Thursday, April 07, 2011

Draw #16: Do Or Die? (Part II)
or maybe just do or hope

End 5. Norway blanks the 5th end against China and leads 2-1.

In the fifth, SW doubles off two SU rocks to lie one behind a guard. The end is fairly open. SW tries to freeze to the SW rock in the rings, but rubs on the guard, leaving a draw for two for SW, who lead 4-1.

It has been interesting to focus on the CZ-GE game, in part because GE can be so good some times, and in part because CZ has curled very well in the first half of the game. This sheet is well behind the others, though, so I'm not sure I can maintain end-by-end descriptions in the second half. With his last rock, Kapp hits and stays in the rings to score two. CZ 4, GE 3.

End 4.
The Swiss are forced to take one against Sweden in the 4th.

The game between Scotland and the US means nothing for the standings: Scotland is already locked into 2nd place, and the US has been eliminated from the playoffs. But the fans of these two teams have added to the enjoyment for most of the audience.

China managed to blank the 3rd end and is playing it pretty wide open against NO in the 4th end. But a mistake allows NO to split the rings, forcing CH to hit and stick for 1.

CZ had GE on the ropes again in the 4th end, but an attempted hit/roll ended up removing two CZ stones. The end is fairly open and heading toward a blank, but a CZ hit doesn't roll out. 4-1 for CZ.



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