Day two at the #WMDCC2019

  • Korea’s Hyeri Jang © WCF / Alina Pavlyuchik

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S9: Group B and D’s winning teams gain momentum as day two ends

The six winning teams from Sunday night’s draw remain undefeated, putting further distance between teams at the top and bottom of Groups B and D.

Group D winners in this session were Scotland, who won 9-3 over Lithuania; Germany, who beat Slovakia by 6-1; Olympic bronze-medallists Norway, who beat Mexico 13-3 and Estonia who won against Belgium with a score of 13-3. Estonia’s win was helped by a six-point end that extinguished Belgium’s momentum.

“Estonia is too good for us so even if we played our best we probably wouldn’t win. So, the loss is not that big of an issue, it’s how we lost that’s a little bit of a problem for me, personally,” said Belgium’s Dirk Heylen.

Maintaining a perfect record in Group B are Hungary, who won 9-3 against Netherlands, and Switzerland, who beat Austria by a score of 6-5. Austria missed a possible chance for two points with a missed draw during a Power Play in the final end.

“We just made a few too many mistakes with the last rocks, for example, in our Power Play we had a chance for two and went on the front guard,” said Austria’s Hannah Augustin.

Results session nine: Scotland 9-3 Lithuania; Germany 6-1 Slovakia; Belgium 3-13 Estonia; Netherlands 3-9 Hungary; Austria 5-6 Switzerland; Norway 13-3 Mexico

Belgium’s Veerle Geerinckx, © WCF / Jason Bennett

S8: Mixed doubles’ Power Play proves effective during session eight

United States – including Olympic champion John Shuster – had a 9-3 win over Latvia in Sunday evening’s eighth round-robin session of the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship 2019 in Stavanger, Norway, while Russia beat Greece by 15-0 in just six ends.

Spain beat Poland by 10-9, meaning that these three teams now share top spot in Group F.

“We were really nervous at the beginning and we were controlling the game but after the fourth end they scored four and we were upset with that,” said Spain’s Mikel Unanue. “Thanks to our coach, he tried to relax our minds a little bit. We were talking about taking the Power Play or not and he said we need to maintain the calm and try to have a big end. In the end we did it.”

Shuster was not the only Olympic champion on the ice in this session, so was the women’s champion, Sweden’s Anna Hasselborg. Sweden beat Romania by 10-2 to go into a three-way tie at the top of Group A along with Canada and Japan, who both sat out this session.

In the other games, Slovenia recorded their first win with an 8-3 victory over Kosovo, while Belarus beat Hong Kong by 6-5. The win came when Hong Kong’s last stone of the game was heavy and went through the house, giving Belarus a winning steal of one point.

“We had a simple play, to leave the Power Play until the last end,” said Belarus’ Ilya Shalamitski. “We were in control all the time and we left our Power Play to the last end to win.”

Results session eight: United States 9-3 Latvia; Romania 2-10 Sweden; Belarus 6-5 Hong Kong; Poland 9-10 Spain; Kosovo 3-8 Slovenia; Greece 0-15 Russia

Spain’s Mikel Unanue, © WCF / Tom Rowland

S7: Italy claim their first win in Group C

Italy notched their first win of the tournament during Sunday afternoon’s seventh round-robin session of the World Mixed Doubles Championship 2019 in Stavanger, Norway, leaving Croatia winless after a score of 14-3. They are tied with France in Group C on a 1-1 record.

“When you win, always, you pick up confidence,” said Italy’s Amos Mosaner. “Then, it’s a bit tough because you play only one game a day. But, we’ll come back tomorrow against China and try to play like today, or even better, and try to pick up another win.”

China, Czech Republic and Wales also won, remaining undefeated and creating a three-way tie for first place in Group C. “I think it’s great to get the second win. We knew that the first few games would be tough so getting two is really good,” said Wales’ Gary Coombs. He continued, “We’ve still got the hardest of our games to come so we’ve just got to keep trying to get as many wins as possible.”

Australia, who lost to China with a score of 5-2 now carry two losses and are at the bottom of Group C, along with Croatia and Nigeria, who lost to Czech Republic 0-20 after six ends.

Canada sit at the top of Group A along with Japan. Each team has won two games. In this session, Canada won 18-0 against Ukraine while Japan won 15-1 against Denmark.

Results session seven: Croatia 3-14 Italy; Wales 8-4 France; Ukraine 0-18 Canada; Czech Republic 20-0 Nigeria; Denmark 1-15 Japan; China 5-2 Australia

Italy’s Amos Mosaner, © WCF / Alina Pavlyuchik

S6: EST, GER, NOR and SCO become double winners in Group B

After Sunday morning’s sixth round-robin session of the World Mixed Doubles Championship 2019 in Stavanger, Norway, the situation in Group D is, currently, black and white – all eight teams have now played twice and four have won twice, while the other four have lost twice.

The Group D winners in this session were Estonia, who beat Slovakia by 8-3; Germany, who beat Belgium by 11-3; Olympic bronze medallists Norway, who were 12-5 winners over Lithuania; and Scotland, who beat Mexico by 15-4, thanks to two scores of five points, in the second and sixth ends.

After her 8-3 win over Slovakia, Estonia’s Marie Turmann, said, “That was a better game from us because our opponents were a bit stronger and more experienced as well. No matter whether you’re playing a new country or an experienced country, you still have to play well and bring your ‘A’ game.” Looking ahead, she added, “The main target for us is to reach the play-offs and qualify for the ‘A’ division next year. Whatever comes after that is a bonus.”

Two games in Group B also took place in this session and in them, Netherlands beat Chinese Taipei by 6-4 and Austria beat Guyana by 6-5, scoring the two points needed for their win in the eighth end.

Results session six: Germany 11-3 Belgium; Chinese Taipei 4-6 Netherlands; Guyana 5-6 Austria; Lithuania 5-12 Norway; Mexico 4-15 Scotland; Slovakia 3-8 Estonia

Germany’s Pia-Lisa Schoell, © WCF / Alina Pavlyuchik

S5: England, Finland and Korea make early claim to top Group E

Victories for England, Finland and Korea in Sunday morning’s fifth round-robin session of the World Mixed Doubles Championship 2019 in Stavanger, Norway put these three teams in joint top spot of Group E.

Korea had a 12-4 win over Qatar, while England’s 7-5 victory over New Zealand went all the way to the last stone. Finland beat Saudi Arabia by 13-1 and afterwards their male player Tomi Rantamaeki said, “We played some very good shots but sometimes we were a little bit lucky. We still need to improve in some areas because the opponents will get tougher and tougher.”

In the fourth Group E game in this session, Kazakhstan beat Ireland by 12-4, and after this win, their female player Sitora Alliyarova said, “We’re so happy with that win. This is our first win at this championship, but last year we had three wins, so we hope we will get more wins as the tournament goes on.”

In the other games in this session, defending champion nation Switzerland beat Brazil by 10-1, helped by a score of five points in the third end, while Hungary were 9-3 winners over Turkey.

Results session five: Korea 12-4 Qatar; Finland 13-1 Saudi Arabia; Switzerland 10-1 England 7-5 New Zealand; Hungary 9-3 Turkey; Kazakhstan 12-4