Day two quotes

  • Qatar's Yazid Alyafei and Maryam Binali on their international curling debut Photo: WCF / Richard Gray

Team reactions from the second day of curling at the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship 2016 in the Löfbergs Lila Arena in Karlstad, Sweden.

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They Said It, session eight

Joe Polo; USA (after 9-3 win over Spain): "We got the first end setup pretty good but I missed the last one, I over threw a little bit. Tab played great, put some pressure on them and made a few shots to finish off ends. That’s kinda all she wrote."

Flurina Kobler; Switzerland (after 7-4 win over Latvia): "It was really hard. I thought I would have to play the last stone for the win, I was nervous a bit. We always had to fight, it was never clear that we would win. I think that the two points that we made in the fifth end, when we were able to maybe score three, if I hit it a little bit longer, I think that was the key point."

Photo below: Team USA, Joe Polo and Tabitha Peterson during their game against Spain
WCF / Hamish Irvine

They Said It, session seven


Neil Fyfe; Ireland (after 9-6 win over Italy): "Psychologically, one win is a big advantage. Our next game’s against Canada so that’s going to be a real challenge but we’ve got nothing to lose so we’re really looking forward to it. Hopefully we’ll get another couple of wins throughout the week."

Romain Borini; France (after 9-2 win over Serbia): "Serbia are a very good team with a very good spirit, we had a lot of pleasure playing this game. Like everybody, we are up to get some Olympic points at the end, but it's very difficult. I think a lot of teams can go into the quarter-finals and it will be very difficult."

Photo below: France's Romain Borini and Sandrine Morand working hard on a shot during their victory over Serbia.
WCF / Hamish Irvine

They Said It, session six


Anna Kubeskova; Czech Republic (after 8-2 win over Scotland): “We thought it was going to be a really tough game against Scotland and after yesterday’s game we were not very confident about the ice or the weight. But, we had a really good pre-game practice where we settled a bit and we prepared well for this game. We would like to win as many matches as possible and we will see what happens next.”

Polina Petrova; Belarus (after 6-4 win over Netherlands): “This game was very hard because we don’t have a coach and at some moments it was very hard mentally. I think playing against Holland was hard because the Holland Curling Federation has very good skills. Our Federation is very young - I’ve played curling for only six years.”

Photo below: Pavel Petrov and Polina Petrova in action at the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship
WCF / Richard Gray


They Said It, session five


Dexin Ba; China (after their 8-2 win over Italy): “[The first game] was wonderful. It feels great. The ice is good and curling a lot. From the first game we learned a lot about the ice. After this game we need to talk about this and prepare for the second game.”

Harri Lill; Estonia (after their 9-5 win over Brazil): “It was one of the worst ends we’ve had [after giving up four in the first end] and we just had to fight back – we had to pull ourselves together and the next ends were much better. We weren’t totally happy but still we played our average game. We are getting used to the ice, it’s really good with lots of curl and good speed.”


Photo below: Marie Turmann and Harri Lill of Estonia putting all their effort into sweeping
Photo: WCF / Richard Gray

They Said It, session four


Dustin Kalthoff; Canada (after 9-3 win over France): “[The game] was good. The ice was good. We’re just getting used to it, getting used to where to put the broom out here – there’s lot of curl. We just want to get our draw weight down, and continue learning the ice. We expect it will continue improving right to the weekend. We will be working hard to continue to grasp it as we move forward and take every game as seriously as possible and put our best effort out there.”

Ian Palangio; Australia (after 10-3 win over Serbia): “Both teams came out really strong in the first end. It was quite complicated and lots of shots were made – it’s really nice to feel like you’re making some shots in the first end because you haven’t seen the ice until today. That was Serbia’s first game ever at the World Championships, they made amazing shots and they’re so lovely to play against. It was a pleasure.”

Maryam Binali; Qatar (after first international curling appearance): “We enjoyed the game, it was so much fun to play with Wales in the beginning. We tried our best and we are looking forward to the next game.”