World junior men's competition begins with wins for hosts and defending champions

  • Korea begin title defence with win Photo © WCF / Emile Gareev

Korea, the defending junior men's champions, opened the defence of their crown with a 10-4 win over Germany in Saturday afternoon's opening men's round-robin session of the World Junior Curling Championships 2018, in Curl Aberdeen, Scotland.

Korea scored three points in the fourth end, to take a 4-3 lead, and followed that with a steal of a further three points in the fifth end, to move onto a 7-3 lead at the break. Later, a further two points in the eighth end moved their lead to 10-4 and Germany conceded.

Hosts Scotland opened their campaign with an 8-6 win over Norway. Their skip Ross Whyte drew his last stone of the sixth end into the house to score three points for a 6-4 lead. They controlled the game after that and went on to win by 8-6.

Sweden faced China in this session and started strongly to take an early lead at 4-0 after four ends. China scored one point in the fifth end and then scored two points in the eighth end to reduce Sweden's lead to 5-3, but a further two points for Sweden in the ninth end gave them a 7-3 win.

Canada faced Switzerland and controlled the game throughout, despite going into the break down by 1-2. After this, they scored one point in the sixth end and stole another point in the seventh end to take the lead themselves, at 3-2. They went on to finish the game with a flourish, scoring four points in the ninth end to win by 7-3.

United States won silver medals last year and they returned to action this year, facing Russia in their opener. This game was close all the way, and when United States skip Andrew Stopera came up short with his final draw of the tenth end, Russia stole one point to tie the game at 5-5 and force an extra end.

The Americans had the last stone advantage in that extra end and when Russian skip Aleksandr Bystrov came up short with his final draw, United States scored three points and won by 8-5.

They said it

Ross Whyte; skip, Scotland (after 8-6 win over Norway): "It was a good game and the Norwegians played pretty well, so we knew it was going to be a tough one, we're really pleased to get off to a good start. We got a good set-up (in the sixth end) and our third Robin made a really good one, which helped us. We managed to make two good draws with mine, so yes, we're really pleased.
We felt in control, we knew we're a pretty good hitting team and we knew we had a good chance from there. It's really nice to be representing Scotland in Scotland, all the home support is really pleasing to see."

Tyler Tardi; skip, Canada (after 7-3 win over Switzerland): "It's good to start with a win, especially against a team like that. They made a ton of shots out there, lots of respect to them. They're all great shooters and also a super-friendly team."

Men session one results: Sweden 7-3 China; Germany 4-10 Korea; Scotland 8-6 Norway; Russia 5-8 United States; Canada 7-3 Switzerland.

Standings after men's session one (win-loss):

Canada 1-0
Korea 1-0
Scotland 1-0
Sweden 1-0
United States 1-0
China 0-1
Germany 0-1
Norway 0-1
Russia 0-1
Switzerland 0-1

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