Canada win Ford World Women's Curling Championship 2018

  • Team Canada's Jennifer Jones on top of the podium © WCF / Jeffrey Au

Canada beat Sweden by 7-6 in the extra end of the final to take gold medals at the Ford World Women's Curling Championship 2018 in North Bay's Memorial Gardens, in Canada on Sunday (25 March).

This was a second world title for Canadian skip Jennifer Jones and the game was played in front of a full house. Jones and her second Jill Officer previously won a decade ago in 2008.

As the unbeaten table-toppers, Canada - skip Jennifer Jones, third Kaitlyn Lawes, second player Jill Officer and lead Dawn McEwen, supported by alternate Shannon Birchard and coach Wendy Morgan - started with last stone advantage and used it to blank the first three ends.

Eventually, in the fourth end, Canada skip Jones made the break-through she was looking for and drew her final stone into the house to open the scoring with two points.

The Swedish team was skip Anna Hasselborg, third Sara McManus, second player Agnes Knochenhauer and lead Sofia Mabergs, supported by alternate Jennie Waahlin and coach Maria Prytz. In the fifth end, Hasselborg had a draw-shot into the house to score three points and take the lead at 3-2.

As the lead went back and forth, Canada's Jones played a nose-hit in the sixth end to score a further two points and re-take the lead, at 4-3.

By the time she came to play her last stone of the seventh end, Sweden's Hasselborg was facing three Canadian stones already in the house and she was forced to draw her own final stone inside them to score one point and level the game at 4-4.

Jones blanked the eighth end and, in the ninth, she played a long-run back to take out a Swedish stone and leave two of her own to score two points for a 6-4 lead. In the tenth end, Sweden's Hasselborg played a heavy hit into a cluster of three stones around the button. This shot scored two points for Sweden and tied the game at 6-6, forcing an extra end.

In the extra end, Hasselborg missed completely on a take-out attempt, leaving one Canadian stone counting for the 7-6 score-line that gave Canada gold and completed their week-long campaign unbeaten.

During the closing ceremony, it was announced that Jill Officer, second player for Jones' team, was the winner of the Frances Brodie Award, voted for by all the athletes to recognise the player they think best exemplified curling's values and sportsmanship throughout the event.

They said it

Jennifer Jones; skip, Canada (after 7-6 gold medal game win over Sweden): "I can't believe it and to do it in front of this amazing crowd is just unbelievable. It was a great game and there were a lot of great shots by both teams and we put on a great show for all the fans and had a ton of fun - what a way to end the week.

"She [Sweden skip Anna Hasselborg] had a great shot in ten to tie it, so we knew they were going to be a great team and we knew it was going to come down to last rock and we can't ask for a better final than that.

"We knew they'd need to make a good one to tie and we knew we'd have the hammer in the extra which is what we always want. This is our last [world title] together as a team so it's pretty special, and to do it in front of these great fans in Canada is something we'll remember forever."

Anna Hasselborg; skip, Sweden (after winning silver medals): "That was one of our best games this week so far, they really had to play well to beat us and even if I'd made that last shot she probably would have made her last one.

"Actually, I feel pretty proud, we won an Olympic gold just over two weeks ago and now we've won a world silver. It was a fantastic game and it's super-cool playing in front of this audience. I feel super-proud of my girls just hanging in there this week. We just battled through to come to the final, we're so tired but I'm so proud."
Gold medal result: Sweden 6-7 Canada

Standings after gold medal game

G Canada 14-0
S Sweden 11-3
B Russia 9-6
United States 7-8
Korea 8-5
Czech Republic 6-7
China 6-6
Switzerland 5-7
Scotland 5-7
Japan 5-7
Denmark 3-9
Germany 3-9
Italy 2-10

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