Canada win Women's World Senior Curling Championship 2017

  • Canada women win gold Photo © WCF / Céline Stucki

Canada completed an undefeated week when they beat Switzerland by 10-5 in Saturday (29 April) morning’s gold medal final in the World Seniors Curling Championships 2017, being held in Lethbridge, Canada’s ATB Centre, Lethbridge Curling Club.

At the same time Scotland took bronze medals with an 8-5 win over USA.

The Canadians – skip Colleen Jones, third Kim Kelly, second player Mary Sue Radford, and lead Nancy Delahunt, supported by coach Helen Radford – dominated the early part of the gold medal final. Switzerland opened with a single point in the first end but after that Canada scored three points in the second end, then stole a further three points in the third end.

Switzerland scored three points of their own in the fourth end, but a further score of three points by the Canadians in the fifth end put the game beyond the Swiss team – skip Cristina Lestander, third Anne Marie Mueller, second player Monika Gafner and lead Daniela Gygax, supported by alternate Irene Beck and coach Daniel Zimmerman - who conceded after seven ends with the score at 10-5.

The bronze medal game between Scotland and the USA was tighter, with the teams swapping single points in the first four ends to go into the break tied at 2-2. The break-through came in the fifth end when USA skip Patti Lank missed a take-out, leaving Scottish skip Jackie Lockhart to draw for four points and a 6-2 lead.

The Scots – skip Jackie Lockhart, third Christine Cannon, second player Isobel Hannen and lead Margaret Richardson, supported by alternate Janet Lindsay - survived a USA challenge when they scored three points in the sixth end to emerge as 8-5 winners to take bronze.

They Said It:

Colleen Jones; skip, Canada (after 10-5 win over Switzerland): “It feels really sweet, to have finished it and to win a world championship — it was such a thrill. It was comfortable having that lead, no complaints.

“Winning is winning. Whenever you win something this big, the euphoria is the exact same but winning at this age is maybe sweeter than when I won as a 21-year-old or a 39-year-old.”

Cristina Lestander; skip, Switzerland (after 5-10 loss to Canada): “A silver medal is really great for us. Canada were the stronger team. We had our bad game today but we’re glad it came at the end when we already had a medal. We enjoyed it, I don’t think we were scared, it’s just that I didn’t find the draw-weight, I didn’t find the broom, but it’s perfectly okay for us.”

Jackie Lockhart; skip Scotland (after 8-5 win over USA): “It feels really good to get a medal and to go back with something after not playing quite the ‘A’ game we wanted against Canada. We had to fight really hard for that. It’s been a tough week but every medal makes the season worthwhile and we’ve still got years to play in seniors, so…bring it on.”