Braehead, Scotland – Scotland women and Switzerland men have won bronze medals at the Le Gruyère European AOP Curling Championships 2016 in the intu Braehead Arena in Renfrewshire, Scotland.
Scotland beat the Czech Republic, who were competing in their first European medal game, by 6-2 and the Swiss men emerged as 8-6 winners over Russia on Friday (25 November) evening. For all coverage and scheduling visit, www.worldcurling.org/ecc2016 For the host nation team, it was an extra special night as skip Eve Muirhead and third Anna Sloan won record seventh consecutive medals.
In the third end of the men’s bronze medal game between Switzerland and Russia, Switzerland’s fourth player Benoit Schwarz hit out a Russian stone to score two points and take a 4-2 lead.
In the sixth end, Russia’s skip Alexey Timofeev played a hit, to score one point and reduce Switzerland’s lead to 5-4. Schwarz increased his Swiss team’s lead to 7-4 in the seventh end when he drew his last stone into the house to score two more points. Switzerland went on to win by 8-6.
In the women’s bronze game, hosts Scotland faced Czech Republic. The Scots led by 2-0 after two ends, and, in the third end the Czech skip Anna Kubeskova was facing four Scottish counters as she played her last stone – a tap of one Scottish stone off the button to score one point and reduce the Scottish lead to 2-1.
In the fourth end, Scottish skip Eve Muirhead drew her last stone into the house to score two points and increase her lead to 4-1. Muirhead followed that up in the eighth end with a tap raise onto the button to score one more point and increase her lead to 5-2.
Eventually, Scotland stole one point in the ninth end to seal their 6-2 win.
Earlier on Friday, in the women’s semi-finals, Russia beat Scotland with a score of 11-6 in eight ends sending the Scots to face Czech Republic in the bronze medal game as the Czech lost to Sweden 9-2.
Sweden and Russia will compete for gold medals on Saturday (26 November) morning (10.00, Greenwich Mean Time), while Norway face Sweden in the men’s final – both live on World Curling TV (geo-blocking may apply) and national broadcasters.
Austria won against Netherlands with a score of 7-6. The score was 7-5 heading into the tenth end. The Netherlands took one point, falling just short of forcing an extra end. Netherlands and Slovakia also qualified for the 2017 A-Division.
These teams will continue to compete in this best of three challenge series on Saturday to see who will advance to the 2017 World Curling Championships.
They said it:
Eve Muirhead; skip, Scotland (after 6-2 bronze medal game win over Czech Republic): “We’re delighted! To come out and get a medal was our goal at the start of the week – and seven consecutive medals is pretty special - it’s not the colour we wanted, but we fought hard for that bronze medal. I was absolutely gutted earlier on but that says a lot about our resilience and mental strength to come back out and get that medal.”
Peter De Cruz; skip, Switzerland (after 8-6 bronze medal game win over Russia): “It feels good, we've had a rough week. We had a pretty good start then we had a few rough games in the round robin. Obviously we're a little disappointed. I think we had a little higher expectation than last year's result. We're really happy in the end.”