World Senior Curling Championships 2018 play-offs begin

  • Defending Champions, Sweden into semi-finals Photo © WCF / Richard Gray

In Friday evening’s men’s quarter-finals at the World Senior Curling Championships 2018, being staged in Oestersund, Sweden, Canada, Scotland, Sweden and United States emerged as winners.

Canada beat Norway by 6-5, Scotland beat Australia by 6-4, Sweden had a 7-6 extra end win over Denmark, and United States beat Switzerland by 7-3. These results mean that all the round-robin group winners have been eliminated.

United States will now play defending champions Sweden in one semi-final, while Canada will face Scotland in the other.

To reach the men’s quarter-finals, Scotland had beaten New Zealand by 7-4 in the qualification round, while Sweden had a 7-2 win over Germany, Canada beat Wales by 5-3 and United States were 6-2 winners over Finland, who had to play without ill skip Jussi Uusipaavalniemi.

In the women’s event, Canada beat Finland by 10-6 in their qualification round while Sweden beat Scotland by 6-5 to set up the semi-finals as United States against Sweden, and Switzerland against Canada.

They said it

Sherry Anderson; skip, Canada (after 10-6 win over Finland): "That was a good game. I thought Finland played really well and I thought we played ok, we just had a couple of nose-peels in the seventh and it doesn’t take many mistakes to give up a three. But, other than that, it wasn’t bad, just a couple of shots here and there as a team. We played a decent game and there’s no need to panic. I think we’re in good shape for the semi-finals, it’s nice to have played today. You want to stay on the ice and stay in that mode of playing. I was fine with playing today and, as long as you win, I’m happy playing every day!"

Anette Norberg; skip, Sweden (after 6-5 win over Scotland): "It was a good game, we had some misses and we did some good shots, they had some misses and they did some good shots. We struggled a bit with our stones. We play tomorrow against the United Sates, but it’s just one game at a time and we’ll try to do it as well as we can."

Wade White; skip, Canada (after 5-3 win over Wales): "I thought that was a better game. We threw a lot of good draws early we got them into a lot of trouble, the team was curling well, and I had better control of my draw-weight. Two up, coming home is a good spot to be in. We’ve been controlling games quite a lot in the last three years and it felt good to be doing again this week. We’re peaking at the right time."

Gordon Muirhead; skip, Scotland (after 6-4 win over Australia): "After three quarter-finals, we’ve finally made it to the semis. It was good, we’ve had a really solid day. We’ve all played well all day and we’re looking forward to tomorrow. As soon as we got the two back at the second I was happy, and we never gave them a chance for two after that. I always felt in control although we didn’t get in front for a while and as long as we didn’t anything stupid, we were going to be ok. I hope we’re coming onto a game now. We’re delighted and just hope we can carry on today’s form onto tomorrow."

Mats Wranaa; skip, Sweden (after 7-6 extra end win over Denmark): "That was precision that got us that game. We started really good and we were 5-1 up at the break. Then we didn’t have the angles and everything went a little bit wrong, then they came back and we went to an extra end. I knew it was a really straight path for the last shot and a wanted to get the weight right. We are there and now it’s United States."

Jeff Wright; skip, United States (after 7-3 win over Switzerland): "Into the semi-finals, now we’ve got two more to go. I think we played pretty well – they played well too, but we just seemed to get in the right places at the right time. If we can carry this on for a couple more games, we’ll see what happens. Obviously, you’re always striving for more. No nerves though, you’re just out there playing and everything’s falling into place now."

Results

WOMEN

Qualification: Canada 10-6 Finland; Sweden 6-5 Scotland.

MEN

Qualification: Scotland 7-4 New Zealand; Germany 2-7 Sweden; Canada 5-3 Wales; Finland 2-6 United States.

Quarter-finals: Canada 6-5 Norway; Switzerland 3-7 United States; Scotland 6-4 Australia; Denmark 6-7 Sweden.

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