Scotland women and Korea men win semis to advance to gold medal finals

  • Scotland's Sophie Sinclair Photo: © WCF / Tom Rowland

Saturday (25 February) morning’s semi-final session saw one-sided games from the Scottish women in their 13-2 victory over Canada, as well as the Korean men in their 11-4 win over Scotland.

Taking advantage of the Page play-offs system’s second chance to reach the final, both winning teams will advance to their gold medal finals. The women’s game starts at 15.00 on Saturday and the men’s game begins at 14.00 on Sunday afternoon (26 February). All times are +9 Universal Coordinated Time>.

In the women’s semi-final, Canada played Scotland. The Scots led from the first end, taking three points. Canada scored a single point in the second end but it was Scotland who took two points in the third, stole four points in the fourth, three points in the fifth and an additional point in the sixth to make the score 13-1. Scotland had the clear lead, but Canada had one last effort in the seventh end, scoring a point. The eighth end went unscored and Scotland won, 13-2.

Canada will now play for the bronze medal in Saturday afternoon’s game against Korea, starting at 15.00.

The Korean men [pictured below, © Richard Gray] led the game against Scotland from the first end, scoring three points with a draw by skip Ki Jeong Lee. Scotland responded with two points in the second end, but it was Korea who took two points in the third and stole one in the fourth to make the score 6-2. A deciding factor in the game was when Korea took three more points in the sixth end to make the score 9-3. Scotland scored one more point in the seventh end to reduce Korea’s lead to 9-4. The hosts then took two final points in the eighth end to finish the game, 11-4.

The Scottish men will play Norway for the third time to decide the bronze medal winner. This game will be played on Sunday afternoon at 14.00.

They said it

Sophie Jackson; skip, (Scotland after 13-2 win over Canada): “I think the fire was sparked in us. We were so ready for that game and we wanted to make the final so bad after last night’s loss. We were just really ready and really pumped for that. This takes the pressure off a wee bit, but we still want that gold so bad. We have a second shot at it after last night, so we’re ready to go for it. We can’t control what the opposition is doing but it’s definitely in our own hands.”

Ki Jeong Lee; skip, Korea (after 11-4 win over Scotland): “We are so excited! We don’t have to take any pressure about a medal anymore so we are so happy. Obviously, we want to enjoy tomorrow as much as we can. Last night we couldn’t quite enjoy it because of the pressure on the medal.”

Results semi-finals: Scotland 4-11 Korea (men); Canada 2-13 Scotland (women)

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