Wednesday, March 23, 2011

WWCC2011: Scotland v Korea

Above: Korea's fourth player Ji-Sun Kim.

Leslie Ingram-Brown reports from Denmark:

"Mi-Sung Shin's Korea may just have put paid to the chances of Anna Sloan's team reaching the playoff stages here in Esbjerg, defeating the Scots 9-3 in only eight ends.

There was one change in Anna's team this afternoon where Eve Muirhead came in as lead with Rhiann Macleod as the alternate.

Korea started the brighter and took singles in the first two ends which Anna countered with a pair in the fourth. Korea counted three shots in the fifth when Anna - going for a hit and roll against three - ran out herself, leaving Shin an open draw for three and a 5-2 lead at the break.

Korea stole a single at the sixth when Anna angled out on a double to lie two shots and Korea crept to a 6-2 lead. Seventh and Anna has to take her single to stay in the game.

In the eighth, Anna was short with her draw against two and again Shin drew for her three and the game was conceded.

After the game Anna praised her team saying they had played well but she herself was struggling with draw weight. She also did not believe the heavy programme of the last few weeks with the gold medals at the Winter Universiade and World Juniors had made her tired. "That's why we do the physical training," she said.

For Anna tonight's game against host Denmark must stop the run of losses. As it now stands it looks like the best possible position for Scotland would be a play-off for the fourth Page berth and that is relying on all the results going in the team's favour."

The official website is here, and Mike Haggerty's reports are on the Royal Club website here.

RESULTS Draw 13: Korea 9 Scotland 3, China 14 USA 5, Russia 12 Czech Republic 3, Canada 7 Switzerland 4.

Standings after 13 Draws: 7/1 - Sweden; 6/3 - Russia; 5/3 - Canada, China, Denmark; 5/4 - Switzerland; 4/5 - USA; 3/5 - Germany, Norway, Scotland; 2/6 - Czech Republic; 2/7 - Korea.

Scotland's Claire Hamilton.

Photos are courtesy of Leslie Ingram-Brown.