TWO OUT OF TWO FOR ENGLAND AT WORLD MIXED DOUBLES CHAMPS
England’s Anna and Ben Fowler had to raise their game to claim a second win at the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championships in Norway, but the manner of their 7-5 victory over New Zealand offered encouragement that they are building their way into the competition.
The teams exchanged twos at the first two ends before a three at the third took the Fowlers clear against another brother-sister combination, Sean and Bridget Becker and they never allowed the Kiwis to get back on level terms again.
“We felt like we always had control of the scoreboard, from an early point in the game, so it was just a case of managing that situation and not giving away anything for free,” said Anna.
“We made sure that almost every time we had hammer we scored at least two. We were only forced once and that really helped us get ahead on the scoreboard and put some pressure back on them which put us in a really good position. Then at the last end we had our powerplay and we just had to clear out their stones.”
Not yet quite at their best, there was satisfaction at the level of improvement as they become accustomed to their conditions and surroundings.
“There were a few chances earlier in the game that we missed to finish if off a little bit earlier, but we were just finding our feet and got the win in the end.
“We’re trying to get better and better each game, working out how we want to throw the stones, working out the ice and trending in the right direction.”
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