Canada Wins Ford World Curling Championship


Jennifer Jones defeated Sweden's Anna Hasselborg 7-6 in an extra-end to win the Ford World Curling Championship.

North Bay, Canada - In a tense extra-end with everything on the line, Sweden's Anna Hasselborg attempted to pick out a Canadian stone, trying to force Jones into a tough last rock, but it tracked wide and left the Jones counter shot. Jones with Kaitlyn Lawes, Jill Officer and Dawn McEwen capture Gold for Canada in back-to-back years going undefeated following up Rachel Homan's perfect effort in 2017.

The game opened with a cat-and-house effort in the first three ends with blanks, then Jones got on the board with two points in the fourth end. In the fifth end, Hasselborg responded scoring three take take their first lead of the game. Jones turned on their game, scoring two in the sixth end, got an important force in the seventh end and then scored two with the hammer in the ninth end to lead by two into the final end.

Hasselborg fought for their deuce in the tenth end, making a great freeze on her first, then a double on her last to get two and send the game into an extra end for the World Championship title.

Hasselborg got two centre guards up and play was pushed to the middle where Lawes made a great hit and roll to sit shot behind the guard and control the scoring area. A chip and roll by Hasselborg on her first setup a chance on her last to pick out the Jones shot stone, but was wide and sailed by giving Jones the title.

For Hasselborg, the last six weeks has been a whirlwind trip around the world winning Olympic Gold in Pyeongchang, then went 11-2 to reach the final and goes home with Silver this week.

Jones and her longtime teammate of Officer, the win is a fitting completion to their partnership, going out with a World title will only make it sweeter.


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