Four-way tie at the top of the Pioneer Hi-Bred World Men’s rankings

  • Sweden skip, Niklas Edin © WCF / Jeffrey Au

Defending champions Sweden had a 9-4 win over Netherlands in what was their second appearance at the Pioneer Hi-Bred World Men’s Curling Championship 2019 in Lethbridge, Canada, in Sunday morning’s third round-robin session.

At the same time, Japan beat China by 9-6, and Switzerland beat Scotland by 5-4, and these wins put these three teams into joint top spot on the rankings, - on two wins and no losses – alongside hosts Canada, who sat out this session.

The other winners in this session were Germany, who beat Korea by 10-9 after an extra end.

In their game against Netherlands, the Swedes opened strongly, with skip Niklas Edin hitting out a Dutch stone to score two points in the first end. Then, in the fifth end, Edin played a light tap-back shot and scored four points to move onto an 8-1 lead.

Sweden brought on alternate Daniel Magnusson for the second half, as they went on to win by 9-4.

After the game Edin said, “We said that at 8-1 the game is over, so it felt that it was a good time to bring him [Magnusson] in and he did well.” He continued, “We don’t think about the fact that we’re defending the title. We might think about it and get questions about it beforehand, but when we’re playing, it’s just like any other Championship, we’re trying to reach the final and play well.”

Japan faced China and, in the third end, Japan’s skip Yuta Matsumura drew his second stone into position to score four points and take a 4-1 lead.

Then, in the seventh end, Matsumura played a double take-out to score three points and take an 8-3 lead. In the next end, China responded when their skip Qiang Zou hit out a Japanese stone to score three points and reduce Japan’s lead to 8-6. But after this, Japan went on to win by 9-6.

Talking about China’s late charge, Matsumura said, “We’re relieved after that victory. Now we need to stay focussed and I hope our momentum goes on into the next games.”

The game between Switzerland and Scotland stayed close all the way, with Scotland having single point steals in two ends and Switzerland having a single point steal in one end.

In the fifth end, with Scotland leading by 2-1, Switzerland’s fourth player Benoit Schwarz played a tap-back to score two points and take a 3-2 lead. Then, in the tenth end, Schwarz hit out a Scottish stone and this gave his team a score of one point, to win the game by 5-4.

Germany were up against Korea in this session, with both teams looking for their first win, and in the third end with the score at 2-2, Germany’s skip Marc Muskatewitz drew his second stone into position to score two points and re-take the lead, at 4-2.

In the ninth end, Korea’s skip SooHyuk Kim played a hit on a German stone to score three points and reduce Germany’s lead to 9-8.

Korea stole a single point in the tenth end to tie the game at 9-9. This put the game into an extra end, and, when Germany’s Muskatewitz played a hit and managed to keep his stone in the rings to score one point, his team had their first win so far, at 10-9.

After their first win, Germany’s vice-skip Ryan Sherrard said, “Sometimes when you get up on the scoreboard, it’s tough to defend. We were doing everything right out there. They played a nice tenth end to make us have a tough draw which didn’t end up the way we wanted. But then in the extra end we played great.”

Results: China 6-9 Japan; Switzerland 5-4 Scotland; Korea 9-10 Germany; Sweden 9-4 Netherlands.

Current Standings(W-L):

Canada 2-0
Japan 2-0
Switzerland 2-0
Sweden 2-0
Italy 1-1
Netherlands 1-1
Scotland 1-1
Norway 0-1
United States 0-1
China 0-2
Korea 0-2
Russia 0-2

Watch, follow, engage

Live coverage of these championships will be available via the World Curling Federation’s broadcast partners: Eurosport (Europe-wide), TSN and RDS (Canada), NBCSports (United States), NHK (Japan), CCTV5 (China), SBS (Korea), SRF/RTS/RSI (Switzerland), Viasat (Denmark, Norway, Finland), Polsat (Poland), SVT (Sweden), Match TV (Russia), La Chaine Equipe (France), BBC Online (United Kingdom). Coverage will also be available, subject to geo-blocking restrictions, on the event website and the World Curling Federation’s Twitter, Facebook and YouTube Channels:

To engage with the World Curling Federation on social media during the Pioneer Hi-Bred World Men’s Curling Championship 2019 follow it on Twitter, Instagram (@worldcurling) and Facebook (@WorldCurlingFederation) and use the hashtags when posting: #WMCC2019 #curling