Junior Women Session 5 Roundup

Canada remain the only unbeaten team in the women's competition Photo © WCF / Richard Gray

The Canadian women now stand alone at the top of the rankings following their fifth session 6-2 win over England while, at the same time, Scotland lost to Russia by 5-7 at the Tondiraba Ice Hall in Tallinn, Estonia.

After two blank ends, England opened the scoring in their game against Canada with a single point in the third end but after that it was almost all Canada.

They scored two points in the fourth end to take the lead, followed that up with a steal of one point in the fifth end, a further steal - this time for two points - in the sixth end, then another single point steal in the seventh end for a 6-1 lead. England scored one point in the eighth end then conceded, with the score at 6-2.

Following what was her fifth successive win, Canada skip Kelsey Rocque said: “Every team we’ve played against has given us a run, so I can’t honestly say who’s been the toughest. You have to bring your ‘A game’ every single time.”

In their game against Russia, the Scots found themselves in trouble in the sixth end. Skip Gina Aitken was facing three Russian counters when she came to play her last stone and, in trying to limit damage, ignored the shot stone and tried to double take-out the other two Russian stones. This did not come off, leaving Russia's fourth player Uliana Vasilyeva with a straightforward hit and stay for three points and a 5-2 lead on the way to a 7-5 win.

After the game, Russia's second player Ekaterina Kuzmina said: "I feel good now, maybe because it is our second win after three defeats. I think it’s good."

The Scots now drop into shared second place on four wins and one loss alongside Switzerland, who had a 6-4 win over Estonia.

The Swiss looked in good shape early on when they opened the scoring with four points in the second end. But the hosts fought hard and levelled the game at 4-4 with a steal of three points in the sixth end. Another two points for Switzerland in the eighth end were enough to see them home.

Afterwards, Switzerland's skip Lisa Gisler said: "It was great, a close game and in the end we won, so that's a good feeling. It was a nice start but ten ends are long so we had to wait for our chance. We're pleased that the play-offs are still possible, but we had to work hard and we need to go on like this."

Thanks to their 7-4 win over Korea, Sweden now lie in fourth place on the table.

Both teams opened with scores of two points and the lead in this game went on to change four times before Korea's skip Eun Bi Kim missed with her take-out attempt in the ninth end, handing Sweden a score of one point from the end and a 7-4 lead.

Korea eventually ran out of stones in the tenth end to give Sweden the win that keeps their play-off hopes alive.

After the game, Sweden's third player Jenny Waahlin said: “We went into this game to win it by just playing our usual game. We pulled ourselves together and really wanted to win, which I think made us go all the way."

USA faced the Czech Republic in this session and were handed the early advantage in the game when, after blanking the first end, Czech skip Alzbeta Baudysova came up light with her final draw of the second end to allow USA to steal four points. Although they scored two points in the next end, the Czechs never fully recovered from this blow and USA eventually won by 9-3.

This win puts USA on two wins alongside England, Korea and Russia and their skip Cory Christensen said: “It was a good rebound from yesterday for me personally because I didn’t have my best game last night. It felt really good. We need to continue to play like that and keep the momentum going into our next couple of games."

RESULTS

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

Standings after 5 sessions of play (W-L):

1. Canada (5-0)
2. Scotland (4-1)
2. Switzerland (4-1)
4. Sweden (3-2)
5. England (2-3)
5. Korea (2-3)
5. Russia (2-3)
5. USA (2-3)
9. Estonia (1-4)
10. Czech Republic (0-5)

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