There were five players that had had to find new partners for the Mixed Doubles trials after their original partners qualified for the men’s or women’s events in Pyeongchang at the recent Men’s and Women’s Olympic Trials in Ottawa. There was some question about how these new pairings would fare early in the Mixed Doubles Trials and early results are somewhat mixed.  After Day 1, the new teams have a cumulative record of 7-7:  Officer/Carruthers are 2-0, Jones/Nichols and Lawes/Morris are 2-1, Middaugh/Epping are 1-2 and Just/Griffith are 0-3.

Although well-known to those that pay attention to Mixed Doubles throughout the curling season, the father and daughter team of Robert and Emilie Desjardins surprised many casual curling fans on Day 1 of the Mixed Doubles Trials by starting the day with two victories and came within a clutch draw by Jocelyn Peterman of ending Day 1 at 3-0.

Chelsea Carey and Colin Hodgson have had some success in Mixed Doubles including a 3rd place finish at the 2017 Canadian Championships and a victory at the Canad Inns Mixed Doubles Classic last September. They lost their first game in both those events before getting on a roll that led them to the playoffs. Carey and Hodgson went off-script at the Mixed Doubles Trials by winning their two games on Tuesday and putting themselves in a good position at an event where they are expected to contend for that Olympic spot come the weekend.

The broadcast team at CBC Sports did an excellent job of covering 6 draws on Day 1 of the Mixed Doubles Trials. However, their commentators could have taken a break during the Draw 3 game between the teams of Shannon Birchard/Jason Gunnlaugson and Wayne Tuck/Kim Tuck. Gunnlaugson seemed to provide a running commentary for each one of his shots during the game while the back and forth banter between the husband and wife team of Wayne and Kim Tuck certainly provided some mid-afternoon entertainment for those watching the action online.  It was a tough day for both teams with Birchard/Gunnlaugson finishing Day 1 at 1-2 while Tuck/Tuck finished the day at 0-2.

At the end of Day 1, the teams of Peterman/Gallant and Officer/Carruthers lead the way in Pool A with records of 2-0 while the teams of Ferguson/Bottcher and Crocker/Walker lead the way in Pool B with records of 3-0. The teams of Stewart/Stewart and Just/Griffith will have to work hard on Day 2 to dig themselves out of an early hole having gone 0-3 on Day 1.

Day 2 action starts at 8:00 a.m. Central time and CBC Sports will be streaming the action throughout the day. –

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Canadian Mixed Doubles Trials – Day 1 Summary