NZ off the pace at World Mixed

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Dean Fotti, Thivya Jeyaranjan and Brittany Taylor, NZ v Spain. Photo WCF / Alina Pavlyuchik

17 Oct 2017 – New Zealand won two and lost five of their games at the World Mixed Curling Championship 2017 to finish 6th in their pool and 27th overall.

"The team played somewhat better than the results suggest," said coach Liz Matthews. "They had oportunities in at least three other games, but ultimately you have to take those chances."

The tournament was held at the Swiss high performance curling centre in postcard-perfect Champery, a venue the team agreed was outstanding in every way.

A slow start in their first game saw New Zealand trailing Ireland 6-1 at the 4th end break. The Kiwis improved in the second half, but the deficit was too great and the Irish went on to record a 7-5 result.

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Their second match was a comfortable win over Kazakhstan, but this was followed by four consecutive losses. These included an extra-end, 7-6 defeat to Denmark, and a 3-1 loss to the Korean side who topped the pool. The latter match started with an incredible five blank ends.

New Zealand's tournament finished with a win over international newcomers Luxembourg.

Scotland went on to win the event from Canada and the Czech Republic.

The venue for the 2018 tournament has not yet been confirmed.