Sunday 13 March 2016
17-year-old Mary Fay from Nova Scotia led Canada to the 2016 World Junior Championships title with a 7-4 win over USA in Sunday morning's final.
USA took the early lead, scoring one point in the second end after blanking the first end, but it was Fay's team - third Kristin Clarke, second player Karlee Burgess and lead Janique LeBlanc that made the first break-through when Fay drew her final stone of the third end into the house to score two points and take a 2-1 lead.
USA could only score one point in the fourth end and Canada then blanked the fifth end to put the teams into the break tied at 2-2. Another draw for two points by Canada's Fay in the sixth end gave her a 4-2 lead, but USA scored two points of their own in the seventh end to bring the score level again, this time at 4-4.
Another draw for two points reinstated Canada's lead in the eighth end, at 6-4, and when USA skip Cory Christensen wrecked with her last attempt in the ninth end, Canada stole one point to take a decisive 7-4 lead.
And this lead turned into victory when Canada ran USA out of stones in the tenth end.
After the game, Canada's new world champion Mary Fay said, "It feels amazing to have won this with my best friends, it's surreal and hasn't sunk in yet, and I'm so proud of my team for all their hard work. Last year we lost the gold medal game at the Canada Winter Games and we learnt so much from that - we've been able to take that experience forward and we've also learned the importance of just enjoying the game. So we wanted to have fun."
Meanwhile losing skip Cory Christensen said, "We just didn't come out shooting as well as we should have. We had a few key misses and Canada capitalised and they played awesome."
At the same time as the gold medal final was going on, Korea and Hungary faced each other for bronze medals and Korea emerged as 8-4 winners to take bronze medals.