Delight as four nations qualify

Four nations booked their spots for March's world championship events on the final day of the inaugural world curling qualification event in Naseby yesterday.

Their were no New Zealanders in action, yet the Naseby faithful remained engrossed during the playoff match-ups.

In the first women's playoff, top qualifier Finland met China.

With no more than a point between the two sides for the entirety, China eventually claimed a hotly contested 4-3 win when skip Jei Mei drew her final stone in to beat two Finnish counters.

The Finnish women's curling team of (from left) Lotta Immonen, Maija Salmiovirta, Eszter Juhasz and Oona Kauste, following their 8-1 win over Hungary yesterday. Photo: Adam Burns
The Finnish women's curling team of (from left) Lotta Immonen, Maija Salmiovirta, Eszter Juhasz and Oona Kauste, following their 8-1 win over Hungary yesterday. Photo: Adam Burns

Jei Mei credited her side's consistency during the event.

''We played well throughout this week, and now we have won.''

This pitted Finland against Hungary for the final world championship place.

Lead by skip Oona Kauste, the Finnish women stole five ends as they cruised to an 8-1 win.

''We just had a little bit of bad luck [this morning], but [China] played well and deserved to win,'' Kauste said.

''After that game, I knew we could make it with our second chance. Now it feels amazing. I don't have words. This was a big dream to qualify.''

In the men's event, the highly touted South Korean outfit proved too good for second qualifier England winning 7-3.

In the afternoon session, England met the Netherlands. Both sides initially went tit for tat but the fourth end proved to be the difference as the Dutch registering three points to guide them to an 8-5 triumph. Dutch coach Shari Leibbrandt could barely contain her delight.

''We felt like we were in control in that game, but we still had to be on our toes,'' Dutch skip Jaap Van Dorp said.

''We've been growing in the tournament. ''

The women's world championship will take place in Silkeborg, Denmark on March 16-24 and the men's in Alberta, Canada from March 30 to April 7.

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