Naseby, 30 August 2018 – Brent Laing and Jennifer
Jones claimed the gold medal for Canada in the Audi quattro
Winter Games NZ Mixed Doubles curling tournament in Naseby
this afternoon. They beat Scotland’s Jayne Stirling and
Fraser Kingan 9-5 in the final.

The tournament was
also the first event of the Northern season’s World
Curling Tour, and was the first WCT event to ever be held in
the Southern Hemisphere.

“That was not our best, a
few too many misses,” said Jones after the medal ceremony.
“But we found a way to make a big shot when we had to. We
held ourselves in the game, never really felt like we lost
control of the game and that’s always key.”

“We’re confident in each other,” Laing continued,
“and confident in what we do – but you have to prove
that every single time you play. And while we were also
confident that Scotland would play well, they made just a
couple of uncharacteristic misses. We played a really good
first end and got a big lead. It was fortunate that we did,
because we used it up.”

“We had a better second
half, Jen made some really big shots, including that huge
draw for one against 4 [Scotland stones] in the third. But
it’s mixed doubles, lots of stuff happens and you just
have to react to it and see if you can turn it around in the
next end.”

Scotland’s Fraser Kingan was
disappointed but philosophical about their loss.

“If you’d told us at the start of the week that
we’d make the final and lose to that Canadian couple
we’d have been quite happy,” he said.

“It was
probably our best game of the week. We had a poor first end,
and missed a nose hit for 3 in the sixth, and that was about
it. We’re quite happy, it was just one of those games,
there were quite a few missed shots from both sides. But
there were a lot of good shots made as well.”

“We really enjoyed it,” added Jayne Stirling.
“It’s been great to play against them twice this week,
really great. We’ve learned a lot from it, and for our
first event of the season – a silver medal is
great.”

The USA’s Sarah Anderson and Korey
Dropkin had control throughout the bronze medal game to beat
Norway’s Maia and Magnus Ramsfjell 8-1.

Dropkin
commented, “We’re feeling pretty good. We were a little
disappointed after this morning’s [semi-final] match,
especially with how close it came down to. But for us the
biggest part was just refreshing and refocusing on winning
the bronze medal for the US this afternoon, so we’re
pretty pleased with how we played.”

“We just had
to make sure we were up for it mentally,” said Sarah
Anderson, “especially coming up against a team as strong
as Norway.”

The final was filmed and a 30 minute
highlights package will be broadcast on TVNZ1 on Sunday 2nd
Sept at 15:00 and Duke several times from this weekend. Full
schedule here

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