Victory for Scotland moves them out in-front as Japan, Sweden and Korea also record wins

  • Margaretha Sigfridsson and Maria Prytz of Sweden Photo: WCF / Michael Burns

With a 7-1 win over Russia in Wednesday (23 March) morning's round-robin session, Scotland moved to the top-of-the-table, as both Canada and Switzerland sat out the session.

The Scots opened strongly as their skip Eve Muirhead drew for one point in the first end to open the scoring. The Scots dominated from there on and when Russia's skip Anna Sidorova was finally able to get on the score board by drawing for one point in the seventh end, Russia immediately conceded, with the Scots winning by 7-1.

Japan faced Germany and in the second end Japan's skip Satsuki Fujisawa promoted two stones into the house to open the scoring in the game with four points. Japan went on to win by 8-1.

Sweden's Olympic Silver medallists have, by their own admission, struggled this week, but a strong first-half performance which saw them score two points in the first end, steal two more in the second, and score four in the fourth end to lead by 8-1 on their way to an eventual 11-5 victory.

Korea were 2-5 down at the halfway mark in their game against Finland but they fought back in the second half. They scored three points in the eighth end and stole three more in the ninth before running Finland out of stones in the tenth for a 9-6 win.


They Said It

Eve Muirhead; Scotland skip (after 7-1 win over Russia): "We played great. We got off to a good start. We played a good first end but she managed to cut us to just one and then in the second end we just piled the pressure on and she came up short with a draw to give us three. From then on, we had control of the game."

Margaretha Sigfridsson; Sweden skip (after11-5 win over Italy): "It was very nice to win this game. We had a good game yesterday against Japan but they made every shot. But, we felt confident after that game and now we just need to play as good for the rest of the games. You need to work really hard to re-load and come out of the bad feelings, but we've tried to do a complete re-start and think of it as a new competition."

Dong Ho Shin; Korea coach (after 9-6 win over Korea): "We have been having a pretty hard time during the round-robin. Our team is not going to be in the play-offs, but we're not going to give up."


RESULTS, Session 12

Russia 1-7 Scotland; Japan 8-1 Germany; Italy 5-11 Sweden; Finland 6-9 Korea


STANDINGS after Session 12 (W-L)

Scotland 7-1
Canada 6-1
Switzerland 6-1
Japan 6-2
Russia 5-3
Denmark 3-4
USA 3-4
Germany 3-5
Korea 3-5
Sweden 2-6
Finland 1-7
Italy 1-7


WCTV highlights: Next broadcast Korea v Canaada on Wednesday 23 March at 14.00 (Mountain Daylight Time), www.youtube.com/worldcurlingtv

 WWCC 2016 session 12 standings results
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