Brazil record historic first world mixed win

  • Brazil win first ever World Mixed game Photo © WCF / Alina Pavlyuchik

The World Mixed Curling Championship resumed this morning (Tuesday 10 October) with two sessions of round-robin play and saw Brazil claim a historic first ever win in this competition.

Brazil defeated France 7-3 to record their first every World Mixed Curling Championship win. After opening the scoring with a single point in the first end, Brazil stole three points in the second end and a further two points in the third end to go into the break with a 6-1 lead that France were unable to recover from.

Canada defeated Australia 6-5 in an extra end to maintain their unbeaten run in the competition. The game went all the way to the final stone when Canadian skip, Trevor Bonot was left with a draw to the button to score the single point for the win.

Russia beat Wales 6-5 in an extra end that also went to the final stone and saw Russian skip Alexey Stukalskiy left with a draw to the button with his final stone to secure their win and remain undefeated at the top of their group.

In the session’s final game Czech Republic defeated Hong Kong 5-3 to record back-to-back wins.

In the early morning session, Poland defeated England 5-2 in a must win game to keep their hope of reaching the play-offs alive. While Denmark defeated Luxembourg 15-1 to move up the table with a record of two wins and two losses.

Turkey stole a single point in the final end to defeat Germany 6-5, recording their second win and ending Germany’s unbeaten run.

In the remaining games of the morning session, Japan beat Croatia 9-2 and Ireland beat Kazakhstan 7-3.

They said it

Marcelo Cabral De Mello; Brazil skip (after 7-3 win over France: "It feels really great. It’s taken so much time, three years, to get that first win but finally we got it. I think yesterday we played a really good match against Sweden. We lost 5-1 but we had a chance to make things closer and we kept the same mentality as we did yesterday. We began very well, they took a little time to get used to the ice and we profited from that. Now that we’ve got our first victory we can enjoy it and go for another one [against Belarus]. Getting that first win wasn’t easy. The longer it went on the more pressure we felt, but now we have it we can go out and play more relaxed tomorrow."

Trevor Bonot; Canada skip (after 6-5 extra end win over Australia): "We’ve had to work for most wins this week, but it’s exciting to win that way. I think winning that is more important for our own psyche, making sure we get better every game. Even though that one went to an extra end we were playing better and had more opportunities to see ourselves growing. I think that’s more important than the win/loss column right now."

Andrzej Augustyniak; Poland skip (after 5-2 win over England): "We needed that win and we need to get more. It was crucial for us, we knew that if we wanted to make the play-offs we had to win that game. We started very good, as usual, but then I think we had some bad time and sweeping calls, I made a few mistakes, but we were a little luckier [than England] today. We’ll look back at our games and try to learn from our mistakes. Then just look forward to the next game and I think we can pull it off."

RESULTS Session 15

Denmark 15-1 Luxembourg; Ireland 7-3 Kazakhstan; Turkey 6-5 Germany; Poland 5-2 England; Japan 9-2 Croatia.

RESULTS Session 16

Wales 5-6 Russia; Australia 5-6 Canada; Hong Kong 3-5 Czech Republic; France 3-7 Brazil.

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