World Senior Curling Championships 2016 commence in Karlstad, Sweden

  • Czech Republic's Lenka Safrankova Photo: WCF / Céline Stucki

Round-robin play got underway on Friday (15 April) morning in the Karlstad Curling Club and, after three sessions - and with some teams still to start their campaigns - New Zealand, Scotland and Switzerland were the only three nations with both their women and men's teams starting with wins on the first day of play.

The Scottish men, led by Gordon Muirhead beat the Czech Republic by 7-4, while the Scottish women, under Jackie Lockhart had a 9-1 win over Italy – last year's Silver medallists.

For Switzerland, Stefan Karnusian led the men to a 6-4 win over Wales while Esther Kobler skipped the Swiss women to a win over Germany, by the same 6-4 score-line. At the same time, Hans Frauenlob skipped the New Zealand men who recorded a win over Denmark – who had only three players available at the start of the game. The New Zealand women, skipped by Elizabeth Matthews had a 9-4 victory over Russia.

Other opening day winners were Australia, Canada, England, France, Ireland, Israel, Norway and the USA among the men, while other women's winning teams were the Czech Republic, England and the USA.

RESULTS, session one
Men: Ireland 6-4 Finland; Australia 6-5 Italy; Israel 4-2 Slovakia; Denmark L-W New Zealand; England 9-3 Poland
Women: Russia 4-9 New Zealand

RESULTS, session two
Women: Australia 3-12 England; Japan 0-9 Czech Republic
Men: Russia 4-7 USA; France 7-5 Japan; Scotland 7-4 Czech Republic

RESULTS, session three
Women: Italy 1-9 Scotland; Sweden 8-7 Latvia; Germany 4-6 Switzerland
Men: Switzerland 6-4 Wales; Canada 6-3 Sweden

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