Turkey record first win as several teams close in on play-off places

  • Turkey's Dilsat Yildiz and Alican Karatas Photo: © WCF / Richard Gray

In session 21’s round-robin games on Wednesday (26 April) afternoon in the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship 2017 in Lethbridge, Canada, wins kept teams alive in the hunt for a play-off position.

Turkey won their first game of the championship against Germany. With a successful power play for four points in the seventh end. This was capped off by a steal of one point in the eighth end. The game ended 8-4.

In Group C, Sweden had a strong second-half against Australia, scoring four points in the fifth end to take a 7-4 lead. This was followed by a steal of two points in the sixth end, and a steal of three more points in the seventh end. Australia shook hands, with the score at 12-4.

The Italians opened their match against Bulgaria with two points in the first end, then a steal of two more points, which gave them a winning four-point advantage early. With the win, Italy remain in second place in Group B after posting a 7-3 final score after seven ends of play.

Belarus, battled back against Croatia despite being down 8-1 after four ends. In the fifth end, Croatia scored five points to close the gap and then held Croatia to a single point in the sixth end. It was a repeat five points in the seventh end for Belarus to head into the eighth end with a two-point lead. Needing two points to force an extra end, Croatia did just that. It was a draw to the four-foot in the extra end that sealed the come-back victory for Belarus 12-11.

Japan stole the game from Estonia to secure their third win of the championship, levelling out their win loss record. Japan stole two points in the seventh end to take a one point lead, with one end to play. In the eighth end, Estonia was unable to remove the shot stone from a cluster on the button, giving Japan a single point to make the final 8-6.

Results after session 22: Estonia 6-8 Japan; Sweden 12-4 Australia; Germany 4-8 Turkey; Italy 7-3 Bulgaria; Croatia 11-12 Belarus

Standings: visit http://www.worldcurling.org/wmdcc2017/livescores

Curling fans around the world will be able to follow live coverage of this championship on the event website and the World Curling Federation’s YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/WorldCurlingTV

Live broadcast coverage may be geo-blocked in your region. For all broadcast information visit, www.worldcurling.org/broadcast

To keep up-to-date with all the action from the WMDCC 2017, and the teams’ journey to the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, follow us on Twitter, Instagram (@worldcurling) and Facebook (/WorldCurlingFederation) and use the hashtags: #WMDCC2017 #Roadto2018 #curling

WCTV hightlights Russia v New Zealand (Wednesday 26 April at 17.45, -6 UTC)