Six teams sit tied in second place

  • Switzerland pick up second win Photo © WCF / Céline Stucki

Today’s (Tuesday 7 March) eighth session of round-robin play brought six teams level in second place in the rankings and tied three others eighth place at the bottom of the rankings.

Switzerland picked up their second win of the week when they defeated Norway by a score of 8-2. Switzerland opened the scoring with two points in the first end and followed that with a steal of two points in the third end when Norway skip, Rune Lorentsen, was heavy with his last stone. Norway scored a single point in the fourth end to leave the score at 4-1 in Switzerland’s favour at the break.

Switzerland scored three points in the fifth end to put fully take control of the game. The teams traded single points over the next two ends before Norway conceded with the score 8-2.

After their struggles this week USA made several line-up changes, with Kirk Black taking over the fourth stones and the skip duty for this game. The alterations paid off as they went on to defeat Scotland 5-4 to claim their second win of the week.

USA took the early advantage with a single point score in the first end followed by a steal of one point in the second end when second player and vice-skip for the game, Stephen Emt, played a precise draw to the button with his last stone. The stone sat almost frozen to a Scottish stone, that the Scotland team were unable to remove, for the remainder of the end to claim the point.

With the scores tied at 4-4 after seven ends USA third Justin Marshall played a freeze to a Scottish stone at the back of the 8-foot with his second stone that proved to be crucial. With her last stone, Scotland skip Aileen Neilson, was slightly heavy with her draw, leaving Marshall’s stone sitting shot and giving the USA the 5-4 victory without skip, Black having to throw his final stone.

Germany picked up their second win of the day with when they defeated Finland 7-5 in a closely fought game. With the score level at 5-5 going into the final end, Finnish skip Markku Karjalainen missed a take-out attempt with his first stone and was heavy with a draw attempt leaving Germany sitting two shot stone and the win.

In the session’s final game of the day, Korea held off a fightback from Canada to claim an 8-4 victory. Korea surged ahead to a 6-0 lead at the break with a score of two points in the first end and steals one point in the second end, two points in the third end and another single point in the fourth end. Canada fought back to within two points, but in the final end, skip, Jim Armstrong’s attempted take-out with his final stone cleared a Canadian stone from the house, giving Korea a score of two points and the win.

They said it

Claudia Huettenmoser; Switzerland (after 8-2 win over Norway): “Yesterday we had one bad and one very, very bad game. It was our lowest point, and we said ‘okay, we start over’. We had a little change in the team, and it started very well like that. Now, we will see and we will give our best for the next three games! Our first losses were only with one stone, but, it’s a loss. Now, I think we smell the winning, and we like it.”

Stephen Emt; USA skip (after 5-4 win over Scotland): “Great win. Scotland is playing very well right now, one of the best teams in the world and we came out here and concentrated on hitting the broom and throwing right weights. Very pleased with that win. This is my first year skipping the team, I wasn’t playing well up until this point. It’s all about the team so coach shuffled us up – put me at second, moved Justin to third and Kirk at skip. The five of us are here, and whatever coach feels in the line-up is best for the team. There are no egos out here, we have a great five and we will do whatever it takes. It was a good call – it worked this time, we’ll see what happens tomorrow and we will go from there.”

Results session eight: Switzerland 8-2 Norway; Finland 5-7 Germany; Korea 8-4 Canada; Scotland 4-5 USA.

Standings after session eight(W-L):

Russia 6-0
Canada 3-3
China 3-3
Germany 3-3
Korea 3-3
Norway 3-3
Scotland 3-3
Finland 2-4
Switzerland 2-4
USA 2-4

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