Russia and Sweden qualify as Italy secure first win

  • Italy skip Federica Apollonio calls a shot Photo: © WCF / Richard Gray

Russia’s 6-4 win over Germany in Wednesday (23 November) evening’s women’s round robin session of the Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championships 2016 at the intu Braehead Arena near Glasgow, Scotland, qualified them for the Women’s World Championship 2017 [18-26 March] in Beijing, China.

The game was a tight battle with a blank first end followed by a steal of one for Germany in the second. Russia took two in the third end, taking the lead, but Germany tied it up in the fourth by taking another point. After a blank end Russia took two points in the fifth end. Moiseeva executed a takeout on her last stone to take one and secure the win.

Sweden prevailed over Finland with a score of 11-2 after six ends. This also qualified them for the play-offs. The Swedes were leading the game 4-0 after the second end. Finland battled back to take one in the fifth. The game ended after Sweden scored five points in the sixth end.

Italy achieved their first win against Norway with a score of 7-5. After giving up three to the Norway in the second end, Italy came back to take four in the third. After two blank ends Norway took one point. Italy executed a raise in the tenth to sit shot and Norway was unsuccessful at removing them.

Scotland remain undefeated in round robin play with a 7-3 win over Denmark in a game that lasted nine ends. The Scots started the game by taking two points in the first end. After a scoreless second end Denmark took two points in the third end. Scotland scored three points in their last end after Muirhead executed a takeout to sit shot.

Czech Republic won against Switzerland after an extra end with a score of 8-7. Down by a score of 4-1 after the fifth end, Czech Republic battled back to take two points in the sixth and steal two points in both the seventh and eighth ends. Switzerland took two in the ninth end then stole one point in the tenth when Anna Kubeskova of Czech Republic wrecked on a guard with her last shot. Czech Republic won by taking one point in the tenth.

Live coverage on WCTV continues on Wednesday evening with Norway v Sweden in the final men’s round robin session (20.00, Greenwich Mean Time). National broadcasters will be carrying this coverage therefore geo-blocking may apply to the WCTV in your country.

They Said It:

Anna Hasselborg; skip, Sweden (after 11-2 win over Finland): “It feels amazing. We have played better and better all week long and I feel like we just keep climbing. We have really worked on the details and continued to get our feel. We’ve also played 8 games so far, so we have all that playing experience to help us through."

Victoria Moiseeva; skip, Russia (after 6-4 win over Germany): “After a couple of games we were really hoping for that [qualifying for the play-offs], we were really preparing ourselves to play good for that so it feels great. Of course the country expected a good result from us because our country almost always has a good result in this competition, so we just try not to feel that pressure, not think about it.”

Federica Apollonio; skip, Italy (after 7-5 win over Norway): We feel happy after a lot of lost games. To have just one point is finally a great result for us. We were quieter, we felt less pressure on our shoulders because we only had two games to play and just one goal – not to go down to B[-Division].”

Results women's session eight: Finland 2-11 Sweden; Germany 4-6 Russia; Czech Republic 8-7 Russia; Denmark 3-7 Scotland; Norway 5-7 Italy

Standings after women’s session eight (W-L):

Q Scotland 8-0
Q Sweden 7-1
Q Russia 6-2
Czech Republic 5-3
Denmark 4-4
Germany 4-4
Switzerland 3-5
Finland 1-7
Italy 1-7
Norway 1-7