WWCC 2013: Canada defeat USA in 3v4 Play-off

Canada now play Scotland in the semi-final after defeating USA in the Page 3v4 Photo: WCF/Richard Gray

Canada beat USA by 7-6 in Saturday afternoon's Page three versus four Play-off game at the Titlis Glacier Mountain World Women's Curling Championship in Riga, Latvia and now go on to face Scotland in the Page system's sole semi-final on Saturday evening.

Canada's skip Rachel Homan signalled that she meant business in the first end, scoring two points with a good double take-out. In the third end, she had another double take-out to score two points, this time just nudging the second American stone, for a 4-1 lead.

USA skip Erika Brown then had a nose-hit for one point in the fourth end and in the fifth end, Homan had complete miss with her attempted take-out, giving USA a steal of one to make the halftime score 4-3 to Canada.

Canada scored two points in the sixth end when Homan had a hit and stay. In the seventh end, Brown had to settle for just one point when her hit could not remove all three Canadian stones in the house.

Canada now led by 6-4 and moved on to a 7-4 lead with a nose-hit for one point in the eighth end. USA had to settle for one point yet again in the ninth end when Brown's attempt to split on a front guard for two points was just too straight.

In the tenth end, Homan removed one of two US stones sitting in the house, and while this gave USA a steal of one point, it was not enough and Canada had won by 7-6.

After her win Canada skip Homan said: "We had a very strong game, the whole team, and there were great shots we made. We've just got to keep going and do the same thing tonight. I guess we're on a roll with five wins in a row. We want to keep it going obviously, we really want to get into that gold medal game, so we've got one more to go yet."

Asked if she felt she could beat her semi-final opponents, Scotland, she said: "I think if we play like that, I don't think anyone's going to beat us. We've just got to keep playing like that, stay confident and support each other."

Meanwhile USA skip Brown said: "She really went for it with her hammer in the first and the third end. She really went for some big shots and she made them so they got off to a really solid lead."

She added: "We didn’t have any opportunities really for two with hammer. If I make a double here or a great roll there, I would have had some chances, but mostly I was taking my one and moving on. They played really great today. We’ll see who we meet tomorrow morning. We’re looking forward to it. We felt like we played pretty solid and we had some chances there and needed to come up with some big shots at the right time and it might have been a different result."

The winner of the semi-final between Canada and Scotland will play Sweden for gold and the title on Sunday afternoon, while the loser will play USA for bronze on Sunday morning.

With this Championship nearing its climax, the official declaration of the nations qualified directly for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, will be made by the World Curling Federation (WCF) following the final on Sunday. Seven nations plus hosts, Russia, will secure a spot following the conclusion of the 2013 World Championships.

Nations not qualifying directly for the 2014 Games will be eligible to take part in a new WCF Olympic Qualifying Event to be staged between 11-15 December 2013, at a location yet to be announced. Two nations will qualify from the event in both men’s and women’s disciplines to complete the Olympic field of 10 teams. National Olympic Committees are required to endorse team entry for this event by the end of May 2013. On confirmation of the number of competing teams, the competition format will be made public by the WCF at the start of June 2013.

Standings after 21 sessions:
Sweden (to play Gold Medal Game)
Scotland (to play Canada in semi-final)
Canada (to play Scotland in semi-final)
USA (to play loser of semi-final in Bronze Medal Game)
5. Switzerland
6. Russia
7. Japan
8. Denmark
9. China
10. Italy
11. Germany
12. Latvia

Schedule of Play:

SATURDAY, 23rd MARCH

Semi-Final
Scotland v Canada (19:00 – 22:00 local)

SUNDAY, 24th MARCH

Bronze Medal Game
Loser of Play Off 3v4 v Loser of Semi-Final (09:00 – 12:00 local)

Gold Medal Game
Sweden v Winner of Semi-Final (14:00 – 17:00 local)

World Curling TV (WCTV), the television arm of the World Curling Federation, will provide extensive live and video-on-demand coverage to broadcasters around the world. WCF Broadcast Partners for the 2013 World Curling Championships include Eurosport (Eurosport, Eurosport 2 and Eurosport Player) in Europe, NHK in Japan, CCTV-5 in China, Universal Sports Network in the USA, SporTV in Brazil, TSN in Canada (RDS in Quebec).

In addition, Curling fans around the world will be able to follow selected live coverage of the events via the World Curling Federation’s YouTube Channel www.youtube.com/WorldCurlingTV

The live coverage schedule will be available along with news, live scores and galleries on the event website: http://wwcc2013.worldcurling.net

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The Ford World Women’s Curling Championship 2014 will take place in St John, New Brunswick, Canada from 15-23 March in the Harbour Station – the same venue as the 1999 World Championships.

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