WJCC 2013: Play-offs, Men and Tie-breakers, Women

It took all the way to an extra end, but Scotland booked themselves a place in Sunday's final with an 8-6 win over Canada in the Page 1 v 2 Play-off.

Russia won the Page 3 v 4 game, beating Sweden by 6-4, and now Canada and Russia will play in Saturday's sole semi-final to determine which of them will face Scotland in Sunday's gold medal game. The loser of that game will play Sweden for bronze medals.

Both Page games were tight all the way, with the lead changing hands five times in the Canada - Scotland encounter, and there was never more than two points between the teams in the Russia - Sweden game until the ninth end.

In their game, Scotland took an early lead and went into the fifth end break 2-1 up, but Canada made the first break-through when their skip, Matt Dunstone, executed a nice hit and stay to score three points and take a 4-2 lead in the sixth end.

The Scots responded straightaway when their skip, Kyle Smith, had his own hit and stay to score two points in the seventh end, and level the game again. The Scots then nudged ahead in the eighth end when Dunstone wrecked on a front guard, handing the Scots a steal of one point and a 5-4 lead.

With the tension mounting, Canada drew for two points in the ninth end to re-take the lead, at 6-5 and in the tenth end the Scots looked set to win when Smith only had to produce a full hit on a Canadian stone to score two points or more for his win. But, rather than hit the Canadian stone full-on, because of its protection, Smith could only nudge it to score one point, level the score at 6-6, and force the extra end.

With his last stone of this extra end, Smith played a very difficult double take-out, leaving two of this own stones in the house, and when Dunstone was heavy and wide with his final draw, the Scots scored two points and booked their place in Sunday’s final.

Afterwards, Scotland skip, Kyle Smith, said: "That's phenomenal. I'm absolutely delighted. It was a pretty good game, not many mistakes. He got a three in six when we had a poor end - that was probably the only poor end of the game. It was close all the way, and you can't ask for much more."

Having said that, Smith thought he should have won the game without having to go to the extra end. He said: "We were looking quite good in the tenth and he just threw his last stone into a really good spot. I think we just over-swept my last otherwise we would have won it in ten."

Referring back to winning bronze last year, he said: "We'll try to make it two better - we'll just be trying to do what we've been doing these whole two weeks."

Meanwhile Canadian skip. Matt Dunstone, said: "We knew he was going to make his shot and I knew I was going to have to draw to the four foot and it just didn't work out. The positive we can take out of this is we still have a shot at the gold. We've outplayed them both times we played against them. We've been all over them. We hope to play them in the big game."

Looking forward to Saturday's semi-final against Russia, he said: "Russia's been on a hot streak. They've won eight straight games now. We know this will be no easier than our game against Scotland so we'll have to come out firing tomorrow."

Russia's 6-4 win over Sweden in the Page 3-4 game puts them one step away from making their own little bit of curling history - by winning their first-ever world junior medal.

In this game, the Swedes took the early lead, with a single point in the second end, but the Russian break-through came in the sixth end when their skip, Evgeniy Arkhipov, played a perfect hit and roll to not only prevent Sweden making a big score, but setting up a single steal for one point and a 4-2 lead when the Swedes could not remove it.

Eventually, after the teams swapped two points in the seventh and ninth ends, Russia ran Sweden out of stones in the tenth end to go onto the sole semi-final against Canada.

After this game, Russian coach Vasily Gudin said: “It was a very nervous game for both teams. But my team especially were more careful and more accurate at the right moments. It’s impossible to be cool in games like this because this is the first time for the boys," adding: "It’s a big step for Russian curling because it’s the first time we have had the possibility to go for a medal at a competition like the Worlds - we have never been before.”

Earlier in the day, the women’s tie-breakers decided on the final standings which determined the teams for the 3 v 4 Play-off. The Czech Republic beat Denmark 8-4 in nine ends, while Russia beat Sweden 8-1 in only six ends. That means Czech Republic will face Russia in the 3 v 4 Play-off, at the same time as Scotland face Japan in the 1 v 2 at 12:00 (MSK).

RESULTS

Men’s Play-offs: Sweden 4, Russia 6; Canada 6, Scotland 8.

Standings after Men’s Play-offs:
Scotland won 9, lost 1
Canada 7-3
Russia 8-2
Sweden 6-4
5. Norway 5-4
6. Italy 5-4
7. USA 4-5
8. Switzerland 2-7
9. China 1-8
10. Czech Republic 0-9

Women’s Tie-breakers: Denmark 4, Czech Republic 8; Sweden 1, Russia 8.

Standings after Women’s Tie-breakers:
Scotland 8-1
Japan 6-3
Czech Republic 6-4
Russia 6-4
5. Sweden 5-5
6. Denmark 5-5
7. USA 4-5
8. Switzerland 3-6
9. Canada 3-6
10. Norway 1-8

Curling fans around the world will be able to follow live coverage of the event on the event website http://wjcc2013.worldcurling.net and the World Curling Federation’s YouTube Channel World Curling TV.

The live coverage schedule is available along with news, live scores, shot by shot and galleries on the event website: http://wjcc2013.worldcurling.net

World Junior Curling Championships Facebook Page: Hit ‘like’ to keep updated: http://www.facebook.com/WorldJuniorCurlingChampionships

Twitter hashtag for the event: #wjcc2013

The World Junior Curling Championships 2014 will take place in Flims, Switzerland, from 26 February to 5 March 2014 in the Waldhaus Curling Arena.

CAN, wjcc 2013, Brendan MacCuishPhoto: WCF/Alina Pavliuchik
RUS : wjcc 2013Photo: WCF/Alina Pavliuchik
SWE : wjcc 2013, CAN, Daniel Grant, JesperPhoto: WCF/Alina Pavliuchik
RUS SWE : wjcc 2013Photo: WCF/Alina Pavliuchik
SCO : wjcc 2013, Cammy Smith, Matthew Dunstone,Photo: WCF/Alina Pavliuchik
RUS SWE : Artur Ali, Evgeny Arkhipov, GustavPhoto: WCF/Alina Pavliuchik
SCO : Kyle Smith, wjcc 2013Photo: WCF/Alina Pavliuchik
RUS SWE : Dmitry Mironov, wjcc 2013Photo: WCF/Alina Pavliuchik
SCO : Thomas Muirhead, wjcc 2013, CAN, ColtonPhoto: WCF/Alina Pavliuchik
SCO : Kyle Smith, wjcc 2013, Thomas MuirheadPhoto: WCF/Alina Pavliuchik
SCO : CAN, Kyle Smith, Matthew Dunstone, wjcc 2013Photo: WCF/Alina Pavliuchik
CAN, Daniel Grant, wjcc 2013Photo: WCF/Alina Pavliuchik
Matthew Dunstone, wjcc 2013, CANPhoto: WCF/Alina Pavliuchik
wjcc 2013, Evgeny ArkhipovPhoto: WCF/Alina Pavliuchik
wjcc 2013, Matthew Dunstone, CANPhoto: WCF/Alina Pavliuchik
SCO : Cammy Smith, Kyle Smith, Kyle Waddell, wjccPhoto: WCF/Alina Pavliuchik
RUS : Sergey Glukhov, wjcc 2013Photo: WCF/Alina Pavliuchik
SCO : Kyle Waddell, wjcc 2013Photo: WCF/Alina Pavliuchik
SCO : Cammy Smith, CAN, Kyle Waddell, MatthewPhoto: WCF/Alina Pavliuchik
RUS : Johannes Patz, wjcc 2013Photo: WCF/Alina Pavliuchik
RUS SWE : wjcc 2013, Artur Ali, Gustav Eskilsson,Photo: WCF/Alina Pavliuchik
SCO : wjcc 2013, Cammy SmithPhoto: WCF/Alina Pavliuchik
SWE : wjcc 2013Photo: WCF/Alina Pavliuchik
RUS : Sergey Glukhov, wjcc 2013Photo: WCF/Alina Pavliuchik
RUS : Artur Ali, wjcc 2013Photo: WCF/Alina Pavliuchik
Johannes Patz, wjcc 2013Photo: WCF/Alina Pavliuchik
CAN, Daniel Grant, wjcc 2013Photo: WCF/Alina Pavliuchik
RUS : Artur Ali, WMJCC 2013Photo: © WCF / Richard Gray 2013
SWE : Patric Mabergs, wjcc 2013, JesperPhoto: WCF/Alina Pavliuchik
SCO : Thomas Muirhead, WMJCC 2013Photo: © WCF / Richard Gray 2013
SCO : Cammy Smith, Kyle Waddell, ThomasPhoto: WCF/Alina Pavliuchik
WMJCC 2013, Daniel Grant, Brendan MacCuish, canPhoto: © WCF / Richard Gray 2013
SCO : Kyle Smith, wjcc 2013Photo: WCF/Alina Pavliuchik
SWE : Jesper Johansson, Patric Mabergs, WMJCC 2013Photo: © WCF / Richard Gray 2013

Share this page

More Information

Official Olympic Website
WCF Official Partners