More teams secure qualification places in World Seniors

  • Denmark's Ulrik Schmidt is one skip to qualify for the play-offs Photo: © WCF / Céline Stucki

An extra end steal for a 7-6 win in their game against Finland put the Scottish women into the play-offs with one group game still to play, to keep their world title defence alive.

Also in women’s Group B, USA qualified with an 11-2 win over Australia. Switzerland, who sat out the first two sessions on Wednesday completed the three-team qualification from this group through their previous results.

In women’s Group A, with unbeaten Canada already qualified, and sitting out these sessions, Russia beat Japan by 8-6, while Italy beat England by 7-6. These results mean that four teams – England, Italy, Japan, Russia and Sweden – could still take the two other qualifying slots behind Canada.

In men’s play, Switzerland beat Ireland by 7-3 to record their fifth successive win and top Group B. But, with Australia beating Kazakhstan by 6-4, Israel beating USA by 6-5 in an extra end, and Italy winning by 7-5 over France, the qualification picture in this group isn’t yet certain with four of the five teams still in contention. These teams will all face each other in Thursday (27 April) morning’s final session of group play.

In Group C, already-qualified Canada sat out these two sessions, but Wales beat Scotland by 6-4 in an extra end to bring themselves back into contention. New Zealand beat England by 7-4 to tie in second place with the Scots and these two teams face each other in this group’s last session.

In Group A, neither Denmark or defending champions Sweden were in action on Wednesday morning. Both of these teams are already qualified, unbeaten, and face each other in the group’s final session. Behind these two, Norway gave themselves a qualification lifeline with a 9-3 win over Belgium, as did Czech Republic with a 6-3 win over Poland. Germany, who sat out these sessions, currently lie in third place in this group ahead of both Norway and the Czechs.

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