China and Finland women undefeated after three world qualification games

  • Finland’s Oona Kauste Photos: © WCF / Alina Pavlyuchik

China and Finland women are undefeated after three of the scheduled seven round-robin sessions following Tuesday’s second day of competition in curling’s inaugural World Qualification Event, being staged in Naseby, New Zealand.

Meanwhile, the men have played two round-robin games and England, Korea and New Zealand remain unbeaten so far.

The World Qualification Event 2019 is a new pathway to this season’s World Curling Championships, with places up for grabs for two women’s and two men’s teams to join the nations who have already qualified directly.

Convincing victories in women’s competition

China followed up their morning 10-6 win over Hungary with a 9-2 defeat of Hong Kong. Against Hong Kong, China had steals in each of the second, third, fourth and fifth ends to take a 7-0 lead into the break and then win in just seven ends.

Meanwhile, Finland followed up their comfortable 10-2 win over Brazil with a 9-6 victory over New Zealand, a result which leaves the hosts as the only women’s team still looking for their first win.

Hungary bounced back from their morning loss to China with a 9-2 win over Estonia, thanks to a run of steals from the fourth end to the ninth end. Before that, Estonia had recorded their only win so far, beating New Zealand by 8-5 in the morning session.

Hong Kong beat Poland by 9-7 in the morning session before their loss to China, while Poland beat Brazil by 6-5 in the evening session.

Huge 12-11 score for unbeaten England

In the men’s only session of the day, Korea opened with a score of three points in the first end on the way to their 11-4 win over Brazil.

New Zealand and Poland were tied at 3-3 lead at the fifth end break in their game, but, after this, New Zealand tied up their 9-5 victory with scores of two points in the sixth end and four points in the eighth end.

Meanwhile, Netherlands recovered from their opening day extra-end loss by wrapping up their 9-2 win over Denmark in just six ends. This was helped by a score of three points in the third end and steals in each of the next three ends.

The fourth game of this men’s session, between Australia and England, saw England win their second successive extra-end game, by 12-11.

In this game the lead changed hands four times before the teams went into the break tied at 6-6. With a score of four points in the seventh end, England took a 10-7 lead, but Australia scored three in the tenth end to level again, at 11-11, and force the extra end. Once again, England produced the one point needed for victory in that extra end.

Team Netherland’s pictured below

Results and standings


Session 2: China 10-6 Hungary; Brazil 2-10 Finland; Estonia 8-5 New Zealand; Hong Kong 9-7 Poland

Session 3: New Zealand 6-9 Finland; China 9-2 Hong Kong; Brazil 5-6 Poland; Estonia 2-9 Hungary

China 3-0
Finland 3-0
Hungary 2-1
Brazil 1-2
Estonia 1-2
Hong Kong 1-2
Poland 1-2
New Zealand 0-3.


Session 2: Netherlands 9-2 Denmark; New Zealand 9-5 Poland; Australia 11-12 England; Brazil 4-11 Korea

England 2-0
Korea 2-0
New Zealand 2-0
Netherlands 1-1
Poland 1-1
Australia 0-2
Brazil 0-2
Denmark 0-2.

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