ECC 2010 Day 6 Update

Scotland's Eve Muirhead and Norway's Thomas Ulsrud both booked their places in Saturday's finals of the Le Gruyère European Curling Championships in Champéry, Switzerland when they won the Page 1-2 Play-off games on Thursday evening.

The Scottish women were up against Russia's Liudmila Privivkova and finished the game off in spectacular style in the ninth end. Muirhead was looking like she would give up a second successive steal, with three Russian counters in the house as she faced her last shot. Not only did she remove all three, she took out another Russian stone out for good measure, as her own shooter stayed around to count four to Scotland. The stunned Russians then conceded the game, at 9-4 to Scotland.

The Scots now move onto the final, while Russia face Sweden's Stina Viktorsson, who beat Switzerland's Mirjam Ott by 5-3 in the page 3-4 game, in Friday's semi-final. The Swiss will next appear in Saturday morning's bronze medal game.

After her terrific winning shot, an elated Eve Muirhead said, "we deserved to win that game. We were up most of the way and got our twos and forced ones and they came back strong in ends eight and nine, and to finish as we did, I'm really delighted".

Speaking about the pressure that Russia applied in the second half, she added, "I'm not going to lie, they really stepped up and we had a few slack shots, but when it came to that shot in the ninth, it was do or die. The triple was set up, but I didn't see the quadruple coming. To finish with a four and kill the game, that's good".

Thomas Ulsrud's victory for Norway over Christof Schwaller of Switzerland was less spectacular. He came from 1-2 down at halfway to score in three successive ends and move into the lead, eventually sealing his 5-4 win with a single score in the tenth to make it to the final.

After the game, Ulsrud said, "this is the fourth time we've been in the Page one-two game, and it feels really good to be in the final. I think all our guys have a real goal. We've never won anything, we've got a lot of medals, silver or bronze, but we've never won gold, so we have a chance on Saturday".

The Swiss will now face Denmark's Rasmus Stjerne in the semi-final on Friday, after Denmark beat Germany's Andi Kapp by 10-5 in the Page 3-4 Play-off.

Earlier, Denmark had beaten Switzerland by 12-5 to finish the round-robin in fourth place. Although Scotland's Hammy McMillan beat Sweden's defending champion Niklas Edin by 7-5 in an extra end of their ninth round-robin game, neither of these two made it into the Page Play-offs.

The Czech Republic and France ended the round-robin tied for seventh place, and played off on Thursday evening. In this game the Czech Republic's Jiri Snitil beat France's Thomas Dufour by 8-3, putting France into eighth place and a best-of-three challenge by the eventual B Group winners for the last available place in the line-up for this season's Ford World Championship.

RESULTS A GROUP - MEN
Round 9: Netherlands 5, Germany 8; Scotland 7, Sweden 5 (extra end); Czech Republic 8, France 3; Denmark 12, Switzerland 5; Russia 7, Norway 8.

Men's standings after 9 rounds:
Switzerland won 7, lost 2;
Norway 7-2
Germany 7-2
Denmark 6-3
5. Scotland 5-4
6. Sweden 5-4
7. Czech Republic 3-6
7. France 3-6
9. Russia 1-8
10. Netherlands 1-8

Men's Page 1-2 Play-off: Switzerland 4, Norway 5 (Norway go to final, Switzerland go to semi-final)
Men's Page 3-4 Play-off: Germany 5, Denmark 10 (Denmark go to semi-final, Germany go to bronze medal play-off)
Seventh Place tie-breaker: France 3, Czech Republic 8 (Czech Republic rank seventh, France face World Championship challenge)

Men's Standings after Playoffs:
Norway 8-2 (Qualified for final)
Switzerland 7-3 (Play semi-final)
Denmark 7-3 (Play semi-final)
Germany 7-3 (Bronze Game)
5. Scotland 5-4
6. Sweden 5-4
7. Czech Republic 4-6
8. France 3-7 (Play World Challenge)
9. Russia 1-8
10. Netherlands 1-8


RESULTS A GROUP - WOMEN
Page 1-2 Play-off: Russia 4, Scotland 9 (Scotland go to final, Russia go to semi-final)
Page 3-4 Play-off: Sweden 5, Switzerland 3 (Sweden go to semi-final, Switzerland go to bronze medal play-off)

Women's Standings after Playoffs
Scotland 9-1 (Qualified for final)
Russia 7-3 (Play semi-final)
Sweden 7-3 (Play semi-final)
Switzerland 7-3 (Bronze Game)
5. Denmark 5-4
6. Norway 5-4
7. Germany 4-5
8. Latvia 2-7 (Play World Challenge)
9. Finland 1-8
10. Netherlands 0-9.

In the B Group the Latvian men's team is through to the final on Friday night. The Irish and Italian men will play the semi final on Friday morning and Slovakia plays in the Bronze on Saturday morning.
In the women's B event the Czech Republic has made the final. Italy and Hungary meet in the semi final and Austria plays the Bronze game on Saturday.

Extensive televised coverage of the Le Gruyère European Curling Championships can be seen by viewers in Europe on Eurosport. Additional live and on demand coverage will be available via the internet on the Eurosport Player. Swiss Television RTS and SF will also air live coverage of Swiss games. For more details of the TV and Web TV coverage schedule visit http://www.worldcurling.org/tv-and-web-tv-coverage-from-the-le-gruyere-european-curling-championships-2010

Event website: http://www.ecc2010.ch
Event results: http://www.ecc.curlit.com
All results will be mirrored on the World Curling Federation (WCF) results database: http://results.worldcurling.org/default.aspx