Day 3 Roundup

Hosts Scotland remain unbeaten after 12 sessions of play Photo: WCF/Richard Gray

Seven teams remain unbeaten after twelve sessions of play in the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship 2014 being held in the Dumfries Ice Bowl in Scotland.

Those teams yet to lose currently lead the standings in all four groups.

A Group is led by defending champions Hungary with five wins, followed by Russia on four.

B Group is topped by Scotland on four wins then Sweden with three, while the Czech Republic sit alone at the top of C Group with three wins.

Both France and Norway have each won all three of their games to sit at the top of D Group.

In the morning session of play, France and Czech Republic kept up their winning form as they both recorded their third wins of the championship.

France also defeated USA 8-1 while the Czech Republic beat Netherlands 8-5.

Other scores in this session were Spain 5; China 4; Poland 5, Slovakia 4; Germany 5, Ireland 6.

Later in the morning, Scotland and Finland played out a close game. Although the home nation had a 4-0 ahead after three ends, Finland levelled the game at 5-5 in the eighth end.

Scotland then edged the win in the extra end as they scored one point to remain unbeaten in the championship.

Norway picked up their third win of the week to keep the pressure on France in the D Group. They defeated New Zealand 12-4 in a game that saw them score maximum points (six) in the fifth end.

The other results in this session were Estonia 12 Brazil 3; Kazakhstan 9, Latvia 5; Canada 8, Slovenia 4.

In the afternoon session of play, Hungary finished off their third day of play unbeaten, but were pushed all the way by Wales.

After Wales scored three points in both the fourth and fifth ends, which helped them take the lead for the first time in the game, Hungary’s Zsolt Kiss made a take-out to score three points and win the game 10-8 in the eighth end.

Russia sit in second position in A Group as they too remain unbeaten after defeating Austria 7-5.

In the other A Group games in this session, Korea defeated England 10-2 while Denmark picked up their first win of the championship as they defeated Belarus 11-5.

One C Group game was also played in the afternoon and it was Switzerland who emerged 10-5 winners against Romania.

Later in the day, in the first evening session, Spain won 6-4 against France, Japan beat the Netherlands 6-2, Norway defeated Ireland 9-2, China won 8-6 against the USA and Germany picked up their first win with a 7-6 win against New Zealand.

The second session of the evening saw Brazil win their first ever World Curling Championship game, 8-3 against Kazakhstan. Canada inflicted the first defeat on Scotland as they beat them 9-6, while Poland defeated Romania 7-3.

Other results in this session saw Sweden defeat Finland 7-5 while Latvia defeated Estonia 9-6.

They said it:

Tony Angiboust – France (after their 8-1 win against USA): “I think each game is very close because there’s only so much sweeping you can do yourself. It’s difficult if you just miss one shot - it’s really different to normal curling.”

Kimberly Tuck – Canada (after their 8-4 win against Slovenia): “The game felt pretty good, we got up to a good start. Slovenia played very well, they came back into the game as is visible on the scoreboard."

Maile Moelder - Estonia (after their 12-3 win against Brazil): "This game was about getting back our confidence. Our purpose was to get our draws and take-outs to the place where they should be.”

Bruce Mouat - Scotland (after their 6-5 extra end win against Finland): "It felt really good. It was good to have a close game as it gives us a chance to experience this kind of atmosphere and gives us a boost going into the next games.”

Zsolt Kiss – Hungary (after their 10-8 win against Wales): “I think I should have called for something else in the fourth end which wouldn't have led to an easy three for Wales. Anyway, I was sure that we were able to get back into the game. In the past we had more difficult situations to cope with. I was okay with Wales taking the seventh end with one point as I knew we could take two points in the last end."

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

More athlete quotes are available here: http://wmdcc2014.worldcurling.net/day-3-athlete-reaction

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://wmdcc2014.worldcurling.net/schedule

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://wscc2014.worldcurling.net

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