Day 3 Roundup

Hosts Scotland defeated Australia earlier Photo: WCF/Richard Gray

Session 10 of the World Seniors Curing Championships saw a couple of very close games in the men’s section.

In the Norway versus Canada game, neither team could build up a lead. Norway led by one point after six ends. Canada elected to blank the seventh and got a two for victory in the eighth. Final score: 5-4 to Canada.

After the game Canadian skip Wayne Tallon said: "It felt good to win I must say, but Andreassen has a very good team. I think our persistence and our patience were the key factors of our success today. They didn't make many mistakes, but they made one mistake and we were able to capitalise on it."

France picked up their first win of the event against Poland. The French dominated the first half scoring five shots to Poland’s one. Then Poland took charge with a single shot in the fifth end and stealing three shots over ends six and seven to tie the game. With last stone in the final end France got a single for a 6-5 win.

French Skip Eric Richert said: "We played confidently in the first ends, then the Polish team came back to the game, so we had to re-motivate ourselves, we had to change our tactic a bit to win."

Australia had no trouble beating Germany in their game, five shots up after four ends. Germany couldn’t make a comeback and conceded after six ends with the score at 9-2.

Italy faced the same fate in their game against Sweden who had a lead of five after four ends. Sweden stole a two in the fifth end. Italy managed one in the sixth and conceded, final score 8-2 to Sweden.

In session 11, Ireland went to an extra end in their game against Switzerland and finally won 7-6.

John Jo Kenny, skip of team Ireland said “The ice is as good as any championship I’ve played in. The facilities are great. My team is playing reasonably well, every game is tough, the teams are all a good standard. It’s a pleasure to be out there.”

Opponents Switzerland were skipped by Juerg Gnaegi who said “This is our first World Championship, at the moment on two wins, two losses. It ‘s a really nice event and the people are very good. We haven’t been to Scotland before, it’s going well for us so far.”

In session 12, following USA's 6-3 win against Finland, USA lead Nils Johansson said: “We had control over our draw weight, we were reading the ice very well, we were all just very comfortable. We made key shots when we had to and we were always putting them under pressure. They had a couple of misses, I think they felt the pressure."

Elsewhere in this session, England defeated Russia 7-6. After the game their skip John Sharp said: "It was a tough game. We weren't playing particularly well. I missed a hit in the seventh end, but we had to make a draw to the four foot for the final shot, which we managed to make. It was a scrappy game, but it's a win!"

In session 13, Scotland picked up another win against Hungary (Score 5-3). Afterwards, Hungarian skip Andras Rokusfalvy said despite the loss, that it was their best game so far of this championship: “Our goal was to play with only a few stones and keep the score tight. Scotland is a great team, I'm happy that we managed to keep the result tight, and we even managed to steal an end. I'm glad that we have started playing good curling. The Scottish fans were just amazing, really fair supporters, who motivated us too!"

In the women’s championship, Scotland, who lost to Canada on Thursday night, secured their first win of the event beating Australia 7-2.

Finland got a single steal in end five and two in the next end to take charge of their game against Italy. Italy did manage a single steal in the final end, it wasn’t enough the game was Finland’s 7-4.

Kristi Kauste after their win: "It wasn't easy! It was a very exciting game and we were a little bit luckier than the Italian ladies. In the 8th end we were a bit nervous because of the time-pressure, so we tried to hurry up and that's why some of us didn't succeed in the take-outs."

In session 13, Sweden against England in the women’s championship was a close game.

Sweden led by one shot after four ends. Sweden then scored two points in the fifth end while England could only score one point in the sixth end.

Sweden got one point in the seventh end and stole a single point in the final end for a score line 7-3 in Sweden’s favour.

Scotland dominated their game against Russia and led by two points after four ends.

Ends six and seven were the winning ends - Scotland scored three points in the sixth end and stole two points in the seventh end, before Russia conceded with the final score 8-2 to Scotland.

Austria started their game against the Czech Republic well taking one point in the first end and stealing one point in the second end.

Then the Czech Republic took control of the game starting with a score of five points in the third end then scoring seven points over the next three ends.

It was too much for Austria and Czech Republic won 12-2.

In the men’s event Canada picked up a win against Latvia. The Canadians were in charge all the way, although Latvia did manage a single point in the second end and a two points in the sixth end. They did however concede after seven ends on a score of 6-3 to Canada.

Poland stole five points in the first three ends against Slovakia.

The Slovaks got a three points in the fourth end, while two single points to Poland in ends five and six kept them well ahead.

Slovakia got two points in the seventh end but the game was over as Poland won 7-5.

Hungary, with last stone, blanked the first end against Scotland. Scotland then stole five points over the next two ends, while Hungary got two points in the fourth end and stole one point in the fifth end.

The next two ends were blanked before Hungary conceded 5-3 to Scotland.

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