Session eight wins for Switzerland, Japan, Canada and Italy

  • Italy in action against Netherlands Photo: © WCF / Michael Burns

Switzerland won their fourth game in the Ford World Men’s Curling Championship 2017 in just six ends against Russia on Monday (3 April) evening.

This win, in the eighth session of play in the Northlands Coliseum, in Edmonton, Canada, puts them in joint second place with Sweden. Meanwhile, Canada recorded a fifth win from five games, keeping them at the top of the standings.

There were also wins for Japan and Italy on Monday evening.

In the third end Switzerland’s fourth player Benoit Schwarz made a hit for three points and a 6-1 lead. Switzerland then went on to win 9-2.

In the fourth end of their game, against Germany, Japan’s skip Yusuke Morozumi drew his last stone into the house to score one point and establish a 3-1 lead. Germany’s skip Alexander Baumann managed to level the scores at 4-4 in the eighth end. However, in the ninth end, Morozumi made a hit for three points, which extended Japan’s lead to 7-4. This score stood, with Germany running out of stones in the tenth end.

During this session, hosts, Canada met North American rivals USA. Canada opened with three points in the first end. Skip Brad Gushue then stole three more points in the sixth end, when USA’s skip John Shuster’s shot hit and rolled out, handing the Canadians a commanding lead at 7-2. The final score was 8-2. This win maintains Canada’s 100% record so far.

In the last game of the session, Italy played Netherlands. In the third end Italy’s skip Joel Retornaz scored three points for his team and a 5-2 lead. However, Netherlands still looking for their first win in this championship immediately matched Italy with three points of their own, from skip Jaap Van Dorp. This took the scores to 4-5. A final score of four points for Italy in the ninth end concluded the game, 13-6 in the Italians favour.

They said it

Peter De Cruz; skip, Switzerland (after 9-2 win over Russia): “I think we’ve been playing better and better. There’s just a couple of things we have to adjust but overall happy where we are at now and hope we can just fix a couple of little things. We are communicating well. I think we are playing a very good draw game, playing a really good aggressive game. Whenever we have the chance for a deuce we make it most of the time.”

Yusuke Morozumi; skip, Japan (after 7-4 win over Germany): “It was a very close game. I’m relieved to get the win. The team is getting better and better so as a skip I’m really happy because we are getting better as a team. I’m really satisfied with the position we are in but still I would like to get better.”

Joel Retornaz; skip, Italy (after 13-6 win over Netherlands): “I’m pretty happy. I don’t want to be too happy because we won three games – we didn’t achieve anything. It’s better to be 3-2 instead of 2-3. It’s a good start for our team, it gives us lots of confidence. It feels good. We are performing. We know that when we perform we can beat the teams out there. The fact we are performing makes me happy because at least we fight.”

Results after session eight: Russia 2-9 Switzerland; Germany 4-7 Japan; Canada 8-2 USA; Italy 13-6 Netherlands

Standings after session eight:

Canada 5-0
Switzerland 4-1
Sweden 4-1
China 3-2
Italy 3-2
Japan 3-2
Norway 3-2
Scotland 2-3
USA 2-3
Germany 1-4
Netherlands 0-5
Russia 0-5

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