Czech Republic and Norway with four wins at halfway mark

  • Czech Republic remain at the top of group C at the half-way point in round-robin © WCF / Jeffrey Au

The Winn Rentals World Mixed Curling Championship found Czech Republic atop group C and Norway leading Group D after the halfway point of round-robin play at the Kelowna Curling Club in Kelowna, Canada.

Group C

Czech Republic continued their winning streak on day three action with a victory against previously unbeaten Sweden, 7-2, to stay at four wins and no losses.

In the morning session, Sweden faced Poland for their first match-up of the day where they won 8-5, but then suffered their first loss to Czech Republic in the afternoon 2-7. They now join Spain, France and Chinese Taipei with three wins and one loss.

Swedish skip, Rickard Hallstroom [pictured above] shared after their first game, “to be honest I had a terrible game myself the first three ends, I think the team considered trading me. We had a lucky break there in the fourth and I was hoping to force one to them but it was still four and that’s of course even better. That turned the game around.

“We struggled a bit in the second part, the Polish team are very good and made some great shots and we can never relax. The ice is so swingy, so you can always make the shots and comebacks. I thought we needed to stay focused just to stay ahead.

“You never know when you to go to a championship, because teams are so good here. Doesn’t matter what nation you’re playing, they’re only good players. So we’re happy.”

France's only opponent for the day were Croatia, where they won 8-6 after stealing three points in the last two ends.

After the game, France skip Romain Borini, chuckled, “I think we don’t play well in the morning, it was a really tight game. Also, like yesterday evening, we won in the last two ends. We’re better at the end of the game rather than the beginning!

“At the break we are joking, because it’s important not to focus on the mistakes and look to the future. It’s gives us a lot of confidence because at the break if we’re down three or four points, we can always come back - it’s when we are strongest.”

Estonia won their first game of the championship 5-4 against Latvia in the morning. Both Estonia and Latvia sit at one win and three losses while Croatia and Poland are looking for their first victory.

Group D

Norway remain in top form after their dominant win against Austria, 13-3, after six ends. They lead group D with four straight wins and no losses. Behind the Norwegians are Slovakia who added a third win to their record after beating New Zealand, 10-2, in the afternoon session.

Hosts, Canada, climbed up the leader board with a win over Japan, 6-3. Canada’s coach, Jim Waite, commented on the game, “it was very important to come back with a win (after Sunday’s loss), but it was also important that we started playing well again.

"We played pretty well in that Norway game, but they played better than we did. In this game, we played well, but there were some minor mistakes — if we can correct those, we’ll be in really good shape."

Hungary won their only game of the day against Austria 9-1.

Dorottya Palancsa, Hungary’s vice-skip, said, “actually we were pretty sad yesterday because we lost against Slovakia, so we just tried to do our best on this game. We played really good draws during the game and that’s how we scored five in the first end."

Trailing Hungary are Slovenia with one win and two losses and Japan with one win and three losses. New Zealand and Austria have yet to come out on top in any of their matches.
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Photos © WCF / Jeffrey Au