Day 2 Roundup

Brazil made their World Curling Championship debut this morning Photo: WCF/Richard Gray

Brazil made their World Curling Championship debut in Friday morning's round-robin play at the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship 2014, but they were beaten 13-1 by Sweden.

In addition to Brazil’s debut, the Dumfries Ice Bowl, host of this year’s Championship, also witnessed Canada’s 10-5 win against Latvia, which included a score of six points in the second end.

Other results in this session included Estonia’s 7-6 win against Slovenia; Japan’s 10-6 victory over Romania while Scotland were 6-4 winners against Kazakhstan.

These results put Scotland and Sweden into joint top spot in the B Group, unbeaten with two wins.

The morning session followed five games that were held late last night, many of them involving the A Group.

In that session Korea beat Belarus 8-5; Wales won 8-5 against Italy; Hungary defeated Denmark by 7-6 and England went down to an extra end, 6-7 defeat to Russia.

Later this morning, many of these A Group teams were back on the ice. Defending champions Hungary became the first team to move onto three wins, when they beat Italy by 10-1.

They were joined at the top of the A Group by Russia, who beat Wales 14-1, while other winners in this session were Belarus, who beat England by 9-8; Australia, who had a 9-5 win over Poland and Austria, with a 7-6 win over Korea.

The only other game to take place last night saw Norway beat Spain by 8-6 in D Group.

The first Friday afternoon session saw Ireland lose 8-9 to France in an extra end. China defeated New Zealand 9-7; Norway beat USA 8-4 and Czech Republic won 7-6 against Slovakia to remain unbeaten in the C Group.

The Netherlands also beat Switzerland 8-5 in this session, their first win of the Championship so far.

In the first of the evening sessions, Scotland beat Brazil 14-1; Finland defeated Kazakhstan 8-7 in an extra end; Spain won 10-7 against Germany and Latvia beat Slovenia 11-6. Sweden picked up another win, this time against Estonia by 6-2

The second evening session saw Hungary continue their winning form as they won 12-3 against Korea. Italy defeated Denmark 8-5; Austria won 9-4 against Belarus; Wales were 9-7 victors over England and Australia stole two points in the last end to beat Japan 6-5.

They said it:

Marcelo Mello – Brazil (after 13-1 loss to Sweden): “This means a lot for Brazilian curling – this is our first match in a World Championship and we hope this is the first time of many. We need to start from the bottom - we are here and I think curling has a great future in Brazil.”

He continued: “This year it’s really just about promoting curling in Brazil, get some experience and gain some knowledge so we can share it with the next Brazilian teams. We hope this will help increase exposure of curling in Brazil and help us get a facility in the country.”

Kimberley Tuck - Canada (after 10-5 win over Latvia): "Mixed Doubles is becoming a lot more important. A lot of the younger curlers are coming up through the junior ranks are really taking a liking to it, so I feel like our future's really good."

Viktoriia Moiseeva - Russia (after 14-1 win over Wales): "Mixed Doubles is cosy - you play together with someone and the whole game is up to you two. It would be great if it was included in the Olympic programme."

Zuzana Hajkova – Czech Republic (after 7-6 win over Slovakia): “We played better and better each end. I think the most important thing was what our coach said at the break. He told us just to throw one kind of draw, nothing else. We kept playing the same shot and let them try something else and this worked as we eventually got the win in the end.”

Wen Li Guo – China (after 9-7 win over New Zealand): “We are feeling great. The ice was really good and we have some fantastic spectators here. I managed to make the shots when it counted today and that was key in securing the victory.”
Ezra Wiebe – Netherlands (after 8-5 win against Switzerland): “It was a tough game for us. Our weight was very long - it was very much behind the tee line. In the ends we gained the most we made it difficult for them to play the freezes, the shots in front of the tee line - that was critical.”

For the latest standings, visit the homepage: http://wmdcc2014.worldcurling.net

More athlete quotes are available here: http://bit.ly/wmdcc2014day2quotes

Curling fans around the world will also be able to see a number of live games and selected highlights from the 2014 World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship via the World Curling Federation’s YouTube Channel www.youtube.com/WorldCurlingTV

You can see the full webcast schedule here: http://bit.ly/wmdcc2014schedule

At the same time as staging the World Mixed Doubles Championship, the Dumfries Ice Bowl will also act as host to the Men's and Women's World Senior Curling Championships. More information about that event can be found here: http://bit.ly/wscc2014

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