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Team Canada captures men's silverat 2016 World Seniors

Saturday Apr 16 2016

Photo 'borrowed' from WCF Website

Randy Neufeld is bringing home a silver medal after a 7-4 loss to Sweden’s Mats Wrana in the final of the 2016 World Senior Men’s Curling Championship in Karlstad, Sweden, on Saturday. Neufeld and his LaSalle, Man., foursome of third Dean Moxham, second/vice Peter Nicholls, lead Dale Michie, with coach Bill Tschirhart, came into the playoffs with a perfect 8-0 record, and they kept the winning streak going with a 4-3 defeat of Scotland’s Gordon Muirhead in the quarter-finals and a 7-3 win over Ireland’s Peter Wilson in the semifinal. 

Canada got off to a slow start in the final, however, and trailed 5-4 after six. In the seventh, Neufeld held Wrana to a single to get hammer back, but the Swedes, playing in front of a home crowd, stole a point in the final end for the win and the gold medal, the first Senior Men’s gold medal for Sweden. 

“It never feels good to lose and we came here to win, but they played great,” said a disappointed Neufeld after the final. “They really worked for their two deuces and deserved to win today.” 

Ireland won the bronze medal with a 7-2 win over Denmark’s Poul Erik Nielsen. 

Canada’s Terri Loblaw didn’t make it to the podium at the 2016 championship, despite finishing the round robin with a 7-1 record. Loblaw and her Calgary team of vice-skip Judy Pendergast, second Sandy Bell, lead Cheryl Hall and team coach Judy Erickson were knocked out of playoff contention on Friday, courtesy of a 6-4 loss to Germany in the quarter-finals. The Women’s gold medal went to Scotland’s Jackie Lockhart, the silver to Germany, skipped by Andrea Schöpp, and the bronze to Sweden’s Gunilla Arfwidsson Edlund.

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Canada's Randy Neufeld posted a 4-3 win over Scotland (7-1), skipped by Gordon Muirhead, in the Friday first round playoff game. Other matchups included Denmark (7-1)-USA (7-1), New Zealand (8-0)-Ireland (7-1), and Sweden (7-1)-Norway (7-1). Advancing tothe semi-final, Denmark (5-4 over USA) will play Canada and Swededen (10-4 over Norway) will play Ireland (6-5 over New Zealand).

A round robin final game 10-1 victory over Israel, skipped by Granite Curling Club member Gary Gumprich, gave Team Canada a perfect record and a top-seed position in the World Senior Men's quarter-finals. 

Coincidentally, Canada also advanced to a quarter-final game against Scotland in the Mixed Doubles World Championship as well. In that quarter-final Scotland defeated Canada 6-5, meaning that Deer Lodge's Sean Grassie and Alli Nimik are still the only Canadian team to earn a medal at the World Miixed Doubles. In the first round of playoffs, Canada defeated New Zealand 10-2.

In the Senior Women's Canada lost 6-4 to Germany in the quarter-finals.

TEAM NEUFELD'S RECORD (local times)
Friday 5:30pm vs SWEDEN (WIN 6-3)

Saturday 1pm vs SLOVAKIA (WIN 8-2)
Sunday 8pm vs IRELAND (WIN 10-1)
Monday 8pm vs NETHERLANDS (WIN 13-3)
Tuesday 11am vs FRANCE (WIN 7-3)
Wednesday 8am vs JAPAN (WIN 6-4)
Thursday Noon vs FINLAND (WIN 10-1)
Friday 8am vs ISRAEL (WIN 10-1)

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Randy Neufeld, Dean Moxham, Peter Nicholls, and Dale Michie have qualified for the playoff round at the World Seniors in Sweden. An undefeated run had made qual;ifying apparently inevitable but it was the seventh consecutive win, 10-1 over Finland, that gave the LaSalle team a permanent hold on first place in their pool and a spot in the playoff round. This time, the Canadian champions opened the game with a four on the first end and cruised to victory. Canada has one game left, at 1AM (CDT) Friday against 2-4 Israel.  Even with a loss, the Neufeld team will still be seeded first in the group. Only Sweden, whose record is 6-1, can catch Canada in the win column but a first round win by Team Neufeld over Sweden assures them of the first place ranking.

The playoff system in a straight knockout with the first two teams in each of three pools advancing along with the top-ranked third place team. The other two third place teams will play a tiebreaker game withthe winner becoming the eighth team in the quarterfinals.

The Canadian Senior Women, the x team from x, have also qualified for the playoffs with a 7-1 record. The Canadian Mixed Doubles team, with a 6-0 record, has finished on top of their pool and will advance to the 16-team playoff round.

TEAM NEUFELD'S RECORD (local times)
Friday 5:30pm vs SWEDEN (WIN 6-3)

Saturday 1pm vs SLOVAKIA (WIN 8-2)
Sunday 8pm vs IRELAND (WIN 10-1)
Monday 8pm vs NETHERLANDS (WIN 13-3)
Tuesday 11am vs FRANCE (WIN 7-3)
Wednesday 8am vs JAPAN (WIN 6-4)
Thursday Noon vs FINLAND (WIN 10-1)
Friday 8am vs ISRAEL

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Once again, Randy Neufeld's Team Canada jumped out to a comfortable lead as the Manitobans posted a 6-4 victory over Japan to remain unbeaten at 6-0 in the World Seniors in Sweden. Team Neufeld lead 5-2 at the mid-game break. The La Salle foursome needs a win in their last two to assure themselves of a spot in the playoff round. They are currently being chased by Sweden (5-1) and Ireland (5-2) with Finland also still in the playoff chase at 4-2. They play Finland at 5am (CDT) Thursday. Their Friday round-robin game is against Israel (2-3). The top two teams in the pool advance direct with the third place team being assured of at least a tiebreaker.

The Canadian Senior Women's team has a 6-1 record with a game to play and, with a game to play, is assured of advancing. With a 4-0 rcecord in their Mixed Doubles pool, Team Canada is also assured of advancing in that championship.

TEAM NEUFELD'S RECORD (local times)
Friday 5:30pm vs SWEDEN (WIN 6-3)

Saturday 1pm vs SLOVAKIA (WIN 8-2)
Sunday 8pm vs IRELAND (WIN 10-1)
Monday 8pm vs NETHERLANDS (WIN 13-3)
Tuesday 11am vs FRANCE (WIN 7-3)
Wednesday 8am vs JAPAN (WIN 6-4)
Thursday Noon vs FINLAND
Friday 8am vs ISRAEL

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TUESDAY UPDATE: Randy Neufeld and his LaSalle Team Canada won again Tuesaday mo9rning to improve their still-perfect World Senior Men's record to 5-0. The Neufeld foursome led 4-1 at the mid-game break and 7-2 after six ends in their 7-3 victory. Neufeld's 5-0 and New Zealand (including former Manitoba Lorne DePape as the team alternate), at 4-0 in a different pool, are the only undefeated teams in the Men's competition. Norway at 5-1 in the ssame pool as New Zealand and USA, also at 5-1 in the third pool, are the other group leaders. Canada's next gam eis at 1AM (CDT) against Japan.

In the Women's Senior Championship Canada is at 4-1, tied with Sweden, in second place behind unbeaten England. In the World Mixed Doubles, Canada is currently 4-0 in the 42 team competition which is beinmg played in six competition pools. The World Mixed Doubles includes teams from Qatar, Serbia and Luxembourg comepting in their first ever world curl;ing championship event.

TEAM NEUFELD'S RECORD
Friday 5:30pm vs SWEDEN (WIN 6-3)

Saturday 1pm vs SLOVAKIA (WIN 8-2)
Sunday 8pm vs IRELAND (WIN 10-1)
Monday 8pm vs NETHERLANDS (WIN 13-3)
Tuesday 11am vs FRANCE (WIN 7-3)
Wednesday 8am vs JAPAN
Thursday Noon vs FINLAND
Friday 8am vs ISRAEL

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MONDAY UPDATE: A six on the third end gave Randy Neufeld and his Canadian champion team a 9-2 lead, allowing them to cruise to a 13-3 win in their fourth game of the World Seniors in Sweden. At 4-0, Team Neufeld is on top of their nine-team pool, ahead of 4-1 Ireland. Team Neufeld`s next game is at 4am (CDT) Tuesday against France whose record is currently 2-2.             

Friday 5:30pm vs SWEDEN (WIN 6-3)
Saturday 1pm vs SLOVAKIA (WIN 8-2)
Sunday 8pm vs IRELAND (WIN 10-1)
Monday 8pm vs NETHERLANDS (WIN 13-3)
Tuesday 11am vs FRANCE
Wednesday 8am vs JAPAN
Thursday Noon vs FINLAND
Friday 8am vs ISRAEL

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SUNDAY UPDATE: Randy Neufeld's Team Canada opened scoring with a three on the second end enroute to a 10-1 victory over Ireland in the World Seniors in Sweden Sunday. The game ended when Canada stole four on the sixth end. The La Salle foursome is the only undefeated team in their pool. Their 3-0 record is one win fewer than Ireland who have posted four wins to go with their loss to Canada. The next game for the Neufeld foursome is at 1pm (CDT) Monday against 1-2 Netherlands.

In Pool A, Germany, Switzerland and USA are all 3-0. In Pool England and New Zealand are 4-0. In the Women's competition, Canada and England are at 4-0 in Pool A. Scotland and USA lead Pool B at 3-0. 

Friday 5:30pm vs SWEDEN (WIN 6-3)
Saturday 1pm vs SLOVAKIA (WIN 8-2)
Sunday 8pm vs IRELAND (WIN 10-1)
Monday 8pm vs NETHERLANDS 
Tuesday 11am vs FRANCE
Wednesday 8am vs JAPAN
Thursday Noon vs FINLAND
Friday 8am vs ISRAEL

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SATURDAY: A pair of wins, 6-3 over Sweden and 8-2 over Slovakia, have Randy Neufeld's La-Salle team off to a good start at the World Senior Championships in Sweden. The Canadian champs play a game a day until Thursday when they complete their round-robin with a pair of games. The Neufeld Team schedule (times shown are local time, with a 7 hour difference) is: 

Friday 5:30pm vs SWEDEN (WIN 6-3)
Saturday 1pm vs SLOVAKIA (WIN 8-2)
Sunday 8pm vs IRELAND 
Monday 8pm vs NETHERLANDS 
Tuesday 11am vs FRANCE
Wednesday 8am vs JAPAN
Thursday Noon vs FINLAND
Friday 8am vs ISRAEL

There are three 9-team groups in the men's playoffs. Following the round-robin in the men’s event there will be a ranking for first, second and third position in each group. The first and second ranked teams qualify directly to the quarter-finals, as well as the third ranked team with the best Draw Shot Challenge (DSC) result. The other two third ranked teams play a qualification game to decide the last team entered into the quarter-finals.

The Neufeld foursome is the third Manitoba team to represent Canada at the World Seniors since the event began in Bismarck, ND in 2002. That year, Carl German's East St. Paul team, skipped by Ron Westcott, earned a silver medal. Their accomplishment was matched in 2012 by Kelly Robertson's Neepawa team. Lois Fowler's Brandon team, the only Manitoba women's team to compete at the World Seniors, won the gold medal a year ago in Sochi, Russia.



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