First Pioneer Hi-Bred World Men’s win for Norway

  • Norway skip Magnus Ramsfjell © WCF / Jeffrey Au

In their sixth game, Norway got their first win on the board when they beat Netherlands by 9-4, in Tuesday afternoon’s tenth round-robin session of the Pioneer Hi-Bred World Men’s Curling Championship 2019 in Lethbridge, Canada.

Other winners in this session included hosts Canada, who beat Germany by 7-4 and Switzerland, who beat United States by 7-4.

These two wins mean that Canada and Switzerland continue as unbeaten co-leaders, with six victories each.

In the fourth game of the session, Russia beat China by 7-1.

In the second end of the game between Norway and Netherlands, Norway’s skip Magnus Ramsfjell had an open draw for two points to take a 2-1 lead.

In the next end, it was the turn of Netherlands’ fourth player Wouter Goesgens to draw for two points, and this let his team re-take the lead at 3-2.

Norway went on to complete their long-awaited first win with a score of two points in the eighth end and a steal of two in the ninth, for 9-4.

Afterwards a pleased Ramsfjell said, “That was very big for us. We have been struggling to get a good feeling on the ice and we’ve been struggling with the pressure shots - we made those shots in this game and that made a huge difference. We haven’t played our best, but we haven’t played bad either, we just haven’t found the perfect game yet. This wasn’t a perfect game, but it’s a good start and we’re on our way.”

In the first end of the game between Switzerland and United States, Switzerland’s fourth player Benoit Schwarz played a double take-out on two American stones sitting on the four-foot ring to open the scoring with two points.

In the next end, United States’ skip John Shuster played a nose-hit on a Swiss stone to score two points and level the game at 2-2.

Eventually, in the ninth end, Switzerland’s Schwarz hit out the sole American stone in the house to leave four Swiss stones already there, scoring four points from the end to take a 7-4 lead. The Swiss then ran United States out of stones in the tenth end to complete their win.

Germany opened with a single point in the first end of their game against Canada, but this lead was short-lived as Canada responded with a single point in the second end and a steal of two points in the third end, for 3-1.

In the sixth end, Canada’s skip Kevin Koe played a hit on a German stone sitting on the four-foot ring to score three points and take a 6-2 lead. Although Germany’s skip Marc Muskatewitz played a draw for two points in the next end to reduce Canada’s lead to 6-4, the Canadians went on to win by 7-4.

Russia forced a single-point steal in the fifth end of their game against China to go into the break with a 3-2 lead, and a further steal of three points in the eighth end gave them a 7-1 lead. After which, China conceded.

After this win, Russia’s skip Sergey Glukhov said, “It was not an easy win, but we made a lot of really good shots today. We felt the weight good and that was a big part of this game. Now, after this, we feel more confident for sure.”

With all teams now having played six times as the round-robin reaches the halfway stage, Canada and Switzerland remain in the lead while the other four qualifying places are occupied by Japan, Sweden, United States, and Italy. Korea are now the only team yet to secure a win.

Results: Switzerland 7-4 United States; Germany 4-7 Canada; Norway 9-4 Netherlands; Russia 7-1 China.

Current Standings(W-L):

Canada 6-0
Switzerland 6-0
Japan 5-1
Sweden 5-1
United States 4-2
Italy 3-2
Scotland 2-3
Netherlands 2-4
Russia 2-4
China 1-5
Germany 1-5
Norway 1-5
Korea 0-6

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