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Ford World Women’s Curling Championship 2014 – Gold Medal Game

Canada v Switzerland Gold Medal Game photo: WCF/CCA/Michael Burns
Canada v Switzerland Gold Medal Game photo: WCF/CCA/Michael Burns
Swiss win photo: WCF/CCA/Michael Burns
Switzerland - 2014 World Champions photo: WCF/CCA/Michael Burns

In Sunday evening's final of the Ford World Women's Curling Championship 2014 in Saint John, Canada, Switzerland beat Canada by 9-5 to win the gold medals and the world title.

After blanking the first two ends, Canada - skip Rachel Homan, third Emma Miskew, second player Alison Kreviazuk and lead Lisa Weagle (supported by alternate Stephanie LeDrew and coach Earle Morris) opened the scoring with a draw for two points in the third end. Switzerland responded with two points in the fourth end, although it would have been three points if skip Binia Feltscher had not been heavy with her draw.

In the fifth end, Homan tapped out a Swiss stone and kept her own in the house to score another two points and take a 4-2 lead. Feltscher was forced to hit and stay for just one point in the sixth end and this gave Canada an advantage with the scoreboard at 4-3 in their favour. Canada built on that lead in the seventh end when Homan drew her last stone into the house for one point and a 5-3 lead.

The eighth end was the turning point of the game. Homan tried to take out a collection of Swiss stones but her attempt went wrong and left two of them still in counting positions. Feltscher then drew her own final stone into the house to score three points and take a 6-5 lead.

In the ninth end, Homan attempted to promote one of her own stones off the wing, but this missed, giving Switzerland a three-point steal and a 9-5 lead. Switzerland then ran Canada out of stones in the tenth end to give Feltscher and her team - third Irene Schori, second player Franziska Kaufmann and lead Christine Urech; supported by alternate Carole Howald and coach Allan Moore - their gold medals, and making them only the fourth women's Swiss team to become world champions in the 36 year history of the event.

Afterwards, Feltscher said, "it can’t be better – winning a world curling championship in Canada against Canada is amazing! We were not expecting this at all. Our goal was to be placed in the top five. And a bronze medal would already have been fantastic for us. Now it’s gold and it feels just unbelievable."

Meanwhile, a disappointed Canadian skip Homan said, "the disappointing part was not bringing back gold for Canada, obviously. But I’m really proud of the run we had all week. I'm just disappointed that we didn’t finish off that last game."

The final was played out in front of a near capacity crowd in Saint John’s Harbour Station of just under 5,000. Homan made time to thank the fans for their support, saying, "the crowd did an unbelievable job today."

This silver represents an improvement on the bronze medals Homan's team won in last year's world championship in Latvia, and she promised, "we'll be back for more."

In addition, the Canadian team had the consolation of having their second player Alison Kreviazuk named as the winner of the Frances Brodie Award, voted for by all the players to recognise the player they think best exemplified curling's values and sportsmanship throughout the event.

Now the international curling focus turns to Beijing, China, where the World Men’s Curling Championship 2014 will get underway on Saturday. (29 March to 6 April). For more information about the event visit www.wmcc2014.curlingevents.com

The TV schedule for this event can be seen here: www.wmcc2014.curlingevents.com/schedule

RESULTS
Gold Medal Game: Canada 5, Switzerland 9.
Bronze Medal Game: Russia 7, Korea 6.

Final standings:
1. Switzerland (Gold Medallists)
2. Canada (Silver)
3. Russia (Bronze)
4. Korea
5. Sweden
6. USA
7. China
8. Germany
9. Czech Republic
10. Denmark
11. Scotland
12. Latvia

World Curling TV (WCTV), the television arm of the World Curling Federation, provided extensive live and video-on-demand coverage to broadcasters around the world from Saint John. WCF Broadcast Partners for the event included TV4 in Sweden, Russia 2 in Russia, CCTV in China, SBS in Korea, Universal Sports Network in the USA, SporTV in Brazil. TSN is carrying coverage in Canada (RDS in Quebec). www.worldcurling.org/wwcc-2014-tv-web-tv-programme-schedule

In addition, Curling fans around the world have been able to follow selected live coverage of the 2014 World Championship events via the World Curling Federation’s YouTube Channel www.youtube.com/WorldCurlingTV And embedded on the hompage of the WCF Website www.worldcurling.org

More information about the event can be found on the event website: www.curling.ca/2014worldwomen-en/
Results are here: www.curling.ca/scoreboard

Event Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/WorldWomensCurlingChampionship
Event Twitter Hashtags: #wwcc2014 #curling

The World Women’s Curling Championship 2015 will take place in Sapporo, Japan, from 14-22 March in the Tsukisamu Gymnasium.

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