Day 1 Roundup

  • Canada begin their championship with a win Photo © WCF / Alina Androsova

The opening day of the World Mixed Curling Championship 2016 being held in Kazan, Russia saw Andorra and Croatia make their world championship debuts against France and Estonia respectively.

Both teams would suffer losses on their first game at this level with France defeating Andorra 8-5 and Estonia defeating Croatia by a score of 7-3.

Also playing in the opening session, against Spain, were home nation, Russia. Both teams were evenly matched with Russia taking a 3-2 lead into the sixth end where a score of five points by Russia brought the game to a close with a final score of 8-2.

Latvia played a closely contested game with Austria with the first two ends of the game being blanked. Latvia would break the deadlock with a score of 2 in the third end.

Both teams traded single points until the seventh end where Austria were able to steal a single point to level the scores at 3-3 going into the final end. With the last stone Latvia were left with a draw to the button for the single point and the 4-3 victory.

In the session’s final game, Canada faced their North American neighbours, USA.

USA opened the scoring with a single point in the first end. Canada would respond immediately and decisively with a score of 5 points in the second end to take a lead they would never lose.

Canada then went on to steal a single point in the third end and 2 further points in the fourth end. USA responded with a single point in the fifth end before Canada scored a single point in the sixth end to bring the game to a close with a 9-2 victory.

After their win Canada’s Michael Lizmore said: “We were really solid. We felt pretty good in practice there. We had a couple of itchy moments in the first end, but after that we settled in and caught some breaks in the second end there to catch a five and once we put the five on the board we were a little more comfortable.”

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