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World Curling Tour: Jang/Seong wins New Zealand Winter Games Mixed Doubles
Jang/Seong wins New Zealand Winter Games Mixed Doubles

World Curling Tour Release -- Korea's Team Hyeji Jang and Yujin Seong have won the gold medal at the Mixed Doubles Curling Tournament fuelled by Forsyth Barr. After a week of great competition, the QRC Winter Games NZ Mixed Doubles Curling Tournament. The only ISS World Mixed Doubles Curling Tour Event in the Southern Hemisphere comes to a close.

They beat Team Tahli Gill and Dean Hewitt from Australia 7-4 in the final at Naseby's Maniototo Curling International rink this afternoon.

Team Therese Westman and Robin Ahlberg won the bronze medal for Sweden, beating USA's Tabitha Peterson and Joe Polo 9-8 in their extra end decider.

The Korea's opened the scoring in the gold medal match with a double takeout to score 2 in the first end, and then stole the next. The Australian's scored in the next two ends to level the scores 3-3 at the fourth-end break.

Korea edged ahead as the game neared its end, and Australia came into the last end needing to steal two to force an extra end. However a strong runback by Korea's Yujin Seong spilled the Australian stones and hopes, and Korea stole the end to cement their win.

Hyeji Yang felt her teammate's precision takeouts were a key to their strong tournament. "His runback is very accurate, and important for our game," she said. "This was Korea's first win in the Winter Games, so it is important to us and we are very excited by it."

Dean Hewitt commented, "We came in here just trying to reach the playoffs. So if you'd told us at the start of the week we were going to get to get silver for Australia we'd have been pretty happy with that."

The Swedish and the American Teams had a tight to-and-fro game in the match for bronze. The Americans scored 3 in the fifth end, actually throwing their last stone away as there was no safe way to attempt to score a fourth.

Westman/Ahlberg retook the lead when they scored 4 with their powerplay in the next, only for the Americans to level the scores in the eighth end and force an extra deciding end. There were a number of stones around the centre of the house with just the final Swedish stone to play, but the Swedish pair were confident that they already had the shot for the win.

They elected not to throw their last stone, and were pleased that the umpire's measure vindicated their call.

It was our goal to medal here," said Therese Westman, "so we're pleased with the bronze."

Also this weekend on the ISS World Mixed Double Curling Tour an all Canadian competition in North Battleford Saskatchewan is in it's final stages. All official results here on www.worldcurl.com.