Norway return to top place, while qualification for play-offs remains wide open

  • Norway’s Jostein Stordahl © WCF / Tom Rowland

Norway had an emphatic 10-1 win over Switzerland in Thursday morning’s 12th round-robin session to move into a clear lead at the top of the table in the World Wheelchair Curling Championship 2019 in Stirling, Scotland.

Elsewhere in the session, Canada beat Germany by 7-2, while Korea had an extra-end 7-6 victory over United States – both have now moved onto four wins, while Slovakia beat Scotland by 9-5 to record their third win so far.

Norway opened with a score of five points in the first end against Switzerland and never looked back after this. They stole two points in the second end to build their lead and then had single point steals in each of the third, fourth and fifth ends to take a 10-0 lead. In the sixth end Switzerland skip Eric Decorvet was heavy and went through the house with his second stone to score just one point, and, with that consolation point on the scoreboard, the Swiss conceded.

Canada scored three points in the fourth end of their game against Germany to take a 6-1 lead into the break. Germany scored one in the fifth end and then, two good take-outs by Canada skip Mark Ideson saw them blank the sixth end. Another single point for Canada in the seventh end, for 7-2, was enough to end the game.

This was Canada’s fourth successive win, after losing their first four games, and Canada skip Ideson said, “Every game is crucial for us now. Sport’s funny, when things aren’t going well, every break seems to go against you. But now, we seem to be getting the breaks.”

In the eighth end of the game between United States and Korea, American skip Steve Emt played two accurate draws around a front guard to score the three points that levelled the game at 6-6 and forced an extra end. However, he was heavy with his final draw of the extra end to let Korea score one point for 7-6 without having to play their last stone.

After this game Korea skip Soonseok Seo said, “This morning we felt we were standing on the edge of a cliff and had to win. But, even though there was an extra end, we won the game that we had to win, so that’s ok. Now we’re ready to play the next game. “

In the fourth game of the session Slovakia had a steal of four points in the second end against Scotland and followed that with a single point steal in the third end to take a 6-0 lead. In the seventh end, Scotland skip Aileen Neilson played a draw into the house to score one point and reduce Slovakia’s lead to 7-5, but a further two points in the eighth end sealed Slovakia’s 9-5 win.

While Norway sit at the top of the rankings. Germany, on just one win so far, sit 12th, but, depending on circumstances, even they can still make it to the last six play-offs.

Results

Session 12: Switzerland 1-10 Norway; Korea 7-6 United States; Scotland 5-9 Slovakia; Germany 2-7 Canada

Standings (W-L)

Norway 6-2
China 5-2
Latvia 5-2
Russia 4-3
Canada 4-4
Korea 4-4
Scotland 4-4
Switzerland 4-4
Estonia 3-4
Slovakia 3-5
United States 3-5
Germany 1-7

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