Hungary finds first win of the week

  • Hungary's Regina Dobor watches her stone Photo: © WCF / Tom Rowland

In Tuesday (21 February) afternoon’s round-robin session, Hungary women won their first game, of these championships, over Turkey, while Japan dominated in their game against joint-leaders Canada, winning 10-1. Scotland and Sweden continued their winning streaks.

In the game between USA and Scotland, the Americans put the first point on the board in the fourth end with a steal after no score in the first three ends. Scotland took two points in the fifth and one point in the sixth, for a 3-1 lead. The next two ends saw both teams take one point each before Scotland stole three points in the ninth end to win, 7-2.

Scotland now remain at the top of the standings while USA sit sixth and still with a chance to earn play-off qualification.

Sweden and Korea were evenly matched until the fifth end, when skip Isabella Wranaa took three points. In the eighth, Sweden blanked the end with a promotion take-out. They went on to take one point in each of the ninth and tenth ends to win the game, 7-4.

In what was their first win of the week, Hungary took four points in the first end of their game against Turkey. The Turks then scored three in the second and one in the fourth to level the game, 4-4.

Turkey scored three points in the eighth end and stole two points in the ninth end, to tie the game 11-11. In the final round, Bernadett Biro, the Hungarian skip, executed a take-out that just got round a Turkish guard, taking the single point that won the game, 12-11.

After scoring one in the first end, Japan benefitted from what Canada’s skip Kristen Streifel described as their “tricky times”, taking three points in the second end, two points in the third end and three points in the fourth end for a 9-1 lead. Canada took a single point in the fifth end, but Japan captured one final point in the sixth to end the game, 10-1.

They said it

Sophie Jackson: skip, Scotland (after 7-2 win over USA): “It’s pretty good to be top of the pile again. It felt a bit slow to start with. We didn’t really create many chances but that wasn’t our plan, we wanted to keep it simple early on and pretty open. My hit for two in the fifth really built me back up again and I was ready to go, ready to come back fighting after that. It was plain sailing from there.”

Bernadett Biro; skip, Hungary (after 12-11 win over Turkey): “For sure that game was really emotional. We were really nervous before our last shot. It was right on the spot but I was really nervous that it would touch the guard. You know, we are a very young team so it’s a great experience for us, but it is hard to play with such good teams. We try our best and try to play tough games.”

Misaki Tanaka; skip, Japan (after 10-1 win over Canada): “Everyone was good with the precision of the draw, so we advanced the game favourably. This victory was very valuable because there is a chance to gain sixth place (above the relegation zone) if we win our other two games.”

Results women’s session nine: Scotland 7-2 USA; Sweden 7-4 Korea; Turkey 11-12 Hungary; Canada 1-10 Japan

Standings after women’s session nine (W-L):

Scotland 6-1
Sweden 6-1
Canada 5-2
Switzerland 4-2
Korea 4-3
USA 3-4
Russia 2-4
Japan 2-5
Hungary 1-6
Turkey 1-6

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