Scotland Qualify For Knock Out Stages At World Champs
Team Aitken Mouat extended their unbeaten run to six consecutive wins when they defeated Denmark 8-2 and will be among the 16 teams that progress to the next stage, regardless of the outcome of their final round robin game against Italy.
The pair - who are targeting qualification for Team GB at the next Olympics in PyeongChang, the first time the Mixed Doubles discipline is included in the Winter Games programme - finished fourth at the World Champs last year. Qualifying points from that event combined with this year’s results will confirm Olympic qualification for the seven nations that will join hosts Korea in the draw.
Coach David Aitken is pleased with their progress to date and particularly with the way the Edinburgh based duo maintained the upper hand throughout their latest match.
“We know the Danish team, a father and daughter combination who have put in some good performances, but are sometimes a little bit inconsistent. So the plan going in was to apply pressure early on and keep hold of the ends,” he said.
“That worked really well. We made great starts to all the ends, stole a three at the first and a two at the second which gave us a 5-0 lead. Then Bruce and Gina applied a little bit of defence which worked really well and we exchanged singles to keep the lead the whole way through.
“Once again we took an early power play to put a bit of distance on the score, got a good two and then the Danes conceded on the sixth. So we’re really pleased with the performance.
“There were a few things we de-briefed on in previous games and Bruce and Gina were applying those. The stone positioning was really good and the weight control was excellent. So a very positive performance, maybe one of our best in terms of the number of chances we gave the Danes were very slim. I think the consistency of the shot-making from our team won through.
“We’re keeping the momentum going and building well on previous games, looking quite confident in terms of the ice conditions and will be practising well tonight, looking forward to our last group game against Italy.
Scotland is currently top of the standings in their group which also contains Ireland’s Neil and Alison Fyffe and Wales’ Dawn Watson and Adrian Meikle, who are fourth and fifth respectively. England’s Anna and Ben Fowler are fourth in their group standings on three wins and three losses.
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
Scotland v Denmark 8-2
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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