Sweden women capture gold at VoIP Defender World Junior Curling Championships 2017

  • Sweden skip Isabella Wranaa celebrates her team's gold medal victory Photo: © WCF / Richard Gray

In Saturday (25 February) afternoon’s women’s medal finals, at the VoIP Defender World Junior Curling Championships 2017, Sweden captured gold medals, with a 10-7 victory over Scotland.

On the next sheet, in the Gangneung Curling Centre, Gangneung, Republic of Korea, Canada won bronze medals over hosts Korea, with a score of 6-3.

The gold medal game started with Sweden – skipped by Isabella Wranaa and made up of third Jennie Waahlin, second and vice-skip Almida De Val, lead Fanny Sjoeberg and alternate Maria Larsson – taking one point in the first end.

Scotland responded in the second end with a point of their own. Sweden then pulled ahead slightly with two points, before Scotland took three points in the fourth end to make the score 4-3.

Sweden took three points in the fifth end and stole two points in the sixth end, giving them an 8-4 lead.

Scotland took two points in the seventh end but Sweden scored two more points in the eighth in a decisive tight play to make the score 10-6. Scotland scored one point in the ninth end and despite playing a tenth end, were unable to make up the deficit and conceded the game at 7-10.

Silver medallists Scotland were skipped by Sophie Jackson and consisted of third and vice-skip Naomi Brown, second Mili Smith, lead Sophie Sinclair and alternate Laura Barr.

In the bronze medal game, Canada – lead by Kristen Streifel and with third and vice-skip Chantele Broderson, second Kate Goodhelpsen, lead Brenna Bilassy and alternate Karlee Burgess – played Korea.

The first two ends were scoreless and it was Canada who put the first points on the board in the third end with two points. This early lead was enough to give them the slight advantage going into the second half of the game, with a score of 3-1. The next four ends saw both teams trade one-point scores, but it was Canada who stole a final one point in the tenth end to win the game and the bronze medals, by 6-3.

They said it

Isabella Wranaa; skip, Sweden (after 10-7 gold medal game win over Scotland): “I can’t really believe it yet, but it will soon come to me I think. It feels super-duper good. I think when we stole two was a huge turning point and then when we went to the tight part to get another two in the eighth was another big event for the game. The fact that our fans flew over here just to see us play is fantastic. It’s great to have the support from your parents and the other parents and the boys so it’s perfect.”

Sophie Jackson; skip, Scotland (after winning silver medals): “I’m a bit gutted, but we’ve had a really good week. I’m speechless really, we’ve done way better than we expected, so we’re still happy. I’m so proud of my team, we’ve done so much this season, it’s been a really long season.”

Kirsten Streifel; skip, Canada (after 6-3 bronze medal game win over Korea): “A bronze medal, I’m pretty proud of that! This is my last year of juniors and I wanted to go out with a bang. Coming into today, we obviously wanted to go for gold, but the bronze feels pretty good right about now. The semi-final was very disappointing, but that’s curling, and that’s sport in general. So, we were pretty positive and excited to go out there and play hard for Canada and for everybody back home. I’m so proud of these girls. They made this season so much fun."

Results women’s final: [gold] Sweden 10-7 Scotland; [bronze] Canada 6-3 Korea

Women’s standings after finals:

G Sweden
S Scotland
B Canada
4 Korea
5 Switzerland
6 Russia
8 Japan
9 Hungary
10 Turkey

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WCTV highlights next live game: USA v Korea [men’s gold medal game] (Sunday 26 February at 14.00, +9 UTC)