USA defeat Korea to secure the third play-off place

  • USA defeat Korea and secure play-off place Photo © WCF / Richard Gray

With an extra end 7-6 win over Korea in their eighth round-robin game on Thursday evening, the USA joined Korea and Canada in qualifying for the weekend Page Play-offs.

Meanwhile, Canada continued their unbeaten run with a 7-6 win over Japan who, despite their efforts, still remain without a win.

Turkey were playing with just three players for the third time (because of illness) when they faced Russia, and this game turned on a steal of four points by the Turks in the eighth end. After this the Turks held on to win by 9-7.

Scotland brought on alternate Katie Murray as skip but this did not stop them going down by 4-11 to Switzerland, and the Swiss are now one of three teams - the others are Hungary and Sweden, following Sweden's 9-3 win over Hungary in this session - who will be battling for the final Play-off slot in Friday's final round-robin session.

They Said It:

Therese Westman (skip, Sweden) after 9-3 win over Hungary: "Yes, we're fighting now with one more game to go. I think we had control throughout the game almost the whole game. I've taken a lot of confidence, we've learned the ice and the team's playing really well - I'm proud of them. We've got Russia tomorrow - exciting!"

Elena Stern (skip, Switzerland) after 11-4 win over Scotland: "We're pleased because we played very well in that game, and we showed that we can play better than in previous games. I think we've played most of our games pretty well - luck wasn't always on our side - and if we play as well again tomorrow then we'll deserve to be in a tie-breaker."

RESULTS - Junior women session 8:

Russia 7 - 9 Turkey; Canada 7 - 6 Japan; Switzerland 11 - 4 Scotland; Korea 6 - 7 USA (extra end); Hungary 3 - 9 Sweden.

STANDINGS - Junior women after 8 sessions (W-L):

Canada (8-0) Qualified for the play-offs
Korea (6-2) Qualified for the play-offs
USA (6-2) Qualified for the play-offs
Hungary (4-4)
Switzerland (4-4)
Sweden (4-4)
Russia (3-5)
Turkey (3-5)
Scotland (2-6)
Japan (0-8)