Canada and Switzerland senior women to compete for World gold medals

  • Switzerland celebrate their semi-final win Photo: © WCF / Céline Stucki

Canada’s women remained unbeaten as they beat defending champions Scotland by 5-3 in Friday (28 April) afternoon’s semi-finals in the World Seniors Curling Championships 2017, being held in Lethbridge, Canada’s ATB Centre, Lethbridge Curling Club.

The score was level at 3-3 as the teams played the seventh end which Canada blanked. In the eighth end, Scotland skip Jackie Lockhart was just wide with her last-stone draw attempt, to give Canada two more points for the 5-3 win, without their skip Colleen Jones having to play her last stone.

In the other semi-final, USA had a late revival to score three in the seventh end and then steal one point in the eighth end to force an extra end, but in the extra end Switzerland’s skip Cristina Lestander played a solid promote to remove the counting USA stone, score three and head for a gold medal showdown with Canada. This leaves USA to play Scotland for bronze medals

Both the bronze and gold games take place on Saturday (29 April) morning at 10.00 (minus six, Universal Coordinated Time).

They Said It:

Colleen Jones; skip, Canada (after 5-3 win over Scotland): “Semi-finals are terrifying; if you lose, you’re playing for bronze and if you win you’re playing for gold. It’s such a massive, pressure-filled game. We’ve played Jackie [Lockhart, Scotland skip] a lot over the years, and she sort of had our number for a long time. She’s such a shot-maker and she’s not afraid of anything. It was a fun game to be in, and I could have cried tears of joy on winning. Each one of us just felt so passionate about winning it and getting to the final. This was obviously a huge game to win, and we’re thankful for it, and we’ll celebrate it. But, we have to focus on the finish. Winning the Worlds is what we came here to do, so we have one more job to do.”

Cristina Lestander; skip, Switzerland (after 8-5 extra end win over USA): “What a surprise, it really is. We had a very good start and we had a 5-1 lead, but you know what happens in curling – all of a sudden, the game changes. I had a couple of bad stones and that’s how USA came back. We even had bad shots in the extras end, but we had another chance to make the shot. To be here is really great and to win such a match is a great thing. How to win gold? Just make fewer mistakes. We’ll just enjoy it, we’re not scared.”

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