March 29, 2008

Ford World Women's Curling Championship 17

Canada met Japan in the semi final of the Ford World Women's Curling Championship in Vernon British Columbia. Is an all Asian final possible?

This was one of the best games I have ever seen in my life. The shot making was unbelievable from both teams. Japan grabbed the lead in the sixth end with a hit for three shots but Canada got two back in the seventh, Japan still led by one. Japan got another two in the eighth, Canada had a raised take out for two in the ninth going into the last end one down.

In the tenth Canada lay two shots, skip Moe Meguro took one out, the game was going into an extra end. Canada lay one fully on the four foot, Meguro opted to draw but was light, Canada stole a single and the game.

Canada will meet China for the third time in the final, Japan play Switzerland for the bronze medal.

They say curling fans are getting older and they could be right, one lady in today's audience proudly announced she would be 101 in June!

You can find all the linescores and statistics here. Playoff games are available on CurlTV. And Eurosport has coverage of the final games at Vernon.

Photo of Moe Meguro, and of Jennifer Jones saying a wee prayer, is by Hugh Stewart.

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