Historic first win for Hungary junior women

  • Historic first win for Hungary junior women Photo © WCF / Marissa Tiel

Hungary beat Scotland by 10-6 in Sunday evening's second session of women's round-robin play to record their first win at this level of competition. In the same session, defending champions Canada, Korea, and the USA all recorded their second wins so far to share the lead.

Hungary set themselves on the way to their historic win by stealing one point in the first end, then stealing another three points in the second end for a 4-0 lead that the Scots just could not haul in.

Canada scored three points in the fourth end of their game against Sweden and then stole three more points in the fifth end to take an 8-2 lead into the half-time break. Sweden could not produce a strong enough response in the second half and conceded the game after eight ends, with the score at 10-3.

Korea faced Japan in what was a tight game for the first four ends. But Korea scored two in the fifth end for a 4-2 lead and then stole a single point in the sixth end. In the seventh end, they were handed another steal by Japan - this time for four points and a 9-2 lead. Japan could only score one point in the eighth and then conceded defeat, at 9-3 to Korea.

USA and turkey were both undefeated when they met each other in this session, and two scores of three points by USA in the second and fourth ends proved to be telling as USA emerged as 10-4 winners.

Russia faced Switzerland in the fifth game of this session and a strong opening by the Russians - scoring two points in the first end - put them on the way to an eventual 8-6 victory.

They Said It:

Dorottya Palancsa (skip, Hungary) after10-6 win over Scotland: "I feel amazing and so happy. We played well but we have to play better. We would really like to play for a medal and we'll be trying our best."

Ji Min Kim (skip, Korea) after 9-3 win over Japan: "We're very pleased to have two wins - the whole team is playing very well. Now we hope we will be able to play better to win some more games."

RESULTS - Junior women session 2:

Sweden 3 - 10 Canada; Russia 8 - 6 Switzerland; Japan 3 - 9 Korea; Scotland 6 - 10 Hungary; USA 10 - 4 Turkey.

STANDINGS - Junior women after 2 sessions (W-L):

Canada (2-0)
Korea (2-0)
USA (2-0)
Hungary (1-1)
Russia (1-1)
Scotland (1-1)
Turkey (1-1)
Japan (0-2)
Switzerland (0-2)
Sweden (0-2)