USA’s Hamilton siblings begin World Mixed Doubles campaign with victory
The ten teams in Group B played their first matches in the second round robin session on Saturday afternoon at the World Mixed Doubles Championship in Geneva, Switzerland.
In this session, there were victories for Canada, Hungary, Scotland, Spain and the United States.
Czech Republic vs USA
The American sister and brother duo – Becca and Matt Hamilton – found themselves trailing 3-0 after the first two ends of their match against the Czech Republic.
However, they tied the score at 3-3 in the third when Becca Hamilton scored with a draw, although it took a referee’s measure to confirm the third point.
After that, the Americans took control with two interceptions in each of the fourth and fifth ends for a 7-3 lead.
The Czechs responded, scoring three goals in the sixth end to cut the American lead to 7-6, but the United States won 9-6.
Afterwards, Becca Hamilton spoke about their slow start, saying, “We’re just learning the ice right now, and there are a lot of games left this week. So we just hope to learn from the shots we made there.
His brother Matt added: “We have the ‘W’ and that’s all you can ask for.”
“We just want to have a good time here. Generally, when we’re having fun, we play well, so the point really isn’t to get frustrated or upset with each other. As long as we enjoy our time here, have fun and play, I think the results will come,” he added.
Germany vs Canada
Canada faced Germany in this session. In the third end, Canada already had a 3-0 lead and when Germany’s Pia-Lisa Schoell missed her last tie, the Canadians stole two points for a 5-0 lead.
The Canadians led 6-3 as the teams played out the seventh set. When Canada’s Jocelyn Peterman scored three goals with a draw in that set, Germany conceded with a 9-3 result.
Hungary v Australia
In their match against Australia, Hungary opened well when their player Szekeres Ildikó tapped in the first end for two points.
Another draw by Szekeres in the fourth end produced another two and a 4-2 lead.
Another draw by Szekeres in the sixth end resulted in three points and a 7-3 lead. Hungary won by 7-5.
Spain vs Turkey
Spain played against Turkey during this session. In the fifth end, with Spain leading 4-1, their player Oihane Otaegi pushed her stones into position to score two more points and increase her team’s lead to 6-1.
In the seventh end, Spain canceled their power play and Otaegi tied the game to score three more points for a 9-2 score. Turkey then conceded the game.
It was a first victory at this level of the league for this Spanish pair, and afterwards a delighted Mikel Unanue said: “After a year of waiting for a victory in this league, it’s more special than for any other team. . We are really proud of ourselves, now we have to keep playing and improving.
Otaegi added: “The first game is always difficult and we learned a lot. But it was a good start for us, and we hope it will continue.
England v Scotland
The fifth game of this session featured an England v Scotland clash.
After four ends, Scotland had a 3-2 lead. When England’s Anna Fowler couldn’t get into a busy house with her last rock of the fifth, her side gave up a steal of three to double Scotland’s points at 6-2. The Scots scored two more points in the seventh to win the game 8-3.
Results of the second session: Czech Republic 6-9 USA; Germany 3-9 Canada; Hungary 7-5 Australia; Spain 9-2 Turkey; England 3-8 Scotland.
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