Germany men get first win in Braehead, Scotland

  • Germany in action Denmark Photo: © WCF / Richard Gray

Germany posted their first win of the Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championships 2016 on Monday night against Denmark with a score of 8-2 at the intu Braehead Arena in Renfrewshire, Scotland.

The game was a tighter race than the score suggests with three blank ends. Germany – being skipped by Alexander Baumann and their alternate Ryan Sherrard coming in to play lead for this game – took three points in the third end, following that up by stealing two in the second end. Though Denmark took two points in the sixth end they gave up three points more to Germany in the seventh and ended the game.

Scotland won 6-5 in a close game against Switzerland that also had three blank ends. The scoring kicked off in the second end when the Swiss took two. Scotland responded by taking two in the third end and Switzerland followed up with another two in the fourth. The game continued with a similar back-and-forth until Scotland stole one point in the tenth end to secure the win.

Finland are the only team to remain winless after losing to Russia 8-4. The Russians were up three by the close of the second end. Finland posted one point in the third end, but Russian responded by taking another two in the fourth. The game ended in the ninth end when Russia took two points.

Sweden won against Italy with a score of 6-4. After a blank first end the Italians scored first by stealing one point in the second end. Sweden then took two in the third. Two more blank ends followed and the game was tied going into the eighth end at 3-3. The Swedes took two in the eighth and gave up one in the ninth, but ultimately secured the two-point win by taking one point in the tenth.

Norway dominated Austria winning with a score of 9-1 after seven ends. The Norwegians had a three-point lead heading into the seventh after a scoreless sixth end. They added to this by taking five points in the seventh end and final end.

The wins for Sweden and Norway and Switzerland's loss opens up the men's standings, with these three teams tied at the top of the group with a won four, lost one record going into day four of these championships.

They said it

Alexander Baumann; replacement skip, Germany (after 8-2 win over Denmark): “It was a really good game from the whole team. I'm really proud of the guys, I think the tournament starts now for us. We changed the tactic and we tried to play really defensive and it was really good. I hope we will have the same performance tomorrow and the rest of the week.”

Thomas Brewster; skip, Scotland (after 6-5 win over Switzerland): “That was really hard fought. Last night we hung in and during this game we said ’just be patient, just like last night’. For whatever reason we weren’t throwing it as cleanly and it got a little bit nervy. But a win’s and win. It's great to be playing in front of a home crowd. It’s a lovely arena and the noise goes round – it’s fantastic.”

Results men's session five: Austria 1-9 Norway; Italy 4-6 Sweden; Germany 8-2 Denmark; Finland 4-8 Russia; Scotland 6-5 Switzerland

Standings after men’s session five (W-L):

Switzerland 4-1
Norway 4-1
Sweden 4-1
Italy 3-2
Russia 3-2
Scotland 3-2
Austria 2-3
Denmark 1-4
Germany 1-4
Finland 0-5

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