Hosts Switzerland win again as the rest of the field get underway

  • Swiss third, Eric Decorvet in action during their win over Slovakia Photo © WCF/ Céline Stucki

Day two of the World Wheelchair Curling Championship 2016 in Lucerne, Switzerland began with the second session of round-robin play and wins for China, Russia, Norway and Switzerland.

Switzerland added to their win from yesterday with an 11 - 5 victory over Slovakia. They opened the scoring with a single point steal in the first end and followed that immediately with a four point steal in the second end.

Slovakia hit back instantly with four points of their own in the third end, then a single point steal to level things going into the fourth end break.

After the break Switzerland took control of the game, scoring two points in the fifth end, before stealing one point in the sixth end and three points in the seventh end for the win.

Norway picked up their second victory in as many games defeating Germany 8 - 3. Norway took control of the game with steals in the first five ends of play to take an 8 - 0 lead.

Germany started their fight back with a single point in the sixth end followed by a steal of two points in the seventh end. Ultimately, Norway’s lead proved too commanding to overcome and Germany were run out of stones in the eighth end.

China and Finland took the ice for the first time this week in a close game that saw China take the win with a score of 9 - 6. Finland, holding the hammer, started the game strongly scoring four points in the first end.

China responded with a score of two points in the second end and a steal of one point in the third end before Finland scored a single point in the fourth end to lead 5 - 3 at the break.

After Finland stole a further point in the fifth end, China scored four points in the sixth end to take the lead, before stealing a crucial two points in the seventh end. This was enough to give them the win as Finland were run out of stones in the eighth end.

In this session’s final game, Russia and Korea went down to the last stone. Korea started strongly taking a 5 - 2 lead into the break, but the defending champions fought back with a score of two points in the fifth end, a steal of three points in the sixth end and a single point steal in the seventh end.

Korea went into the eight end three points behind and had a chance to level the scores but were unable to clear the final Russian stone, only scoring two points and giving Russia the 8 - 7 win.

They Said It:

Claudia Huettenmoser; Switzerland Vice Skip (after 11 – 5 win over Slovakia): "It’s the first World Championship for the whole team so it was great to win yesterday against Canada and today against Slovakia. We know they are very good teams and it feels great.

This last season we’ve done a lot. We were three and a half weeks in Canada and the USA for tournaments and now I think that work is paying off."

Rune Lorentsen; Norway Skip (after 8 – 3 win over Germany): "I feel that we are doing what we’ve practiced, we’re keeping focused and playing strong. I think we had to do the right things and we’ve managed to do that so far, so we’re very satisfied."

RESULTS Session 2:

China 9 - 6 Finland; Russia 8 - 7 Korea; Norway 8 - 3 Germany; Switzerland 11 - 5 Slovakia.

STANDINGS after session 2 (W - L):

Norway (2 - 0)
Russia (2 - 0)
Switzerland (2 - 0)
China (1 - 0)
Canada (0 - 1)
Finland (0 - 1)
Korea (0 - 1)
Slovakia (0 - 1)
USA (0 - 1)
Germany (0 – 2)