WMDCC 2016: Day five round-up

  • Wales' Dawn Watson Photo © WCF / Richard Gray

The World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship 2016 continues today (Wednesday 20 April) in Karlstad, Sweden. This is the ninth edition of this championship and the first time that teams will be playing for Olympic Qualification Points. A record of 42 Mixed Doubles teams are competing.

This live blog page will be updated throughout the first day of action...

S22 & S23: Dramatic wins for Poland and Slovakia while New Zealand qualify

In Wednesday’s 22nd session of round-robin play Poland beat Switzerland and secured themselves a tiebreaker with Bulgaria who also had a win over Belgium in this session, by 11-1.

Despite scoring single points in each of the fifth, sixth and seventh ends, Switzerland were unable to comeback from the nine point lead that Poland had established by the fourth end break. The game ended 10-4.

In another dramatic game during session 22, Slovakia scored four points in their final end against Latvia, to win the game by a single point, 9-8.

There were also wins for Denmark and Estonia. Denmark won against Israel 10-1, while Estonia defeated Wales 10-9.

In session 23 it was a battle of the undefeated teams. Canada came out on top with a win over China by opening with two points in the first end followed by a steal of two in the second end to grab a 4-0 lead. In the sixth end, Canada made a double takeout for two points which was enough for China to shake hands with a final score of 12-2.

New Zealand secured their post round-robin spot by defeating Belarus after a strong second half with scores of four points in the sixth end and two stolen points in the seventh end. This gave New Zealand a three-point lead going into the final end and eventually the victory of 9-5.

Spain kept their post round-robin hopes alive with a win over Netherlands with a takeout for three points in the eighth end to finish the game 9-5.

France stole the victory against Ireland with a steal of three points in the eighth end after Ireland missed their final takeout making the final 7-6. Italy defeated Australia after six ends of play as Australia ran out of time, giving Italy the automatic win.

RESULTS, session 23

China 2-12 Canada; Australia L-W Italy; Spain 9-5 Netherlands; Ireland 6-7 France; New Zealand 9-5 Belarus

RESULTS, session 22

Poland 10-4 Switzerland; Slovakia 9-8 Latvia; Denmark 10-1 Israel; Bulgaria 11-1 Belgium; Estonia 10-9 Wales

Photo below: Slovakia's Ladislav Derzsi and Daniela Matulova celebrate their win
WCF / Richard Gray

S21: USA and Finland qualify for post round-robin games

USA and Finland have ensured that they will progress beyond the round-robin stage of the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship 2016 with wins during Wednesday’s 21st session of play.

USA stole single points in each of the first four ends against Belarus, before going on to win 8-6. Meanwhile, Finland had a close game with Germany, which was decided with the last stone.

Germany were one point up going into the last end, but Finland’s Oona Kauste took-out Germany’s shot stone to score two points and win the game, 9-8.

Austria, Russia and Lithuania also had wins during this session. Austria beat Slovenia 13-4, while Russia won against Brazil 8-2. Finally, a steal of three points in the second end and a score of four points in the seventh end helped Lithuania to a 10-4 win over hosts Sweden.

RESULTS, session 21

Austria 13-4 Slovenia; Germany 8-9 Finland; USA 8-6 Belarus; Brazil 2-8 Russia; Sweden 4-10 Lithuania

Photo below: Finland’s Tomi Rantamaki and Oona Kauste celebrate their win over Germany
WCF / Richard Gray

S19 & S20: Turkey qualify for post round-robin stage and Israel win first game

Day five of the championship began with wins for Norway, Turkey, Japan and Estonia.

In a tense game Estonia defeated Scotland 9-7. Estonia jumped ahead in the fifth end with a score of four points, and managed to withstand a Scotland fightback. With the scores tied at 7-7 and Scotland sitting shot stone, Estonia’s Harri Lill played a precise pick with his last shot to clear the Scottish stone and score two points for the win.

In the session’s other games Norway defeated Kazakhstan 12-0, Turkey claimed a 9-4 victory over Luxembourg and Japan won their game over Romania by a score of 6-3.

Session 20 saw wins for Slovakia, Poland, New Zealand, Israel and Hungary.

Israel defeated Netherlands 10-4 to record their first win of the Championship. A score of four points in the fourth end gave Israel an 8-1 lead at the break on their way to the win.

Hungary continued their unbeaten run by defeating Switzerland 7-3 to close out their round-robin games with a perfect 6-0 record.

In the remaining games of the session Slovakia defeated Bulgaria 14-4 after leading 11-0 at the fourth end break, Poland won their game over Belgium by a score of 8-2 and with the game tied going into the last end, New Zealand stole a single point to defeat Denmark 5-4.

RESULTS, session 19

Turkey 9-4 Luxembourg; Romania 3-6 Japan; Scotland 7-9 Estonia; Kazakhstan 0-12 Norway

RESULTS, session 20

Slovakia 14-4 Bulgaria; Poland 8-2 Belgium; New Zealand 5-4 Denmark; Israel 10-4 Netherlands; Switzerland 3-7 Hungary

Photo below: Israel's Rachel Katzman during their first win of the championship
WCF / Richard Gray


For full standings and results from Groups A-F visit, www.worldcurling.org/wmdcc2016/livescores