Junior Women Session 2 Roundup

England pick up their first win at the World Junior Curling Championships 2015 Photo © WCF / Richard Gray

With a 5-4 win over Russia, England's women recorded their first-ever win at World Junior Championships level in Sunday afternoon's women's second round-robin session at the Tondiraba Ice Hall in Tallin, Estonia.

Russia blanked the first end, then England carved out a single-point steal in the second end, on the way to a 2-1 half-time lead. They moved onto 5-2 in the eighth end and with Russia not having enough stones in the house to win, England's skip Hetty Garnier threw away her last stone of the game rather than risk causing any damage to the situation, for her historic win.

Afterwards a delighted Garnier said "it feels amazing, incredible to be able to say we have won a game at the world championships. We’ve been at the Europeans for so long and we didn’t know what to expect really coming in so to say that we’ve beaten a good team like Russia is really, really good."

Meanwhile, Canada's defending world champion Kelsey Rocque led her new team to their second victory of the event, beating USA by 7-3.

The Canadians blanked the first end then scored two in the second end to take the early lead. USA fought back to tie the game at 3-3 after seven ends, after scoring two points in the eighth end, Canada scored a further two points in the ninth end when USA skip Cory Christensen wrecked her last stone on a front guard, after which the USA team then conceded.

After the game, Rocque said, "we can’t ask for much more. The girls are playing great and we’re really happy to be 2-0 right now - there’s a lot of games left to play.".

Sweden also kept their unbeaten record alive, with a comfortable 9-1 win over hosts Estonia in just six ends, scoring three points in the second end, four in the fifth, and stealing two more points in the sixth for the win.

This was a second clear win for the Swedes and afterwards, Johanna Heldin, their second player said, "it feels really good. We have a good feeling within the team so it feels great.”

Scotland's 6-4 win over the Czech Republic means they are the third undefeated team. They opened with a single point in the first end and then had a single-point steal in the second.

The Czech Republic fought back to level the game at 2-2 after the fifth end, but the Scots scored three points in the seventh end to give them a 5-2 lead. They finished off their win when skip Gina Aitken scored one point with a nose-hit in the tenth end.

Afterwards, Aitken said, "we're pretty happy with that. The ice was good it was nice and swingy. Now we've got to stay focussed, stay the same for every game and not get ahead of ourselves."

Switzerland beat Korea by 8-2 to record their first win. They went into the fifth end half-time break 4-2 up then had single-point steals in both the sixth and seventh ends, before stealing a further two points in the eighth end, when Korea conceded.

After her win, Lisa Gisler, Switzerland's skip and third player, said, "I feel great, it was a good game and the first win is always the nicest. We played a little bit better than yesterday and we had control over the ice - it went good!"

RESULTS

Session 2: Czech Republic 4, Scotland 6; Sweden 9, Estonia 1; Korea 2, Switzerland 8; England 5, Russia 4; Canada 7, USA 3.

Standings after 2 sessions of play (W-L):

1. Canada (2-0)
1. Scotland (2-0)
1. Sweden (2-0)
4. England (1-1)
4. Korea (1-1)
4. Russia (1-1)
4. Switzerland (1-1)
8. Czech Republic (0-2)
8. Estonia (0-2)
8. USA (0-2)

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