Tuesday, January 17, 2012

WYOG: End of Round Robins

Duncan Menzies, Angharad Ward, Thomas Muirhead and Rachel Hannen easily won their final game of the Winter Youth Olympic Games at Innsbruck, against the home nation Austria. The teams shook hands after just six ends, with the score at 9-1 in Team GB's favour. This game should have been Team GB's first, but that round of games was cancelled and rearranged for today. However, with just three wins from their seven games, the GB curlers now have only the Mixed Doubles to look forward to.

After the final round robin game Duncan said, "I played this game far more aggressively and the result highlights this. Perhaps if I had been more aggressive earlier in the competition results may have been different."

Elsewhere in the Red section, with Sweden, Canada and Japan already through to the quarterfinals, the fourth qualification spot was decided when Amos Mosaner's Italy overcame Russia's Mikail Vaskov 7-3.

In the Blue section, the qualifiers were USA, Switzerland and the Czech Republic. The fourth place will depend on the outcome of a tiebreaker between Norway and China.

The quarterfinals, semis, final and bronze medal games are all tomorrow (Wednesday). Find all the results and standings here.

Thanks to Leslie Ingram-Brown for being the blog's eyes and ears in Innsbruck, and for sending today's information and photographs.

GB third player, Angharad Ward.

Korey Dropkin skipped the USA team, the only side to go undefeated through the round robins.

Derek Brown is the USCA's High Performance Director.

Photos © Leslie Ingram-Brown