SCOTLAND SUFFER FIRST DEFEAT AT WORLD MIXED DOUBLES CHAMPS
Scotland suffered their first defeat at the World Mixed Doubles Championships when they lost out 8-6 to Estonia on day five at the Sormarka Arena, in Stavanger.
The Scottish duo had predicted that this would be one of their toughest battles during the group stages of the tournament and the Estonian team, Marie Turmann and Harri Lill, dominated the first half of the encounter. After an exchange of singles over the first two ends, Estonia secured a steal of three at the third end and followed that up with two further single steals at the fourth and fifth, to lead 6-1. A late rally from the Scots saw them claim a three at the next, which helped to reduce the deficit, but a further exchange of two’s between the teams saw Estonia claim the important win to continue their unbeaten run.
Scott Andrews said after the match, “Obviously we are disappointed, we knew it was going to be a tough game and unfortunately we didn’t bring our A game today. We now need to re-group and come out strong against Norway tomorrow.”
Playing partner Gina Aitken, competing for the fifth time at this event added: “We need to focus on having a good game tomorrow, there were a few loose shots in that game that we could tighten up on and that would make a big difference in our next match.”
Under the current format which sees 48 teams compete in six groups, the top two in each group are guaranteed a place in the knockout stages, along with the four best third placed combinations.
Scotland’s final round robin match against the unbeaten hosts will be broadcast on World Curling TV tomorrow morning .
Scotland - Team Aitken/Andrews:
Gina Aitken, 25yrs, born Paisley, resides Edinburgh
Scott Andrews 29yrs, born Irvine, resides Kilmarnock
Team Scotland Results 5-1
Scotland v Belgium 14-1
Scotland v Mexico 15-4
Scotland v Lithuania 9-3
Scotland v Slovakia 11-2
Scotland v Germany 8-5
Scotland v Estonia 6-8
Scotland v Norway
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