World Seniors’ play-off picture complete

Team Sweden © WCF / Logan Hannigan-Downs

There were three women’s games in Thursday evening’s final round-robin session of the World Senior Championships. With an 8-2 win over New Zealand, Sweden secured the third available play-off slot in Group A.

Earlier, Japan had also beaten New Zealand – by 15-1 – to finish second in the group, behind winners Canada. The North Americans completed their round-robin campaign unbeaten, with a 9-2 victory over England.

Japan’s Hayashi Yukari © WCF / Eakin Howard

In women’s Group B, Ireland beat Australia by 5-4 to rank third in the group, behind second-placed Switzerland, who beat Latvia by 8-5 in their concluding round-robin game.

Unbeaten group leaders, Scotland, had an 18-1 win over Finland to give them a sixth successive victory.

As a result of all this, Sweden will face Switzerland in Friday afternoon’s qualification play-off, with the winner facing Canada in the semi-final later.

At the same time, Japan will play Ireland, with the winner going on to face Scotland in the semi-final.

In the men’s event, the quarter-final line-up is now set.

As the round robin concluded, Hungary finished their unbeaten Group A campaign with a 7-1 win over Japan. Canada later beat Japan, by 10-3 to finish second in the group. Czech Republic’s 9-4 win over Poland meant that they finished third in this group.

In Group B, Sweden completed their unbeaten round-robin campaign with an 8-6 win over Germany to top the rankings. A 12-1 win over Korea confirmed Switzerland in second place. The third place in this group went to Latvia, who beat New Zealand by 9-6 in their last game.

United States beat Wales by 8-3, to complete their round-robin programme undefeated at the top of Group C, while Ireland’s 7-4 win over Norway secured them second place. Scotland finished third in this group, with an 8-3 win over Slovenia.

United States’ Doug Kauffman © WCF / Eakin Howard

With only two of the third-placed teams advancing, Latvia lost out, while Czech Republic and Scotland kept their campaigns alive.

All this means that the men’s quarter-final line-up sees United States play Czech Republic; Canada meet Ireland; Hungary up against Switzerland; while Sweden play Scotland on Friday afternoon in the quarter-finals.

Find all the results from the World Seniors here. Click here for the playing schedule.

Have a look at our gallery of the event by clicking here.

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Gangneung, South Korea

27 April 2023
World Senior Curling Championships 2023