Saturday, March 03, 2012

World Juniors: Women 2 v Canada

Those blogallies who were watching the webcast of the Scotland - Canada game will know that Hannah Fleming's team lost their second match tonight at the World Junior Championships in Oestersund.

I watched some of the webcast as embedded on the main page of the official website, here, and also on the World Curling Federation's YouTube channel, here. Some breakup, some freezing, but altogether not too bad an experience. I watched in two places - at Curl Aberdeen, and in my hotel. Much the same in both places. Good commentary from Logan Gray and Sara Carlsson.

Leslie Ingram-Brown reports from Sweden:

"Hannah Fleming, Lauren Gray, Alice Spence and Abi Brown lost their second round game to Canada's Jocelyn Peterman 7-5, in a game that showed what a difference a few hours can make. It is now up to the coaches to get some self belief into the girls before they play Sweden, easy victors over Norway 9-4, tomorrow afternoon.

With the hammer the Scots opened with a single and stole one in the second end, but Peterman levelled the score with a pair in the third with a draw, before the teams exchanged singles in four and five to go into the break 3-3.

In the sixth Hannah drew for one against a stone hidden behind a guard but in the seventh Peterman played a simple double to count 2 shots before stealing a single in the eighth. Ninth and with a chance to level the score with a pair Hannah hit and rolled, but failed to push the Canadian counter aside, counted only one shot, and Canada went into the last end with the hammer and a shot advantage.

With a mid guard crying out desperately for someone to bury round it, both Lauren and Hannah failed to find the line and Canada had the game with a last stone takeout.

After the game Hannah said, "We didn't have the best game and you can't play like that against Canada. We have to go to the game debriefing and hopefully learn from what has happened."

The Czech Republic, Russia and Sweden remain undefeated whilst Scotland join three other teams on one win and one loss."

RESULTS: Sweden 9 Norway 4; Canada 7 Scotland 5; Czech Republic 8 USA 4; Russia 10 Switzerland 8; Japan 6 Italy 4.

The official website is here. Look out for the little video highlights and interview packages, for example here, and here.

Hannah follows her stone which is being swept by Abi Brown and Alice Spence. Photo © Leslie Ingram-Brown.