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Posted on Monday, March 28, 2016 at 1:10am

Gold Medal Game: Switzerland 9, Japan 6.

Bronze Medal Game: Canada 8, Russia 9.

Play-off Update

Switzerland will play Japan in Sunday afternoon’s final, while Russia will play Canada for bronze medals.

To reach this situation, after Switzerland beat Japan by 8-4 in the Page 1-2 Play-off to take the direct route to the final, Russia beat Canada in the 3-4 game.  Japan then went on to beat Russia by 7-5 after an extra end in the semi-final.

This was a first-ever semi-final appearance by Japan while Russia will be looking to win their third successive world bronze meal.  Switzerland’s Binia Feltscher will be looking to regain  the world crown she won in 2014.

Page 1-2 Play-off: Japan 4, Switzerland 8.

Switzerland beat Japan by 8-4 on Friday evening to go direct to Sunday’s gold medal final of this Championship.

Russia play Canada in Saturday afternoon’s Page 3-4 Play-off game.

Session 17: Scotland 4, Canada 9.

The Scottish women’s campaign came to a halt in Thursday evening’s last round-robin session when they lost by 4-9 to Canada, a result that puts Scotland in fifth place and out of the Play-offs.

Eve Muirhead’s team had lost against Switzerland and Japan to find themselves in a winner-takes-all showdown with Canada for the last available place in the Play-offs.

Canada had last stone advantage and used it to draw for one shot in the opening end.    In the second, Muirhead elected to play a multiple tap-up, which came off, to score one and level the game.  The Canadians were again forced to take one in the third end when their skip Chelsea Carey played a hit and stay.

The Scots blanked the fourth end and then were restricted to just one shot in the fifth when Muirhead’s final draw attempt was too wide.

The Canadian break-through came in the sixth end when a fortunate wick on their third player’s stone allowed them to build up stones.  Muirhead went for an ambitious tap-in off a wing stone with her last which did not come off, leaving Carey with a straightforward draw for three and a 5-2 lead.

In the seventh end, Muirhead hit for one and the Scots stole one in the eighth when a Canadian double take-out attempt went wrong.  The ninth proved to be the final end of the game as, with Canada playing a raise take-out to score four for 9-4, the Scots conceded.

W17 v Canada

“it’s hard to take that we’re out”

After the game, Muirhead said, ” it’s hard because we played pretty well at the start of the week and we got a lot of good play going.   It’s hard to take that we’re out but we lost the last three games and at major Championships you just can’t do that.”

She added, “it’s early to reflect but it’s harsh because I think we played well at the start of the week and most of the week.  I guess the Swiss game has come back to bite us, but that’s sport..   I missed my last shot in the sixth.  It comes down to skip shot and it makes you look a bit of a fool.  You get the glory when you win, but when you lose you get the sack because you don’t make the shots.”

The Page Play-offs will see Switzerland play Japan in the 1/2 game, while Russia will face Canada in the 3/4 game.

RESULTS.

Session 16: Switzerland 5, Italy 4; USA 8, Finland 3; Denmark 7, Russia 10; Canada 2, Japan 11.

Session 17:Germany 4, Denmark 8; Scotland 4, Canada 9; Korea 5, Switzerland 7; Sweden , USA .

Standings after 17 sessions: Switzerland, Japan won 9, lost 2; Russia, Canada 8-3; Scotland 7-4; USA 6-5; Korea, Denmark 5-6; Sweden 4-7; Germany 3-8; Finland, Italy 1-10.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Michael Burns/WCF

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Session 15; Japan 10, Scotland 4.

The Scottish women have now followed up their 6-7 extra end loss to Switzerland with another defeat – by 4-10 to Japan – in their second-last round-robin game on Thursday morning.

They are now tied in fourth place with Russia and face a tough challenge in their last round-robin game against hosts Canada if they are to book a place in the weekend’s medal games.

The Scottish team were over-run by Japan.  The Japanese opened well with a score of three in the first end and followed that up with two more points in the third end and four in the fifth.  When Japan scored one more in the seventh end, the Scots conceded.  The only bright spot for the Scots was  a tap-back by skip Eve Muirhead to score two points in the fourth end.

W15 v Japan

The Scottish women had no reply to a Japanese team that now sits at the top of the rankings

After this game, Muirhead said, “give them their dues, they played  great.  They made everything and we just weren’t getting our stones in the right places.   We were on the back foot from the start.  Hopefully that’s our one bad game out of the way.  We’ve got a big game later, so we can’t get too hung up on that.”

RESULTS

Session 14: USA 5, Japan 7; Switzerland 3, Russia 6; Canada 7, Finland 1; Denmark 7, Italy 5.

Session 15: Finland 3, Sweden 10; Italy , Korea ; Japan 10, Scotland 4; Russia 8, Germany 3.

Standings after 15 sessions: Japan won 8, lost 2;Canada, Switzerland 7-2; Russia, Scotland 7-3; Korea 5-5; Denmark, USA 4-5; Sweden 4-6; Germany 3-7; Finland, Italy 1-9.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Michael Burns/WCF

 

Session 13: Scotland 6, Switzerland 7 (extra end).

The Scottish women’s winning streak was halted – hopefully temporarily – when they lost to Switzerland by 6-7 after an extra end of Wednesday afternoon’s round-robin game.

In this table-top clash, it was the Scots who had the early advantage.  Skip Eve Muirhead drew for two in the first end and then produced a delicate tap-up to score one in the third end for a 3-1 lead.  And the Scots looked even better after the fourth when they had a steal of two to take a 5-1 lead.

But the tide turned in the second half.  In the sixth end, Muirhead’s attempted double take-out did not remove a second Swiss stone and Switzerland’s skip Binia Feltscher was able to hit out a Scottish stone to score two points and reduce Scotland’s lead to 5-3.  This started a Swiss revival as they had single steals in each of the seventh, eighth and ninth ends.   Muirhead was forced to draw for one in the tenth end to level the score at 6-6.  In the extra end Switzerland’s Feltscher played a perfectly-judged hit and roll with her last stone to score the one shot needed to give her team the 7-6 win that puts them at the top of the rankings.

W13 v Switzerland

The tide turned in the second half against Switzerland

Afterwards, after being selected for a random drug-test, Muirhead was upbeat, saying, “we’re happy with how we played out there.  I don’t think we can get too hung up on that at all.  When you play a team that’s shooting the lights out in the last few ends, it’s hard, but I’m not going to get hung up on that at all.”

She added, “obviously you’re disappointed when you lose, it’s always tough, but I think we should just think about the way we are playing, the way we can play – we should take that forward to tomorrow.  She had every draw and every hit and roll to the millimetre in her pocket and when you’re up against that , it’s hard.  She played a great shot for the game.”

The Scottish women now conclude their round-robin programme with two games on Thursday – against Japan in the morning and then a barn-stormer against Canada in the last round-robin session.

RESULTS.

Session 13: Korea 8, Canada 7; Sweden 6, Denmark 2; Germany 4, USA 7; Scotland 6, Switzerland 7 (extra end).

Standings after 13 sessions: Switzerland won 7, lost 1; Scotland 7-2; Canada, Japan 6-2; Russia 5-3; USA 4-4; Korea 4-5; Denmark 3-5; Germany, Sweden 3-6; Finland, Italy 1-7.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Michael Burns/WCF

 

Session 12: Scotland 7, Russia 1.

Eve Muirhead and her team stretched their winning streak to seven games with a Wednesday morning 7-1 six-end defeat of Russia that puts them into top spot on their own for the first time.

This was a re-run of last November’s European final – with a different result.

The Scots opened strongly, scoring one in the first end, then stealing three in the second and one in the third to take a 5-0 lead.  The Scots came out in the second half with another single steal and when Russian skip Anna Sidorova was finally able to score with a draw to the house in the seventh end, Russia conceded.

W12 v Russia

Sarah Reid and Anna Sloan working hard against Russia

After the game, Muirhead said, “we played great.  We got off to a good start.  We played a good first end but she managed to cut us to just one and then in the second end we just piled the pressure on and she came up short with a draw to give us three.  From then on, we had control of the game.”

She added, “you expect every game to go to last end, last stone, so we’re always ready for that, but when you get a chance to finish off a game early, you’re going to take it every time.”

The Scots now face Switzerland in their next game.

RESULTS.

Session 12: Scotland 7, Russia 1; Japan 8, Germany 1; Italy , Sweden ; Finland , Korea .

Standings after 12 sessions: Scotland won 7, lost 1; Canada, Switzerland 6-1; Japan 6-2, Russia 5-3; Denmark, USA 3-4; Germany, Korea 3-5; Sweden 2-6; Italy 1-6; Finland 1-7.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Michael Burns/WCF

 

Session 11: Finland 5, Scotland 6.

The Scottish women recorded their sixth successive win when they beat Finland by 6-5 with the last stone of the last end in Tuesday evening’s action, to join Canada and Switzerland – who both sat the session out – at the top of the rankings.

Finland opened with a single score in the first end and extended their lead to 3-1 with a score of two points in the third end.  After blanking the fourth end, Scotland could only score two points instead of the three they were looking for in the fifth end when Eve Muirhead’s final draw came up short.  In the sixth end Muirhead put up a short guard to protect her situation in a busy house and when Finland’s Oona Kauste’s attempt to come in off a winger went wrong, the Scots stole one to take the lead for the first time in the game, at 4-3.  The team swapped singles for the next three ends until, with the score tied at 5-5 the Scots kept the last end clean, leaving Muirhead with an open draw for the one shot that gave her the win.

W11 v Finland

Another last end, last stone win for Scotland

Afterwards, Muirhead said, “we had a good game there  – maybe a few ups and downs compared to earlier on…not quite as solid, but every game is a grind.  It’s the same at every world championship, but to come away with another day, another two wins is really good.  So far things are going well, we’ve got a really tough day tomorrow, Russia and then Switzerland.”

Commenting on yet another tenth end win, she added, “when you come into the world championship you expect no easy rides – Finland are a great team, they’re European bronze medallists, so we knew it was going to be tough, but last stone, last end  – we’re really pleased we came out with a win.”

RESULTS.

Session 11: Italy 6, Germany 2; Finland 5, Scotland 6; Russia9, Korea 1; Japan 8, Sweden 4.

Standings after 11 sessions: Canada, Scotland, Switzerland won 6, lost 1; Japan, Russia 5-2; Denmark, Grmany, USA 3-4; Korea 2-5; Finland, Italy, Sweden 1-6.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Michael Burns/WCF

 

Session 9: Scotland 9, Denmark 3.

The Scottish women recorded their fifth straight win when they beat Denmark by 9-3 in Tuesday morning’s ninth round-robin session, a result that keeps then in joint top slot, along with Canada and Switzerland – two teams that they still have to play.

Eve Muirhead’s team opened like they meant business, with Muirhead hitting out a Danish stone to score three in the first end..  In the fourth end, Muirhead drew her last stone into the house to score two from the end and extend her lead to 5-1.  They gave up a steal of one in the sixth end when Muirhead’s attempted tap-back was not strong enough to dislodge a Danish counter, allowing the Danes to reduce the Scottish lead to 5-3.  The Scots drew round a guard to tap-back again in the seventh, but this time it was good and Scotland scored one to move their lead to 6-3,  and a steal of three in the ninth end was enough to finish off the game, at 9-3 to Scotland.

W9 v Denmark

Vicki Adams and Anna Sloan working under skip instructions

Afterwards, a pleased Muirhead said, “that was a good game – it was our first early morning game and we knew we had to come out sharp.   I’m pleased with that, we came out strong in the first end and gave them no hope,  Now, we’re only halfway through so we’ve got to make sure we can keep going.  It’s a long week to try to stay focussed.  It’s possible to have slip-ups, of course and that makes your job slightly harder, but the key is just staying focussed.”

The Scottish women now face Finland in Tuesday evening play.

RESULTS.

Session 9: Sweden 5, Switzerland 6; Korea 3, USA 10; Scotland 9, Denmark 3; Germany 5, Canada 7.

Standings after 9 sessions: Canada, Scotland, Switzerland won 5, lost 1; Japan, Russia 4-1; Germany 3-3; Denmark, Korea, USA 2-4; Finland 1-4; Sweden 1-5; Italy 0-5.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Michael Burns/WCF

 

Session 8: Scotland 6, USA 5.

Eve Muirhead and her team beat USA by 6-5, scoring two crucial points in the tenth end, to record their fourth successive win and move into joint top spot on the rankings.

The Scots had the worst possible start when Muirhead’s second stone of the first end picked up, leaving USA’s Erika Brown with an open draw for two.  But they responded immediately when Muirhead hit for two  in the second end to level the score at 2-2.   The Scots then picked up a single steal in the third end to take  3-2 lead, but after blanking the fourth end, USA’s Brown hit out a Scottish stone in the fifth to score two and take the halftime lead.

Scotland then blanked the sixth and seventh ends  and in the eighth , Muirhead was facing five US stones as she played her own  last – a nose-hit for one to level the score at 4-4 .

The Scots then forced USA to take one in the ninth end when Muirhead removed two USA stones with her own last effort and then, in the tenth, USA’s Brown attempted a tap-upon her own stone which came up short, leaving two Scottish counters, enough to give Scotland a hard-fought 6-5 win.

W8 v USA

“we expect every game to go to the last end, last stone.”

After the game, Muirhead said, “we were really unlucky with the pick in that first end.  And that kind of killed us for the rest of the ends up until the last end.  I was really pleased with how we played and we had a great last end there to get the two and take the victory.”

She added, “there’s a lot we can do better.  I’m really pleased with how the girls are playing.  They’re really fit which is helping and altogether we’re getting better as the tournament is going on.”

Thinking again about how this game went, she added, “overall we controlled the even ends, got our one in the eighth, and forced the one in the ninth and got our two in the tenth.  We don’t expect any games to be easy and we expect every game to go to the last end, last stone.  We’re comfortable with that – I like it like that.”

Looking forward she said, “we’ve got Denmark and Finland tomorrow so we just want to keep playing well to build some momentum.”

RESULTS.

Session 8: Scotland 6, USA 5; Germany 2, Switzerland 9; Sweden 4, Canada 9; Korea 9, Denmark 3.

Standings after 8 sessions: Canada, Japan, Russia, Scotland Switzerland won 4, lost 1;  Germany 3-2; Denmark, Korea 2-3; Finland, Sweden, USA 1-4; Italy 0-5.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Michael Burns/WCF

 

Session 7: Italy 7, Scotland 8.

Eve Muirhead’s women recorded their third successive win with an 8-7 defeat of Italy on Monday afternoon..

After two ends, the Scots had a 5-0 lead and an early finish looked on the cards, but, in the event, Italy fought back and the game went all the way to skip stones in the tenth before the Scots sealed their win.

The good start by Scotland came about when Muirhead played a nose-hit with her last stone of the opening end to score three points and then Italy’s skip Federica Apollonio hit but rolled out in the second end to give up a steal of two.

After this the Italians came right back into the game, scoring one in the third end and then stealing two in the fourth and stealing another one in the fifth to go into the break just one shot down, at 5-4 to Scotland.

The Scots got back on the scoreboard with a single shot in the sixth end and the Italians then blanked the seventh end.  In the eighth end, Apollonio attempted a triple clear-out but one of the Scottish stones jammed on the way out to give Scotland a steal of one and a 7-4 lead.

Italy then levelled the game with a score of three in the ninth end, with Apollonio playing a hit and stay.

Scotland’s second player Vicky Adams produced a triple take-out in the tenth end to smooth the way for her team and, when Apollonio was heavy with her last stone , the Scots lay one shot in the house, meaning that Muirhead did not need to play her last stone as her team won 8-7.

w7 v Italy

“Every game is building towards the end of the week”

Afterwards, a smiling Muirhead said, ” I’m really pleased with that.  We came out to get a win on the board and that’s just what we did.  Every game is building towards the end of the week so that was good.”

She also explained the Italian recovery in the middle of the game, saying, “there was a wee bit of miscommunication when we gave up the two but they played a good end.  We just didn’t get the double rip and then they got two behind centre guards and that always makes it pretty tough.  Give them their dues they played great in that end.”

She was also full of praise for her team, especially her second player – “Vicky had two or three great double rips in that game – it makes my job so much easier.”

RESULTS

Session 7:  Japan 6, Korea 5 (extra end); Russia 10, Sweden 5; Finland 6, Germany 9; Italy 7, Scotland 8.

Standings after 7 sessions: Japan, Russia won 4, lost 1; Canada, Germany, Scotland, Switzerland 3-1;Denmark 2-2; Korea, Sweden, USA 1-3; Finland 1-4; Italy 0-5.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Michael Burns/WCF

 

Session 5: Germany 3, Scotland 10.

The Scots made short work of their game against Germany on Sunday evening, stealing four in the seventh end for a 10-3 lead that persuaded their German opponents to concede the game.

Germany opened with a single shot in the first end, but the Scots took an immediate lead after that, scoring two in the second end.  Another single by Germany in the third end brought them back level at 2-2 but after that Scottish skip Eve Muirhead was able to play a delicate tap-back with her last stone of the fourth end to score three points from the end.  The teams swapped singles in the next two ends and in the seventh, the Scots built their stones in the house as Germany’s skip  wrecked to give Scotland a steal of four and an early 10-3 win.

After the game, a pleased Muirhead joked, “it’s easy when you play well!”

W5 v Germany - 1

Two wins for Scotland on Sunday

More seriously, she added, “we’ve had a good day today.  After losing to Sweden we knew we had to come back and have two good wins.  We’re really pleased and I guess it’s all about building momentum.  Every Championships feels a bit different and it’s always going to be a roller-coaster with ups and downs, but it’s just about making sure you’re fairly consistent.  It’s a long time to keep concentration and that’s the most important part for me – making sure I stay focussed the whole time”

Speaking about her schedule she said, “we’ve got the morning off tomorrow which is nice, and an early bath tonight – which is even nicer!”

The Scots now face Italy and then the USA in their Monday games.

RESULTS.

Session 5: Switzerland 7, Denmark 6; Germany 3, Scotland 10; Korea 8, Sweden 6; USA 2, Canada 10.

Standings after 5 sessions: Canada, Japan won 3, lost 0; Germany, Russia, Scotland, Switzerland 2-1; Denmark, Finland, Korea, Sweden 1-2; Italy, USA 0-3.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Michael Burns/WCF

 

Session 4: Scotland 8, Korea 6.

The Scottish women recovered from their opening day loss to Sweden with an 8-6 win over Korea in Sunday afternoon’s fourth session of round-robin play.

the Scots opened strongly when skip Eve Muirhead hit out a Korean stone to score two points in the first end.  The Scots then scored another two points in the fourth end for a 5-1 lead and, in the sixth, Muirhead produced another strong hit and stay to score two more points and take her lead to 7-3.  Korea responded after this, scoring two in the seventh end to reduce the Scotland lead to 7-5.

Scotland got back on the scoreboard in the eighth end with a single shot and Korea responded yet again in the ninth, with a single score of their own.  After this, Scotland ran the Koreans out of stones in the tenth, to win by 8-6.

W4 v Korea - 1

“Every Championship is a learning curve” Eve Muirhead

After the game, Muirhead said, “that was a game of patience.  We played well  and we got a chance for a big end in nine and she made a fantastic freeze to get the one.  Today was really important  for us .   You’ve got to get some momentum going and get a few wins, which will hopefully drag us on to the play-off stage.  This year we’ve had a pretty solid season so far.  We’re still not all there yet as a team, and every Championships it’s a learning curve, and every Championship you gain more experience and you just can’t buy that”

RESULTS

Session 3: Denmark 8, USA 7 (extra end); Canada 7, Switzerland 4.

Session 4: Sweden 6, Germany 9; Finland 8, Italy 7; Japan 6, Russia 1; Scotland 8, Korea 6.

Standings after 4 sessions: Japan won 3, lost 0; Canada, Germany 2-0; Russia 2-1; Denmark, Scotland, Sweden, Switzerland 1-1; Finland 1-2; Korea, USA 0-2; Italy 0-3.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Michael Burns/WCF

 

Session 2: Scotland 3, Sweden 5.

Having sat out the opening session of round-robin play on Saturday afternoon, Eve Muirhead’s women lost their Saturday evening’s opener to Sweden by 3-5.

This was a cagey game at the start, with the Scots choosing to blank the first two ends before opening the scoring in the third with just a single shot.  In the fourth end, it was Sweden’s turn to bank and they then moved into the lead with a score of two in the fifth end.  In the sixth end, Scotland’s skip Muirhead attempted double take-out did not come off and Sweden stole one shot to extend their led to 3-1.

Two nice draws by Muirhead in the seventh end saw the Scots eventually score one from the end and in the eighth, Sweden threw away their last stone to make sure of a score of one for a 4-2 lead.

The Scots could then only score one in the ninth end and, in the tenth, with the Scots trying to steal, Muirhead was short with her final draw, leaving Sweden’s fourth player Maria Prytz  with a draw to score one for the win, at 5-3.

W2 v Sweden

“We just couldn’t string things together” Eve Muirhead

Afterwards, Muirhead summed up the performance saying, “that was disappointing, it wasn’t bad, we just couldn’t string things together”

Explaining further she added, “it was always going to be  a tough start against Sweden, and we don’t have a good record against them in round-robins, but there’s a long way to go.  We struggled a wee bit with our draw-weight – they sat down a bit, but overall the ice is excellent, so we can’t use that as an excuse.  We just need to make sure that we get that momentum going tomorrow.”

And the Scots face Korea and then Germany in Sunday’s play.

RESULTS.

Session 1:USA 4,Switzerland 5; Japan 7, Finland 5; Russia 8, Italy 2; Canada 8, Denmark 7 (extra end).

Session 2: Italy 3, Japan 10; Scotland 3, Sweden 5; Germany 8, Korea 5; Russia 7 Finland 4.

Standings after 2 sessions: Japan, Russia won 2, lost 0, Canada, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland 1-0; Denmark, Korea, Scotland , USA 0-1; Finland, Italy 0-2.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Mike Burns/WCF