Turkey junior women record historic first win

  • Turkey junior women record historic first win Photo © WCF / Richard Gray

A historic first win by newcomers Turkey and an opening win by defending nation Canada were among the highlights of Sunday morning's first women's round-robin session at the VoIP Defender World Junior Curling Championships, being staged this week in the Taarnby Curling Club, near Copenhagen, Denmark.

Turkey were facing fellow-newcomers Hungary and carved out a 5-1 lead after six ends. Hungary responded with a score of three in the ninth end to reduce Turkey's lead to 7-6 but Turkish skip Dilsat Yildiz went on to score the one point needed for Turkeys first ever win at Championships level, by 8-6.

17-year-old Mary Fay skips Canada at these Championships, having skipped a mixed team to gold medals at the Youth Winter Olympic Games last month, and she opened her campaign with a 7-2 win over Switzerland, sealing her victory with a score of three points in the ninth end.

Other opening session winners were USA who beat Sweden by 8-6; Scotland, who recovered from giving up a steal of two points in the first end to beat Japan by 6-4, and Korea who were taken all the way to an extra end before defeating Russia by 7-6.

They Said It:

Fatih Agduman: (coach, Turkey), after 8-6 win over Hungary: "This was a very important game for Turkish curling and starting with a win will really encourage the team. The aim now is to make it to the top six."

Mary Fay (skip, Canada), after 7-2 win over Switzerland: "It's nice to get the first one out of the way like that. The girls played great, they set everything up well for me, so my job was easy. We all stayed focused and positive and we had a lot of fun out there."

RESULTS - Junior women session 1:

Korea 7-6 Russia (extra end); USA 8-6 Sweden; Turkey 8-6 Hungary; Canada 7-2 Switzerland; Japan 4-6 Scotland.

STANDINGS - Junior women after 1 session (W-L):

Canada (1-0)
Korea (1-0)
Scotland (1-0)
Turkey (1-0)
USA (1-0)
Hungary (0-1)
Japan (0-1)
Russia (0-1)
Switzerland (0-1)
Sweden (0-1)