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World Junior Curling Championships 2002

Women's tournament, Final

Cassandra Johnson brings her team all the way to the gold!

Cassandra Johnson and her team-mates was almost forgotten in all the hoopla over Mattsson and Gaudet which probably suited her just fine but the USA team stacked up an impressive 7-2 record in the round-robin. In the semifinal Johnson had the upper hand on Gaudet all the way to their 7-6 win.

The final was probably decided by the four-pointer the USA took in the 3rd end. Not only did it bring them to a 4-2 lead, it also gave them the confidence to keep the Swedish at arms-length distance. The new world champions are Cassandra Johnson, Jamie Johnson, Katie Beck, Maureen Brunt and Courtney George.

For Matilda Mattsson's team it was the second loss in a row in a World Junior's final. Still, three girls of the team will be junior's next season and may, if they win the Swedish Nationals, make a sixth appearance...

After a blank first end, Sweden were able to keep an early two-tempo going all the way through the end to score the opening points of the game.

In the third end, Sweden continued attacking even though they had some problems with their draw weight and the USA were able to make the most of it. Mattsson went around on the outside with her last stone but was slightly heavy and the USA were able to hit and stick for four points.

In the fourth Sweden had the chance to equalize but Mattsson was heavy with her last stone leaving Sweden with a single point and trailing 3-4. USA blanked the fifth and made a draw in an empty house for one point in the sixth.

In the 7th Sweden held a two-tempo all the way up to Cassandra Johnson's last stone where she made a fabolous double forcing Mattsson to make the draw for a point, 5-4 to the USA.

In the 8th Sweden tried to utilize two early guards but US girls were able to hit anything that the Swedes put in the rings. Mattsson tried to hit and roll behind the guards with her last stone but rolled out of the house leaving Cassandra a draw for two, 7-4 to the USA.

Sweden were only able to pull one back in the the ninth and in the tenth Sweden were only able to hide one stone. When Cassandra Johnson played her last stone she had an open takeout for victory. She had no problems hitting the Swedish shot to win USA's first World Junior's Championship for women. The final result, 7-6 to the USA.

Nation 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10     Total
SWEDEN * 0 2 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 1     6
USA 0 0 4 0 0 1 0 2 0 0     7
Statistics
Pos Sweden
Player
Shots % USA
Player
Shots %
Leads Jenny Hammarström 20 70 Maureen Bunt 17 60
Second Lisa Löfskog 20 78 Katie Beck 20 81
Third Katja Bergström 20 71 Jamie Johnsson 20 74
Skips Matilda Mattsson 19 71 Cassandra Johnson 20 84
  Team totals 79 72 Team Totals 77 75

Bronze medal game

Gaudet salvages the bronze medal

Suzanne Gaudet had to fight all the way to the finish line to get the bronze in the women's tournament. Canada took an early 6-3 lead and in the 7th they forced Diana Gaspari to take a single point leading with 7-5.

In the 8th things almost went out of hand, Italy getting a number of stones and when Gaudet played her last stone she faced a bunch of Italian points. With a take-out she was able to reduce the mess but there were still two Italian points and the game was squared at 7-7.

In the 9th the Italians once again put the pressure on Gaudet but an excellent take-out by Gaudet left Gaspari facing three Canadian points. She hit and rolled but left Canada with one point and a draw for two points and 9-7 coming home.

Coming home Italy were able to get the guards up but Canada was able to keep things in control in the house and when Gaspari was to play her last stone she realised that the game was lost and just made the draw for one point handing the bronze to the Prince Edward's Island rink.

Still, Italy has been the big positive surprise of this tournament and they have won more games in this tournament than all women's junior teams from Italy put together before them.

 

Nation 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10     Total
CANADA  * 0 3 0 3 0 1 0 0 2 0     9
ITALY 1 0 2 0 1 0 1 2 0 1     8
Statistics
Pos Canada
Player
Shots % Italy
Player
Shots %
Leads Kelly Higgins 20 79 Eleonora Alvera 20 68
Second Carol Webb 20 75 Arianna Lorenzi 20 55
Third Robyn MacPhee 20 73 Rosa Pompanin 20 71
Skips Suzanne Gaudet 20 70 Diana Gaspari 20 61
  Team totals 80 74 Team Totals 80 64

 

 

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