Sweden join standing leaders with another win

  • Lead Christoffer Sundgren and second Rasmus Wranaa sweeping for Sweden Photo: © WCF / Richard Gray

An 8-2 win by Sweden over Germany in Sunday (2 April) afternoon’s fourth round-robin session in the Ford World Men’s Curling Championship 2017 puts the Swedes alongside Canada and Japan – who both sat this session out – unbeaten at the top of the rankings.

After Germany had taken an early lead in the Northlands Coliseum, in Edmonton, Canada, Sweden’s skip Niklas Edin drew the last stone of the third end into the house to score two points and take a 2-1 lead. The Swedes moved further ahead after this and in the seventh end, a hit by Edin scored three points for an 8-2 score-line that ended the game.

Switzerland faced Norway, and in the fourth end, their fourth player Benoit Schwarz drew into the house to score two points and take a 3-1 lead for his team. Another draw by Schwarz, this time in the eighth end, produced a score of three points and a 6-2 lead for Switzerland, who went on to win the game by 6-3.

Also in this session, Scotland were looking for their first win as they faced USA. After good build-up play earlier in the end, their skip David Murdoch drew his last stone of the eighth end into the house to score five points. With this play they immediately won the game by 9-4, with USA conceding.

In the fourth game of this session, China faced Italy. In the sixth end, China’s skip Rui Liu was facing four Italian counters as he played his last draw. He managed to get inside them all to score the one point that reduced Italy’s lead to just 3-2. But, in the seventh end, Italy’s fourth player Amos Mosaner had an open draw with his last effort to score three points and stretch his team’s lead to 6-2. Italy went on to win by 8-3.

They said it

Niklas Edin: skip, Sweden (after 8-2 win over Germany): “It felt better today. There was a little bit less frost so it was easier to find draw weight. Now we really need to maintain our focus in order to remain technically strong throughout the competition. The majority of the teams here are extremely sportsmanlike. We always try to give compliments to our opponents when a great shot has been made.”

Peter De Cruz; skip, Switzerland (after 6-3 win over Norway): “I think we controlled the game. We had a little bit of a slow start and our fourth player made some shots to keep us in the game. We built on that and kept the momentum and it was all a matter of time. It’s an important win.”

David Murdoch: skip, Scotland (after 9-4 win over USA): “The ice is a lot better, so credit to the guys for doing that. We felt more comfortable out there, making a lot more draws and freezes – we were a lot more aggressive and that suits us. We made a five in the eighth end and that was job done.”

Joel Retornaz; skip, Italy (after 8-3 win over China): “I think we’re on fire – we had some good shots in the right moments, we had better stone placement and that’s how we won the game. We are in a world championship and we are in Canada, with a lot of people cheering and watching, so it’s not tough to be on fire when you are in a competition like that.”

Results after session four: Germany 2-8 Sweden; Switzerland 6-3 Norway; USA 4-9 Scotland; China 3-8 Italy

Standings after session four:

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

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