Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Canadian women lock up first place

by Paul Webster

HARBIN, China – After beating China in yesterday morning’s draw, and watching the Czech team lose to Japan, the Canadian women, skipped by Hollie Nicole, are on their way to the number one seed position seed going into the playoffs of the World University Games.

With a 7-0 record and two games left, Canada can finish with a maximum two losses and if that were to happen, the teams they would be tied with (assuming other assumptions!) are China and Russia.

Having beaten both those, Canada would be awarded the first seeding going into the semis. Not bad for Canada’s 38th-ranked women’s team!

While I spend most of my time with our boys’ team, I had the opportunity to come and watch the gals play China. Our team played well, with an exceptional performance from our back end. This was in stark contrast to a extremely shaky Bingyu Wang who, you will recall, beat Jennifer Jones twice (but lost the final) at the 2008 Ford Worlds.

Having lost their previous game to Japan yesterday – which is like us Canadians competing the USA! – this does not look like the second-best women’s team in the world. One can only surmise that the pressure of playing at home, with such high expectations, is getting to this Chinese squad.

Congrats to our girls. More later!

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