Junior Women Session 7 Roundup

Canada remain unbeaten and clinch the first Page playoff spot Photo © WCF / Richard Gray 2015

Unbeaten Canada, led by defending champion skip Kelsey Rocque, faced hosts Estonia in the seventh session of women's round-robin play at the Tondiraba Ice Hall in Tallinn, Estonia, and after blanking the opening end, scored two points in the second end and followed that up with a steal of two points in the third to take a 4-0 lead.

Further scores of two points in both the fifth and the seventh ends, and Estonia being unable to score in the eighth end, gave Canada the 8-2 win they needed to make them the first women's team to qualify for the Page Play-offs.

Afterwards, speaking through a translator, skip Kim said: “Today we had two games and we had to win both so we could get a play-off spot so we tried to concentrate more and do our best. I was a little bit nervous because I have never participated in a big event like this but I tried to do my best. It is a big experience in my curling life."

Sweden and Russia played each other in a game that was tight all the way. Sweden made the first break-through with a score of two points in the fifth end for a 3-1 half-time lead, but Russia scored point one in the sixth end then stole a single point in the seventh end to level the game.

Eventually Russia fourth player Uliana Vasilyeva drew her last stone of the tenth end into the house to score one point, level the game at 4-4, and force an extra end.

In the extra end, Russia eventually stole two points for the victory. This win kept Russian medal hopes alive and after the game Russian coach Anders Kraupp said: “We knew we had a chance if we win both games today, now we can win both games tomorrow. We'll do what we can and hope for other teams to play for us."

Switzerland were alone in second place on the table when they faced Scotland in this session.

Scotland made a break-through score of two points in the fourth end of this game when a Swiss double did not come off and Scottish skip Gina Aitken drew her second stone into the house to move the score to 3-2 in Scotland's favour.

However, in the fifth end, Aitken's attempt to clear out a collection of stones left one Swiss stone lying shot and Switzerland's fourth player Briar Huerlimann scored two points with a draw to take a 4-3 lead into the break.

The score was level at 6-6 when the game reached the tenth end and an accurate angled take out by Aitken took out the only Swiss stone in the house giving Scotland a score of five points from the end and an 11-6 win.

After her win Aitken said: “We always knew it was going to be a tough game and it meant a lot to both teams, so it was good to come out there with a win. When it comes to your last stone you can’t really be thinking too much, you’re just thinking about what you’ve got to do and get on with it. It was all or nothing, I had to make it."

This result puts Scotland and Switzerland in joint second place behind Canada.

The USA played England in this session, and opened with a hit for four points - a prelude to a 14-3 win in just six ends. The Americans stole two points in the second end and added a further four-point steal in the third end on the way to what now became the highest-scoring game of the event so far.

After this win, Taylor Anderson, lead for USA, said: “The team played great. We had great communication and definitely had our draw weight down. We came together this game and showed what we’ve been doing at other events. It’s great getting back in the routine".

Korea played a Czech Republic team still looking for their first win. Korea opened with two points in the first end, but the Czech Republic battled back after this, scoring three points in the second end for a 3-2 lead.

But the Koreans gradually built their position and eventually in the tenth end Korean skip Eun Bi Kim hit and rolled her last stone to lie two, leaving Czech skip Alzbeta Baudysova with a hit and stay attempt to score one point and tie the game at 7-7. However, the Czech stone rolled out, giving Korea their fourth win at 8-6.

Afterwards, speaking through a translator, skip Kim said: “Today we had two games and we had to win both so we could get a play-off spot so we tried to concentrate more and do our best. I was a little bit nervous because I have never participated in a big event like this but I tried to do my best. It is a big experience in my curling life."

RESULTS

Session 7: Canada 8, Estonia 2; England 3, USA 14; Russia 6, Sweden 4 (extra end); Korea 8, Czech Republic 6; Switzerland 6, Scotland 11.

Standings after 7 sessions of play (W-L):

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

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