Hosts Scotland to face China for World Wheelchair curling title

  • China’s skip Haitao Wang and vice-skip Mingliang Zhang © WCF / Tom Rowland

Hosts Scotland beat defending world champions Norway by 7-3, while Paralympic champions China were 5-2 winners over Korea in Saturday evening’s semi-finals of the World Wheelchair Championship 2019 in Stirling, Scotland.

Scotland and China will play for gold medals on Sunday (10 March) afternoon at 14:30 while, before that, at 10:00, Norway and Korea will contest the bronze medal game on Sunday morning. Both games have a live stream available, links below, and times are Greenwich Mean Time

The game between Norway and Scotland opened with the Norwegians scoring one point in the first end, and the Scots took an early lead with a score of two points in the second end.

In the third end, Norway’s skip Rune Lorentsen attempted a nose-hit on a Scottish stone but wrecked on a guard on the way in. With the Scots having another stone at the back of the house, they stole two points for a 4-1 lead. Norway could only score one point in the fourth end, meaning the Scots went into the break with a 4-2 lead.

In the fifth end, Scotland added another point when their skip Aileen Neilson put her stone through a narrow gap to hit out a Norwegian stone. Norway’s Lorentsen was heavy with his second draw of the sixth end and had to settle for one more point rather than the two he was looking for. In the seventh end Neilson’s last stone nudged a guard and accidentally pushed her own stone into position to score one more point for a 6-3 lead.

In the eighth end, Norway had a chance to score the three points needed to force an extra end but Lorentsen again caught a guard, giving Scotland a steal of one for the 7-3 win that put them into the gold medal game.

Following her win, an emotional Scottish skip Neilson said, “It’s just a dream come true to actually play in the final of our home championship and it’s been my dream to get a medal on home soil. We know we’ve got a medal now, but there’s one colour I don’t have, and it would be my ultimate dream to get that.“

The game between China and Korea opened with the teams swapping single points for the first three ends. Korea deliberately blanked the fourth end but could only manage a score of one point in the fifth end to level the game at 2-2.

China made the first break-through in the sixth end when Korea skip Soonseok Seo completely missed a take-out attempt, leaving China skip Haitao Wang with a draw for two points and a 4-2 lead.

After this, Seo was short with a draw attempt in the seventh end to give China a single point steal for 5-2, and in the eighth end, China ran Korea out of stones with a triple run-back.

After the game China skip Wang said, “We’ve been able to learn some things at this championship. Now we need to bring out the best from ourselves.”


Medal games (live stream available)

Gold: China v Scotland, www.bit.ly/2tYYpQC
Bronze: Korea v Norway, www.bit.ly/2UusSS4


Results

1v4: China 5-2 Korea
2v3: Norway 3-7 Scotland

Standings (W-L)

Q China 9-3
Q Scotland 9-4
Q Norway 8-4
Q Korea 7-6
Switzerland 6-6
Slovakia 6-6
Russia 5-6
Estonia 5-6
Latvia 5-6
>B Canada 5-6
>B United States 4-7
>B Germany 1-10

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