Historic first wins for Brazil, Hungary and Poland

  • Brazil’s vice-skip Luciana Barrella Photos: © WCF / Alina Pavlyuchik

In what was already a milestone day for curling – as the inaugural World Qualification Event got underway in Naseby, New Zealand, on Friday – Brazil and Hungary’s women, as well as Poland’s men, made their own history by recording their first-ever victories at a world-level competition.

For both women’s and men’s teams, the World Qualification Event 2019 is a pathway to this season’s World Curling Championships, with places up for grabs for two women’s and two men’s teams to join the Member Associations who have already qualified directly.

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Women’s teams first onto the ice

The women were first on the ice and in their opening round-robin session, Brazil beat Estonia by 10-6, while Hungary had an 11-5 win over Poland. The other winners in the women’s opening session were China, who beat hosts New Zealand by 12-5, and Finland, who had an 8-7 extra end win over Hong Kong.

Brazil opened strongly against Estonia, with single point scores in the opening two ends for a 2-0 lead. Estonia responded with a score of three points in the third end and a single point steal in the fourth end to take a 4-2 lead. After this, the teams were level – at 4-4 after five ends, and then at 6-6 in the seventh end. Brazil then scored one point in the eighth end, stole two more in the ninth end, and sealed their win with a further single point steal in the tenth end for their 10-6 victory.

The game between Hungary and Poland was tied at 3-3 after five ends, but after this, scores of three points in both the sixth and ninth ends sealed the 11-5 win for Hungary, under their two-times World Mixed Doubles champion skip Dorottya Palansca.

In the game between Finland and Hong Kong, the Finns moved ahead with a score of three points in the third end for a 4-1 lead. But, Hong Kong responded with three points of their own to level the game at 5-5 in the seventh end. Later, a single point steal by Hong Kong in the tenth end tied the game again, at 7-7. Finland’s Oona Kauste then scored the one point needed in the extra end for an 8-7 win.

In the fourth game of this session, New Zealand and China were tied at 4-4 at the fifth-end break, but after this, China scored three points in the eighth end and then stole five points in the ninth end to force New Zealand to concede, at 12-5.

Pictured below, England’s skip Andrew Reed

Historic win for Poland’s men

In the first men’s round-robin session, Poland scored four points in the third end of their game against Brazil to take a 5-1 lead. After this, a score of three points by Brazil in the ninth end brought the game all-square at 9-9. Poland were then able to score a crucial single point in the tenth end, to seal their historic first-ever win at this level.

Elsewhere in this session, New Zealand scored four points in both the seventh and ninth ends on their way to a 12-4 victory over Australia, while Korea concluded their 7-2 win over Denmark, with a score of three points in the ninth end.

The game between Netherlands and England was close throughout until Jaap Van Dorp’s Dutch team gave up a steal of three points in the ninth end to hand England an 8-6 lead going into the tenth end. However, the Dutch then scored two points in the tenth end to level the game and force an extra end. In this extra end, England managed another steal, this time for one point and an 9-8 victory.

Results and standings


Session one: Brazil 10-6 Estonia; Poland 5-11 Hungary; Hong Kong 7-8 Finland; China 12-5 New Zealand

Brazil 1-0
China 1-0
Finland 1-0
Hungary 1-0
Estonia 0-1
Hong Kong 0-1
New Zealand 0-1
Poland 0-1


Session one: New Zealand 12-4 Australia; Korea 7-2 Denmark; Brazil 9-10 Poland; Netherlands 8-9 England

England 1-0
Korea 1-0
New Zealand 1-0
Poland 1-0
Australia 0-1
Brazil 0-1
Denmark 0-1
Netherlands 0-1

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