Saturday, January 21, 2012

WYOG: Mixed Doubles Update

Duncan Menzies and Taylor Anderson (USA) are in the quarterfinals of the Mixed Doubles at the Winter Youth Olympic Games in Austria. Leslie Ingram-Brown reports:

Most British support went home after the Mixed Team competition but those that were still here (Isobel and Isobel) made plenty of noise in supporting Taylor Anderson and Duncan Menzies in their Mixed Doubles second round game at the Messe Halle, Innsbruck, against Estonia's Kerli Zirk and Sweden's Rasmus Wrana.

The game was tied 4-4 coming home but USA/GBR had the advantage of the hammer. With the skips last stones to play Zirk came onto a shot in the four foot and rocked her shooter behind a bundle of guards. But there was still a side stone on the edge of the four foot which could be used and both Menzies and Anderson agreed it was the wick and curl in to win which was the shot. Sitting on the hack Anderson cooly threw her stone - perfect weight, perfect line and a hit and roll fit to win any game. Final score 6-4.

After the game, and on that winning shot, Taylor said, "I was watching Duncan's face. His jaw dropped and I thought I had missed. I was terrified."

They now play the Japan/Korea pairing of Mako Tamakuma and Minhyeon Yoo."

Added later. Duncan and Taylor lost that one.

Earlier Rachel Hannen lost out in her game. All the scores are here.

Top photo by Leslie Ingram-Brown.