30 January 2019

Excellent Edin off to dream start in home leg

© WCF / Céline Stucki

The home favourites did not disappoint in front of a capacity crowd in Jonkoping.

Sweden’s Team Niklas Edin proved too strong for United States' Team Mark Fenner in their opening game in Jonkoping, securing an outstanding 11-1 success in front of an appreciative home crowd.

Three consecutive steals between ends two and four put the world champions out of reach as they look to go one better this week than their runners-up finish in Omaha.

“We were in the final of the last Curling World Cup and we felt like we could have won that one,” said Edin.

“So we really want to play better here. We are really pumped for this one, playing for a home crowd and third one - this should be it.”

There were also wins for Switzerland, Canada and Scotland during session two on the opening day of the Curling World Cup leg three.

Swiss men’s rink Team Yannick Schwaller opened their Jonkoping account with a controlled victory over Japan’s Masaki Iwai, winning 6-1 within six ends.

Swiss skip Schwaller admitted it took some time to adapt to the ice conditions and timing rules early on.

"We struggled in the first few ends and were a bit nervous getting the feeling of the ice but afterwards we made a couple of pressure draws and steal our way to the win," said the 23-year-old.

"It is difficult to adjust to the timings. You have to choose your strategy quite fast out there. I only had a couple of seconds left in the last few ends and struggled to clean my stones in time.”

Team Matt Dunstone ran out 8-2 winners over Norway’s Team Steffen Walstad’s rink on sheet B.

The Norwegians, who were finalists in Suzhou, failed to get going at the Jonkoping Curling Club and were left frustrated by Dunstone, with little on offer in the opening stages.

© WCF / Céline Stucki

Vice-skip Braeden Moskowy told us after their victory that he has been relishing the Curling World Cup experience and wearing the maple leaf in Sweden.

"I’ve heard nothing but good things about the Curling World Cup from the other Canadian teams and none of us have been to Sweden before," admitted Moskowy. "So we jumped at the opportunity to come here."

In a hard-fought battle on sheet C between Scotland’s Team Ross Paterson and Xiuyue Ma of China, the Scots prevailed 6-3 after being pushed to the very end.

Vice-skip Kyle Waddell was quick to praise his team’s response after the fourth-end break, when they picked up two crucial points.

“I think it was a slowish start as we were trying to get used to the ice,” said the 25-year-old Scot.

“The biggest turning point was after the fourth-end break getting the two and then ultimately getting the steal after that - those two ends put us in control.

“The ice is good it just took a while to get use to it and then once we got that we felt confident and the game was probably won in the fifth end.”

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