Semi-finals roundup

Switzerland men defeated Norway to reach the gold medal game Photo: WCF/Richard Gray
Korea women will appear in their first ever gold medal game at this level Photo: WCF/Richard Gray

Switzerland men will play Scotland and Korea women will face Canada for this year’s gold medals as both Switzerland and Korea won their respective games in Tuesday evening's semi-finals at the World Junior Curling Championships in Flims Switzerland.

Switzerland men defeated Norway by 10-2, to reach the gold medal game. The result means that Norway will now play Canada for the bronze medals, both games scheduled for 13:00 (CET) on Wednesday.

On the adjacent sheet, Korea women created history again as, to add to the fact that this is the first Korean team to qualify for a World Junior Championships (although they were hosts in 2006), this is also the first Korean team to reach a World Junior Curling Championship final.

As a result of their defeat, Sweden women will face Russia for bronze medals at the same time. The women’s medal games will also be played on Wednesday, but earlier, at 09:00 (CET).

In the men's semi-final, Norway started with last stone and blanked the first end before they opened the scoring with a single point in the second end.

However, in the third end, Norway's skip Eirik Mjoeen had a miss on a take-out attempt with his last stone, leaving Switzerland's fourth player Reto Keller with a straightforward draw to score two points and take a 2-1 lead.

The Norwegians then blanked the fourth end but gave up a steal of four points in the fifth end when Mjoeen was too light with his final draw and could not get inside four Swiss stones already sitting in the house.

This gave Switzerland a 6-1 half-time lead which they built on in the sixth end. Norway skip Mjoeen had another miss to give Switzerland a single-point steal and a 7-1 lead.

Switzerland moved even further ahead in the seventh end, when Mjoeen was heavy with his final stone to give up a three-point steal and give Switzerland a 10-1 lead.

Already knowing they were beaten on this occasion, Norway scored one point in the eighth end and conceded the game, with a final score of 10-2 to Switzerland.

After his win, Switzerland skip Yannick Schwaller said: “It’s awesome. The feeling, it’s just great. It’s just really crazy to be in this position. To be here, to be playing for your country, in Switzerland, I can’t say much more."

He added: "We played well in the last five games and have seemed to get better game by game. We’re in the final - we want this title so we are going to do all that we can."

In the women's semi-final, Korea blanked the first end with last stone advantage and then scored three points in the third end to establish a clear early lead.

Sweden could only score one point in the third end to reduce the Korean lead to 3-1 and then had a single-point steal to move closer to Korea, who still led at 3-2.

The Koreans then scored one point in the fifth end to go into the half-time break 4-2 up. They then stole a single point in the sixth end to move into a 5-2 lead.

After this, Sweden blanked the seventh end and scored two points in the eighth end, to reduce Korea's lead to a single point, on 5-4.

Korea blanked in the ninth end to keep last stone in the tenth end, where their skip Kyeong-Ae Kim came round some Swedish guards to tap-out a Swedish stone in the house and score two points for a historic 7-4 win.

Afterwards, Korea skip Kyeong-Ae Kim said: “I am so happy, I cannot wait to get back to the hotel to tell my mum. The result is not important tomorrow. Canada is a very, very good team. I think it will be about 50/50 in terms of who will win. Tomorrow we will see what the colour of the medal is, but we will be happy either way.”

RESULTS, STANDINGS & SCHEDULE

Results
Semi-finals
Men:
Norway 2, Switzerland 10
Women: Sweden 4, Korea 7

Standings
Men’s standings after Semi-finals:

Scotland (to play Switzerland in gold medal game)
Switzerland (to play Scotland in gold medal game)
Norway (to play Canada in bronze medal game)
Canada (to play Norway in bronze medal game)
5. Italy 6-3
6. Sweden 5-4
7. Russia 4-5
8. Austria 3-6
9. USA 2-7
10. China 0-9

Women’s standings after Semi-finals:
Canada (to play Korea in gold medal game)
Korea (to play Canada in gold medal game)
Sweden (to play Russia in bronze medal game)
Russia (to play Sweden in bronze medal game)
5. Switzerland 6-3
6. USA 5-4
7. Czech Republic 3-6
8. Scotland 3-6
9. Italy 2-7
10. Denmark 0-9

Schedule (all times CET)

Wednesday March 5, 2014

Junior Women’s medal games (09:00)
Gold: Canada v Korea
Bronze: Sweden v Russia

Junior Men’s medal games (13:00)
Gold: Scotland v Switzerland
Bronze: Norway v Canada

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