Netherlands post first win as Canada secure Page 1v2 berth

  • Team Canada Photo:© WCF / Michael Burns

With a 10-2 win over Japan in Wednesday (5 April) afternoon’s 13th session of round-robin play in the Ford World Curling Championship 2017 in the Northlands Coliseum, Edmonton, hosts Canada became the first team to qualify for the weekend’s medal play-off games.

This win guarantees them a place in the Page 1v2 play-off game.

In the same session, Netherlands beat Russia by 6-4 to record their first win of the event, so far, and lift themselves off the bottom-of-the-table.

Canada held a 2-1 lead against Japan as the teams played the fourth end, and in that end, Canada’s skip Brad Gushue tapped-out the sole Japanese stone sitting in the house to score five points and move his lead to 7-1. Canada went on to win by 10-2.

The bottom-of-the-table clash between Netherlands and Russia went all the way to the tenth end, and when Dutch skip Jaap Van Dorp successfully played a raise double take-out for one point, Netherlands finally got their first victory of the week.

Italy played Switzerland in this session, and in the fourth end, Italy’s fourth player drew his last stone into the house to score one point and reduce Switzerland’s lead to 2-1. In the tenth end, the Swiss fourth player Benoit Schwarz drew his final stone onto the button to score the one point that sealed the 6-4 win for Switzerland. This puts them into joint second place on the table alongside Sweden, who sat this session out.

In the game between USA and Germany, USA skip John Shuster brought his final stone of the fourth end through a narrow gap among front stones to hit and keep his own stone in place, scoring two points for a 3-1 lead. In the eighth end, Shuster had another hit, this time scoring three points for an 8-4 lead. USA went on to win by 8-5.

They said it

Brad Gushue; skip, Canada (after 10-2 win over Japan): “That’s job number one done, now we’ve just got to make sure we have the hammer, and get ready for the play-offs. We’ve got a good grasp of the ice and we’re playing well. What we’re doing is working pretty well so far.”

Jaap van Dorp; skip, Netherlands (after 6-4 win over Russia): “It was tight in the end, but I made the double and that was a great way to finish the game. Overall, I think we played a really good game. We had a lot of confidence and executed our shots well. We’ve shown constant improvement – we had a very good game against Switzerland yesterday and although we lost to Canada this morning I was pretty happy with the way we played against them.”

Peter De Cruz; skip, Switzerland (after 6-4 win over Italy): “We had an early lead. They played really well and I struggled a bit, so every time we had a pretty bad set up and we had to fight back into the end to keep it all square. We kept it calm though and kept our game plan. We wanted to play the last end coming home with the hammer and that’s what we did."

John Landsteiner, lead, USA (after 8-5 win over Germany): “We’re struggling a little bit and aren’t quite as sharp as we want to be. Overall as a team we’ve been able to pull together and make enough shots to win the games. If one person has been struggling, the others have been picking them up. It’s a long week and right now we’re going to have to dig really deep because we have four [games] in a row.”

Results after session 13: Canada 10-2 Japan; Italy 4-6 Switzerland; Netherlands 6-4 Russia; USA 8-5 Germany

Standings after session 13:

Q CAN - Canada 9-0
SUI - Switzerland 7-1
SWE - Sweden 7-1
USA - United States 5-3
JPN - Japan 5-4
CHN - China 4-4
ITA - Italy 4-4
NOR - Norway 3-5
SCO - Scotland 3-5
GER - Germany 2-6
NED - Netherlands 1-8
RUS - Russia 0-9

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