Top five moments from Suzhou
We pick out the highlights from an enthralling week in south-east China
RARE SIX-ENDER – United States’ claim 6-0 opening end
The United States’ duo of Sarah Anderson and Korey Dropkin managed to claim the rare and momentous feat of a six-ender against Korea, winning 18-4 with an end to spare. Easy stuff.
WHAT A SHOT! - Kevin Koe’s shot of the tournament
It was shots like this which led the Canadian team to win the first leg in Suzhou. Going into the eighth and final end 4-3 down, Skip Kevin Koe produced a terrific raise takeout to claim four against the Swiss team and win 7-4.
TIME’S UP – Korea run out the clock for the first time
It was one to forget for Korea’s Chiwon Choi, who fell foul to one of the new rules introduced at the Curling World Cup. The first ever two-point penalty for running out of time was awarded after Choi went over the allotted three minutes allocated for the four latter ends.
DRAMATIC FOUR-STONE SHOOTOUT – Team Koe involved in unprecedented shootout
Before the Curling World Cup got under way, the introduction of the one-stone shootout excited everyone. Few thought we would see a four-stone shootout take place to decide the finalists in the men’s draw.
It was close to happening, with each member of Team Koe needing to draw closest to the button in the event that Scotland and Canada were on the same number of points at the end of the day. However, Team Mouat were just edged out by Switzerland, meaning no shootout was necessary.
MAPLE LEAF TREBLE – Canadians dominant in all three events
It was jubilation all-round for Canada, with all three teams winning in Suzhou. Team Koe, Team Homan and Muyres/Walker booked their places in the Grand Final in Beijing next May and took home $USD 69,500 between them in the process.
Thanks to all who made this inaugural event possible. We enjoy competing in China and look forward to coming back for the Grand Finale in May. Good luck to 🇨🇦 Team Fleury in the @curlingworldcup second leg in Omaha later this year! pic.twitter.com/eNzYvhGSgi— Team Homan (@TeamHoman) September 16, 2018