Italy record first win in Swift Current as day four comes to a close

  • Italy skip Federica Apollonio Photo: WCF / Michael Burns

Italy finally got their first win of the week when they beat Germany by 6-2 in Tuesday (22 March) evening's round-robin play.

In the same session, Scotland had a last-stone 6-5 win over Finland to join Canada and Switzerland – who both sat out the session - at the top-of-the-table.

In the fifth end of their game against Germany, Italy's skip Federica Apollonio played a hit-and-stay to score one point and take a 2-1 lead. In the eighth end, Apollonio drew her last stone into the house to score three points from the end and take a 5-2 lead. Eventually Italy won by 6-2, with excited celebrations.

Finland faced Scotland and in the third end of this game, Finnish skip Oona Kauste drew her final stone round a busy house into position to score two points for a 3-1 lead. But, in the tenth end, Scotland skip Eve Muirhead kept her nerve to draw for the one point that gave her team a 6-5 victory. This subsequently put them into joint top-spot.

Russia started out strongly in their game against Korea, with skip Anna Sidorova drawing her last stone of the first end into the house, to open the scoring with three points. The Russians kept going after that, to force handshakes and a game concession from Korea after just seven ends, with a final score of 9-1.

Japan were up against Sweden and in the third end, their skip Satsuki Fujisawa hit-out a Swedish stone while keeping her own in play to score two points for a 2-1 lead. In the fifth end she once again played a hit-and-stay for another two points, this time moving her lead to 4-2. In the eighth end, Fujisawa hit-out a Swedish stone and kept her own stone in play to score two points and take a 7-3 lead, before winning 8-4.

They Said It

Brian Gray; Italy coach (after 6-2 win over Germany): “It's fantastic. Finally, after the seventh game we get some success. It's been really close the last four games, so it's great finally to get a win. There are so many new things here for our team, it just takes time to get rid of all the distractions and concentrate on making curling shots and that's what we're doing now. That’s a great confidence-booster for the team and I'm just so proud of the girls."

Satsuki Fujisawa; Japan skip (after 8-4 win over Sweden): "We had no big misses, our communication was good and as a team we played really well together. In the earlier game today, our communication was not adequate. Playing against the Olympic Silver medallists – we're just really happy to have put on such a game with them."

Anna Sidorova; Russia skip (after 9-1 win over Korea): "Every game is really important here, because you never really know which one will count. Sometimes it’s not enough to play good. You have to play really good, or even excellent, if you want to beat the really good teams. So, we’re glad we won this one. "

RESULTS, Session 11

Italy 6-2 Germany; Finland 5-6 Scotland; Russia 9-1 Korea; Japan 8-4 Sweden

STANDINGS after Session 11 (W-L)

Canada 6-1
Scotland 6-1
Switzerland 6-1
Japan 5-2
Russia 5-2
Denmark 3-4
Germany 3-4
USA 3-4
Korea 2-5
Finland 1-6
Sweden 1-6
Italy 1-6

WCTV highlights: Next broadcast, Japan v Germany on Wednesday 23 March at 09.00 (Mountain Daylight Time),

 WWCC 2016 session 11 standings results
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