First ever European play-off place for Czech Republic in Braehead

  • Anna Kubeskova makes history in Braehead Photo: © WCF / Jeffrey Au

Czech Republic women qualified for their first ever European Curling Championships play-offs on Thursday (24 November) morning, following a 8-3 victory over Norway, at the intu Braehead Arena in Renfrewshire, Scotland.

Skip Anna Kubeskova and her team, join Russia, Scotland and Sweden in Friday’s (25 November) semi-finals to be played at 14.00 (Greenwich Mean Time). In those semi-finals hosts Scotland meet Russia and Sweden play Czech Republic.

With the scores level 3-3 at the end of the sixth end, Kubeskova sealed her victory by stealing four points in the seventh end and another one point in the eighth end, giving her team an 8-3 win and a historic place in the play-offs.

Scotland finished the round robin with a 8-4 win over Russia keeping their 100% win record at this event in tact – helped by a score of three points in the sixth end and two in the ninth. Sweden also beat Denmark 6-3 in the final session.

Italy’s 10-3 win over Finland keeps them in the A-Division for next year, while the loss for Finland means that they drop to the B-Division in 2017. The Le Gruyère European AOP Curling Championships 2017 will be held in St Gallen, Switzerland (17-25 November).

Meanwhile, Switzerland beat Germany in the last game during of the session, with a score of 7-4

Norway men play third-placed Switzerland on Thursday evening at 19.00 (GMT), in the men’s semi-finals. The game will be broadcast live on WCTV (geo-blocking may apply) and national broadcasters.

They Said It:

Anna Kubeskova; skip, Czech Republic (after 8-3 win over Norway): “Well, it was a really tight game from the beginning until we stole four, which was the turning point. We then tried to hold the win. We will try our best performance that we had here and hopefully we can get as far as possible.”

Federica Apollonio; skip, Italy (after 10-3 win over Finland): “We feel happy. It was, not such a great result but the result that we need to have to stay in A-Division, because last year we went up from the B[-Division], and we need to stay in this place. This was only the first goal— to stay in the A group. The second one is to get to the Worlds.”

Results women's session nine: Germany 7-4 Switzerland; Czech Republic 8-3 Norway; Scotland 8-4 Russia; Italy 10-3 Finland; Sweden 6-3 Denmark

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

Q Scotland 9-0
Q Sweden 8-1
Q Czech Republic 6-3
Q Russia 6-3
Denmark 4-5
Switzerland 4-5
Germany 4-5
Italy 2-7
Norway 1-8
Finland 1-8