OLYMPIAN ANDREWS CELEBRATES 100TH CAP WITH 5TH SUCCESSIVE VICTORY
Scott Andrews celebrated his 100th appearance for Scotland with a fifth consecutive victory on day four of the World Mixed Doubles Championships in Stavanger.
The 29 year old Ayrshireman said after the 8-5 win against Germany with his playing partner Gina Aitken, "It’s always special to pull on the Scotland jersey, it is a great privilege to represent Scotland, so to get my 100th cap over an 11 year period is extra special and hopefully I will get many more in the years to come.
"It is also quite nice to add Mixed Doubles representation to the cap collection. I have got juniors, mens and Olympic caps, so it is great to be here at this Worlds to mark the 100th with a win and I am really enjoying Mixed Doubles," said Andrews, who switched to the new Olympic discipline at the start of this season.
Having maintained a 100% record heading into the match against their German rivals Pia-Lisa Schoell and Konstantin Kaempf, Andrews acknowledged that they knew this game was to be their biggest test of the tournament to date.
”Germany were sitting on four wins and no losses before going into that game and definitely we knew that was going to be the toughest game of the week so far and I think we performed well as a team and obviously got the win, which was great,” he said.
Aitken, the more experienced of the Scottish pairing in this discipline, competing at her fifth World Mixed Doubles Championships, added: “I think we did turn it up a gear. We have been learning a lot about the ice and the conditions and how to make all the shots in our first few games and in that game there we just turned it up and made a few more, really turned the screws against them.
“They were a good team and we knew we had to play well against them and it was a good game,” she added.
The Germans, with hammer, opened the scoring with a single at the first, however Scotland responded with a two at the next and despite their rivals getting back on level terms with them at the third end after securing another single and level again at the fifth after both teams exchanged two’s, the Scots eased ahead with a three at the sixth. An exchange of singles over the last two ends, saw Scotland maintain their advantage and claim an important win ahead of their next match against Estonia, who suffered their first defeat of the tournament when they lost 8-4 to Norway, to join Germany on a 4-1 win/loss record.
Scotland and hosts Norway share the top of the standings in Group D on a 5-0 record and meet each other on the last day of round robin matches on Thursday (25 April).
Scotland - Team Aitken/Andrews:
Gina Aitken, 25yrs, born Paisley, resides Edinburgh
Scott Andrews 29yrs, born Irvine, resides Kilmarnock
Team Scotland Results
Scotland v Belgium 14-1
Scotland v Mexico 15-4
Scotland v Lithuania 9-3
Scotland v Slovakia 11-2
Scotland v Germany 8-5
Scotland v Estonia
Scotland v Norway
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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Photos: @WCF/Alina Pavlyuchik