Russia and Scotland to play for Gold in ECC 2015 women’s final

  • Alexandra Raeva celebrates with her team-mates after reaching the final Photo: WCF / Richard Gray

In Thursday (26 November) evening's women's semi-finals at the Le Gruyère European Curling Championships 2015 in the Granly Hockey Arena, Esbjerg, Denmark, the hosts faced Russia, while Finland met Scotland.

In the fourth end of the game between Russia and Denmark, Russia's skip Anna Sidorova hit-out a Danish stone to score two points and take a 3-2 lead. In the eighth end, Sidorova had another hit, this time scoring one point to take a 5-3 lead. However, in the ninth, Denmark's skip Lene Nielsen hit-out a Russian stone to score two points and level the game at 5-5.

In the decisive tenth end, Russia held last stone advantage and Sidorova played a nose-hit and stay to score the one point that gave her a 6-5 win and a place in the final.

In the game between Finland and Scotland, the Finns took an early lead and were 5-0 up after three ends. But, in the fourth end, Scotland started their recovery as skip Eve Muirhead drew her final stone into the house to score three points and reduce the Finnish lead to 5-3. In the seventh end, another draw by Muirhead, this time scoring two points, brought the Scots level at 6-6.

Scotland finally secured their victory when Muirhead drew the last stone of the tenth end inside two Finnish stones to take one point and win by 9-7.

Anna Sloan delivers a stone en route to her team's semi-final win Photo: WCF / Laura Godenzi
They Said It:

Anna Sidorova; skip, Russia (after 6-5 win over Denmark):

"I'm so proud of my team, they performed so well today. There is a chance for us to get a Gold this time. Last time we didn't make it and now we have one more chance. It was a pretty close game. They played well, but we just tried to keep the scoreboard working for us, and we had the hammer in the last end so that helped us."

Eve Muirhead; skip, Scotland (after 9-7 win over Finland):

"If you take away the first three ends we played a really good game and it just shows you the fight in this team. We didn't have a bad first three ends, we just got sucked around the centre guards, which was silly. It's never over till it is over. We knew it wasn't going to be a quick turn-around, it would take to between ends eight and nine and we played a great seven ends.”

B-Division Highlights:

In the women's B-Division semi-finals, Czech Republic beat Latvia by 7-5, while Italy defeated England by 7-3. The Czechs and Italians will face off tomorrow (Friday 27 November) for the women's B-Division Gold Medal, at 13.30pm (CET).

Meanwhile, in men's B-Division cross-section quarter-finals Latvia held off Slovakia for a 8-2 victory and Israel beat Lithuania by 9-7, in 11 ends. Latvia will take on Denmark, while Austria meet Israel, in tomorrow morning's men's B-Division semi-finals, at 09.00 (CET).

WCTV Highlights: next live broadcast, on, tomorrow at 13.30 (CET), Finland v Switzerland (Men's semi-final)
WOMEN'S RESULTS, semi-finals:

Russia 6-5 Denmark; Finland 7-9 Scotland.

WOMEN'S GAMES after semi-finals (W - L):

Bronze Medal Game: Denmark v Finland, Friday 27 November 2015 at 19.00 (CET)
Gold Medal Game: Russia v Scotland, Saturday 28 November 2015 at 15.00 (CET)