Session 3: Italy join Japan at top of the standings

  • Italy skip Joel Retornaz has skipped his team to two wins from two games Photo: WCF/CC/Michael Burns

Italy beat Sweden by 11-5 in Sunday morning's third session of round robin play at the Ford World Men's Curling Championship in the Scotiabank Centre, Halifax, Canada to join Japan at the top of the standings.

After Sweden opened the scoring with a single point in the second end, in the third end, Italy's fourth player Amos Mosaner hit out a Swedish stone to score three points and take a 3-1 lead.

Sweden then blanked the fourth end before their skip, Niklas Edin, just missed the second target Italian stone on a double take-out attempt and had to settle with a score of just one point from the end to reduce Italy's lead to just 3-2.

The game moved on to the ninth end, when Mosaner hit out a Sweden stone to score six points from the end for an 11-5 lead after which Sweden conceded the game.

After his second win, Italy skip Joel Retornaz said: "I’m proud of the team, proud of the way we started this championship. It wasn’t easy for us because we’re kind of an underdog team so it’s tough to demonstrate we can play well. But we did. We've started with two wins which is always good."

He added: "The three in the third end was the turning point. We were struggling a bit in the beginning but were able to stay relaxed. We scored three - could have scored four - but a three was good."

In the other game of this session, Russia faced Switzerland. The first half of this game was defensive, with four blank ends.

The fourth end was typical of the tactics at this stage. With Russia leading by 1-0, Switzerland's skip Marc Pfister played a well-judged angle raise take-out to clear the house and blank the end, looking for a bigger score later.
But in the eighth end, Russia's skip Evgeny Arkhipov played the decisive shot of the game, drawing his last stone into the house to score three points and take a 5-1 lead.

In the ninth end Switzerland's Pfister hit out a Russian stone to score two points and reduce Russia's lead to 5-3, but this proved not to be enough, and the Swiss team conceded with the score at 5-3 when they ran out of stones in the tenth end.

After the game, Russia coach Bob Ursel said: "It's good to get that first win on the board. We played well. That's the best game I've seen them play yet. Execution was really good, the strategy was really good and we're really looking forward to the rest of this week. I think our weight control can always get a little better - that's the key to playing well. If we can keep that then we will win some more games."

Session 3:
Italy 11, Sweden 5; Russia 5, Switzerland 3.

Standings after 3 sessions of play (W-L):
1. Italy 2-0
1. Japan 2-0
3. Canada 1-0
3. Norway 1-0
5. Czech Republic 1-1
5. Russia 1-1
5. Sweden 1-1
5. Switzerland 1-1
9. China 0-1
9. USA 0-1
11. Finland 0-2
11. Scotland 0-2

During the round robin portion of a competition, teams with the same win-loss record will be listed alphabetically, by their three letter code, and ranked equal.

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The 2016 Ford World Men's Curling Championship will be staged in Basel, Switzerland starting on Saturday 2nd April.

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