Road To The Olympic Games


Canada in 1-2 Page playoff at curling worlds

Team Canada will take on China in Friday's 1-2 Page playoff at the world women's curling championship in Vernon, B.C.

Team Canada will be challenged by China in the 1-2 Page playoff at the world women's curling championship in Vernon, B.C., on Friday evening (6 p.m. PT).

Jennifer Jones and her Winnipeg rink concluded Thursday's round-robin with a 7-3 victory over Stina Viktorsson of Sweden, and clinched a share of first place with China and Switzerland.

"We never want the week to end and it was great to end on a night draw, with the crowd, where we had to win," Jones said. "It was a moment that we won't forget."

All three leaders posted 9-2 records through 17 draws at the Greater Vernon Multiplex, but China and Canada qualified for the 1-2 playoff because they placed first and second, respectively, in the pre-tournament draw to the button. 

The winner of the 1-2 playoff between Jones and Chinese skip Wang Bingyu will advance directly to Sunday's championship final (CBC, 1:30 p.m. ET).

The loser will play the winner of the 3-4 playoff in Saturday's semifinal (CBC, 2:30 p.m. ET).

The 3-4 playoff will feature third seed Switzerland's Mirjam Ott (9-2) and Japan's Moe Meguro, who defeated Denmark's Angelina Jensen 7-3 in Friday morning's tiebreaker.

Jensen and Meguro completed the round-robin at 7-4.

"The other girls, they have played very well," Ott said. "We are all on a good roll, so I'm confident."

Anxious to atone

Jones is anxious to atone for Tuesday's 9-7 loss to China, in which her final stone ran heavy on a draw to the eight-foot and handed the win to Wang.

"We had a shot to win," Jones said. "I thought it was a really well-played game by both teams.

"I actually thought we kind of controlled the second half of that game and I kind of screwed up on that one. Hopefully, we'll have that shot to win again - that is all we want."

Scotland survived a strange turn of events, winning twice Thursday without incumbent skip Gail Munro and third Lyndsay Wilson in the lineup.

Scottish coach Derek Brown asked that Munro step down as skip following Wednesday's 7-2 loss to Japan, and, though she agreed to do so, Wilson refused to play without her at the helm.

Brown offered Wilson's spot to Munro, who refused, meaning lead Anne Laird and alternate Lynn Cameron both threw three stones per end.

With second Karen Addison handling skip rock, Scotland beat Italy's Diana Gaspari 5-4 in an extra end, and prevailed 8-4 over winless Katerina Urbanova of the Czech Republic.

Knocked out of contention were Sweden (6-5), Debbie McCormick of the United States (6-5), Russia's Liudmila Privivkova (4-7) and Germany's Andrea Schopp (4-7).

Scotland finished at 3-8, followed by Italy (2-9) and the Czech Republic (0-11).

With files from the Canadian Press

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