The world silver medalists from South Korea (Photo: Stephen Fisher, WCF) are back on tour and are now into the final four of the Stu Sells Toronto Tankard.
By: Cameron Sallaj
The women's quarterfinal round at the High Park Club got underway at 11:00 AM Eastern Time in Toronto. The tightest match of the bunch saw South Korea's Kim Eun-jung play New Brunswick's Andrea Kelly rink. Both teams qualified for the playoffs through the B side as the fourth and fifth seeds. It is also both teams debut tour event of the 2022-23 season.
The Fredericton based rink began the game with the hammer but surrendered control by giving up a steal of one in the second end. The Korean team added to their total with another steal in the third end before Team Kelly put their first point on the board in the fourth, making it a 2-1 match.
After a blank in the fifth, the Korean team continued their strong play with a single point in the sixth. They were then able to swipe another steal in seven to lead the New Brunswick rink 4-1 coming home.
In the eighth, Team Kelly played their best end of the game, allowing skip Andrea Kelly a draw to the house to count three points and send the game into an extra end.
The Kelly rink controlled much of the extra and was sitting three on Kim Eun-jung's final stone. However, with the hammer shot, Kim drew her final rock into the four-foot circle to count one and eliminate the New Brunswick team, 5-4 the final score.
For Eun-jung and teammates Kyeong-ae, Cho-hi, Seon-yeong, and Yeong-mi, this is their first tour event of the season. After being the Korean national team for the past two seasons, the Gangneung based rink had a disappointing fourth place finish at their national championship and lost the national team spot to Chuncheon's Ha Seung-youn. Despite not being able to represent Korea at international events this season, the team is still the highest ranked team in Korea and will continue on building their world ranking placement, currently sitting in eighth.
The Stu Sells Toronto Tankard was also a successful weekend for Team Kelly, which entered the event at twenty-eighth in the world. With the quarterfinal finish, they are sure to move up and challenge for a spot in the top twenty. Both Kim and Kelly are set to compete in the HearingLife Tour Challenge Grand Slam event later this month, with Kim competing in the Tier 1 event while Kelly is in the Tier 2.
Elsewhere, top seed Team Silvana Tirinzoni continued their winning ways, however, it wasn't without challenge. They sat tied with Whitby's Danielle Inglis 6-6 in the final end but were able to score three for the win and to move on.
On the other side of the bracket, sixth seed Team Isabelle Ladouceur (Waterloo, ON) knocked off clubmates Team Hailey Armstrong 8-2 while second seed Team Lauren Mann (Ottawa, ON) doubled up on the United States' Delaney Strouse 6-3.
In the semifinal games at 2:00 PM Eastern Time, Tirinzoni and Kim will battle in a rematch of last season's world championship final while Ladouceur and Mann will play in an all-Ontario affair.
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