England and Belarus pick up first win; Canada become the first team to qualify for the play-offs

  • England pick up their first win of the week Photo © WCF / Alina Pavlyuchik

Day five of the World Mixed Curling Championship concluded with sessions 17 and 18 of round-robin play in which England and Belarus recorded their first win of the competition, while Canada's second win off the day ensures they are the first team to secure a spot in the play-offs.

In the early evening session, England defeated Germany 7-5 to pick up their first win of the week. In a back and forth game, England lead 6-5 after seven ends, before stealing a single point in the eighth end to secure their win.

Norway beat the previously undefeated Israel 5-4. With the game tied at 4-4 Norway blanked the seventh end to hold onto the hammer in the final end. Norway then put the hammer to good use when, with their final stone, they drew to the button for the single point and the win.

Scotland bounced back from yesterday’s defeat to win 10-4 over Denmark. The teams traded single points for the first few ends before Scotland scored five points in the fourth end to take a commanding lead that Denmark were unable to recover from.

In the session’s other games, Switzerland defeated Finland 7-5 to keep their play-off hopes alive, while Sweden continued their unbeaten run with a 6-3 win over Latvia.

In the day’s final session Canada retained their undefeated record and secured a place in the play-offs with an 8-1 win over Netherlands in which they scored in all but the sixth and final end of play.

Belarus defeated China 5-2 to pick up their first win of the competition. After a Belarus steal of a single point in the seventh end left China needing two points to level the scores in the eighth end, they were forced to play a difficult double-raised takeout to clear a Belarus counter. The attempt was just off target, giving Belarus a steal of one point and the victory.

Elsewhere, Hungary defeated Slovenia 8-5; Slovakia defeated Austria 5-3, and in the session’s final game Korea beat Spain 5-4 after an extra end.

They said it

Grant Hardie; Scotland skip (after 10-4 win over Denmark): "We started a wee bit sluggish. I think having lost yesterday morning in the last game, it was quite good to bounce back with a win. We got a big five in the fourth end and that settled us down, and we played really well the last three ends to finish it off. We’re always keeping one eye on the table, so to get that win and get to three, then a couple more wins should see us into the play-offs."

Andrew Woolston; England skip (after 7-5 win over Germany): "We’ve been very close in three games, but managed to keep playing well until the end of the game there which was good. I think we were really good with our hits today. We managed to hang around with our hits and put some pressure on Andrea [Schoepp] so that helped us a lot. This was our first time at the worlds so it’s really good to get that win out of the way."

Yannick Schwaller; Switzerland skip (after 7-5 win over Finland): "We had some struggles in the games against Israel and Slovakia, we just didn’t find our game, especially me, but the whole team had pretty strong delivery so we’re very happy, and now we keep going. We’ve lost two games so we know we have to win every game now to have a chance of making it to the play-offs, but I’m really optimistic that we’ll do that."

RESULTS Session 17

Norway 5-4 Israel; Scotland 10-4 Denmark; Finland 5-7 Switzerland; Latvia 3-6 Sweden; England 7-5 Germany.

RESULTS Session 18

Slovakia 5-3 Austria; Slovenia 5-8 Hungary; China 2-5 Belarus; Canada 8-1 Netherlands; Spain 4-5 Korea.

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