Day 4 Roundup

China men are still looking for their first win at WJCC 2014 Photo: WCF/Richard Gray

With just one day of round-robin play left, involving two games for both the men and women, there are still plenty of teams left in play-off and medal contention at the World Junior Curling Championships in Flims, Switzerland.

Currently, Norway - on six wins and just one loss - are clear leaders among the men, but in the women's division, four teams - Canada, Korea, Russia and Switzerland share the lead, each on five wins.

At the other end of the tables, the Danish women and the Chinese men are still looking for their first wins.

The story of the rest of the day was as follows:

Men Round-robin Session 6:
Norway relinquished their 100% record when they went down by 5-6 to Canada in a game that included a candidate for shot of the week, an angled raised double take-out by Canadian skip Braden Calvert. Despite this, the Norwegians still topped the table.

Defending champions Scotland enhanced their play-off chances with a 6-5 win over Italy as did the other two teams tied for second place on the table - Switzerland beating China by 7-4 while Sweden beat the USA 8-7 after an extra end.

The other winners from this session were Russia, who had a 9-4 win over Austria.

They said it:
Canada skip Brendan Calvert, on his angle raised double take-out in the sixth end, said: “That was huge in terms of the momentum we got from that shot. We gained a lot of confidence and basically got back at them until a few hiccups in the tenth end. I guess we’ll take the win after a game like that.”

Defending champion, skip Kyle Smith from Scotland, on his play-off chances, said: "If we keep winning, that will be the story."

Switzerland skip Yannick Shwaller, after his team's win over China, said: “It’s been tough, having two games all day. But we have been ready for this. We are so lucky to be here representing Switzerland. It’s beautiful with all the fans, they make a great noise and really help support the team."

Russia skip Artur Ali, on his team's win over Austria, said: “We played much better than yesterday. We made our simple shots and didn’t make many mistakes which helped us win. We hope to keep on improving from here. Our aim is to be in the top four.”

USA second Luc Voilette, after his team's extra-end loss to Sweden, said: “Tight games like that make you more determined to win – that’s what World Championships are all about. If you expect to come here and bowl everyone out then I don’t know what you’re doing here."

Women Session 7:
Canada, Korea and Switzerland all had wins in this session to stay at the top of the rankings, with Korea winning by 7-5 over previous leaders Russia in an extra end, resulting in four teams, including the Russians, all sharing the same won five, lost two record, with just two round-robin games remaining for the women.

Canada beat USA by 8-4 while Switzerland overcame Scotland by 4-3.

The other winners in this session were the Czech Republic, who beat Denmark by 8-7, and Sweden who had an 8-1 win over Italy.

While no team has definitely qualified for the Page Play-offs yet, winless Denmark, as well as Scotland and Italy, who each only have two wins, know that they cannot now make it to the Play-offs.

They said it:
Canada skip Kelsey Rocque, after her win over USA, said: "It was really good. We're getting more comfortable as the week goes on, trusting the ice more and throwing a little better. That was one of our best performances. We've been really consistent with our performances and we're happy with it. We've got momentum and confidence, it's been really good."

Sweden skip Isabella Wranaa said: “It was a really important win for us today in relation to the standings. We just need to keep on playing like this and I think we can go far. I think it’s a good standard here. It’s the best junior championship in the world, but it is especially good this year.”

Switzerland fourth player Briar Huerlimann said: “We have two more games against two tough opponents so we must try to win them and see where that takes us. We have had a great support here all week and it’s even a nicer feeling throwing the last shot with the crowd behind us."

Men Session 7:
Italy stole an 8-6 win from Russia in this session, but it took two extra ends for them to finally seal their win.

Other victors were Sweden, who beat Scotland by 9-6; Norway, with a 9-8 last stone win over USA; Canada who beat hosts Switzerland by 7-2, and newcomers Austria, who had an 8-7 win over China, who are still looking for their first win.

They said it:
Italy skip Amos Mosaner, after his two extra ends win, said: “We were not so happy about having to play 12 ends but we were happy to get an extra chance to win the game. We still have two difficult games left, one against China and Norway, and we have to win at least one of these games to still be in with a chance for the play-offs.”

Sweden skip Fredrik Nyman, after his win over defending champions Scotland, said: "That was a very big win. I think we were the better team for the first five ends. I believe we would have made the play-offs anyway, but this puts us in a very good position."

Austria skip Sebastian Wunderer said: "Our big goal was to stay in the World Championships and qualify directly for next year and we have three victories now, so we're pretty good.

“The spirit of curling is amazing here, everybody's still friends even though we're playing hard against each other. It's going to be two interesting games tomorrow. The game against Switzerland - a neighbour's game - and then Canada, the big curling country. Everybody from our home town - Kitzbuhel - knows about us because we're in the newspapers a lot."

RESULTS & STANDINGS

WOMEN:

Results
Session 7:
Canada 8, USA 4; Sweden 8, Italy 1; Russia 5, Korea 7 (extra end); Denmark 7, Czech Republic 8; Scotland 3, Switzerland 4.

Standings
Women’s standings after seven sessions:

1. Canada 5-2
1. Korea 5-2
1. Russia 5-2
1. Switzerland 5-2
5. Sweden 4-3
5. USA 4-3
7. Czech Republic 3-4
8. Italy 2-5
8. Scotland 2-5
10. Denmark 0-7

MEN:

Results
Session 6:
China 4, Switzerland 7; Austria 4, Russia 9; Italy 5, Scotland 6; Sweden 8, USA 7 (extra end); Norway 5, Canada 6.

Session 7: Scotland 6, Sweden 9; Norway 9, USA 8; Switzerland 2, Canada 7; China 7, Austria 8; Russia 6, Italy 8 (12 ends).

Standings
Men’s standings after seven sessions:

1. Norway 6-1
2. Sweden 5-2
3. Canada 4-3
3. Italy 4-3
3. Scotland 4-3
3. Switzerland 4-3
7. Austria 3-4
7. Russia 3-4
9. USA 2-5
10. China 0-7

The medal games for both junior men and junior women, take place on Wednesday March 5, 2014.

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NOTE: Rankings are determined by rule C9 of the World Curling Federation's ‘The Rules of Curling and Rules of Competition’. Details can be obtained at www.worldcurling.org/rules-and-regulations

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