Sweden set to join Canada in Ford World Men’s final

  • Sweden competing in the semi-final Photo: © WCF / Michael Burns

Sweden have reached the final of the Ford World Men’s Curling Championship 2017 after beating Switzerland in Saturday (7 April) evening’s semi-final, staged in Edmonton’s Northlands Coliseum, in Canada.

Sweden now go on to face Canada – unbeaten so far – in the gold medal final on Sunday (9 April) at 18.00 (-6 UTC) to compete for the world title, while Switzerland now play USA for bronze medals.

After Sweden blanked the first end, Switzerland’s fourth player Benoit Schwarz played a triple take-out with his final stone of the second end to force Sweden’s skip Niklas Edin to open the scoring with a draw for just one point.

In the fifth end, Sweden’s Edin played a draw-shot with his second stone to score two points and take a 3-2 lead into the fifth-end break.

In the seventh end, with the score tied at 3-3, Sweden’s Edin played a double take-out to score two points and take a 5-3 lead.

In the next end, Switzerland’s Schwarz drew his final stone into the house to score one point and reduce Sweden’s lead to 5-4. After blanking the ninth end, Sweden’s Edin hit with his last stone of the tenth end, but an umpire’s measure confirmed that Switzerland had won that end with a single point, to tie the game at 5-5, and force an extra end.

Then, with the last stone of the extra end, Sweden’s Edin hit out a Swiss stone and kept his own in position to score the one point needed for the 6-5 victory, that now puts his team into Sunday’s gold medal final against Canada.

The final will be at 18.00 (-6 UTC) live on World Curling TV and national broadcasters.

Before that game, Switzerland will face USA for bronze medals at 12.00 (-6 UTC) live on World Curling TV and national broadcasters.

They said it

Niklas Edin; skip, Sweden (after 6-5 extra end semi-final win over Switzerland): “I think we deserve to be there [in the final]. We’ve fought hard all week, we haven’t played at our best yet, but all we’ve wanted was a shot at that gold and now we’ve got it. We’re going to try to do everything we can from here to try to beat [Canadian skip, Brad] Gushue in the final. We didn’t feel ready after the round-robin but we feel better now, and the ice is better too, so we’re ready for the final now. It’s now up to each person individually to decide what they want to do to be ready.”

Peter De Cruz; skip, Switzerland (after 5-6 extra end semi-final loss to Sweden): “We kind of controlled the beginning even though Benoit [Schwarz, fourth player] had to make a really good shot in the second end to get out of trouble with a triple. I think after the second end we had control for about three or four ends. In the seventh they made a really good deuce, but overall, they made more shots than we did.”

First eight men’s curling teams set for 2018 Olympic Winter Games

Resultds at the conclusion of the Ford World Men’s Curling Championship 2017 round-robin mean that Canada, Great Britain (qualified as Scotland), Japan, hosts Korea, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and USA have qualified their National Olympic Committees for the men’s curling event in the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, Republic of Korea. The Games will be held from 9-25 February 2018.

This also means that China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Italy, Netherlands and Russia are eligible to compete in the World Curling Federation’s Olympic Qualification Event to be held in Pilsen, Czech Republic between 5 and 10 December 2017. This event will determine the last two men’s teams to qualify for the Games.

Curling fans around the world will be able to follow live coverage of these championships on the event website and the World Curling Federation’s YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/WorldCurlingTV

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WCTV highlights next live game: Switzerland v USA [Bronze medal game] (Sunday 9 April at 12.00, -6 UTC)