Day 5 Roundup

USA skip Jeff Wright helped his team qualify for the knock-out stages Photo: WCF/Richard Gray

Senior Women

The group winners will go on to the semi-finals while the teams that finish second in each group (A and B) will play the third-placed team from the other group. The winners of both those games complete the senior women’s semi-final line-up.

Already, USA has qualified in the women's A group. And Canada, Scotland and Switzerland are the three final stage teams from the B Group.

USA qualified on winning their game against Slovakia on Monday afternoon. Slovakia had the best of the first half, leading by three points after four ends. USA tied the game with one point in the fifth end and secured a two point steal in the sixth end. Slovakia went ahead again scoring two points in the seventh end but USA were on their game in the final ends, taking three points to win 8-7.

While Switzerland are through, they lost their game against Canada. The sixth end proved crucial as the Canadians (Skip Colleen Pinkney who won the event in 2010) put five points on the board for a lead of six points. Switzerland got a single point in the seventh end and conceded 8-3 to Canada.

Colleen Pinkney, skip of the Canadian team who won the title in Chelyabinsk, Russia, in 2010 said: “We felt better I think with every game we start catching onto the ice and the conditions which are amazing, the ice is very consistent and so we are playing with confidence.”

Senior Men

The top two teams in each group and, from the three third placed teams, the team with the best Draw Shot Challenge average, qualify automatically for the quarter-finals. Meanwhile, the other two third-placed teams will play-off for the last remaining quarter-final spot.

In the men’s A Group Canada, Australia and Norway are the top three. In the B Group England, USA and Scotland are ranked 1, 2 and 3 and in the C Group it is Sweden, Ireland and the Netherlands.

Wales against Ireland proved to be a short game after Ireland scored eight points in the first three ends. Wales managed a single point in the fourth end but conceded when Ireland took four points in the sixth end to win the game 12-1 which saw Ireland qualify for the final stages from C Group.

Earlier, England, who were top of the standings in B Group, played the Czech Republic. The Czechs got a single point in the first end and stole one point in the second end. England hit back with four points in the third end and stole a single point in the fifth end. The Czechs cut the lead to one point after they scored two points in the sixth end. England got one point in the seventh end and stole a single point in the final end to win 7-4 and qualify for the play-off games.

Elsewhere in the B Group in this session, USA got three points in their first end against Scotland, then stole three points over the next two ends. Scotland got one point in the fourth end but USA had a lead of five points. Scotland couldn’t get back into the game and it was over after seven ends with the final score USA 8, Scotland 2.

Afterwards USA second Jim Wilson said: "I’d say we were a little bit nervous at the start of the game. After losing to England there was a lot of pressure, we had to win this game as we didn’t want to rely on the draw shot average. It started a bit dicey but as it went on we gained control and fortunately we had the hammer."

In A Group, Japan led 3-2 after four ends before Canada got the edge with two points in the fifth end. A single point steal in the sixth end gave them a two shot lead but Japan fought back.

The Japanese took a single point in the seventh end and then stole one point in the eighth end to tie the game. Canada won the extra end and the game, scoring one point to make the final score 6-5 and qualify for the final stages.

Wyatt Buck - Australia (after their 6-2 win against Latvia): "It wasn't an easy win. We are all stiff and sore. Probably the three-ender was the big end. Now we are done with the round robin and we play in the quarter-finals tomorrow."

Tormod Andreassen - Norway (after their 8-2 win against Slovakia): "In the first end we scored four points, and then we started playing a defensive game. They couldn't follow us in the aggressive game, and then we were better in the hits."

András Rókusfalvy - Hungary (after their 7-4 win against New Zealand): "We really wanted to finish this world championships with a victory. In the beginning we had some bad shots, but then we came back and gained advantage. Then we just had to keep the pressure on them. I think that we were more punctual and our strategy was good too. Our goal was to win two matches in this really strong group, and we achieved it."

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