Aberdeen’s Rebecca Morrison led her Scotland side to a 7-4 win against Turkey last night to get their World Junior Curling Championships back on track in the Granite City.
The Scots bounced back from a disappointing loss to Switzerland in the morning to record their third win in five matches at Curl Aberdeen.
Morrison, Amy Macdonald, Hailey Duff and Leeanne McKenzie were 4-1 up at the interval against the rock-bottom Turks, the same position they had found themselves in during their earlier match, but in contrast to that fixture, their opponents conceded before the 10th end, with the deficit still three points.
Morrison’s rink had fallen to the surprise defeat in yesterday’s morning session, after which the tearful skip, a Robert Gordon University student, said: “I’m frustrated, it’s a match we should have won.
“But it’s good to have a tight game rather than get beat by a lot.”
This result saw Scotland slip to joint third in the table as Canada went clear in second, a position they remained in after the Turkey win. China’s win over Norway saw them move clear of their defeated rivals and join the Scots in third.
When asked whether it was crucial for Team Morrison to win both the match with Turkey and today’s bout with joing fifth-place Korea, she added: “We really do (need to win the matches).
“It could be a confidence builder, but all of the team’s are really good here.
“We can afford one more loss, but that’s it, so we need to win them all.”
At the interval against the Swiss, Scotland had led 4-1 and looked to be cruising, Morrison taking another point with the hammer in the sixth end.
However, despite making it difficult for the Swiss to find a way back in the seventh and it coming down to Selina Witschonke’s final stone, the Scots’ rivals narrowed the gap by one.
This was the game’s turning point, with Witschonke’s rink dragging it back to 5-4 in the eighth end –Morrison couldn’t use the hammer to clear anything but a good guard – before pulling in front at 6-5 in the ninth.
In the 10th end, Morrison was able to force an extra end, but the Swiss hammer told as the continental curlers had three stones nearest the bottom for a 9-6 win – their first of the competition.
Both the men’s and women’s sides need to finish in the top four of their draws to make Friday’s semi-finals, with Ross Whyte’s men’s rink currently undefeated.
Whyte’s side won their fourth match of the championships yesterday afternoon, beating Russia comprehensively 10-3.
They are now out on their own at the top of the men’s standings, with Canada and the United States in joint second place. Germany, Switzerland and Sweden occupy joint third.
Skip Whyte said: “The boys have played really well and they’ve made my job easy, so I’m a very happy skip.
“All the fans are here; our family and friends are really keeping us going.
“We’re just so pleased that everyone can make it, and hopefully it’s going to help curling continue to get bigger.”