USA secure places at Worlds after Americas Challenge

  • John Landsteiner and Matt Hamilton for USA men Photo: © WCF / Richard Gray

USA's women's and men's teams will compete at the upcoming CPT World Women’s and Ford World Men’s Curling Championships 2017 after Nina Roth and John Shuster's teams defeated Brazil in three straight games each to win the Americas Challenge in Duluth, Minnesota.

Roth (McFarland, Wiconsin) and teammates Tabitha Peterson (Minneapolis, Minnesota), Aileen Geving (Duluth, Minnesota), and Becca Hamilton (McFarland, Wisconsin) got past Alina Goncalves, 8-7, while Shuster’s team defeated Marcelo Mello, 9-3, in the last games of the challenge.

Goncalves and her team of Lucianna Barrella, Allassandra Barros, Anne Shibuya, and Isis Oliveira had their first ever lead against USA when they stole a point in the opening end. USA ladies countered with three in the second end to take back control.

After holding Brazil to a point in the third, USA had a draw for three points in the fourth end but had to settle for the deuce to take a 5-2 lead. The teams exchanged deuces in the following two ends. The USA ladies posted another deuce in the sixth end and did their job to hold Brazil to a single point in the seventh. Brazil had a great chance to steal in the eighth end as the Brazilian ladies clogged up the path to the rings while protecting their stone.

USA survived the end by playing a great in-off using their own guard stone to roll into scoring position. Brazil was forced to draw for a single point in the ninth end as they faced two American counters in the back of the house. Brazil needed a double takeout with its final stone to force tUSA to make a shot for the win but didn’t have enough weight on the shot - leaving USA to throw its final stone through the house with the win already in hand.

Shuster (Superior, Wisconsin) and teammates Tyler George (Duluth, Minnesota), Joe Polo (Duluth, Minnesota), John Landsteiner (Duluth, Minnesota), and Matt Hamilton (McFarland, Wisconsin) got two stones covered up in the four-foot in scoring position in the first end. A beautiful hit and roll through a narrow port awarded the Americans three points as the end developed.

After the next two ends were blanked, Mello and his team of Scott McMullan, Marcio Cerquinho, Sergio Mitsuo, and Filipe Nunes were forced to make a hit to take a point in the fourth end. The fifth end was open and USA got two stones staggered across the house to set up a deuce to extend the lead to 5-1 at the halfway mark.

The American men stole a point in the next end when Brazil’s takeout attempt jammed and left USA stone closer to the button. Brazil countered with a draw into the four-foot that tapped back an American stone just enough to score two points in the seventh end. Brazil was working hard throughout the eighth end for a steal until Mello’s guard attempt with his first stone didn’t cross the hogline, which opened the door for Shuster to run back an American stone into the Brazilian shot stone and send it out of the rings. Mello’s final stone – a freeze attempt – over-curled and allowed USA to draw in for three points for the win as Brazil offered the handshakes to end the game.

The CPT World Women’s Curling Championship 2017 will take place between 18 and 26 March in Beijing, China, while the Ford World Men’s Curling Championship 2017 is scheduled for 1 to 9 April in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

The teams in the women's field are Canada, USA (from Americas), hosts China, Korea (from Pacific-Asia), Russia, Sweden, Scotland, Czech Republic, Denmark, defending champions Switzerland, Germany and Italy (from Europe).

The men's teams for the Worlds are hosts and 2016 winners Canada, USA (from Americas), Japan, China (from Pacific-Asia), Sweden, Norway, Switzerland, Russia, Germany, Scotland, Italy and Netherlands (from Europe).

These World Curing Championships will be the last events where Olympic Qualification Points can be earned for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games (8-25 February) in Gangneung, Korea. Teams that do not earn enough points to qualify for the games, but have competed at the past four World Curling Championships (2014, 2015,2016 and 2017) will be able to compete for the final Olympic places, at the Olympic Qualification Event in December 2017 (venue tbc).

Americas Challenge 2017 results

Game 1: USA women 16-2 Brazil; USA men 8-6 Brazil
Game 2: USA women 12-2 Brazil; USA men 9-4 Brazil
Game 3: USA women 8-7 Brazil; USA men 9-3 Brazil

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