Wheelchair curling begins in Lucerne; Switzerland, Russia and Norway secure wins

  • Russia Skip Andrey Smirnov on the way to a dominating opening win Photo © WCF / Céline Stucki

The World Wheelchair Curling Championship 2016 began with wins for Norway, champions, Russia and hosts, Switzerland at the Lucerne Curling Club in Lucerne, Switzerland this afternoon (21 February).

Russia, holding the hammer, started their game by scoring a single point in the first end, then went on a stealing streak with three points in the second end, two points in both the third and fourth ends before stealing another four points in the fifth end effectively sealing Germany’s fate.

Germany managed to get on the board in the sixth and final end with a draw into the house for a single point, before shaking hands and ending the game with the score at 12-1 to Russia.

Hosts, Switzerland, started their week off with a win by defeating Canada 7-2. Switzerland opened the scoring in the first end with two points before stealing single points in the next three ends going into the break 5-0.

Canada responded with a score of two points after the break, before Switzerland hit back with a single point in the sixth end and a single point steal in the seventh end. Canada were eventually run out of stones in the eighth end giving Switzerland the victory.

In the final game of the opening session Norway faced the USA. Norway scored two points in the first end and that proved to be a lead they would never lose.

USA responded with a single point in the second end before Norway replied with three points in the third end and a steal of one point in the fourth end going into the break with a lead of 6-1.

After the break USA responded with two points in the fifth end but a score of four points by Norway in the sixth end further increased their lead. USA scored a single point in the seventh end to take the score to 10-4, but were run out of stones in the eighth end giving Norway the win.

They Said It:

Marat Romanov; Russia Lead (after 12-1 over Germany): "We need to win a minimum three games from four to be sure that everything is going well, get to the play-offs and further. So the first game was an important start for us. In the first end we were little bit nervous, but after that we played to our strengths and controlled the next ends.

This championship is very important for us and I can say that it’s of course brings extra pressure for all teams. But it’s not the first experience in the World Championship and we can manage and control ourselves during hard and key moments."

RESULTS, Session 1:

Norway 10 - 4 Russia; Canada 2 - 7 Switzerland; Germany 1 - 12 Russia.

STANDINGS after Session 1 (W - L):

Norway (1 - 0)
Russia (1 - 0)
Switzerland (1 - 0)
China (0 - 0)
Finland (0 - 0)
Korea (0 - 0)
Slovakia (0 - 0)
Canada (0 - 1)
Germany (0 - 1)
USA (0 - 1)