Sweden junior women open title defence with win

  • Sweden women open defence with win © WCF / Emile Gareev

Sweden's women opened their world junior championship title defence with a 7-4 win over Korea as the World Junior Curling Championships 2018 got underway at Curl Aberdeen, Scotland on Saturday (3 March) morning.

The Swedes took a 3-2 lead into the fifth-end break, and a score of three points in the sixth end, for a 6-2 lead, proved decisive for them. Eventually, they ran their Korean opponents out of stones in the tenth end for their win.

Like the majority of players and other participants, the Swedes' travel plans were disrupted because of exceptional snow conditions in Scotland and around Europe, however, all was in place for this opening session of play and the official opening ceremony where Scottish Olympic silver medallist and former world junior champion, Tom Brewster, threw the ceremonial first stone to open the championships for play.

Other opening session winners included United States, who responded from being 2-4 down at the fifth-end break by stealing points in the last three ends of their game against Switzerland, to emerge as 7-6 winners. This was the only time in the game in which United States had the lead.

Canada beat China by 8-5, scoring two points in each of the second, sixth and tenth ends, while Russia beat Turkey by 9-2 in just eight ends, scoring three points in the eighth end to seal their win.

Hosts Scotland lost by 6-7 to Norway. The turning point in this game came in the eighth end when Scotland gave up a steal of two points when a take-out attempt by their skip Rebecca Morrison went wrong. Then in the last end, Norway's skip Maia Ramsfjell hit out a Scottish counter with the last stone of the game, to score the two points that gave her team the 7-6 win.

They said it

Kaitlyn Jones; skip Canada (after 8-5 win over China): "It was a little bit shaky because we hadn't practised or played a game in a while, but by the end we got the ice under control and knew where to give the broom and stuff. Yeah, having that first win and starting off real strong, I'm very happy with that. We definitely want to make that top four and hopefully move forward from there."

Isabella Wranaa; skip, Sweden (after 7-4 win over Korea): "The game was good. It's new ice and we haven't had the possibility to practise, but the ice was good. We want to try different types of shots to see how the sheet behaved. We hope to defend our title, it's been a difficult start but we're OK now."
Women session one results: United States 7-6 Switzerland; Scotland 6-7 Norway; China 5-8 Canada; Korea 4-7 Sweden; Russia 9-2 Turkey.

Standings after women's session one (win-loss):

Canada 1-0
Norway 1-0
Russia 1-0
Sweden 1-0
United States 1-0
China 0-1
Korea 0-1
Scotland 0-1
Switzerland 0-1
Turkey 0-1

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