Battle for play-off positions in full force for junior women's teams

  • Korea's vice-skip Hyerin Kim © WCF / Emile Gareev

With an 8-1 win over China to record their sixth successive win, defending women’s champions Sweden consolidated their position at the top of the rankings in Tuesday afternoon’s sixth session of round-robin play at the World Junior Curling Championships 2018.

After blanking the first three ends, Sweden scored two points in the fourth end and stole three in the fifth end to go into the break with a 5-0 lead. China scored one point in the sixth end but then conceded after eight ends with the score at 8-1.

In this session, Canada faced Russia and it was the Russians who took the early lead, scoring two points in the first end and following that up with a single point steal. But, Canada responded to level the game at 3-3 after four ends and again at 6-6 after six ends. After that, Canada stole one point in the seventh end and two more in the eighth end to complete the 9-6 win that keeps them in a clear second place.

Other winners in this session were Norway, who beat United States by 7-3; Korea, who had an 8-5 win over Scotland and Switzerland, who beat Turkey by 6-4.

After this session, the teams are two-thirds of the way through their round-robin games and Sweden sit at the top-of-the-table on six wins and no losses. Canada are in second place, on five wins and one loss. Behind Sweden and Canada, five teams are tied in third place, on three wins and three losses – China, Korea, Norway, Scotland and Switzerland. Russia and United States share eighth place on two wins and Turkey remain at the foot of the table, without a win so far.

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

Kaitlyn Jones; skip, Canada (after 9-6 win over Russia): “We knew at the fifth-end break that we’d have to play a little bit stronger in the second half, and we started capitalising on all of the misses that we were making early. The second half went a lot better because we were making the shots and trusting the ice. We were a little bit shaky in the beginning with not knowing where to put the broom, but we really picked up on that after the fifth end.”

Maia Ramsfjell: skip, Norway (after 7-3 win over United States): “That game was good, we started out with a good end and kept putting pressure on them and it worked out quite well for us. We got hold of the ice very well, we knew the speed, so our draw play was very good today.”

Selina Witschonke; skip, Switzerland (after 6-4 win over Turkey): “The game started off a little bit difficult because Turkey got three in the second end, but at the fifth-end break we were motivated to win so we got two points in the sixth and one in the seventh. We started with three losses, which was pretty disappointing, but now we’re at 3-3 and we’re in the middle so it’s ok. It’s difficult to make the play-off, but I think every team can win against every team, so it’s possible.”

Women session six results: Russia 6-9 Canada; Norway 7-3 United States; Korea 8-5 Scotland; Sweden 8-1 China; Turkey 4-6 Switzerland

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

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

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