Saturday 19 November
The women’s A-Division championship at the Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championships 2016 in Braehead, Renfrewshire, got underway on Saturday (19 November) afternoon and included wins for the hosts Scotland and defending champion nation, Russia.
The Scotland team skipped by Eve Muirhead, were locked into a hard-fought battle with Italy, which ended 6-5 after the full ten regulation ends. Russia, who are represented by a new team skipped by Victoria Moiseeva also won by a single point, 9-8, over current world champions Switzerland lead by Binia Feltscher.
Scoring three points in the fourth end proved decisive for Muirhead, after Italy had taken the lead with single points scores in the second and third ends, 3-2. Later, in the tenth end Italy skip Federica Apollonio had a shot for two points with her final stone, which would have taken the game to an extra end, however, the tap and roll she was aiming for was too heavy and gave her team a single point, not enough to level the scores. Scotland won 6-5.
The scores were level at 8-8 between Russia and Switzerland going into the final end. Having scored two points in each of the second, fourth, sixth and eighth ends all Moiseeva was left to do with her final stone in the final end was execute a fast-paced takeout. Her shot was accurate and gave her team a single point and the win, 9-8.
During this session there were also wins for Denmark, Sweden and Czech Republic. Denmark beat Finland 8-2, while Czech Republic defeated Germany by the same scoreline, 8-2, and Sweden beat their neighbours Norway, 9-5.
They said it
Eve Muirhead; skip, Scotland (after 6-5 win over Italy): “We played well out there but obviously, there’s plenty room for improvement. Italy played well too, they forced us to take our ones or saved themselves. I’m always happy to win the first game and I get to know what the ice is going to be like. The team’s in great shape and it’s all about putting it together. These major championships are always the time to test yourselves.”
Anna Hasselborg; skip, Sweden (after 9-5 win over Norway): “We played a really great first end, but then lost a little bit of control over the ice a few ends in. After the fifth end break we all came back stronger and really pulled together as a team. It’s great to start off with a win here since we have two tough matches tomorrow. Going forward we will take with us that we played well, threw some really key shots and had good control over the ice once we figured it out.”
Victoria Moiseeva; skip, Russia (after 9-8 win over Switzerland): “It was actually our first game at European championship ever, so that really feels great to win this one. It was really really close so just some stones, some shots they made the difference. The first thing we are thinking about is play-offs and then we'll see how we will go.”
Results women's session one: Denmark 8-2 Finland; Scotland 6-5 Italy; Sweden 9-5 Norway; Germany 2-8 Czech Republic; Russia 9-8 Switzerland
Standings after women’s session one (W-L):
Czech Republic 1-0
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