Scotland secures first women’s play-off position

  • Naomi Brown and Mili Smith sweep for Scotland Photo: © WCF / Tom Rowland

Wednesday’s (22 February) morning session, on day seven, of the VoIP Defender World Junior Curling Championships 2017 saw Scotland win 8-5 over Canada, qualifying them, as the first women’s team, for Friday’s (24 February) play-offs.

This loss by Canada puts them in fourth place with one game left.

Switzerland won 7-3 over Hungary, raising them to third place. Russia also won their game, 8-1 to keep their play-off hopes alive.

The Scotland-Canada game was close, with the score at 4-4 going into the half-way break. The Scots then stole one point in the seventh end, while Canada took one point in the eighth to make the score 7-5. One more point in the ninth end gave Scotland a three-point advantage going into the tenth end and Canada conceded with five stones left to play, giving Scotland an 8-5 win.

Switzerland opened their game against Hungary with one point in the first end and two points in the second end. Hungary took two points in the third end, but were unable to score for the next four ends. Switzerland scored two points in the sixth end and stole two more in seventh for a 7-2 lead heading into the final end. Hungary added a point in the eighth end but could not balance the deficit, and lost by 3-7.

Russia played Turkey and put points on the board from the second to the sixth end. Turkey scored their lone point in a draw from skip Dilsat Yildiz in the seventh end. Russia then took one in the eighth, one in the ninth and the game ended after nine ends with an 8-1 Russian victory.

Russia still has a chance for a play-off position, with two games left.

Other teams in play-off contention are second-placed Sweden, Korea and USA, who all sat out this session.

They said it

Maria Baksheeva; skip, Russia (after 8-1 win over Turkey): “We are still happy and still hoping – we feel excited! We tried to play our game, maybe sometimes to force them and waiting on mistakes. Now we really need to win all of the games left. Then we have a small chance for play-offs – we have no choice, we need to win.”

Selina Witschonke; skip, Switzerland (after 7-3 win over Hungary): “I think we had to plan to play like two days ago, because we played really well then. We said, concentrate, and I think that was what won the game. At one stage we were at two wins and two losses and we got a bit nervous. Now, it looks really good and I am happy.”

Sophie Jackson; skip, Scotland (after 8-5 win over Canada): “That was a really good game, a really exciting game to be part of, and I’m really chuffed to win that. I think we did a really good job. We talked about it beforehand and we just wanted to go out strong and that’s what we did.”

Results women's session ten: Russia 8-1 Turkey; Hungary 3-7 Switzerland; Scotland 8-5 Canada

Standings after women’s session ten (W-L):

Q Scotland 7-1
Sweden 6-1
Switzerland 5-2
Canada 5-3
Korea 4-3
Russia 3-4
USA 3-4
Japan 2-5
Hungary 1-7
Turkey 1-7

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