Sweden and Canada women qualify for World Junior play-offs

  • Canada's Karlee Burgress, Kristin Clarke and Lindsey Burgress. © WCF / Emile Gareev

The table-topping defending champions Sweden and second-placed Canada both had wins in Wednesday morning’s seventh session of women’s round-robin play to become the first two teams to qualify for the weekend play-offs of the World Junior Curling Championships 2018.

Sweden had a 10-4 victory over a Scottish team who had their alternate Sophie Jackson playing as skip. This seventh win keeps their unbeaten record alive, while Canada beat Switzerland by 10-7, scoring four points in the seventh end on the way to what was their sixth win.

Other winners in this session – in Aberdeen, Scotland – included China, who came from 2-5 down after four ends to beat Turkey by 8-6, and Norway, who beat Russia by 8-7 in an extra end when their skip Maia Ramsfjell played a nose-hit on a Russian stone to score the one point needed. China and Norway – on four wins each – now sit in joint third place, still with strong qualification possibilities.

In the fifth game of this session, United States beat Korea by 8-6 to become one of four teams now on three wins. The others are Korea, Scotland and Switzerland and they are all still playing with qualification possibilities, as are Russia, on two wins. However, Turkey who are still without a win, will now be relegated to the World Junior-B Curling Championships event.

Next live women’s game on World Curling TV: United States v Scotland on Wednesday 7 March at 19:00 (Greenwich Mean Time)

They said it

Isabella Wranaa; skip, Sweden (after 10-4 win over Scotland): "We want to be the top seed in both the semi-finals and the finals, so we need to finish first in the round robin. It's always nice to have the hammer in the important games. We still need to focus in the next two games because we need to be the top seed and keep getting a feeling for the ice. It's important to keep playing good curling and get in a good mood for the play-off."

Maia Ramsfjell; skip, Norway (after 8-7 win over Russia): “We knew coming into the game that it was really important to win, so we just decided to have as good of a game as our last one against the U.S. I didn’t play very well in the first four ends, but then at the fifth-end break our coach gave us a great pep talk. He told us that we didn’t have anything to lose, and then in the seventh end we stole three points. We’re obviously very good at comebacks.”

Annmarie Dubberstein; vice-skip, United States (after 8-6 win over Korea): “It came down to the last rock, but we were pretty confident that we had it. We were up one and had the hammer which is obviously a huge advantage. We just need to keep it clean and get it down to the last stone. This win gives us a lot of confidence, because after that losing streak we were getting a little bit down. We brought it back to the basics, and didn’t get complicated with anything we were doing. We just wanted to play our normal game.”

Women session seven results: Scotland 4-10 Sweden; Turkey 6-8 China; Canada 10-7 Switzerland; Russia 7-8 Norway; United States 8-6 Korea

Standings after women’s session seven (win-loss):

Q Sweden 7-0
Q Canada 6-1
China 4-3
Norway 4-3
Korea 3-4
Scotland 3-4
Switzerland 3-4
United States 3-4
Russia 2-5
Turkey 0-7

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