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Nordic teams win bronze medals at Winter Universiade

Sweden’s women’s [pictured above, ©] and Norway’s men’s teams have won the bronze medals on the penultimate day (Monday 6 February) of the curling competition at the Winter Universiade Games, being held in the Almaty Arena, in Kazakhstan.

Following a 4-7 defeat to Canada in Monday morning’s semi-finals Isabella Wranaa’s team bounced back to beat Switzerland, 6-3, in the women’s bronze medal game.

Sweden’s win was helped largely by a steal of three points in the third end, which opened the scoring, after two blank ends. Three single points each were exchanged between the teams in the remainder of the ends, but it was the third end score of three that proved the difference between the teams.

Switzerland won a tie-breaker, 6-4, on Sunday (6 February) against Great Britain to secure the final women’s play-off place, but lost out to Russia in the semi-final, 7-8, in an extra end.

Russia and Canada women will meet in the gold medal final at 09:00 on Tuesday (7 February).

On the men’s side, Steffen Walstad’s Norwegian team lost to Great Britain – who still have a perfect record at this championship – 8-9 in the semi-finals. However, a score of three points in the second end and two in the seventh helped Norway to a 7-3 victory over Czech Republic in the bronze medal game.

Sweden men beat Czech Republic, 8-6, in the semi-final. Sweden and Great Britain’s men’s teams will meet in the gold medal game at 14:00 on Tuesday. Times are Alma-Ata time, six hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time

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They said it

Isabella Wranaa; skip, Sweden (after 6-3 bronze medal game win over Switzerland): “It feels great [to win bronze], because we’ve been fourth in a couple of championships before, so, finally a medal and the trend is broken. It has been a great event, with fantastic ice. The village has been fantastic as well and it has been fun being with other students and enjoying other sports.”

Steffen Walstad; skip, Norway (after 7-3 bronze medal game win over Czech Republic): “We have had an up and down week and we didn’t perform at the level we wanted to, so I’m happy to go home with a medal. The Universiade has been really good, it is such a valuable experience to be at an event similar to the Olympics.”

Day six round-up

At the conclusion of the Winter Universiade Games curling round robin – being held in the Almaty Arena, Kazakhstan – on Saturday (4 February), seven of the eight teams for the play-offs were decided. One tie-breaker is required on Sunday (5 February).

The tie-breaker will be between Switzerland and Great Britain’s women’s teams. Canada’s team, skipped by Kelsey Rocque, topped the women’s side of the draw, with skip Victoria Moiseeva’s Russian team and Isabella Wranaa’s Swedish team also qualifying.

Canada women won their final game 5-3 against Norway; Russia beat Switzerland 9-3 and Sweden defeated hosts Kazakhstan 13-5.

On the men’s side skip Bruce Mouat’s Great Britain qualified with nine wins from nine. They won their last round robin game 5-3 against Korea. Sweden, skipped by Gustav Eskilsson [pictured above, ©], Czech Republic lead by Lukas Klima, and defending champion nation, Norway also qualified on the men’s side.

Sweden beat Japan 10-3, while Czech Republic defeated Russia 8-5, in their last round robin games. Despite losing their last two round robin games, earlier wins in the draw helped, skip Steffen Walstad’s Norway to reach the play-offs.

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Day five round-up

Great Britain’s men’s team have become the first team to qualify for the curling play-offs in the Winter Universiade Games 2017, being held in the Almaty Arena, in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Skip Bruce Mouat’s team kept their 100% round robin record in tact, in the penultimate day of the round robin, with a 10-4 win over Japan, in just seven ends.

Also on the men’s side Czech Republic beat Canada, 8-2; USA won against Russia 7-5, helped largely by a score of three points in the third end; Norway defeated hosts Kazakhstan 8-0 and Sweden won against Korea 8-5.

On the women’s side, where there were two games each on Friday, Canada, Great Britain and Switzerland are all tied in first place.

Kelsey Rocque's [pictured above, © WCF / Richard Gray] Canadian women's team posted a 13-2 win over the hosts Kazakhstan, while Switzerland passed Germany by a single point in an extra end, 5-4 and Great Britain beat Korea 9-6 in the morning. There were also wins in this session for Sweden and Russia.

In the evening, Canada beat Korea 8-2; Great Britain lost out to Sweden 8-7 and Switzerland won against Kazakhstan in six ends. China and Germany also posted wins in the evening.

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Day four round-up

The round robin stage of the Winter Universiade Games curling event, taking place in the Almaty Arena this week, passed its halfway point on Thursday – there are two more days of round robin play to go.

Great Britain men remain unbeaten after a 10-1 win over hosts Kazakhstan and a close 5-4 win over Czech Republic. However, with four wins and two losses, Norway and Sweden are close on their heels. These teams also had two wins on Thursday.

Steffen Walstad’s Norwegian team [pictured above, ©] beat USA 5-4 on Thursday morning, before beating Russia 7-4 in the evening. For Sweden, skipped by Gustav Eskilsson, they first defeated Russia 11-6, before going on to win against Canada 7-5 in the evening.

On the women’s side there was just one game for each of the ten teams competing. A 7-6 win for Great Britain over Norway sees them retain their place at the top of the standings, so far. However, Canada, Korea, Russia and Switzerland all follow closely behind in joint second place.

On Thursday, there were also wins for China (7-6 v Germany), Russia (6-5 v Sweden), Korea (14-2 v Kazakhstan) and Canada’s (6-5 v Switzerland) women’s teams.

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Day three round-up

Great Britain lead both the women’s and men’s standings after three days of round robin play at the Winter Universiade Games in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

On the women’s side Switzerland are also in joint-first place with four wins and a loss, while GBs men’s team are the only team still on a 100% record.

Below the Brits, in the men’s field, things are completely even, with eight of the ten teams all on a two-from-four record. In the women’s and men’s standings Kazakhstan’s teams are the only ones yet to record a victory.

On Wednesday, Great Britain men beat Sweden, 8-3, while there were also wins for Norway (7-2 v Czech Republic), Japan (7-3 v Kazakhstan), Russia (6-5 v Korea) and USA men, who won a North American battle, 6-4 v Canada.

In Wednesday’s morning session Korea’s women’s drew for one in the tenth end to beat Pacific-Asia rivals China, 9-8, while a score of two points for Great Britain in the tenth end saw them beat Switzerland 6-5.

Sweden women [pictured above, ©] had two wins on Wednesday, first against Germany 12-8 and then against Korea 6-5. Canada women beat Russia 7-4 on Wednesday morning, but lost to Great Britain 9-5 in the evening. Russia went on to beat hosts Kazakhstan 14-1 during the evening games.

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Day two round-up

After two days of round robin play at the Winter Universiade in Almaty, Kazakhstan Great Britain’s men’s team and Switzerland’s women’s team have won all three of their games, so far.

Bruce Mouat’s [pictured above, © WCF / Marissa Dederer] GB team beat Canada 9-4 on Tuesday morning, before going onto post a 7-4 victory over Norway, in the evening.

Switzerland’s women’s team, skipped by Elena Stern, beat Norway 7-4, in their only game of the day. In the end, single points steals in the third and tenth end were pivotal for the Swiss.

The Switzerland-Norway tie saw the daughters of two Olympic gold medallists – Briar Huerlimann daughter of 1998 Olympic champion Patrick Huerlimann and Pia Trulsen daughter of 2002 gold medallist Pal Trulsen – go head-to-head.

Great Britain’s women’s team also won their game today – 8-7 against Germany, while China posted a big 10-0 victory over hosts Kazakhstan.

Czech Republic men also beat Kazakhstan 10-2 on Tuesday evening, while Korea men came out on top, in an all-Pacific-Asia clash with Japan, 7-6. It was a score of three in the tenth end that proved decisive for Seong Sehyeon’s Korean team.

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Day one round-up

Russia and Switzerland women were the two unbeaten teams on day one (Monday 30 January) at the Winter Universiade Games in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Russia – lead by Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championships 2016 gold medal winning skip, Victoria Moiseeva – won their first two games against Great Britain 7-3 and Norway 9-3.

Similarly, Switzerland’s women’s team – who include vice-skip Briar Huerlimann [pictured above, © WCF / Richard Gray], daughter of the 1998 Olympic Winter Games gold medallist Patrick Huerlimann – defeated Sweden 7-6 and Korea 8-7.

On the men’s side, Great Britain defeated Russia 9-5, lead by current World Junior Curling champion Bruce Mouat and his team. Meanwhile, 2015 WUG gold medal winning skip Steffen Walstad lost out to Koshuke Hirata’s Japan team 7-6, in their opening game.

The biggest win on the women’s side on Monday was Germany’s 13-2 win over hosts Kazakhstan. On the men’s side Sweden opened with an 11-2 victory over Czech Republic.

Sweden, Great Britain, Germany, Canada and China women all recorded one win and one loss on Monday. While for the men there were also wins for Korea and Canada.

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