April 17, 2012
Standings (listed as games won – games lost. During the round-robin, teams with the same record will be ranked alphabetically)
Senior Men’s Group A:
New Zealand 4-0
Senior Men’s Group B:
Senior Men’s Group C:
Czech Republic 1-3
Senior Women’s Group A:
Senior Women’s Group B:
New Zealand 3-1
Czech Republic 2-2
Flash quotes from players on Day 2:
After defeating Slovakia 13-2, New Zealand skip, Wendy Becker, mother of men’s team players Sean and Scott, said: “We did play well but I think they let us of the hook several times. They probably could have got a few more points themselves. I think we’re gradually getting used to the ice and the speed of the ice – we’re not used to that speed at our local rink.
She added: “What I’ve learnt from my family is to take one stone at a time, one end at a time and one game at a time and the rest will follow from that.
Talking about her experiences at the Championships so far, Becker added: “It’s a wonderful experience of camaraderie isn’t it? To see people year after year at times. It’s really sociable and great meeting new people and learning about their countries. We’re having great fun so far.”
Following their 9-6 win over hosts Denmark, USA coach and alternate player, Joni Cotton, said: “This win puts us in a good position. We have two more games in the round-robin and if we take care of business then maybe we’ll be in the play-off hunt.
“Today’s game was a tale of two halves, for sure. We came out really strong in the first four ends but after the break, our opponents, Denmark, put on the gas and made a real match out of things.
Asked on the teams overall performance so far in the Championship, Cotton added: “I think we’re all getting used to the swing of the ice, for sure, and also the speed. Every game is a learning curve for us.”
After their first victory of the Championship, beating Russia 6-4, Ireland skip, Marie O’Kane, said: “My team have now settled in a little bit better and we were a little bit more comfortable, especially in the early part of the game. We just felt more relaxed as the game progressed. I know things started to happen, but we still felt more confident and we were delighted to win.
“We’re obviously delighted to be here and to play in such an event is wonderful for us. So it’s nice to get the win after two tough games that we’ve already had against Canada and the USA. When you are beaten, as you can imagine, regardless of what standard your opposition is, you need a win, everybody needs a win. I would hope that we go out now and win our next three games.”
After defeating Germany 6-5, Norway skip, three time world champion, Eigil Ramsfjell, said: “It was a shaky game. We had a bad start, we couldn’t get our game moving right. We had many attempts to come in behind guards but we were sometimes too long which was not good.
“Experience used to help me when I was sure of making the shots – now I’m not so sure any more, which brings in another factor – what can I do with so little practice because of so few games we have played this season - that has made a difference. We always play to win but we have realistic hopes so we won’t be too sad if we don’t (win a medal), but so far so good.”
Following their 8-4 win over Austria, last year’s bronze medallist, Australia skip Hugh Millikin, said: “We’ve made some good shots and been playing well against some tough competition. When we have the chance, we make our extra rocks count and try for extra points, which is pretty good - giving one, taking two, that’s been a strategy that always works in curling and it’s worked for us so far this week.
On their performance so far, Millikin added: “I think we were not quite as sharp as we need to be. We certainly need to be better against Sweden or Norway who are also in our group and also playing really well. So we need to pick up our game a bit - we just need to play a little bit sharper, try and build throughout the week and hopefully hit our straps towards the weekend.
“It would be good to go at least one better this year (referring to his bronze medal last year). The last two years, in Chelyabinsk (Russia) and in St Paul (USA), we played Canada in the semi-final and lost both times. So this time we don’t mind playing Canada but we want to try and avoid them, then play them in the gold medal game which would be lovely. But you never know, with the way it works here with quarter-finals and semi’s it’s going to be really tough. Once you get to the knock-out stages anybody can beat anybody, so we’ll see how it goes.”
Father of 2011 World Women’s Champion, Cissi Östlund, Swedish skip Connie Östlund spoke after their 8-4 win against Wales. He said: “We started a little bit bad this morning because we couldn’t find the broom. But after two or three ends we started to find the broom and the speed so from there it was actually no problem. We then played really, really well, especially in the third and the fourth ends. We were a little bit lucky in the sixth but that’s how it is.
“We can do better, I know we can do better. It’s a new arena, new ice, so it’s a little bit tricky. I think we will get better and better as the week goes on. I hope to win all of our games then we will see what happens.”
Scores and Standings: http://www.cuponline.nu/information.asp?cupid=1775
Scores mirrored on: http://results.worldcurling.org/default.aspx