Hosts Canada and Denmark open with two wins

  • Denmark's Mads Norgaard directs his sweepers in their opening game © WCF / Jeffrey Au

Group B and D teams at the Winn Rentals World Mixed Curling Championship 2018 being held in the Kelowna Curling Club in Kelowna, Canada wrapped up day one action in the final session of the day (Saturday 13 October).

Group B

Denmark lead Group B with two wins, the first against Brazil 9-1 and the second, Switzerland 5-4 after a draw to the four-foot for the victory.

Australia, Finland and Russia all won their only matches of the day. Russia faced Brazil in the last session of the night, winning 9-2.

Alexander Eremin, skip of Russia commented on the teams performance, “we waited too much all day, it was a very long day for us. Finally, we came here and started to play we were nervous a bit at the start. In the fourth end, the middle of the game, we found a good game and played well and won.

He continued, “we tried to focus and tried to keep the nerves down. It’s the reason why we play here. We know it’s not the biggest opener, but we know all teams come here to win and we focus now on winning. We try to play and do our best.”

United States bounced back from a loss against Finland to beat Netherlands 10-2 in the evening session.

Skip of the American’s, Evan Workin, said after the win, “we put some stuff together. We like to hit and we were in a position where we got to hit around a little bit more, which is nice. It feels good to get the first one out of the way. Hopefully smooth sailing from here.”

Ireland, Netherlands and Switzerland all have one loss, while Brazil are currently sitting with two losses after dropping their second game of the day against Russia 2-9.

Group D

Hosts, Canada, began their quest for the world title with two wins on the opening day. The Canadians beat Austria 10-2 in their morning game and went on to win 9-2 against Slovenia in the last session of the day.

After their first game, Canada’s skip, Mike Anderson [pictured above] said, “we’re treating every team like they’re going to go out and make all eight shots (in an end). At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter what colour their shirts are; they’re throwing eight rocks against us, and if they make all eight, we’re going to have to make all eight back.”

He continued, “we went out to make sure we were on the right side of the win-loss column to start, and we achieved that goal.”

Behind Canada with just a single game under their belts are Hungary, who won their morning game 7-4 against New Zealand and had the bye in the evening.

Hungary’s vice-skip, Dorottya Palancsa spoke about their win, “We just tried our best to play during our game against New Zealand. It feels pretty good. The ice was pretty interesting because it was different in other ways. Today we have training and tomorrow at 8 a.m. we play again. We will try to keep up the good work and win against Slovakia.”

Both Norway and Slovakia opened with wins in the morning and had the night session off. The remaining teams in Group D - Austria, Japan, New Zealand lost their only games of the day. Slovenia are at the bottom of the pack with two losses.
Teams from both groups return to the ice tomorrow (Sunday 14 October) in the day’s second session at 12.00 PDT. For the most recent standings and all the scores from the championship visit

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Photos © WCF Jeffrey Au