WWCC 2013: Scotland defeat Canada in Semi-final
March 23, 2013
It was a high-class curling display that went all the way to the last stone before Eve Muirhead and her Scottish team of Anna Sloan, Vicki Adams and lead Claire Hamilton beat Canada by 8-7 on Saturday evening's semi-final of the Titlis Glacier Mountain World Women's Curling Championship in Riga, Latvia.
This win means that Scotland go on to face Sweden in Sunday afternoon's gold medal final while Canada will have to re-group, as they now play for bronze medals against the USA on Sunday morning.
The Scots had last stone advantage and they used it to control from the start, scoring two points in the first end. But they could not shake off the Canadians who were able to score two points of their own in the second end when Muirhead's take-out of a Canadians stone jammed.
In the third end, Muirhead played a nose-hit to score two points for a 4-2 lead, but in the next end, Canada got two points back when their skip Rachel Homan also played a precision hit.
Muirhead could only take one point from the fifth end, with a hit and stay, and then Canada's Homan scored one point with a pressure draw against three Scottish counters in the sixth end to tie the score at 5-5.
Scotland then moved ahead again, to 6-5, when Muirhead played a nice draw in the seventh end.
The Scots had two slack shots in the eighth end and this put them into trouble. Canada were eventually able to draw for two points and take the lead for the first time in the game, at 7-6.
In the ninth end, Homan played an important double take-out with her last stone, forcing Muirhead to score just one point with a nose-hit to level the game at 7-7.
In the tenth end, Muirhead promoted one of her own stones to tap out a Canadian counter and this left her lying two shots as Canada's Homan came to play her last shot. This was what looked like a fairly easy double take-out attempt to score just the one point needed for their win, but she was too straight and jammed one of the Scottish stones.
This gave Scotland the first steal of the game as they scored the one point needed for the 8-7 win that put them into the gold medal game.
Afterwards, a smiling Muirhead said: " I'm delighted with that. We managed to pick up our two in the first end and it could have gone either way. I think it was a real high quality game, but when it comes down to last stone like that, I tell you what - I'd rather be playing than watching because I'm not the best watcher. We always have good battles Rachel and I and it just shows you that was a good battle."
Speaking about the tense last end, she said: "We didn't have a lot of time out there, and first things first, you've got to make her play a shot. I don't think I could have made my last stone any better. The girls set up the end well. Leaving her a big double hit is probably not ideal because she loves that shot, but when the pressure's on, it makes it tougher for anyone."
Looking forward to the gold medal game, and remembering that she was beaten by Germany in the previous world final she played, in 2010, she added: "I don't want to come away with a silver. Making the final's great but when you've already got one silver medal from a final, you don't want another one, so we'll be definitely pushing hard for the gold."
Meanwhile Canadian third player Emma Miskew said: "I think we played really well and we deserved it but it sucks it came down to that - but what are you going to do*quest* They made a nice shot and it was a tough one."
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 field 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 22 sessions:
Sweden (to play Scotland in gold medal game)
Scotland (to play Sweden in gold medal game)
Canada (to play USA in bronze medal game)
USA (to play Canada in bronze medal game)
Schedule of Play:
SUNDAY, 24th MARCH
Bronze Medal Game
Canada v USA (09:00 – 12:00 local)
Gold Medal Game
Sweden v Scotland (14:00 – 17:00 local)
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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.