Michele is playing lead on the Women's triples team with Dee McSparren and Kottia Spangler(skip) from the SW division and lead on the Rinks team with Carrie Fossati, Anne Nunes and Kottia Spangler.
Below are quick snippets from Michele on the front lines.
Quarterfinals report. Michele's teams did not make the quarter finals, however she has stayed to report for us the following:
'Women's singles and mens rinks played in the quarter finals today. Singles played Malaysia and the rinks played New Zealand. Both games were well played but neither won. Tomorrow the mens triples will play in the quarter finals against Malaysia. Forcast is for rain which should make it interesting.'
Day 6 : "We all had 1 game today, women's singles won. Mens triples tied and mens pairs and women's rinks lost. Two more days of regulation play. "
Day: 5: "Rinks, Dee McSparren is playing singles. We went 1-1, came close with the Australia game 12-13 in the 13th end, but lost a 4 and never recovered. Mens pairs are 1-1 with a nice win over New Zealand. Mens triples had a bye so are 1-0 beating Japan. Womens singles 0-2. Women's teams have a bye tomorrow morning then the rinks plays Philippines and singles plays Japan.
Greens at every club, even the local ones not hosting the tournament, are faster than anything that we have in the US. Well maybe the artificial surface at Santa Cruz might compete. The Asia Pacific Games specifically hired a special greenskeeper just for this tournament. Both clubs have their own greenskeeper but they wanted someone specific to get the greens right."
Day Four: "Mens rinks made it into the quarterfinals, they play New Zealand Dec 8. If they win they are guaranteed a bronze medal and a chance to play Australia or Malaysia for gold or silver. The other disciplines didn't do as well. The women's triples won our last game and finished fourth. Tomorrow women split into rinks and singles and the men start to play pairs and triples. The forecast for the next few days is for more sun and wind."
Day Three: "Down 2 today. Beating Australia on their turf is tough. Lost to Norfolk Island in the afternoon. Women's pairs beat Fiji in the afternoon, morning was a bye. Mens singles down 2, mens rinks 1-1. Still blazing fast conditions, sun has been out, no rain and the wind is blowing...."
"Didn't do as well today, lost by 2 to Brunei, big day tomorrow vs undefeated Australia."
Michele also sent a different link than we had previously posted to follow complete results! Thanks Michele!
Day One: Michele reported that she experienced "16 second greens AND 20 mph winds! Women triples won our first game vs Samoa, men rinks won vs China, women pairs lost to Brunei, men singles had a bye. Hopefully tomorrow won't be as windy. Go Team USA!"
Dee McSparran, Carrie Fossati, Anne Nunes, Michele Arculli and Kottia Spangler
Photograph of Michele Arculli
(not at the Asia-Pacific Games) by Tee Adams.