Scotland debutants get first world championship win

  • Scotland's third Jennifer Dodds © WCF / Jeffrey Au

Canada’s win over Denmark in Tuesday (20 March) morning’s ninth session of round-robin play at the Ford World Women’s Championship 2018 in North Bay, Canada, put them back in joint top spot along with Sweden, who sat the session out.

Meanwhile, Scotland and Germany went head-to-head in this session searching for their first win, which Scotland achieve, by 8-5.

The Canadians held the advantage throughout their game against Denmark, starting with a score of two points in the first end and finishing with a score of four points in the eighth end for a 10-5 win.

In the other games of this session, Scotland beat Germany by 8-5 to record their first win, China had an 11-4 win over Japan, and after an extra end, Olympic silver medallists Korea beat Italy by 8-7.

To win their game against Japan, China opened with a single point in the first end and then scored three points in the third and fifth ends before finishing the game with a score of four points in the seventh end.

Germany opened the scoring with two points in the first end of their game against Scotland, but the Scots then scored two points and then carved out four successive steals on their way to an 8-5 win.

Korea’s skip EunJung Kim had a complete miss with the last stone of the tenth end of her game against Italy to cause an extra end, but she made up for that with a hit in the 11th end for one point and an 8-7 win.

These results mean that Canada and Sweden share the same won five, lost none record at the top of the table, with Korea behind them in third place, on four wins. With six teams qualifying for the play-offs at the end of the round-robin stage, three teams – Czech Republic, Japan and Russia – share the crucial fourth place. Scotland’s first win, over Germany, leaves the Germans alone at the bottom of the table, still looking for their first win.

They said it

Yilun Jiang; skip, China (after 11-4 win over Japan): “I think now we’re playing with some confidence. Today we just wanted to work on details, do well, control our game and focus on ourselves rather than the opposition. We just want to enjoy the games, enjoy every stone and be relaxed and focused.”

Hannah Fleming; skip, Scotland (after 7-5 win over Germany): “We’ve felt that we’ve not been too far away in each game, so to get a win is a massive relief and hopefully we can keep that rolling. That win is definitely what we needed and now that we’ve got that win perhaps we can play some of the curling that we know that we can. It’s been really tough, but we’ve kept as a team unit the whole way through it.”

Session nine results: Italy 7-8 Korea; China 11-4 Japan; Scotland 8-5 Germany; Canada 10-5 Denmark

Standings after session nine

Canada 5-0
Sweden 5-0
Korea 4-1
Czech Republic 3-2
Japan 3-2
Russia 3-2
China 3-3
Switzerland 2-3
United States 2-3
Italy 2-4
Denmark 1-4
Scotland 1-5
Germany 0-5

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