Hungary & Netherlands to challenge for Worlds places

  • Hungary women in action in the Braehead Curling Club Photo: © WCF / Graham Peters

Competition in the B-Division of the Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championships 2016 at the Braehead Curling Club near Glasgow, Scotland concluded on Friday (25 November) afternoon with the Netherland’s men’s team and Hungarian women’s team winning the chance to challenge the eighth place finishers in the A-Division round robin to qualify for the 2017 World’s.

Also, the four teams who reached the finals have qualified for the A-Division at the Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championships 2017 in St Gallen, Switzerland (17-25 November).

The Netherlands had a tight battle with Slovakia, earning a 7-6 win in an extra end. Slovakia lead the game by two points at the close of the second end, but Netherlands took three in the fifth to pull ahead.

The teams fought back and forth until Slovakia tied the game in the tenth end to force an extra where the Netherlands scored one point. The silver medal is Slovakia’s first ever medal at the Europeans. Netherlands now play Austria in the World Challenge Series to battle for a place at the Ford World Men’s Curling Championships 2017, in Edmonton, Canada (1-9 April).

In the bronze medal match-up Czech Republic faced Israel, winning 10-3 after eight ends to earn the bronze medal.

In the women’s competition, Hungary, who fell to B-Division for 2016 after previously competing in the A-Division, won 6-5 against Turkey in the gold medal game. This gives them the opportunity to challenge the A-Division’s eighth place finishers, Italy, for a chance to go to the World Women’s Curling Championship 2017 in Beijing, China (18-26 March).

The game started with a blank end, followed by a two-point second end in Hungary’s favour. After another blank end Hungary stole one. It wasn’t until the fifth end that Turkey got on the scoreboard by taking two. They were able to get three more points throughout the game and were in the lead heading into the tenth end where Hungary took two to win.

The Netherlands and Estonia faced off for the bronze, with Estonia winning 7-5.

They said it:

Dorottya Palancsa, skip, Hungary (after 6-5 win over Turkey in women’s final): “It was a tough championship and it was indeed crucial to concentrate on every game, because all the opponents were strong.”

Jaap Van Dorp, skip, Netherlands (after 7-6 win over Slovakia in men’s final): “The challenge games will be tough for sure, we'll play Austria I believe. They've been playing well, and they are a young team as well, so I think these games should be interesting. I can't wait to get on the ice in the arena.”

Results B-Division gold medal games: Hungary 6-5 Turkey (women); Netherlands 7-6 Slovakia (men)

Results B-Division bronze medal games: Estonia 7-5 Netherlands (women); Czech Republic 10-3 Israel (men)