Scotland first to earn play-off spot with undefeated record

  • Scotland lock in first play-off spot with evening win against Kazakhstan © WCF / Jeffrey Au

Defending champions, Scotland, become the first team at the Winn Rentals World Mixed Curling Championship to qualify for the play-offs after their evening win against Kazakhstan 10-3. The Scots lead the championship with a perfect six win record.

Group A

Both Germany and Turkey sit in second place of group A with four wins and one loss. Germany dropped their first game of the championship to England, 3-4 while Turkey won over Belarus 8-3.

Turkey’s vice-skip, Oznur Polat, spoke after the match, “the game started hard, then it got easier for us. We are happy for the win, but step by step next. In the fifth end, we took five points. We are very cool. I hope three games we will win! I hope!”

Belarus, England and Hong Kong have tied records with two wins and three losses while Italy and Wales are behind with two wins, four losses.

Wales skip, Adrian Meikle, commented on the 7-6 win against Hong Kong in the morning, “it was really close, we were behind the whole game until the last end. Their skip was making some fantastic shots in the first three ends, we were creating chances and just not taking them. Then you know he missed a bit in the last end and we took a chance to take the three and win the game.

Last in the group are Kazakhstan with five straight losses, looking for their first win against England tomorrow afternoon.

Group C

Czech Republic continue to lead group C undefeated, with five wins. The Czechs faced France where they shut-out their opponents 7-0 after six ends.

Spain currently sit at second place with four wins and one loss, their most recent victory against Sweden 7-3.

Spain skip, Sergio Vez, was pleased after their match, knowing that it was a big win. “We had a really bad game yesterday against Chinese Taipei, we didn’t play well. Today it was our only game of the day and we were focused on Sweden, we knew we could beat them if we played well and we did it. It was a close game and i think it was a really nice game to watch from the outside too. We made some key shots and that was the game, so we’re really happy.

Vez said their record reflects their comfortability with the event so far. "We had a three and zero record at the beginning and we were really confident, then we lost yesterday and went down. But we managed to recover and play well today, now we are focused on tomorrow’s game against the Czech’s which will be a really hard game."

Sweden rebounded from the morning loss against the Spaniards with a win against Estonia, 6-2, to stay in the play-off hunt with four wins and two losses.

France and Chinese Taipei are in a deadlock battle for fourth spot in the group with three wins and two losses.

Next in line are Estonia and Latvia, each with two wins.

Poland won their first game of the championship this evening against Croatia 10-1.

Aneta Lipinska, vice-skip of Poland said about the win, “well, yeah we are really happy that we finally won. That is not our best tournament and we know that we can play better. Even if we lose, the score was really close. We tried really hard in the final."

“The atmosphere on the ice, we were yelling on each other. Somebody could play with it and I couldn’t. That game was the best game that I’ve played on that tournament, and I felt better with myself. I could play better.

Croatia have yet to win a game, and face Chinese Taipei tomorrow afternoon.
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Photos © WCF / Jeffrey Au