ENGLAND BEAT KOREA TO GO CLEAR AT TOP OF TABLE
Anna Fowler’s superb double take out with the final stone of the seventh end wrapped up a 9-4 victory for England to take them clear at the top of their pool at the World Mixed Doubles Championship in Norway.
Up against Korea’s Hyeri Jang and Chiwon Choi, the only other unbeaten pairing in Pool E as the fourth day of competition got underway, she and brother Ben had identified the match as potentially crucial and had prepared accordingly.
“We knew it was going to be our biggest game of the group stages as Korea were also unbeaten, so we were really up for it and were just making sure we had everything in order before we went out on the ice and knew exactly what we wanted to go out there and do,” she explained.
Things did not go entirely according to plan from the off, the Koreans taking advantage of having the hammer to claim a lead at the opening end, then claiming another at the second before the Fowlers got into the their stride, but they gained the benefit of sticking to their processes.
“We actually had a few stones brewing around the edges that could have amounted to us taking a big score in those first two ends, so we weren’t too upset when we lost a steal of one at the second end,” said Anna.
“We knew that we were building the ends well and we just needed to be patient and it would follow through. In the end it did come good and we only scored threes.”
They next face Kazakhstan, who have won four successive matches since losing their opener to New Zealand, before rounding things off on the last day of the round-robin against Finland, who have won three of their five matches so far and they know they have to keep winning, Anna noting that: “We absolutely want to finish top of the group and we know that going into the knockout stages it is really important to be in that number one position with a good draw shot, because it then gives us a better seeding and so, hopefully, a better chance in the last 16.”
Anna Fowler, 28yrs, born Cambridge, resides Stirling
Ben Fowler 25yrs, born Pembury, Kent, resides Glasgow
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