Junior Women Session 6 Roundup

Canada sit on top of the table as the only unbeaten women's team Photo © WCF / Richard Gray 2015

In Wednesday morning's top of the table clash, Canada beat Scotland by 9-2 in the sixth session of women's round-robin play at the Tondiraba Ice Hall in Tallinn, Estonia. This win keeps Canadian skip Kelsey Rocque's defence of her title on course and keeps her team's unbeaten record.

The teams were level at 2-2 after four ends, but Rocque hit out a Scottish counter to score three points in the fifth end, and then stole a single point in the sixth end and three more points in the seventh end for her 9-2 victory when Scottish skip Gina Aitken came up short with her final draw shots in both ends.

After the game, Rocque said: “It looks like we’re on autopilot, but we’re just playing really strong as a team. That game was a little sketchy at times, but we’re just getting the breaks when we need them.”

With their 9-4 win over the Czech Republic, Switzerland moved into second place on the table. In the ninth end of this game, Switzerland's fourth player Briar Huerlimann elected to guard her own stone in the house, and when Czech Republic skip Alzbeta Baudysova came up short with her final draw, Switzerland stole one point and sealed their win.

Afterwards, Lisa Gisler, Switzerland's skip, said: “It was a good game and in the end we were the better team, so it’s a good win for us. The sixth end was not good for our team (three points to the Czech Republic) but we looked forward and concentrated on our goal."

Sweden had a 7-6 win over a battling England team and this, their fourth win, puts them into joint third position with Scotland. In the tenth end of this game, England's skip Hetty Garnier could only remove one of two Swedish stones with her own last stone, leaving Sweden's Isabella Wranaa with a draw for two points for victory.

Afterwards, Wranaa said: “The reason we came out the strongest team this morning is because we believed in our own game and stuck to our plan. Our goal now is to make it to Page 1-2 game and then keep on fighting from there."

Korea beat Russia by 7-6 in this session. In the tenth end of this game, Korean skip Eun Bi Kim hit out a Russian counter and while Russia's fourth player Uliana Vasilyeva drew her final stone into the house to score one point, it was not enough, leaving Korea as winners.

This result means that Korea are on three wins, still with a chance of making the play-offs, and they are joined on that ranking by the USA, who beat Estonia by 5-3 in this session. In the tenth end of this game, USA skip Cory Christensen played a hit and stay to lie two with her last stone, and when the draw-shot attempt by Estonia's skip Marie Turmann to try to score the one point needed to tie the game and force an extra end was too long, USA had a steal of one point from the end and a 5-3 win.

After the game USA's vice-skip and third player Sarah Anderson said: “We really wanted this win this morning. It was a good game against Estonia. We are looking forward to our next game tonight against England. We really want to keep this momentum going."


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

Standings after 6 sessions of play (W-L):

1. Canada (6-0)
2. Switzerland (5-1)
3. Scotland (4-2)
3. Sweden (4-2)
5. Korea (3-3)
5. USA (3-3)
7. England (2-4)
7. Russia (2-4)
9. Estonia (1-5)
10. Czech Republic (0-6)

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