Scotland and USA through to semi-finals

Fraser Kingan and Jayne Stirling (Scotland) at the Audi quattro Winter Games NZ 2018
Scotland's Fraser Kingan and Jayne Stirling. Photo © Iain McGregor / Winter Games NZ via AP

29 Aug 2018 – Scotland and USA won tonight’s quarterfinals at the Audi quattro Winter Games Mixed Doubles curling tournament in Naseby to progress to tomorrow’s medal rounds.

The Scots won a tight match 5-4 against the local favourites, the New Zealand 2 side of Bridget and Sean Becker.

The Kiwis had a tough shot to tie the game in the final end, needing to score two with a thin in-off to dislodge a Scottish stone in the centre of the house.

They moved it, but not far enough, and scored only one.

Audi quattro Winter Games NZ 2018

Scotland’s Jayne Stirling was relieved after the game. “It was quite a frustrating game at times,” she said. “A couple of pickups, a couple of wee bits of ice that were running not quite as smoothly as previously, but we managed to get around it. Keeping their scores down helped us to keep the game under control.”

“But we’re happy, and looking forward to playing our good friends the Norwegians tomorrow.”

The USA scored two big ends early in their match against Australia 1’s Lynn and Dean Hewitt, and retained control to run out 11-5 winners.

“It felt good,” said USA’s Korey Dropkin afterwards. “I think Sarah and I had a good feel for the ice, and we just capitalised on some opportunities and missed shots in the early ends. They got a couple of tough breaks, and then we controlled it ok. It’s pretty tough for them to come back from that."

“It feels like we’ve got our mojo, so we’re just preparing for the next game now.”

Tomorrow’s semi-finals start at 11:00 am at Naseby’s Maniototo rink. Scotland will face Norway, and USA will play their Canadian neighbours. The medal games are at 3:30 pm.

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