Team red-hot on ice


HE­LEN Wil­liams says Aus­tralia will be tar­get­ing a top-16 fin­ish at this month’s World Mixed Curl­ing Cham­pi­onships in Cham­pery, Switzer­land.

Wil­liams said she was ex­cited to make her sec­ond ap­pear­ance at the World Cham­pi­onships, where the green and gold is grouped with pow­er­house Canada, Eng­land, Ger­many, An­dorra, Hol­land, Poland and Turkey.

“We look for­ward to be­ing com­pet­i­tive and hope to make the top 16,” she said.

“Last year, we had some very close games and were able to com­pete at that level, but it would be nice to win a few more games (this time) and qual­ify out of the group stage.”

Wil­liams will fol­low up the World Cham­pi­onships by lead­ing Aus­tralia at the Pa­cific-Asia Curl­ing Cham­pi­onships in NSW in Novem­ber.

It will be Wil­liams’ first Pa­cific Curl­ing Cham­pi­onships ap­pear­ance since 2005 af­ter she took a break to have chil­dren.

Also on the Australian women’s team is Vic­to­rian Kim Forge, Leem­ing’s Ash­leigh Street and Herne Hill’s Michelle Fred­er­icks-Arm­strong.

“It’s very ex­cit­ing to have three WA curlers on the na­tional team… es­pe­cially Michelle, who learnt to curl last year, and Ash­leigh, who’s 19,” Wil­liams said.

“Per­son­ally, it’s so ex­cit­ing to have an­other op­por­tu­nity to play com­pet­i­tively again af­ter a 10year break.

“We’d ab­so­lutely love to take first or sec­ond place. Our goal is firstly to fin­ish in the top four.”

The squad is pre­par­ing for the cham­pi­onships at the Cock­burn Ice Arena in Bi­bra Lake.

Wil­liams said facility man­age­ment had been very sup­port­ive, paint­ing rings into the ice and pre­par­ing a fast curl­ing sheet.

Pic­ture: Marie Nirme­mu­ni­ d472717

Michelle Fred­er­icks-Arm­strong, He­len Wil­liams and Ash­leigh Street are WA’s rep­re­sen­ta­tives on the na­tional curl­ing team.

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