Scotland women move into pole position

  • Scotland in action against Turkey Photo: © WCF / Tom Rowland

After three sessions of women’s play, Scotland stand alone at the top-of-the-table, having won all three of their games so far at the VoIP World Junior Curling Championships 2017.

Behind them, Sweden are also unbeaten, but, after sitting out this session, have played only twice so far.

The Scots faced Turkey in Friday (17 February) afternoon’s session, and got off to a strong start, scoring three points in the first end and then stealing another three points in the second end. Turkey’s skip Dilsat Yildiz was short with her final draw of the third end to hand Scotland another single steal for a 7-0 lead. However, Turkey scored in the next two ends and a further two Turkey points in the eighth end reduced the Scots’ lead to just 8-5. But, eventually, Scotland won by 10-5 for their table-topping position.

Switzerland and Canada were both undefeated when they faced each other and the game was close all the way and they remained tied – at 5-5 – after eight ends. Eventually, Canada sealed their 7-5 win with a single steal in the tenth end.

This was a second appearance so far for USA and they recorded their first win with a 9-6 victory over Hungary. In this game, the Americans opened with a score of three in the first end, and never looked back. Further scores of twos in the fifth and seventh ends helped them on their way. This was Hungary’s third defeat, which leaves the at the bottom of the table, still looking for their first win.

In the fourth game of this session, Japan faced Russia, with both teams looking for their first win. Japan took the early advantage with a score of two in the first end and after this, the teams swapped singles for the next four ends to go into the fifth-end break with Japan leading by 4-2. After this, Russia blanked the sixth end and levelled the game at 4-4 with a score of two in the seventh end. The teams were level again – at 5-5 – as they went into the tenth end, and, with last stone advantage, Japan scored the one point needed to give them a 6-5 win.

They said it

Jenna Burchesky; second, USA (after 9-6 win over Hungary): “That game was really fun. We had control for most of it. We kind of lost control in a few ends but we were able to just keep playing our game and pick it back up a little bit and come up with the win – but they fought hard. It’s amazing here, it’s unbelievable. This venue surprised me when I came in, I love playing on this ice.”

Sophie Jackson; skip, Scotland (after 10-5 win over Turkey): “This (top-of-the-table) is a good place to be after two days, so we’re really happy with that. We came in pretty strong today, but it’s quite tricky to hold on to early leads like that sometimes, so I’m really pleased with how we did that. We had a few slack shots here and there but we still felt pretty calm and collected.”

Misaki Tanaka; skip, Japan (after 6-5 win over Russia): “Up until the ninth end, the feeling was not bad, so I am happy. In the ninth end I imagined that we would need an extra end.”

Results women's session three: Turkey 5-10 Scotland; Russia 5-6 Japan; Hungary 6-9 USA; Switzerland 5-7 Canada

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

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

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