China and USA start strong to record opening wins; Canada and Denmark win in six ends

  • China record 10-2 win Photo

The World Mixed Curling Championship 2017 continued this morning (Saturday 7 October) with session three of the round-robin stage and saw Poland, China, USA, Germany and Slovenia all get their championship off to a winning start.

After a shaky start Poland took control of their game against Netherlands to win 8-3. With the scores level on 1-1 after two ends, Poland would go on to steal two points in the third and fourth ends, before scoring three points in the sixth end to secure the win.

China defeated Brazil 10-2, after leading 8-0 at the fourth end break. China opened the scoring with two points in the first end before going on to steal single points in the second and third end, before stealing another four points in the fourth end. Brazil scored a single point in the fifth end and stole a single point in the sixth end before China scored two points in the seventh end for the win.

Elsewhere in the session, USA defeated France 9-1 where they lead 8-0 after five ends; Slovenia defeated Estonia 6-3 with six of the games nine points coming in the second half and Germany defeated Australia 5-4 in the session’s closest game with it going all the way to the final stones before a single point for Germany in the eighth end secured their win.

In the afternoon session of round-robin play saw four games take place while England were given a bye due to the group reshuffle after Italy’s late withdrawal.

Denmark picked up their first win by defeating Kazakhstan 8-1 after six ends. After opening the scoring with two points in the first end, Denmark would go on to steal two points in the fourth and fifth ends, before a further steal of one point in the sixth end brought the game to a close.

Canada began their competition with a 9-2 win over Turkey in six ends on play. Canada opened the scoring with steals of a single point in the first end and two further points in the second end. A score of two points in the fourth end gave Canada a 5-1 lead at the break before a steal of four points in the fifth end sealed their win.

Elsewhere in the session Russia defeated Croatia 6-3 in a close game where the teams traded single point scores for most of the match. Russia’s opening score of two points in the first end and a score of two points in the eighth end the only thing separating the teams.

In the final game of the session Czech Republic defeated Austria 4-3. Both sides had lost their opening games yesterday and were looking to bounce back with a win. Austria levelled the scoring at 3-3 in the seventh end with a single point steal, but Czech Republic, with the hammer in the final end, scored the single point they needed to pick up the win.

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They said it

Hunter Clawson; USA skip (after 9-1 win over France): “A win like that gives you lots of confidence, some of it might be unfounded because you get up early then you’re just throwing peels, but we still had to make plenty of shots against them. They set it up well so coming out with the win feels pretty good.”

Andrej Augustyniak; Poland skip (after 8-3 win over Netherlands): “It was a rough start for us. We had to get to grips with the ice. It was a slow start but we’ll be better in the next matches. There were a lot of mistakes from both sides but we were a little luckier in the beginning but once we got a hold of the ice we were able to control the match a little more.

Jure Culic; Slovenia skip (after 6-3 win over Estonia): “It feels amazing to get the win, especially because last year we only won one. Starting with a W on our first game especially feels good because we thought we were reading the ice well. In the first end I had a shot for three points but flashed it and they stole one, then it was more of a take-out game so we could read the ice better. Then in the second half somehow it went in our favour.”

Trevor Bonot; Canada skip (after 9-2 win over Turkey): “It was a little tough to start with but we pulled through. The ice was a little tricky so we just had to get to grips with that. Canada have had some solid runs the last couple of years, but the play-offs make things a little more tricky, the way they are in this competition, we’ve got to just focus on the next game. Play it game by game and see where we go.”

RESULTS, Session 3

Netherlands 3-8 Poland; China 10-2 Brazil; France 1-9 USA; Australia 4-5 Germany; Estonia 3-6 Slovenia.

RESULTS Session 4

Kazakhstan 1-8 Denmark; Canada 9-2 Turkey; Russia 6-3 Croatia; Czech Republic 4-3 Austria