New Zealand edge past England in Mixed curling thriller

  • New Zealand in action in Berne WCF / Céline Stucki

New Zealand posted their first win at the inaugural World Mixed Curling Championship in Berne, Switzerland today.

They beat England 7-5, with the last throw of the game. Skip, David Watt, praised his sweepers for helping him perfect his final stone and for getting the two points required to break the 5-5 deadlock prior to the eighth end.

He said: “That last shot was due to the sweepers, they saved it because it was curling hard. I love the ice here, if you throw hard you can get it to go straight, but I came closer to the guard than I wanted.

“At my age [55] I don’t think I have very many World Championships left so I’m enjoying this tournament heaps.”

Also in Group C, Poland and Russia join Switzerland at the top of the standings, by ensuring they remain undefeated after the fifth session of the tournament. Poland beat Czech Republic 6-3, while Russia won their game against Kazakhstan 10-3 in seven ends.

In Group A, Sweden cemented their place at the top of the group with a third win. They beat Slovakia 7-5. Also Lithuania and Italy won their first games of the competition.

Lithuania edged past Romania, 6-5, with their three points in the second end ultimately proving the difference between the two sides. After trailing 3-1 at the fourth end break, Italy went on to beat Belgium 5-3.