The first round of the famous Aviemore International Curling Championships got under way on Sunday (7 March).
GV INT. Ice rink with competitors curling.
GV Ivory Coast team pushing stone up rink.
GV Swedish team pushing stone up rink.
CU Spectator watches as Dutch players push stones up ice.
GV Swiss team push stone up ice.
GV Dutch team pushing stone up rink.
Spectator watches as Swiss team put up winning shot. (2 shots)
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Background: The first round of the famous Aviemore International Curling Championships got under way on Sunday (7 March).
The Swedish team were the first to slip into form with a brilliant display of teamwork and individual skill. Playing against the Ivory Coast, Sweden swept to the lead to take the match 9-6.
Canada, the reigning world champions, showed all the determination needed to win international curling matches when they defeated Denmark 6-5 in one of the closest scores of the championship so far.
But the match between Switzerland and Holland was a one sided affair. The Swiss team played some outstanding draw shots to sweep aside their Dutch competitors with a score of 16-3.
Teams from all over the world are competing in this year's championships.
SYNOPSIS: The first round of the famous International Curling Championships began in the Scottish town of Aviemore on Sunday. the game of curling originated in Scotland and teams come from all over the world to play here.
A rather new country to the sport is the Ivory Coast. However the team was drawn against one of the sport's top exponents -- the Swedes. But despite such competition the Ivory Coast impressed many of the curling fraternity attending the championships.
However the Ivory Coast was no match for the Swedish team. Playing with all the skill and determination of a well organised side the Swedes swept ahead of their opponents, to take the match 9-6.
The Dutch team took on the strong side from Switzerland -- with devastating results. Despite shots such as this, the match developed into a very one sided affair with the Swiss team completely dominating.
And it was shots like this that put the Swiss in such a commanding position. Playing a number of brilliant draw shots they blocked any move the Dutch may have thought up.
But the team from Holland fought to the very end and refused at any time to concede defeat. Such determination perhaps deserved a better score than three ends.
But the Swiss had developed killer instinct and refused to give any quarter. They fought for every point against their outclassed opponents who were forced to give way under such pressure. The final score was Holland three, Switzerland sixteen.