April 15, 2013, Fredericton, NB, Canada (ISN) – Norway, Scotland and Switzerland remain the only unbeaten teams after day three at the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championships being held in the Grant Harvey Centre in Fredericton Canada.
Group A Round-up:
In Group A’s only session of the day, two of the group’s unbeaten teams faced up to each other. Switzerland and Hungary played out a very close game, which came down to the last end.
However, with hammer, Hungary were unable to gain the two points needed to take the victory which Switzerland won by 8-7 and remain the only team in the group finishing day three with a 100 percent record.
Italy picked up their second win of the event when Alessio Gonin made a triple take-out with only seconds to go to run China out of stones an claim a 12-9 victory in seven ends.
Russia too picked up their second win of the Championships, this time beating Korea who are still looking for their first win this year. With Russia scoring doubles in the last two ends to level the score, they secured an 8-6 win as they stole another two points in the extra end to claim the victory.
In the only other game of group A, hosts Canada got back to winning ways with a comfortable 12-3 win over Romania, thanks to two scores of four points in the fourth and seventh ends.
Group A Player Reaction:
Italy’s Alessio Gonin, said: “We started very well, they missed more shots in the fourth end than us. We weren’t missing a lot of shots at all. But then they started having nice shots, nice weight and nice curl and then in the seventh end we knew we needed two or more points to get back in. When it was the shot for the six points, I knew I could do it and I made the shot.”
Switzerland’s Martin Rios said: “The Hungarians were really fair, really in the spirit of curling and I must congratulate the Hungarians on this game.”
Switzerland’s Nadine Lehmann added: “We missed a lot of shots in the sixth end, I think perhaps we were a little hungry. We just needed to breath and take more shots again.”
Canada’s Robert Desjardin said: “We wanted to get our draw weight back (after Sunday), which we did. We drew very well in that game. The ice was terrific and it was easy to draw today, and we’re slowly getting our confidence back. That’s what we needed.”
Group B Round-up:
Austria lost their first game of the Championship in the afternoon session of play. New Zealand, who were looking to bounce back from defeat yesterday evening, scored a crucial five points in the third end, and although Austria fought back, New Zealand won by 8-6.
The Czech Republic also suffered their first loss today against Japan, after their opponents finished the game off with an impressive six points in the last three ends to win 11-6. France meanwhile secured their second successive victory as they defeated Australia 6-4 in seven ends.
The USA picked up their first win of the Championship as they defeated Denmark in another close game. With the score at 6-5 in favour of the USA going into the eighth and final end, the American’s managed to take another single point with hammer, which secured their 7-5 victory.
Group B Player Reaction:
Following their win against win against Denmark, USA’s Peter Stolt said: “It was another step in the right direction. Last night we improved from our first game but we’re still not quite there, but we’re getting closer to playing like we know we can.”
He continued: “We’ve just got to keep fine tuning, get a better feel for draw weight, better control and positioning of the stones – that’s where we’ve struggled at times – the ice has gotten real quick in spots. You’ve got to be on top of it and you’ve got to be putting the stones in the correct spot and miss on the correct side, so we did a lot better this game and just got to keep doing it. That’s curling!”
Japan’s Hiroaki Kashiwagi said: “It was a tough game for us but this win was very important for the play-offs so we’re very happy to win this game.”
He added: “Mixed Doubles curling is great – we like it because it is just two people and it’s easy to play.”
New Zealand’s Hans Frauenlob said: “We got up early, Nat made a fantastic shot, we scored a five and that put us in control of the game. They came back in the second half, put up a bunch of consecutive steals on us and we were tied up coming home – the eighth end was just a party in the four-foot. It was tight but a good win to get.”
Group C Round-up:
Scotland remain at the top of the standings in Group B as they won their only game of the day 11-4 against Finland in seven ends in the morning session of play. That leaves them on four wins and no losses.
Sweden bounced back from their defeat to Scotland to beat the Netherlands 9-6 while Estonia made it back to back victories as they defeated Latvia 9-5.
In the only other game of the morning session, England played well against Slovakia. A steal of five points in fourth end proved to be crucial for Slovakia however as they went on to win the game by 9-7.
After having a bye in the morning session, Norway joined Scotland at the top of the rankings with four wins and no losses as they defeated Latvia 7-6 in what proved to be a close game in the evening session of play.
Their Scandinavian rivals, Sweden, kept up the pressure on the top two with a 6-4 victory over England, another team still looking for their first victory hear in Fredericton.
Another team down at the bottom of the standings, Finland, struggled again in the evening session against Estonia, as they lost to them 8-2. Estonia managed to score in every end except one, in the fourth end, when Finland managed to take two points.
The Netherlands gained their second win of the Championship as they defeated Slovakia in what ended up being a fairly one sided game. The Netherlands managed to steal five points from the third to the sixth ends, eventually winning by 7-2
Group C Player Reaction:
Sweden’s Frederik Hallström said: “I think it was our game, but we didn’t perform as well in this win. They had a couple of shots that went their way. I think they played quite well, but we didn’t manage to get it together and the way we wanted. We have to up our game a little bit.”
Estonia’s Martin Lill said: “We just needed to play well in tonight. We didn’t say we needed to do too much different, just better communication, eye signs, that was it.
He added: “We have a very tough national Mixed Doubles competition in Estonia. Everyone would like to come here to the Mixed Doubles World Championship. For our country this is the one possibility to participate in a World Championship. Maybe in the future men’s and women’s teams but we just now we needed to work hard in order to get here.”
Standings after Day 2:
Switzerland won 4 – lost 0
Czech Republic 3-1
New Zealand 3-1