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Hewitt and Gill push Sweden in tight contest

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Tahli Gill and Dean Hewitt

CURLING: It was another agonisingly close finish for Australia as they went down 6-7 to Sweden at The Ice Cube in their fourth round robin match.

This marked the third time in Australia’s opening four games that Dean Hewitt and Tahli Gill have lost by a single point.

Oskar Eriksson from Sweden, who in the men’s curling is a bronze medallist from Sochi 2014 and a silver medallist from PyeongChang 2018, showed his class once again on the ice.

Together with his curling partner, Almida de Val, they won bronze at the 2021 mixed doubles world championships.

Consistency from Sweden proved too strong in the first five ends, as they picked up a point in all but one round.

The Aussies activated their powerplay for the sixth end, which proved to be a masterstroke.

They scored three points to draw level, just as they did against China only 24 hours earlier. Tahli’s final throw ensured two stones were knocked away to increase Australia’s scoring rocks from one to three.

The response from Sweden was swift, as they recuperated all three points to set an unassailable lead in a match-defining seventh end.

There was no quit in the Aussies however, as they scored two points in the eighth end to just fall short of forcing a tiebreaking ninth round.

Their round robin action is set to continue this afternoon against Great Britain from 4:35pm AEDT on Channel 7 and 7plus.

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