Playoffs - Last 16

  • Japan defeat Hungary to progress to the quarter-finals Photo © WCF / Alina Pavlyuchik

The Last 16 stage of the World Mixed Curling Championship 2016.

Second Session

This afternoon saw the remaining four games of the Last 16 stage of the playoffs.

Host nation Russia once again put on an impressive display when they defeated Italy 9-1 after six ends. Russia opened the scoring with 2 points in the first end and then followed that with steals of 3 points, 1 point and 2 points over the next three ends. Italy would score their sole point in the fifth end and Russia would close the scoring with a single point in the sixth end and a place in the quarter finals.

Switzerland defeated Finland 7-1 in their last 16 game to reach the quarter finals where they will play hosts, Russia. Switzerland opened the scoring with 2 points before stealing single points in the next two ends. Finland would score a single point in the fourth end, but a response of 3 points in the fifth end by Switzerland ensured there would be no fightback and secured the Swiss win.

After their win, Switzerland skip, Elena Stern said: “I think it was one of our best games, just like the one against Turkey I really think we showed what we can do. We always wanted to be in control and we tried to show a certain amount of self-confidence from the beginning, and after the 2 [in the first end] it was easier to take control of the game. It’s the best thing, to play against the host country and the crowd has been awesome already, so I’m looking forward to tonight. I think it’s going to be great.”

Joining them in the quarter finals were Germany who defeated Turkey by a score of 10-1. Germany would score 4 points in the fourth end, then steal 3 points in the fifth and a single point in the sixth to bring the game to a close.

The final game of the session would decide Germany’s opponents in the quarter-finals. Poland and Korea would face off in the closest game of the session where the lead changed hands three times.

The scores were tied, 2-2, at the fourth end break and Poland would steal a single point in the fifth end for the advantage. Korea responded in the sixth end with a score of 3 points to retake a lead they would not relinquish, winning the game by a score of 6-4.

The quarter-final games will take place this evening at 1900 MSK.

First Session

This morning saw the first session of knockout play with three of the five group winning teams in action.

Canada faced the Czech Republic who qualified in last night’s tie-breaker. Canada opened the scoring with a score of 3 points before Czech Republic replied with a single point in the second end. From there Canada controlled the game blanking the next two ends before scoring 2 points in the fifth end and stealing a single point in the sixth end. Czech Republic could only score a single point in the seventh end and would concede the game, with the score 6-2 in Canada’s favour.

Afterwards, Canada skip, Michael Lizmore said: “That was a solid game and we’re happy with how we came out, right out of the gates there so we’re pretty pleased with our performance and looking to build upon that heading into the next one.”

The winner of the Scotland and USA game would progress to the quarter-finals to face Canada. USA opened the scoring with a single point in the first end but Scotland responded with a score of 3 points in the Second end and took control of the game from that moment. USA were forced to blank the third end, before Scotland stole a single point in the fourth end.

This would be the last points scored in the game as Scotland continually peeled USA stones. A few ends would see Scotland find themselves in a difficult position but Scotland skip, Cameron Bryce would find a way to clear the USA’s stones to claim a 4-1 victory and a place in the quarter-finals.

In the third game of the session Japan defeated Hungary by a score of 5-2. Japan opened the scoring in the second end with 2 points, before scoring a single point in the fourth end and stealing single points in both the fifth and sixth ends. They would then hold Hungary to a single point in the seventh end and claim their place in the quarter-finals.

The session’s final game saw New Zealand and Sweden play in a tense and entertaining game. New Zealand opened the scoring with a single point before stealing a single point in the second end. Sweden responded immediately to level the scores with 2 points in the third end. New Zealand skip, Brett Sargon was then left with an open draw to score 3 points in the fourth end to take a 5-2 lead into the break.

The second half of the game saw Sweden bring the scores level after seven ends at 6-6 with New Zealand holding the final stone in the eighth end. Sweden would find themselves sitting two shot stones when Sargon attempted an angled raise with his last stone but was marginally wide resulting in Sweden picking up a steal of 2 points and the win.

After their win, Swedish skip, Kristian Lindstroem said: “That was a real tough game, we struggled a whole lot during many ends. I think we played good in two ends, otherwise we struggled a lot. New Zealand played great but in the end it was just a matter of focusing on the right shots and patience. I know we can do a whole lot better than this so I’m not worried at all. I think it was good to get this game and this kind of play out the way, so that we can really see that when we play really bad we can still win but we need to pick it up.”

The second Last 16 session takes place this afternoon at 13:30 local time.