Canada, Germany, Switzerland and Turkey progress to the quarter-final round

  • Switzerland defeat Czech Republic to move into quarter-finals © WCF / Jeffrey Au

After four tense games in the Winn Rentals World Mixed Curling Championship 2018 qualification round, Canada, Germany, Switzerland and Turkey have moved on to the quarter-final stage.

Switzerland took the early advantage in their game against Czech Republic with a score of four points in the third end. A further score of two points in the fifth end after the break put Switzerland firmly in control of the game on their way to a 7-4 win.

Swiss skip, Mario Freiberger said after their win, “We had a couple of bad draw shots so they got hammer. But forced them to one, came back with four then pretty much just a good game plan from there. We made a bad decision to give up two, but after that it was in our control.

"We started off the championship not that good, then losing wasn’t allowed. I think the top half of the draw is really tough. But good thing for us, we started fighting half-way through, so we’re used to these kinds of games.”

Canada defeated Slovenia, 9-5, in a tense game where Canada stole three points in the fourth end to take a 5-2 lead into the break. Slovenia responded and with the game finely balanced they scored a single point in the seventh end to trail Canada 5-6. In the eighth and final end, Canada scored another three points to secure their place in the quarter-finals.

After their win, Canadian vice-skip, Danielle Inglis said, “It feels incredible. Every step we’ve gotten better and we’ve learned something new. To be in this position we are just so excited. We weren’t playing our best the first four ends, that’s for sure. We just had to turn the dial up and make some shots. It took a couple of big key shots, but we got it there. Tons of credit to the opposition - they had a ton of great shots.”

Germany beat Sweden 7-5 to secure their place in the quarter-finals. Germany controlled the first half of the game with a score of three points in the third end and a steal of two points in the fourth end. Then, Sweden brought themselves back to within two points with a single point in the sixth end and a three-point steal in the seventh end.

Germany held on, running Sweden out of stones in the eighth end for the win. Afterwards, a relieved German vice-skip, Andrea Schoepp said, “The last three ends were like a nightmare, what happened there?! I have no idea what happened. They made a lot of good shots in the last two ends we played and we were kind of becoming hectic and not discussing the right way. Tonight we have to play better for sure, it’s still another game to go. We played them [Spain] already in August and it was really a tight and close game. So tonight will be a challenge.”

The round’s final game went all the way to an extra-end. Turkey claimed a place in the quarter-finals after defeating Denmark 8-7.

Turkey led 5-3 after five ends, but in the sixth end, Denmark scored four points to take temporary control of the game. A score of one point in the seventh end, followed by a single point steal in the eighth end by Turkey levelled the game at 7-7 and took it to an extra end.

In the extra end, Danish skip Mads Norgaard over curled his final stone when attempting a nose hit, giving up steal of one point and the game to Turkey.

After their extra-end win, Turkish vice-skip Bilal Omer Cakir said, “We needed to win, but we aren’t surprised because we worked very hard this tournament. We are very happy and now we have Russia. We are very focused with a lot of motivation now.”

The quarter-final round will take place tonight at 20.00 PDT. The fixtures for that round are:
Norway v Switzerland; Canada v Scotland; Spain v Germany; Turkey v Russia.

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