|Jenny Perret, Switzerland. Photo © WGNZ / Peter Meecham|
27 Aug 2017 – World champions and Olympic contenders Switzerland had a slow start, with two losses on the opening day of the Audi quattro Winter Games Mixed Doubles curling tournament.
But they blew off the cobwebs to record their first win in the third round of pool play in Naseby this morning.
“We knew it might not be that easy with two tough games to start off,” said Switzerland’s Martin Rios. “It’s a while before the Olympics and while you want to win every game, we’re not stressed yet. We want to perform better than we did, improve step by step, and just need to be patient.”
| • Audi quattro Winter Games NZ website
• 2017 Mixed Doubles curling tournament
Korea edged New Zealand 1 to remain the only unbeaten team in the pool, while Scotland handed the young New Zealand 3 side their first loss. Norway also won to sit with the same 2 win, 1 loss record as the Scots and Kiwis.
Canada continued their winning way over Australia 1 this afternoon to retain the only 100% record in the other pool after three rounds. The Finns and Estonians also picked up handy wins.
New Zealand 2 looked on track for their first success of the competition, but left the door open for Hungary to score 4 in the last end to take a one-point victory.
The Hungarians’ escape allowed them to join Japan, Finland and Estonia on 2 wins to sit behind Canada.
Despite losing on the last stone in their first round game, Estonia’s Harry Lill was pleased with the form he and Marie Turmann had shown to date. “We’re happy with how it’s going,” he said. “For us and for most of the European teams this is our first tournament of the [northern] curling season. Even in our first game, it all seemed to come together, even through we didn’t get the result.”
Round robin play continues though until Tuesday at Naseby’s Maniototo Curling International rink. The gold medal match on Wednesday afternoon will be televised live on TVNZ Duke.