Play-off race heats up in Groups A and B as the round robin reaches halfway point

  • Scotland top Group A alongside Germany at the halfway stage © WCF / Jeffrey Au

At the mid-point of the round-robin stage the play-off race is beginning to take shape in groups A and B. Three teams remain undefeated at the top of the groups with several others chasing closely behind.

Group A

Germany and Scotland remain undefeated at the top of Group A with four wins. Germany defeated Hong Kong, 8-2 in their only game of the day, while Scotland faced two of their UK neighbours.

Scotland played England in the day’s early session and secured an 11-3 win. They followed that with a 7-4 win over Wales in the evening session.

Afterwards, Scottish skip, Robin Brydone said, “We knew when we saw the draw come out that the home nations day was an exciting one to have. You know, playing against England and Wales, it was good to get two wins. It was our first two game day, so it was good to get wins on the board.

We said coming in today it would be nice to win two games and try to pull away from the pack a little. Obviously, Germany are tied with us, so it’ll be a big game when we play them. We have another two-game day tomorrow so hopefully we’ll get another couple of wins.”

Trailing the leading pair in third place are Turkey, who won both of their games today. The early session saw them defeat Italy, 4-2. Then in the evening session they won another close game, 5-2, over Kazakhstan.

After the win over Turkey, skip, Oznur Polat [pictured above] said, “We are very, very happy, but it’s early in the group, we’re third just now. We’re a new team, but we’re playing very well.”

She continued, chuckling, “There were no problems today but tomorrow, I don’t know.”

Teams from Group A return to the ice tomorrow (Tuesday 16 October) afternoon at 12.00 PDT.

Group B

Russia remain the clear leaders of Group B with a perfect 4-0 record. After beating United States, 8-3, in the early session, they won their second game of the day in the evening session, 8-7 after an extra-end, against Switzerland.

Australia won their only game of the day, 9-1 over Netherlands, to move onto three wins and one loss and join Denmark and Finland in second place behind group leaders, Russia.

After their game skip, Matt Panoussi reflected on their opening games, “We had no expectations around where we’d sit on the ladder. We wanted to play every shot we could well. Some games have gone our way, at the moment more games have gone our way than the other way, but we’re really happy. The team is playing well together.”

Ireland won both of their games in Group B today to move onto a record of two wins and two losses. After their 10-6 win over Brazil in the early session, skip James Russell [pictured above] said, “That’s a bit of relief. We were really close against the Swiss last night, that was a hard one to take. But we came out and had a rough start, but got there in the end.

“The consistency is key, we played really well last night, played really well the second half of this game, so just keep it going. Keep the momentum up.”

They followed up this win with a 12-3 win over Netherlands in the evening session.

Teams from Group B are back on the ice in tomorrow’s morning session at 08.00 PDT.

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Photos © WCF / Jeffrey Au