Session 12 Roundup

Canada return to the top of the standings Photo © WCF / Richard Gray 2015

Canada moved to the top of the rankings at the ZEN-NOH World Women's Curling Championship in Tsukisamu Gymnasium, Sapporo, Japan, with a six-end 9-3 win over Norway in Wednesday morning's 12th round robin session.

This game was close until the fifth end when Canada's skip Jennifer Jones rolled her last stone into the house to take out a Norwegian stone and score five points.

Norwegian skip Kristin Skaslien then had a complete miss with her take-out attempt in the sixth end, handing Canada steal of two more points. Norway then conceded with the final score 9-3 to Canada.

After her win, Jones said; "We're feeling pretty good, we're really enjoying the ice and we've got a really good handle on the speed of the ice. We've had a lot of big games out there where we've had to come out and play well."

About her opponents she added: "They played a really good game and unfortunately for them we got the really big end."

The game between Sweden and Finland also turned out to be one-sided. In the third end, their fourth player Maria Prytz weaved her stone through a crowded house to hit out a Finnish counter and score a game-changing six points for a 7-2 lead.

The Swedes completed their domination of the game in the sixth end when Prytz hit again to score four more points and force Finland to concede, with a final score of 12-4.

Scotland faced Russia in this session and the Russians opened with a score of two points in the first end.

In the fourth end, Russia's skip Anna Sidorova wrecked on a guard with her second stone, leaving Scotland's Eve Muirhead with a draw that, after an umpire's measure gave her four points and a 5-3 lead.

The Scots scored a further three points in the ninth end and Russia conceded with the final score at 9-5.

Later, Muirhead said: "I was really pleased with that. We gave up a soft two in the first end but we kept fighting because we knew we had to. We're still in there, right in the mix now."

Another team that is in the mix with Scotland is Japan who came up against Denmark in this session.

In the third end Japan's skip Ayumi Ogasawara drew her last stone into the house to score two points for a 3-1 lead. This was the only two-point end in what was a tight game.

In the tenth end, Ogasawara hit out a Danish stone to score one point and win by 7-4.

Speaking afterwards, Japan's skip Ayumi Ogasawara said: "My teammates played well and I also got a good shot at the end, so I’m happy. This game was broadcast live so I’m happy the Japanese people could see this performance."

With Canada in clear first place and Switzerland just one win behind them in second, four teams - Japan, Russia, Scotland and Sweden are now tied in third place.

Session 12:
Sweden 12, Finland 4; Scotland 9, Russia 5; Denmark 4, Japan 7; Canada 9, Norway 3.

Standings after 12 sessions of play (W-L)
1. Canada (7-1)
2. Switzerland (6-1)
3. Japan (5-3)
3. Russia (5-3)
3. Scotland (5-3)
3. Sweden (5-3)
7. China (4-3)
7. Germany (4-3)
9. Denmark (2-6)
9. Finland (2-6)
11. USA (1-6)
12. Norway (0-8)

During the round robin portion of a competition, teams with the same win-loss record will be listed alphabetically, by their three letter code, and ranked equal.

Results, statistics, news and photos from the ZEN-NOH World Women’s Curling Championship 2015 can be seen here on the World Curling Federation’s official event website:

WCTV will provide extensive live and video-on-demand coverage to broadcasters around the world from Sapporo. The full broadcast schedule is here:

In addition, curling fans around the world will be able to follow selected live coverage of the 2015 World Championship events via the World Curling Federation’s YouTube Channel

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