Semi-final games determined in World Senior Curling Championships 2019

  • Switzerland’s senior men celebrate their qualification win © WCF / Alina Pavlyuchik

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World Seniors semi-final line-ups decided

The semi-final line-ups in both the women’s and men’s World Senior Curling Championships 2019 have now been finalised.

In the women’s event, Canada will play Scotland, who beat United States by 5-1 in their qualification game, while in the other semi-final, Denmark will face Switzerland, who were 11-2 winners over Sweden in the other qualification game.

After her qualification win, Scotland’s skip Susan Kesley said, “We were in control from the beginning there. We’ve never played Canada before, so we’ll just see how it goes. Our target was to get past the quarters – that’s where we got to last year, so we’ve gone one better.”

In the men’s quarter-finals, Canada beat Australia by 7-2 while Denmark were 6-4 winners over United States. These two winners will face each other in the semi-finals. A pleased Danish skip Ulrik Schmidt spoke after his win, he said: “That was back and forth and we had a hard time putting pressure on them, but eventually we did. This is the furthest we’ve gone in the seniors, so why not keep winning?”

Scotland beat Norway by 9-7 and Switzerland beat Sweden by 5-2 to set up the other semi-final.

After his win Switzerland skip Stefan Karnusian said, “We’ve only had one bad game and now we’re playing better, so we need another good game tomorrow in the semi-final.”


Results qualification games: Sweden 2-11 Switzerland; United States 1-5 Scotland

Semi-finals: Canada v Scotland; Denmark v Switzerland


Results quarter-finals: Canada 7-2 Australia; United States 4-6 Denmark; Scotland 9-7 Norway; Switzerland 5-2 Sweden

Semi-finals: Canada v Denmark; Scotland v Switzerland

Denmark’s senior women celebrate a win, © WCF / Alina Pavlyuchik

Teams navigate qualification games in World Seniors

Australia, Norway, Switzerland and United States all kept their senior men’s campaigns alive with wins in Friday afternoon’s qualification games in the men’s event at the World Senior Curling Championships 2019.

In their game against Germany, United States went three points down after the first end but clawed back into the game to complete their 12-6 win with a score of four points in the seventh end.

Afterwards, their skip Geoff Goodland said, “We gave up a three in the first end and thought ‘that wasn’t a good start to the day’, but we settled in after that.” United States now face Denmark in the quarter-finals.

Australia beat Wales by 9-2 to face Canada next, and their skip Hugh Millikin said, “We came out all firing today and their skip Adrian [Meikle] had his hands full every end.” Australia go on to face Canada.

Norway were 8-2 winners over New Zealand and now face Scotland in the quarter-finals, while Switzerland beat Poland by 8-3, and now are up against Sweden in their quarter-final.

There was one women’s qualification game in this session, and Switzerland beat Sweden 11-2 to move onto the semi-final where they will face either Canada or Denmark.

After this game, Switzerland’s skip Chantal Forrer said, “That was our best game of the week, we all played very well and we’ll need to play like that again in the semi-final.”