Strong start for World Junior-B medallists Turkey in Gangneung, Korea

  • Turkey in action during their game against USA Photo: © WCF / Tom Rowland

In Thursday (16 February) morning’s opening session of women’s play at the VoIP Defender World Junior Curling Championships 2017, being staged in the Gangneung Curling Centre in Gangneung, Republic of Korea, the winners were Canada, Scotland, Sweden and Turkey.

Canada are the defending champion nation and Kristen Streifel led this year’s team to a comfortable six-end 8-1 win over Hungary. After blanking the first end, Canada then scored four points in the second end and then went on to steal in the next three ends. Hungary’s skip Bernadett Biro drew her final stone of the sixth end into the house to score her only point of the game, and then conceded.

The game between hosts Korea and Scotland was much closer, with the lead changing hands three times before Scotland won with a single-point steal in the tenth end for a 7-6 win, when Korea skip Min Ji Kim came up short with her final draw.

Sweden played Japan in this session, and the Swedes blanked the first end before opening their account with a score of three points in the second. Japan got onto the scoreboard with a single point in the third end but, the next three ends all went to Sweden. They scored two in the fourth and then stole three points in the fifth for a half time 8-1 lead. The teams then swapped single points in the sixth and seventh ends. After this, Japan conceded with the score at 9-2 to Sweden.

The game between USA and Turkey was another tight affair. USA took the early lead with a single-point steal in the opening end, but Turkey then took one point from each of the next two ends to lead 2-1. After this, the teams tied in both the fourth end (at 2-2) and the sixth (at 4-4). Turkey then nudged into a 6-5 lead after the eighth end. In the ninth end, USA responded, scoring two points to take the lead again at 7-6, but in the tenth end, with her last stone, USA skip Annmarie Dubberstein rubbed on a stone in the top of the house to give Turkey skip Dilsat Yildiz a draw for two points and the 8-7 win.

This win, marks a strong start for Turkey, who won silver medals at the World Junior-B Curling Championships 2017 in Oestersund, Sweden in January, which qualified them to this event.

They said it

Kristen Streifel; skip, Canada (after 8-1 win over Hungary): “That was a good game to get under our belts early. We went out there pretty calm, like we do every other game, and just tried to get the hang of the ice and it worked well. The ice is really nice, we’re spoiled here – lots of curl and even on both sides. It’s been a great experience so far – we’re loving Korea! The people here are really nice and the facility is unreal, really cool.”

Sophie Jackson; skip, Scotland (after 7-6 win over Korea): “That was a real backwards and forwards game. There were a couple of misses here and there – just absolute inches – from both teams, so it was really tough. We’re really pleased with that first win on the board. It gets us off to a good start, especially against last year’s silver medallists.”

Isabella Wranaa; skip, Sweden (after 9-2 win over Japan): “It felt great, we played really good. We made the shots we were looking for and had a good flow and fun on the ice, so it was nice. I think we made a lot of shots and they didn’t. We didn’t go super defensive or anything, we played our normal game and took it home.”

Dilsat Yildiz; skip, Turkey (after 8-7 win over USA): “We started good, the game was really hard for me, but we won. Thank you!”

Results women's session one: Canada 8-1 Hungary; Korea 6-7 Scotland; Sweden 9-2 Japan; USA 7-8 Turkey

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

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

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