2014 Ford World Women's Curling Championship http://www.curling.ca/2014worldwomen-en Canadian Curling Association Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:18:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.6.1 Switzerland claims 2014 Ford Worlds gold with win over Canada http://www.curling.ca/2014worldwomen-en/2014/03/23/switzerland-claims-2014-ford-worlds-gold-with-win-over-canada/ http://www.curling.ca/2014worldwomen-en/2014/03/23/switzerland-claims-2014-ford-worlds-gold-with-win-over-canada/#comments Mon, 24 Mar 2014 02:37:08 +0000 Al Cameron http://www.curling.ca/2014worldwomen-en/?p=1110 Binia Feltscher’s Swiss team extended Team Canada’s gold-medal dry spell on Sunday night at the Ford World Women’s Curling Championship.

Team Switzerland, from left, Binia Feltscher, Irene Schori, Fränziska Kaufmann, Christine Urech, Carole Howald, Al Moore. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

Team Switzerland, from left, Binia Feltscher, Irene Schori, Fränziska Kaufmann, Christine Urech, Carole Howald, Al Moore. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

Feltscher’s team from Flims — third Irene Schori, second Franziska Kaufmann, lead Christine Urech and their Canadian coach Al Moore — claimed its country’s second straight gold medal on Canadian soil, stunning Canada’s Rachel Homan 9-5 in the championship final.

The Swiss, who won gold with Mirjam Ott at the helm two years ago in Lethbridge, Alta., scored back-to-back threes in the eighth and ninth ends to send a crowd of 4,856 pro-Canadian fans home from Harbour Station disappointed.

Swiss players celebrate their gold-medal victory. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

Swiss players celebrate their gold-medal victory. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

“The disappointing part was not bringing back gold for Canada, obviously,” said Homan, who was backed up by third Emma Miskew, second Alison Kreviazuk, lead Lisa Weagle, alternate Stephanie LeDrew, team coach Earle Morris and national coach Elaine Dagg-Jackson. “But I’m really proud of the run we had all week. Just disappointed that we didn’t finish off that last game.”

It was Switzerland’s fourth gold medal in the 36-year history of the World Women’s. Canada, meanwhile, fell short in its bid to win its 16th gold medal, and first since Jennifer Jones prevailed in 2008 at Vernon, B.C.

“I feel the same as before,” said a still-stunned Feltscher. “There’s a joy in me, but I haven’t yet realized what this feeling is.”

Alison Kreviazuk of Team Canada won the Frances Brodie Award for sportsmanship. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

Alison Kreviazuk of Team Canada won the Frances Brodie Award for sportsmanship. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

The Swiss, who lost 8-3 to Canada in the Page 1-2 playoff game on Friday night, hung tough for much of the night. After two blanked ends to open the game, Canada broke through in the third end to with a deuce. Switzerland tied it an end later, but Canada restored the two-point lead in the fifth end, and got an amazing runback double takeout from Homan in the sixth that forced Switzerland to a single.

But the Swiss would turn it on from then on. Canada was held to one in the seventh, and ran into big problems in the eighth, leading to Feltscher’s open draw for three in the eighth end.

“The three in eight was a bit of a turning point,” admitted Kreviazuk. “That was a tough end. Again, on the wrong side of the inch, and they made absolutely perfect shots. There wasn’t much we could do. Rachel tried her absolute best, but we didn’t leave her with a heck of a lot.”

In the ninth, a series of misses led to Switzerland having three rocks buried. All Homan could do was attempt a slashing raise takeout; her rock just failed to curl enough and left all three Swiss stones counting for a steal and an insurmountable lead.

“The key was when Canada didn’t make any points (in the eighth end) and the fact that we took the lead of the game at that time,” said Feltscher. “They just made more mistakes than they normally make and that seemed to be the factor.”

During the closing ceremony, Kreviazuk was named winner of the Frances Brodie Award for fair play and sportsmanship, after a vote by the players.

Team Canada skip Rachel Homan, top, instructs sweepers Alison Kreviazuk, left, and Lisa Weagle. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

Team Canada skip Rachel Homan, top, instructs sweepers Alison Kreviazuk, left, and Lisa Weagle. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

“I had an amazing time,” said Kreviazuk “We’re one up from last year (when Team Homan won bronze at the 2013 World Women’s Championship in Latvia); a silver medal is still an improvement over the bronze last year. I’m so proud of the girls. It feels good to come out of this with a medal and to showcase it to our country.”

Next year’s World Women’s Curling Championship, presented by Ford of Canada, is scheduled for Sapporo, Japan.

Later this week, the focus shifts to Beijing, where the 2014 World Men’s Curling Championship, presented by Ford of Canada, gets underway on Saturday at Capital Indoor Stadium. Canada’s Kevin Koe team from the Glencoe Club in Calgary — third Pat Simmons, second Carter Rycroft, lead Nolan Thiessen, alternate Jamie King, team coach John Dunn and national coach Rick Lang — open play on Saturday against Denmark’s Rasmus Stjerne.

The French version of this story will be available at http://www.curling.ca/2014worldwomen-fr/ as soon as possible.

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Russia tops South Korea to capture country’s first world championship medal http://www.curling.ca/2014worldwomen-en/2014/03/23/russia-tops-south-korea-to-capture-countrys-first-world-championship-medal/ http://www.curling.ca/2014worldwomen-en/2014/03/23/russia-tops-south-korea-to-capture-countrys-first-world-championship-medal/#comments Sun, 23 Mar 2014 19:14:07 +0000 Al Cameron http://www.curling.ca/2014worldwomen-en/?p=1102 It was going to be historic, no matter what the outcome on Sunday afternoon at Harbour Station in Saint John, N.B.

Russian skip Anna Sidorova kisses the ice after her team's bronze-medal victory on Sunday. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

Russian skip Anna Sidorova kisses the ice after her team’s bronze-medal victory on Sunday. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

In a bronze-medal game that pitted two countries that had never won a medal at either the world men’s or world women’s championship, it was Russia’s Anna Sidorova who took that long-awaited step onto the medal podium with a thoroughly entertaining 7-6 win over South Korea’s Ji-sun Kim in in the bronze-medal game at the Ford World Women’s Curling Championship, presented by Booster Juice.

Sidorova’s team from Moscow — third Margarita Fomina, second Alexandra Saitova and lead Ekaterina Galkina — recovered from giving up three in the ninth end to score a tying deuce in the 10th and stole one in the 11th when South Korean last-rock thrower Un-chi Gim was just wide on her outturn tap attempt and rolled too far and left a Russian stone biting the back of the four-foot was the winning counter.

Russian teammates Alexandra Saitova, left, and Ekaterina Galkina embrace after their win on Sunday. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

Russian teammates Alexandra Saitova, left, and Ekaterina Galkina embrace after their win on Sunday. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

“I just don’t have enough words to describe all my feelings,” said an ecstatic Sidorova, 23, who skipped this team to the European women’s championship earlier this season. “I probably still can’t believe that happened with us. But I was sure, and now I’m pretty sure, that we are able to play at a really high level and be able to beat everybody. We just need to execute well and just believe in ourselves. Sometimes we missed a lot, so now I guess we haven’t.”

It was a game of momentum swings. The Russians had it early, stealing points in the first and third ends, and scoring one in the sixth to take a 3-1 lead.

But the Koreans, who also lost the bronze-medal game two years ago in Switzerland, bounced back with a seventh-end deuce and held Russia to one in the eighth. In the ninth, a sloppy end from the Russians opened the door for a draw to the four-foot to score three by Gim.

The 10th, though, swung things back to the Russians. Gim just missed on a steep double-takeout that would have won the game, and Sidorova made the draw for two to force the extra end.

And in the 11th, the Russians were able to get two counters in the four-foot area to force Gim make her last shot. It missed, barely, to set off a wild celebration by the Russians.

“Especially in the second half of the game it was a couple of big mistakes from my side, especially,” said Sidorova with a smile. “So I will probably punish myself somewhere there. But it worked and the main goal for us was just to be with two stones shot in the extra end and we did and it worked.”

The South Koreans will take plenty of positives out of the 2014 Ford World Women’s, especially as the country builds toward hosting the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang — the same region that played host to the 2009 women’s worlds.

South Korean skip Ji-sun Kim shouts instructions to sweepers during bronze-medal game. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

South Korean skip Ji-sun Kim shouts instructions to sweepers during bronze-medal game. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

“We gave chances to Team Russia and Team Russia played very well,” said a disappointed Kim. “This week’s competition was just enjoyed. It was very good, but maybe this game we had chances but maybe our team is very young. Maybe we were nervous. We need more practice and more enjoyment. With more experience we’ll get better and better until we play very well.”

Sidorova’s team was a fan favourite at the Sochi Olympics, but didn’t meet the country’s, and its own, expectations by missing the playoffs. So Sunday’s bronze medal, said Sidorova, will play to rave reviews back home.

“That means a lot for us,” she said. “I know that millions of people were watching our games during the Olympics and I knew that they all tried to cheer us up and to make everything good and was possible so that we could believe in ourself. But it didn’t work at the Olympics and we felt really disappointed after that. (The 2014 Ford Worlds) was one more opportunity for us to have this confidence in ourself and also to prove to us and to other people that we are ready and we are really a team that is able to win.”

The gold-medal game between Canada’s Rachel Homan and Switzerland’s Binia Feltscher is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ADT on TSN and RDS, the official broadcast partners of the Season of Champions.

Live scoring is available at: http://www.curling.ca/scoreboard/?e=58

The French version of this story will be available at http://www.curling.ca/2014worldwomen-fr/ as soon as possible.

Follow @ccacurling on Twitter (#FWWCC) for updates during the 2014 Ford Worlds.

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Eye Opener Daily Paper – Issue 9 http://www.curling.ca/2014worldwomen-en/2014/03/23/eye-opener-daily-paper-issue-9/ http://www.curling.ca/2014worldwomen-en/2014/03/23/eye-opener-daily-paper-issue-9/#comments Sun, 23 Mar 2014 09:59:00 +0000 Glenn van Gulik http://www.curling.ca/2014worldwomen-en/?p=1097 Here’s the ninth and final issue of the Eye Opener, the daily newspaper at the 2014 Ford World Women’s Curling Championship in Saint John, N.B.

Eye Opener Daily Paper

Eye Opener Daily Paper

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Switzerland to play Canada for gold medal at 2014 Ford Worlds http://www.curling.ca/2014worldwomen-en/2014/03/22/switzerland-to-play-canada-for-gold-medal-at-2014-ford-worlds/ http://www.curling.ca/2014worldwomen-en/2014/03/22/switzerland-to-play-canada-for-gold-medal-at-2014-ford-worlds/#comments Sat, 22 Mar 2014 20:29:54 +0000 Al Cameron http://www.curling.ca/2014worldwomen-en/?p=1085 Switzerland will look to finish off second straight Ford World Women’s Curling Championship, presented by Booster Juice, contested on Canadian soil with a gold medal.

Swiss teammates, from left, Franziska Kaufman, Christine Urech and Irene Schori celebrate their win over South Korea in the semifinal. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

Swiss teammates, from left, Franziska Kaufman, Christine Urech and Irene Schori celebrate their win over South Korea in the semifinal. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

Switzerland’s Binia Feltscher and her team from Flims — third Irena Schori, second Franziska Kaufmann and lead Christine Urech — reached the gold-medal game of the 2014 Ford Worlds with a 7-3 win over South Korea’s Ji-sun Kim on Saturday afternoon at Harbour Station in Saint John, N.B.

With the win, the Swiss advance to Sunday’s 7:30 p.m. (all times Atlantic) gold-medal game against Canada’s Rachel Homan. Two years ago in Lethbridge, Alta., Switzerland’s Mirjam Ott prevailed, beating Sweden’s Margaretha Sigfridsson in the final.

“We are all very surprised and very happy,” said Schori. “We are so excited to be here. Nobody in Switzerland was thinking about that before the championship. Now we are here and played good. We will be happy to play the final.”

Swiss skip Binia Feltscher shouts instructions to her sweepers during the semifinal. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

Swiss skip Binia Feltscher shouts instructions to her sweepers during the semifinal. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

In a well-played game, the Swiss had just one more big shot in their arsenal than Kim’s Cinderella South Korean squad, and it came in the ninth end. After South Korean last-rock thrower Un-chi Gim made an in-off to sit corner-frozen biting the button, Feltscher made a raise takeout to remove the Korean stone and score a crushing three.

“Korea was attacking and the main thing was to not give up one at that point and the three was obviously a bonus from that,” she said. “We had the advantage of the last rock (in the first end) and we felt very comfortable with that. We just played our game the way we had planned it.”

Ironically, two years ago Switzerland beat South Korea in the semifinal thanks largely to a count of three in the ninth end.

There’s no question Homan’s team will be the crowd favourites on Sunday night, but the Swiss faced that scenario in Friday night’s Page 1-2 playoff game, bowing 8-3 to Team Canada.

“The main thing was the crowd in there yesterday, it was a big factor,” admitted Feltscher, who was responsible for Canada’s only loss to date here in Saint John, an 8-2 decision last Sunday night. “That was a new experience for us and having had that behind us, I think it will be a factor for tomorrow’s game.

“I haven’t even given it (strategy for Sunday) that much thought yet,” she added. “I’m just very happy with the silver medal, now.”

The South Koreans will return to the ice on Sunday at noon for the bronze-medal game against Russia’s Anna Sidorova. Neither country has ever won a medal in the world women’s championship.

“With the fame of the sport of curling right now I think that tomorrow’s game is a very important game for South Korea,” said Kim, whose team lost the 2012 bronze-medal game in Lethbridge to Canada’s Heather Nedohin. “I think it’s the same situation as 2012. But we have the experience from that.”

All playoff rounds for the 2014 Ford World Women’s Curling Championship will be televised on TSN/RDS/RDS2, the official broadcasting partner of the Season of Champions.

Live scoring is available at: www.curling.ca/scoreboard/?e=58

To purchase tickets to the Ford World Women’s Curling Championship, presented by Booster Juice, go to: www.curling.ca/2014worldwomen-en/tickets/

The French version of this story will be available at www.curling.ca/2014worldwomen-fr/ as soon as possible.

Follow @ccacurling on Twitter (#FWWCC) for updates during the 2014 Ford Worlds.

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South Korea tops Russia in Page 3-4 playoff to advance to Ford Worlds semi http://www.curling.ca/2014worldwomen-en/2014/03/22/south-korea-tops-russia-in-page-3-4-playoff-to-advance-to-ford-worlds-semi/ http://www.curling.ca/2014worldwomen-en/2014/03/22/south-korea-tops-russia-in-page-3-4-playoff-to-advance-to-ford-worlds-semi/#comments Sat, 22 Mar 2014 16:05:07 +0000 Al Cameron http://www.curling.ca/2014worldwomen-en/?p=1078 South Korea’s Ji-Sun Kim will play in her second semifinal at the Ford World Women’s Curling Championship, presented by Booster Juice, in three years.

South Korean skip Ji-sun Kim and teammate Un-chi Gim celebrate their win in the Page 3-4 playoff on Saturday. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

South Korean skip Ji-sun Kim and teammate Un-chi Gim celebrate their win in the Page 3-4 playoff on Saturday. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

Kim, along with vice-skip (and last-rock thrower) Un-chi Gim, second Seul-Bee Lee and lead Min-ji Um, defeated Russia’s Anna Sidorova 9-5 on Saturday at Harbour Station in Saint John, N.B., to advance to a semifinal showdown against Switzerland’s Binia Feltscher, Saturday at 2 p.m. (all times Atlantic).

Russia, meanwhile, will meet the semifinal loser for the bronze medal Sunday at noon.

“Today we just tried to enjoy the game, we tried to enjoy it even more than before,” said Kim with a smile. “The Russian team is a very good team, but the Korean team members concentrated during the game, so that’s why we got the win in this game.”

South Korea, which reached the semifinal two years ago at the Ford Worlds in Lethbridge, Alta., was able to recover from surrendering a first-end deuce, dominating play for the final nine ends against a Russian team that still seemed shaken after losing its final round-robin contest Thursday night when Sidorova’s last-rock draw for the win, needing only to bite the eight-foot, sailed through the rings. A win would have clinched a berth in the Page 1-2 game.

Saint John N.B.Mar22_2014.Ford World Woman's Curling Championship.Korea skip ji-Sun Kim,Russia second Anna Saitova.CCA/michael burns photo

South Korea’s Ji-sun Kim calls instructions to sweepers as Russia’s Alexandra Saitova looks on. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

While the Russians had the hot start, it was their later mistakes that proved costly as missed draws from Sidorova resulted in a stolen deuce for South Korea in the fifth end, and a stolen single in the eighth.

“The ice today was really fast,” said Sidorova. “We would play a guard shot and it would be in the house. That was the main mistake for us today.”

Interestingly, Kim’s South Korean team (same players, but in different positions) played Switzerland in the semifinal two years ago; Mirjam Ott’s Swiss team would win that semi 9-6 despite trailing 6-5 through eighth ends, and would go on to dispatch Sweden’s Margaretha Sigfridsson in the gold-medal game.

“The important way to win against Switzerland is just to enjoy the game,” said Kim. “If we enjoy that game, we can be the winner of that game.”

The Russians, meanwhile, have 24 hours to pick up the pieces for the bronze-medal game in pursuit of a long-awaited first trip to the podium at the World Women’s.

“We’ve got huge motivation, I would sayl because to get to the top four is for nothing if you don’t have any medals,” said Sidorova. “It is much more important to get the medal and not be fourth.”

All playoff rounds for the 2014 Ford World Women’s Curling Championship will be televised on TSN/RDS/RDS2, the official broadcasting partner of the Season of Champions.

Live scoring is available at: www.curling.ca/scoreboard/?e=58

To purchase tickets to the Ford World Women’s Curling Championship, presented by Booster Juice, go to: www.curling.ca/2014worldwomen-en/tickets/

The French version of this story will be available at www.curling.ca/2014worldwomen-fr/ as soon as possible.

Follow @ccacurling on Twitter (#FWWCC) for updates during the 2014 Ford Worlds.

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Eye Opener Daily Paper – Issue 8 http://www.curling.ca/2014worldwomen-en/2014/03/22/eye-opener-daily-paper-issue-8/ http://www.curling.ca/2014worldwomen-en/2014/03/22/eye-opener-daily-paper-issue-8/#comments Sat, 22 Mar 2014 09:00:12 +0000 Glenn van Gulik http://www.curling.ca/2014worldwomen-en/?p=1071 Here’s the eighth issue of the Eye Opener, the daily newspaper at the 2014 Ford World Women’s Curling Championship in Saint John, N.B.

Eye Opener Day 8 - 2014 Ford World Women's Curling Championship

Eye Opener Day 8 – 2014 Ford World Women’s Curling Championship

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Team Canada off to gold-medal game at 2014 Ford Worlds
 http://www.curling.ca/2014worldwomen-en/2014/03/21/team-canada-off-to-gold-medal-game-at-2014-ford-worlds%e2%80%a8/ http://www.curling.ca/2014worldwomen-en/2014/03/21/team-canada-off-to-gold-medal-game-at-2014-ford-worlds%e2%80%a8/#comments Sat, 22 Mar 2014 01:41:24 +0000 Al Cameron http://www.curling.ca/2014worldwomen-en/?p=1059 Team Canada had two chances to reach Sunday’s gold-medal game at the Ford World Women’s Curling Championship, presented by Booster Juice.

Team Canada celebrates its Page playoff 1-2 win over Switzerland on Saturday. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

Team Canada celebrates its Page playoff 1-2 win over Switzerland on Friday. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

But Rachel Homan’s team from Ottawa was in no mood to take advantage of its second life in the Page playoff system.

Instead, Homan — backed up by third Emma Miskew, second Alison Kreviazuk, lead Lisa Weagle, alternate Stephanie LeDrew, team coach Earle Morris and national coach Elaine Dagg-Jackson — went out Friday night at Harbour Station in Saint John, N.B., and coolly dominated Binia Feltcher and her Swiss team 8-3 in the Page playoff 1-2 game.

With the victory, Team Canada advances to the women’s worlds gold-medal game for the first time since Amber Holland bowed to Sweden’s Anette Norberg in 2011 at Esbjerg, Denmark. The last time Canada won the gold medal was in 2008 when Jennifer Jones prevailed in Vernon, B.C. The gold-medal game is set for 7:30 p.m. (all times Atlantic) on Sunday.

“This was the game we wanted to get to,” said Homan. “Our goals are complete so far, I mean we have one more to go and we want to get that gold this time.”

The Canadians were never really threatened by a Swiss team that was responsible for handing Canada its only round-robin loss. Thanks to a solid performance from the middle of the lineup — Kreviazuk was terrific, shooting 90 per cent with a couple of highlight-reel triple-takeouts in the early going — had looks at points in every end she had the hammer. Canada scored one in the second end, stole one in the third and added a deuce in the fifth.

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Team Canada skip Rachel Homan urges on sweepers Lisa Weagle, left, and Alison Kreviazuk. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

Switzerland had a shot at a steal in the seventh, but Homan made a perfect inturn draw to the four-foot to get out of the jam looking at three Swiss counters.

An end later, with the Swiss working on a deuce, Homan brought the crowd to its feet with a cross-house double takeout to force Feltscher to draw for a single while looking at four Canadian stones.

Homan put the game away with a hit for three in the ninth to prompt handshakes.

“Everybody made some really big shots that game,” said Homan. “Some amazing runbacks and we really nailed the lines this game. And even when we made some mistakes, we made some big ones after that and recovered. It was definitely a team effort out there and I’m really proud of my team for the show that they put on tonight. I mean, credit to the Swiss, we had to make some crazy shots because they were playing really well.”

“We definitely came out to play today,” added Miskew. “It wasn’t perfect, but we played really well and made the key shots when we needed to. We’re used to being the only game on the ice. It took us a few times to really enjoy the experience, but we love the crowd. We had a lot of fun today.”

Switzerland will take its second shot at qualifying for the gold-medal game in Saturday’s semifinal at 2 p.m. The Swiss will take on the winner of the Page 3-4 playoff game Saturday at 9 a.m. between Russia’s Anna Sidorova and South Korea’s Ji-sun Kim.

“Congratulations to Canada, they played really, really, really well,” said Swiss third Irene Schori. “I think we also played really good but Alison had some big shots that were awesome. It was awesome to play with the fans in the stands. They were so loud and we were so excited. We are still happy and we’ll have to do the next game better and hope to see Canada in the final again.”

The winner of the Page 1-2 game will go straight through to Sunday’s 7:30 p.m. gold-medal game, while the loser will drop to the semifinal Saturday at 2 p.m. against the winner of the Page 3-4 game.

The semifinal loser and the Page 3-4 loser will play for the bronze medal Sunday at noon.

“It’s all confidence right now,” said Homan. “We’re feeling really good and we’re going to be nervous come the gold-medal game, but it’s going to be a good thing. It means a lot to us and we want to bring back gold for Canada.”

All playoff rounds for the 2014 Ford World Women’s Curling Championship will be televised on TSN/RDS/RDS2, the official broadcasting partner of the Season of Champions.

Live scoring is available at: www.curling.ca/scoreboard/?e=58

To purchase tickets to the Ford World Women’s Curling Championship, presented by Booster Juice, go to: www.curling.ca/2014worldwomen-en/tickets/

The French version of this story will be available at www.curling.ca/2014worldwomen-fr/ as soon as possible.

Follow @ccacurling on Twitter (#FWWCC) for updates during the 2014 Ford Worlds.

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South Korea turns back Sweden in 2014 Ford Worlds tiebreaker http://www.curling.ca/2014worldwomen-en/2014/03/21/south-korea-turns-back-sweden-in-2014-ford-worlds-tiebreaker/ http://www.curling.ca/2014worldwomen-en/2014/03/21/south-korea-turns-back-sweden-in-2014-ford-worlds-tiebreaker/#comments Fri, 21 Mar 2014 21:02:43 +0000 Al Cameron http://www.curling.ca/2014worldwomen-en/?p=1052 South Korea’s Ji-sun Kim has advanced to the Page playoff 3-4 game at the 2014 Ford World Women’s Curling Championship, presented by Booster Juice.

Team South Korea salutes the crowd after winning the tiebreaker on Friday. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

Team South Korea salutes the crowd after winning the tiebreaker on Friday. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

Kim’s team — vice-skip (and last-rock thrower) Un-chi Gim, second Seul-Bee Lee and lead Min-ji Um — upset Olympic silver-medallist Margaretha Sigfridsson of Sweden 7-5 in a fourth-place tiebreaker at Harbour Station in Saint John, N.B.

With the win, South Korea heads to the Page 3-4 game against Russia’s Anna Sidorova Saturday at 9 a.m. (all times Atlantic).

“Maybe we have no nervousness and can just enjoy the game,” said Kim of Saturday’s assignment.

Gim, who had a wonderful game against the experienced Swedes, shooting 88 per cent, made a lovely short raise to the four-foot to clinch the win.

“We enjoyed today’s game,” said Kim with a smile. “Maybe we were lucky.”

There was nothing lucky, in fact, as the Koreans, who are in the playoffs for the second time in women’s worlds history (Kim’s team finished fourth in Lethbridge, Alta., two years ago) simply did a wonderful job in managing the house and the scoreboard and never allowing Sweden to build an end.

“I think we played a good game and Korea played well and we missed a few key shots,” conceded Sigfridsson.

South Korean skip Ji-sun Kim sweeps a rock as Swedish skip Margaretha Sigfridsson looks on. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

South Korean skip Ji-sun Kim sweeps a rock as Swedish skip Margaretha Sigfridsson looks on. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

Earlier, Gim made what turned out to be the difference-making shot, barely getting by a centre guard to remove a Swedish stone and leave three South Korean counters to take a 5-3 lead.

Sweden couldn’t manage to break the South Korean defence down the stretch, managing only single points in the seventh and ninth ends.

“We wanted a simple game with low points,” said Kim. “The scoreboard was very tight.”

Sigfridsson admitted the long season may have had an effect as her team lost its final round-robin game on Thursday night, and couldn’t recover for the tiebreaker.

“Yes, of course,” she agreed. “But still we should be able to manage to win the games and together get the energy that is needed to go into the playoffs.”

Team Canada’s Rachel Homan and her Ottawa crew — third Emma Miskew, second Alison Kreviazuk, lead Lisa Weagle, alternate Stephanie LeDrew, team coach Earle Morris and national coach Elaine Dagg-Jackson — return to the ice later on Friday for the Page playoff 1-2 game against Switzerland’s Binia Feltscher. Canada finished with 10-1 record, while the Swiss, who were responsible for Canada’s lone defeat, were at 9-2.

The winner of the Page 1-2 game will go straight through to Sunday’s 7:30 p.m. gold-medal game, while the loser will drop to the semifinal Saturday at 2 p.m. against the winner of the Page 3-4 game.

The semifinal loser and the Page 3-4 loser will play for the bronze medal Sunday at noon.

All playoff rounds for the 2014 Ford World Women’s Curling Championship will be televised on TSN/RDS/RDS2, the official broadcasting partner of the Season of Champions.

Live scoring is available at: www.curling.ca/scoreboard/?e=58

To purchase tickets to the Ford World Women’s Curling Championship, presented by Booster Juice, go to: www.curling.ca/2014worldwomen-en/tickets/

The French version of this story will be available at www.curling.ca/2014worldwomen-fr/ as soon as possible.

Follow @ccacurling on Twitter (#FWWCC) for updates during the 2014 Ford Worlds.

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Eye Opener Daily Paper – Issue 7 http://www.curling.ca/2014worldwomen-en/2014/03/21/eye-opener-daily-paper-issue-7/ http://www.curling.ca/2014worldwomen-en/2014/03/21/eye-opener-daily-paper-issue-7/#comments Fri, 21 Mar 2014 18:09:10 +0000 Danielle Inglis http://www.curling.ca/2014worldwomen-en/?p=1043 Here’s the seventh issue of the Eye Opener, the daily newspaper at the 2014 Ford World Women’s Curling Championship in Saint John, N.B.

 

Eye Opener Daily Paper

Eye Opener Daily Paper

Click here to open the Eye Opener Daily Paper in Adobe PDF format

 

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Team Canada locks up top spot at 2014 Ford Worlds http://www.curling.ca/2014worldwomen-en/2014/03/20/team-canada-locks-up-top-spot-at-2014-ford-worlds/ http://www.curling.ca/2014worldwomen-en/2014/03/20/team-canada-locks-up-top-spot-at-2014-ford-worlds/#comments Fri, 21 Mar 2014 01:58:38 +0000 Al Cameron http://www.curling.ca/2014worldwomen-en/?p=1036 It’s been six years since a Canadian team has won a gold medal at the Ford World Women’s Curling Championship, presented by Booster Juice.

Team Canada salutes the crowd after beating Sweden on Thursday night. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

Team Canada salutes the crowd after beating Sweden on Thursday night. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

Rachel Homan’s team from Ottawa finds itself just two wins away from ending that slump after clinching first place in the 12-team round-robin standings on Thursday night at Harbour Station in Saint John, N.B.

Homan, backed up by third Emma Miskew, second Alison Kreviazuk, lead Lisa Weagle, alternate Stephanie LeDrew, team coach Earle Morris and national coach Elaine Dagg-Jackson, knocked off Sweden’s Margaretha Sigfridsson 9-6 to finish the round robin with a 10-1 record.

Team Canada skip Rachel Homan celebrates a big shot against Sweden. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

Team Canada skip Rachel Homan celebrates a big shot against Sweden. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

With the win, Canada will meet Switzerland’s Binia Feltscher (9-2) in the Page playoff 1-2 game on Friday at 7:30 p.m. (all times Atlantic). The winner will advance to Sunday’s 7:30 p.m. gold-medal game, while the loser will drop to Saturday’s 2 p.m. semifinal.

“Now our job is done for the round-robin,” said Homan, the bronze-medallist at last year’s women’s worlds in Latvia. “The one-two is a little more comfortable than going through tiebreakers like last year, so we get a little more rest. My voice needs it, that’s for sure. There’s not as much pressure in the 1-2; either way, you still have a chance at the gold-medal game. And that’s what we’re gunning or now.”

The rest of the playoff picture shapes up like this. South Korea’s Ji-sun Kim (8-3) will play Sweden in a fourth-place tiebreaker on Friday at 2:30 p.m., with the winner moving on to the Page 3-4 game against Russia’s Anna Sidorova (8-3) on Saturday at 9 a.m. The Page 3-4 winner moves to the semifinal while the loser drops to the bronze-medal game on Sunday at noon against the semifinal loser.

Canada, meanwhile, gets two cracks at the final by virtue of its impressive win over the Swedes. Canada dictated the play from the first end on, taking two in the second end, adding a deuce in the sixth and then a masterfully executed three-ender in the eighth, finished off by Homan’s raise to the four-foot.

“That felt really good,” said Homan. “My team played so well on so many big shots. Sweden made some amazing shots, too. Our team kind of took everything from all week and put it all together to make some big, tough shots. We’ll take a lot of those shots for our confidence into the 1-2.”

Russia had a chance to reach the 1-2 game, but let the opportunity slip away when Sidorova was threw her last-shot draw through the house, needing to bite the eight-foot for the victory. That left Anna Kubešková of the Czech Republic with an 8-7 win and dropped the Russians back a step in the playoffs.

South Korea forced the tiebreaker with Sweden with a 10-5 triumph over Scotland’s Kerry Barr (2-9). Kim put three-enders on the scoreboard in the second and sixth ends to get into the playoff mix.

The Koreans, Russians and Swedes all finished with 8-3 records, and were 1-1 against each other, but the Russians had the best results in the pre-game last-shot draw standings to claim third place in the standings.

“We just have to play a good game in the tiebreaker,” said Sigfridsson. “That’s about it. Just reload and come out with a good game tomorrow. There were a few good things to take away with us from this game, but we just didn’t make enough shots.”

In the other Draw 17 game, Denmark’s Madeleine Dupont turned back Latvia’s Evita Regża 10-4. Denmark finished with a 2-9 record while the Latvians trailed the pack at 1-10.

All playoff rounds for the 2014 Ford World Women’s Curling Championship will be televised on TSN/RDS/RDS2, the official broadcasting partner of the Season of Champions.

Live scoring is available at: www.curling.ca/scoreboard/?e=58

To purchase tickets to the Ford World Women’s Curling Championship, presented by Booster Juice, go to: www.curling.ca/2014worldwomen-en/tickets/

The French version of this story will be available at www.curling.ca/2014worldwomen-fr/ as soon as possible.

Follow @ccacurling on Twitter (#FWWCC) for updates during the 2014 Ford Worlds.

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Team Canada locks up playoff berth at 2014 Ford Worlds http://www.curling.ca/2014worldwomen-en/2014/03/20/team-canada-locks-up-playoff-berth-at-2014-ford-worlds/ http://www.curling.ca/2014worldwomen-en/2014/03/20/team-canada-locks-up-playoff-berth-at-2014-ford-worlds/#comments Thu, 20 Mar 2014 21:23:13 +0000 Al Cameron http://www.curling.ca/2014worldwomen-en/?p=1026 We don’t know where they’ll finish in the top four, and we don’t know whom they’ll be playing.

Team Canada's Alison Kreviazuk, left, and Emma Miskew go to work during win over China on Thursday. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

Team Canada’s Alison Kreviazuk, left, and Emma Miskew go to work during win over China on Thursday. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

But we do know this: Team Canada has locked up a playoff berth at the 2014 Ford World Women’s Curling Championship, presented by Booster Juice, and will play in either the Page one-two or Page three-four game on Friday night at Harbour Station at 7:30 p.m. (all times Atlantic).

The opponent and final placing won’t be known until after the conclusion of Thursday night’s final round-robin draw in the 12-team competition, and a potential tiebreaker on Friday afternoon.

But the fact remains that Canada will be in the final four, an outcome clinched by a 6-4 win over Sijia Liu of China on Thursday afternoon, boosting Canada’s record to 9-1, tied in wins with Switzerland’s Binia Feltscher (9-2). A Canadian victory in Thursday night’s final round-robin draw, at 7:30 p.m., over Sweden’s Margaretha Sigfridsson (8-2) would lock up first place for Rachel Homan’s team from Ottawa — third Emma Miskew, second Alison Kreviazuk, lead Lisa Weagle, alternate Stephanie LeDrew, team coach Earle Morris and national coach Elaine Dagg-Jackson.

“Our goal is the 1-2,” said Homan. “Our goal’s not the 3-4 so our job is not done yet.”

Two ends played a pivotal role in the Canadian win over China (6-5). In the sixth end, Liu rolled out on her hit for a single, leaving Canada a stolen point to go up 3-1. And two ends later, Canada scored a three to put the game out of reach.

“I think that was a good win for us,” said Weagle. “It was really close for the beginning, kind of back and forth and we were able to play a really great eighth end and crack it open and hang on until the end. We were patient. They were playing really well. They made so many runbacks and they’re a really great team so we were really happy that we were able to open it up a little in the eighth end.”

Also locking up a playoff spot were the Swiss, who had to grind out a 9-5 victory over Anna Kubešková of the Czech Republic (2-8). The Czechs took three in the second end, but Switzerland rebounded in impressive fashion, stealing one in the sixth and two in the ninth.

Swiss teammates, from left, Irene Schori, Christine Urech and Franciska Kaufmann had reason to smile on Thursday. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

Swiss teammates, from left, Irene Schori, Christine Urech and Franciska Kaufmann had reason to smile on Thursday. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

“That’s the important thing, we are very happy about that,” said Swiss third Irene Schori of the playoff spot. “We never thought that we will get into the playoffs before this championship and now we are there.”

In the other afternoon games, Allison Pottinger of the U.S. (6-5) beat  Scotland’s Kerry Barr (2-8) 8-4, while Germany’s Imogen Lehmann (3-8) doubled Denmark’s Madeleine Dupont (1-9) 10-5.

A win by South Korea’s Ji-sun Kim (7-3) over Scotland, combined with a loss by either Anna Sidorova of Russia (8-2) or Sweden, or both of them, would result in a tiebreaker Friday at 2:30 p.m.

The top four teams advance to the Page playoffs, which see the first-and-second place teams playing for a berth in Sunday’s gold-medal game (7:30 p.m., all times Atlantic). The loser of the one-two game drops to the semifinal (Saturday, 2 p.m.) against the winner of the Page three-four game. The semifinal loser and Page three-four loser will play for the bronze medal Sunday at noon.

Besides Sweden, Russia and South Korea, Latvia’s Evita Regža (1-9) had a bye in the afternoon draw.

All Canadian games and the playoff rounds for the 2014 Ford World Women’s Curling Championship will be televised on TSN/RDS/RDS2, the official broadcasting partner of the Season of Champions.

Live scoring is available at: www.curling.ca/scoreboard/?e=58

To purchase tickets to the Ford World Women’s Curling Championship, presented by Booster Juice, go to: www.curling.ca/2014worldwomen-en/tickets/

The French version of this story will be available at www.curling.ca/2014worldwomen-fr/ as soon as possible.

Follow @ccacurling on Twitter (#FWWCC) for updates during the 2014 Ford Worlds.

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Teams need to bring their ‘A’ game to perform at the Ford Worlds http://www.curling.ca/2014worldwomen-en/2014/03/20/teams-need-to-bring-their-a-game-to-perform-at-the-ford-worlds/ http://www.curling.ca/2014worldwomen-en/2014/03/20/teams-need-to-bring-their-a-game-to-perform-at-the-ford-worlds/#comments Thu, 20 Mar 2014 16:19:15 +0000 Al Cameron http://www.curling.ca/2014worldwomen-en/?p=1015 Take a look at the 12 teams playing today in the 2014 Ford World Women’s Curling Championship, presented by Booster Juice.

Swiss skip Binia Feltscher shows her intensity during Thursday's loss to Russia. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

Swiss skip Binia Feltscher shows her intensity during Thursday’s loss to Russia. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

Even when it comes to the teams that qualify for this weekend’s Page playoffs, even when it comes to the three teams that will step on the medal podium late Sunday evening at Harbour Station in Saint John, N.B., there is no guarantee that you’ll see any of them at the 2015 World Women’s Championship, presented by Ford of Canada, in Sapporo, Japan.

Only the host Japanese team — which isn’t competing this week in Saint John — is guaranteed a berth. The 11 other teams? Well, they have to perform under pressure to book their tickets to Japan 12 months hence.

Russian skip Anna Sidorova apparently didn't like this shot, but she made enough of them to beat Switzerland on Thursday morning. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

Russian skip Anna Sidorova apparently didn’t like this shot, but she made enough of them to beat Switzerland on Thursday morning. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

“I think that’s the right thing,” said Russian skip Anna Sidorova on Thursday, after a clutch 8-5 win over Switzerland’s Binia Feltscher to clinch at least a tiebreaker berth in Saint John. “Lots of teams want to play in the Europeans and lots of teams want to play in the Worlds. Everybody can play, but you have to fight for your right to play there. That’s my opinion. There are only 12 teams here (at the Ford Worlds), and if you want to be in the top 12, you have to show you are ready to fight there.”

The 12-team fields for the men’s and women’s worlds are set up thusly: two teams from the Americas zone (including host, where applicable), two teams from the Pacific-Asia zone (including host, where applicable) and eight teams from Europe (again, including host, where applicable).

The Pacific-Asia teams are determined through the Pacific-Asia regional championship in late fall each year, with the top two finishers earning world berths. If you don’t perform, you don’t advance.

The European qualifiers are decided at the European championships in December. The top seven finishers in the A pool earn berths for their countries, while the eighth-place finisher (or seventh when a world championship is staged in Europe) must face off with the winner of the B pool in a best of three series for the final European berth into the worlds.

Again, if you don’t perform, you don’t advance.

As for the Americas zone, the top finisher from the previous year’s world championship between Canada and the U.S. clinches a spot in the following year’s world championship. The lower-placed finisher can be challenged by another country in the Americas zone, and that’s not an insignificant consideration. Brazilian teams have challenged the U.S. in the past on the men’s side, and the country’s interest in curling is skyrocketing thanks to Olympic exposure.

Once again, performance under pressure is the only way to get to the worlds — nothing is guaranteed to any country.

That was the case going into the final day of round-robin play in Saint John on Thursday, as none of the four Page playoff positions had been decided.

And it was still the case after the morning draw, with five teams still alive for the four spots, including Canada’s Rachel Homan, whose Ottawa team is at 8-1 and had a bye. The Canadians will be back on the ice Thursday at 2:30 p.m. (all times Atlantic) against China’s Sijia Liu (6-4) and then again at 7:30 p.m. in a showdown with Sweden’s Margaretha Sigfridsson (8-2).

The Swedes shook off Wednesday night’s loss to Switzerland with an emphatic 10-4 win over China to nail down at least a tiebreaker berth.

“It was very important to get a few steps forward instead of backwards like yesterday, so that’s what we were aiming for and yes, it was a good game,” said Sigfridsson. “Not perfect, but we were happy with the game. We have everything in our own hands and one game left to play in the round robin, so we’re happy.”

Going into the afternoon slate, Canada is at 8-1, the Swedes, Swiss and Russians are at 8-2 and South Korea’s Ji-sun Kim is at 7-3 and needing a win over Scotland’s Kerry Barr (2-7) on Thursday evening and a loss from one of the two-loss teams this afternoon or this evening, or two losses from Canada, to force a tiebreaker on Friday at 2:30 p.m.

Sweden skip Margaretha Sigfridsson, left, and vice-skip Maria Prytz discuss strategy. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

Sweden skip Margaretha Sigfridsson, left, and vice-skip Maria Prytz discuss strategy. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

South Korea stayed alive with an 8-6 win over Allison Pottinger of the United States, knocking the U.S. (5-5) out of the playoff race, while in the other game, Germany’s Imogen Lehmann (2-8) was a 6-4 winner over Latvia’s Evita Regža (1-9).

The top four teams advance to the Page playoffs, which see the first-and-second place teams playing for a berth in Sunday’s gold-medal game (7:30 p.m., all times Atlantic). The loser of the one-two game drops to the semifinal (Saturday, 2 p.m.) against the winner of the Page three-four game. The semifinal loser and Page three-four loser will play for the bronze medal Sunday at noon.

All Canadian games and the playoff rounds for the 2014 Ford World Women’s Curling Championship will be televised on TSN/RDS/RDS2, the official broadcasting partner of the Season of Champions.

Live scoring is available at: www.curling.ca/scoreboard/?e=58

To purchase tickets to the Ford World Women’s Curling Championship, presented by Booster Juice, go to: www.curling.ca/2014worldwomen-en/tickets/

The French version of this story will be available at www.curling.ca/2014worldwomen-fr/ as soon as possible.

Follow @ccacurling on Twitter (#FWWCC) for updates during the 2014 Ford Worlds.

 

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Eye Opener Daily Paper – Issue 6 http://www.curling.ca/2014worldwomen-en/2014/03/19/eye-opener-daily-paper-issue-6/ http://www.curling.ca/2014worldwomen-en/2014/03/19/eye-opener-daily-paper-issue-6/#comments Thu, 20 Mar 2014 02:38:11 +0000 Danielle Inglis http://www.curling.ca/2014worldwomen-en/?p=1007 Here’s the sixth issue of the Eye Opener, the daily newspaper at the 2014 Ford World Women’s Curling Championship in Saint John, N.B.

 

 

Eye Opener Daily Paper

Eye Opener Daily Paper

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Russians in the hunt entering final day of round robin at Ford Worlds http://www.curling.ca/2014worldwomen-en/2014/03/19/russians-in-the-hunt-entering-final-day-of-round-robin-at-ford-worlds/ http://www.curling.ca/2014worldwomen-en/2014/03/19/russians-in-the-hunt-entering-final-day-of-round-robin-at-ford-worlds/#comments Thu, 20 Mar 2014 01:38:07 +0000 Al Cameron http://www.curling.ca/2014worldwomen-en/?p=998 Russia’s Anna Sidorova and her team from Moscow are making a serious run at a long-awaited medal at the Ford World Women’s Curling Championship, presented by Booster Juice.

Russian skip Anna Sidorova has her team on the verge of a playoff position at the 2014 Ford Worlds. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

Russian skip Anna Sidorova has her team on the verge of a playoff position at the 2014 Ford Worlds. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

The Russians have had success at most levels of curling, including winning the European championship earlier this season in Norway, but a trip to the Ford Worlds podium has eluded them.

But a pair of impressive wins on Wednesday at Harbour Station in Saint John, N.B., have the Russians at 7-2 and on the verge of locking down a place in the playoffs.

Binia Feltscher and Team Switzerland won a crucial game against Sweden on Wednesday night. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

Binia Feltscher and Team Switzerland won a crucial game against Sweden on Wednesday night. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

Wednesday, suffice to say, was a gooder, as far as the Russians were concerned — a 7-4 win over Denmark’s Madeleine Dupont in the afternoon draw followed by a 10-2 Sharknado-like thrashing of China’s Sijia Liu in the evening draw.

“We had the same win total as China (both entered with 6-2 records), so we were pretty serious to play confident,” said Sidorova. “We just wanted to show all our best and trying to be better and better from game to game.”

The Russians are tied for third place in the 12-team round-robin standings with Sweden’s Margaretha Sigfridsson at 7-2, and will finish round-robin play on Thursday against Switzerland’s Binia Feltscher (8-1) and Anna Kubešková of the Czech Republic (2-7).

Can her team get better?

“There are always improvements,” said a smiling Sidorova. “Even if you played the final, you have another final. Me, personally, I just want to win everything in the world. I was born like this, trying to get better and better day to day.”

The Swiss moved into a tie for first place with Team Canada’s Rachel Homan at 8-1 thanks to a 5-3 win over Sweden; Canada had the bye. Both Canada and Switzerland are assured of tiebreaker berths.

The Swiss stole a crucial point in the seventh end en route to the win.

“Yeah, that’s awesome. To win tonight against Sweden that’s very great. Yeah, we’re feeling good,” said smiling Swiss third Irene Schori, whose team hasn’t strayed from its strategy of keeping things clean and wide open. “We planned to play with no risk, just easy shots and it works. Maybe it’s a little bit boring, but that’s our game and we win.”

In other action on Wednesday night, South Korea’s Ji-sun Kim stole single points in the sixth and seventh ends for a 9-4 win over Germany’s Imogen Lehmann. The Koreans improved to 6-3 while Germany dropped to 1-8.

Allison Pottinger of Team U.S.A., left, and teammate Tabitha Peterson are still alive for a playoff berth. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

Allison Pottinger of Team U.S.A., left, and teammate Tabitha Peterson are still alive for a playoff berth. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

In the other game, Allison Pottinger of the U.S. kept her playoff hopes alive with a 7-3 win over Latvia’s Evita Regża. The U.S. sits at 5-4 and needing to win twice on Wednesday and get help elsewhere in the standings to force a tiebreaker. Latvia dropped to 1-8.

Canada caps its round-robin schedule with games on Thursday against at 2:30 p.m. and the Swedes at 7:30 p.m.

The top four teams advance to the Page playoffs, which see the first-and-second place teams playing for a berth in Sunday’s gold-medal game (7:30 p.m., all times Atlantic). The loser of the one-two game drops to the semifinal (Saturday, 2 p.m.) against the winner of the Page three-four game. The semifinal loser and Page three-four loser will play for the bronze medal Sunday at noon.

Besides Canada, the Czechs, Danes (1-8) and Scotland’s Kerry Barr (2-7) had byes.

The 2014 Ford Worlds continue on Thursday, the final day of round-robin play, when draws are set for 9:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

All Canadian games and the playoff rounds for the 2014 Ford World Women’s Curling Championship will be televised on TSN/RDS/RDS2, the official broadcasting partner of the Season of Champions.

Live scoring is available at: www.curling.ca/scoreboard/?e=58

To purchase tickets to the Ford World Women’s Curling Championship, presented by Booster Juice, go to: www.curling.ca/2014worldwomen-en/tickets/

The French version of this story will be available at www.curling.ca/2014worldwomen-fr/ as soon as possible.

Follow @ccacurling on Twitter (#FWWCC) for updates during the 2014 Ford Worlds.

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Team Canada takes over top spot at 2014 Ford Worlds http://www.curling.ca/2014worldwomen-en/2014/03/19/team-canada-takes-over-top-spot-at-2014-ford-worlds/ http://www.curling.ca/2014worldwomen-en/2014/03/19/team-canada-takes-over-top-spot-at-2014-ford-worlds/#comments Wed, 19 Mar 2014 21:38:09 +0000 Al Cameron http://www.curling.ca/2014worldwomen-en/?p=991 An evening out with friends and family, a night in the Patch listening to Signal Hill — it’s the perfect way for Team Canada to celebrate a two-win Wednesday at the 2014 Ford World Women’s Curling Championship, presented by Booster Juice.

South Korea skip Ji-sun Kim watches her shot as Team Canada's Alison Kreviazuk looks on. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

South Korea skip Ji-sun Kim watches her shot as Team Canada’s Alison Kreviazuk looks on. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

Rachel Homan’s Canadian team from Ottawa — third Emma Miskew, second Alison Kreviazuk, lead Lisa Weagle, alternate Stephanie LeDrew, team coach Earle Morris and national coach Elaine Dagg-Jackson — capped a busy stretch of curling with a 10-3 thrashing of South Korea’s Ji-sun Kim on Wednesday at Harbour Station in Saint John, N.B., and will enjoy a bye in the next two draws.

With the win, Canada improved to 8-1, alone in first place in the 12-team round-robin standings, with two other one-loss teams — Sweden’s Margaretha Sigfridsson and Switzerland’s Binia Feltscher — both having played one fewer game.

Swedish skip Margaretha Sigfridsson instructs her sweepers during win over Scotland. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

Swedish skip Margaretha Sigfridsson instructs her sweepers during win over Scotland. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

“Oh my God, I am so ready for a break,” said Homan with a smile. “I can’t wait to NOT curl for 24 hours. We need a break, for sure. Three games in a row, it’s a long haul, and not much sleep, either. It was a big grind this morning against Germany (a 7-5 win thanks to a stolen deuce in the 10th end), so we’ve definitely earned some rest. We’ll have some dinner with friends and family tonight and then we’ll go see Signal Hill in the Patch.”

Canada played one of its most effective games of the championship, outcurling the 5-3 Koreans by a 90-68 margin in shooting percentages. Canada scored deuces in the second and seventh ends, and threes in the third and eighth ends, the latter producing handshakes.

“We played on that sheet twice before, and we struggled with how to throw the rocks, so we felt like this time we actually had it under control and we were able to read the conditions, so we feel pretty good about that,” said Miskew. “We wanted to come out strong, and we felt that we knew the ice, and we weren’t sure how much they knew about the ice, so we felt like we could use that to our advantage. They’re a great team, but we were able to capitalize on some of their mistakes. We were pretty solid out there.”

Canada caps its round-robin schedule with games on Thursday against China’s Sijia Liu (6-2) at 2:30 p.m. and the Swedes at 7:30 p.m. in a game that could decide first place in the round-robin standings.

“Two great teams,” nodded Miskew. “We’re just going to take it like any other day. We haven’t really thought a whole lot about who we’re playing or what their strengths or weaknesses are. We’ve just been trying to make eight shots each end, and we’re going to go out tomorrow and do the same thing.”

The top four teams advance to the Page playoffs, which see the first-and-second place teams playing for a berth in Sunday’s gold-medal game (7:30 p.m., all times Atlantic). The loser of the one-two game drops to the semifinal (Saturday, 2 p.m.) against the winner of the Page three-four game. The semifinal loser and Page three-four loser will play for the bronze medal Sunday at noon.

Sweden needed an extra end to take down Kerry Barr’s Scottish team 8-7. Sigfridsson didn’t need to throw her last rock in the 11th when Barr was heavy on a draw attempt.

Russian skip Anna Sidorova, top, guides sweepers Margarita Fomina, left, and Ekaterina Galkina. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

Russian skip Anna Sidorova, top, guides sweepers Margarita Fomina, left, and Ekaterina Galkina. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

“I feel good and a little bit relieved as well,” said Sigfridsson. “It was a really tight game and we’re glad that we won that. Scotland played really well today and I think it’s the first team that has liked the red stones on that sheet.”

In other action, Russia’s Anna Sidorova improved her playoff hopes with a 7-4 win over Denmark’s Madeline Dupont. The Russians, 6-2 after the win, stole two in the third end and one more in the fourth to add to the misery of the Danes, who trail the pack at 1-8.

“I like the consistency of play that we’re showing,” said Russian lead Ekaterina Galkina. “I really hope that’s the key, because this is really a long competition. Twelve teams, and they’re all very good teams, the best in their country. I think this is the key to being successful here.”

In the other game, Anna Kubešková of the Czech Republic improved to 2-7 with a 10-2 win over Latvia’s Evita Regža (1-7).

Besides Switzerland, China’s Sijia Liu (6-2), Allison Pottinger of the United States (4-4), Germany’s Imogen Lehmann (1-7) and Denmark’s Madeleine Dupont (1-7) had byes on Wednesday afternoon.

The 2014 Ford Worlds continue on Wednesday with a draw scheduled for 7:30 p.m. (all times Atlantic). On Thursday, the final day of round-robin play, draws are set for 9:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

All Canadian games and the playoff rounds for the 2014 Ford World Women’s Curling Championship will be televised on TSN/RDS/RDS2, the official broadcasting partner of the Season of Champions.

Live scoring is available at: www.curling.ca/scoreboard/?e=58

To purchase tickets to the Ford World Women’s Curling Championship, presented by Booster Juice, go to: www.curling.ca/2014worldwomen-en/tickets/

The French version of this story will be available at www.curling.ca/2014worldwomen-fr/ as soon as possible.

Follow @ccacurling on Twitter (#FWWCC) for updates during the 2014 Ford Worlds.

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Canada fights off Germany for clutch win at 2014 Ford Worlds http://www.curling.ca/2014worldwomen-en/2014/03/19/canada-fights-off-germany-for-clutch-win-at-2014-ford-worlds/ http://www.curling.ca/2014worldwomen-en/2014/03/19/canada-fights-off-germany-for-clutch-win-at-2014-ford-worlds/#comments Wed, 19 Mar 2014 16:53:17 +0000 Al Cameron http://www.curling.ca/2014worldwomen-en/?p=973 It had been 20 games since Team Canada skip Rachel Homan needed to throw her last shot in the last end of a curling game.

Team Canada celebrates its win over Germany at the 2014 Ford Worlds in Saint John, N.B. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

Team Canada celebrates its win over Germany at the 2014 Ford Worlds in Saint John, N.B. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

That streak came to an end on Wednesday morning at Harbour Station, but it was still a satisfying result for Homan’s Canadian team from Ottawa — third Emma Miskew, second Alison Kreviazuk, lead Lisa Weagle, alternate Stephanie LeDrew, team coach Earle Morris and national coach Elaine Dagg-Jackson.

Canada stole a single point in the ninth end and two more in the 10th for a stunning 7-5 win over Germany’s Imogen Lehmann to remain tied for first place in the 12-team round-robin standings.

Homan made an angle freeze to a Canadian rock covering the button, and Lehmann was wide with her attempted tap to leave both Canadian counters for the victory.

“It was a great 10th end by our team,” said Homan. “Ali threw one to the pin, and they swept both of my draws to a perfect spot. And I threw my last shot! I know you guys were looking for that. It was a battle by both teams; they made some great shots and we had some tough misses, but we’re moving on and preparing for our next game.”

Swiss third Irene Schori calls off her sweepers during win over Scotland. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

Swiss third Irene Schori calls off her sweepers during win over Scotland. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

Canada struggled early against an inspired German team that entered with a 1-6 record, but caught a break in the ninth when Lehmann missed on her double-takeout attempt to result in a game-tying Canadian steal.

“I think it takes a lot of perseverance to win a game like that, that’s for sure,” said Kreviazuk. “And you have to find a way to keep your cool, and sometimes out there it’s tough to do. But I think we all did a pretty good job despite what was going out there. It feels great knowing that we’ve been in that situation before and we can do it again.”

Canada is tied with Switzerland’s Binia Feltscher at 7-1, just ahead of Sweden’s Margaretha Sigfridsson (6-1), who had a bye on Wednesday morning.

Switzerland kept pace with the Canadians by romping to a 10-5 win over Scotland’s Kerry Barr, who dropped to 2-6 with the loss, her fourth straight.

Chinese skip Sijia Liu gives directions to her sweepers. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

Chinese skip Sijia Liu gives directions to her sweepers. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

China’s Sijia Liu, meanwhile, kept pace with the leaders, drubbing Denmark’s Madeleine Dupont 9-3. The Chinese have won six straight after going 0-2 to open the Ford Worlds, and were never really threatened by the 1-7 Danes.

“We know the ice better and better, and the team’s playing well,” said Liu. “I’m not thinking about the results, I’m just trying to make sure we play better in the next game.”

In the other morning game, Allison Pottinger of the United States picked up a crucial victory, going to an extra end to beat Anna Kubešková of the Czech Republic 7-6. Pottinger didn’t need to throw her last rock in the 11th after Kubešková was heavy with her last-roc draw attempt.

The U.S. improved to 4-4 with the win, while the Czechs dipped to 1-7.

“I think it was good for us; we know we need to win out from here on in to get ourselves in the mix, so it was a big win,” said Pottinger. “We can’t afford to look around at other games. We just have to focus on the sheet we’re on, play our game and win.”

Besides the Swedes, South Korea’s Ji-sun Kim (5-2), Russia’s Anna Sidorova (5-2) and Latvia’s Evita Regźa (1-6) had byes.

The 2014 Ford Worlds continue on Wednesday, with draws scheduled for 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. (all times Atlantic).

All Canadian games and the playoff rounds for the 2014 Ford World Women’s Curling Championship will be televised on TSN/RDS/RDS2, the official broadcasting partner of the Season of Champions.

Live scoring is available at: www.curling.ca/scoreboard/?e=58

To purchase tickets to the Ford World Women’s Curling Championship, presented by Booster Juice, go to: www.curling.ca/2014worldwomen-en/tickets/

The French version of this story will be available at www.curling.ca/2014worldwomen-fr/ as soon as possible.

Follow @ccacurling on Twitter (#FWWCC) for updates during the 2014 Ford Worlds.

 

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Eye Opener Daily Paper – Issue 5 http://www.curling.ca/2014worldwomen-en/2014/03/19/eye-opener-daily-paper-issue-5/ http://www.curling.ca/2014worldwomen-en/2014/03/19/eye-opener-daily-paper-issue-5/#comments Wed, 19 Mar 2014 12:53:28 +0000 Danielle Inglis http://www.curling.ca/2014worldwomen-en/?p=968 Here’s the fifth issue of the Eye Opener, the daily newspaper at the 2014 Ford World Women’s Curling Championship in Saint John, N.B.

 

Eye Opener Daily Paper

Eye Opener Daily Paper

Click here to open the Eye Opener Daily Paper in Adobe PDF format

 

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Canada part of three-way tie at top of 2014 Ford Worlds http://www.curling.ca/2014worldwomen-en/2014/03/18/canada-part-of-three-way-tie-at-top-of-2014-ford-worlds/ http://www.curling.ca/2014worldwomen-en/2014/03/18/canada-part-of-three-way-tie-at-top-of-2014-ford-worlds/#comments Wed, 19 Mar 2014 02:16:47 +0000 Al Cameron http://www.curling.ca/2014worldwomen-en/?p=954 Team Canada is part of a three-way logjam at the top of the standings at the Ford World Women’s Curling Championship, presented by Booster Juice.

Team Canada skip Rachel Homan, left, discusses strategy with teammates Alison Kreviazuk, middle, and Lisa Weagle. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

Team Canada skip Rachel Homan, left, discusses strategy with teammates Alison Kreviazuk, middle, and Lisa Weagle. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

The Rachel Homan-skipped Canadian team — rounded out by third Emma Miskew, second Alison Kreviazuk, lead Lisa Weagle, alternate Stephanie LeDrew, team coach Earle Morris and national coach Elaine Dagg-Jackson — racked up an 8-3 win over Scotland’s Kerry Barr on Tuesday night at Harbour Station in Saint John, N.B.

With the win, Canada improved to 6-1 through four days of round-robin competition, tied with Sweden’s Margaretha Sigfridsson, who had the bye Tuesday night, and Switzerland’s Binia Feltscher, who downed Allison Pottinger of the United States 8-6.

Team Switzerland third Irene Schori, left, encourages sweepers Franziska Kaufmann, middle, and Christine Urech. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

Team Switzerland third Irene Schori, left, encourages sweepers Franziska Kaufmann, middle, and Christine Urech. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

“It was a good day. We played well — two solid games by our team,” said Homan, who was scored at 90 per cent against a stubborn Scottish squad that dropped to 2-5 after the loss. “We’re not playing a hundred per cent, but we’re reading the lines and learning the lines when we need to. You definitely put value in those wins where you don’t play a hundred per cent. You kind of have to grind it out; you don’t get to quit early and you have to keep grinding out the wins and make sure that you’re thinking of the scoreboard and not getting ahead of yourself.

“I would have liked a couple shots back, just an inch here or there, but I’m greedy,” she added with a laugh. “We were on the tolerant side of where I wanted to be.”

Team Canada has four more round-robin games remaining on the docket, with Germany’s Imogen Lehmann (1-6) at 9:30 a.m. and South Korea’s Ji-sun Kim (5-2) at 2:30 p.m. on the docket for Wednesday, before closing out against China’s Sijia Liu (5-2) and the Swedes on Thursday.

“We’re not looking ahead,” said Weagle. “We have four more games, I think? Each game is important, so we’re not looking ahead at all. I don’t even know who we play tomorrow.”

Switzerland, which dropped its first game of the championship earlier on Tuesday against South Korea, bounced back nicely against the faltering U.S. squad, which saw its losing streak extended to four games after going 3-0 to open the Ford Worlds.

The Swiss stole two in the first, one apiece in the second and third ends and two more in the fourth and never looked back.

“The team from the United States played a better second half,” said Swiss vice-skip Irene Schori. “Hence, we almost lost our lead of three points. At the end it was closer than we wanted to have it after leading 6-0 after four ends.”

China, meanwhile, stretched its winning streak to five games with a 6-4 win over Germany’s Imogen Lehmann, with a steal of two in the fifth end the turning point. The Germans dropped to 1-6 with the loss.

Chinese skip Sijia Liu guides her sweepers. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

Chinese skip Sijia Liu guides her sweepers. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

“We’re feeling so good,” said Liu. “I think everybody together (made the difference in this match), and we’re feeling very good.”

In the other Tuesday night game, Anna Kubešková of the Czech Republic picked up her first win after six losses, doubling Denmark’s Madeleine Dupont 8-4 thanks to a fifth-end steal of three. The Danes were 1-6 after the loss.

“It’s an amazing thing, I must say,” said Kubešková. “We’re very happy because the earlier losses are very frustrating, so it’s a great win for us. The great thing for us is the experience, even from the losses. We’d like to do our best to win some more games, and we’ll see how it goes.”

South Korea, Russia’s Anna Sidorova (5-2) and Latvia’s Evita Regža also had byes on Tuesday night.

The 2014 Ford Worlds continue on Wednesday, with draws scheduled for 9:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

All Canadian games and the playoff rounds for the 2014 Ford World Women’s Curling Championship will be televised on TSN/RDS/RDS2, the official broadcasting partner of the Season of Champions.

Live scoring is available at: www.curling.ca/scoreboard/?e=58

To purchase tickets to the Ford World Women’s Curling Championship, presented by Booster Juice, go to: www.curling.ca/2014worldwomen-en/tickets/

The French version of this story will be available at www.curling.ca/2014worldwomen-fr/ as soon as possible.

Follow @ccacurling on Twitter (#FWWCC) for updates during the 2014 Ford Worlds.

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South Korea takes Switzerland down from unbeaten ranks at Ford Worlds http://www.curling.ca/2014worldwomen-en/2014/03/18/south-korea-takes-switzerland-down-from-unbeaten-ranks-at-ford-worlds/ http://www.curling.ca/2014worldwomen-en/2014/03/18/south-korea-takes-switzerland-down-from-unbeaten-ranks-at-ford-worlds/#comments Tue, 18 Mar 2014 21:15:33 +0000 Al Cameron http://www.curling.ca/2014worldwomen-en/?p=947 South Korea’s Ji-sun Kim did the rest of the field a large favour on Tuesday afternoon at the Ford World Women’s Curling Championship, presented by Booster Juice.

South Korean skip Ji-sun Kim urges her teammates to sweep harder during win over Switzerland. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

South Korean skip Ji-sun Kim urges her teammates to sweep harder during win over Switzerland. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

The South Koreans scored five in the eighth end to complete a 9-2 win over Switzerland’s Bina Feltscher at Harbour Station in Saint John, N.B., handing the Swiss their first loss in the 12-team round-robin competition.

That result, combined with Sweden’s Margaretha Sigfridsson racking up an 11-4 triumph over Germany’s Imogen Lehmann, left the 6-1 Swedes alone in top spot, with Switzerland dropping into a tie for second place with Canada’s Rachel Homan at 5-1; the Canadians had the bye in the afternoon draw.

Kim’s team was able to handle what has been a tricky outside sheet of ice — the key to the victory, according to the skip.

Chinese skip Jinli Liu, right, and teammate Rui Wang look on during win over Latvia. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

Chinese lead Jinli Liu, right, and teammate Rui Wang look on during win over Latvia. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

“Today the ice conditions were difficult but we were able to figure it out to win,” she said. “It was a little straight, and Switzerland throws more rotation, so we were helped by that.”

South Korea improved to 5-2 with the victory, tied with Russia’s Anna Sidorova and firmly in the hunt for one of the four available playoff berths.

“It was very important. If we had lost to Switzerland, maybe we wouldn’t make the playoffs. But with the win, we are hopeful for the playoffs.

Sweden fell behind Germany early, giving up single points in the first two ends before rallying with three in the third end and two more in the fifth to give the Germans their fifth loss in six games.

“We had a really good day today, and we played some really good games,” said Maria Prytz, who throws fourth stones for the Swedes. “Both this morning and this afternoon, the games were quite tight in the beginning and then we had a few really good ends, so that was nice.”

The Swedes are in strong position for a playoff berth in hopes of Sigfridsson claiming her first World Championship gold medal after four previous silvers.

“It feels quite good right now,” said a smiling Prytz. “But there are always things you can be better on. The ice is very good and keen, and we have to focus on not being too heavy with our draws. So maybe that’s what we need to improve.”

Russia capped a two-win Tuesday with an 8-5 triumph over Allison Pottinger of the United States, whose team took its third straight loss after opening the Ford Worlds with three straight wins. Russia scored a deuce in the seventh and stole two in the 10th when Pottinger missed on a Hail Mary takeout attempt.

Russian skip Anna Sidorova wasn't happy with this shot, but she was happy with the win on Tuesday over the United States. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

Russian skip Anna Sidorova wasn’t happy with this shot, but she was happy with the win on Tuesday over the United States. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

“That was a really important win for us — even if we have the same wins as the U.S. (at the conclusion of the round robin) we will be ahead of them now (on a tiebreaker),” said Sidorova. “It’s been a really tough season. We want to be successful at every championships and that means we spend a lot of energy and power and are trying to give everything to win. We still have the desire to win medals, and that’s the main thing, so we’ll think about tiredness later.”

In the other Tuesday afternoon game, China’s Sijia Liu won her fourth straight game, downing Latvia’s Evita Regža 9-5. China improved to 4-2 while Latvia dropped to 1-6.

Scotland’s Kerry Barr (2-4), Denmark’s Madeleine Dupont (1-5) and the Czech Republic’s Anna Kubešková (0-6) also had byes in Draw 10.

The 2014 Ford Worlds continue on Tuesday with a draw at 7:30 p.m. (all times Atlantic). On Wednesday, draws are scheduled for 9:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

All Canadian games and the playoff rounds for the 2014 Ford World Women’s Curling Championship will be televised on TSN/RDS/RDS2, the official broadcasting partner of the Season of Champions.

Live scoring is available at: www.curling.ca/scoreboard/?e=58

To purchase tickets to the Ford World Women’s Curling Championship, presented by Booster Juice, go to: www.curling.ca/2014worldwomen-en/tickets/

The French version of this story will be available at www.curling.ca/2014worldwomen-fr/ as soon as possible.

Follow @ccacurling on Twitter (#FWWCC) for updates during the 2014 Ford Worlds.

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Team Canada takes down Latvia at Ford World Women’s http://www.curling.ca/2014worldwomen-en/2014/03/18/team-canada-takes-down-latvia-at-ford-world-womens/ http://www.curling.ca/2014worldwomen-en/2014/03/18/team-canada-takes-down-latvia-at-ford-world-womens/#comments Tue, 18 Mar 2014 15:59:52 +0000 Al Cameron http://www.curling.ca/2014worldwomen-en/?p=934 With a hundreds of students in the stands at Harbour Station, Team Canada gave them something to cheer about on Tuesday morning at the 2014 Ford World Women’s Curling Championship, presented by Booster Juice.

Team Canada skip Rachel Homan waves to the crowd after her team's win on Tuesday. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

Team Canada skip Rachel Homan waves to the crowd after her team’s win on Tuesday. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

The Canadian team, skipped by Rachel Homan and rounded out by third Emma Miskew, second Alison Kreviazuk, lead Lisa Weagle, alternate Stephanie LeDrew, team coach Earle Morris and national coach Elaine Dagg-Jackson, doubled Latvia’s Evita Regža 8-4 to improve to 5-1, tied for second place in the 12-team round-robin standings with Sweden’s Margaretha Sigfridsson. Switzerland’s Binia Feltscher is at 5-0 and alone in first; the Swiss had a bye on Tuesday morning.

The fans were showing off their Canadian pride on Tuesday. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

The fans were showing off their Canadian pride on Tuesday. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

The Canadians put deuces on the scoreboard in the first, third and seventh ends to give the Latvians (1-5) their fifth straight loss.

“It wasn’t our best game, but Rachel played really well and we were able to capitalize on some mistakes to hang in there,” said Miskew, referring to a dandy 94 per cent shooting game from Homan. “We’re definitely rolling and trying to get better in every game.”

Team Canada is back on the ice on Tuesday night against Scotland’s Kerry Barr (2-4), looking not only for a victory but also for as much information as possible as the playoff stretch drive gets underway.

“There’s other stuff at play in the round robin other than wins,” said Miskew. “I mean, obviously you need enough wins to get into the playoffs for the other stuff to matter, but we definitely want to be reading the ice, getting a good feel for the rocks, and decide which rocks we like because we would get to select them in the playoff round. Just pay attention to the all the little details is really important for us.”

The Scots will be looking for a victory after dropping a 10-4 decision to Russia’s Anna Sidorova on Tuesday morning. Russia took control by scoring three in the fifth end and stealing three more in the sixth.

Russian skip Anna Sidorova shouts instructions to her sweepers. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

Russian skip Anna Sidorova shouts instructions to her sweepers. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

“Of course, every win is important here because nobody knows what’s going to happen later,” said Sidorova, whose team improved to 4-2. “So we’re trying to win as many games as we can in the round robin, and then we’ll see if it’s enough or not. I think we need at least seven wins, and then we’ll have a relatively good chance for the top four (and a playoff berth).”

Sweden, meanwhile, continued its strong play, rolling to a 7-2 win over Denmark’s Madeleine Dupont. The Swedes broke the game open with three in the fourth end, and single points in the sixth, seventh and eighth ends.

“We have everything in our own hands and we want to play well and have a really good way of going into the playoffs,” said Sigfridsson. “There’s many more games to play and we need to keep on working with our game, but it feels good. The last three games have been really good and we feel we are in the place we want to be.”

South Korean skip Ji-sun Kim. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

South Korean skip Ji-sun Kim. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

In the other Tuesday morning game, South Korea’s Ji-sun Kim stole a deuce in the 10th end for an 8-5 triumph over Anna Kubešková of the Czech Republic. The South Koreans improved to 4-2, while the Czechs remained winless at 0-6.

Allison Pottinger of the United States (3-2), China’s Sijia Liu (3-2) and Germany’s Imogen Lehmann (1-4) also had byes in the morning draw.

The 2014 Ford Worlds continue on Tuesday with draws at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. (all times Atlantic).

All Canadian games and the playoff rounds for the 2014 Ford World Women’s Curling Championship will be televised on TSN/RDS/RDS2, the official broadcasting partner of the Season of Champions.

Live scoring is available at: www.curling.ca/scoreboard/?e=58

To purchase tickets to the Ford World Women’s Curling Championship, presented by Booster Juice, go to: www.curling.ca/2014worldwomen-en/tickets/

The French version of this story will be available at www.curling.ca/2014worldwomen-fr/ as soon as possible.

Follow @ccacurling on Twitter (#FWWCC) for updates during the 2014 Ford Worlds.

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