World seniors move into play-off stages

  • Israel will play a qualification game now to try to reach the quarter-finals Photo: © WCF / Céline Stucki

At the conclusion of the World Senior Curling Championships 2017 round-robin – In the ATB Centre, Lethbridge Curling Club, in Lethbridge, Canada – the six women’s teams and nine men’s teams for the play-offs are now known.

Topping their respective groups Canada, lead by two-time world champion Colleen Jones, and USA, skipped by 1999 world silver medallist Patricia Lank, have secured their places in Friday’s (28 April) semi-final. The semi-finals are due to be played at 14.00 (minus six, Universal Coordinated Time).

Meanwhile, Italy and Switzerland and Russia and Scotland will play in qualification games on Thursday (27 April) evening (16.30, -6 UTC) to decide who will play hosts Canada and USA in the semi-finals.

On the men’s side, Sweden, Germany and Denmark have qualified from Group A. Australia, Ireland and Israel advance to the play-offs from Group B. Lastly, hosts Canada, New Zealand and Wales have qualified from Group C. These teams now move to a quarter-final round, with the two third placed teams with the least favourable draw shot challenge playing a qualification game on Thursday evening. That game will be between Israel and Wales. The quarter-finals will be played at 10.00 (-6 UTC) on Friday.

The quarter-finals are between Canada and the winner of the one qualification game; Denmark v Ireland; Sweden v New Zealand; and Australia v Germany.

With an 8-2 win over Ireland in the last men’s group session on Thursday morning, Australia sealed top spot in Group B to now face Germany in the quarter-finals, who, as best-placed third-placed team across the three groups, moved directly into the quarter-final draw.

The other two group third places were only decided after tie-breakers. From Group B, Israel producing a last-stone 5-4 win over Switzerland and, from Group C, Wales beating Scotland, also by 5-4. These two winners now face each other in a qualification game, with the winners of that taking the last place in the quarter-draw, to face Canada, who were unbeaten Group C winners. To reach the tie-breaker, Israel had beaten Switzerland by 7-4 in their last group game.

On the women’s side, two tie-breaker games determined the final two teams that would qualify from Group A (behind unbeaten group winners Canada) – Italy beat Sweden by 9-3, while Russia were 7-4 winners over Japan. These results placed Russia in third place in the group, and they now face Scotland, the second-placed team in Group B. Italy’s win ranked them second in Group A and they now face Switzerland – third from Group B – in the other qualification game. The winners of these qualification games will go onto the women’s semi-finals.

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