Canada secure fourth and final play-off place

  • Team Chelsea Carey of Canada celebrate reaching the play-offs Photo: WCF / Michael Burns

Scotland faced Canada in Thursday (24 March) evening's last session of round-robin play at the Ford Word Women's Curling Championship 2016 in Swift Current, Canada in a winner-takes-all game. The team that emerged victorious would take up the last of the four available slots in the play-offs, while for the loser it would be the end of the line.

In the second end, Scotland's skip Eve Muirhead produced a multiple tap-up to score one point and level the score at 1-1. The teams stayed close to each other on the scoreboard until the sixth end, when Canada's skip Chelsea Carey had a straightforward draw into the house to score three points and take a 5-2 lead.

In the seventh end, Scotland's Muirhead was facing three Canadian counters when she played her last hit. Her stone stayed in play to give Scotland one more point and reduce Canada's lead to 5-3.

The Scots then stole one in the eighth end when a Canadian double attempt went wrong. Canada went on to score four points in the ninth end at which point Scotland conceded with the score at 9-4. This meant that Canada moved onto the play-offs while Scotland finished fifth overall.

Switzerland faced Korea knowing that a win would mean they finished top of the rankings. The Swiss took a 3-2 lead into the half-time break and assured themselves of a win when they scored three in the ninth end. Korea fought back with one point in the tenth end, but it was too little-too-late, and Switzerland won by 7-5.

These results now mean that Switzerland will face Japan in the Page 1-2 play-off game, while Russia will face Canada in the Page 3-4 play-off. The Page 1-2 game will be played tomorrow (Friday 25 March) at 19.00 (Mountain Daylight Time), while the Page 3-4 game will take place at 10.00 (MDT) on Saturday (26 March).

In other games in this session, Denmark beat Germany by 8-4 and USA won 5-4 against Sweden after an extra end.

They Said It

Chelsea Carey; Canada skip (after 9-4 win over Scotland): “You control the things you can control and we were lucky enough to make enough rocks to score. Our number one goal is accomplished now, but I wouldn't say the pressure was off. We were in a precarious position though, and we'll see if we can string together a couple of more wins.”

Irene Schori; third Switzerland (after 7-5 win over Korea): "I am so excited; it is perfect [to finish top of the table]. We played very well. The ice was tricky this time, but the fifth end break was good because of the support from our alternate and coach."

RESULTS, Session 17

Germany 4-8 Denmark; Scotland 4-9 Canada; Korea 5-7 Switzerland; Sweden 4-5 USA

STANDINGS after Session 17 (W-L)

Switzerland 9-2: qualified Page 1v2
Japan 9-2: qualified Page 1v2
Russia 8-3: qualified Page 3v4
Canada 8-3: qualified Page 3v4
Scotland 7-4
USA 6-5
Korea 5-6
Denmark 5-6
Sweden 4-7
Germany 3-8
Finland 1-10
Italy 1-10

WCTV highlights: Next broadcast, Switzerland v Japan on Friday 25 March at 19.00 (Mountain Daylight Time),

 WWCC 2016 session 17 results standings
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