Wales beat Slovenia, face Dutch later

Wales play two matches at the World Mixed Curling Championships today (Wednesday), and went into the day aiming to take a win from both. The team know that they can no longer secure a spot in the knock-out stages unless other match results go in their favour, but without winning the remainder of their games that will almost certainly not matter. Both of today’s matches are ones that the team knew they should have a reasonable chance at, against the Netherlands (on the late afternoon session) and Slovenia in the early morning draw.

Wales started well against Slovenia, with their best overall Last Stone Draw of the championships to give them last stone advantage, which was put to good effect when despite not starting the end exactly as planned Wales threw some good stones to take a score of three.

Wales played well throughout the match, forcing a score of one in the second end, then scoring two more in the third before consistently stealing until the sixth end.

There were some moments in several ends when it seemed Slovenia might have a chance of taking a shot or two, but they never worked out. This was not least in the fifth end, when several well-guarded red Slovenian stones were clustered around the button. A couple of attempts by Wales to draw or freeze one of their own in there were heavy, and the last one took a slight bounce, leaving Slovenia a shot to remove the yellow stone and lie three, but it over-curled and actually removed their own stones from the shot position.

Speaking after the 8-1 victory, Wales skip Andrew Tanner said, “the team did very well. It’s a great victory, it gets us back on track. We’ve got a couple of games left to go so hopefully we can keep producing this for the last two games.”

On the subject of making the play-offs, he added, “We need two wins definitely with our last two games, we hope to get through to the play-offs, but we need to concentrate in our next game which is against the Netherlands this afternoon.”