Sweden and Russia claim Le Gruyère AOP European semi-final places

  • Sweden claim a Le Gruyère AOP Europeans semi-final place © WCF / Richard Gray

Having spent the week battling sickness in the team as well as their opponents, Sweden grabbed an 8-2 win over Finland in Wednesday evening’s eighth session of women’s round-robin play at the Le Gruyère AOP European Championships in Tallinn, Estonia to qualify for the weekend semi-finals.

Olympic champions Sweden have had multiple changes to their team line-up this week because of a bug but produced a strong performance against Finland, winning by 8-2 in just seven ends, to seal their semi-final slot.

The Swedes had a 6-1 lead against the Finns at the half-time break and, when the teams swapped single point in the sixth and seventh ends, Finland conceded.

After the game, their second player Agnes Knochenhauer said, “we’ve played really good in the last two games and we are all back to full power after the stomach bug earlier in the week. Some fine-tuning tomorrow in the last round-robin and then we are ready for the semi-finals”.

Russia’s 8-7 win over defending champions Scotland means that they have joined Switzerland and Sweden in the semi-final line-up.

The Russians opened the scoring with two points in the first end, then led 5-3 at the break on the way to their win.

Switzerland had a 10-4 win over Germany to keep their unbeaten record and guarantee themselves top place on the rankings. Afterwards, Swiss skip Silvana Tirinzoni [pictured below © WCF / RICHARD GRAY] said, “I’m very proud of the way my team is playing, it’s been a really great performance. When you play against such a tough field you can’t expect to be 8-0, but we knew we are good, and we would win a lot of games.”

Latvia beat the Czech Republic by 7-4 to do their chances of qualifying directly for the world championships no harm. A steal of two points in the ninth end sealed this victory and afterwards, Latvia’s skip Iveta Stasa-Sarsune said, “it feels good. That was a very nervous game in the first half, but after the fifth-end break, we managed to bring ourselves up.”

In the last game in the session, Italy’s 7-6 win over Denmark – thanks to a tenth-end single-point steal - keeps them in the hunt for a place at the World Qualification Event in January.

Session eight results: Scotland 7-8 Russia; Czech Republic 4-7 Latvia; Sweden 8-2 Finland; Denmark 6-7 Italy; Germany 4-10 Switzerland

Standings after session eight:

Q Switzerland 8-0
Q Sweden 6-2
Germany 5-3
QRussia 5-3
Scotland 4-4
Denmark 3-5
Latvia 3-5
Czech Republic 2-6
Finland 2-6
Italy 2-6

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