Scotland Ready for World Mixed Campaign in Kazan
Scotland’s Mixed Curling Champions Cameron Bryce (Skip), Katie Murray (Third), Bobby Lammie (Second), and Sophie Jackson (Lead) return to action in the World Mixed Curling Championship in Kazan, Russia from Friday 14th October.
The experienced side remain unchanged from their 2015 outing at this event where they were unfortunate to lose out to host nation Switzerland in the qualifying round despite an impressive round robin performance of six wins from seven games.
A record 37 teams will compete at the World Mixed Curling Championship 2016 (WMxCC) which runs until Saturday 22 October in the Kazan Sports Palace. They will compete across five groups with Scotland in Group A alongside defending champions Norway.
Group A: Norway, Italy, Scotland, Japan, New Zealand, Belarus, Romania.
Group B: Sweden, Hungary, Finland, Slovakia, Ireland, England, Brazil.
Group C: Russia, Denmark, Poland, Czech Republic, Spain, Australia, Kazakhstan.
Group D: Canada, USA, France, Latvia, Austria, Belgium, Korea, Andorra.
Group E: Germany, Switzerland, Turkey, Estonia, Wales, Slovenia, Netherlands, Croatia.
Among the field, newcomers Andorra and Croatia will compete in their very first World Curling Championship. Both have previously participated in European Curling Championships, but this is their first outing at a world level event.
Netherlands and Korea also join them making their WMxCC debuts. From the inaugural event in Berne, Switzerland, Lithuania, Israel and bronze medallists China won’t feature this time around, but 2015 gold and silver medal nations Norway and Sweden will feature.
2016 World Junior Curling Championships Sportmanship award winner Fredrik Nyman will skip Sweden this time. Second Joakim Flyg is the only team member who competed in 2015. Norway are an entirely new outfit from the team that won gold last year and are skipped by Christer Wibe.
Alongside Scotland, Germany are the only team who remain entirely intact from the 2015 edition of this event. This will be German skip Andy Kapp’s 18th appearance in a World Curling Championship.
Other familiar faces are Mixed Doubles pair Irantzu and Gontzal Garcia who will compete for Spain; having competed in 2015 Hungary’s Zsolt Kiss is joined by his Mixed Doubles partner Dorottya Palancsa this year and 2015 Le Gruyère European Curling Championship bronze medallists Milja Hellsten and Jenni Raasaanen will compete for Finland.
Mixed curling teams consist of two female and two male athletes. Unlike men’s and women’s curling no alternates are used.
Round-robin play will begin on Friday 14 October and after 24 sessions, tie-breakers and two last 16 rounds will follow, before the quarter-finals on Friday 21 October and semi-finals on Saturday 22 October. The gold and bronze medal finals will take place on 22 October.
Scotland get their campaign underway on Saturday 15 October against Italy.
Photos: © WCF / Céline Stucki