Wins for Norway and Scotland keep medal ambitions alive

  • Win for Norway keeps them in play-off contention Photo: © WCF / Tom Rowland

On the last morning (Thursday 23 February) of round-robin play at the VoIP Defender World Junior Curling Championships 2017, Norway completed their programme with an 8-6 win over Switzerland to keep their medal campaign alive.

At the same time, in the Gangneung Curling Centre, Gangneung, Republic of Korea, Sweden successfully kept their place in next year’s championship line-up by beating China, to secure a safe seventh place. They won 10-8.

Scotland’s, 7-4, win over Turkey kept their medal campaign alive as well.

In the game between Norway and Switzerland, the Swiss took an early lead, scoring three points in the second end after blanking the first. Norway then took two points in the third end and stole two more in the fourth end to take a 4-3 lead. Switzerland then evened the score 4-4. In the sixth to eighth ends, the teams traded one-point scores until the Norwegians stole two points in the ninth. Despite having last stone, Switzerland took only one point in the final end, giving Norway an 8-6 win.

Looking to avoid relegation to the World Junior-B Curling Championships, Sweden played China this morning. Sweden had a distinct advantage going into the half-time break, having scored one point in the first end, stealing one in the second and taking four points in the fifth end, for a 5-3 lead. China caught up to Sweden in the sixth and eighth ends, taking two and three points respectively. Going into the last end tied at 8-8, Sweden stole two points to take the game, 10-8.

Scotland opened their game against Turkey with one point in the first end. Turkey then scored their own point in the second, and Scotland responded with two in the third. Turkish skip, Ugurcan Karagoz, drew three points in the fifth to go into the half-time break, 4-3. The last half of the game saw Scotland take two points in the sixth, while Turkey deliberately blanked in the seventh and eighth ends. The Scots stole two more in the ninth, then ran Turkey out of stones in the tenth end to win the game, 7-4.

They said it

Magnus Ramsfjell; skip, Norway (after 8-6 win over Switzerland): “It felt so great to win especially after the stumbling start. We got scared that they might keep up the whole game and it would be impossible for us. We played better and better, and had some really great stone placements. We were still pretty sure it was going to go our way.”

Johan Nygren: skip, Sweden (after 10-8 win over China): ”That’s a big relief for us [securing a place at WJCC 2018]. We managed to do the stones that mattered – and they missed the last one, so it was a great result. I hope to compete for Sweden again next year and take with me every motivation and inspiration I’ve got from here and try to get an even better result next year.

Cameron Bryce; skip, Scotland (after 7-4 win over Turkey): “They played really well and the one thing we said at the start of the game was – we’d have to be patient. It was one of those games where we had to take our chances when they came. That’s what we did in the ninth end – we forced it a bit and got a nice steal of two.”

Results men’s session 11: Norway 8-6 Switzerland; China 8-10 Sweden; Turkey 4-7 Scotland

Standings after men’s session 11 (W-L):

Q Korea 7-1
Norway 6-3
Scotland 5-3
USA 5-3
Switzerland 4-4
Sweden 4-5
China 2-6
Italy 2-6
Turkey 0-8

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