Wednesday 9 November 2016
The round-robin stage of the World Wheelchair-B Curling Championship (WWhBCC) 2016 being held in Lohja, Finland, drew to a close today after a tie-breaker session to fill the last two playoff places.
Group A was topped by Scotland who will now progress directly to the semi-final stage. The playoff places from Group A were completed by Slovakia who finished in second place and England who defeated Sweden in a tie-breaker by a score of 8-3 earlier today.
Group B sees hosts Finland top the group and also progress directly to the semi-final stage, while the remaining playoff places in Group B were secured by Poland, who finished second, and Estonia who defeated Japan 10-8 after an extra end in today’s tie-breaker round.
This evening will see both qualification games played in which Estonia will play against Slovakia, and England will face Poland with both winning teams progressing to tomorrow’s semi-final games.
The winners of those semi-final games will qualify for the World Wheelchair Curling Championship (WWhCC) 2017 being held in PyeongChang, Korea in March 2017 and will also compete for the gold medals later that afternoon, while the losing teams will compete for the bronze medals.
The WWhCC 2017 is the last qualification event for the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games, to be held in PyeongChang, Korea (9-18 March).
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