B-Division highlights

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The Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championships 2017 - happening in Switzerland - are made up of four international curling championships: A-Division women, A-Division men, B-Division women and B-Division men.

From 18-25 November the A-Division is taking place in St Gallen's Eissportzentrum Lerchenfeld, with the B-Division happening just a few steps away in the Curling Center St Gallen.

There are ten women's teams and 16 men's teams competing in the B-Division

Throughout the week, short reports will be available for readers in this blog.

For the most up-to-date scores from the B-Division visit, www.worldcurling.org/ecc2017/b-division-live-scores

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Day one: B-Division begins in St Gallen

Czech Republic men opened their campaign with a 10-3 win over Slovenia in the opening session of the B-Division in St Gallen. Latvia also triumphed with a 12-2 win over Belgium and Wales lost out to Poland, 7-4. Turkey took a narrow 6-4 win over Denmark with France succumbing 5-2 to Lithuania.

The women’s B-Division championship began with four out of the five matches level going into the seventh ends as some close games ended with narrow victories at the Eisssportzentrum Lerchenfeld. England lost to Latvia and Poland were beaten by Estonia with both matches finishing 6-5. Spain beat Lithuania 7-3 and Finland overcame Netherlands by the same score line. Norway beat Belarus 12-7 with game conceded after nine ends.

Day two: Teams taking consecutive wins to take early B-Division lead

The second day of women’s B-Division action got underway in St Gallen as Netherlands beat Poland 11-3 after a concession at the end of the eighth end. Norway made it two wins from a possible two. They beat Lithuania 8-4. Finland also made it two consecutive wins with an 11-6 win over Belarus, while Estonia won against England 8-5 and also remain unbeaten. Latvia and Spain completed the action in a close contest as a final stolen point in the tenth end saw the Latvians run out 7-6 winners.

The men’s session on Sunday afternoon began with France beating Wales 11-4. The Welsh conceded after six ends. Latvia beat Hungary 9-6, Finland edged neighbours Estonia 7-6 and Poland were victorious over Lithuania, 10-7. A high scoring fourth end for Spain resulted in a 6-4 win over Israel.

Day three: Field taking shape in European B-Division

The third day of action in the B-Division began with wins for Estonia, Latvia and Norway women, which sees them undefeated after four games and leading the women’s standings. Estonia won against Spain 8-2, while an opening score of three points for Latvia, followed by stealing points in a further three ends saw them beat Netherlands 11-4. Scoring two points in each of the third, sixth and ninth ends helped Norway to a 8-4 win over England. During that same session Poland beat Belarus 6-4 and Finland had a 7-6 win over Lithuania.

In the men’s championship, Spain and Latvia lead group A unbeaten, while Czech Republic and France top group B with 100% records. Spain beat Hungary 8-6 on in the Curling Center St Gallen, while Latvia edged past Estonia 7-6. Poland and Czech Republic didn’t play in this fifth round-robin session.

Elsewhere, Finland were victorious over England 5-3, Israel won against Belgium 10-8 and Turkey beat France 8-7.

Day four: Action progresses in European B-Division

England women got their second win, in the B-Division, of the Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championships with an 8-2 win over Latvia on Tuesday (21 November). Norway beat Netherlands 8-6, while two matches went the full ten ends with Belarus beating Lavtia 8-6 and Poland taking a narrow 8-7 win over Finland.

On the men’s side Israel registered a third win in the B-Division with a 3-2 victory over England. Hungary beat Estonia 8-7 after an extra end, whilst Latvia made it four wins from four beating Spain 9-4. Belgium conceded after seven ends as they were beaten 9-1 by Finland.

Day five: Women's semi-finalists and first men's qualifiers known in European B-Division

The women’s semi-finalists for the Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championships 2017 B-Division are now confirmed, with Norway, Latvia, Estonia and Finland qualifying.

The women’s semi-finals will be held in the Curling Center St Gallen on Thursday (23 November) night at 18:00 (Central European Time). The top ranked team at the end of the round-robin will play the fourth ranked team and the teams ranked two and three will go head-to-head. The final ranking is yet to be confirmed with another round-robin session to be played.

On Wednesday (22 November) afternoon Norway beat Estonia 11-7; Finland had a 9-6 win over Spain and Latvia lost out to Poland 6-8. Also, in that session Lithuania had a 6-5 victory over Netherlands and Belarus won against England 7-4.

In the men’s championship Poland and Czech Republic have qualified so far. They are in Group B. Poland beat France 7-5 in their most recent round-robin game. There were also wins for England (7-6 v Estonia), Finland (7-6 v Latvia), Spain (8-6 v Belgium) and Israel (8-4 v Hungary).

Day six: In pursuit of promotion B-Division finalists become clearer

Finland won their women’s B-Division semi-final against Norway at the Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championships 2017 on Thursday (23 November) evening.

Oona Kauste’s team who finished fourth in the standings, came out on top in a close contest with the Finn’s scoring one point in a deciding extra end to win, 7-6. Norway forced a comeback after being 6-2 down at one stage, to force the extra end, however, despite topping the round-robin stage, Kristin Skaslien’s side had to settle for a place in the bronze medal match.

In the other semi-final, Latvia produced an assured display to beat Estonia, 10-7. A four-point end from the Latvians before the interval had Estonia chasing, but with Marie Turnmann’s team scoring three points in the eighth end, the gap was closed. Despite this, it wasn’t enough to prevent defeat as Latvia progressed to their first B-Division final since 2009.

The gold and bronze medal games for women and men will be played at 13:30 (Central European Time) on Friday (24 November).

Finland’s men progressed to the semi-finals of the B-Division as they beat Turkey 9-4 in their qualification game. Finnish skip Aku Kauste saw his team score four points in the fourth end to put the pressure on Turkey. Despite scoring two points in the eighth end, the Turks were unable to catch their opposition who now have set up a semi-final with Czech Republic – who had a bye to the semi-final having topped the group B round-robin.

In the other tie, Poland narrowly edged Israel 5-4 after ten ends. In a match that saw every end dominated by a single score bar one, the Poles two-point collection in the fourth end of the match was the vital difference. Borys Jasiecki’s team will play Spain in the next round - Spain finished first in group A giving them a direct route to the semi-final.