Germany move into second place in the Le Gruyère AOP Europeans table

  • Germany’s Analena Jentsch in action on day three © WCF / Stephen Fisher

After Monday evening’s fifth session of women’s round-robin play at the Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championships in Tallinn, Estonia, Germany move into clear second place while Switzerland remain undefeated at the top of the rankings.

Germany secured their second win of the day, defeating Czech Republic, by 9-1, in seven ends. In the third end of this game, German skip, Daniela Jentsch drew her final stone into the four-foot for a score of three points to take the lead they would retain for the rest of the game.

Steals of six points over the next four ends would be enough to give them their fourth win of the competition and afterwards, Jentsch said, “it’s perfect, just perfect. We couldn’t be better. We kinda knew that we would lose against Russia and we were hoping for all these wins, so it really couldn’t be better. I think this was the higher-pressure game for us today. But we decided to go out there and be as strong as we can, to show with our body language that we wanted to win this game and I think we did.”

It went all the way to the final stone in the tenth end, but Switzerland maintained their unbeaten record with a 6-5 win over Russia.

The teams traded single points throughout the game, but in the eighth end, Switzerland fourth player, Alina Paetz, played a hit-and-roll with her last stone to score two points and give Switzerland a 5-4 lead. Then in the tenth end, with the score level at 5-5 and with last stone advantage, Paetz drew her final stone to the button for the single point and the win.

Denmark bounced back from their morning defeat to win 6-4 over Sweden in this session. With the sides level at 2-2 going into the break, Denmark took the lead in the sixth end when, skip Madeleine Dupont [pictured below © WCF / Alina Pavlyuchik] played a hit-and-stay to a Swedish stone on the edge of the eight-foot for two points. A steal of a single point in the seventh end increased their lead to 5-2 on their way to their 6-4 win.

After the game, Dupont said, “I’m not sure it happened. It was a tough game just to play, because you know with probably 95% certainty that your gonna lose because they’re just in another league. So, winning a game like this is a good feeling but I think we won because we didn’t expect to win.”

She continued, “To be honest it’s really tough to come back from a loss like the one this morning. It’s not easy, especially with only a few hours, I think that’s why we were so relaxed. Any win is good right now, we’re just hoping to stay in the A Group. It seems like a simple goal but it’s still a goal for us because we know that any team can beat everyone here.

Elsewhere in the session, Latvia defeated current champions Scotland 9-7 in a game that saw Scotland chasing from the first end. In that first end, Latvia opened with a score of five points after skip, Iveta Stasa-Sarsune hit out the Scottish counter with her last stone. Despite a Scottish fightback, Latvia held on for their second win of the competition.

Afterwards, Stasa-Sarsune said, “I’m excited, really good. We played an aggressive game. [In the first end] we were playing for the centre and then suddenly there were five [stones]. It gives us confidence, for sure.”

In the session’s final game Finland secured their second win of the competition with a 6-5 win over Italy. Trailing 4-5 going into the tenth end, Finnish skip, Oona Kauste, with her last stone played a hit and roll for the two points needed to seal their win. This result leaves Italy still searching for their first win of the week.

Session five results: Russia 5-6 Switzerland; Latvia 9-7 Scotland; Denmark 6-4 Sweden; Italy 5-6 Finland; Czech Republic 1-9 Germany

Standings after session five:

Switzerland 5-0
Germany 4-1
Russia 3-2
Sweden 3-2
Czech Republic 2-3
Denmark 2-3
Finland 2-3
Latvia 2-3
Scotland 2-3
Italy 0-5

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