USA and Australia 1 win QRC Winter Games NZ Quarter-Finals

Australia's Tahli Gill
Australia's Tahli Gill. Photo © WinterGames NZ / Iain McGregor

30 Aug 2019 – Australia 1 and USA won their quarter-final games this afternoon at the QRC Winter Games NZ Mixed Doubles Curling Tournament fuelled by Forsyth Barr.

The Australians won the Trans-Tasman battle 8-4 against the local hopes, New Zealand 2, at Naseby's Maniototo Curling International rink. They stole two consecutive ends in the middle part of the game to take control, and will meet Sweden in tomorrow morning's first semi-final.

Australia's Tahli Gill confessed to a few nerves going into the game.

"But once you're there you settle into it and focus on the processes," she said. "It's just one rock at a time, getting communication going, and it all worked out."

Her teammate Dean Hewitt took a tumble in the first end when sweeping. "But after that, I felt really good out there," he said. "Things like that don't faze me, so we'll just try and carry the form on into tomorrow."

The Kiwis were gracious in defeat. "They're not 4th in the world for nothing," said Anton Hood. "They played really well. We were a bit unlucky sometimes, but you make your own luck, and we wish them all the best for tomorrow."

"It's been a great experience playing against some great teams," added his playing partner Holly Thompson. "We came into this with a goal of winning four games and we've accomplished that. So next year we'll work hard, and hopefully come back here and do even better."

After trading single scores early in their quarter-final against Canada, the Americans were untroubled. They had two 3-point ends in the middle of the game, and the sides shook hands at 10-2 after six ends. The USA will play Pool A top qualifiers Korea tomorrow.

"We felt good," said Tabitha Paterson. "We had a practice this morning to match the stones and just got a feel for the ice early. So that always helps! We were able to put a bit of pressure on them and force them into difficult shots, so we were happy with the way it worked out for us."

The Sweden - Australia semi-final starts at the MCI rink in Naseby at 8:00 am, and the Korea - USA game follows at 11:30 am. The medal games will take place in the afternoon. All are screened live on Sky Sport 9.