Sweden win at fourth consecutive Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championships

  • Sweden's Niklas Edin, Rasmus Wranaa, Oskar Eriksson Christoffer Sundgre Photo: © WCF / Céline Stucki

Sweden’s men’s team beat Scotland’s men by 10-5 in Saturday (25 November) afternoon’s men’s final of the Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championships 2017 in St Gallen, Switzerland

Skip Niklas Edin and his team – of third Oskar Eriksson, second Rasmus Wranaa, lead Christoffer Sundgren and alternate Henrik Leek – took what was a record fourth successive title for this team and a sixth gold overall for their skip Edin.

The Scots – skip Kyle Smith, third Thomas Muirhead, second Kyle Waddell, lead Cameron Smith and alternate Glen Muirhead – were up against it from the start, with Sweden scoring two points in the first end following a Scottish mistake and then stealing one point in the third end. By the time he came to play his last stone in the fourth end, Scottish skip Smith was already down by 0-3, but he played an open draw to score two points to reduce Sweden’s lead to 3-2 and bring his team into the game.

In the seventh end, with the score tied at 3-3, Sweden’s skip Edin played a soft draw into the house to score one point and take a 4-3 lead. The Scots responded in the eighth end when Smith played a hit and stay with his last stone to score two points and to move in front at 5-4 for what turned out to be the only time in the game.

Sweden then took the lead again at 6-5 with two points in the ninth end and, in the tenth end, Smith was heavy with a final draw attempt for one point that would have forced an extra end. Instead, his stone sailed through the house to give Sweden a steal of four points and a 10-5 win.

On Friday (24 November) evening a 5-6 win for hosts Switzerland against Norway saw their men’s team win the bronze medals. Switzerland are skip Peter de Cruz – who plays second stones – fourth Benoit Schwarz, third Claudio Paetz, lead Valentin Tanner and alternate Dominik Maerki.

They said it

Niklas Edin; skip, Sweden (after 10-5 gold medal game win over Scotland): “We had an excellent start with an unexpected mistake by them and then we stole one, so we felt really comfortable in the first part of the game, then we let them back in.

“We decided we had to go hard in the ninth to force two and when we did that we expected him [Scotland skip Kyle Smith] to make that last shot, so I’m happy with the win. They always play well against us and every game is always really close, so this is really sweet. We’re going into the Olympics and we want to play really well, so winning here puts us on the right path.”

Kyle Smith; skip, Scotland (after winning silver medals): “I’m very disappointed to be honest. It’ll take a while to be pleased with a silver medal. I was focussing on the weight that the boys asked me to throw on the last stone but, it was obviously far too much. They’re a really good team but I thought we might have had them today.”

Men’s finals result: Scotland 5-10 Sweden

Standings after men’s final (W-L):

G Sweden 10-1
S Scotland 8-3
B Switzerland 9-2
Norway 6-5
Germany 5-4
Russia 4-5
Netherlands 4-5
WCC Italy 2-7
>B Austria 1-8
>B Slovakia 1-8

WCC – Qualify for World Challenge Games
>B – relegated to 2018 B-Division

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