THIRD SUCCESSIVE WIN FOR SCOTS AT WORLD MIXED DOUBLES
Scotland’s Gina Aitken and Scott Andrews made a fast start to their meeting with Lithuania as they maintained their 100 per cent record after three matches of the round-robin section at the World Mixed Doubles Championships in Norway.
The win had added value because it provided a first taste of playing late in the day on the Sormarka Arena ice and while they had ultimately had to work hard to grind out the win, they were pleased with the way they adjusted to the changing conditions.
“We definitely got on top of the ice and the weight a lot quicker than them, so that gave us a head start,” said Aitken.
“We definitely had a bit of a wobble in the fourth end and I think we can definitely learn from that and take that forward into our next games.
“The ice was just a wee bit slower and it curled a wee bit more. I don’t know if that was to do with being the last draw of the day in terms of the timing of it, but it was good, we got our naps before the game, so we were fresh.”
After registering a three at the opening end the Scots then stole a two at the second and another at the third to look set to register a third successive commanding win following their 14-1 victory over Belgium in their opening match and 15-4 defeat of Mexico in their second match.
Lina Janaleviciute and Vytis Kulakauskas upped their game to strike back with a three at the fourth end to make it 6-3 at the halfway break and while that was the only end the Lithuanians won, they made life difficult in the second half, the Scots having to work hard for their singles at the next three ends to close the match out 9-3.
That served as a reminder of the need to maintain standards as Andrews acknowledged ahead of tomorrow’s meeting with Slovakia, another Eastern European team that has yet to win a match but has the potential to be dangerous.
“I think it’s going to be a tough game,” he said.
“We’re going to have to go out there and play our best to make sure we get another win on the board.”
Scotland - Team Aitken/Andrews:
Gina Aitken, 25yrs, born Paisley, resides Edinburgh
Scott Andrews 29yrs, born Irvine, resides Kilmarnock
Scotland v Belgium 14-1
Scotland v Mexico 15-4
Scotland v Lithuania 9-3
Scotland v Slovakia
Team Scotland’s final round robin game v hosts Norway on Thursday 25 April will be broadcast on World Curling TV
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Photos: © WCF / Tom Rowland