Braehead, Scotland – Scotland women's 10-5 win over Czech Republic on Wednesday (23 November) morning’s seventh session of round robin play maintains their undefeated record at the Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championships 2016 at the intu Braehead Arena in Renfrewshire, Scotland.
This result also qualifies them for the World Women’s Curling Championship 2017 to be held in Beijing, China (18-26 March).
Scotland was in command throughout the game, leading by three points at the close of the second end. They took three points in the seventh end and again in the ninth to end the game.
In the men’s event, Norway, after beating Italy 9-6 on Tuesday (22 November) night, earned a play-off spot and qualified for the Ford World Men’s Curling Championship 2017 – in Edmonton, Canada (1-9 April) by winning against Switzerland with a score of 7-3 on Wednesday afternoon’s eighth session of play.
The Norwegians started off the week, giving up one to Switzerland in the first end and another in the fourth. In the fifth end they began improving, taking one and then stealing two in the sixth. They ended the tenth end by stealing two and walked away with the win.
Sweden, who sit at the top of the standings with only one loss so far, also qualified for men's world's in a stunning performance on Tuesday night where they decimated their nearest rivals, Switzerland, with a score of 8-1 after just six ends. They went on to dominate Austria 10-3 in just eight ends on Wednesday afternoon in the eighth session of round robin play.
There are now two more qualifying spots for Thursday’s (24 November) play-offs and three teams left who can possible grab them. Therefore, the next and final men’s session of curling promises to be a battle.
On the women's side, there are two sessions of round robin play remaining and three play-off places available.
Italy women remain winless after seven games and losing to Russia with a score of 5-3 in nine ends on Wednesday morning. Meanwhile, in the same session Norway posted their first win of the event, with a 6-3 win over Finland.
They said it:
Eve Muirhead; skip, Scotland (after 10-5 win over Czech Republic): "That’s us in the semi-final now, which is good. That was another solid performance against the Czech Republic - they’re in the mix so it’s extremely important that you get on top of the play-off teams at this stage. Every game has been tough and the important thing now is to keep the focus.”
Daniela Jentsch; skip, Germany (after 9-3 win over Denmark): "I’m very relieved that we could win this game. The difference today was that we had our draw-weight under control. Although I was struggling a little, my team pulled up our performance. That sixth end sealed the deal and it was a relief. I just hope we can make it to the play-offs.”
Kristin Skaslien; skip, Norway (after 6-3 win over Finland): "Finally! We have struggled a bit this week and today all four players played well so it felt really good. We have to win at least one, probably two matches to stay in the A-Division. We have to pull ourselves together and hopefully we are on a roll now with our first win so it would mean everything to stay in.”
Thomas Ulsrud; skip, Norway (after 7-3 win over Switzerland): “This was a big one for us, I think we are qualified for the play-offs now. Last game is a tough one, it's against Sweden. And Switzerland this morning was a tough one for us.”
Alexey Timofeev; skip, Russia (after 8-6 win over Denmark): “Winning is always good. Now we need to win one more game and we're in the play-offs. We tried to play a more aggressive game to make the opponents chase us. We had good execution and good tactics.”
Thomas Brewster; skip, Scotland (after 6-4 win over Italy): “We played pretty good today. I thought the guys played well, slid well and threw well, not tight in any way and that’s a sign that there’s no nerves. We were better today than yesterday. Tonight’s game is probably winner takes all.”