Scotland and USA win again; Australia and Spain bounce back with big wins

  • Scotland win again to remain undefeated Photo © WCF / Alina Pavlyuchik

Day three of the World Mixed Curling Championship 2017 being held in Champéry, Scotland began this morning (Sunday 8 October) with wins for Turkey, Hungary, USA and Scotland.

In the day’s opening session, Scotland defeated Ireland 9-2 in six ends, helped in part by a score of three points in the third end and a steal of two points in the fourth end to take a 7-1 lead into the break.

USA defeated Brazil 12-3 to claim their second win in a game that saw USA score seven points in the second end, a steal of two points in the third end and a final score of three points in the seventh end.

Elsewhere in the session, Turkey defeated England 8-2 and Hungary defeated Japan 6-5.

The second session of play saw Australia bounce back from their opening game defeat with a commanding 15-1 victory over Netherlands in six ends. Australia opened the scoring with four points in the first end before going on to steal two points in the second, third and fourth ends. They followed that with a steal of five points in the fifth end when Netherlands skip, Danny Van Den Berg was heavy with his final stone when facing five counters.

Elsewhere in the session, Spain recovered from yesterday’s defeat with an 11-1 victory over Luxembourg; Canada defeated Poland 5-3 to pick up their second win of the competition; Latvia remained undefeated with a 6-2 win over Belarus and Norway picked up their second win with a 6-2 defeat of Czech Republic.

They said it

Grant Hardie; Scotland skip (after 9-2 win over Ireland): "Obviously playing one of our home countries adds a little extra to the game so it was nice to get the win. The ice was a little slower this morning than we expected so that challenged us. It was good that we got the weight early and that was probably the difference really."

Gergely Szabo; Hungary skip (after 6-5 win over Japan): "It was a very tough game, very exciting going to the last stone but we had some good fortune and we are very happy now. It was our second match and it was more comfortable than our first match. We know the ice now and it’s perfect."

Hugh Millikin; Australia skip (after 15-1 win over Netherlands): "We made up for all of our mistakes from yesterday. Today, we made a lot of shots, put a lot of pressure on them and they just had a rough day. It was a much better performance from us and a rough one from them which is why the score is maybe a little lopsided, but they’re a nice bunch to play against. It’s tough for us. This is the first time we’ve played together in about four months in competitive games, so it takes us a while to get going and hopefully that’s a sign of where we can go from here. We have a couple of difficult games coming up and everyone seems to be playing pretty well so it’ll be a tough week."

Sergio Vez; Spain skip (after 11-1 over Luxembourg): "Yesterday was a really bad end to the game. We played well and I had an easy shot for the win so it’s a bit disappointing for me to miss it. Today we really wanted this win. It all worked out and we played well. Now, we just have to keep going and forget about yesterday. This was a game we needed to win if we wanted to stay near the top of the group and make the play-offs. Now we’ll just rest and prepare for our game tomorrow."

RESULTS, Session 7

Turkey 8-2 England; Hungary 6-5 Japan; Brazil 3-12 USA; Ireland 2-9 Scotland.

RESULTS Session 8

Latvia 6-2 Belarus; Luxembourg 1-11 Spain; Czech Republic 2-6 Norway; Netherlands 1-15 Australia; Canada 5-3 Poland.

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