Women's Page play-offs Roundup

Canada will play in the gold medal game on Wednesday Photo: WCF/Richard Gray

Canada moved directly into Wednesday morning's women's gold medal game when they beat Korea 7-6 in the Page one versus two play-off on Monday evening at the World Junior Curling Championships in Flims, Switzerland.

Korea now have a second chance to reach the gold medal game, by way of the sole semi-final, which will be staged on Tuesday evening at 18:00 (CET).

There they will face Sweden, who, having beaten Switzerland by 7-6 in a tie-breaker on Monday afternoon, went on to beat reigning champions Russia by 5-4 in an extra end in the Page three versus four play-off.

While the semi-final winner goes on to the gold medal game against Canada, the loser will play Russia for bronze medals at the same time on Wednesday morning at 09:00 (CET).

In the Page one versus two game, Korea started with last stone advantage, having topped the round-robin rankings, and blanked the first two ends looking for a big score. This tactic backfired however when Canada stole a single point in the third end to open the scoring.

Korea did get on the scoreboard, levelling the game with a single point in the fourth end, but Canada carved out the first real breakthrough when they scored two points in the fifth end for a 3-1 lead at the mid-game break.

Korea responded with two points in the sixth end to level the score, but Canada scored another two points in the seventh end to restore their two-point lead, at 5-3.

Korea scored a single point in the eighth end and then stole two points in the ninth end to take a 6-5 lead, but this meant they went into the tenth end without last stone, and eventually, Canada skip Kelsey Rocque used that last stone to draw into an empty house, score two points for a 7-6 win, and move directly onto Wednesday morning's gold medal game.

After the win that put her into the gold medal game, Canada's Kelsey Rocque said: "It’s amazing, it’s unexplainable right now. We really just wanted to come here and hopefully medal. Now we’re guaranteed one, we are so excited! Hopefully it will be gold but we’ll be happy either way.”

On the absence of World Junior women’s gold for Canada since 2003 she added: “Maybe the stars will align and maybe we’ll get ourselves a gold. It doesn’t matter who we play though, they’re all going to be tough, they are all really good teams.”

Having won their tie-breaker against Switzerland earlier, by 7-6, Sweden faced Russia in the Page three versus four play-off.

Like the game between Canada and Korea, this game started cagily, with Russia blanking the first end before scoring one point in the second end.

Sweden scored one point in the third end to level the game at 1-1 and the Russians blanked the next two ends, meaning that the score was just 1-1 at the half-time break.

Sweden stole a single point in the sixth end when the last stone of Russia's fourth player Luliia Portunova hit but rolled too far.

Sweden then got another steal of one point in the seventh end for a 3-1 lead before Russia scored two points in the eighth end to level the game at 3-3.

Sweden moved ahead again with a single point in the ninth end, for 4-3, and when she came to play her last stone in the tenth end, Portunova was facing four Swedish stones. She tapped out the one that was closest to the button to score one point and force an extra end.

In that extra end, Portunova missed with her final shot as her stone ran past the Swedish stone already sitting in the house, to give Sweden the 5-4 win without having to play their final stone.

Afterwards, Sweden skip Isabella Wranaa said: “It feels amazing, especially with so many people cheering for us. That win means so much to our team. We played really good. We put so much pressure on them and as always we didn’t give up." She added: "I was so nervous in that extra end."

Looking forward to the semi-final she said: "Against Korea we just need to do as we always do, have fun and just play curling and continue to focus.”



Tie-breaker: Switzerland 6, Sweden 7.

Page play-offs:
Korea 6, Canada 7
3v4: Russia 4, Sweden 5 (extra end)

Women’s standings after Page Play-offs:

Canada (to play winner of semi-final in gold medal game)
Korea 7-2 (to play Sweden in semi-final)
Sweden 6-3 (to play Korea in semi-final)
Russia 6-3 (to play loser of semi-final 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

Tuesday March 4, 2014 (all times CET)

Junior Men’s Page play-offs (12:00)
Norway v Scotland
3v4: Canada v Switzerland

Semi-finals (18:00)
Women: Korea v Sweden
Men: Loser of 1v2 v winner of 3v4

Wednesday March 5, 2014

Junior Women’s medal games (09:00)
Junior Men’s medal games (13:00)

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