Scotland women are Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Champions for 2017

  • Scotland's Lauren Gray, Vicki Adams, Anna Sloan and Eve Muirhead Photo: © WCF / Richard Gray

Scotland beat Sweden by 6-3 in Saturday (25 November) morning’s women’s final in St Gallen, Switzerland to become 2017 Le Gruyère AOP European Curling champions.

When they came onto the ice for this game, Sweden were undefeated so far in their campaign this week and looking to go one better than the silver they took at the 2016 championship. For their part, Scotland were assured of their eighth successive European medal, but skip Eve Muirhead and her team were hoping for their second gold.

The gold medal team are skip Muirhead, third Anna Sloan, second Vicki Adams, lead Lauren Gray and alternate Kelly Schafer.

Sweden – who are made up of skip Anna Hasselborg, third Sara McManus, second Agnes Knochenhauer, lead Sofia Mabergs and alternate Jennie Waahlin – opened the scoring with a single point draw by skip Hasselborg in the first end then, in the second end, Scotland skip Muirhead hit out a Swedish stone and rolled her own stone into position to score one point and level the score.

In the sixth end, with Sweden leading by 2-1, Muirhead made the first break-through, hitting out a Swedish stone to score the only two-point end of the game and take a 3-2 lead.

The game stayed tight and a real turning point came in the ninth end when, with Scotland leading by 4-3, Hasselborg was heavy with her final-stone draw, handing Scotland a steal of one point and a two-point lead for the first time in the game, at 5-3.

The Scots went on to win by 6-3 with a single point steal in the tenth end when Hasselborg was heavy again, giving Muirhead and her team the chance to celebrate.

The next live game, on national broadcasters and World Curling TV (geo-blocking applies), at these championships will be Sweden v Scotland men at 15:00, Central European Time (+1 hours, Greenwich Mean Time) in Saturday afternoon’s gold medal game.

On Friday (24 November) evening a 7-6 win for Italy over hosts Switzerland saw their women’s team win the bronze medals. Italy are skip Daina Gaspari, third Veronica Zappone, second Stefania Constantini, lead Angela Romei and alternate Chiara Olivieri.

They said it

Eve Muirhead; skip, Scotland (after 6-3 gold medal game win over Sweden): “European champion sounds pretty nice. It’s been a tough week and we’ve played really well. We’ve been working hard all season, and to come out on top and be European champions is really, really special.

"When we knew we were facing Anna [Hasselborg, Sweden] we knew we’d have to play our game of the week. That was my eighth consecutive European medal, but only one before was gold. That’s me got two and it feels extra-special with everyone talking about the Olympics now.”

Anna Hasselborg; skip Sweden (after winning silver medals): “I feel OK about silver. It was a great game and either of us could have won it. It was a battle back and forth. It sucks losing, but it’s a proud silver medal this time. We didn’t get the rolls right and I just think they won because they figured out the ice better than we did.”

Women’s final result: Scotland 6-3 Sweden

Standings after women’s final (W-L):

G Scotland 9-2
S Sweden 10-1
B Italy 6-5
Switzerland 7-4
Russia 4-5
Germany 3-6
Czech Republic 3-6
WCC Denmark 3-6
>B Hungary 2-7
>B Turkey 2-7

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

Curling fans around the world will be able to follow live coverage of these championships via the World Curling Federation’s broadcast partners on Eurosport 1 and 2, Eurosport Player, Eurosport Asia Pacific, RTS, SRF and RSI (Switzerland), SVT (Sweden), TVP Sport (Poland), La Chaine Equipe (France), TSN (Canada), NBCSports (United States) and the Olympic Channel. Coverage will also be available on the event website, the World Curling Federation’s Facebook and YouTube Channel, (note geo-blocking will apply in certain territories).

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