Day 2 Roundup

  • Croatia celebrate their first win at a world championship Photo © WCF / Alina Androsova

Day 2 of the World Mixed Curling Championship 2016.

Session 5

Canada continued their impressive form by defeating France 9-2 for their second win of the competition. There were also wins in this session for Latvia, Japan, Austria and team.

Canada opened the scoring against France with 4 points in the first end, then scored a further 3 points in the third end on their way to a 9-2 victory after six ends.

Japan won their second game of the day when they defeated New Zealand 9-3, helped largely by a score of 4 points in the fifth end.

Also in this session Latvia recorded an 11-1 victory over Andorra and Austria defeated Belgium by a score of 8-5.

In the session’s final game, Hungary defeated Finland in a close fought extra end game where the lead changed four times, before Hungary skip, Zsolt Kiss drew into an open house with his last stone for the single point and the 7-6 victory.

Session 4

In session 4 of round-robin play defending champions, Norway, secured an extra end 7-4 victory over Romania. The session also saw wins for Slovakia, Scotland, Poland and Australia.

Romania trailed 4-3 going into the eighth end and had an opportunity to win the game but would only score 1 point and take the game to an extra end. Norway would then score 3 points in the extra end to begin the defence of their title with a win.

After the game Norway skip, Christer Wibe said: “It was our first game, and my first game in the world championships, and I have to admit I was nervous in the beginning. I played a few bad shots but the team helped me and in the end we made it and are really happy.”

England, playing their second game of the day, lost a close encounter with Slovakia though the final score would suggest otherwise. The teams were tied at 3-3 going into the final end when Slovakia scored 5 points for an 8-3 win.

Australia defeated Spain 7-2. After blanking the first end Australia scored 2 points in the second end followed by a steal of 2 points in the third end to take control of the game. A further 2 points in the sixth end followed by a steal of 1 point in the seventh was enough to claim their first win.

In the other two games of the session Poland defeated Denmark 5-2 and Scotland after starting slowly secured a comfortable 8-3 win over Italy.

Scotland skip, Cameron Bryce, after their 8-3 win over Italy said: “It was quite a long wait today, quite a late start which doesn’t really happen that often so it was pretty good to get out on the ice and our first win, now we can kick on from here.”

Session 3

Session 3 saw wins for Japan, Russia, Turkey, Croatia and after an extra end, Korea.

Turkey, who missed their practice day because of travel delays started their championship in fine form by defeating Estonia 10-5. A score of 3 points in the second end, followed by 4 points in the fourth end gave them a commanding 7-2 lead going into the break. Estonia fought back with 3 points in the sixth end, but Turkey closed out the win with 3 points of their own in the seventh end.

Japan defeated Belarus in a close game by a score of 6-5. With the scores tied at 4-4 after the sixth end, Belarus skip, Dmitriy Barkan, attempted to blank the seventh end but his shot stone was left biting the rings giving them a single point. Japan, now with the last stone in the eighth end, responded with a score of 2 points to secure the win.

Host nation, Russia, defeated Czech Republic 7-5 and after the championship’s first extra end Korea defeated USA 6-5.

In the session’s final game Croatia recorded their first ever win at a world championship event by defeating Slovenia 6-4. With the score after the second end 2-1 to Slovenia, Croatia would score 2 points in the third, then steal single points in the fourth and fifth ends for a lead they would hold onto for the rest of the game.

Afterwards, Croatia skip Mislav Martinic said of their win: “It’s fascinating, I can’t describe it with words. It’s absolutely amazing. It’s my first win for the Croatian national team and it’s fantastic. We played really well, above our average level, it was really great. The last game wasn’t so good but now we’ve found our stones, our shots, and it all went really well. We were aiming for just one win. We’ve achieved our goal and now we’re just having fun.

Session 2

Session 2 saw wins for Germany, England, Sweden, Switzerland and Poland.

Poland defeated Kazakhstan 10-0 after scoring 2 points in the first end and then stealing the remainder of their points over the next five ends.

England claimed victory over Brazil in their first game of the championship by a score of 12-1. The fourth end saw England score 4 points before stealing 3 points in the fifth and then a further 2 points in the sixth to secure their victory.

Germany opened their championship with a 7-3 victory over Wales, while Sweden defeated Ireland by a score of 9-2.

The final game of the session saw Switzerland take on the Netherlands. Switzerland opened the scoring with 5 points in the first end before Netherlands battled back into the game, making the score 6-4 after seven ends. Switzerland sealed their victory with a further 3 points in the eighth end for the 9-4 win.
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