Canada strike late to down plucky English in World Mixed Curling Championships
Canada maintained their unbeaten run in the World Mixed Curling Championships after a dramatic final stone saw them edge out England, in Switzerland.
The game was locked at 5-5 heading into the final end, with England skip Andrew Woolston the man left with the deciding stone on the ice. But a slightly heavy shot saw the chance of a win fade away as his side slipped to their second defeat of the competition. For Canada, meanwhile, a third win from three was to come their way - though skip Trevor Bonot is in no doubt they have more to offer. "It was definitely ugly for us out there again," he said. "We haven’t hit our stride quite yet, but we’ve made the right shots at the right time. "It was really important to get that win this morning, you don’t want to get behind at all, it just makes the rest of the games tougher and more stressful. "We all agree there’s lots of room for improvement and we’re nowhere near where we want to be, so we’ve got some work to do." The 6-5 scoreline was to become a familiarity in session 11 of the Championships, upon which China prevailed over Latvia as their perfect start was also maintainted. But Scotland were not to be so fortunate, taking the tie to the last end before losing their first game of the tournament to Korea. Germany and Sweden secured victories over the Netherlands and Brazil, respectively, while session 12 saw Estonia maintain their decent Group A start with a second win of the competition, this time over Japan. Poland defeated Australia 4-3 in the final end, while Israel and Norway also picked up wins. Ireland were the big victors of the day's third session, overcoming debutants Luxembourg 10-3 in Group C, while China thrashed France 11-2. Hosts Switzerland hit their stride against Hong Kong, while there were also wins for Korea and Spain heading into the day's final session.