Wheelchair Curlers Through To Knock-out Stages
Scotland are through to the knockout stages at the World Wheelchair-B Curling Championship in Finland having narrowly missed out on an automatic spot in the semi-finals after finishing with the joint best record in their round-robin pool.
Four successive wins against Japan, Latvia, England, and Denmark represented a fine recovery after they lost the second of their matches against Korea, who consequently had first place in Pool A secured on the basis of that head-to-head result, when they went unbeaten into their final match against Japan, which they then lost.
The Scots now face Sweden, who finished third in Pool B, in a play-off for the right to a semi-final meeting with the winners of Pool B which will be decided when so far unbeaten Norway and the Czech Republic meet in the last of their round-robin ties.
The finalists at this event in Lohja will go into this season’s World Championships with Scotland, Norway and Sweden all effectively having had to re-qualify for that competition after being relegated earlier this year.
That has added significance because the World Championships double as one of the qualifying competitions for the 2018 Winter Paralympics.
Scotland Wheelchair Curling Head Coach Sheila Swan said, ‘The team has achieved its first objective of reaching the knock-out stages and will now treat the next step as a new competition aiming for a place in the final.’
The qualification games get underway on Wednesday 11 November (18.00hrs local time EET) and the semi finals and final take place on Thursday 12 November (09.00hrs and 14.30hrs respectively).
Results for the event can be followed here.
Some games will be streamed live and they can be viewed here.
Robert McPherson – Lead
Gregor Ewan – 2nd
Hugh Nibloe – Skip & 3rd
Aileen Neilson – Vice Skip & 4th
Angie Malone - Alternate