Scots sweep Norway back into picture

TED WYMAN -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 11:15 AM ET

PAISLEY, Scotland -- Dordi Nordby packed her curling gear away and went shopping. That's how sure she was that her team was going to miss the playoffs at the world women's championship.

But Nordby got called back to the Lagoon Leisure Centre for a tie-breaker against Russia yesterday, thanks to a huge victory by Scotland over Russia yesterday morning. Given a second chance, the Norwegians wasted no time securing the final playoff berth.

"We had hope that this would happen, but I packed everything away in my bag and we went shopping and then suddenly I had to pack it out," Nordby said after her 10-2, seven-end victory that earned her a date in today's 3-vs-4 Page playoff game against Canada.

"I told (the Scotland players) they would get 100 pounds if they beat Russia. So I owe them some money."

Nordby's team, which includes Linn Githmark, Marianne Haslum and Camilla Hoth, now gets a second crack at a Canadian team that came back for a huge 11-10 win in the final round-robin game Thursday.

FORGOT ABOUT IT

That win put Canada directly into the playoffs, while Norway could have been eliminated if Russia (7-4) had won all its remaining games.

"That was too bad, I have forgotten it," Nordby said of Thursday's game against Canada, where she flashed with her last rocks in the 10th and 11th ends to hand Winnipeg's Jennifer Jones the victory.

"We had the whole thing and gave it away, but now it doesn't matter."

That's true, because now the Norwegians are in the same position they would have been in with a win over Canada in the round robin.

Canada has the hammer in the first end after winning the toss yesterday and both teams love to have rocks in play, so we can expect another slugfest.

The game will also be played on the tricky Sheet C, which has caused problems for teams all week because of frosty conditions.

"It's not the best sheet," Nordby said.

"Here, where it isn't the best ice, I expect lots of points to each team. You want to play offensive, but you can't do things you want to do, so it's three points to one team and four to the other."

But would she consider just playing a clean game? No.

"Should we? That's boring," Nordby said.


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