Defending champion nation post 2nd win in Braehead

  • Team Russia in action Photo: © WCF / Richard Gray

Defending champions Russia and last year’s runners-up Scotland were among the winners in Sunday (20 November) morning’s second session of women’s round robin play at the Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championships 2016, at the intu Braehead Arena near Glasgow, Scotland, to share the lead together unbeaten.

In this session, Italy faced Germany with both teams looking for the first win. In the second end of the game, Germany’s skip Daniela Jentsch moved three of her opponents’ stones to score one point and level the score at 1-1. Jentsch then went on to win the game with a score of two in the tenth end, drawing her last stone inside Italy for an 8-7 win.

Finland played Czech Republic in this session and, in the eighth end, Finland’s skip Anne Malmi took a 4-3 lead when she hit out a Czech stone for one point. The Finns went on to win by 8-4.

The game between Russia and Denmark featured six blank ends and eventually with a single steal in the tenth end Russia carved out a 3-1 victory.

The world champions from Switzerland played Norway and their skip Binia Feltscher opened the game with a draw for two points in the first end. They then went on to steal five points in the second end for a 7-0 lead, but Norway’s Kristien Skaslien responded in the third end with a draw to score three points and reduce the Swiss lead to 7-3. The Swiss then scored one point in the fourth end when skip Feltscher hit to move her team’s lead onto 8-3. After this Switzerland emerged as comfortable 10-4 winners in just six ends.

Hosts Scotland were up against Sweden and in the fourth end Sweden’s skip Anna Hasselborg drew her final stone into the house to open her account by scoring two points for a 2-1 lead. Scotland’s skip Eve Muirhead responded with two points of her own in the fifth end when she hit out a Swedish counter to take the lead at 3-2. The score was tied at 5-5 in the tenth and last end and Muirhead sealed her 6-5 victory with a draw for the one point needed.

They Said It:

Daniela Jentsch; skip, Germany (after 8-7 win over Italy): “We’re pleased with that [win], it took a while. We had to have a lot of patience but it paid off in the end. I had to deliver on the last stone but, that’s my job. That was better than yesterday and when it counted at the end we were right there.”

Irene Schori; vice skip, Switzerland (after 10-4 win over Norway): “We played very solid, it was the miss she [Norway skip, Kristin Skaslien] had in the second end that helped and that’s always good. It feels great to win again. It adds pressure [being current world champions] because everybody thinks we have to win this tournament, but we are here to have fun and enjoy every game.”

Eve Muirhead; skip, Scotland (after 6-5 win over Sweden): “I thought we played great out there. My team were fantastic and that makes my job easier when you have your team playing so well. Yes, I made it difficult for myself in the last end there but you know you’ve got to come out with those ‘clinking’ shots to win, and we managed that. The crowd have been fantastic and even for an eight o’clock in the morning draw to see so many people supporting us is great.”

Results women's session two: Italy 7-8 Germany; Finland 8-4 Czech Republic; Russia 3-1 Denmark; Switzerland 10-4 Norway; Scotland 6-5 Sweden

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

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

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