02/17/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 02/17/2019 11:52
Team China © WCF / Richard Gray
Sunday 17 February 2019
China women held off a second-half charge from Norway to win their opening game at the World Junior Curling Championships 2019, by 9-8 without having to play their last stone after Norway skip Maia Ramsjfell clipped a guard with her own last stone.
This made China one of five opening session winners - the others were Scotland, who beat Canada by 6-5; Russia 10-9 winners over Sweden; United States, who beat Japan by 11-4; and Switzerland, who defeated Korea by 11-3.
In their game against Norway, China built up a 6-1 lead by the fifth-end break. Norway fought back to tie the game, 8-8, going into the tenth end; scoring four points in the seventh end, stealing a single point in the eighth end and stealing two points in the ninth end
China held on for their win and afterwards vice-skip Yu Han said, 'that was a dangerous game for us, they played well. We are playing here to get experience. Now we're looking forward to the next draw. Our goal here is to get more experience and learn. '
There was never more than a point between the teams during the game between defending champions Canada and Scotland until, after blanking the ninth end, the Scots scored two points in the tenth end for their 6-5 victory.
After the game, Scotland skip, Lisa Davie said, 'that's better than we were expecting. We were just hoping to go out and try our best. It's unreal, I don't even have words for it.'
She continued, 'I wasn't expecting to come out and win our first game, but we all played really well. Canada played extremely well too and had some amazing shots. We always felt in control and maybe the scoreboard didn't reflect that. We weren't winning every end, but we always knew we were never in big difficulty.'
A score of three points in the eighth end of their game against Japan, followed by a steal of two points in the ninth end, sealed an 11-4 for United States over Japan and afterwards, their skip Cait Flannery said, 'it was nice to get that first game out of the way, and it's even better to do it with a win. None of us have played at a Junior Worlds, and this is a new team and a new year for us trying to figure out how to work together - and it's been going great!'
Switzerland were in control throughout their 11-3 win over Korea and their skip Raphaela Keiser said, 'we felt pretty confident right away and figured out the ice quickly. We also had some misses, but the Korean skip wasn't playing well so I think that was the key.'
A single point in the tenth end was enough to give Russia a tense 10-9 win over Sweden in the fifth game of this session.
The women's competition continues tonight (Sunday 17) at 2000 Atlantic Standard Time.
Session one: Scotland 6-5 Canada; Sweden x-x Russia; China 9-8 Norway; Japan 4-11 United States; Korea 3-11 Switzerland.
Standings after session one (W-L):
United States 1-0