Friday 25 November 2016
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 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 [pictured below | photo: © WCF / Richard Gray].
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.
The live TV games on Saturday will be Sweden v Russia in the women’s finals (10.00, GMT) followed by the men’s gold medal game between Norway and Sweden (15.00, GMT). For live broadcast information from these championships visit, www.worldcurling.org/broadcast and www.youtube.com/WorldCurlingTV