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Day 4 World Wheelchair Championship Qualification

Poland won their first game of the event 8-5 against Japan Photo: WCF/Katja Kiiskinen

Switzerland brought Italy’s unbeaten run to an end this morning as they won 6-5 in an extra end in what was a closely fought encounter at the World Wheelchair Curling Qualification event.

Switzerland followed up their victory over Italy with another win, this time beating Norway 11-1 in seven ends in their afternoon game. However they could not make it three wins in a row after Germany beat them 6-4 in the evening session.

Throughout the week Switzerland has been struggling to find consistency in their play and have been altering second player Eric Décorvet with third player Claudia Hüttenmoser. However, Swiss Coach Stephan Pfister is pleased to see his team’s performance improving after each game having had little practice before the event. After their win over Norway, he said: “This is still a very young team and they only had one international tournament in Kinross in October as practice before the qualification.” He added: “We’re now doing better – we’re in a better mental shape and using better tactics. I feel like now we can beat every team.”

Although losing 7-5 to Latvia this morning and by the same scoreline to Norway in the evening, Poland recorded their first victory of the event, defeating Japan 8-5 in the afternoon session. After the game, Poland coach, Krzysztof Balcerzak, was delighted with their first win. He said: “The team is feeling fantastic after our first win but naturally we came here to win more games, so we’re still hoping to get some more wins yet.”

Finland kept up their impressive form with three victories today, defeating the Czech Republic 8-3 in the morning, Denmark 11-1 in the afternoon and in a closer game with Latvia, winning 8-7. Finland join Italy at the top of the standings after the Italians 9-3 victory over Denmark in the evening session.

Germany also earned three wins today, with a 13-1 victory over Turkey in the morning before defeating Latvia 4-3 in the afternoon and then Switzerland 6-4 in the evening session.

Although losing their first two games of the day, the first to Finland this morning and then to Italy 10-7 in the afternoon session, the Czech Republic ended the fourth day of play on a high with a 13-3 victory over event newcomers Turkey.

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

Standings after Day 4 (games played/wins-losses):

Finland 8/7-1
Italy 8/7-1
Norway 9/6-3
Germany 8/5-3
Latvia 8/5-3
Switzerland 9/5-4
Czech Republic 8/4-4
Japan 8/4-4
Turkey 8/1-7
Poland 8/1-7
Denmark 8/0-8

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

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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