’Toba’s Neufeld a sil­ver se­nior

Loses fi­nal bat­tle to Swe­den at worlds

Winnipeg Free Press - SundayXtra - - CURLING -

KARL­STAD, Swe­den — Randy Neufeld is bring­ing home a sil­ver medal af­ter a 7-4 loss to Swe­den’s Mats Wrana in the fi­nal of the 2016 World Se­nior Men’s Curl­ing Cham­pi­onship Satur­day.

Neufeld and his LaSalle four­some of third Dean Moxham, sec­ond/ vice Peter Ni­cholls, lead Dale Michie, with coach Bill Tschirhart, came into the play­offs with a per­fect 8- 0 record, and they kept the win­ning streak go­ing with a 4-3 de­feat of Scot­land’s Gor­don Muir­head in the quar­ter-fi­nals and a 7-3 win over Ire­land’s Peter Wil­son in the semi­fi­nal.

Canada got off to a slow start in the fi­nal, how­ever, and trailed 5- 4 af­ter six.

In the seventh, Neufeld held Wrana to a sin­gle to get ham­mer back, but the Swedes, play­ing in front of a home crowd, stole a point in the fi­nal end for the win and the gold medal, the first se­nior men’s gold medal for Swe­den.

“It never feels good to lose and we came here to win, but they played great,” said a dis­ap­pointed Neufeld af­ter the fi­nal.

“They re­ally worked for their two deuces and de­served to win to­day.”

Ire­land won the bronze medal with a 7-2 win over Den­mark’s Poul Erik Nielsen.

Canada’s Terri Loblaw didn’t make it to the podium at the 2016 se­nior women’s cham­pi­onship, de­spite fin­ish­ing the round robin with a 7-1 record. Loblaw and her Cal­gary team of viceskip Judy Pen­der­gast, sec­ond Sandy Bell, lead Ch­eryl Hall and coach Judy Erick­son were knocked out of play­off con­tention Fri­day, cour­tesy of a 6- 4 loss to Ger­many in the quar­ter-fi­nals.

Gold medal The women’s gold medal went to Scot­land’s Jackie Lock­hart, the sil­ver to Ger­many, skipped by An­drea Schöpp, and the bronze to Swe­den’s Gu­nilla Ar­fwids­son Edlund.

Mean­while, Rus­sia de­feated China 7-5 to win gold Satur­day at the world mixed dou­bles curl­ing cham­pi­onship at Karl­stad’s Lof­bergs Lila Arena.

The United States outscored Scot­land 9-7 to win the bronze. Saska­toon’s Dustin Kalthoff and Mar­liese Kas­ner topped Es­to­nia 8-2 to give Canada a fifth-place re­sult.

The com­bined re­sults of the 2016 and 2017 world mixed dou­bles events will de­cide the seven teams who will join host South Korea at the 2018 Win­ter Olympics in Pyeongchang.


Randy Neufeld went down swing­ing in Swe­den, los­ing a tough bat­tle to a very sharp host team.

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