Wales fall to consistent Swiss

Wales have to dust themselves down after coming up against a very consistent performance from Switzerland.

The match started well, as despite losing the Draw Shot Challenge Wales set the first end up with good guards and draws placing pressure on Switzerland. However, one mistake meant Switzerland managed to take two shots from that end.

After that things began to run away from Wales, as Switzerland then stole another score of two in the second end.

Wales suffered from ice that appeared to run slightly straight in the third end, as Switzerland eventually got three shots counting before Andrew Tanner threw his final stone down to freeze onto the shot stone and take a single shot for Wales.

Only three shots behind and attempting to steal, Wales tried to play the standard guarding tactics, but the Swiss continued to clear well and in the end decided to blank the end.

After the half-time break, Switzerland managed to keep control, only allowing Wales to score a single shot in end 6, and when Switzerland took two in the seventh end it brought Wales’ deficit to 6 shots. This being too much of a task, Wales offered the handshake.

Wales were not consistent enough to compete at the level they had hoped for, and Switzerland played to a good standard, missing only one significant shot in the entire match. Wales need to play well in their remaining matches as they will need to win all their remaining games to have a good chance of qualifying for the knock-out stage.

Wales’ next match is on Tuesday morning (06:00 BST, 08:00 local time) against Turkey, who have yet to lose a match at these championships.

Round 6 – Wales v Switzerland

The penultimate game of the round robin was against Switzerland. Wales need to win one of the next two games to be in contention for the quarter finals. Two close draw shot challenges saw Switzerland take the hammer in the first end. A great hit and roll behind the guard in the first end from Adrian Meikle was unreachable and Wales took an early lead (1 – 0). Switzerland fought back strongly and took a two in the second end (1 – 2). An open third end gave Wales the opportunity to hit and take a two back (3-2). A drawing fourth end saw Switzerland set up well. A great sweep from Andrew Tanner and Laura Beever on Adrian’s last stone cut the score to one, but Switzerland’s last stone was drawn to the 4 foot to take another two (3 – 4). The fifth end was blanked. The sixth end was nearly blanked but the last stone clung to the house for a one to Wales to tie the scores (4 – 4). The seventh end was blanked. Wales pushed hard for the steal in the eighth but a good end from Switzerland saw them take a 3 to finish the game (4 – 7). Final game is against Sweden at 14:30 Thursday.