Denmark beat world champions; Scotland stay at 100%

  • Denmark's Madeleine Dupont Photo: © WCF / Richard Gray

The women's round robin of the Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championships AOP continued on Sunday (20 November) afternoon at the intu Braehead Arena, near Glasgow, Scotland.

Team Nielsen of Denmark upset current world champions, Switzerland, in a 7-6 win — the second loss in the tournament for Switzerland.

Switzerland trailed Denmark the entire game, behind three points by the close of the second end. They took one point in the third but Denmark answered this by taking two in the fourth. Switzerland made a hit for two in the eighth, but ultimately this was not enough to secure the win.

Scotland remained undefeated in the tournament with a 10-5 win over Norway, who have yet to post a win. After a blank first end, the Muirhead rink took two points. Norway answered this by taking one in the third but Scotland took another two when they regained hammer in the fourth end. They took four points in the ninth and final end to establish their presence as the dominant team at this event.

In a hard fought battle Germany emerged victorious over Finland with a score of 8-5. The rinks were tied with three points each heading into the third end. After three blank ends Finland took one point, but Germany answered by taking two when they regained hammer. Finland was not able to regain a lead and Germany took two in the tenth end to seal the game.

After nine ends of play Sweden beat Russia 11-4 stealing three stones apiece in the eighth and ninth ends. Both teams remain tied for second place, below leaders Scotland.

Italy fell to Czech Republic 10-3 after only seven ends of play where the team skipped by Anna Kubeskova took five in the first end. The Italians remain winless, joining Norway in a tie for ninth.

They Said It:

Lene Nielsen; skip, Denmark (After 7-6 win over Switzerland): “It's always nice to win against great teams and they are a really great one. Right now we're a brand new team and we've had some injuries early in the season, so right now we just keep trying and win every single game.”

Anna Kubeskova; skip, Czech Republic (after 10-3 win over Italy): “We are really happy, we didn't expect such a game. But after the first end, which was the turning point I would say, it was much easier for us to keep going and be up. I think we played the first end 100 percent, so that was the key to the game I think. We were going around the guards pretty well.”

Results women's session three: Norway 5-10 Scotland; Denmark 7-6 Switzerland; Finland 5-8 Germany; Sweden 11-4 Russia; Italy 3-10 Czech Republic

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

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

B-Division highlights

In the men's B-Division Israel won against France on Sunday afternoon. Israel were trailing the French going into the tenth end, but the French team ran out of time and forfeited the game, handing the win to their opponents. On the women's side, Hungary remain undefeated after three games.

"It was a tight game throughout from start to finish, and at the end of the game they were just taking a little bit too much time on their decisions and unfortunately they ran out of time," said Israel skip Adam Freilich before adding, "I think either way we would have had an open shot for the win. But it was unfortunate for them that it came down to that."