#WSCC2018: Day six review

  • Unbeaten Switzerland head to the play-offs Photo © WCF / Richard Gray

Thursday’s (26 April) final day of round-robin play at the World Senior Curling Championships in Oestersund, Sweden settled the line-ups for the competition’s play-off stages.

In women’s Group A, both Canada and United States knew that they had qualified before Thursday’s play started, but the third qualifying place was still to be decided. And that issue was settled when Sweden beat Russia by 8-4.

With all three of Canada, Sweden and United States sharing the same won six, lost one record, the draw shot challenge was used to decide rankings, and this determined that United States finished top to take the direct route to the semi-finals, while Canada were second and Sweden third.

In women’s Group B, table-toppers Switzerland, who go direct to the semi-finals, and second-placed Scotland had already qualified, with England and Finland still in the frame to join them in third place.

The Finns gave themselves a life-line by handing Switzerland their first loss of the week, winning by 8-3 but England never recovered from losing six in the first end of their closing game against Scotland, who went on to win by 11-5. These results put Finland into third place in the Group.

Canada now face Finland in one qualification game, with the winner going on to play United States in the semi-finals, while Sweden and Scotland play each other in the other qualification game, with the winner of that going on to play Switzerland.

In two of the four men’s Groups, all three qualification places had been decided before Thursday’s play. Unbeaten Switzerland, Canada and third-placed Germany had qualified from Group B, while Denmark, New Zealand and Wales – in that order - had qualified from Group B.

In men’s Group A, unbeaten leaders Australia and second-placed Sweden – defending champions – had qualified before Thursday’s games, and Scotland joined them in third place, thanks to a 7-3 win over Czech Republic.

Qualification from men’s Group C went all the way to the final session. Norway went into that session already qualified as Group leaders, on five wins and no losses, but they faced a Latvian team that was tied for second place with United States, with Finland and Ireland still in the frame, depending on results. In the end, Norway beat Latvia by 5-4 and United States beat Croatia by 12-2.

This qualified United Sates in second place while Finland emerged from a three-way tie in third place, thanks to their superior draw shot challenge result.

All of this means that the first-ranked men’s teams – Australia, Denmark, Norway and Switzerland – all take the direct route to the quarter-finals.

The second and third teams in the groups will play each other in Play-off games, with the winners going onto the quarter-finals. The line-up for these games is United States against Finland; Sweden versus Germany; Canada against Wales, and New Zealand will play Scotland.

In the women’s semi-finals, United States will play the winner of Canada and Finland, while Switzerland will play the winner of Scotland and Sweden.

For athlete quotes from day six of the World Senior Curling Championships 2018 visit http://www.worldcurling.org/wscc2018/day-six-quotes

Results

WOMEN

Session 16: Poland L-W Lithuania; Russia 4-8 Sweden; Ireland 2-13 Latvia.

Session 17: Finland 8-3 Switzerland.

Session 18: Russia 0-7 Japan; Canada 8-1 Australia; Sweden W-L Poland; United States 9-3 Lithuania.

Session 19: Scotland 11-5 England; Italy 9-2 New Zealand.

MEN

Session 21: Ireland 5-6 Russia; Switzerland 10-6 Germany; Netherlands 3-13 Australia.

Session 22: New Zealand 8-4 Hong Kong; Israel 6-3 Poland; Turkey 2-11 Canada; Scotland 7-3 Czech Republic; Sweden 9-3 Italy.

Session 23: Japan 6-7 Denmark; France 3-6 Switzerland.

Session 24: Norway 5-4 Latvia; Czech Republic 4-5 Slovenia; Croatia 2-12 United States.

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