Sunday 26 March 2017
Canada have won the CPT World Women’s Curling Championship 2017 in Beijing, China’s Capital Gymnasium.
The team skipped by Rachel Homan and made up of third and vice-skip Emma Miskew, second Joanne Courtney, lead Lisa Weagle and alternate Cheryl Kreviazuk are the first Canadian world champions since 2008 and the first team ever to complete a World Women’s Curling Championship undefeated.
Canada beat Russia 8-3 in Sunday’s (26 March) final and became the first team to lift the brand new World Curling Championship trophy – commissioned for the World Curling Federation’s 50th anniversary.
Russia – skipped by Anna Sidorova and including vice-skip and third Margarita Fomina, second Alexandra Raeva, lead Alina Kovaleva and alternate Nkeiruka Ezekh – also made history, by being the first Russia team to collect silver medals in this event’s history.
In the final, Canada opened the scoring in the second end with a draw by Homan for two points and built on that with a single-point steal in the third end. After blanking the fourth end, Russia got onto the score board with a single point in the fifth end.
In the sixth end, Canada scored another three points to take a 6-1 lead when Homan hit out a Russian stone. The Russians responded in the seventh end when their skip Anna Sidorova tapped back a Canadian stone to score two points and reduce Canada’s lead to 6-3. A final draw by Homan in the eighth end gave Canada another two points for 8-3, at which point Russia, who were in their first-ever world final, conceded.
During the closing ceremony, it was announced that Bingyu Wang [pictured below with chief umpire Dave Petturson], from the host team, China, is the Frances Brodie Award winner for 2017. This award is voted for by all the players, to recognise the curler they think best exemplified curling's values and sportsmanship throughout the event.
This was the first World Women’s Curling Championship to be held in China and it has proved to be a success with the combined audience figures for the week exceeding 90,000.