Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Universiade W7: GBR v China

Leslie Ingram-Brown reports from Erzurum.


From the outset this was always going to be a tight game and in ten ends played there were ten singles scored. The first went to China against the head in the opening end with Anna drawing for a single against 2 in the second before the GBR Women stole single shots in the third and fourth ends. In the third Sun was heavy on her raise and in the fourth Anna drew for 2 and Sun hits and rolls out.

How important these two steals were in the context of the game came in the second half where China just could not get back into the game as the GBR Women began to control affairs.

Anna draws for a single in the sixth, China against two for the single in the seventh, Anna hits on the nose for a single in the eighth looking to bland, China hit for a single in 9 and with GBR leading 5-4 into the final end with the hammer it really was nip and tuck and could GBR hold on?

The answer was yes - but it was a bit tight. With China lying one for the extra end and guarded Anna played the draw to the four foot and watching the stone glide up the ice it was always looking back of tee and despite the attention of the Chinese third Anna's stone just held on for a really good performance deserving the win.

This evening the GBR Women play Germany who this morning dumped Canada 8-4 who now need results to go for them even to reach a tie-break for Fridays semi-finals. Great Britain lead along with Russia on six wins and they meet in the last game of the round robin tomorrow afternoon.

After the game Anna said, "China were in control of the first couple of ends but after that we stepped it up and once we got the gap (of two shots) it was always good for us."

China: Yue Sun, Sijia Liu, Yinjie Chen, Qiutong She
Great Britain: Anna Sloan, Lauren Gray, Vicki Adams, Claire Hamilton

chn 10001 01010 = 4
gbr* 01110 10101 = 6

Great Britain 6 China 4, Korea 11 Czech Republic 5, Germany 8 Canada 4, Russia 7 Poland 5, Japan 12 Turkey 4.

6/1 - Great Britain, Russia; 5/2 - Korea; 4/3 - China, Japan; 3/4 - Canada, Czech Republic; 2/5 - Germany, Poland; 0/7 - Turkey.