Semi-finals Roundup

Hungary's Zsolt Kiss and Dorottya Palancsa have reach their second WMDCC gold medal game Photo: WCF/Alina Pauliuchyk

Hungary and Sweden qualified for the gold medal game as they both won their semi-finals on Saturday morning at the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship 2015 being held in the Ice Cube Curling Centre in Sochi, Russia.

As a result of their semi-final losses, Norway and Canada will now play off for the bronze medals, with both medal games taking place at 15:30 on Saturday.

Both semi-finals proved tight and after a high scoring first half, Norway were leading 6-5 in their game against Hungary at the fourth end break.

Hungary then took control of the game, scoring two points in the fifth end before stealing single points in the next two ends.

Hungary then ran Norway out of stones in the eighth and final end to win the game 9-6.

For Hungary’s Dorottya Palancsa and Zsolt Kiss, this was the second time they had qualified for the World Mixed Doubles gold medal game, the last time back in Fredericton, Canada in 2013.

After this game, Hungary’s Zsolt Kiss said: "In the first half I made two big mistakes, so they could score three both times. Luckily we recovered from it. I don't think that they played better than us, we placed our stones perfectly during the whole game, so we could keep our three-point advantage until the end."

Sweden meanwhile took the early advantage in their semi-final against Canada, taking four points from the first three ends.

A double take-out mid way through the seventh end by Canada’s Charley Thomas helped Canada level the game at 6-6 going into the final end.

There however, Sweden’s Per Noreen made raise takeout to removing the counting Canadian stone to win the game 8-6.

This was the third time that Swedish teammates Camilla Johansson and Per Noreen have qualified for the gold medal game, as they won the silver medals back in 2012 and 2014.

After this game, Johansson said: “It was a great game for us. They played really well too, so we’re happy to win and reach the final.”

Her teammate Per Noreen added: “I think the gold medal game will be fifty-fifty. We beat them in the semi-final last year, but they have been in the play-offs many times so I think it will be a very close game."

Saturday 25 April, 2015

Gold medal game: Hungary v Sweden
Bronze medal game: Norway v Canada

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