Pressure mounts as semi-final qualification looms

  • Switzerland's Christine Urech Photo: © WCF / Jeffrey Au

The women’s round robin at the Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championships 2016 continued on Tuesday (22 November) afternoon at the intu Braehead Arena near Glasgow, Scotland.

Competition was ferocious, as the championship approaches the latter half of the round robin and semi-final qualification looms. During this session many of the games were decided by the very last stone thrown.

Playing a second game with Madeleine Dupont replacing regular skip Lene Nielsen, Denmark beat Italy with a score of 8-7 after 11 ends of play. The win came down to the last stone of the extra end where Dupont made a draw to the button with backing to take one point. Italy remain winless.

Scotland won against Germany with a score of 8-6, helping them to maintain their perfect record in round robin play so far – the only team to remain undefeated in the A-Division. After taking two points in the first end, Germany took another two in the second, which Scotland answered by taking yet another two in the third. The game was at a score of 7-6 with Scotland heading into the ninth and final end where Scotland scored one point.

Switzerland won against Finland with a score of 9-8. The Swiss gave up four points to Finland in the third end, but came back in the fourth by taking two. Tied heading into the tenth end, Feltscher executed a draw for the game winning point.

The Czech Republic team lost to Sweden with a score of 8-5 after nine ends. The Swedes took two points in the third end and stole two in the fourth. Though Czech Republic women took two in the fifth end and stole one in the sixth they were not able to take the lead and Sweden took two in the ninth to end the game.

Russia beat Norway with a score of 6-5, holding Norway to a winless record so far at this event. The Norwegians battled hard, coming back from a 5-2 deficit by the close of the fourth end. They took one point in the ninth end and stole one in the tenth, but this was not enough to get a mark in the win column.

The next live broadcast on WCTV (geo-blocking may apply) and national broadcasters will be Switzerland v Sweden, in the seventh session of men’s round robin play at 19.00 on Tuesday evening.

They said it

Irene Schori; third, Switzerland (after 9-8 win over Finland): “We are very happy right now. It's good to win this game but it was very tough. We were in trouble but we came out with the win so it's fine. We just, we didn't realise what the problem was! But that's curling, sometimes it happens like that. We tried to stay focused and we managed to win.”

Victoria Moiseeva; skip, Russia (after 6-5 win over Norway): “That was a good game and we were a little better and a little luckier in the beginning and then we just kept what we have and that worked.”

Sofia Mabergs; lead, Sweden (after 8-5 win over Czech Republic): “They are such strong individuals [our third and skip] that they will get there themselves in the end. But that being said, we [lead and second] will always continue to encourage them and help them any way we can. [Tomorrow,] we will also need to increase our playing percentages from this past game. If we can get our rocks in good spots then hopefully we can put some real pressure on them [Switzerland].”

Results women's session six: Russia 6-5 Norway; Italy 7-8 Denmark; Germany 6-8 Scotland; Czech Republic 5-8 Sweden; Switzerland 9-8 Finland

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

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

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