Switzerland and Norway continue unbeaten runs

  • Switzerland Skip, Felix Wagner in action during their win against Germany Photo © WCF / Céline Stucki

Day four (Wednesday 24 February) of the World Wheelchair Curling Championship 2016 got underway with the sixth session of round-robin play. This session saw Switzerland and Norway continue their unbeaten runs and also saw victories for Russia and Slovakia.

Switzerland faced Germany in a close game that went into the break tied at 2-2 after both teams traded single point scores. Germany took the lead in the fifth end with another single point but that was to be their final points in the game.

Switzerland took one of the very few opportunities in the game to score a three points and take a lead that they would hold onto for the rest of the game. They stole a further two points in the seventh end before running Germany out of stones in the eighth and final end for the 7-3 win.

Norway, the other unbeaten team in the competition, continued their winning streak by defeating Korea 6-2. Norway opened the scoring with a single point in the first end followed by single point steals in both the second and third ends.

Korea hit back with a single point in the fourth end before Norway scored one point in the fifth and stole two points in the sixth end. Korea scored one point in the seventh end before being run out of stones in the final end of the game.

Russia picked up another win when they defeated Finland 7-4. Russia went into the break with a 3-2 advantage, but Finland scored two points in the fifth end to take the lead. Russia responded with two points of their own in the sixth end before stealing single points in the seventh and eighth end for the win.

In the session’s final game Slovakia edged a close game with China by a score of 5-4. The teams were tied at 2-2 after five ends before Slovakia broke the deadlock with steals of one point in the sixth and two points in the seventh end. China needed a score of three points to level the game in the final end but could only manage two, giving Slovakia their second win of the week.

They Said It:

Claudia Huettenmoser; Switzerland Vice Skip (after the 7-3 win over Germany): "Winning four games is like the final for us. It means we’re staying in the group and we get some points for the Paralympic games.

We know Germany very well and we’re at the same level. You have to stay focused and when you have the chance you have to take it."

RESULTS Session 6:

Switzerland 7-3 Germany; Russia 7-4 Finland; China 4-5 Slovakia; Norway 6-2 Korea.

STANDINGS after 6 sessions (W-L):

Norway (5-0)
Switzerland (4-0)
Russia (4-1)
Korea (3-2)
USA (2-2)
China (2-3)
Slovakia (2-3)
Germany (1-3)
Canada (0-4)
Finland (0-5)