March 23, 2008

Ford World Women's Curling Championship 3

Team Scotland went into their second game at the Ford World Women's Curling Championship in Vernon, British Columbia, with a good win against Russia in the bank.

Today they meet Sweden who suffered a bad loss against China yesterday, with just two games in this draw the arena is quieter but the Scottish contingent is out in force to cheer on the team.

The game started well for Scotland with a two score in the first end. But Sweden worked away over the next few ends and tied the game at four all after six. Things went horribly wrong for Team Munro in end seven, facing two Swedish counters Gail opted for a hit, her stone swung too far wrecking on a guard, they lost two. In the eighth Gail had a chance for two but her last stone draw ran too far. A two score to Sweden in the ninth killed the game, Sweden had a three shot lead going into the final end and kept the house clear. Needing three to tie the game Scotland ran out of stones, final score 9/5.

Now here's a thing, at the European Championships unfinished ends were not scored, but in this Championship they are.

Russia looked to be running away with their game against China scoring four in end two, but a burnt Russian stone in the fourth allowed China back into the game with a three score. Russia looked the stronger team but the Chinese kept working away at the game. In the final end China lay two for game, Russia had last stone, skip Liudmila Privivkova went for a tap back but the stone slipped past, China had their second win.

You can find all the linescores and statistics here.

Want to watch the action? Then check out the webstreaming coverage of the WWCC2008 that is available to viewers in Europe, Japan, the United States and Canada at:

This, of course, is in addition to the TV coverage available, some of which (Eurosport and NHK Japan) is listed here:

Photo of Lyndsay Wilson by Hugh Stewart.

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