WWCC 2013: Canada win bronze

Canada defeated the USA to take the bronze medals Photo: WCF/Richard Gray

Canada recovered from their last stone, Saturday evening semi-final loss at the Titlis Glacier Mountain World Women's Curling Championship in Riga, Latvia to beat USA by 8-6 in the bronze medal game.

With hammer, Canada, skipped by Rachel Homan, with Emma Miskew as third, Alison Kreviazuk as second, Lisa Weagle as lead and supported by alternate Stephanie LeDrew and coach Earle Morris, got off to a positive start.

Homan and her team scored a single point in the first end but USA skip Erika Brown hit to score two points and take a 2-1 lead in the second end, the only time that USA led in the game.

In the third end, Homan hit back as she split and tapped-up two of her own stones sitting just in front of the house and, after an umpire's measure, scored three points for a 4-2 lead. Afterwards both teams swapped single points in the next two ends, as the USA battled on.

In the sixth end, USA's Brown drew into the house to score one point and close the score to just 5-4 in Canada's favour. In the seventh end however, Canada moved further ahead with a hit for two points and a 7-4 lead. USA could do no more than take one point from the eighth end and in the ninth end, Homan tapped out an American stone to score one point for an 8-5 lead.

Homan and the Canadians then played a safe tenth end to eventually run USA out of stones, which let them record an 8-6 victory, and claim the bronze medals.

After the game, Canada's skip, Rachel Homan, said: "I'm really proud of my team for going out there and re-grouping after last night, going out there today and playing real strong. It sucks to lose, but for us to come back and win like we did, I'm really proud of that."

Reflecting on their overall campaign, she added: "It's our first time at the worlds, it's been amazing and we've learned a lot and gained a lot of experience. It's all good for our (Olympic) trials coming up - we're just going to take the experiences from this week.” On today’s game she added: “It doesn't matter who we play, we're just playing our game - playing the rocks and not the team. I'm just really proud of my team for playing so well today."

Meanwhile, USA skip Erika Brown said: "We weren’t as sharp. Just some half shots here and there when we really needed to put the pressure on them and make their shots a little bit tougher. We weren’t able to do that today. They played great. They played really well today and we needed a few really big shots."

And thinking about the whole week, she said: “I think overall we’re pretty pleased with the way we fought our way into the playoffs. We had games where we stuck it out, in the (Page) 3-4 game and this game, but I think we know that we can do better than where we are right now. We’re pleased we finished as high as we did, but we’re disappointed and know we can play better. We’ve got big things to look forward to this fall (Olympic Trials) and hopefully, next February. I think it just motivates us."

With this Championship nearing its climax, the official declaration of the nations qualified directly for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, will be made by the World Curling Federation (WCF) following the final on Sunday. Seven nations plus hosts, Russia, will secure a spot following the conclusion of the 2013 World Championships.

Nations not qualifying directly for the 2014 Games will be eligible to take part in a new WCF Olympic Qualifying Event to be staged between 11-15 December 2013, at a location yet to be announced. Two nations will qualify from the event in both men’s and women’s disciplines to complete the Olympic fields of 10 teams. National Olympic Committees are required to endorse team entry for this event by the end of May 2013. On confirmation of the number of competing teams, the competition format will be made public by the WCF at the start of June 2013.

Standings after 23 sessions:
Sweden (to play Scotland in gold medal game)
Scotland (to play Sweden in gold medal game)
3. Canada (Bronze)
4. USA
5. Switzerland
6. Russia
7. Japan
8. Denmark
9. China
10. Italy
11. Germany
12. Latvia

Schedule of Play:

SUNDAY, 24th MARCH

Gold Medal Game
Sweden v Scotland (14:00 – 17:00 local)

World Curling TV (WCTV), the television arm of the World Curling Federation, will provide extensive live and video-on-demand coverage to broadcasters around the world. WCF Broadcast Partners for the 2013 World Curling Championships include Eurosport (Eurosport, Eurosport 2 and Eurosport Player) in Europe, NHK in Japan, CCTV-5 in China, Universal Sports Network in the USA, SporTV in Brazil, TSN in Canada (RDS in Quebec).

In addition, Curling fans around the world will be able to follow selected live coverage of the events via the World Curling Federation’s YouTube Channel www.youtube.com/WorldCurlingTV

The live coverage Schedule will be available along with News, Live Scores and Galleries on the event website: http://wwcc2013.curlingevents.com

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The Ford World Women’s Curling Championship 2014 will take place in St John, New Brunswick, Canada from 15-23 March in the Harbour Station – the same Venue as the 1999 World Championships.

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