Jubilant Team Jones victorious in entertaining Grand Final
The Canadian foursome defeated Switzerland in an enthralling game.
Canada’s Team Jennifer Jones won an enthralling gold-medal match against Switzerland’s Team Silvana Tirinzoni to become the inaugural Curling World Cup champions in Beijing.
In a back-and-forth encounter, where mistakes were aplenty, skip Jones and her teammates - Kaitlyn Lawes, Shannon Birchard and Jill Officer - found a way to get over the line and win 9-6 to end their season in triumphant fashion.
“It was such a battle out there and make some big shots when we had to," said a euphoric Jones. "Playing with Jill and Shannon again and to come out of top is amazing.
“There were a few tense moments, but Shannon made two beauty draws in the last end to set up the steal for us
“It was a great way to end the season. It was a little sad to be away on Mother’s Day, but this makes it feel a little better.”
The Manitoban team are awarded $USD 37,000 prize money - $27,000 as winners and $10,000 from the round-robin stage – for becoming Grand Final champions.
It was a positive start for Jones’ rink, stealing one in the first end before securing another steal - of two this time - courtesy of a superb in-off take-out by the Canadian skip.
Tirinzoni and co fought their way back into the final at the Shougang Arena through scores of three in the third and sixth end but Jones’ game management in the closing stages ensured victory for Canada.
Following a remarkable season for the Swiss quartet, which began by bringing in Alina Paetz and Melanie Barbezat into the unit, Tirinzoni admits the loss will tough to take.
“We didn’t play good enough,” admitted the Swiss skip. "We got back into it towards the middle, but we lost a little bit of focus and made some easy mistakes. Overall, we’ve had a great season, so we can’t be too sad but right now, it really hurts.
“We’ve had a tough season with lots of games but to come here this week we had to get ourselves into that mood and we did great in doing so.
“We really wanted to win and played some great shots throughout the week, but we came up short to such a great team.”
Despite faltering at the final hurdle, the recently-crowned world champions will take $USD 26,000 back home to Switzerland as a result of finishing runners-up.