ECC 2010 Men's Finals & Bronze Game

After three years of falling at the last hurdle, Norway's Thomas Ulsrud finally took European gold when he beat Denmark's Rasmus Stjerne by 5-3 at the Le Gruyere European Curling Championships in Champery, Switzerland on Saturday evening.

It was a tense game, with three blank ends. The Norwegians opened with a single and, after blanking the second, the Danes levelled in the third. Norway took another single in the fourth and then, after blanking another end, Denmark levelled again at 2-2 with one in the sixth.

The first break-through came in the seventh end when Stjerne failed on an attempted double take-out, and Ulsrud had a hit and stay to score two for a 4-2 lead.

Denmark could only reply with a single in the ninth end, and then, thanks to a nice double take-out earlier in the end, Ulsrud was able to draw his final stone right onto the button for one point in the tenth, and his historic win.

After the game, an elated, Ulsrud said, "it just feels beautiful to have a gold. We've been so close for so many years now - we've been in the 1-2 Play-off for the last four years and been in the final for the last three years, so it's unbelievable, it's perfect. In the last end when our third made a double clear-out, I was pretty confident we would win".

Asked what the team would do now, he confirmed, "we even celebrate big when we win silver, so tonight we're going to top that".

Meanwhile, Stjerne, whose team's performance was one of the big surprises of the week, said, "I thought we played quite a good game, so I'm a little disappointed to lose, but we're excited for a nice silver".

He added, "we were playing the best team here and I think the final was a matter of experience. We didn't have the guts to go for it as we did in the other games. They were playing really well. But we are now the top national team at home, and we can get silver in the Europeans, so we'll go back to Denmark and try to qualify for the worlds".

RESULT
Men's final: Denmark 3, Norway 5.

Men's Final Standings:
1. Norway 9-2 (Gold) Qualification for WMCC 2011 and ECC 2011 A Group
2. Denmark 8-4 (Silver) Qualification for WMCC 2011 and ECC 2011 A Group
3. Switzerland 8-4 (Bronze). Qualification for WMCC 2011 and ECC 2011 A Group
4. Germany 7-4. Qualification for WMCC 2011 and ECC 2011 A Group
5. Scotland 5-4. Qualification for WMCC 2011 and ECC 2011 A Group
6. Sweden 5-4. Qualification for WMCC 2011 and ECC 2011 A Group
7. Czech Republic 4-6. Qualification for WMCC 2011 and ECC 2011 A Group
8. France 3-7. Qualification for WWCC 2011 and ECC 2011 A Group
9. Russia 1-8. Relegation to ECC 2011 B Group
10. Netherlands 1-8. Relegation to ECC 2011 B Group

Men's B Group
1. Italy (Gold). Qualification for ECC 2011 A Group
2. Latvia (Silver). Qualification for ECC 2011 A Group
3. Ireland (Bronze).

Women's Final Standings:
1. Sweden 9-3 (Gold). Qualification for WWCC 2011 and ECC 2011 A Group
2. Scotland 9-2 (Silver). Qualification for WWCC 2011 and ECC 2011 A Group
3. Switzerland 8-3 (Bronze). Qualification for WWCC 2011 and ECC 2011 A Group
4. Russia 7-5. Qualification for WWCC 2011 and ECC 2011 A Group
5. Denmark 5-4. Qualification for WWCC 2011 and ECC 2011 A Group
6. Norway 5-4. Qualification for WWCC 2011 and ECC 2011 A Group
7. Germany 4-5. Qualification for WWCC 2011 and ECC 2011 A Group
8. Latvia 2-7. Qualification for ECC 2011 A Group / Czech Republic won WWCC 2011 8th place
9. Finland 1-8. Relegation to ECC 2011 B Group
10. Netherlands 0-9. Relegation to ECC 2011 B Group

Women's B Group
1.Czech Republic (Gold). Qualification ECC 2011 A Group and WWCC 2011 8th place
2. Italy (Silver). Qualification for ECC 2011 A Group
3. Austria (Bronze).

The 2011 European Curling Championships will be held in Moscow, Russia.

Extensive coverage of the Le Gruyère European Curling Championships can still be seen by viewers in Europe on Eurosport Player. 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