March 22, 2012
Wins for Sweden and Korea in Thursday’s sixteenth session of round-robin play confirmed that both will be involved in weekend Play-off action at the Ford World Women’s Curling Championship in Lethbridge, Canada.
Sweden were facing a Danish team that still had their own ambition of reaching a tie-breaker, but, by taking two points in each of the first two ends, Sweden made short work of the Danish challenge. A further two for Sweden in the fourth and a single steal in the fifth for a 7-1 lead convinced the Danes to give up their challenge after they scored a consolation single point in the sixth to make the final score 7-2 in favour of Sweden.
Afterwards, elated Swedish skip and lead player Margaretha Sigfridsson, said, “we had a great feeling in this game and we played really well, and Denmark did not come up to their normal level” and about reaching the play-offs, she said, “it feels really good and now we should just re-load for the play-offs. We need to keep focussing and playing our best. The girls look just great on the ice. There will be no major changes, we’ll just keep on playing our best and hopefully keep on winning”.
Korea’s 7-3 win over Russia was history-making as this marked the first time that any Korean team has reached a world-level play-off series. Russia had no real answer to a mid-game onslaught but Korea. After the game, Korean skip Ji-Sun Kim beamed. “It’s the first time South Korea have reached the play-offs, it’s very exciting - unbelievable. We’re very nervous. I wanted to win so much so mentally I was better prepared and now I’m very happy. “It is very difficult to go to the play-offs so Korea will see we are a team and that we are very good”.
In the other games taking place in the session among Teams not involved in the play-off scrum, Germany beat the Czech Republic by 6-5 while Scotland took an extra end to beat Italy by 9-8.
The play-off scenario is yet to crystallise, but, having completed their round-robin programmes both Sweden and Korea are guaranteed places, and for Sweden that means a place in the Page 1 v 2 Play-off.
Depending on the evening session results, Korea could finish first, third or fourth overall.
The evening games that matter will see Canada facing Scotland, and Switzerland against Russia. If both Canada and Switzerland win, the final four will be determined. If either or both lose, and fifth-placed USA beat Denmark, there will be a tie-breaker involving either Canada or Switzerland and USA.
Session 16: Germany 6, Czech Republic 5; Denmark 2, Sweden 7; Russia 3, Korea 7; Scotland 9, Italy 8 (extra end).
Standings after 16 Draws/Sessions:
Czech Republic 2-9