2019-05-08T07:15:00+01:00

First Leg - Suzhou, China

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1647: POINT BACK FOR NORWAY

"Line's perfect guys!" yells Koe as he releases his last stone. Trouble is, the weight isn't. It is just a foot too heavy and leaves Walstad a chance for a gentle tap back to earn one. That's a game saver. Had Koe been just a little bit subtler, Canada would've been virtually assured of a steal for two. It's 3-2 Canada after three ends.

1626: ERROR BY NORWAY PROVES CRUCIAL

There's plenty to admire in this second end -double taps, runbacks, the full catalogue... but Walstad's last throw - an attempt to guard their only scoring stone - is way too light. That leaves dead-eye Koe with a relatively simple takeout for four. He doesn't get quite enough weight on it though and Canada have to settle for three to lead 3-1.

HERE'S KOE'S TAKEOUT TO MAKE IT 3-1
1617: NORWAY FIRST ON THE BOARD

Norway have hammer and whether that hit and roll by Walstad was intentional or not, it works a treat. Koe is typically accurate with an on-the-nose takeout to remove it, only for Walstad to produce a carbon copy and claim one. Both sides will be reasonably satisfied with that. Norway 1-0 to the good.

1617: NORWAY FIRST ON THE BOARD

Norway have hammer and whether that hit and roll by Walstad was intentional or not, it works a treat. Koe is typically accurate with an on-the-nose takeout to remove it, only for Walstad to produce a carbon copy and claim one. Both sides will be reasonably satisfied with that. Norway 1-0 to the good.

1555: WE ARE JUST MINUTES AWAY FROM THE MEN'S FINAL

Seventy-four games gone, now just one to go. Kevin Koe, the two-time world champion, has quickly lit the fire under his team new team members BJ Neufeld and Colton Flasch. Coming into this event with just a couple of practice events under their belts, their progress to the final has been pretty smooth, save for the defeat to Team Mouat on Saturday morning. As for Norway's men, led by philosophy fan and writer Steffen Walstad, they also lost just one game in the double round-robin. Canada are most people's favourites to make it a clean sweep of medals, but curling is rarely predictable, so let's see, shall we?

1426: HERE ARE A FEW OF ANNA HASSELBORG'S THOUGHTS

"I think they learned the ice a little bit quicker than us. We knew that coming into this game without hammer would be a huge disadvantage. I think they took advantage of having hammer and they played a little bit better. But I think hammer was key here and unfortunately, we didn’t have the chance to play for that.

"The team performed well but I think I learned the ice a little bit too slow today. Every game here [at the Curling World Cup] is super important. We’ve had a ton of fun here and we’re looking forward to the next one."

The men's final is coming up at 1600 so stay tuned...

1417: HOMAN PROUD OF TEAM-MATES

Here's a bit of reaction from the 29-year-old, who came up with the big shots time and again today - and throughout the competition.

"It's really exciting," she says. " This is the first event of the year and I'm really proud of my team-mates. It was a grind. Both teams played so well. Anna's team was phenomenal right to the end. That was a tough shot at the end, it was a great line call and great sweeping, so I'm just really proud of my team.

On that shot to steal one in the third end, she offers "We could've lost control there had we not made that. There were quite a few key shots in that game that we had to make and we did. It was an all-round good game for my team."

Asked about the Curling World Cup's group format, she comments: "It's really different. It's kind of cool playing the same team twice. Only one team from each group going forward makes it really cut-throat, you can't lose too many games. It definitely keeps you on your toes."

Canada are sending two different rinks to the next two Curling World Cup stages in Omaha and Norkoping, leading Homan to say: "Getting to the Grand Final was our goal coming in here as this is the only World Cup we're going to go to."

0410: HERE'S THE SHOT THAT CLINCHED IT FOR TEAM HOMAN
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