Germany record their first win while Switzerland remain undefeated

  • Germany record their first win of the week against the USA Photo © WCF / Céline Stucki

The fourth session of round-robin play at the World Wheelchair Curling Championship 2016 in Lucerne, Switzerland saw Germany record their first win of the competition and Switzerland remain undefeated. There were also wins for Korea and China.

Germany opened the scoring in their game by stealing two points in the first end before USA drew the game level, scoring two points of their own in the second end. By the fourth end break Germany had reclaimed the lead with a single points in the next two ends.

USA reclaimed the lead three ends later after single point scores in the fifth, sixth and seventh ends. In a tense final end with several stones from both teams in the house, Germany managed to score the two points they needed by the smallest of margins for their first win.

Switzerland remain one of only two unbeaten teams in the competition when they defeated Finland 6-5 in a close game between the sides. Switzerland went into the break with a 3-1 lead but Finland jumped ahead with a score of three points in the fifth end.

Both teams traded single points and with Switzerland trailing by a single point in the last end, Skip, Felix Wagner, played a delicate draw into the house with his final stone to score two points and take the win.

In the lowest scoring game of the week so far, Korea defeated Slovakia 4-2. The teams traded single points throughout the game until Korea stole a single point in the seventh end to extend their lead to two points. They would eventually run Slovakia out of stones in the eighth end to hold out for the win.

In the session’s final game China claimed an 8-7 victory over Canada after the tournament’s first extra end.

China began the game the stronger by stealing five points in the first three ends. Canada responded before the break with a score of two points in the fourth end to get their first points on the board, but China immediately hit back with a score of two points of their own in the fifth end to take a commanding 7-2 lead.

Canada began their fightback scoring three points in the sixth end and stealing single points in both the seventh and eighth ends to tie the game and take it to an extra end.

In a tense extra end, both teams were left with only seconds on the clock by the end of the game, but ultimately China managed to score the single point they needed for the win and inflicted Canada’s third loss of the tournament.

They Said It:

Christiane Putzich; Germany Skip for this game (after their 6-5 win over the USA): "It was a very important victory for us, we are very relieved that we broke the spell. we concentrated on our strengths today. We had the aim to follow our game plan and not let ourselves get distracted and just execute. That’s what we did.

I was a little nervous with those last two stones, but I had faith in myself and the team to make it in the last end with the last stone."

RESULTS Session 4:

Slovakia 2-4 Korea; USA 5-6 Germany; Finland 5-6 Switzerland; Canada 7-8 China.

STANDINGS after four sessions (W-L):

Norway (3-0)
Switzerland (3-0)
China (2-1)
Korea (2-1)
Russia (2-1)
Germany (1-2)
Slovakia (1-2)
USA (1-2)
Canada (0-3)
Finland (0-3)