Day 6: Roundup


Session 21

USA had a comfortable 9-5 win over Slovakia in their final round-robin game, helped by a score of three points in the second end and a steal of another three points in the third end. This result maintains USA's unbeaten record - with seven wins - and it also guarantees them top position in Group C and qualifies them for the quarter-finals.

They will be joined in the quarter-finals by second-placed Switzerland, who beat Finland by 10-5 and third-placed Australia, who had the narrowest of wins over Poland, by 5-4, scoring the one point they needed for qualification with the last stone of the game.

Although Australia and Switzerland each have five wins, Stefan Signer's Swiss team rank ahead of Hugh Millikin's Australia because of their 6-2 win over Australia earlier in the round-robin.

Germany's 7-6 win over France was too little too late as this gave them their fourth win, one victory behind both Switzerland and Australia, to finish fourth overall.

Session 22

With a straightforward 14-1 win over Turkey in just six ends, Denmark - led by Ole de Neergaard, who plays second stones - guaranteed their position as winners of Group B with one game left to play. They now move onto the quarter-finals stage.

On the way to this victory they had two steals of three - in the second and sixth ends.

Also in Group B, Hungary played England and it was the English who emerged as winners - by 6-3.

With all teams in this Group playing in the last round-robin session, England still have an outside chance of progressing - although to do so they would have to beat Denmark - but New Zealand and Sweden are in stronger positions.

In Group A, Scotland faced Ireland and, helped by a score of four points in the second end, the Scots won by 7-4 to claim the second qualifying slot in this Group (behind unbeaten Canada, who sat this session out).

In the same group the Czech Republic beat Latvia by 5-4 after an extra end while Japan beat Kazakhstan by 18-0.

These results meant that Ireland, the Czechs and Japan all finished on four wins. Of these three, Japan had the poorest draw-shot record and were eliminated, leaving Ireland and the Czech Republic to play a Friday morning tie-breaker to decide third place in Group A.

Session 24

In the last Group A round-robin game, Canada beat Italy by 7-2 for their seventh win to confirm their position at the top of the table and maintain their unbeaten record.

The Italians finished in sixth position in the Group.

All the teams in Group B played in this session and Hungary beat Turkey by 8-3 while Norway beat Russia by 7-3, both games affecting teams without possibilities of qualifying.

At the top of the Group, New Zealand beat Sweden by 9-4 to confirm their second position behind Denmark and move onto the quarter-finals.

After this, Sweden's fate lay in the hands of the outcome of the game between unbeaten already-qualified leaders Denmark and England. This game went all the way to an extra end with the scores tied at 6-6 when Denmark's fourth player Poul-Erik Nielsen hit an English stone but rolled out with his second of the eighth end.

In the extra end, England's skip John Summers attempted double take-out went wrong and Denmark stole one point for the 7-6 win that kept their undefeated record intact as they finished at the top of the section.

Meanwhile Sweden qualified in third place, with England finishing their campaign in fourth place and out of contention.


Session 21

Kirsti Kauste's Finland team came from behind, scoring two points in the eighth end, to beat the Czech Republic by 6-5 in this session.

Unusually, with only two games left in Group A, it is not yet clear which of five teams - leaders Sweden, Finland, Switzerland, the Czech Republic and Scotland - will take the qualification slots.

Session 23

Sweden beat Japan by 5-4 in a tight game, aided by single-point steals in the fourth and fifth ends to top Group A and go direct to the semi-final stage.

Finland had already completed their programme but results elsewhere in the Group gave them second place.

Switzerland beat Russia by 8-2 in this session to have the same won four, lost two record as Finland but an earlier win by Finland over Switzerland ranked them second, with the Swiss also qualifying for the women's 2 v 3 games in third place.

In Group B, USA finished off their round-robin with a 12-2 win over England, to complete their round-robin unbeaten and go direct to the semi-finals.

Behind them Canada had a 12-3 win over Slovakia to finish the Group in a clear second place and qualify for the women's 2 v 3 games.

In the other Group B game, New Zealand beat Italy by 6-4, a result which meant that they, along with England and Italy finished in joint third place on two wins.

Altogether these results mean that England will play Italy for third place in the Group and the last place in the women's 2 v 3 games line-up, with New Zealand eliminated because they had the poorest draw-shot record of the three.

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