China and Norway claim final two spots in Junior play-offs

  • Norway's skip Maia Ramsfjell delivers a stone © WCF / Richard Gray

In Thursday afternoon’s last women’s round-robin session, Sweden beat Canada by 8-6 for a ninth consecutive win that sees them complete their round-robin programme unbeaten. They now go into the World Junior Curling Championships 2018 semi-finals in the top spot with last stone advantage.

Sweden will face Norway in the semi-final, as a steal of one point in the last end of their game against Switzerland gave the Norwegians a 7-6 win and fourth place overall.

Despite their loss to Sweden, Canada finish second on the rankings and will now face third-ranked China in the semi-finals. China beat United States by 9-6, a result that dropped United States to fifth place overall and out of the play-offs.

In the other games of this session, Turkey recorded their only win of the event, beating Korea by 5-3, while Russia beat Scotland by 7-6.

After their ninth-session losses, Korea finish with a final ranking of sixth overall and Switzerland finish seventh. Along with all those above them in the final rankings, both of these nations now qualify direct for the World Junior Curling Championships 2019 in Liverpool, Nova Scotia, Canada, while Russia (eighth), Scotland (ninth) and Turkey (tenth) now drop down to the World Junior-B Championships in Lohja, Finland next January.

Next live women’s game on World Curling TV: Canada v China on Friday 9 March at 14:00 (Greenwich Mean Time)

They said it

Isabella Wranaa; skip, Sweden (after 8-6 win over Canada): “It’s fun to play such a good game against Canada. It was a really tight game, so it was fun to come out on top. When we stole a single point in the eighth end that gave us the advantage of even-end hammer. Jennie our third was at the Olympics as an alternate, so she has brought a lot of her experience here. It was great fun to see them win gold and we want to do that too.”

Marcel Rocque; coach, China (after 9-6 win over United States): “They are young players and we put this team together in July. We came here with a specific goal and we’ve achieved more than what we planned for, so it’s all a bonus for them. They’re young, they’re excited and happy and I’m proud of them.”

Sadik Topaloglu; coach, Turkey (after 5-3 win over Korea): ”In Turkey it is very hard to get somewhere to practice, so this is our only chance to compete. This has been a beautiful tournament and while it is only one win, the girls are taking lots of positives from this experience.”

Women session nine results: Korea 3-5 Turkey; Sweden 8-6 Canada; Scotland 6-7 Russia; Norway 7-6 Switzerland; China 9-6 United States

Final standings after women’s session nine (win-loss):

Q Sweden 9-0
Q Canada 7-2
Q China 5-4
Q Norway 5-4
United States 4-5
Korea 4-5
Switzerland 4-5
>B Russia 3-6
>B Scotland 3-6
>B Turkey 0-9

Q – qualified for play-offs
>B – relegated to Junior-B event

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