Switzerland go three-from-three to become only unbeaten team in men’s A-Division

  • Peter De Cruz slides down the ice at Braehead Photo: © WCF / Jeffrey Au

Switzerland posted a comfortable, 10-2 win over Finland on Sunday (20 November) afternoon, in the third session of men’s round robin play, at the Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championships 2016.

At the event being played in Braehead, Scotland there were also wins for Russia, who beat Germany 6-5; hosts Scotland who defeated the defending champions Sweden, 8-4; Italy who won against Austria 9-6 and Norway, who beat Denmark 6-4.

Following these results Switzerland remain the only unbeaten team in the men’s A-Division.

Switzerland completed their game with Finland after just eight ends, aided by a score of three points in the fifth end, which established a 6-2 lead for skip Peter De Cruz and his team. The following two ends were blanked and in the eighth end De Cruz sealed the win by stealing four points. The score finished 10-2.

Scores of two points in the second and fifth ends, proved decisive for Russia in their game against Germany. Having established a 6-4 lead by the end of the eighth end, Russia managed to keep ahead of their opponents for the rest of the game. This was despite Germany scoring one point in the ninth end and blanking the tenth end. The game ended 6-5.

The host nation skipped by Tom Brewster were behind 1-3, against Sweden at the fifth end break. However, a score of three points in the eighth end, followed by a steal of three points in the ninth end, helped Scotland to an 8-4 win over the 2015 winners of this men’s championship. After three sessions of play five teams are bunched together in the standings, underneath Switzerland, with two wins and a loss.

They said it

Peter De Cruz; skip, Switzerland (after 10-2 win over Finland): I thought we started a little slowly, but we got a grip on the ice and started to make the shots. My team made all the shots, Ben [Schwarz] and Claudio [Paetz] especially so that just made it easy. We have a bit of experience at this level now, so we’ll just go game by game and try to improve every time. We’ll hopefully qualify for the play-offs and then we’ll see from there.”

Alexey Timofeev; skip, Russia (after 6-5 win over Germany): “We are really happy. We need to keep going to believe in ourselves and listen to our coaches. We were in control the whole game. We tried to control the hammer. We were playing a bit aggressive but in the end we almost lost control, but luckily we won.”

Tom Brewster; skip, Scotland (after 8-4 win over Sweden): “The guys played great there. Anything could have happened and we got a couple of rubs and played a couple of good shots in that last end and that took us away from them. You always have to be patient – the same as yesterday. You know they’re a great side, you know they’re going to come at you. You know it’s all about taking your twos and forcing your ones.”

Results men's session three: Switzerland 10-2 Finland; Germany 5-6 Russia; Sweden 4-8 Scotland; Austria 6-9 Italy; Norway 6-4 Denmark

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

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

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