Senior men off to perfect start in Norway

By Terry L. Davis | April 21, 2019, 8:38 a.m. (ET)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 21, 2019

 

American men perfect, ladies even record at World Senior Championships

 

(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – Geoff Goodland and the U.S. men are off to a perfect start to the 2019 World Senior Championships in Stavanger, Norway.

 

Goodland (Eau Claire, Wis.) and his team of Todd Birr (Ham Lake, Minn.), Mike Fraboni (Lac du Flambeau, Wis.), Dan Wiza (Waunakee, Wis.) and Pete Westberg (Woodbury, Minn.) defeated Finland’s Oiva Manninen rink, 7-4, on Saturday night and followed up with a 9-3 victory today over Belgium’s John Robillard to move to 2-0 in Group D.

 

“That was better. It’s a long trip over here and we didn’t come too early, so that first game was kind of a drag and we muddled our way through it,” said Birr who played vice skip in the first game and skipped the second game as the U.S. team uses its five-man team in a full rotation. “This game was a little sharper and a little better so hopefully we can keep moving forward. You can’t win the tournament on the first day.”

 

The U.S. men return to the ice on Monday to take on Denmark (1-0).

 

“They’re doing a great job here, the venue is great and the ice is good. We’re having a great time,” said Birr, who won a bronze medal in 2007 at the World Men’s Championship. “The target is gold, absolutely. We’re a good team and there’s some good teams out here, and I think we should be there at the end of the week.”

 

Margie Smith and the American ladies bounced back from their loss to Sweden yesterday with a convincing 9-3 victory this morning over Australia’s Sandy Gagnon rink. Smith (Shoreview, Minn.) and teammates Norma O’Leary (Silver Bay, Minn.), Debbie Dexter (St. Paul, Minn.) and Shelly Kosal (Edgerton, Wis.) started strong today at Sørmarka Arena as they scored six points over the first three ends to keep Australia chasing.

 

“You always want to start out with a win, but we still feel really good about our chances this week,” O’Leary said. “Considering that we came out really strong yesterday and had a pretty bad fifth end we wanted to make sure we didn’t let our guard down today.”

 

The U.S. ladies have two games on tap Monday in round robin competition. In the morning session they will battle Russia (0-1) and then take on Hong Kong (2-0) in the afternoon draw.

 

“Today we just didn’t have that bad end. Yesterday we played pretty good throughout the game like we did today it’s just we had one bad end yesterday. We didn’t do that today,” O’Leary said.

 

Line scores:

Belgium              010 010 1x – 3

*USA men          105 102 0x – 9

 

USA men            010 500 1x – 7

*Finland             101 011 0x – 4

 

Australia             000 110 1x – 3

USA women       213 003 0x – 9

*last rock in first end

 

Women’s Standings:

Group A:

Canada               2-0

Hong Kong         2-0

Sweden              1-0

Finland               1-1

USA                     1-1

Russia                 0-1

Australia             0-2

Lithuania            0-2

 

Group B:

Switzerland        2-0

Denmark            1-0

Italy                     1-0

Scotland             1-0

England              0-1

Latvia                  0-1

New Zealand     0-1

Japan                  0-2

 

Men’s Standings:

Group D:

USA                     2-0

Denmark            1-0

Latvia                  1-0

Finland               0-1

Wales                  0-1

Belgium              0-2

To see the full men’s standings, go to http://www.worldcurling.org/wscc2019.

 

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):

Monday: 8 a.m., USA women vs. Russia (Tatiana Smirnova)

Monday: 4 p.m., USA women vs. Hong Kong (Grace Bugg)

Monday: 4 p.m., USA men vs. Denmark (Ulrik Schmidt)

Tuesday: 8 a.m., USA women vs. Finland (Elina Virtaala)

Wednesday: 4 p.m., USA women vs. Lithuania (Gaiva Valatkiene)

Wednesday: 8 p.m., USA men vs. Latvia (Ansis Regza)

Thursday: 12 p.m., USA men vs. Wales (David Tranmer)

Thursday: 4 p.m., USA women vs. Canada (Sherry Anderson)

 

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For more information: Terry Davis, Director of Communications, terry.davis@usacurl.org, 608-338-9900 (mobile).