World Mixed Doubles Curling Championships 2022: Unbeaten Scotland and Canada secure play-off spots

Qualified Scotland continue to wow in Geneva as they extend their win-streak to seven games while a four-way tie for first leaves everything to play for ahead of final round-robin match in Group A.

4 min By Chloe Merrell. Created: Wednesday 27 April 2022.
Eve Muirhead
(Picture by Justin Setterfield)

Eve Muirhead and Bobby Lammie stay undefeated in seven games to book their place in the play-offs at the 2022 World Mixed Doubles Curling Championships on Wednesday (April 27).

The Scottish pair have been a tour de force on the ice in Geneva, securing their place in the play-offs undefeated with two round-robin matches left to play.

Joining them in the next phase of competition will be Canada who progress through after beating England 6-2 to take their overall win-loss record to 6-1.

With two teams now through from Group B only one play-off spot remains meaning the race to make it has intensified.

Currently tied for third are US and Germany on 4-3, while Australia, Czech Republic and Hungary sit behind in joint-fifth on 3-4.

Becca and Matt Hamilton of Team USA had, early doors, looked the most likely pair to join Canada and Scotland but after picking up their third consecutive defeat at the hands of Australia they find themselves in the chasing fray.

The Americans fell 12-5 to Tahlia Gill and Dean Hewitt who are now unbeaten in three games.

A two-point steal in the third by Australia followed up by two four-point ends in the fifth and seventh made catching the Aussies a near-impossible task for the Hamilton siblings who ended up conceding the match.

“Every win from now on is going to be crucial,” Gill said to World Curling after the match with the play-offs on her mind. “We have to win the rest of our games to maybe have a chance [of qualifying]. We’re just going to out there and try to keep the momentum going.”

One round robin session left to determine play-off contenders in Group A

The make-up of the standings in Group A mean that the door remains wide open for several teams hoping to advance to the next round of competition.

Following the results of the evening’s matches Japan, Sweden, Norway and Switzerland all find themselves in a tie for the first with six wins and two losses each.

Japan arrived there after beating Finland 11-3; Sweden conquered Denmark 8-3; Norway overcame play-off rivals Italy 9-3 and Switzerland topped the day with an 11-3 victory over New Zealand.

Hot in all of their heels is Italy who, despite suffering their third consecutive defeat, remain in contention with five wins and three losses in total.

They began the day with an 11-7 defeat at the hands of Switzerland thanks in part to a stunning six-point first end executed by Alina Paetz.

Though mixed doubles Olympic champion Stefania Constantini replied with a respectable three points in the second end to take the score to 6-3 the Swiss pair then produced their own three-point end to go ahead 9-3.

Undeterred the Italians continued to try and reverse their fortunes but when they entered the eighth end Paetz and partner Sven Michel still had a 10-7 lead which they then added to with a point of one to end the game 11-7.

Italy's woes then continued when Norway put on a stunning performance to end the game in six ends.

An opening score of one was then backed up with two one-point steals handing the Norwegians a 3-0 lead at the conclusion of the third end.

The Italians replied with their own score of one in the fourth but were then blown out of the water when Maia Ramsfjell delivered a perfect draw to score a maximum six points leaving Italy trailing 9-1.

Constantini and partner Sebastiano Arman replied by recovering two in the sixth end before then opting to concede the game at 9-3.

If Constantini has any intentions of marrying her Olympic gold with a world title she must help Italy win its final game this afternoon against Finland, and have her fingers crossed that other results go their way.

World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship updated schedule (all time CEST, GMT+2):

Thursday 28 April

10:00 - Session 16: USA v HUN; ESP v ENG; TUR v SCO; CZE v GER; AUS v CAN

14:00 - Session 17: SUI v KOR; EST v DEN; NOR v NZL; SWE v JPN; FIN v ITA

18:00 - Session 18: ESP v SCO; TUR v AUS; GER v ENG; CAN v USA; HUN v CZE

Friday 29 April

09:00 - Qualification Game A2 v B3 and Relegation Games

12:30 - Qualification Game B2 v A3

16:00 - Semi-final B1 v A2/B3

19:30 - Semi-final A1 v B2/A3

Saturday 30 April

10:00 - Bronze Medal Game

14:00 - Gold Medal Game

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