Turkey still unbeaten after Wales loss

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It was a disappointing morning for Wales as they struggled to keep their play at a high enough level to overcome unbeaten Turkey.

The match started well, as Wales managed to secure the last stone advantage and then set the first end up well. The result was a score of score of two, although if a hit-and-roll attempt had worked better then Wales should perhaps have taken three from that first end.

Another good end followed, with Wales managing to force Turkey to take a score of just one.

Wales could only take a score of one with the hammer in end three, and then came Wales’ downfall: the fourth end.

The start of the fourth end was fairly standard, with Wales looking to steal by placing centre line guards up. However, Turkey drew behind them, and when Wales attempted to hit and roll the shooter was left exposed, meaning Turkey could attempt the same shot, which they did successfully.

Wales then tried to remove the guards, and while the existing stones were cleared the shooter was left in place, meaning Turkey could safely keep drawing stones into the house. Wales tried to draw into the house twice but struggled with the correct weight, so when Andrew Tanner came to deliver his last stone there were five stones counting for Turkey. The attempted double-takeout didn’t quite work out, so despite missing their final draw Turkey were able to take a score of four.

Despite attempting to turn things around in the second half of the match, Turkey continued to keep control, and with Wales’ aggressive tactics not working out in the seventh end they shook with the score at 11-4 to Turkey.

Wales play two matches on Wednesday, the first one in the morning (06:00 BST, 08:00 local time) against Slovenia, and the second an afternoon game (14:00 BST, 16:00 local) against the Netherlands. It is now unlikely that Wales can qualify for the knock-out stages of the competition, but depending on other results, a win in all three of their remaining matches would still leave a chance.