Wales make early running in World Mixed Curling Championships

Wales make early running in World Mixed Curling Championships
By Sportsbeat

06/10/2017 at 23:25Updated 06/10/2017 at 23:55

Wales are the early leaders of Pool A in the World Mixed Curling Championships after opening their tournament with a narrow victory over Croatia.

Only a handful of games were played on the opening day in Switzerland, with Wales making the most of their early opportunity to hit the ground running.

But they didn't have things all their own way as Croatia held a 1-0 lead after two ends.

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But a three-point third end saw Wales take the march on the contest, while two to their name in the sixth saw them over the line 6-4 – despite their opponents levelling the game up shortly before.

Meanwhile, Hong Kong's introduction to this level was not to end on a winning not as they succumbed to defeat to Israel, 6-3.

In truth Israel looked comfortable throughout, taking points in each of the first three ends before their counterparts got on the board.

But Hong Kong were not to be disgraced in Group D, with a two-point sixth end the highlight of their opener.

"It's always tough to get the first win," said Israel skip Adam Freilich. "The ice was a little tricky but we start off 1-0 and hopefully it continues, but it's an uphill battle from here.

"Tomorrow night is our next game and it's against Switzerland, in Switzerland.

"I've been waiting six months for this so getting that first win gives us a little more confidence going into tomorrow."

Hong Kong were not the only debutants as Luxembourg made their bow, though they found the going tough in an 8-3 Group C defeat to Kazakhstan.

Elsewhere, there was a strong start for the Swiss hosts in their 7-4 victory over the Czech Republic in Group D, while Norway edged out Slovakia 6-4 in the same pool.

The only first session match of the day saw Finland get the better of Austria 6-5, also in Group D.