USA teams have successful first days at 2009 World Seniors

April 28, 2009, 10 a.m. (ET)

(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) - USA went 3-0 in the first day of action at the 2009 World Senior Championships Monday at the Dunedin Ice Stadium in Dunedin, New Zealand. 

Sharon Vukich (Seattle) led her team to two wins - an 8-4 victory over the host team from New Zealand and a 7-4 defeat of Sweden.

Vukich and teammates Joan Fish (Hansville, Wash.), Cathie Tomlinson (Seattle) and Aija Edwards (Hansville, Wash.) pulled away from New Zealand's Wendy Becker rink in the second half of the game. Tied 3-3 at the halfway point, the American women scored two key deuces and stole a singe in the eighth and final end for the first win over the Kiwis. In the second match against Sweden's Gunilla Bergman rink, the Americans got off to a fast start, pulling ahead 4-0 after two ends with steals. The teams exchanged points throughout the rest of the match with the Swedes never able to make up for the mistakes in the opening ends.

Paul Pustovar (Hibbing, Minn.) and the American men got off to a good start as well, defeating Sweden's Karl Nordlund rink, 7-2. Pustovar and teammates, Brian Simonson (Hibbing, Minn.), Tom Harms (Pengilly, Minn.) and Don Mohawk (Nashwauk, Minn.) only trailed once when Sweden grabbed a deuce in the third end to take a 2-1 edge. The American men would score in the next four ends to earn the win.

The round robin continues Tuesday. The USA men take on Finland (0-1) at 9 a.m. while the women play Scotland (0-2) at 1:30 p.m. All times are local (local time; 16 hours ahead of EST).

Live scoring from the event can be found online at

Line scores:
*USA women 021 020 21 8
New Zealand 100 201 00 4

*Sweden 001 020 1x 4
USA women 310102 0x 7

Sweden 002 000 0x 2
*USA men 010 221 1x 7
*last rock in first end

Canada 2-0
USA 2-0
Japan 1-1
New Zealand 1-1
Sweden 1-1
Switzerland 1-1
Italy 0-2
Scotland 0-2

Blue group:
Australia 1-0
Canada 1-0
Japan 1-0
England 0-1
Hungary 0-1
Scotland 0-1

Red group:
New Zealand 1-0
Switzerland 1-0
USA 1-0
Finland 0-1
Italy 0-1
Sweden 0-1