US men join women in World Seniors playoffs

By Terry L. Davis | April 25, 2019, 10:04 a.m. (ET)

Update, 4 p.m. CT: U.S. men earn No. 5 playoff seed and will take on No. 12 Germany at 12 p.m. (local) Friday in the qualification playoffs.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 25, 2019

 

U.S. teams set to compete in playoffs at World Senior Championships

 

(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – Geoff Goodland and the U.S. men have joined Margie Smith’s American women in tomorrow’s playoffs of the 2019 World Senior Championships in Stavanger, Norway.

 

Despite a 7-3 loss today to Wales as they wrapped up the round robin, Goodland (Eau Claire, Wis.) and his team of Mike Fraboni (Lac du Flambeau, Wis.), Pete Westberg (Woodbury, Minn.), Dan Wiza (Waunakee, Wis.), and Todd Birr (Ham Lake, Minn.) have advanced to Friday’s qualification playoffs as they secured the second spot out of Group D.

 

Smith (Shoreview, Minn.) and teammates Norma O’Leary (Silver Bay, Minn.), Debbie Dexter (St. Paul, Minn.) and Shelly Kosal (Edgerton, Wis.) earned their playoff spot yesterday despite having one round robin game left, which resulted in a 6-4 loss today to Canada (7-0) in a rematch of last year’s gold-medal game. The U.S. women finished third in Pool A and will now take on Scotland (6-1) in Friday’s qualification playoffs at 6 p.m. Sweden (6-1) will take on Switzerland (5-2) in the other playoff at 12 p.m. Canada (7-0) and Denmark (6-1), as winners of their respective groups, advance directly to Saturday’s semifinals at Sørmarka Arena and will await the winners of the qualification playoffs.

 

The men’s playoff matchups will be announced after the conclusion of the round robin tonight.

 

The U.S. men stole the opening end against David Tranmer’s Wales rink but struggled in the latter ends as they finished the round robin with a 3-2 record in Group D.

 

“They were just doing a better job getting rock position on us,” Goodland said after the game. “We were just struggling with that sheet, not sure why. We weren’t getting our draws in good spots. It was hurting us.” 

 

Line scores:

USA women       000 020 02 – 4

*Canada             021 100 20 – 6

 

USA men            102 000 0x – 3

*Wales               020 121 1x – 7

*last rock in first end

 

Women’s Standings:

Group A:

Canada               7-0QSF

Sweden              6-1Q

USA                     5-2Q

Finland               4-3

Hong Kong         3-4

Australia             1-6

Lithuania            1-5

Russia                 0-6

 

Group B:

Denmark            6-1QSF

Scotland             6-1Q

Switzerland        5-2Q

England              3-4

Italy                     2-4

Japan                  2-4

Latvia                  2-4

New Zealand     0-6

Q=qualified to playoffs

 

Men’s Standings:

Group A:

Sweden              5-0Q

Australia             5-1Q

New Zealand     4-1Q

Czech Rep.         3-3

Hong Kong         2-4

France                 1-5

Turkey                0-6

 

Group B:

Canada               6-0Q

Norway               5-1Q

Germany            3-3Q

Italy                     3-3

Kazakhstan        2-4

Russia                 2-4

Netherlands      0-6

 

Group C:

Scotland             5-0Q

Switzerland        5-0Q

Poland                4-2Q

Ireland                2-4

Slovakia              2-4

Japan                  1-4

England              0-5

 

Group D:

Denmark            4-1Q

USA                     3-2Q

Wales                  3-2Q

Latvia                  3-2

Finland               1-4

Belgium              1-4

Q=qualified to playoffs

 

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