Semi-final match-ups set at the 2018 Audi quattro Winter Games NZ

  • Magnus Ramsjell of Norway who qualified for the semi-final at the WGNZ © WGNZ / Iain McGregor

The play-offs at the 2018 Audi quattro Winter Games NZ are set for the mixed doubles teams after round-robin play (29 August). The competition is being held in Naseby, New Zealand and features 13 mixed doubles teams from nine Member Associations.

In Pool A, Canada became the first team to lock in their play-off spot with a perfect six wins and zero losses. This earned Canadian pair Jennifer Jones and Brent Laing a direct spot into the semi-final (30 August).

“Our form’s been not too bad,” said Jones. “We’ve had a couple of games where we haven’t been at our best so we’ll try and go a little bit better in the play-offs.”

Scotland advanced to the quarter-finals after beating New Zealand 3 by a score of 7-6 in their final round-robin match. The duo are represented by Jayne Stirling and Fraser Kingan, who competed at this year’s World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship 2018 in Oestersund, Sweden.

Australia 1, mother-son duo, Lynn and Dean Hewitt, finished the round robin with a qualifying record of four wins and two losses.

Action in Pool B was much tighter, with five of the six teams able to qualify prior to the final round-robin session. Norway’s Maia Ramsfjell and Magnus Ramsjell topped the group. They advanced directly to the semi-finals with a convincing 12-3 win against Japan in their final round-robin game. The Norwegians, who also competed at this year’s World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship finished the round robin with four wins and one loss.

“This has been a good week for us after a long off-season,” said Magnus Ramsjell. “Coming back on the ice and performing towards our best, I think. We’re feeling good, and will take some confidence into the semi-final definitely.”

United States pair, Sarah Anderson and Korey Dropkin, who earned the silver medals at the event in 2015, beat Italy 6-3 in their last round-robin match.

New Zealand 2, who are Bridget and Sean Becker, captured their play-offs spot with a 10-3 victory against Australia 2 in their final round-robin session. This meant that the Scots would meet the Kiwis in a fight for a spot in the semi-finals against previously qualified Norway.

In the quarter-finals, United States faced Australia 1, where the Americans came out on top 11-5. They will now face Canada in the semi-final. In the next quarter-final, the Scots were up against the Kiwis. After a close affair, Scotland won the game 5-4, holding New Zealand to one point in the eighth end to secure the win. The pair will meet Norway in a fight to reach the championship final.

The semi-finals will be played at 11.00 on Thursday 30 August while the bronze and gold medal games will be played later that day at 15.30. All times are New Zealand Standard Time, 12 hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time.

Semi-finals
• Canada (Jennifer Jones/Brent Laing) v United States (Sarah Anderson/Korey Dropkin
• Norway (Maia Ramsfjell/Magnus Ramsfjell) v Scotland (Jayne Stirling/Fraser Kingan)

For more information on the 2018 Audi quattro Winter Games NZ and all the curling results visit: https://www.curling.org.nz/index.php/2018-wgnz-news

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