Norway men win Scandinavian clash as Korea go two from two

  • Norway's Elias Hoestmaehlingen Photo: © WCF / Tom Rowland

In Friday (17 February) morning’s second session of men’s round-robin play at the VoIP Defender World Junior Curling Championships 2017, in the Gangneung Curling Centre, Gangneung, Republic of Korea there were wins for Korea, Italy, Norway and China.

The host nation won their second game at this championship with a 9-5 victory over Canada. This was helped largely by an opening score of three points in the first end and a single point steal in the ninth end, at which point the Canadians conceded the game.

Italy won their first game of the championship beating USA 5-3, despite skip Marco Onnis not scoring until the fifth end, when he recorded two points for a 2-1 lead. Another two points followed for Italy in the eighth end, before the teams exchanged single points in the remaining two ends.

Norway, beat their Scandinavian neighbours, Sweden, by 6-2 in nine ends. Sweden opened the scoring in the second end with a single point score, before Norwegian skip Marcus Ramsfjell posted three points on the scoreboard in the fourth end. This gave Norway the upper hand, which they didn’t give up again, despite having to wait until the eighth end to score another point. They then secured the victory in the ninth end with a steal of two points.

In the last game of the session, China and Turkey took to the ice for the first time since arriving in Gangneung. China won the game comfortably, 13-3.

They said it

Marco Onnis; skip, Italy (after 5-3 win over USA): “We are happy for this win, our first win at these worlds. We will fight to stay in group A and we hope this will not be our last win of this tournament. We will stay focussed.”

Magnus Ramsfjell; skip, Norway (after 6-2 win over Sweden): “We had a good morning and some good laughs on the bus so we definitely had a good feeling coming in. The ice felt great and everything just felt like it was going to go our way. We were consistent. We didn’t really miss a lot of shots, there were a couple that weren’t on spot but most of them were close and we got something out of every rock I thought.”

Zhi Yu Wang; skip, China (after 13-3 win over Turkey): “We had matched Turkey before in the Junior-B Championships. When we got to the rink we knew the rink and the place and the size of teams. In the fourth end we got five [points]. We depended on the venue and maybe it was because the Turkey team had many mistakes. The most important thing was that we adapted to the place and rink.”

Results men's session two: Canada 5-9 Korea; Italy 5-3 USA; Norway 6-2 Sweden; China 13-3 Turkey

Standings after men’s session two (W-L):
Korea 2-0
China 1-0
Switzerland 1-0
Canada 1-1
Italy 1-1
Norway 1-1
USA 1-1
Scotland 0-1
Turkey 0-1
Sweden 0-2

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