Day one at the #WMDCC2019

  • Guyana’s Rayad Husain © WCF / Jason Bennett

Coverage of the first day of competition at the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship 2019, in Stavanger, Norway:

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S4: Ukraine and Nigeria final teams to make world debuts

The remaining two of the five Member Associations to make their world competition debuts – Ukraine and Nigeria, the first African Member Association to participate – played in Saturday evening’s fourth round-robin session. Nigeria faced China and went down by 2-13, while Ukraine lost by 1-9 to Japan.

In other games, a score of four points in the sixth end, followed by a single-point steal in the seventh end contributed to France’s 12-3 win over Croatia. Meanwhile, Denmark capitalised on their 6-0 lead after three ends to beat Hong Kong by 8-6.

The two tightest games in the session were between Italy and Czech Republic, and Australia and Wales. Both went to an extra end before the Czechs beat Italy by 7-6 through a single-point steal in the ninth end, while, also thanks to an extra end single-point steal, Wales beat Australia by 6-5.

The conclusion of this fourth session, and the first day of competition, means that all 48 participating teams have now opened their campaigns.

Results session four: Ukraine 1-9 Japan; Nigeria 2-13 China; Italy 6-7 Czech Republic; Australia 5-6 Wales; France 12-3 Croatia; Hong Kong 6-8 Denmark

Ukraine’s Olena Pazderska, © WCF / Jason Bennett

S3: Victorious start for Olympic champion athletes

Both the reigning Olympic champion skips, from traditional team curling, made their world mixed doubles debuts in Saturday afternoon’s third round-robin session, and both had winning starts.

John Shuster and his team-mate Cory Christensen had a 10-1 victory for United States over Poland, while Sweden’s Anna Hasselborg and her teammate Oskar Eriksson had a 10-0 win over Belarus.

After his win, Shuster said, “Mixed Doubles is fun and it’s different. Cory and I have been playing together for four years now and we’ve gotten more comfortable with it.” Looking forward, he added, “We just want to play well this week and, if we can do that, we expect to be here come play-off time.”

Kosovo became the latest Member Association to make their first-ever world championship appearance, as they went down by 1-11 to Russia. In the other games of this session, Canada beat Romania by 12-4, while Spain were 9-1 winners over Greece. After an extra end, Latvia beat Slovenia by 8-6.

Results session three: Canada 12-4 Romania; Russia 11-1 Kosovo; Greece 1-9 Spain; Slovenia 6-8 Latvia; Poland 1-10 United States; Belarus 0-10 Sweden

Sweden’s Anna Hasselborg and Oskar Eriksson, © WCF / Tom Rowland

S2: Saudi Arabia latest Member Association to make world debut

Saudi Arabia made a historic first appearance at a world championship event when they played Korea in Saturday afternoon’s second round-robin session of the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship 2019 in Stavanger, Norway. However, there was to be no ‘dream start’ as they went down by 1-12, against Korea.

In the same session, England faced Qatar and, helped by a score of a maximum six points in the sixth end, won by 12-5. After the game, England’s Anna Fowler said, “We were just taking the game to figure out the ice conditions, so that was a really good game to settle us into the conditions.”

About the six-ender, Anna’s teammate and brother, Ben Fowler said, “We got the draw weight around the corner guard and we just kept sticking them in.”

Two-times world champions Hungary opened their campaign with a 6-2 win over Austria. Meanwhile, New Zealand beat Kazakhstan by 10-4. After her win, New Zealand’s Bridget Becker said, “That was a good start. We just wanted to get out there and get a feel for the ice. It makes you feel more confident when you get a win.”

Finland came back from a 1-4 deficit at the halfway break to beat Ireland by 8-5 and, in this game Ireland’s Louise Kerr marked her 100th international appearance.

The sixth game of the session went all the way to an extra end before Switzerland overcame Turkey by 10-8.

Results session two: Switzerland 10-8 Turkey; New Zealand 10-4 Kazakhstan; Qatar 5-12 England; Ireland 5-8 Finland; Saudi Arabia 1-12 Korea; Austria 2-6 Hungary

Saudi Arabia’s Suleiman Alaqel, © WCF / Tom Rowland

S1: Guyana and hosts Norway get off to winning start

The World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship 2019 got underway on Saturday morning with Mexico and Chinese Taipei competing in what was their first time on world curling championship ice.

Guyana, another emerging curling Member Association, who made their mixed doubles debut last season – in 2018 – had an improved second-half performance, in which they scored in all four ends.

This gave Guyana a 6-4 win over Netherlands in the opening round-robin session of the championship in Stavanger, Norway. After the game, Guyana’s Rayad Husain said, “It’s nice to get the campaign off on a good foot this year. The secret was to calm down! I think we were too nervous at the start, so we calmed ourselves down after the fourth end break and it felt better.”

In the same session, Chinese Taipei were on course to win in their first-ever appearance at this event. They were leading 8-6 when Brazil used their power-play in the seventh end to score five points and go on to win by 12-8.

Mexico were also making their first appearance, and they went down to Estonia by 1- 13 in just six ends. The Olympic bronze medallists from Norway also had a six-end win, beating Slovakia by 10-0. In the other games of this session, Scotland beat Belgium by 14-1 and Germany beat Lithuania by 6-5.

Session one results: Brazil 12-8 Chinese Taipei; Estonia 13-1 Mexico; Slovakia 0-10 Norway; Scotland 14-1 Belgium; Lithuania 5-6 Germany; Guyana 6-4 Netherlands