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Scotland’s Gina Aitken and Scott Andrews made the ideal start to their World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship challenge when they cruised to a 14-1 victory over Belgium.

A three at the opening end eased any nerves they might be feeling as the competition got underway and they then stole a one and another three at the next two ends as they dominated the match.

“We controlled it from the first end,” said Andrews.

“We got on top of the ice and we made a lot of our shots and made it very difficult for them.”

The Belgians finally got on the scoreboard at the fourth end, but any lingering doubts were removed when the Scots took their powerplay at the next end and registered a five.

“We made a lot of shots at that end,” Andrews continued.

“After being 7-1 up at half-time we didn’t know how long the game was going to go, so we decided to bring out the powerplay and try to finish it early and the score of five definitely helped.”

Under a format which sees the 48 teams compete in six groups, with the top two in each guaranteed a place in the knockout stages, along with the four best third placed combinations, the Scots look likely to face their toughest matches towards the end of the round-robin element of the competition, as Andrews acknowledged, saying: “We need to win the games we’re meant to win because we finish the round-robin with Estonia and Norway which on paper are our toughest games, so it would be nice to get some wins under our belt before we meet them.”

Team Scotland Results
Day One

Scotland v Belgium 14-1
Day Two
Scotland v Mexico

Team Scotland’s final round robin game v hosts Norway on Thursday 25 April will be broadcast on World Curling TV 

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