Day 2 Roundup

Team Czech Republic Photo: WCF / Hugh Stewart
Team Japan Photo:WCF/Richard Gray
Canadian Skip Wayne Tallon Photo:WCF/Richard Gray
JPN v NOR Photo:WCF/Richard Gray
Norma O'Leary USA Photo:WCF/Richard Gray
Team Japan Photo:WCF/Richard Gray


Session 5 saw some teams win with a high score only one game was quite tight, Russia against the Czech Republic.

Russia opened the game with two shots, the Czech Republic hit right back with four in the second end and a single steal in the third. Russia did come back but couldn't make the scores they needed, the Czechs won 8-5.

The rest of the games were high-scoring, Norway had the highest score 14 shots, opponents Poland got just 2.

Hungary was two shots adrift of England after four ends. England got a single in the fifth end and stole five in the sixth. Hungary got a two in the seventh and conceded with the score at 11-5.

USA dominated their game against New Zealand running out the winners 10-1 in six ends.

Germany stole six shots in ends four to seven to win their game against Slovakia 8-2.

In Session 6, a score of three in the first end set up a win for Sweden against Wales. The Welsh fought back in the second half but Sweden eventually won the game 7-5.

After the game Swedish skip Connie Oestlund, who's team won bronze at this event in 2012, said:

“The Championship is going very well, though we lost to Denmark yesterday. It is a perfect venue, the ice is great and so are the people.”

Welsh skip Chris Wells was disappointed: “For countries with not many curlers it is good to do well, it’s good for curling worldwide.”

Scotland skip Keith Prentice offered his thoughts on his team's 6-3 win against Finland. After the game he said: “I think we struggled early on they played very well with an efficient skip and we lost a two in the first end. We felt we needed to just put a bit of pressure on them which we did in the fourth end when we took our three and that set us in the right direction. We came through in the end and that’s what it’s all about.”

After picking up a 6-5 win against Italy, Dutch skip Gus Van Imhoff said: “Of course we are very happy coming home without the hammer (and winning). We had our chance but we played well. The ice is tricky, you could be hitting a rock somewhere an inch off and you’ll be in a whole different situation.”

In Session 7 two games in the men’s event went to extra ends. Japan gave Norway a fright, tied at three all after eight ends. Norway had last stone in the extra and got one shot to win 4-3.

Norway skip Tormod Andreassen: "I expected it to be a tough game as we have played them before. They are a good team. We kept the pressure on them, that's how we won finally. Our main goal is to get into the final."

France had the best of the second half of their game against Australia, they got 2 in the seventh end and stole one in the eighth to tie the game. Australia got the single winning 8-7.

Australia skip Hugh Millikin: "The French team played very well today, they had some exceptional shots, they managed some nice freezes. I expected them to play well as we've played them a couple of times and they always make it difficult for me. They are a nice team with a good spirit. Our first objective is to reach the play-offs. There, you never know what happens. Tough games are coming up!"

After Canada’s 12-2 win against Slovakia, skip Wayne Tallon said: "We were able to adapt to the ice conditions, this was the biggest contributing factor to our victory today. By the way, the ice is perfect - the organisers have done everything perfectly. They came to Canada last year, got a couple of tips, and they made a perfect tournament here. The venue is absolutely fantastic."

In the women’s event the USA remains unbeaten in A Group after winning their game against Austria 10-3 picking up a five before the Austrians conceded.

Sweden, skipped by Ingrid Meldahl who has 11 world senior championship appearances to her name, proved too strong for Japan, starting with a four in end one, Sweden came out the winners at 7-4.

Switzerland scored seven points in the first three ends, Australia had no answer and shook hands after six ends on a score of 11-0.

Following their win against Australia, Swiss skip Susan Limena said: “I think generally we played the stones and managed to put pressure on Australia. They were a little unlucky at times and hit shots that didn’t quite come off - some were very close but in the end it was pressure and a bit of misfortune on their side.”

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