Germany and Sweden claim final playoff places

  • Scotland are the only undefeated side remaining in the championship © WCF / Jeffrey Au

The round-robin stage of the Winn Rentals World Mixed Curling Championship 2018 being held in Kelowna, Canada, drew to a close this evening with the final two playoff places secured by Germany and Sweden.

Group A

After Scotland and Turkey had secured the first two places in the playoffs from Group A, Germany claimed the final spot after their victory over Belarus, 6-3, in today’s early session.

After their win, German vice-skip, Andrea Schoepp [pictured above] said, “We had a good start and sometimes a bit of luck, which you need to win. We are still a little bit shaky and I had a really bad game today. I can play much better than I did today, but it’s a team sport. You just have to play well, make your two shots and if all players do that it’s okay. All the teams are really equal, you have some that are maybe a bit better, not only because of their delivery but many other things.”

After completing their round-robin campaign as the only undefeated side, Scotland progress directly to the quarter-final stage tomorrow afternoon, while Germany and Turkey will take their places in the qualification stage.

Group C

Spain finished their round robin with an 11-1 victory over Croatia to ensure they took first place in Group C and progress directly to the quarter-finals.

Behind Spain in the group, Czech Republic finished in second place after an extra end loss 8-10 against Poland in the final round robin session. also, in that final session Sweden secured the last remaining playoff place with an 8-5 win over Chinese Taipei.

Afterwards, Swedish skip, Rickard Hallstroom [pictured above], said “I feel happy, very, very happy. Yesterday we thought we were more or less out of the tournament. We’re not too happy about our first few games, we didn’t play well, but we said let’s give ourselves a chance today.”

Talking about the game that saw them clinch their playoff place, he continued, “Chinese Taipei are a good team, they’ve won a lot of games, but we started this game really well and after that it felt quite good. We’ve had so many bad starts this tournament. Every game we’ve been hunting from the start and it was so nice to just get points ahead early.”

The qualification-round of the playoffs will take place at 14.00 PDT tomorrow (Friday 19 October) and will see the Czech Republic play Switzerland; Canada play Slovenia; Germany play Sweden; and Denmark play Turkey.

For the final round-robin standings and all the scores from the championship visit http://wmxcc2018.worldcurling.org/

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Photos © WCF / Jeffrey Au