Curling World Cup trio warm up nicely in Ontario
Preparation for Suzhou well under way for competing teams
Team Ruohonen, Team Sidorova and Team de Cruz all reached the semi-finals at the Oakville Fall Classic in Ontario, Canada over the weekend in their build-up to the opening leg of the Curling World Cup in Suzhou.
In the men’s draw the American team skipped by Rich Ruohonen were unbeaten in the pool stage, as were Switzerland’s Team de Cruz.
The Swiss rink were then beaten by eventual champions Team Matsumura in a closely-fought semi-final while Team Ruohonen were ousted by Team Dunstone 9-5 in seven ends.
Team Sidorova, who will be representing Russia in Suzhou, faced tough opposition in their semi-final when they played former World Junior Championships bronze medalists, Team Yoshimura.
The Japanese side triumphed 8-2 and went on to win the competition in the final against Team Hopson.
All three rinks now set their sights on south-east China where their next stop takes them to the eagerly-anticipated inaugural Curling World Cup event.
“I'm looking forward to seeing and experiencing a country and culture that I have never been exposed to,” said United States’ vice-skip Greg Persinger. “The competition will be very tough but we always feel like we have a chance to win."