World Senior Curling Championships Day 1 - Standings & Player Reaction

Standings (games played-games won)

USA women won their opening game against Ireland Photo: WCF/Richie Laurie

Senior Men’s Group A:

Canada 2-2
New Zealand 2-2
Japan 2-1
Italy 2-1
Netherlands 1-0
Scotland 1-0
Hungary 2-0

Senior Men’s Group B:

Switzerland 1-1
England 1-1
Finland 1-1
Ireland 1-1
Russia 1-0
Slovakia 1-0
USA 1-0
Latvia 1-0

Senior Men’s Group C:

Sweden 1-1
Australia 1-1
Wales 1-1
Norway 1-1
Czech Republic 1-0
Denmark 1-0
Germany 1-0
Austria 1-0

Senior Women’s Group A:

Canada 1-1
USA 1-1
Russia 1-1
Scotland 1-0
Ireland 1-0
Finland 1-0
Denmark 0-0

Senior Women’s Group B:

Sweden 2-2
Switzerland 2-2
Japan 2-1
Czech Republic 2-1
Italy 1-0
New Zealand 1-0
Slovakia 2-0

Flash quotes from players on Day 1:

WOMEN
After their 9-4 win over New Zealand, two time Senior gold medallist, Swedish skip, Ingrid Meldahl, said:
“We were kind of nervous in the beginning. We had a little difficulty finding the right speed but in the end we worked it better. We were a little long on many draws but finally we got it right. We didn’t feel so comfortable at the beginning because I think it (the ice) behaved a little bit differently than practice.

“We want to win especially this year because of Maria - this is her first year on the team. She has been too young before and no-one has been so happy to turn 50 than she has. We won a medal last time we were here, so why not repeat that?”

After their 7-6 extra-end victory over newcomers Slovakia, 1983 World Women’s Championship winner, Switzerland vice-skip Erika Mueller, said: “We certainly are happy. We started out very nervous. In the fourth we were rather unlucky with two rocks picking, but we fought back and luckily we made it to the extra end. But it was a good fight, they played very well for newcomers and it was a bit of a surprise.

MEN
Following their 6-4 victory over the Netherlands, New Zealand skip, Hans Frauenlob, said:
“It’s wonderful, it’s always good to start with a win. It was a grind, the game was very tight and it kept going back and forth but we managed to have the hammer coming home even, which is a good place to be. Lorne (DePape) made a great shot in the eight to make it really easy for me in my last shots, but it was a tight game and good to get off with a win.

After beating Scotland 6-2 in the evening, Frauenlob said: “It’s tremendous. You never go into the first day thinking that after two games you will be 2-0 but we’ve done that and it’s fantastic. The guys played really well and the Scottish guys had some really tough luck. They had one rock pick up which gave us a deuce but it’s great to finish the first day on 2-0.”

After Italy won 5-3 against Japan, skip, Antonio Menardi, said: “This is my first game and first experience of the Senior’s, so to begin with a win – I am happy.

“We got confidence (from this win), we got confidence from the ice which is very beautiful, it’s perfect and my team played very well. We didn’t know what the quality was of the other teams. We started against Japan and we won. It was quite a close game, we decided to play clear, not risk more than one or two stones in the house and we did a lot of take-outs.

“We are in a very tough group with Canada, Scotland and New Zealand, but we hope to do our best.”

Canada skip, Kelly Robertson, was pleased with his team’s 9-2 opening victory over Hungary. He said: “It is great to get off with a win. There’s been a lot of anticipation about the world senior curling championships. I know in practice yesterday we were pretty excited, so it was good to get going and get off to a good start.

Asked if they felt comfortable in their game, Robertson said: “Yeh we did. We just got a feeling for the ice. We didn’t play too aggressively at the start but I think it’s going to be a good week. The ice is great - Mark (Callan, Chief Ice Maker) has done a great job.”

Scores and Standings: http://www.cuponline.nu/information.asp?cupid=1775

Scores mirrored on: http://results.worldcurling.org/default.aspx