Korea, Sweden and USA women win games of contrast

  • Team USA in action Photo: © WCF / Richard Gray

Despite there being only three games on the ice, Saturday (18 February) morning’s fourth session of women’s round-robin games could not have been more contrasting.

Sweden recorded their third win, beating Russia by 10-1 in just six ends to join Scotland, both unbeaten, at the top of the rankings. By contrast, it took a single-point steal in an extra end for Korea to beat Japan by 7-6.

The third game of the session was another tight affair – despite scoring six in the eighth end to take a 12-7 lead, the Americans had to resist a Swiss fight back until eventually skip Annmarie Dubberstein had to play her last stone of the tenth end to win by 12-11.

In the game between Russia and Sweden, the Russian opened with a single-point steal, but it was virtually one-way traffic for Sweden after that. They scored two in the second end and then, after Russia blanked the third end, they had steals of three points in both the fourth and fifth ends for an 8-1 lead at the break. A further steal of two for Sweden in the sixth was enough to convince Russia to concede the game, at 10-1.

They move onto an unbeaten won three, lost none record along with Scotland, who sat out this session. These teams now meet in Saturday evening’s fifth session of play in a top-of-the-table clash.

The game between Japan and Korea was tight all the way. The teams were tied at 3-3 going into the fifth-end break and again, at 5-5 after the seventh, and again at 6-6 after ten ends, to force the first extra end of the women’s competition so far.

In the extra end, Japan’s skip Misaki Tanaka was heavy with her last stone and Korea’s single-point steal for 7-6 gave them their second win so far.

They said it

Annmarie Dubberstein; skip USA (after 12-11 win over Switzerland): [on the score of six in the eighth end]: “We drew one behind a corner guard and we kept piling them in – they were too heavy, they were too light with their draws and we just kept piling on top of our own. They then tried a freeze to stop us getting a big end but they kept it light and we got a six.”

Min Ji Kim; skip, Korea (after 7-6 extra end win over Japan): “[We] tried to reduce mistakes from the first end but it didn’t work properly. Especially in the fourth, fifth and sixth ends everyone was panicked. It was pretty tough but around the end of the game it was okay.”

Results women's session four: Sweden 10-1 Russia; Switzerland 11-12 USA; Japan 6-7 Korea

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

Scotland 3-0
Sweden 3-0
Canada 2-1
Korea 2-1
USA 2-1
Japan 1-2
Switzerland 1-2
Turkey 1-2
Hungary 0-3
Russia 0-3

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