World Men's Curling Championship 2012 - Draw 2

Sweden picked up a win in their first game of the Championship Photo: WCF/Richard Gray

In the second session of round-robin play at the World Men’s Curling Championship 2012 in Basel, Switzerland on Saturday evening, Denmark made up for their opening session loss to Norway by beating New Zealand in just eight ends.

After Denmark had scored in each of the opening four ends to build up a 5-0 lead, New Zealand finally got on the score-board in the fifth end, when skip Peter de Boer produced a double take-out to score two points and cut Denmark’s lead to 5-2. But the Danes recovered their position in the sixth end when their skip Rasmus Stjerne made a draw to score three points. A further score in the eighth end for Denmark put their 11-4 win beyond doubt and New Zealand conceded.

Afterwards, skip Stjerne said: “We knew that after this afternoon’s loss we had to win. We took more chances and were more confident out there and it paid off, with us putting points on the board. We’ve still got a really tough draw, so we need to keep posting the wins.”

China and the Czech Republic were both playing their first games of the Championship and it was China who emerged as winners. They opened with a score of two points in the first end, and then had a steal of two points in the second end. In the eighth end, skip Rui Liu hit to score three points for a 9-4 lead as the Chinese eventually went on to a 9-5 victory.

Afterwards, China’s coach, Hongchen Li, said: “It feels good to win. The ice here is beautiful, we have a very good ice maker here this week. Team China would be happy with eighth position or above. Every year at the World Championships all of the teams are getting better, so we need to improve each year as well.”

On the next sheet, Sweden and Switzerland were also playing their first games of the week. Sweden were without their skip Niklas Edin, who was side-lined due to injury, but Sebastian Kraupp proved to be a more than capable deputy.

The Swiss were never ahead in the game, despite their fourth player Toni Mueller scoring two points in the fifth end with a well-judged draw-shot. But Swedish stand-in skip, Kraupp, was not to be beaten, scoring three points with a hit in the sixth end for a 6-2 lead. Sweden followed that up with two more points in the eighth, on the way to a 8-4 victory.

Afterwards, Kraupp said: “I’m very pleased with that. For being the first game with this line-up, the team played really well. We’ve been mentally prepared for this for a few days, but, hopefully Niklas can be back in the team in a few days.”

In the game between Scotland and Norway, Norwegian skip Thomas Ulsrud scored three points in the third end with a strong hit, for an early 3-0 lead, but Scottish skip Tom Brewster eventually turned the tables, hitting out one Norwegian stone in a sea of Scottish counters to score five points in the ninth end and force the Norwegians to concede with the score at 11-6 to Scotland.

Afterwards, Brewster said: “I was going to be happy to be 1-1 tonight. That’s a big win for us and I’m really pleased. The five? It just built out of nothing. He realised if they didn’t score they were going to lose the game, so they kept gambling and didn’t make the shots.”


Session 2:
Denmark 11, New Zealand 4; China 9, Czech Republic 5, Switzerland 4, Sweden 8; Norway 6, Scotland 11.

Standings after 2 sessions:
Scotland 2-0
Canada 1-0
China 1-0
Germany 1-0
Sweden 1-0
Denmark 1-1
Norway 1-1
Czech Republic 0-1
France 0-1
Switzerland 0-1
USA 0-1
New Zealand 0-2

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