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Sunday, February 8, 2015

World Wheelchair Curling Championship 2015 Session 3

Lohja, Finland –

Germany picked up two wins from two today Photo: WCF/Alina Pavlyuchik
China and Russia are the only teams who remain unbeaten after three sessions of play at the World Wheelchair Curling Championship 2015 being played at the Kisakallio Sports Institute in Lohja, Finland.

China sit in joint top position in the standings thanks to wins against Finland in the morning and Scotland in the evening session of play.
Russia sit alongside them after victories against Norway in the morning and Slovakia in the afternoon session.

In the evening session of play, Russia maintained their 100 percent record with an 11-6 win against Slovakia after seven ends of play.

China too kept their flawless record intact as the defeated Scotland in a tight game.
In the first end China skip HaiTao Wang tapped out a Scottish stone to score three points to take the lead, although Scotland did score three points to level the game at 4-4 in the fourth end.
In the second half of the game China scored two more points to win 6-4, their third win of the Championship so far.

After this game, Scotland skip Aileen Neilson reflected on their day. She said: "We were delighted with a win this morning and came out this afternoon confident. We’ve played China lots of times and know the kind of game they play. After an unsteady first half we really fought back after the fourth end break, really upped our game and it came down to the last stone."

Meanwhile, defending champions Canada picked up their first win of the week.

They defeated hosts Finland 8-3 after seven ends of play, thanks in part to a steal of two points in the second end when Finnish skip Markku Karjalainen was too heavy with his final draw to give Canada a 4-0 lead early on.

After their win, Canada skip Mark Ideson said: “Well it’s really nice to get onto the win column. You know the 15 or 16 ends before that we were always in the game, each end we were always in it, we just weren’t capitalising on our opportunities. Today we’ve been finally able to do that and that’s a big step forward for us.”

He continued: "We were on the right side of the inch tonight and for me it’s getting used to the players tendencies and picking up on the idiosyncrasies of the ice, so now I think we’ll start to move forward."

On the next sheet, Germany were leading Sweden 6-3 going into the eighth end before the Swedes scored three points to force an extra end. Germany however held on to take two points to gain their second victory of the day – 8-6.

The USA also picked up their second win of the day, this time against Norway. They raced to a 4-0 lead after taking two points in the first end and then stealing single points in the next two ends.
After taking one point in the fifth end they stole another five points to win the game 10-1 after seven ends of play.

After this win, USA lead Penny Greely said: "We’re very happy with the win. We played well and we keep getting better as the tournament goes on, we’re very happy with our performance."
She added: "We’re going to stay level headed and we’re going to keep executing our shots and hopefully it’ll take us to the end."

Results, news and photos from throughout the World Wheelchair Curling Championship 2015 can be seen on the World Curling Federation’s official event website: http://www.wwhcc2015.curlingevents.com

The local organising committee, in cooperation with the Finnish Curling Association, will also be webstreaming some games. For more details, visit: http://wwhcc2015.curlingevents.com/video


Session 3: Canada 8, Finland 3; Sweden 6, Germany 8; Norway 1, USA 10; China 6, Scotland 4; Slovakia 6, Russia 11.

Standings after 3 sessions of play (W-L):
1.China 3-0
1. Russia 3-0
3. Germany 2-1
3. Scotland 2-1
3. USA 2-1
6. Canada 1-2
6. Finland 1-2
6. Sweden 1-2
9. Norway 0-3
9. Slovakia 0-3

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 http://www.worldcurling.org/rules-and-regulations

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