Dominant Form From Team GB’s Men Helps Secure Third Win In A Row
It was the third win in a row for Team Smith who got today’s game off to a flying start when, with four stones lying at the first end, Norway’s skip, Thomas Ulsrud’s attempted double take out with his last only removed one stone, giving up a three to the British rink.
At the next, Ulsrud’s missed take out led to a steal of one to enable Kyle Smith’s quartet to extend their lead 4-0 going in to the third end. An exchange of doubles over the next two and a further single for Great Britain at the fifth gave them a comfortable 6-3 margin at the half way stage.
Maintaining their momentum after the break, Smith’s men secured another three at the sixth and a further steal at the seventh before the teams shook hands.
Coach Viktor Kjell said he was pleased with his team’s form at the business end of the round robin tournament. “It was perhaps not the best performance by our opponents but we don't care too much about that. We're only focusing on our own performance.
“Already from the practice today I felt like we were going to be really sharp. You could just see it, you could hear it in the locker room,” he said.
“We had a really good chat last night about what we needed to improve on for the last two games. The boys really took that on and it was a great team performance.”
Whilst commending the team effort, Kjell also paid tribute to the skip’s performance.
“A big shout out to Kyle Smith as this was his best game. It's good for the team's confidence as well, to get a big win like this against a tough opponent. It creates a good feeling within the team.
“The most important thing is that it is a good confidence boost for the team's feeling on the ice and also for Kyle Smith.
“Not that his confidence had been low by any means but it's always nice to nail a couple of good shots. It's always nice when your skipper does that.”
Commenting on the calibre of their opponents today, Kyle Smith said: “It’s a team we have played a lot on tour, they are a great team with a serious amount of experience, so for us to come out and play like that, shows just what we're made of.
“I had a good feeling this morning. The boys played really well and we felt we had a really good handle and draw weight. I thought we dealt with the sheet very well,” he added.
“We believed it all the way. It's just pleasing we've managed to put a good string of wins together now and we're in a position where we're in control of our own destiny.
“It gives everyone else a bit of confidence in us as well, I hope. We've always believed in our own ability.”
GB’s men have one round robin game remaining and will play the USA tomorrow, whilst Team GB’s women have two games left and play Japan next.
Men’s standings after session ten (win-loss):
Sweden 7-1 Q
Great Britain 5-3
United States 3-4
Women’s standings after session nine (win-loss):
Great Britain 4-3
United States 4-3
Olympic Athlete from Russia 2-5
Competition schedule (GMT) and results:
00.05 GB v Switzerland (men) 6-5
05.05 GB v OAR (women) 10-3
11.05 GB v Canada (men) 6-4
00.05 GB v USA (women) 4-7
05.05 GB v Japan (men) 6-5
11.05 GB v China (women) 8-7 (EE)
11.05 GB v Sweden (men) 6-8
11.05 GB v Denmark (women) 7-6
05.05 GB v Korea (men) 5-11
11.05 GB v Korea (women) 4-7
05.05 GB v Sweden (women) 6-8
11.05 GB v Italy (men) 7-6
05.05 GB v Denmark (men) 7-6
11.05 GB v Switzerland (women) 8-7
00.05 GB v Norway (men) 10-3
05.05 GB v Japan (women)
00.05 GB v Canada (women)
11.05 GB v USA (men)
00.05 Tiebreakers men and women
11.05 Semi finals (men)
06.30 Bronze (men)
11.05 Semi finals (women)
06.30 Final (men)
11.05 Bronze (women)
00.05 Final (women)
Photos: WCF / Richard Gray