EXTRA END JOY FOR SCOTLAND BEATING DEFENDING CHAMPS CANADA AT WORLDS
Scotland kept their winning run going at the LGT Women’s World Curling Championship with an extra end victory over defending champions Canada as skip Sophie Jackson returned to the ice in Copenhagen.
Jackson’s recovery from a back injury was a further boost to the team, who had recovered from losing their first two matches to win their previous three with alternate Lauren Gray standing in and the skip produced the shots that mattered to earn them a vital victory.
The teams had been level in the standings with three wins and two defeats and Chelsea Carey’s Canadians looked to be in control when they reached the halfway point in the match leading 3-1.
After her enforced lay-off Jackson had been struggling to find her touch, but re-discovered it when it mattered to out-play Carey at the eighth end with an accurate draw to put pressure on the Canadian skip, then a take-out to pick up two shots and level the match.
Confidence fully restored, Jackson then played a perfect draw to freeze onto the Canadian shot stone and count with the first of her shots at the ninth end then, after Carey’s attempt to draw the shot came up fractionally short, guarding perfectly to force her opposite number to attempt a raise which she missed, the steal taking the Scots into the final end with a lead.
Carey missed a draw for the match with her final stone and in the extra end Jackson’s team-mates Sophie Sinclair, Mili Smith and Naomi Brown set things up well to let their skip round off the win when Carey left her last ditch attempt to draw the shot sufficiently open to allow a straightforward clear for the win.
“It’s always good to beat Canada, especially at a World Championships. We struggled just when we lost a two at the second end, so it was good to keep fighting and just keep communicating well and really push through. It took us 11 ends but we got there.”
A winning record as they move into the second half of the round-robin stage gives the Scots every chance of reaching the play-offs, but on what is their debut at this level they know there is still considerable work to be done.
“We’re in a really good place,” Jackson acknowledged. “We’ve got a few tough games coming up, so we’ll just take them game by game and see what we can do, but we’re feeling confident and having a really good time.”
Lauren Gray (alternate)
Day One (4W 2 L)
Scotland v Japan 4-10
Scotland v China 7-10
Scotland v Finland 9-3
Scotland v Germany 9-8
Scotland v Latvia 5-4
Scotland v Canada 6-5 (EE)
Photos © WCF / Celine Stucki