Scotland defeat world champions to remain unbeaten

  • Scotland make it five wins out of five Photo © WCF / Jeffrey Au

The women’s round robin of the 2016 Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championships continued Monday night at the intu Braehead Arena near Glasgow, Scotland.

The Czech Republic beat Denmark in a 7-6 battle that gives them a 4-1 record overall in the tournament, tying them in second place with Sweden. The game was a close one with Denmark scoring the first three points. In the fourth end Czech Republic took one point, but Denmark answered that in the fifth end with a point of their own. The Czech Republic didn’t gain the lead until the eighth end where they took two points, following this up in the ninth end by stealing two points.

Denmark had a chance to hit and stick for two on their final shot to tie the game and force an extra end but rolled out, only taking one point and handing the win to the Czech Republic.

Scotland and Switzerland also battled fiercely in a game that Scotland won 4-3. The game started with a blank end, with Switzerland being the first to score in the second end by taking two points. Scotland took a single point in the third end, and Switzerland took another one in the fourth end. In the sixth and seventh ends Scotland earned one point each to tie the game. A heavy draw on Switzerland’s last rock handed the game-deciding point to Scotland.

Keeping the drama high for fans in the arena, Germany and Norway also had a contentious match with the game tied 6-6 heading into the tenth end. A hit and stick on the button meant a point and the win for Germany. Norway remains winless in the tournament so far.

Russia beat Finland in an 8-3 win over eight ends. The Russians made keen use of hammer in the first end by taking two points. They stole two points in the third end and continued to dominate the Fins throughout the game.

Sweden and Italy battled hard in a game that saw the Swedes win 7-6 after ten ends. Up by seven in the eighth end, Italy closed in on the Swedish lead by taking one point in the ninth end and stealing two points in the tenth end. However this did not prove enough to emerge victorious and Italy joins Norway at the bottom of the rankings with a 0-5 record.

In the B-Division men’s round robin the Czech Republic dominated Israel with a score of 9-1 after eight ends, Israel’s first loss of the tournament. The Netherlands also had a strong showing against France winning 7-2 after just six ends.

On the B-Division women’s side Hungary remains on top after winning against Latvia with a score of 10-8.

The Tuesday morning live broadcast on World Curling TV and national broadcasters (geo-blocking may apply) will be Norway v Germany men, in the sixth session of round robin play. The game begins at 09.00 (Greenwich Mean Time).

They Said It:

Eve Muirhead; skip, Scotland (after 4-3 win over Switzerland): “It’s been hard but so far things have been going well. That’s us just through the halfway stage of the round-robin and it’s a long way to go. I don’t think we’re doing an awful lot wrong, but we can still get a lot of things better, so it’s just a case of building on the momentum”

Daniela Jentsch; skip, Germany (after 7-6 win over Norway): “I just hope we can win a few more games and then focus on the playoffs because this is nothing that we, of course we want to make the playoffs but it's nothing we have scheduled yet. But as soon as the world qualification is done then we will focus on that.”

Anna Kubeskova; skip, Czech Republic (after 7-6 win over Denmark): “Well it was really tough from the beginning. We struggled with the weight so we had to fight back from three nil. But we managed to have a really solid ninth end which turned the game to us.”

Results women's session five: Sweden 7-6 Italy; Russia 8-3 Finland; Denmark 6-7 Czech Republic; Scotland 4-3 Switzerland; Germany 7-6 Norway

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

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