Hong Kong and Luxembourg make World Mixed debuts

  • Hong Kong make world mixed debut © WCF / Alina Pavlyuchik

The World Mixed Curling Championship 2017 being held in Champéry, Switzerland got underway this afternoon (Friday 6 October) with Jean-Philippe Rochat, Chairman of the Sion 2026 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games Bid Committee, delivering the ceremonial first stone.

After this, in the second session of round-robin play Hong Kong and Luxembourg made their world mixed debuts against Israel and Kazakhstan respectively.

Both teams would suffer losses in their first world mixed championship with Israel defeating Hong Kong 6-3, while Kazakhstan claimed their first ever win at a world mixed championship by defeating Luxembourg 8-3.

Session two also saw hosts Switzerland get their championship off to a winning start when they defeated Czech Republic 7-4. Elsewhere in the session, Wales defeated Croatia 6-4 in a close fought game while Norway claimed a 6-4 victory over Slovakia.

A single round-robin game began the competition before the opening ceremony took place saw Finland defeat Austria 5-4.

Before the first session of play, a last minute withdrawal from Italy saw China move from Group E to Group B to rebalance the groups. Teams in Group E now have a bye where they would have played China.

They Said it

Jussi Uusipaavalniemi; Finland skip (after 5-4 win over Austria): "We didn’t play our best during the whole game and I think this was a nice first game to get used to the ice. It’s quite difficult for us because it’s so swingy. We are not used to playing on that kind of ice, but getting that win makes us a little more relaxed going into the next game. At least we have one win now."

Viktor Kim; Kazakhstan fourth (after 8-3 win over Luxembourg): "This is our first game at this championship and this is our first win ever during the world championships. I’m happy really. I have juniors here with me. The girls are 15 years old and 17 years old and I also have a 22 year old boy. That means we in Kazakhstan made a decision to get young people to play. We are really happy."

Adam Freilich; Israel skip (after 6-3 win over Hong Kong): "It’s always tough to get the first win. The ice was a little tricky but we start off 1-0 and hopefully it continues, but it’s an uphill battle from here. Tomorrow night is our next game and it’s against Switzerland, in Switzerland. I’ve been waiting six months for this. So, getting that first win gives us a little more confidence going into tomorrow."

RESULTS, Session 1

Austria 4-5 Finland.

RESULTS Session 2

Israel 6-3 Hong Kong; Switzerland 7-4 Czech Republic; Croatia 4-6 Wales; Slovakia 4-6 Norway; Kazakhstan 8-3 Luxembourg.

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