Sweden, Canada, Germany and Ireland men progress to semi-finals

  • Sweden men move into semi-finals Photo © WCF / Céline Stucki

The men's quarter-finals of the World Seniors Curling Championships 2017 - being held in Lethbridge, Canada's ATB Centre, Lethbridge Curling Club - saw the defending champions, Sweden, and hosts Canada, win to progress to this evening's (Friday 28 April) semi-final.

It took all the way to a single-point steal in the final end of their game against New Zealand for a 5-4 quarter-final win, but Sweden remain on course to defend their world title.

The other winners in Friday morning’s men’s quarter-finals session were hosts Canada, who beat Wales by 8-1; Germany, with a 10-4 victory over Australia; and Ireland, who beat Denmark by 5-4 with a perfectly-judged last stone draw.

Canada will now face Ireland while Sweden are against Germany in this evening’s semi-finals.

They Said It:

Mats Wranaa; skip, Sweden (after 5-4 win over New Zealand): "That was a close one. We struggled a lot in this game, and I struggled a lot personally. I think I will find my form for the next game. The title defence is still there – we’re going to try."

Uwe Saile; skip, Germany (after 10-4 quarter-final win over Australia): "Semi-final – that sounds great! We didn’t expect it. When we came here we had a big target to make the quarter-finals and now this. It’s a bonus, we played fantastic against Australia. They didn’t have much luck and we had it all the time, so we’ll take it!"

Bryan Cochrane: skip, Canada (after 8-1 quarter-final win over Wales): "Our team played really well today; it was fun just to watch as a skip to see how well our team played. Medal or not, it’s about playing the very best that we can. At this stage in our lives and our careers, we just want to go out there and be proud of ourselves, represent our club, our community and our country as best as we can. It’s not whether it’s gold, silver, bronze or whatever."

Peter Wilson; skip Ireland (after 5-4 win over Denmark): "I’m delighted to be in the semi-final again. That was a tough, tough game. We just did enough in the last end – a cold hard draw, you can’t win it any better way… and the boys swept it well. Now Canada in the next game, the local team, we’ll just go and do our best and get stuck into them."