Day 6 Review - Junior Women

Scotland's win against Russia elevated them to top spot on the leaderboard Photo: WCF / Richard Gray

With their extra end 8-7 win over Russia in the final session of women’s round-robin play at the World Junior Curling Championships, Scotland recorded their seventh win from nine games to go top of the leader board and avoid a pile-up behind them of five teams on six wins – Canada, Czech Republic, Japan, Russia and Sweden.

Among these teams, Canada lost their final round-robin game by 5-7 to Sweden, while Japan beat the Czech Republic by 6-5 to set up the log-jam among them all.

Of these five, the Czechs emerged with the clear best playing record, so proceed direct to face Scotland in the Page 1 v 2 Play-off, with the winner going to the final and the loser having a second chance of reaching the final by way of the sole semi-final game.

Before those games, Canada will face Russia to determine which of those two will rank third, while Japan will face Sweden to decide fourth place. The two winners will contest the Page 3 v 4 Play-off game, with the winner of that going to the semi-final. The loser of that game waits for the semi-final loser to contest the Bronze medal game.

Speaking after it emerged that her team had topped the rankings, Scottish skip Hannah Fleming said, “that’s awesome. All those close games have played off”. About the need for an extra end, she added, “we always felt in control and we weren’t going to let it slip away”.
For her part, Canadian skip Jocelyn Peterman reflected on being in tie-breakers, saying, “it’s not ideal that we’re in tie-breakers now, but we still have a shot”.

Below these six teams, Norway beat Switzerland by 8-5 to rank seventh overall ahead of eighth-placed Switzerland. These two teams share the same won 3, lost 6 record but Norway rank higher because of the head-to-head win.

After this game, Norway Skip Kristine Davanger said, “it feels really good to finish off with a win. We’ve played much better over the last couple of days because we have worked better as a team. I think we’ve learned a lot from playing here. We’ve learned so much from all the other teams, we’ve made lots of friends from other countries and I hope to see them again soon.”

Italy recorded their second win of the week, beating USA by 7-4, but now, as poorest-placed European team, are relegated to the European Junior Curling Challenge event to try to win the right to come back into the World Championships line-up, as they did this year.

As second-placed American team (behind Canada), USA could theoretically face a continental challenge for their place in next year’s Worlds. Despite failing to record a win this week, US skip Cory Christensen impressed with her positive attitude. After her game she said, “I’m not feeling too good right now and we’ve come close, but it’s definitely been worth the trip. We’ve learned so much through every game. We’re definitely more motivated than when we arrived. I’m ready for next year”.

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

Current Standings:
1. Scotland 7-2
2. Czech Republic 6-3
Canada 6-3
Japan 6-3
Russia 6-3
Sweden 6-3
7. Norway 3-6
8. Switzerland 3-6
9. Italy 2-7 (relegated to 2013 EJCC)
10. USA 0-9
*During the round robin teams with the same W-L record will be ranked alphabetically.

Tie-breakers (all at 09:00 CET): Russia v Canada; Sweden v Japan (winners go to Page 3-4 Play-off)
Page Play-off 1 v 2 (19:00 CET): Scotland v Czech Republic
Page Play-off 3 v 4 (19:00 CET): Winners of Tie-breakers (Live webcast coverage)

Curling fans around the world can follow live coverage of the event on http://www.wjcc2012.worldcurling.net and on the World Curling Federation’s YouTube Channel http://www.youtube.com/WorldCurlingTV In a new venture for this event, the action is being streamed globally through YouTube.

For mobile devices visit: http://m.youtube.com/worldcurlingtv

The live coverage and schedule is available along with news, live scores, galleries and video highlights on the event website: http://www.wjcc2012.worldcurling.net

Read additional comments from the players here: http://wjcc2012.worldcurling.net/news

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Twitter hashtag for the event: #wjcc2012

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

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