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Day 3 World Wheelchair Championship Qualification

Turkey won their first game of the event following a 7-5 victory over Poland Photo: WCF/Katja Kiiskinen

Turkey secured their first ever win at the World Wheelchair Curling Championship Qualification event with a 7-5 victory over Poland in their evening game, while Italy remain unbeaten going into the fourth day of competition.

Following their 10-2 defeat to Switzerland in the morning game, things didn’t start off well for Turkey later on in the day as Poland, skipped by Eugeniusz Blaszczak, stormed ahead after stealing five points in the first three ends.

Turkey however, skipped by Turan Akalin, fought back in the second half of the game. After a single score of one point in the fourth end, Turkey stole their way to victory with two points in the fifth end, another point in the sixth end, another two in the seventh end and a solitary point in the eighth and final end to win by seven points to five.

The Turkish team has only been wheelchair curling since October 17, 2012 in which, since then have only managed to have five training sessions in Erzurum, Turkey before travelling to play in this event. The team was therefore delighted following their first win. Team coach Gokcé Ulugay was feeling very happy for the team but said that, despite the team’s inexperience, he is still hoping for another victory in this event.

Italy meanwhile maintained their unbeaten record after beating Poland 7-3 in the morning. They were however taken to an extra end in their narrow 7-5 victory over Japan in the evening session. Italy managed to secure an extra end by succeeding in an accurate takeout with their last stone in the eighth end.

Japan had their stones very well positioned before Italy’s last stone, but the Italian skip, Paolo Ioriatti played an impressive double promotion to take out the Japanese stone. After this shot, Italy were lying two points before the Japanese skip, Shuichi Iijima, attempted to draw for the win. The draw was wide and short and Italy secured their 7-5 win.

Finland meanwhile lost their 100% record after losing their morning game 9-4 to Rune Lorentsen’s Norway. They did however get back to winning ways in the evening, but needed an extra end to earn a 7-5 victory over Switzerland to remain in second position in the standings.

Latvia continued to impress with two important victories today, beating the Czech Republic 5-3 this morning before winning a close encounter with Denmark 5-4 - both results lifting Latvia into third position in the standings.

Japan suffered mixed fortunes, and whilst losing narrowly to Italy in their evening game, secured a 10-4 victory over Denmark earlier in the day. In the other evening game, Germany, skipped by Jens Jäger, secured an important 7-3 win over Norway, which helped their win-loss record improve to 2-3 having played five games.

Full results from the three rounds of play on Monday can be seen here:
www.curling.fi/en/competitions/leagues/8690

Standings after Day 3 (games played/wins-losses):

Italy 5/5-0
Finland 5/4-1
Latvia 5/4-1
Japan 6/4-2
Norway 6/4-2
Czech Republic 5/3-2
Switzerland 6/3-3
Germany 5/2-3
Turkey 6/1-5
Poland 5/0-5
Denmark 6/0-6

The World Wheelchair Curling Championship 2013 will take place at the Ice Cube Curling Center, Sochi, Russia, from 16-23 February. www.wwhcc2013.curlingevents.com

Russia, Korea, China, Slovakia, USA, Scotland, Canada and Sweden have already qualified for this event based on the final ranking at the 2012 event. The 2013 World Championships will be the last opportunity for nations to gather qualification points for the Wheelchair Curling Competition at the Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia in 2014. For the list of points visit www.worldcurling.org/curling-at-the-paralympics

The schedule of play and team line-ups for this event are available online at: www.worldcurling.org/world-wheelchair-curling-qualification-2012

Results and LIVE webcasting will be provided on the Finnish Curling Association website:
www.curling.fi/en/competitions/leagues/8690
www.curling.fi/en/competitions/curling-channel

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