Norway women record first 2019 World Juniors win

  • Norway skip Maia Ramsfjell © WCF / Rachel MacRae

Norway carved out their first win of the event so far with a 5-4 victory over Scotland in Tuesday morning’s fourth session of women’s round-robin play at the World Junior Curling Championships 2019 in Liverpool, Canada.

Meanwhile, Switzerland moved into a clear lead at the top of the table, beating Russia by 7-6 for a fourth win that keeps their unbeaten record intact.

Norway sealed their win with a single point steal in the tenth end when Scotland’s skip Lisa Davie was too straight with her final hit, and afterwards, Norway skip Maia Ramsfjell said, “it feels really good. We didn’t play well in the previous games so it’s nice to see we played well in this game and got our first win.”

Asked if this win brought her team back into contention, she simply said, “we know we have this level of curling in us.”

The game between Switzerland and Russia looked like it was heading for an extra end, but Russia’s last take-out effort sailed through the house to give Russia just two points from the end rather than the three points they needed to keep the game going.

After this win, Switzerland skip Raphaela Keiser said, “that was pretty intense, it was close all the time. We were kind of even and we knew it was going to be the last end that would show who is the winner. We had a great ninth to get ahead a little bit. I was getting ready for an extra end and then their last was heavy.”

This win puts Switzerland into a clear lead at the top of the table, but about that, Keiser said, “it doesn’t matter what position we have, we still have five games left. We’ll just focus on those and try to win a few.”

Elsewhere in the session, Sweden beat Canada by 9-3 for a second successive win that puts then back into contention. Afterwards, their skip Tova Sundberg said, “that was a really good game from us. We made pretty much everything in this game, we were really, really great! I haven’t had the time to think about it a lot yet, but we made some pretty important shots and we really took advantage when they missed a shot. I think that was the key to this game.”

She added, “this is Team Sweden on track now. You’ll see us keeping this winning streak from now.”

China beat Japan by 9-3 while Korea were 9-6 winners over United States. These results, along with Russia’s loss mean that China, Korea and Russia share second spot on three wins, while Japan are still without a win so far.

Results and standings:

Session four: United States 6-9 Korea; China 9-3 Japan; Switzerland 7-6 Russia; Norway 5-4 Scotland; Canada 3-9 Sweden.

Standings after session four (W-L):

Switzerland 4-0
China 3-1
Korea 3-1
Russia 3-1
Canada 2-2
Sweden 2-2
Norway 1-3
Scotland 1-3
United States 1-3
Japan 0-4

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