Day 2: Roundup

Men

Session 5
Canada joined Scotland at the top of Group A with a resounding 12-0 win over Kazakhstan in this session.

The Canadians opened with a score of four points in the first end and then produced a succession of steals for the next five ends, including three points in the fifth end, before Kazakhstan conceded after six ends.

This means that Canada and the Scots - who sat the session out - both now have two wins and no losses.

New Zealand also had a comfortable win, beating debutants Turkey by 12-2 in Group B.

This was the New Zealanders' first win so far, with perhaps a steal of five points in the third end being the highlight of the game for them.

Denmark moved into a clear lead in Group B with their second win so far, defeating Norway by 9-2.

This game was tight in the first half, with Denmark taking a 3-2 lead into the fourth end break, but a score of four points in the fifth end followed by a steal of two points in the sixth end turned the game in Denmark's direction.

Also playing in Group B, both Sweden and Russia recorded their first wins - Russia beating Hungary by 8-4 while Sweden were 8-2 winners over England.

Session 6
With the exception of a runaway 12-0 victory by Switzerland over Poland in six ends, the other four games in this session were tight affairs. This result put Switzerland at the top of Group B.

Germany faced USA in what started as a low-scoring game, with the teams tied at 1-1 at the half-time break. The USA, skipped by Lyle Sieg, then made the break-through of a steal of one in the fifth end to take the lead for the first time, but Germany responded immediately with a single point in the sixth to tie the game again, this time at 2-2. USA then scored three in the seventh end and Germany ran out of stones in the eighth to give USA a 5-2 win. The Americans now join Switzerland at the top of Group B.

Ireland beat Latvia by 5-3, with the breakthrough coming in the third end - a score of three for Ireland to take a 3-1 lead on the way to what is their second win, to join Canada and Scotland at the top of Group A. The Irish team is being skipped by Bill Gray this week, with regular skip John Jo Kenny - a previous winner of this event - having to stay at home because of illness.

Slovakia beat France by 6-4 to record their first win, a result that means France have now suffered two losses in Group C and, in the same Group, Australia - skipped by WCF Vice-President Hugh Millikin - fought for their first win, beating Finland by 8-7. Australia dominated the first half of this game, leading by 7-2 at the halfway mark, and eventually got over the line with a final stone draw by Millikin.

Session 7
There were two men's games in Sunday afternoon's seventh session of round-robin play.

The contrast in experience between Scotland - with every Scot on the ice a former world champion - and Kazakhstan could not be starker and Scotland produced an unsurprising 14-2 win in just six ends.

Canada played the Czech Republic and opened strongly, scoring three in the first end and stealing another point in the second. After this Alan O'Leary's Canadians were able to control the game an emerged as 5-2 winners.

These two results leave Scotland and Canada tied together as unbeaten leaders of Group A, on three wins each.

Session 8
Ireland just failed to complete a remarkable recovery in their game against Japan in this session. Japan were 5-0 up after three ends but then Ireland scored single points in the next four ends to reduce the Japanese lead to 5-4 after seven ends. In the eighth end, Irish skip Bill Gray just caught his final stone on a guard, leaving Japan's Masayasu Sato to nose-hit for two points and a 7-4 win.

The other men's game in this session - between Italy and Latvia was also close, tied at 8-8 as the teams played the eighth end. Italy, skipped by Danilo Capriolo, had the hammer in this end, and they used it to score the one point that gave them a 9-8 victory, their first win of the event.

Women

Session 7
Sweden had a 14-1 win over Finland. The Finns scored their one point in the opening end and after that it was all Sweden. with Gunilla Ardwidsson Edlund's team scoring three points in the second end and then stealing twos in each of the third and fourth ends, five in the fifth end, and a further two in the sixth, to complete a win that keeps them clear at the top of Group A.
Scotland took their first win of the week, by 9-2 over Russia, thanks largely to a delicate tap-back by their skip Kay Gibb to score four points in the fourth end.

In the third women's game, Switzerland beat the Czech Republic by 8-5, scoring threes in both the second and sixth ends.

Session 8
The Italian women, skipped by Fiona Grace Simpson, had their first win of the week so far in this session, beating England by 10-5. They took the early lead with a single steal in the opening end and another steal in the second, this time for two points and a 3-0 lead. But England managed to score four in the third for a 4-3 lead. Italy responded straightaway with a four of their own in the fourth end, and two more points in the sixth end as well as a single steal in the seventh were enough to give them their win.

Canada and USA both won their games, beating New Zealand by 11-1, and Slovakia by 8-5 respectively. They now stay tied at the top of Group B together, on two wins each.

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