Slovakia record extra-end first win at the World Wheelchair championship

  • Slovakia pick up first win © WCF / Richard Gray

Slovakia recorded their first win at the World Wheelchair Curling Championship 2019 in the competition’s first extra-end game after defeating debutants, Estonia 7-6, on Monday afternoon.

Slovakia opened the scoring with a single point in the first end, then a single point steal in the second end. However, they went into the break trailing 2-4 after Estonia responded in the third end with three points and a single point steal in the fourth end.

Estonia led 6-5 going into the eighth end, with last stone advantage, however, Slovakia managed to steal the single point to take the game to an extra-end. Slovakia’s last stone in that extra-end was buried behind guards on the four-foot and when Estonia’s final stone hit one of those guards, Slovakia stole the single point for their 7-6 win.

After their win, Slovakia skip Radoslav Duris said, “I’m very happy. We came back in those last three ends and were focussed on every stone. Nothing was lost in the middle of the game [when trailing 4-2] there were many stones to be played. I like the pressure, it’s a fun game.”

In a repeat of the 2017 world championship final, Norway faced Russia. Like that final Norway came out ahead.

Norway opened the scoring with three points in the first end, then scored another two points in the third end to take a 5-2 lead into the break.

Norway controlled the second half of the game, and after stealing a single point in the seventh end to make the score 7-2, Russia conceded.

A happy Norway skip, Rune Lorentsen said, “I feel very good after that. In fact, we had a good start so I felt that we could relax and I felt that every end we were in front and could decide what to do. It didn’t give them any chance to get more than one point. Now we just have to keep our focus so that we don’t take a dip in our next few games.”

Latvia’s impressive form in their debut championship continued with an 8-7 win over hosts, Scotland. Latvia scored two points in the second end, then stole three points in the third end, two points in the fourth end and a single point in the fifth end for an 8-2 lead.

Scotland fought back with five points in the last three ends, but fell just short, giving Latvia their second win of the championship.

In the session’s final game, China defeated Switzerland in a low scoring tense game, 3-2. This win leaves China at the top of the table on three wins from three.

Results

Session four: China 3-2 Switzerland; Estonia 6-7 Slovakia; Russia 2-7 Norway; Scotland 7-8 Latvia.

Standings (W-L)

China 3-0
Norway 2-0
United States 2-0
Latvia 2-1
Russia 2-1
Korea 1-1
Switzerland 1-1
Slovakia 1-1
Canada 0-2
Germany 0-2
Scotland 0-2
Estonia 0-3

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