Session 7: Switzerland defeat Italy to move second

  • Switzerland joined Norway in joint second place with a win against Italy this afternoon Photo: WCF/CC/Michael Burns

Switzerland moved into joint second position with a 7-1 victory against Italy in session seven of the Ford World Men's Curling Championship 2015 at the Scotiabank Centre in Halifax, Canada.

Both teams shared the same won two, lost one record but Switzerland’s win moved them into joint second place in the standings with Norway, who sat this session out.

In the second end of the game, Switzerland's skip Marc Pfister hit out an Italian stone to score four points and take a 4-0 lead.

Switzerland built on this in the sixth end when Pfister drew his last stone into the house to score one point for a 5-1 lead on their way to an overall 7-1 victory.

After this third win for the young Swiss team, their national coach Andi Schwaller said: "I'm not surprised by this showing. I told them if they play like they did at home they have a good chance at the play-offs. I told them to have no fear."

Before this session, Japan were in joint second place in the standings. They faced Finland this afternoon and in the third end Finland's skip Aku Kauste played an angle raise take-out on a Japanese stone to score two points and take a 2-1 lead.

Later, in the tenth end, Kauste hit out a Japanese stone to score one point from the game and win by 5-4.

This result slipped Japan back into joint fourth in the standings alongside Finland and the Czech Republic.

Scotland faced the Czech Republic in this session, still looking for their first win. Their search continues after Czech skip Jiri Snitil drew his final stone of the tenth end inside two Scottish stones already in the house to score one point and take an 8-6 win.

Speaking afterwards, Snitil still had his earlier heavy loss to Canada on his mind, saying: "We're happy about the second half of that game. The first five ends we were still a little down about our earlier defeat to Canada. We struggled to find a way to dig out that hole but we did and are happy to get the win in the end."

Sweden faced Russia in the fourth game of this session and the Swedes opened strongly in the first end when skip Niklas Edin drew his final stone into the house to open the scoring with three points.

The Swedes never lost the lead after this and in the seventh end Edin hit out a Russian stone to score four points for a 9-3 lead, at which point Russia conceded defeat.

After this, their second win of the week, Edin said: "We controlled the game, it was good from my side and the rest of the team as well. It was a perfect game after the two losses that we've had. We focused instead on execution, that worked a lot better - that's a good recipe going forward."

RESULTS
Session 7:
Japan 4, Finland 5; Switzerland 7, Italy 1; Czech Republic 8, Scotland 6; Russia 3, Sweden 9.

Standings after 7 sessions of play (W-L):
1. Canada 4-0
2. Norway 3-1
2. Switzerland 3-1
4. Czech Republic 3-2
4. Finland 3-2
4. Japan 3-2
7. Italy 2-2
7. Sweden 2-2
9. China 1-3
9. Russia 1-3
9. USA 1-3
12. Scotland 0-5

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.

Video Highlights: Highlights from games throughout the Championship will be available to watch courtesy of World Curling TV (WCTV), the television arm of the World Curling Federation.

WCTV will provide extensive live and video-on-demand coverage to broadcasters around the world from Halifax. The full broadcast schedule is here: http://www.worldcurling.org/wmcc2015/schedule

In addition, curling fans around the world will be able to follow selected live coverage of the 2015 World Championship events via the World Curling Federation’s YouTube Channel www.youtube.com/WorldCurlingTV

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