FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 20, 2019
Sweden steals win over USA ladies as World Senior Championships begin in Norway
(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – Margie Smith and the American ladies had a tough opening day opponent and gave up a steal in the final end in an 8-6 loss to Sweden today as the 2019 World Senior Championships got underway in Stavanger, Norway.
Smith (Shoreview, Minn.) and teammates Norma O’Leary (Silver Bay, Minn.), Debbie Dexter (St. Paul, Minn.) and Shelly Kosal (Edgerton, Wis.) jumped out to a 4-0 lead over two-time Olympic champion Anette Norberg this morning at Sørmarka Arena as they stole four ends in a row. The Swedish ladies climbed back into the match with four points in the fifth and would steal two points in the eighth for the win in Group A round robin competition.
“That wasn’t quite the outcome we were looking for. The girls played really well, but, she’s tough (Norberg), you know she’s going to be tough,” said Smith, who led the U.S. women to their highest ever finish – silver – last year. “The girls are throwing really well, and it helps having been here before, you know what to expect, and it’s a long week.”
Geoff Goodland (Eau Claire, Wis.) and his team of Mike Fraboni (Lac du Flambeau, Wis.), Dan Wiza (Waunakee, Wis.), Pete Westberg (Woodbury, Minn.), and Todd Birr (Ham Lake, Minn.) will begin the round robin tonight against Finland’s Oiva Manninen rink. The U.S. ladies return to the ice on Easter Sunday against Australia (0-1).
USA women 111 102 00 – 6
*Sweden 000 040 22 – 8
*last rock in first end
Hong Kong 1-0
New Zealand 0-0
Czech Rep. 0-0
New Zealand 0-0
Hong Kong 0-1
Live scores & social media: Live scores are posted at http://www.worldcurling.org/wscc2019. Team USA game recaps and photos are posted after each game at www.usacurl.org. The official event hashtags are #wscc2019 and #curling.
Playoff format: For the women, the top three teams in each pool advance to the playoffs. The top ranked team in each pool goes directly to the semifinals. The second- and third-ranked teams will play teams from the opposite group to fill out the semifinal field (e.g., second-place team in Pool A plays third-place team in Pool B). The top 12 men’s teams advance to seeded playoffs. The best teams from the four pools advance directly to the quarterfinals. The other eight countries compete in a qualification playoff round with matchups determined by seeding.
Team USA schedule (all times local, +6 ET):
Saturday: 8:30 p.m., USA men vs. Finland (Oiva Manninen)
Sunday: 8 a.m., USA women vs. Australia (Sandy Gagnon)
Sunday: 12 p.m., USA men vs. Belgium (John Robillard)
Monday, April 22: 8 a.m., USA women vs. Russia (Tatiana Smirnova)
Monday, April 22: 4 p.m., USA women vs. Hong Kong (Grace Bugg)
Monday, April 22: 4 p.m., USA men vs. Denmark (Ulrik Schmidt)
Tuesday, April 23: 8 a.m., USA women vs. Finland (Elina Virtaala)
Wednesday, April 24: 4 p.m., USA women vs. Lithuania (Gaiva Valatkiene)
Wednesday, April 24: 8 p.m., USA men vs. Latvia (Ansis Regza)
Thursday, April 25: 12 p.m., USA men vs. Wales (David Tranmer)
Thursday, April 25: 4 p.m., USA women vs. Canada (Sherry Anderson)
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