Australian campaign up and running at World Mixed Curling Championship

Australian campaign up and running at World Mixed Curling Championship
By Sportsbeat

08/10/2017 at 19:37Updated 09/10/2017 at 19:17

With his rink coming together for the first time in four months, Australia skip Hugh Millikin hopes to find some consistency after a dominant win on day three of the World Mixed Curling Championship.

The team bounced back from defeat to Germany earlier in the week with a dominant 15-1 win over the Netherlands.

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The result was obvious from the outset, as Millikin's rink scored four points in the first end, and he knows they will need to continue in this form with matches against Poland and Canada looming.

"It was a much better performance from us today and a rough one from the Netherlands which is why the score is maybe a little lopsided, but they're a nice bunch to play against," he said.

"It's tough for us, this is the first time we've played together in about four months in competitive games, so it takes us a while to get going and hopefully that's a sign of where we can go from here.

" We have a couple of difficult games coming up and everyone seems to be playing pretty well so it'll be a tough week."

Earlier in the day, Hungary and Japan offered the most exciting match-up of the morning session, as Hungary came back from 4-0 down to claim a 6-5 victory.

Japan had a comfortable lead going into the fifth end, but Gergely Szabo's rink scored two to bring themselves to within a point of their opponents – scoring three more in the sixth and seventh to wrap up the match.

Turkey dominated from the outset in their game against England and when they scored three in the fourth end to take a 7-0 lead, it was clear their opponents would struggle to come back.

Scotland came out on top of their encounter with Ireland, winning 9-2 in six ends, but the latter claimed victory over Denmark later in the day.