Senior's teams almost set for play-offs

  • Germany men have reached the play-offs Photo: © WCF / Céline Stucki

Wednesday saw the conclusion of play in both of the women’s groups in the World Senior Curling Championships 2017 and two of the three men’s groups.

Among the women, Scotland beat Switzerland by 8-4 to finish second in Group B behind USA, who had already completed their programme. This result meant that Switzerland finished in the third qualifying slot from this group.

In Group A, Canada beat Japan by 4-3 with the last stone of the game, to top the group undefeated. However, Russia’s won by 8-2 over Sweden puts both of these teams into a four-way tie – along with Japan and already-finished Italy – for the two remaining qualifying positions from this group. As a result, Japan will face Russia and Sweden will play Italy in Thursday morning tie-breakers with the winners progressing.

In men’s play, defending champions Sweden maintained their unbeaten record with a 9-5 win over Denmark to qualify. As this was Denmark’s only loss, they qualified in second placed from Group A, and Germany’s 9-2 win over Japan gave them the third qualifying place from this group.

In Group C, Canada beat Wales by 7-2 to stay undefeated and qualify at the top of the group. New Zealand beat Scotland by 5-2 to qualify in second place. Now, Scotland and Wales will go on to play a tie-breaker to determine the third-placed team.

Group B is yet to conclude, and Australia know they have qualified – but not their final ranking – thanks to their 6-3 win over Switzerland. Ireland (who beat Kazakhstan by 16-1) and Israel (6-5 winners over Italy) still remain in play-off contention from this group, along with the Swiss.

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