US teams ready for playoffs in Scotland

By Terry Kolesar | April 29, 2014, 12 a.m. (ET)
April 29, 2014
USA teams prepare for playoffs in Scotland
(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) - Margie Smith and the U.S. ladies won their seventh game this morning to remain undefeated at the 2014 World Senior Curling Championships in Dumfries, Scotland. They'll take that perfect record into tomorrow's semifinals in search of USA's first-ever gold medal at this event.
The U.S. ladies got past the Czech Republic's Miroslava Vareckova rink, 7-4, to finish the round robin at 7-0. "We felt really good. We were a little bit too aggressive in a couple of ends, but we played well as a team. Now we are ready to go. A whole new tournament starts, and we just need to play our game," said Smith, who led the U.S. ladies into the playoffs in 2011, finishing fourth.
Jeff Wright (Libertyville, Ill.) and the U.S. men will play Ireland (6-1) in the quarterfinals at 1:30 p.m. CT today at the Dumfries Ice Bowl. Wright and teammates Russ Armstrong (Lake Bluff, Ill.), Jim Wilson (Chicago), Nils Johansson (Highland Park, Ill.), and Russ Brown (Lake Forest, Ill.) finished the round robin last night with a 6-1 record. Norway defeated the Netherlands, 7-6, today to earn the final quarterfinal berth.
Smith (St. Paul, Minn.) and teammates Norma O'Leary (Silver Bay, Minn.), Debbie Dexter (St. Paul, Minn.), and Shelly Kosal (Edgerton, Wis.) and Canada's Colleen Pinkney have secured semifinal berths. The second- and third-place teams in each women's pool will compete for the final two semifinal spots this afternoon.
Here is the schedule moving forward:
Men's quarterfinal matchups (1:30 p.m. CT today):
* USA (6-1) v. Ireland (6-1)
* Norway (6-2) v. Sweden (6-1)
* Australia (7-1) v. England (6-1)
* Canada (8-0) v. Scotland (5-2)
Women's semifinal qualification game matchups (1:30 p.m. CT today):
* Slovakia (4-3) v. Scotland (5-1)
* Sweden (5-2) v. Switzerland (4-2)
Women's semifinal matchup (2 a.m. CT Wednesday):
* USA v. winner of semifinal qualification game (opponent will be from B group)
* Canada v. winner of semifinal qualification game (opponent will be from A group)
Men's semifinal matchup (2 a.m. CT Wednesday):
* Winners of quarterfinal games (matchups will be selected on the basis of not having teams from the same group compete against each other. If necessary, the opponents will be determined by a "draw from the hat" (random selection) at the post round robin team meetings
Gold- and bronze-medal games - 6:30 a.m. CT Wednesday
USA line score, Seniors:
USA women       010 020 31 - 7
*Czech Rep.       101 101 00 - 4
*last rock in first end
Senior Women, Group A:
USA                       7-0*
Sweden               5-2**
Slovakia                4-3**
Czech Rep.          3-4
England                3-4
New Zealand     3-4
Austria                  2-5
Japan                    1-6
*qualified to semifinals
Senior Women, Group B:
Canada                 6-0*
Scotland               5-1**
Switzerland        4-2**
Australia              3-3
Finland                 2-4
Italy                       1-5
Russia                   0-6
*qualified to semifinals
**to play in a semifinal qualification game
Senior Men, Group A:
Canada                 8-0*
Australia              7-1*
Norway                6-2*
Germany             5-3
Latvia                    4-4
Slovakia                2-6
Japan                    2-6
France                  1-7
Poland                  1-7
Senior Men, Group B:
England                6-1*
USA                       6-1*
Scotland               5-2*
Finland                 4-3
Czech Rep.          3-4
Hungary               2-5
Russia                   1-6
New Zealand     1-6
Senior Men, Group C:
Sweden               6-1*
Ireland                  6-1*
Netherlands       5-2
Denmark             4-3
Wales                    3-4
Switzerland        3-4
Italy                       1-6
Austria                  0-7
*qualified to quarterfinals
**to play quarterfinal qualification game

Event information links:

USA Curling is sponsored by AtomAmpd, Nike, Brooms Up Curling Supplies, Sitrin, and The RAM Restaurant & Brewery, BalancePlus, and is partnered with Hilton HHonors, United Airlines, RJM Licensing Inc., and CurlingZone.


For more information: Terry Kolesar, Director of Communications,, 608-338-9900 (mobile) or 715-344-1199, Ext. 202 (office).