Hosts, Canada open Ford World Women's with crowd pleasing win

  • Canada's third Kaitlyn Lawes and lead Dawn McEwen © WCF / Jeffrey Au

In Saturday (17 March) afternoon’s opening session of round-robin play at the Ford World Women’s Curling Championship 2018 being staged in the North Bay Memorial Gardens in Ontario, Canada eight of the 13 teams involved played their first games.

Jennifer Jones, former Olympic [2014] and world champion [2008] is skipping the host team Canada at this event and she opened the scoring in her game against Czech Republic with a split on one of her own stones lying at the front of the house, to score four points. Canada never looked back from this start and a steal of two points in the second end was followed by a further score of four points in the fourth end for a 10-3 lead, on the way to a home crowd-pleasing seven-end 11-5 win.

The Olympic silver medallists from Korea played Germany in this opening session, and in the fifth end of this game, their skip EunJung Kim played a draw-shot into the house to score four points and take a 6-2 lead. Korea also went on to win in seven ends, by 8-3.

Switzerland, skipped by twice-former world champion [2014 and 2016] Binia Feltscher, faced China. This game opened with four blank ends, but with the score at 1-0 to the Swiss at the break, China’s skip Yilun Jiang drew her last stone of the sixth end into the house to score three points and take a 3-1 lead. In the seventh end, Switzerland’s Feltscher hit out a Chinese stone to score two points and level the game at 3-3. But, in a tense tenth end, with the score tied at 5-5, China’s Jiang drew the final stone of the game into position to score the one point needed for her 6-5 win.

Russia played Scotland in this session and with the score at 3-2 for Russia after three ends, Scotland’s skip, Hannah Fleming – who is making her debut at this level – played a well-swept draw round some stones at the front of the house to slide into position to score one point and level the score at 3-3. In the eighth end, Russia’s skip Victoria Moiseeva, who is also playing in her first world championship, drew her second stone into the house to score one point and take a 6-4 lead, on the way to an eventual 8-4 win for the Russians.

They said it

Yilun Jiang; skip, China (after 6-5 win over Switzerland): “After this first game, the whole team is excited and we will play better [in future games]. This is my first time as skip, so I’m nervous, but excited. As we are a new, young team we will learn a lot form the big games and we will try to experience more.”

Victoria Moiseeva; skip, Russia (after 8-4 win over Scotland): “Of course, it’s really nice to start with a win, we really wanted to start and because all of these nerves inside we wanted to give it our all and now we feel much better. I’ve always wanted to play in Canada, because I’ve heard about that crowds and I wanted to try that!”

Session one results: Switzerland 5-6 China; Russia 8-4 Scotland; Czech Republic 5-11 Canada; Korea 8-3 Germany

Standings after session one

Canada 1-0
China 1-0
Korea 1-0
Russia 1-0
Denmark 0-0
Italy 0-0
Japan 0-0
Sweden 0-0
United States 0-0
Czech Republic 0-1
Germany 0-1
Scotland 0-1
Switzerland 0-1

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