European champions open with win in Switzerland

  • Sweden begin with win in Berne WCF / Céline Stucki

Sweden, the reigning European Mixed Curling champions, got off to a winning start in the inaugural World Mixed Curling Championship in Berne, Switzerland today.

The Swedes beat Italy 6-3 at the Curling Bahn Allmend. Their skip Rasmus Wrana said: “The key to our performance this morning was that we practiced good. Even though this game was a bit straighter than our training we figured out our strategy and played for the win.”

Denmark was the first team to secure a win at this new event. They beat Ireland, 11-3, in just six ends.

Hosts Switzerland, skipped by 2014 World Junior champion Yannick Schwaller also got off to a winning start. Against China they were locked in a competitive game, with the teams level, 4-4, at the fourth end break. However, it was the Swiss who took the victory, 7-4.

There were also wins for Poland who beat Kazakhstan, 13-6, despite trailing 0-5 after two ends; France who won 10-2 against Romania and Slovakia who beat Belgium 6-2.