Junior Women Session 1 Roundup

Team Canada begin their World Championship defence with a win Photo © WCF / Richard Gray

Canada's defending champion Kelsey Rocque brought a new team to this year's World Junior Curling Championships in Tallinn, Estonia but nevertheless opened her round-robin campaign with an 8-1 win over the Czech Republic.

After blanking the first two ends, Canada scored one point in the third to take a lead they never lost. They moved onto 2-0 with a single-point steal in the fifth end and completed their win with a score of three points in the ninth end, for a score of 8-1.

After her opening win, Rocque spoke about playing with a new team, "Every curler’s goal is to be here. We’re probably only going to be able to play this year together, so we just tried to make a good run at it and everything ended up in our favour."

Korea, last year's silver medallists, emerged from a tight game against debutants England with a 9-3 win, with skip Eun Bu Kim scoring four points in the ninth end.

Hosts Estonia were also playing at this level for the first time and they lost to Scotland by 2-8. The key end in this game was the fourth, when Scotland scored three points. The Scots then had single steals in both sixth and seventh ends on their way to victory.

After this game, Scottish skip Gina Aitken said, "It all feels really good. We had a really good time last year and couldn’t wait to get the chance to represent Scotland again."

Sweden beat Switzerland by 11-3, finishing off the scoring with five points in the seventh end, after which Switzerland conceded.

Sweden's skip Isabella Wranaa said, "Last year we were a bit more nervous, this year we have the experience of being here once before and that makes us less nervous"

RESULTS

Session 1: Switzerland 3, Sweden 11; Canada 8, Czech Republic 1; USA 7, Russia 8 (extra end); Scotland 8, Estonia 2; Korea 9, England 3.

Standings after 1 session of play (W-L):

1. Canada (1-0)
1. Korea (1-0)
1. Russia (1-0)
1. Scotland (1-0)
1. Sweden (1-0)
6. Czech Republic (0-1)
6. England (0-1)
6. Estonia (0-1)
6. Switzerland (0-1)
6. USA (0-1)

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