Czech Republic, Germany and Spain win again to move onto three wins at the top of their groups

  • Germany win two close games today to lead Group A © WCF / Jeffrey Au

After the second day of round-robin play for groups A and C at the Winn Rentals World Mixed Curling Championship 2018 in Kelowna, Canada, five teams remain undefeated at the top of the groups.

Group A

Germany won both of their games today to remain undefeated on three wins and no losses to lead Group A. The morning session saw them beat Turkey, 5-3, then in the afternoon game, in another close contest, they defeated Kazakhstan 5-2.

Behind them are Scotland, who won their only game of the day against Hong Kong, 7-2. Scotland are still unbeaten on two wins.

England picked up their first win of the championship by defeating Italy, 10-4. Afterwards, skip, Greg Dunn said, “I played a lot better than my first game, I think the team has been playing well, so it was just up to me to make a few shots. We got a little bit lucky in the fourth end, had a couple of misses from the other team and managed to get a big five and that was the TSN turning point as it were.”

Wales also secured their first win in that session when they defeated Kazakhstan 11-6. Afterwards, Welsh skip, Adrian Meikle [pictured above] said, “I think we had a tough draw, coming up against Germany and Turkey in the first two games. Both of them came down to the last stone so it could have gone either way, those games. We settled into this game a lot better than we had done in the first couple. It was a good result in the end.”

Teams from Group A return to the ice tomorrow (Monday 15 October) afternoon at 12.00 PDT.

Group C

Czech Republic and Spain lead Group C with three wins and are followed in third place by Sweden on two wins. All three teams remain unbeaten.

Czech Republic overcame Latvia in a close game in the morning session where they came from behind, scoring two points in the eighth end to win, 6-5. They returned to the ice in the afternoon game and beat Estonia 9-5.

After their second win of the day, Skip Lukas Klima [pictured above] said, “We like the ice conditions, so we started pretty solid. It’s not as good as we hoped we would play, so it’s a pretty good start and we will continue to try and improve.”

After their strong start to the competition, Klima, continued, “Our goal is to get into play-offs and try and get a medal. So, this is our expectation - try to be in play-offs and then see what happens.”

Spain were taken to an extra-end in their second game of the day where they beat Poland, 7-5, to remain unbeaten. Prior to this game, Spain had yet to concede a single point, after following yesterday’s 7-0 win over Estonia with another 7-0 win over France in the morning’s game.

Sweden defeated Croatia, 7-2, in the afternoon session to win their second game and remain unbeaten in third place in Group C.

After the game Swedish Skip, Rickard Hallstroom said, “It felt good. We had thought this ice was a little bit more tricky from training, we thought if we were aggressive and maybe we could get a few points earlier in the game.

“We love it. We’ve been playing together, different mixed competitions for 15 years, so we know each other very well. We know our weaknesses and strengths and when we work we work good and when we don’t play too good we have to do something about it.”

Elsewhere in the afternoon session, France bounced back from their defeat this morning to beat Chinese Taipei, 7-6, by scoring four points in the seventh end to level the game at 6-6, before stealing a single point in the eighth end for the win.

Teams from Group C are back on the ice in tomorrow’s morning session at 08.00 PDT.

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Photos © WCF / Jeffrey Au