Switzerland and Norway move to the top the rankings

  • Switzerland defeat Canada to move into joint first place © WCF / Richard Gray

Switzerland picked up their second win of the day to sit tied at the top of the rankings with Norway on four wins and one loss in the World Wheelchair Curling Championship 2019 in Stirling, Scotland.

After blanking the first end, Switzerland took an early lead with a score of two points in the second end and a steal of two points in the third end on their way to an 8-4 win over Canada.

Switzerland extended their lead in the seventh end to 7-4 with a score of two points. In the eighth end, the Swiss sat shot stone and forced Canadian skip, Mark Ideson into a very difficult raise take-out attempt to score the three points he needed to level the game. Ideson was unable to remove the Swiss stone, giving up a steal of one point and the win to Switzerland.

Switzerland skip, Raymond Pfyffer was in high spirits after their win, “This is a very good feeling for me, it’s my first time here, my first world championships and to win four games out of five is great. We played well, with good guards and good draws. I’ve put in hard work for six months and this is amazing.”

Norway held on despite a spirited fightback from United States to win 8-5. The teams traded single points in the first two ends, before Norway took a commanding lead in the game. In the third end, Norway scored two points, then stole two points in the fourth end and a single point in the fifth end for a 6-1 lead.

United States fought back into the game scoring two points in the sixth end, before stealing two points in the seventh end.

In the eighth end, United States applied pressure to Norway looking for another steal to level the game, but with his first stone, Norway skip Rune Lorentsen played a precise draw through a narrow port to sit shot stone buried behind several guards.

Norway went on to score two points in that eighth end as United States were unable to clear the Norwegian stone, for the 8-5 victory.

After their win, Norway skip, Rune Lorentsen said, “We had a very good start and suddenly we started missing important shots and let them into the game, so it was a little bit nervous towards the end there. I had a couple of good shots in that last end there that made it.”

Looking ahead to the rest of the event, he continued, “We want the play-offs then a medal. This is my last worlds, so hopefully I’m going to go out on the top.”

Elsewhere in the session, Scotland won their second game of the day in a tense contest against Korea, where they took a 6-1 lead at the break only to see Korea level the score at 6-6 after seven ends. Scotland held on to score the single point in the eighth end for their win.

In the session’s fourth game, Slovakia defeated Germany 9-3 and secured their victory with a steal of three points in the seventh end.

These results see Norway and Switzerland top the table while Canada and Germany are still searching for their first win of the event.

Results

Session seven: Korea 6-7 Scotland; Slovakia 9-3 Germany; Switzerland 8-4 Canada; Norway 8-5 United States.

Standings (W-L)

Norway 4-1
Switzerland 4-1
China 3-1
Russia 3-1
Scotland 3-2
Korea 2-2
Latvia 2-2
United States 2-2
Slovakia 2-3
Estonia 1-3
Canada 0-4
Germany 0-4

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