Scotland Fighting For Points At World Mixed Doubles Champs
Scotland suffered their first defeat to hosts Canada in the knock out stages of the World Mixed Doubles Championships in Lethbridge. That loss to the Canadians in the final 16 means Team Aitken Mouat will now face Sweden, with a ninth place finish the best result they can now achieve after missing out in the medal game, with ninth to 12th places providing Olympic qualifying points.
Those points will be added to those achieved last year when the Scots finished fourth and only the top 7 finishing nations will qualify for the Olympics next year along with hosts Korea, the first time the Mixed Doubles discipline will be included in the Winter Games.
Coach David Aitken felt that the game was one of the best Bruce Mouat and Gina Aitken had played and yet lost.
“We knew Canada would be a really tough team and we were pleased with the start that we made as we knew it would be tight. So it was a case of being patient and good stone placement and capitalising on any mistakes,” he said.
“There was nothing in the first found ends, we went into the turn 3-2 down, came out well in the second half and we had a plan to take a powerplay in the sixth end, which we took. We played a really good powerplay but the Canadians gave us absolutely nothing so we were force to take a single on our power play which put us 4-3 down.
“Canada called our powerplay and we had to gamble a bit and ended up losing a four which just about killed the game.
“So we played the last end, it was a really good last end but it was a little bit too late then.”
Aitken admitted that the team are disappointed to have suffered their first lost at this stage of the tournament, but there were many positives the team can now focus on.
“It was one of our strongest performances and both teams shot up into the eighties in terms of shot making percentages, which for Mixed Doubles is exceptional.
“It is probably the best game we have played and lost but we came up against a team that gave us very, very few chances. The main thing is there is still a lot to play for, so we will go into the next game looking for that same level of intensity and shot execution and if we do that we are looking forward to a positive result again.” Aitken added.
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
Scotland v Italy 8-4
Scotland v Canada 3-8
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
16 teams will proceed to the knock out stage and the medal games take place on Saturday 29 April.
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