Swift Current, Canada
Sunday 27 March 2016
Russia have won Bronze at the Ford World Women’s Curling Championship 2016, collecting these medals for a third consecutive year.
Russia - skip Anna Sidorova, third Margarita Fomina, second Alexandra Raeva, lead Nkeiruka Ezekh and alternate Alina Kovaleva - faced Canada in Sunday (27 March) morning's Bronze Medal Game at the Credit Union iplex, in Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Canada, and won a very close game 9-8.
Russia started strongly, scoring two points in the first end when their skip Anna Sidorova played a nose-hit, but Canada responded straightaway in the second end when their skip Chelsea Carey hit and stayed to score two points and level the score.
In the third end, Sidorova was attempting to score two or more, but nudged a Canadian stone with her last and, after a three-way umpire's measure, Russia had to settle for just one point and a 3-2 lead. In the fourth end, Canada's Carey missed on an attempted double take-out and after another umpires' measure, Russia stole one point. Russia had another single steal in the fifth end when Canada's Carey wrecked on a guard with her last stone.
In the sixth end, Sidorova's attempted clear-out with her last stone jammed at the back on the way out, leaving a Canadian stone in play and Carey followed this up with a draw-shot to score two and reduce Russia's lead to 5-4.
The Russians found themselves in an almost impossible position in the seventh end, leaving Sidorova to attempt to come in off a stone on the wing. This did not come off and Canada stole two points to take the lead for the first time in the game, at 6-5.
However, Russia regained the initiative in the eighth end when Sidorova drew her last stone of the end into a cluster of stones to score three points and take an 8-6 lead.
In the ninth end Canada's Carey brought her last stone just round two guards to tap out the Russian counter and score two points to tie the game at 8-8.
The tenth end went all the way down to Russia's last stone, and, with it, Sidorova hit-out the Canadian counting stone leaving one of her own in shot position to give her team the one point needed for the 9-8 win and her third successive Bronze medal.
Coverage on World Curling TV will continue today with Switzerland v Japan in the Gold Medal Game at 15.00 (times are Mountain Daylight Time). Due to broadcast partner rights, the stream may not be available in your country. See http://www.worldcurling.org/wwcc2016/tv-schedule-ford-world-womens-curling-championship-2016 for more information.
They Said It
Anna Sidorova; Russia skip (after 9-8 win over Canada): "My immediate reaction was to feel so tired. It's been a long week and when we finished all the energy drained. I feel really emotional about that win because it went down to the last stone. We wanted to fight and it might be Bronze, but for our team it feels like Gold."
Chelsea Carey; Canada skip (after 8-9 loss to Russia): "We've had an amazing experience, being Team Canada in Canada, I couldn't ask for more, other than to be standing on the podium. We said that we would fight today and battle to the end. We did what we said we wanted to do and it just wasn't our day."
RESULTS, Bronze Medal Game
Canada 8-9 Russia
STANDINGS after Bronze Medal Game (W-L)
Switzerland 10-2: qualified Gold final
Japan 10-3: qualified Gold final
Russia 10-4: Bronze