The Winn Rentals World Mixed Curling Championship gets underway in Kelowna

  • Chinese Taipei record historic first world's win © WCF / Jeffrey Au

Teams from groups A and C took to the ice in the opening session of play today (Saturday 13 October) at the Winn Rentals World Mixed Curling Championship 2018 being held in the Kelowna Curling Club in Kelowna, Canada and returned to the ice for the day’s afternoon session.

The championship’s opening session of play also saw Chinese Taipei make their first appearance at the world level and record their first win by defeating Poland, 5-2.

Afterwards, Chinese Taipei skip, Randolph Shen said, “[The game] was great! This is a new team, and the girls first major championship, so we are just trying to get through the first few games and nerves. Once we got settled, we were rolling.

“We’re always improving, and there are lots of things we can learn from that game and keep moving forward. The goal is to not beat ourselves up too much. There were so many positives from that game and we’re a new team. This is my first World Championship as well, we’re just going to enjoy it.”

Group A

In Group A, reigning champions, Scotland, began the defence of their title in the afternoon session with a 10-3 victory over Belarus, who had also lost their morning game to Hong Kong by a score of 2-6.

Scottish skip, Robin Brydone, said after their opening game, “It was just good to get back on the ice. We played well and there’s still room for improvement, but happy with how we played. We got a good one.”

Brydone continued, “Defending champs - it adds a slight bit of pressure, but we’re quite happy, just coming to do a job. We played the team that was out here last year in the Scottish mixed and won, so we got quite a bit of confidence from that, but happy just to be out here representing Scotland again.”

Hong Kong top the group after day one with two wins, after following their morning win over Belarus with a 7-3 win over England. Hong Kong Skip, Jason Chang [pictured above], said, “It’s great. Two games to start the tournament. It can be tough, if you don’t feel the ice right. We would have been happy with one win, but two is...we’re ecstatic with two!”.

Trailing Hong Kong in the group standings are Germany, Italy, Scotland and Turkey all one win with no losses.

Group C

Pictured above, Czech Republic's Michaela Baudysova

Five teams sit tied for first position in Group C all with one win and no losses today. Czech Republic, Spain, France and Sweden all join Chinese Taipei in winning their only games of the day. Latvia sit just below them in sixth place with one win and one loss from their two games today.

Returning bronze medal winners, Czech Republic secured an 8-1 win over Croatia in the morning’s session helped by stealing seven of their eight points in the first five ends. While in that same session Spain defeated Estonia 7-0 in a game where they stole all of their points.

Talking about their shutout win, Spanish skip, Sergio Vez said, “It’s always good to start with a win. It’s the first win of any [Spanish] team in a World Mixed outside Europe. That’s a bonus."

Teams from both groups return to the ice tomorrow (Sunday 14 October) in the day’s opening session at 08.00 PDT. For the most recent standings and all the scores from the championship visit http://wmxcc2018.worldcurling.org/

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Photos © WCF / Jeffrey Au