Sweden win third consecutive European men’s title

  • Sweden win in Braehead Photo: © WCF / Jeffrey Au

Sweden men have won their third consecutive Le Gruyère European AOP Curling Championships title on Saturday afternoon (26 November) at the intu Braehead Arena in Renfrewshire, Scotland.

The only other Member Association and team, on the men’s side, that has achieved this feat is Scotland and Hammy McMillan’s team between 1994 and 1996. The Swedish men’s team is skip Niklas Edin, third Oskar Eriksson, second Rasmus Wrana, lead Christoffer Sundgren and alternate Henrik Leek.

Norway [pictured below | Photo: © WCF /Richard Gray] skipped by Thomas Ulsrud collect silver medals and after beating Russia 8-6 on Friday (25 November) evening, Peter De Cruz and his Swiss team win bronze.

It took all the way to a last stone draw in an extra end, but Sweden’s Niklas Edin landed his third successive European crown with a 6-5 win in the gold medal game.

Sweden opened the scoring in the first end and went on to steal one point in the fifth end for a 3-1 lead at the half-time break, but a score of two by Norway levelled the game at 3-3 in the sixth end.

After blanking ends seven and eight, the team swapped two points in the ninth and tenth ends to tie the game at 5-5 and put it into an extra end.

In that extra end, with last stone advantage, Edin eventually drew his final stone into the house to score the one point needed for his 6-5 win and the title.

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In the final men’s world challenge game, Netherlands beat Austria 6-5 to advance to the Ford World Men's Curling Championship 2017 in Edmonton, Canada (1-9 April).

Austria began with the lead, taking one point in the first and stealing another in the second. The Netherlands tied it up by taking two points in the third end. The Netherlands again scored two points in the eighth, giving Austria the hammer for the ninth where they used it to take one. With hammer back, Netherlands took one in the tenth to win the game.

They said it:

Niklas Edin; skip, Sweden (after 6-5 gold medal win over Norway): “It feels great – we were looking for the gold the whole way, but we knew this would be a tough but close final. Team Norway were playing better and better through the week and we kind of lost our touch in the semi-final. We focused on making out own shots but we had some nervous moments. It was a really exciting final and I’m glad we got the best of it.

“It's hard to compare this with previous wins. All of them have been special in their own way but winning three in a row, it’s definitely up there. All three of them have been really sweet.”

Thomas Ulsrud; skip, Norway (after winning sliver medal): “I think we played a pretty good game, but if you play team Niklas Edin right now, they are the team to beat in the world – right now they’re number one. We managed to stretch them to an extra end but we just couldn’t quite handle it there. It was key that they had the hammer coming in and it was a tight game – all credit to Niklas and the boys.”

Jaap Van Dorp; skip, Netherlands (after winning World Challenge Games against Austria): “This just feels amazing right now. I mean just being able to make the last draw and the guys judging it perfect and getting it on the pin, that's the way you want to end a curling game. It's really amazing. We played really well, especially at the start of the week, it was just a confidence-boost, just to be able to play solid and get really confident wins.”

Result men’s gold medal final: Norway 5-6 Sweden

Results World Challenge Series (third game): Netherlands 6-5 Austria

Standings after men’s finals (W-L):

G Sweden
S Norway
B Switzerland
Finland (relegated to B-Division)
Denmark (relegated to B-Division)
Netherlands (promoted to A-Division)
Slovakia (promoted to A-Division)

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