#WSCC2019 day six

  • New Zealand’s Dave Watt, Hans Frauenlob, Iain Craig and Lorne De Pape © WCF / Tom Rowland

Coverage of the sixth day of women’s and men’s competition at the World Senior Curling Championships 2019, in Stavanger, Norway:

Live scores: www.wcf.co/2GyChU7
Schedule: www.wcf.co/2Viof0U
Format: www.wcf.co/2GnYOmk

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Play-offs set as round robin draws to a close


It was qualification day at the World Senior Curling Championships 2019 on Thursday, as the round robin ended. Now six women’s and 12 men’s teams advance to the play-offs.

In the women’s competition, Canada were the only team to go unbeaten in the round robin, finishing first in group A. They will progress directly to the semi-finals. Likewise, finishing first in Group B means Denmark also go directly to the semi-finals.

To determine the additional two teams in the semi-finals, Group A second place finishers, Sweden, will play Group B third place finishers Switzerland. At the same time, United States, who placed third in Group A, will play Scotland, who placed second in Group B.

In the men’s competition, Scotland and Switzerland, who had both gone undefeated and been in a first-place tie in Group C, faced each other, guaranteeing one would drop in the standings. Scotland carved out a four-point lead early that the Swiss couldn’t catch. By the fifth end the Scots were leading 7-1 and Switzerland shook hands after the sixth end with a score of 7-3.

Teams that went undefeated throughout the round robin were Sweden in Group A, Canada in Group B and Scotland in Group C. These top three finishers will advance straight to the quarter-finals along with Denmark who finished first in Group D.

A qualification round will determine the additional four teams to advance. These match-ups will be: Australia v Wales — winner plays Canada; United States v Germany — winner plays Denmark; Norway v New Zealand — winner plays Scotland; Switzerland v Poland — winner plays Sweden.


American Margie Smith © WCF / Tom Rowland

Quotes


WOMEN

Susan Kesley; Scotland, skip (after 7-5 Group B win over Switzerland): "Now we just have to wait to see who we play in the quarter-final. We’re really happy with that game and we’re playing well now. We’ve come onto our game and it’s definitely the right stuff at the right time."

Irina Kolesnikova; vice-skip, Russia (after 11-7 Group A win over Lithuania: "We still feel not so good because only now we have managed to win. We’ve really enjoyed the event though, the organisation is great, the ice is good and the teams are strong, everything has been really great. It’s a really friendly atmosphere. We know lots of teams and we’ve played lots of them before. Sometimes it’s so friendly that we didn’t even want to play them!"

MEN

Iain Craig; second, New Zealand (after 6-4 Group A win over Czech Republic): "Skip’s last shot. It was unbelievable. We were lying two against and we had a choice of two shots, either a hit through a port or a draw to the button. We chose to draw to the button and with a good team effort, a good sweep, we got it right on the spot. We managed to win the game with that last shot, which was great."

Geoff Goodland; skip, United States (after 3-7 Group D loss to Wales): "They were just doing a better job getting rock position on us. We were just struggling with that sheet, not sure why. We weren’t getting our draws in good spots. It was hurting us."

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