Gangneung, Republic of Korea
Saturday 18 February 2017
Scotland women, won a top-of-the-table clash in Saturday’s (18 February) fifth session of round-robin play at the VoIP Defender World Junior Curling Championships 2017 that keeps their unbeaten run in check.
The Scots beat Sweden, 6-5. Victories for USA, Korea and Canada sees these three teams and Sweden tied in second place with three wins and one loss each, after day three in the Gangneung Curling Centre, Republic of Korea.
USA won against Japan in just seven ends this evening, 9-3. Hosts Korea came back from a 3-5 deficit after six ends to beat Hungary – who are yet to win a game – 8-5, thanks to a steal of four points in eighth end. Canada won their game 8-6 against Turkey.
Turkey, who were promoted to this championship from the World Junior-B Curling Championships 2017, fought hard throughout the match and were tied with the Canadians, 6-6, after nine ends. However, Canada skip Kristen Streifel kept a cool head in the final end to score the points needed to secure the win, 8-6.
After blanking the first end, Scotland opened the scoring in their game with a single point in the second end. The teams then exchanged singles in the next two ends, before Sweden’s skip Isabella Wranaa notched two points in the fifth end, followed by a single point steal in the sixth. This gave Sweden a 4-2 lead.
Scotland remained behind until the final end, which they went into without the hammer. However, skip Sophie Jackson made things difficult for her opposite number, Wranaa by guarding two counting stones in a busy house. With her final stone Wranaa missed a tight take-out, which handed Scotland two points and a 6-5 win.
They said it
Kirsten Streifel; skip, Canada (after 8-6 win over Turkey): “I’m doing pretty good after that win. I think we’re flourishing with momentum now and hopefully we can keep it that way. There definitely is no easy game here, you can’t write anybody off. They [Turkey] made a lot of good shots and we had to make sure we were staying on top of our game, that’s for sure.”
Sophie Jackson; skip, Scotland (after 6-5 win over Sweden): “That was pretty good! It was really up and down in that game – it went our way, then it went their way. Myself and Isabella missed a couple of shots early on and that put the game up and down. It was a good game to be in.”
Results women's session five: USA 9-3 Japan; Korea 8-5 Hungary; Canada 8-6 Turkey; Sweden 5-6 Scotland
Standings after women’s session five (W-L):
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