Turkey beat New Zealand for first win; Canada and Sweden continue winning streak

  • Turkey in action at Lillehammer 2016 Photo: WCF / Richard Gray

Turkey and New Zealand both went into session five of the Mixed curling event at the Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway, in search of a first win this evening (Saturday 13 February).

It was Turkey who won the game. Going into the seventh end there was just two points between the sides, with Turkey ahead 7-5, but an impressive score of six in the final end saw Turkey take the victory, 13-5.

There was also wins in this session for Switzerland, Russia and USA. Russia defeated China 6-4, while USA won 8-5 against Italy. These two teams continue their unbeaten run at this event.

Switzerland and Japan’s game went to an extra end. After the Swiss scored four points in the first end and a point in the third end, Japan scored single points in each of the second, fourth, fifth, sixth and eighth ends to level the score at 5-5. However, skip Selina Witschonke’s takeout, with the last stone, was executed perfectly to take the single point needed to win the game.

In the final session of day two hosts Norway recorded a second win of the day, beating Estonia, 8-1, while Great Britain defeated Brazil 21-0. Both these games lasted six ends.

After three sessions of play, Canada and Sweden remain the only unbeaten teams in Group B.

At the fourth end break Canada and Czech Republic were locked at 2-2, with the Czechs scoring single points in the first and fourth ends and Canada scoring a two in the second end. However, Canada took control of the game after the break to win, 5-2.

Despite trailing 3-2 at the fourth end break Sweden scored points in the three remaining ends to beat Korea 7-3.

They Said It:

Berivan Polat; skip Turkey (after 13-5 win over New Zealand): “We made too many mistakes, but we tried to be a team and we never gave up. We were very happy when we scored six [in the last end], we had a perfect end. It was well played.”

Mary Fay; skip Canada (after 5-2 win over Czech Republic): “It’s a great feeling to start with three wins, but we must stay focussed and stay strong. Czech Republic are a great team, but we thought through and made a few good breaks. My team mates set up a two for me [after the break], which put us ahead, 4-2, and that put us in a controlled position.”


Turkey 13-5 New Zealand; Japan 5-6 Switzerland; China 4-6 Russia; Italy 5-8 USA


Estonia 1-8 Norway; Brazil 0-21 Great Britain; Korea 3-7 Sweden; Czech Republic 2-5 Canada

GROUP A STANDINGS after Session 5 (W - L):

Russia 3-0
USA 3-0
Italy 2-1
Switzerland 2-1
China 1-2
Turkey 1-2
Japan 0-3
New Zealand 0-3

GROUP B STANDINGS after Session 6 (W - L):

Canada 3-0
Sweden 3-0
Great Britain 2-1
Norway 2-1
Czech Republic 1-2
Korea 1-2
Brazil 0-3
Estonia 0-3