Team Aitken Mouat Maintain 100% Record At World Champs
Scotland has claimed two emphatic wins at the World Mixed Doubles Championships in Lethbridge, Canada, keeping Olympic qualification for PyeongChang in their sights as they continue to dominate their group during the round robin stage.
Team Aitken Mouat beat Wales’ Dawn Watson and Adrian Meikle 11-2 and Coach David Aitken said he was pleased with both their performance and game plan.
“We got off to a really good start with a three in the first end, forced a one and took a two.
“It was a really professional, disciplined game from there. Sometimes when you’ve got a lead you can get caught up in the wrong sort of the game, but they stuck to the plan really well and closed it out with a nice power play.
“So we’re really happy with the way they’re playing. On a two game day it’s a bit of a bonus to get finished early in six ends so that we can get things sorted out and the prep right for the next one,” Aitken said.
The second outing proved to be another masterful performance from the Scots over six ends, beating Serbia 11-0.
“It was not a team we have met before or knew much about, so we just wanted to make sure we went out and played our own game and kept the kind of structure and momentum we’ve been building since the start. We were pretty successful doing that, taking a two with the hammer and scoring multiples the next few ends.
“I am really pleased with the way Bruce and Gina played with good weight control and good discipline. It’s important to be disciplined against a team like that, not to get dragged into their game and stick to our game and I think we did that really well.
“So five wins feels good and we’ve got one game tomorrow against Denmark. There are a few things to take away from that game that we can improve on, but lots of positives. “
Scotland v Norway 6-3
Scotland v Bulgaria 10-3
Scotland v Ireland 8-5
Scotland v Wales 11-2
Scotland v Serbia 11-0
Groups at Lethbridge:
Group A: Belarus, Brazil, Croatia, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Japan, and Latvia
Group B: Bulgaria, Denmark, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Scotland, Serbia, and Wales
Group C: Australia, Austria, China, Israel, Korea, Netherlands, Poland, and Sweden
Group D: hosts Canada, Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Kazakhstan, Turkey and USA
Group E: New Zealand, Romania, defending champions Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, and Switzerland
The round-robin stage runs from Saturday 22 April until Thursday 27 April. 16 teams will proceed to the knock out stage and the medal games take place on Saturday 29 April.
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