Sweden's ladies won their last round robin game tonight when they beat Japan by 11-4 with the help of a 7 in the 6th end. This means that they finish top of their section with an undefeated record. In a surprise result, Wendy Becker's New Zealand ladies defeated Switzerland and so they are now in second place with 4 wins while Switzerland and the Czech Republic have 3 wins each. The last two play each other tomorrow and so the winner of that game will have to hope that New Zealand lose to Japan to give them a chance of qualifying via a tie-breaker.
In men's play Australia went to the top of their group by defeating Sweden and have got one game left against Norway. A win for Norway and a win for Sweden against Denmark would leave all 3 teams tied on 6 points with DSC scores deciding the ranking.
Note that the men's championship has a quarter-final stage while the women go straight to semi-finals.
So the umpires will be keeping their fingers crossed for at least some of the qualification issues to be resolved without the need for tie-breakers!!
Re James' comments to the last blog I will try and confirm what happened in Winnipeg in 2003.Certainly the Championships were held in two clubs - one for the men and one for the women but there were only 15 men's teams and I cannot imagine that there would have been time issues.