Saturday, April 01, 2006

WMC: Day One Recap

Two draws are in the books, and with them 8 games played. Canada, Scotland, and the United States all made it through their first games unscathed, but each played a rather surprising result. Canada was held to just five points by the Swedish team (though they only managed 2 during the match, probably the lowest score I've seen in a curling match at this level). Scotland just barely survived a scare by Australia, who forced an eleventh end by scoring 3 in the tenth. The United States didn't take a lead against the Irish team until a three point ninth end, but they too were forced to an eleventh end.

Each was a win, but each was a win in a manner that makes me think this is going to be a hell of a deep field during the tournament.

Now...you'll notice I'm tracking four teams, but only mentioned three walking away without a loss today. Finland wasn't quite so lucky. In the first draw today, Team U15 got dropped, and hard, by the Swiss team. Final score was 10-3, conceded after just 8 ends. The Finish team surrendered three point ends in the fifth, sixth, and what turned out to be the final and eighth end. Rather inauspicious start for the silver medalists. They made a comeback in the night draw, breaking a 7-7 tie with the Norwegian team in the last end.

In other action, the Swiss team that beat U15 also notched a win against the German team, putting them a half game up on the rest of the field in early action. Sitting at the bottom of the heap right now is the self same German team, sitting at 0-2 with a loss to the team from Norway also. That puts Norway at 1-1.

Current Standings
Switzerland 2-0
Canada 1-0
Japan 1-0
Scotland 1-0
USA 1-0
Finland 1-1
Norway 1-1
Australia 0-1
Denmark 0-1
Ireland 0-1
Sweden 0-1
Germany 0-2

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