Defending champions, Canada, qualify for semi-finals

  • Canadian skip Tyler Tardi © WCF / Richard Gray

With their 9-5 win over Sweden on Thursday afternoon’s eighth session of men’s round-robin play at the World Junior Championships in Liverpool, Canada, defending champions Canada joined already-qualified Scotland in the weekend semi-final line-up.

A score of three in the fifth end gave Canada a 7-2 advantage at the break on the way to what was their sixth win so far and afterwards, skip Tyler Tardi said, “we wanted to make sure we play as well as we could. We feel really good and happy to be in the spot we are and we’re excited to play for one more win tomorrow.”

Meanwhile table-toppers Scotland continued their unbeaten run with a 9-4 win over Norway, helped by a steal of three in the sixth end and a further steal of two in the seventh end.

This result means that Norway share third place with Switzerland and the United States. The Swiss and the Americans faced each other in this session, and Switzerland emerged as 7-6 winners in a tight game. After this win, which keeps his team in semi-final contention, Switzerland skip Marco Marco Hoesli said, “we learned the ice pretty well and feel comfortable with the win. We know we can play defensively and make good shots, so we believe we can win tomorrow morning’s game to qualify for the playoffs.”

In other games in this session, New Zealand beat China by 6-4 after an extra end, a result which guarantees the Kiwis the last of the six qualification slots in next year’s Championships. After this crucial win, New Zealand skip Matt Neilson said, “that was pretty huge for us, especially after a few losses. The mentality is important for us, we know we can go down three into the last two ends and come out on top.”

Germany scored four points in each of the first and third ends to beat Italy by 10-5 to record their third win overall.

Behind seventh-placed Germany on the table, Sweden are eighth, with two wins, while China and Italy share ninth place, with just one win each.

Results and standings:

Session eight: Scotland 9-4 Norway; China 4-6 New Zealand; Germany 10-5 Italy; Sweden 5-9 Canada; Switzerland 7-6 United States.

Standings after session eight (W-L):

Q Scotland 8-0
Q Canada 6-2
Norway 5-3
Switzerland 5-3
United States 5-3
New Zealand 4-4
Germany 3-5
Sweden 2-6
China 1-7
Italy 1-7

To engage with the World Curling Federation on social media during the World Junior Curling Championships 2019 follow it on Twitter, Instagram (@WorldCurling) and Facebook (@WorldCurlingFederation) and use the hashtags when posting: #WJCC2019 #curling