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2014 World Women’s Curling Championship Latest

Posted on Monday, March 24, 2014 at 2:30am

Medal Games Review

Switzerland beat Canada by 9-5 to take gold medals and the world title on Sunday evening.  Earlier, Russia had beaten Korea by 7-6 after an extra end to claim the first world women’s medal for their country.

Page Play-off Review

Canada beat Switzerland by 8-3 in the Page 1 versus 2 Play-off to take the direct route to Sunday evening’s final, while Korea, who had earlier beaten Sweden in a tie-breaker, beat Russia by 9-5 in the 3 versus 4 Play-off game.

That put Switzerland and Korea into the semi-final, which the Swiss won by 7-3.

As a result of these games, Canada will face Switzerland again in the gold medal final, while Korea will face Russia again for bronze.

Session 17: Scotland 5, Korea 10.

The Scottish women finished their campaign at these Championships with their seventh successive loss, going down by 5-10 to Korea.

Once again, the Scots started in good shape, winning last stone in the first end and then scoring one point in that end.

Korea responded with a score of three in the second and a steal of one in the third for a 4-1 lead, and the Scots were chasing the game after this.

They then scored one in the fourth end and stole a single in the fifth to close Korea’s lead to 4-3, but a further score of three by Korea in the sixth end for a 7-3 lead proved too much and eventually, the Scots conceded after going up a  further three points in the ninth end, with the score at 10-5.

RESULTS

Session 17: Latvia 4, Denmark 10; Canada 9, Sweden 6; Scotland 5, Korea 10; Czech Republic 8, Russia 7.

Standings after 17 sessions: Canada won 10, lost 1; Switzerland 9-2; Russia, Sweden 8-3, Korea 8-3; USA, China 6-5; Germany, Czech Republic 3-8, Denmark, Scotland 2-9; Latvia 1-10.

Page Play off 1 v 2: Canada v Switzerland

Page Play-off 3 v 4: Russia v tie-break winner.

Tie breaker: Sweden v Korea.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Scotland’s World Teams are sponsored by:

Tullis Russell Sm

 

 

Session 16: USA 8, Scotland 4.

The Scottish women went down by 4-8 to the USA in their second-last round-robin game on Thursday afternoon.

They took last stone advantage in the first end and scored one point, but after this, USA scored two in the second end and then stole a single in the third for a 3-1 lead.

With Hannah Fleming still on ice in place of Rachael Simms, the Scots could not do more than score single points when they had last stone, while the USA scored twos in both the fifth and ninth ends.

The USA score in the ninth took the score-line to 8-4 in USA’s favour, and the Scots immediately conceded.

Hannah Fleming was in the line-up again for this game

Hannah Fleming was in the line-up again for this game

The Scottish women now face Korea  in their final round-robin game on Thursday evening.

RESULTS

Session 16: Czech Republic 5, Switzerland 9; USA 8, Scotland 4; China 4, Canada 6; Denmark 5, Germany 10.

Standings after 16 sessions: Canada won 9, lost 1; Switzerland 9-2; Russia, Sweden 8-2; Korea 7-3; USA 6-5; China 6-4; Germany 3-8; Scotland, Czech Republic 2-8; Denmark 1-8; Latvia 1-9.

 

 

 

 

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Michael Burns/WCF/ CCA

Scotland’s World Teams are sponsored by:

Tullis Russell Sm

Session 15

RESULTS

Korea 8, USA 6; Russia 8, Switzerland 5; Germany 6, Latvia 4; Sweden 10, China 5.

Session 14

The Scottish women sat out Wednesday evening’s round-robin session.

They will also miss out on Thursday morning’s session before concluding their Championship with games against USA and Korea.

RESULTS

Session 14: China 2, Russia 10; Germany 4, Korea 9; Sweden 3, Switzerland 5; USA 7, Latvia 3.

Standings after 14 sessions: Switzerland, Canada 8-1; Russia, Sweden 7-2; China, Korea 6-3; USA 5-4; Scotland, Czech Republic 2-7; Denmark, Germany, Latvia 1-8.

Session 13: Scotland 7, Sweden 8 (extra end)

Scotland went down by 7-8 to Sweden in Wednesday afternoon’s round-robin session, but only after battling all the way to an extra end.

With alternate Hannah Fleming playing at third in place of Rachael Simms, the Scots opened brightly, scoring two points in the first end.  But the Swedes moved into the lead in the second end when their fourth player Maria Prytz drew her stone into the house to score three point.

The Scots scored another two in the third end to take the lead again, at 4-3.  A single point in the sixth end gave Sweden a 5-4 lead and Scotland drew level in the seventh when skip Kerry Barry was able to draw inside two Swedish stones sitting in the house.

Sweden were 7-6 up after nine ends and good play in the tenth end by Barr and her team saw Sweden’s Prytz play a heavy draw to give Scotland a steal of one, level the score at 7-7 and force an extra end.

"at least we gave them a good game"  Kerry Barr

“at least we gave them a good game” Kerry Barr

But in the extra end, Barr was long with her final draw attempt, leaving a Swedish stone counting in the house, and allowing the Swedes to claim an 8-7 win without Prytz having to deliver her last stone.

After the game, Sweden’s skip Margaretha Sigfridsson said, “I feel a little bit relieved.  Scotland played really well, it was a really tight game and we’re glad we won that”.   Barr said, “that was a really good game, we were in control a lot of the way.  They came onto a game in the second half and I just couldn’t make her play her last shot on the extra end”

 

She added, “at least we’ve given them a good game.  They’re a really strong team and, going by some of our results this week, you wouldn’t have thought we’d be so close”.

 RESULTS

Session 13: Scotland 7, Sweden 8; Czech Republic 10, Latvia 2; Russia 7, Denmark 4; Canada 10, Korea 3.

Standings after 13 sessions: Canada won 8, lost 1; Sweden, Switzerland 7-1; China, Russia 6-2; Korea 5-3; USA 4-4; Scotland, Czech Republic 2-7; Germany, Latvia 1-7; Denmark 1-8.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Michael Burns/WCF/CCA

Scotland’s World Teams are sponsored by:

Tullis Russell Sm

Session 12: Switzerland 10, Scotland 5

The Scottish women suffered their sixth loss of the event, going down by 5-10 to Switzerland in Wednesday morning’s twelfth session of round-robin play.  At the same time, China beat Denmark by 9-3 for their sixth win, a result that puts play-off qualification beyond the Scottish team.

Switzerland opened by scoring two points in the first end and then stealing a single point in the second.  The Scots fought back to score one point in each of the third and fourth ends but a score of five by the Swiss in the fifth end, for an 8-2 lead, effectively finished the game off as a contest, and the Scots conceded after eight ends to give the Swiss their seventh win – a victory that keeps them at the top of the rankings, alongside Canada, who beat Germany by 7-5.

Scotland's loss to Switzerland put them out of Play-off contention

Scotland’s loss to Switzerland put them out of Play-off contention

Speaking after the game, skip Kerry Barr explained what had caused the problem in the fifth end, saying, ” We had one loose end – I had a freeze which bounced off  a little bit – one slack stone and that was us”.   She also said, “we’re disappointed to be completely out of medal contention now.  It was always going to be tough with the games we had left”.

At the fifth end break, the Scots brought alternate Hannah Fleming on to replace Rachel Simms  – “just to let her throw a few stones” Barr explained.

The Scottish women face Sweden on Wednesday afternoon in what will be their third-last game of the Championship.

RESULTS

Session 12: Canada 7, Germany 5; China 9, Denmark 3; USA 7, Czech Republic 6; Switzerland 10, Scotland 5.

 Standings after 12 sessions: Canada, Switzerland won 7, lost 1; Sweden 6-1; China 6-2; Korea, Russia 5-2; USA 4-4; Scotland 2-6; Latvia 1-6; Czech Republic, Germany, Denmark 1-7.

 

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Michael Burns/WCF/CCA

Scotland’s World Teams are sponsored by:

Tullis Russell Sm

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Session 11: Canada 8, Scotland 3.

Scotland lost out to Canada by 3-8 in Tuesday evening’s eleventh session of round-robin play, a result that leaves them four wins behind the joint leaders Switzerland, Sweden and Canada with four games still to play.

Canada opened with a score of two in the first end and Scotland responded with a single point score in the second.  This pattern repeated for the next two ends to give Canada a 4-2 lead.  The Canadians scored one point in the seventh before stealing a single point in the eighth end when Scottish skip Kerry Barr’s attempt to tap back a Canadian stone to score two points was just too heavy.

A further steal of one in the ninth end completed Canada’s 8-3 win.

The Scots found Canada too strong

The Scots found Canada too strong

After the game, Barr was her usual frank self about what happened, saying, “that was a bit of  disappointment really.  We made them play some tricky shots, we weren’t completely walked over in the first half, but they really upped their game in the second half.  They’re never going to be a team that’s easy  to come back against when you go a couple of shots down”..

She added, “I felt we played pretty well, especially in the first half, but they’re a really good team – they were never going to be easy to play against on home ice.  We knew we needed to get a two early on but we were just unable to create anything”.

Meanwhile Canadian skip Rachel Homan said, ” It was a good day, two solid games by our team. We’re not playing a hundred per cent, but you definitely put value in those wins where you don’t play a hundred per cent. You have to grind it out”.

The Scots now have a tough finishing programme.  They face two of the joint leaders –  Switzerland and Sweden on Wednesday before concluding against the USA and Korea.  All four of these teams currently sit above Scotland on the table.

RESULTS

Session 11: Denmark 4, Czech Republic 8; Switzerland 8, USA 6; Canada 8, Scotland 3; China 6, Germany 4.

 Standings after 11 sessions: Switzerland, Sweden, Canada 6-1; China, Korea, Russia 5-2; USA 3-4; Scotland 2-5; Germany, Latvia, Czech Republic, Denmark 1-6.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Michael Burns/WCF/CCA

Scotland’s World Teams are sponsored by:

Tullis Russell Sm

Session 10

The Scots sat out Tuesday afternoon’s tenth session of round-robin play.

 RESULTS

Session 10: Switzerland 2, Korea 9; Sweden 11, Germany 4; Latvia 5, China 9; Russia 8, USA 5.

Standings after 10 sessions: Sweden 6-1; Switzerland, Canada 5-1; Korea, Russia 5-2; China 4-2; USA 3-3; Scotland 2-4; Denmark, Germany 1-5; Latvia 1-6; Czech Republic 0-6.

Session 9: Russia 10, Scotland 4

Scotland went down to what was their fourth loss of the event in Tuesday morning’s ninth session of round-robin play.

They gained last stone advantage and then, after blanking the first end, opened with a score of one in the second end.  But Russia responded by scoring two in the third and then, after Scotland took another single in the fourth, Russia took three points from the fifth end, for a 5-2 lead at the half-time break.

A further steal of three by Russia in the sixth end for an 8-2 lead effectively put the game beyond Scotland, although they scored two points in the seventh end.  A further two points to Russia in the eighth end was enough to persuade Kerry Barr and her team to concede, with a final score of 10-4 to Russia.

This result leaves Scotland on two wins and in eighth place on the rankings, three wins behind table-toppers  Switzerland, Canada and Sweden.

S9 v Russia

After the game, Barr said, “I’m  a bit disappointed with the way we played.   We just really struggled to impose our game on them. They got on top of us. We did start to play a few shots in the second half, but it was just a bit late by then”.

The Scots face Canada next, in Tuesday evening’s draw.

RESULTS

Session 8: Russia 10, Scotland 4; Korea 8, Czech Republic 5; Denmark 2, Sweden 7; Latvia 4, Canada 8.

Standings after 9 sessions: Switzerland won  5, lost 0; Sweden, Canada 5-1; Korea, Russia 4-2; USA, China 3-2;  Scotland 2-4; Germany 1-4; Denmark, Latvia 1-5; Czech Republic 0-6.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Michael Burns/WCF/CCA

Scotland’s World Teams are sponsored by:

Tullis Russell Sm

 

Session 8: Scotland 7, China 8.

Scotland slipped to their third defeat of the event, going down by 7-8 to China in Monday evening’s eighth session of round-robin play.

The Scots opened with a single point in the first end, but China scored two in the second end when Scottish skip Kerry Barr had a compete miss.  Another two points for China in the fourth end gave then a 4-2 lead.  However, in the fifth end a nice tap up by Scottish skip Kerry Barr produced two points and levelled the score at 4-4.  By the ninth end, China had built a 7-5 lead but, in this end the Scots split the house early and eventually Barr had a hit and stay to score a further two points and level the game again, at 7-7.

Scotland suffered their third loss against China

Scotland suffered their third loss against China

Try as they did, the Scots could not get anything going in the tenth end as they attempted to steal and, when Barr’s last draw around a guard lay mostly open, China tapped it out to score the one point needed for their win.

Afterwards, China’s skip Sijia Lui was gracious about her opponents, saying, “Scotland is a great team, and they play very well. But they made some mistakes and we took our chances”.   Meanwhile Barr said, ” I don’t  think we were running out of steam, we were just out-played there at the end they made their shots and we didn’t.  I think we’ll bounce back tomorrow, the girls all did play well, we couldn’t have played the last couple of ends much better”

This result means that the Scots have slipped back to  eighth place in the rankings, on just two wins.  The table is led by Switzerland who remain undefeated after five games.

The Scots have two games on Tuesday.  They face Russia in the morning session and then go back onto the ice in the evening session to face Canada.

RESULTS

Session 8: USA 3, Canada 9; Scotland 7, China 8; Czech Republic 5, Germany 8; Switzerland 7, Denmark 3.

 Standings after 8 sessions: Switzerland 5-0; Sweden, Canada 4-1; China, USA, Korea, Russia 3-2; Scotland 2-3; Latvia, Denmark, Germany 1-4; Czech Republic 0-5.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Michael Burns/WCF/CCA

Scotland’s World Teams are sponsored by:

Tullis Russell Sm

Session 7: Scotland 6, Czech Republic 4.

Kerry Barr’s Scottish team recorded their second successive win of the event when they beat the Czech Republic by 6-4 in Monday afternoon’s seventh session of round-robin play, a result that lifts the Scots to seventh equal on the table.

They started well in this game, using last stone advantage to score two points in the first end.  But, after the Czechs scored one in the second end, they stole a single in the third to level the game again.  The teams traded singles in the next few ends until eventually, the Scots took a two-point lead in the eighth end with a single steal.  The Czechs reduced the Scottish lead to just one point – at 5-4 – in the ninth end, but, in the tenth Barr played a solid nose-hit to score one point and seal the win.

A second win for Kerry Barr's team - against the Czech Republic

A second win for Kerry Barr’s team – against the Czech Republic

Afterwards, she said, “that was a good start for us today, we got out of the right side of the bed this morning”.  Asked what might have changed following her team’s opening two losses, she said, “we didn’t do anything different but we started making shots, getting our weight better and communicating better  – there’s been no major interventions, it’s just happened”.

She added, “we’re getting better and better, we’re always slow starters and if we keep tightening up, there’s no reason that we can’t keep winning.  I’ve always been confident and now we’re all working together and making shots”.

Speaking more generally, she said, “the overall experience outweighs what is happening on the ice.  We knew all along that we could do it.  We were determined this was going to be a positive experience.  This could be the last time, you never know if you’re going to get back so , every game counts”.

The Scots face China next in the Monday evening session.

RESULTS​

Session 7: Latvia 3, Sweden 10; Denmark 2, Canada 8; Korea 6, Russia 5; Scotland 6, Czech Republic 4.

Standings after 7 sessions: Switzerland 4-0; Sweden 4-1; Canada, USA 3-1; Korea, Russia 3-2; Scotland, China 2-2; Denmark 1-3; Latvia 1-4, Czech Republic, Germany 0-4.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Michael Burns/WCF/CCA

 

Scotland’s World Teams are sponsored by:
Tullis Russell Sm

Session 6

The Scottish women sat out Monday morning’s sixth session of round-robin play.

They face the Czech Republic in Monday afternoon’s play.

RESULTS.

Korea 6, China 8; USA 5, Sweden 8; Switzerland 8, Latvia 2; Germany 3, Russia 7.

Standings after 6 sessions: Switzerland won 4, lost 0; Russia, Sweden, USA 3-1; Canada 2-1; China, Korea 2-2; Denmark, Scotland 1-2; Latvia 1-3; Czech Republic 0-3; Germany 0-4.

Scotland’s World Teams are sponsored by:
Tullis Russell Sm

Session 5: Germany 5, Scotland 6.

The Scottish women posted their first win of the event when they beat Germany by 6-5 in Sunday evening’s fifth round-robin session.

The Scots started well, stealing a single point in the first end to take an early lead, and, in the fourth end, Scottish skip Kerry Barr drew her last stone nicely into the house to score two points and move her lead to 4-2.

Germany got one point back in the sixth end, and the Scots had wretched luck in the seventh when Barr’s final draw attempt that looked like scoring two points, picked-up, and the Scots had to settle for just one point and a 5-3 lead.

In the eighth end, Germany’s skip Imogen Lehmann drew her last stone into the house to score two points and level the score at 5-5.  Then, after blanking the ninth end to keep last stone advantage, Scottish skip Kerry Barr tapped back a German stone with her own last stone of the game, scoring the one point that gave her the win.

a last-stone win got Scotland off the mark

a last-stone win got Scotland off the mark

Later, a relieved Barr said, “it’s really nice to be able to finish a game off.  I’ve been frustrated with myself but I’m glad we’ve got the first win on the board.   This is a massive boost to the confidence and I hope it’s the start of more to come”.

She added, “we were definitely the stronger team.  We were drawing for a two when we got a really bad pick-up, but I think that was justice at the end there”.

The Scots have two games on Monday, against the Czech Republic and China.

RESULTS

Session 5: Denmark 2, USA 13; Germany 5, Scotland 6; China 11, Czech Republic 5; Canada 2; Switzerland 8.

Standings after 5 sessions: Switzerland , USA 3-0; Canada, Russia, Sweden, Korea 2-1; Denmark, Latvia, China, Scotland 1-2; Czech Republic, Germany 0-3.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Michael Burns/WCF/CCA

Scotland’s World Teams are sponsored by:
Tullis Russell Sm

Session 4

Scotland sat out Sunday afternoon’s fourth session of play.

Results: Sweden 4, Russia 7; China 3, Switzerland 6; Germany 5, USA 6; Korea 7, Latvia 4.

Standings after 4 sessions:  Canada, Switzerland, USA 2-0; Korea, Russia Sweden 2-1; Denmark 1-1; Latvia 1-2; China, Czech Republic, Germany, Scotland 0-2.

Session 3: Scotland 4, Denmark 8.

The Scottish women went down to their second defeat of the event, losing by 5-7 to Denmark in Sunday morning’s third session of round-robin play.

This game followed the same pattern as Saturday’s opener against Latvia – the teams were level throughout the first part of the game, swapping singles until the sixth end.  Then the Scots stole a single in the seventh to take the lead for the first time at 4-3, but immediately after that, Denmark took control, scoring three in the eighth end for a 6-4 lead and then stealing a single in the ninth for 7-4.  The Scots played through the tenth end until eventually skip Kerry Barr attempted a double take-out with her last stone that didn’t work out, giving Scotland just one shot instead of the three needed to force an extra end.

After the game, Barr was honest about her own performance in particular, saying, “that was a bit of a disappointment for me personally, the girls played really well – they really upped their game, I just couldn’t finish it off”

She continued, “I need to play a bit better, there’s not much else we can do.  We set the ends up well and I just couldn’t finish them off.  We’re going to keep playing our own game – the girls have played really well, so it’s just a case of me finishing off the ends”.

The Scots now face Germany on Sunday evening, hoping to claim their first win.

still looking for their first win

still looking for their first win

RESULTS.

Session 3: Canada 8, Czech Republic 4; Scotland 5, Denmark 7.

Standings after 3 sessions: Canada, Sweden 2-0; Switzerland, USA1-0;Denmark, Korea, Latvia, Russia 1-1; China, Germany 0-1; Czech Republic, Scotland 0-2..

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Michael Burns/WCF/CCA

 

Scotland’s World Teams are sponsored by:
Tullis Russell Sm

​Session 2

The Scottish women sat out Saturday evening’s second session of round-robin play and are next in action on Sunday morning, against Denmark.

RESULTS

Session 1: Scotland 6, Latvia 8; Korea 11, Denmark 8; Russia 5, Canada 7; Czech Republic 5, Sweden 10.

Session 2: Germany 4, Switzerland 10; Latvia 2, Russia 10; Sweden 13, Korea 4; USA 12, China 5.

STANDINGS after 2 sessions: Sweden won 2, lost 0; Canada, Switzerland, USA 1-0; Russia, Korea, Latvia 1-1; China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Scotland 0-1.

Session 1:  Scotland 6, Latvia 8.

Kerry Barr’s team suffered a losing debut in Saturday afternoon’s opening session of round-robin play at the Ford World Women’s Curling Championship in Saint John, Canada.

They lost by 6-8 to Latvia, a team that was also making their debut at this level.

The Scots started well, stealing a single in the opening end, but Latvia responded with a score of two in the second end.   After this, with the lead changing hands six times in total, neither team was able to dominate.  The Scots scored two in the third end and eventually looked to be in good shape when they stole a single point in the eighth for a 6-5 lead.  However, a Scottish missed take-out attempt early in the ninth proved fatal as eventually, Latvia scored three from the end for an 8-6 lead, before Latvian skip Evita Regza was able to run the Scots out of stones in the tenth.

Kerry Barr and her team were making their debut at this level

Kerry Barr and her team were making their debut at this level

After the game, a disappointed Barr said, “that was definitely not the result we were looking for.  We struggled with the ice at the start.  We were missing a lot of shots that we never normally miss, and let them get on top of us”.

Asked how her team was reacting to being at the world championship for the first time, she said, “fair enough, this is  the world championships, it’s a big deal and there’s a lot of noise out there, but at the same time we’re out to play our own game” adding, “we got off to a bad start but I can see us turning it around.  It took us a long time to get to grips with the ice, and if we can get to grips better in the next game, we’ll turn it around”.

The Scottish women sit out the late Saturday session, and have two games on Sunday, against Denmark and Germany.

RESULTS: Session 1: Scotland 6, Latvia 8; Korea 11, Denmark 8; Russia 5, Canada 7; Czech Republic 5, Sweden 10.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Michael Burns/WCF/CCA.

Scotland’s World Teams are sponsored by:
Tullis Russell Sm