Bob Schneider and Anna Witt did the Central Division proud over the winter in international tournaments. Bob Schneider played in the World Championship Singles in March in Warilla Australia. This event was played on an extremely fast artificial surface, something we in the US do not often encounter. In the qualifying round, Bob had several wins to finish in the middle of his flight. missing out on the finals. One of his losses was in an epic battle against the overall Silver Medal winner. Set one of their game ended in a tie. but in set two, Bob came up a couple of shots short. Nevertheless, he had a great experience and did a fine job representing the USA.
Anna Witt, pictured at the top right, played Vice Skip for team USA at Tiger Bowls in China. Due to bad weather, the tournament organizer was forced to change the normal fours format and set up three separate events. The games were played at a number of different venues, sometimes changing from outdoors to indoors making it difficult to maintain any consistency. The teams in each event were divided into two flights with playoffs for the top two in each flight. Team USA struggled on the artificial carpets and didn’t make the finals in events one and three. Event two was a different story, as Anna describes in here own words:
“Tournament 2 (One Belt One Road Zhuhai) was in Hong Kong and Zhuhai. The women were now 10 teams and again split into 2 pools. We played round robin within our pool We played outdoors on the grass at one of the previously closed clubs in Hong Kong and dominated on day #1. We then traveled to Zhuhai, where the green is a 2-rink indoor carpet on the top floor of a hotel. All teams played the last game of the round robin at Zhuhai. Again, the top 2 teams in each pool advanced, which included us this time. We lost to South Africa in the semifinals.”
Well done ladies.