China finished top of the table after the round robin at the Mount Titlis World Woman's Curling Championship in Gangneung, Korea. Bingyu Wang's side lost only one of their eleven games and now face Angelina Jensen's Denmark, with a 9-2 win-loss record, in the Page 1 v 2 game. Canada's current world champs, skipped by Jennifer Jones (also 9-2), meet Sweden's Anette Norberg (7-4) in the Page 3 v 4 game.
Scotland finished in seventh place, equal with Russia, winning five and losing six of their games. Eve Muirhead and her team finished ahead of the USA, Korea, Norway and Italy. You can find all the results and stats here. And you can catch up on Mike Haggerty's reports on the Royal Club website here. And GB are safely in the Olympic lineup, see here.
Here are four pics from our blogally Hugh Stewart to give you a taste of Gangneung.
This is the Scottish team. L-R Eve Muirhead, Karen Addison, Rachael Simms, Anne Laird, Jackie Lockhart and Isobel Hannen.
Sorry no sound. I would have enjoyed these Korean drums. If you are interested, there are lots of examples of Korean drumming on YouTube, for example here for a traditional sound, and here for a contemporary take on it! My personal preference is for Japanese Taiko, for example here.
That's Jackie Lockhart on the left, setting out to sweep Eve Muirhead's stone, with Anne Laird. Now the important thing to take from this pic is on the scoreboard behind. Capital One is a 'presenting sponsor' in Korea, but from 2010 will be the title sponsor of both the men's and women's world events. Roll on the Capital One World Women's Curling Championship and the Capital One World Men's Curling Championship. See the press release here.
And here's one for the family album. At the back are Kathleen and Robbie Scot. And recruiting new members of the Tartan Army are Ladies' Branch President Sheila Miller and Treasurer Sadie Anderson.
Thanks to Hugh Stewart for these.