#WSCC2019 day one

  • Hong Kong’s third player Siu Ling Kwan Photos: © WCF / Alina Pavlyuchik

Coverage of the first day of women’s and men’s competition at the World Senior Curling Championships 2019, in Stavanger, Norway:

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Schedule: www.wcf.co/2Viof0U
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World Senior Curling Championships 2019 begin in the Sørmarka Arena

In their first ever World Senior Curling Championships appearance, the Hong Kong women’s team notched a 10-2 win over Australia in Stavanger, Norway, to kick off the week-long tournament at the Sømarka Arena, usually used for speed skating.

Not knowing what to expect from their historic appearance, the team had modest hopes. “We just wanted to make our shots and hope we score when we have the hammer,” said skip Grace Bugg after the game. Consider that mission accomplished.”

Defending senior women’s champions, the Sherry Anderson rink from Canada, also got off to a strong start, winning 11-4 over Russian in seven ends. After falling behind by one point after the third end, Canada scored back-to-back four-point ends to establish a strong lead.

The Canadian men, also defending a championship title, won against the Russians 11-5 after seven ends. They are skipped in Norway by Bryan Cochrane this season.

Pictured below, Scotland’s skip David Smith


Peter ChunNgok Wong; skip, Hong Kong (after 10-6 Group A win over Turkey): “We just
kept ourselves cool and focused on the next game. This is what we’d like to continue to do. It pays off.”

David Smith; skip, Scotland (after 7-3 Group C win over Japan): “They got a lucky break in end four. We were lying very well in the four-foot and they came off a wing and into the four-foot. So, we always felt like we were in control, we were playing well. The ice is actually very good. It’s swinging and, to be fair, we haven’t had a game in two weeks because all the ice rinks back home are closed. So we’ve to be happy with the way we’ve played.”

Margie Smith; skip, United States (after 6-8 Group C loss to Sweden): “That wasn’t quite the outcome we were looking for. The girl played really well, but, she’s tough [Annette Norberg], you know she’s going to be tough. The girls are throwing really well and it helps having been here before, you know what to expect and it’s a long week.”

Grace Bugg; skip, Hong Kong (after 10-2 Group A win over Australia): “It’s our first day. We practiced hard before we got here and we’re really happy how it’s turning out so far. The ice is great. It’s really nice to see consistent speed and nice curl. After our practice yesterday I think we had a pretty good read on the ice. We just wanted to make our shots and hope we score when we have the hammer.”

Susan Kelsey; skip, Scotland (after 10-5 Group B win over Japan): “We had a shaky first end and we didn’t have hammer, so they managed to get a three. We had to dig deep, we forced them in the third – she [Miyuki Kawamura] had a draw against four and then we made our five. At the sixth, I thought ‘let’s make sure we get this end’ and we did. Once we got going – it’s just that first game, and it’s nice to get it out of the way. We play Italy next, we have to be in form for all of them. There is no easy game and we just have to be playing well.”

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