Play-off teams confirmed after penultimate round-robin session

  • Norway's Kristin Moen Skaslien Photo: © WCF / Richard Gray

During session 25 and 26 on the final day of round-robin play (Thursday 27 April) in the World Mixed Doubles Championship 2017 – at the ATB Centre in Lethbridge, Canada – results saw Finland, Sweden, Spain, Ireland and Norway joining the qualification round of 16 teams.

These results mean the 16 teams that will compete in the play-offs are now known, with one session of round-robin games still to play. However, the exact post-round-robin ranking from one to 16 is not yet known.

The 16 teams are Latvia, Hungary, Finland (Group A), Scotland, Norway, Italy (Group B), Korea, China, Sweden (Group C), USA, Canada, Czech Republic (Group D), Switzerland, Russia, Spain (Group E) and Ireland. Ireland qualify, from Group D, with the best draw shot challenge result of all the teams that have or still can finish in fourth place.

In a qualifying win for Finland over Japan, Oona Kauste of Finland made a short tap back in the eighth end on her last stone to sit shot stone on the button behind cover. Japan, needing one point to force the extra end with the hammer, tried to remove the Finnish counter but their stone failed to curl. Finland stole the win, and a play-off spot with a 6-4 final score.

The Swedes, Camilla Noreen and Per Noreen, confirmed their play-off spot with a win over Netherlands 8-2.

Korea continued their winning ways with a close game against Israel. The Koreans scored three points with an effective power play in the seventh end to tie the match. In the eighth end, Israel missed a run-back attempt, giving Korea the steal and the game 9-8.

With a successful power play for three points, in the fifth end, followed by a steal of two points in the sixth end, England gained a three-point advantage over Germany. England got a single point in the eighth end to capture the win, 9-6.

Previously qualified China beat Poland 9-3 after seven ends in this session.

In session 26, two returning teams from 2016, Spain and Norway, locked up play-off spots. Norway’s win over Ireland, 10-4, also qualified Italy.

Siblings Irantzu Garcia and Gontzal Garcia of Spain won their way into the play-offs with a 8-5 victory over Slovakia. Spain scored three points in two separate ends to control the game.

Australia’s mother-son pair won their final game of the championship 9-5 against Austria.

Slovenia held onto their lead after a strong 4-0 lead to beat Romania, 7-4. Meanwhile, Denmark’s father-daughter duo finished on a winning note against Serbia 13-6.


Results after session 25: Finland 6-4 Japan; China 9-3 Poland; Israel 8-9 Korea; Sweden 8-2 Netherlands; Germany 6-9 England

Results after session 26: Australia 9-5 Austria; Spain 8-5 Slovakia; Slovenia 7-4 Romania; Denmark 13-6 Serbia; Norway 10-4 Ireland


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