Hong Kong record first ever win at world level

  • Hong Kong record historic first win Photo © WCF / Alina Pavlyuchik

Day three of the World Mixed Curling Championship 2017 being held in Champéry, Scotland continued this evening (Sunday 8 October) with and saw Hong Kong record a historic first win at world level for the member association.

Hong Kong secured their first win of the championship and first ever win at world level when they defeated Finland 11-5. They opened the scoring with a steal of three points in the first end, before Finland fought back to level the scores at 3-3 over the next two ends. A score of four points from Hong Kong in the fourth end gave them a 7-3 lead at the break.

A further steal of four points in the fifth end gave Hong Kong a commanding lead over the previously unbeaten Finland, who responded with two points of their own before conceding defeat and giving Hong Kong a historic first win.

Elsewhere in the session, New Zealand, Estonia and Croatia picked up their first wins in the championship. New Zealand defeated Kazakhstan 11-2; Estonia defeated Wales 5-4 and Croatio beat Slovenia 9-6.

In the final game of the session, Israel defeated Austria 11-2 to remain undefeated at the top of their group with a record of three wins and zero losses.

In the early evening session, Sweden put on a dominant display to record the first shut-out of the championship when they defeated France 14-0 after six ends.

Sweden opened the scoring with two points in the first end. After France blanked the second end, Sweden would steal a single point in the third end, six points in the fourth end, two points in the fifth end before drawing the game to a close with a steal of three points in the sixth end.

They sit joint top of their group on two wins and no losses alongside Latvia, and China.

China defeated USA 6-5 in the first extra end game of the championship. With USA trailing 5-3 after seven ends they managed to secure the two points to level the game. However, China with the hammer in the extra end were able to secure the single point they needed for the win.

Elsewhere in the session, Slovakia defeated hosts Switzerland 5-3; Russia defeated Hungary 6-3, and Ireland defeated Denmark 7-5 despite being 5-1 behind at the fourth end break.

They said it

Jason Chang; Hong Kong skip (after 11-5 win over Finland): "We feel ecstatic! We played okay the first game, got a little bit better the second game, a couple of shots may have made a difference there, but this game we really played quite well. The Finnish team put us under pressure but we made the good shots when it counted. We knew our pool was tough, so we weren’t taking any games for granted, so we just had to play hard, get a little bit lucky some times and play well."

Alan Mitchell; Ireland skip (after 7-5 win over Denmark): "We actually did really well in the first half but we had either a bad stone or a pickup in the third to lose the three, which puts the heads down a little, but we tried to re-group for the second half. We’re here to enjoy ourselves. We’re delighted we’ve got two wins now but we’re just going to go out and enjoy the next game."

Thivya Jeyaranjan; New Zealand skip (after 11-2 win over Kazakhstan): "It’s really good to get a win on the board, starting the tournament with a loss isn’t ideal but I think we worked really well as a team tonight. We really want to improve our consistency going forward in the competition. We’ve got a few tough games coming up, but today was a big improvement after our first game and hopefully we’ll continue to progress."

RESULTS, Session 9

Switzerland 3-5 Slovakia; Hungary 3-6 Russia; Sweden 14-0 France; Denmark 5-7 Ireland; USA 5-6 China (after extra end).

RESULTS Session 10

Croatia 9-6 Slovenia; Austria 2-11 Israel; Wales 4-5 Estonia; Kazakhstan 2-11 New Zealand; Hong Kong 11-5 Finland.

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