ENGLAND TOP THEIR GROUP AT END OF ROUND ROBIN AT WORLDS
England’s Team Fowler finished top of their group despite losing their final match to Finland, having done enough to secure that spot by winning all six of their previous round robin matches at the World Mixed Doubles Championships in Norway. .
Even in losing that final match, the brother and sister combination of Ben and Anna Fowler put in a gutsy performance, as they showed their determination to finish the group stage with a 100% record. They battled back from a 5-1 deficit at the half way stage, to take the match to an extra end before narrowly losing out 7-6 to Finland.
Ben Fowler said after their final group encounter:” It’s a bit disappointing to finish that way, the ice was a bit different to how it has been, it was a bit swingier and a bit slower, which we didn’t quite get used to in the first five ends.
“We almost brought it back, we got used to the ice in the end and started making more shots but we couldn’t quite finish it off.”
However, he expressed contentment at their overall performance in the tournament to date.
“We finished top of our group which is brilliant and now we have to look forward to who we are playing tomorrow and make sure we get up for that game,” he said.
“From tomorrow we will treat it like a new competition going forward as it does not matter what has gone before. We just have to build on all the positive things, bring everything together and just go out and leave everything on the ice in the last 16 game,” she added.
England finished on a 6-1 record and Finland, following their victory in that last match, finished second in the group on 5-2 to qualify for the play-offs.
The last 16 qualifiers secure their place at next year’s World Mixed Doubles Championships.
Anna Fowler, 28yrs, born Cambridge, resides Stirling
Ben Fowler 25yrs, born Pembury, Kent, resides Glasgow
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England v New Zealand 7-5
England v Kingdom of Saudi Arabia 9-1
England v Ireland 8-2
England v Korea 9-4
England v Kazakhstan 11-5 Q
England v Finland 6-7 (EE)
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