Day 2 Review - Junior Women

Russia continued their winning ways with a hard fought victory over Italy Photo: WCF / Richard Gray

Russia now stands alone as the only unbeaten women’s team after three sessions of round-robin play at the World Junior Curling Championships 2012, being staged in Östersund, Sweden.

In what was a see-saw Sunday afternoon encounter, the Russians moved into a 5-0 lead over Italy after two ends, only to give up a four in the third end. After this, looking for their first win so far, Italy scored a further three in the sixth end for an 8-7 lead, but eventually skip Anna Sidorova pushed Russia into a 10-9 lead after nine ends, before stealing a single point for victory in the tenth end.

Afterwards, Sidorova said, “the ice was really hard for us because it was really slow and difficult to gauge the right weight. I think this is why both teams made mistakes and the game was so tight. A game like this doesn’t give you any confidence, but, of course, we won in the end which is all that matters”.

By contrast, Canada’s Jocelyn Peterman led her team to a one-sided 10-3 stroll over Norway, wrapping the game up in just seven ends, and having the luxury of bringing on alternate Nadine Chyz in place of lead Kristine Anderson after six ends.

After this, Peterman said, “we’re really happy with our draw weight and with the ice. Hopefully, we can keep playing like this and throwing the way we are”.

The Czech Republic lost their unbeaten record, going down 5-6 to Switzerland in a tense game that saw Swiss skip Melanie Berbezat blank three ends before scoring the one point needed for victory in the tenth.

A 7-4 loss at the hands of Japan gave the young USA team led by Cory Christensen their third defeat of the week so far. Japan had carved out a 5-2 lead after six ends, and this was jiust too much for the Americans to counter.

Afterwards, Japanese skip Sayaka Yoshimura, said: “We made a few mistakes but the team performance is getting better and I think further improvements will continue to be made. The key to winning the game came in the fourth end when we got the deuce and in the next end when we stole one”.

Refusing to be downbeat, USA skip Christensen said, “I think we played pretty well in that game and we’ve been getting better in each game – hopefully we’re going to win soon. We’ve already learned a ton from the first two games, and every game we keep finding more things, so we’ve just got to get that win now”.

In the fifth game of the session, Hannah Fleming’s Scottish women showed remarkable resilience to recover from a game-turning loss of four shots in the seventh end to claw their way back. They started their recovery in the eighth end but only scored one point after an umpire’s measure, and then stole a single in the tenth to level the score. They then forced Sweden into a tap-back attempt with their last stone of the extra end which carried too far, giving Scotland their second win from three starts. Afterwards Fleming said, “although we were down we still had a chance to win it – we know not to give up. We knew we had to be on our game against Sweden, and we’ve learned our lesson”.

Session 3: Russia 11, Italy 9; Czech Republic 5, Switzerland 6; Canada 10, Norway 3; Japan 7, USA 4; Sweden 7, Scotland 8 (extra end).

Junior Women’s Standings
Russia 3-0
Canada 2-1
Czech Republic 2-1
Japan 2-1
Scotland 2-1
Sweden 21-
Switzerland 2-1
Italy 0-3
Norway 0-3
USA 0-3
*During the round robin teams with the same W-L record will be ranked alphabetically.

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The World Junior Curling Championships 2013 will take place in Sochi, Russia, from 28 February-10 March.

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