How Canada rose to lead curling worlds, setting up key draw on Wednesday

How Canada rose to lead curling worlds, setting up key draw on Wednesday

Jennifer Jones and her Canadian rink now have a record of 6-and-1 to sit tied with Switzerland, ahead of all other countries at the World Women’s Curling Championship in Sapporo, Japan.

Tuesday was day four of nine and saw competition reach draw 11 of 17, after which all of the tiebreakers and play-offs begin.

In draw 10, mid-afternoon Japanese time, Canada beat a beleaguered US team by a score of 10-2. It wasn’t as easy to get past Denmark later in the day, but Canada prevailed by a score of 8-7.

Canada’s @TeamJJonesCurl had to work hard to pull out a win over Denmark tonight! Read about it right here:

— Curling Canada (@CurlingCanada) March 17, 2015

Despite the more challenging final game, Jones had her big picture perspective intact, “It’s always great to be getting near the end of the week but it’s always sad as well because it means the World Championship is coming to a close and we just love every second of wearing the Maple Leaf on our back,” said Jones on the Curling Canada website. “It’ll be a big game against Switzerland to stay up there with the leaders, so we’ll have to come out and play well in the morning against Norway and be tough at night.”

So, Canada and Switzerland are both 6-and-1, and they play Wednesday in draw 14 but not before a game with win-less Norway in draw 12.

The importance of ending up with one of the top two records is direct entry to the Play-off 1v2 game, which offers two chances to make the gold medal game, schedule is here.

VIDEO: How Canada rose to a top record at curling worlds

Saturday, March 14th
Draw 2 – Canada 9 Finland 6

Sunday, March 15th
Draw 4 – Canada 9 Scotland 4 Highlights on YouTube
Draw 5 – Sweden 8 Canada 6

Monday, March 16th
Draw 6 – Canada 7 China 1 Highlights on YouTube
Draw 8 – Canada 7 Russia 5

Tuesday, March 17th
Draw 10 – Canada 10 USA 2
Draw 14 – Canada 8 Denmark 7

PHOTO: WCF/Richard Gray

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