Canada and Norway remain unbeaten with three wins apiece after the second day of the 2011 World Wheelchair Curling Championship in Prague. (World Curling Federation)
Both teams had only one game on Wednesday in the morning session with Norway beating Russia 7-3. In their game against Korea, the Canadians had to play catch up until the sixth end where they took three points. The Koreans needed two to tie the game up in the eighth and force an extra end but Skip Tae Yeong Jeong’s final draw was light and Canada won 6-5.
“Once again we had to come from behind, I think it speaks for the calibre of play generally” said Canadian Skip Jim Armstrong afterwards, “we’ve managed to win three games, but every game has gone to the last rock.”
The USA picked up their first win of the championship scoring 9-3 against Germany.
“I think the difference between yesterday and today is that we shot to make the shots and yesterday sometimes we felt that we were shooting not to miss. The key shots we needed to make today – we did!” exclaimed US Skip Augusto Perez after the game.
Scotland were also on a winning roll, beating the Czech Republic 10-2 in the morning and Sweden 7-4 in the afternoon.
“Sometimes it’s that last stone that makes the difference,” said Scottish Skip Aileen Neilson who ended Sweden’s chances of tying up the game in the eighth end with her last stone. “Sometimes you just do the maths and I thought if I get rid of that stone he [Swedish Skip Glenn Ikonen] is not going to get his two. That was the objective and it came off.”
After their defeat at the hands of Scotland home team the Czech Republic created the biggest upset and surprise of the day by beating China by a resounding 9-3, stealing points all the way to the eighth and final end.
Afterwards Czech Skip Radek Pokorný, who’s playing at his first world championship, said “we were quite disappointed to have lost so badly to Scotland this morning as every game is important. We were just trying to forget about this loss. Right from the start we put China under pressure. They were forced to make difficult shots and our tactic paid off!”
The Czech fans gathered at Prague’s Curling Hall Roztyly were delighted by the outcome.
Standings after Day 2
Czech Republic 1-2
Results Session 4
Sweden-Scotland 4-7; Russia-Germany 8-7; Czech Republic-China 9-3.
Results Session 3
Korea-Canada 5-6; Scotland-Czech Republic 10-2; USA-Germany 9-3; Russia-Norway 3-7.
Full linescores are here: http://www.curling.cz/vysledky_dotyk/2010_11/295_ex.php
Schedule of Play: http://curling2011.ic.cz/?page_id=140
Live webcams from the Curling Hall Roztyly (Internet Explorer only):
Sheet A/1: http://www.curlingpromo.cz/curlingove-webove-kamery-hala-roztyly_a1.php
Sheet B/2: http://www.curlingpromo.cz/curlingove-webove-kamery-hala-roztyly_b1.php
Sheet C/3: http://www.curlingpromo.cz/curlingove-webove-kamery-hala-roztyly_c1.php
Sheet D/4: http://www.curlingpromo.cz/curlingove-webove-kamery-hala-roztyly_d1.php
The official website for the event: http://curling2011.ic.cz/