two extra end wins so far in this event, and, although their game against Poland didn’t reach an extra end, they had to manufacture a single-point steal in the tenth end to win by 7-5. By contrast, their second game of the day ended in just seven ends when a score of four points completed their 9-2 win over Denmark.

Korea also scored four points in the ninth end of their game against Poland, to seal their 10-5 win and maintain their 100% record. Earlier, Korea had to come from behind twice in the game to beat New Zealand by 7-5.

Denmark had a mixed day, beating Australia by 5-3 in the morning session to record their first win, before going down to joint leaders England later.

Netherlands had two wins – beating Brazil by 10-3 and then going on to beat Australia by 10-5. New Zealand recovered from their morning loss to Korea to beat Brazil by 9-3 in their second game, and these results mean that Netherlands and New Zealand share third spot on the table.

Denmark and Poland now have one win each, while Australia and Brazil are both still looking for their first wins.

Results and standings


Session 4: Hong Kong 5-7 Brazil; Hungary 8-6 New Zealand; China 12-1 Estonia; Poland 4-9 Finland

China 4-0
Finland 4-0
Hungary 3-1
Brazil 2-2
Estonia 1-3
Hong Kong 1-3
Poland 1-3
New Zealand 0-4


Session 3: England 7-5 Poland; Netherlands 10-3 Brazil; New Zealand 5-7 Korea; Australia 3-5 Denmark

Session 4: Brazil 3-9 New Zealand; Denmark 2-9 England; Netherlands 10-5 Australia; Korea 10-5 Poland

England 4-0
Korea 4-0
Netherlands 3-1
New Zealand 3-1
Denmark 1-3
Poland 1-3
Australia 0-4
Brazil 0-4

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