World Wheelchair Curling Championship 2015 Day 4 Roundup
release: 10 February 2015
Lohja, Finland – Russia are the first team to qualify for the play-off
stages of World Wheelchair Curling Championship 2015 being played at
the Kisakallio Sports Institute in Lohja, Finland.
Wins against China in the morning and Finland in the afternoon session
secured their place in the play-offs, as they kept their unbeaten
In the morning session they played second placed China, and the team
from the Pacific-Asia region proved tough opposition.
Only one point separated the teams throughout the game before Russia
edged the win in the final end with a score of one point to take a 4-3
Elsewhere in the morning session, the USA and Finland needed an extra
end to determine a winner, with the USA scoring four points from the
last two ends to tie up the game.
In the extra end, USA skip Patrick McDonald was an inch too short with
his final draw shot which meant Finland skip Markuu Karjalainen didn’t
have to play his last stone as his team won 7-6, much to the joy of the
on-looking Finnish spectators.
Canada and Scotland also met during session six, both desperate for a
win to climb up the standings.
In this game, Scotland led 3-2 by the fourth end break as fourth player
Gregor Ewan made a draw into the house for two points in the second end
and then stole one point in the third end.
After the break Canada stole a single point in the fifth end before
Scotland’s Gregor Ewan was light with his final draw in the sixth end
to give up a single point steal.
Scotland then levelled the game in the seventh end, at 4-4, before
Canada clinched victory with a score of two points in the eighth and
Following their win, Canada skip Mark Ideson said: “It was a great
game. We woke up this morning and regrouped after our tough loss yesterday
afternoon when we were really close again - just on the wrong side
of the dime. Scotland always play well and they always bring out the
best in us. So it was a really well played game on both sides.”
Talking about the key to winning the game, Ideson said: “We changed our
game plan. The first four ends we were hitting and it was an open game.
They’re a very good team at that so we changed gears and threw a few
short rocks and that worked out in our favour.”
Slovakia picked up their second win of the Championship in the morning
session, at the hands of Sweden.
Although the teams were level going into the final end, Slovakia
guaranteed their win with a score of two points to claim their 6-4
Like Slovakia, Norway also picked up their second win of the week in
session six, this time against Germany.
Norway took the lead in the third end, a lead which they did not lose
as they stole single points in the next two ends before scoring another
two points in the seventh end.
Germany conceded in the eighth end with the final score 6-2 to Norway.
After this game, Norway skip Rune Lorentsen reflected on the week so
far. He said: “We had faith in ourselves this morning. We’ve just been
doing the same things we’ve been doing in practice and in the
other games throughout the competition. I don’t know
what happened in the games before but it seems like we’ve not been
able to tackle the arena ice. In this game, most of the stones played
as they should which helped us build our confidence.”
In the afternoon session of play, Russia picked up their seventh
successive win, against hosts Finland.
Russia took the lead in the second end after a missed takeout by
Finland skip Markku Karjalainen let Russia skip Andrey Smirnov draw
into the house for two points.
Russia then scored six points from the next three ends, including a
score of four points in the fifth end.
Finland eventually conceded after seven ends of play with the final
score 9-3, securing Russia’s place in the play-offs.
Afterwards, Russia coach Anton Batugin said: “It was our minimum plan
to qualify for the play-offs. We already knew that we would
qualify before the game and that helped. Our experience was a big
psychological advantage over the Finnish team today."
Looking towards the play-offs he said: “The play-offs are a new
competition and we have to start again. We’ve won six tournaments this
season - we participated in eight and won six, so I think we’re good
enough, we can win.”
China maintained their position in second place with an 8-3 win against
Germany, the highlight being a score of four points in the fourth end.
Canada also kept their play-off hopes alive as a series of steals,
including three points in the fifth and seventh ends, forced Norway to
concede to game after seven ends of play, giving Canada their fourth
win of the week with the score 9-2.
Scotland and Slovakia went into their afternoon game both looking to
escape the relegation battle, with the three bottom teams from this
year’s Championship being relegated to the World Wheelchair Curling
It was the Eastern European team who took an early lead, with Slovakia
up 4-0 after three ends.
Scotland then went ahead in the game after scoring two points in the
fourth end before following that up with a steal of two points in the
fifth end and a single point steal in the sixth end.
This wasn’t enough however as Slovakia took single points from the last
two ends to win 6-5.
The only other session seven game saw Sweden put a dent in USA’s play-off
hopes, as they picked up their second win of the Championship.
They needed an extra end to do so however, which came down to a
To their delight they, a Swedish stone was declared as the counting
stone, taking the one point needed for their 7-6 win.
RESULTS Session 6:
Scotland 4, Canada 6; Slovakia 6, Sweden 4; USA 6, Finland 7; Russia 4,
China 3; Germany 2, Norway 6.
Finland 3, Russia 9; Germany 3, China 8; Canada 9, Norway 2; Scotland
5, Slovakia 6; Sweden 7, USA 6.
Standings after 7
sessions of play (W-L):
1. Russia 7-0 (Qualified for play-offs)
2. China 5-2
3. Canada 4-3
3. Finland 4-3
3. USA 4-3
6. Slovakia 3-4
7. Germany 2-5
7. Norway 2-5
7. Scotland 2-5
7. Sweden 2-5