Denmark, Slovenia and Switzerland claim the final play-off places from Groups B and D

  • Denmark's Mads Norgaard guides his squad to a win and secures play-off spot © WCF / Jeffrey Au

The final day of the Winn rentals World Mixed Curling Championship 2018 round-robin stage saw Groups B and D finalise their play-off bound teams.

Group B

The three available play-off spots for Group B were settled in the morning session of play today.

Russia, who had already secured their place in the play-off stage, finished at the top of the table and will progress directly to the quarter-finals.

Joining them in the play-off stage will be Denmark, who won both their games today, defeating Australia, 6-4, in the morning then following that with a 9-4 win over Ireland to finish second in the group.

After qualifying in the morning session, Danish skip, Mads Norgaard said, “That game wasn’t too good. It was a bit too exciting for my taste! We had some tough shots and missed a couple of them so it got a big tighter than planned. But it’s alright, we qualified!

“We’ve been a bit up and down all week, it’s going a bit better now. We had some tough games early on, but we are getting better and better so hopefully it pays off in the play-offs. It doesn’t matter who you play against, you just have to play your game and stay ahead of the other teams.”

Switzerland took the final play-off place from Group B with a 9-5 win over United States to finish the round robin with a record of six wins and two losses. After their win, Swiss skip, Mario Freiberger [pictured above] said, “We played a good game today and kept winning leading up to the play-offs, so that’s cool. We started really good, then they played a really good second end, where we were saying ‘okay we didn’t really play that bad.’

“We are starting to have a winning streak rather than winning, losing, winning, losing, so that feels great. It’s better now to win and advance to the play-offs rather than to lose.”

Both Denmark and Switzerland will compete tomorrow afternoon in the qualification round. Their opponents will be decided after the final round-robin session tonight at 20.00 PDT.

Group D

A dramatic, 9-6 extra-end victory over Slovakia in the afternoon session, saw Slovenia secure the final play-off place from Group D and their nation’s first ever trip to the play-offs in a World Championship. Slovenia won their third game in a row and second game of the day, after defeating Japan, 8-7, in the morning session to climb the rankings into third place.

Afterwards, a delighted Slovenian skip, Tomas Tisler said, “It feels crazy. I don’t even know what to say because we didn’t expect this. Even going into this game, playing for the play-offs it was just crazy. The way this went game on, it just feels special. It’s the first time we made the play-offs for our country in any world championship.”

Norway returned to winning ways, with an 8-1 victory over Hungary in the afternoon game, ending Hungary’s play-off hopes, and ensuring Norway claimed first place in the group and progressed directly to tomorrow evening’s quarter-final.

The final play-off spot in Group D belongs to Canada, who finished in second place after defeating Slovakia 10-1 in the day’s opening session and will now compete in tomorrow afternoon’s qualification round.

Both Canada and Slovenia will play in the qualification round at 14.00 PDT and their opponents will be decided after tonight’s final round robin session.

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Photos © WCF / Jeffrey Au