Scotland record first win at LGT World Women’s

  • Scotland’s Lauren Gray © WCF / Richard Gray

Scotland secured their first win in Sunday evening’s fifth session of round-robin play at the LGT World Women’s Curling Championship 2019 in the Silkeborg Sportscenter when they defeated Finland, 9-3.

Both Scotland and Finland went into their game searching for their first win and in a tight game, the sides went into the fifth end break tied at 2-2. Scotland took the lead in the sixth end when Scottish skip, Lauren Gray – who replaced the injured Sophie Jackson earlier in the day – was left with an open draw for two points.

In the eighth end, Gray played a precise tap back on the sole Finnish stone in the house, to score three points and extend their lead to 7-3 on their way to a 9-3 win.

Gray said afterwards, “We’re feeling good. It’s always nice to get that first win on the board and just kind of settle into the championship and get some of your confidence as well. We’ve had a couple of tough games and having an injury on the team as well and being out of the normal order, that’s going to unsettle the team a bit. But we had a really strong team performance tonight and we’re feeling good about it.”

She continued, discussing the injury to original skip, Jackson, “It’s obviously a really long championship and Sophie needs to look after her health first and foremost. As soon as its safe for her to come back and she doesn’t do any further damage to her knee then she’ll be back.”

Canada defeated Latvia in a close encounter where the sides were level at 3-3 after four ends. Then in the sixth end, Latvia skip, Iveta Stasa-Sarsune played a draw to the eight-foot with her last stone to score two points and take a 5-4 lead.

Canada took an 8-6 lead into the tenth end and Stasa-Sarsune was left with a nose hit to score two points to take it to an extra-end. However, she was slightly off target, rolling out of the house and only able to score one point, giving Canada the 8-7 win.

Afterwards a relieved Canadian skip, Chelsea Carey said, “We struggled to figure out the ice again tonight and there was a lot of guess-work, but she played incredible. We had them in trouble a bunch of times and they’d make a huge shot and bail themselves out. So, we just had to stay patient and hope that things turned around, and we managed to grind it out and pull it off.”

Sweden defeated hosts Denmark, 9-3 in the fourth game of the session. Sweden took an early lead in the first end when their skip, Anna Hasselborg played a draw to the button with her last stone to score two points. In the sixth end, Hasselborg played a difficult raise take-out to score three points for the 7-3 lead on their way to their win.

In the session’s final game, Korea kept maintained their undefeated run to sit in joint first place in the table when they beat United States 9-5.

United States took a 3-2 lead into the fifth end break before the teams traded two-point scores over the next three ends giving Korea a 6-5 lead after eight ends.

Then in the tenth end, a take-out by Korea skip Minji Kim with her last stone to sit two shot stones, left United States skip, Jamie Sinclair, an extremely difficult cross-house double take-out in order to level the game. Sinclair was narrow with her attempt, giving up a steal of two points and giving Korea their third win of the week.

Results

Session five: Finland 3-9 Scotland; Korea 9-5 United States; Latvia 7-8 Canada; Denmark 3-7 Sweden.

Standings (W-L)

China 3-0
Korea 3-0
Sweden 3-1
Canada 2-1
Germany 2-1
Japan 2-1
Russia 2-1
Scotland 1-2
Switzerland 1-2
United States 1-2
Denmark 0-3
Finland 0-3
Latvia 0-3

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