Sweden and Scotland into Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championships 2017 final

  • Sweden skip Niklas Edin leads his team to their fourth consecutive European final Photo: © WCF / Eakin Howard

European defending champions Sweden will face Scotland in Saturday’s (25 November) final of the Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championships 2017, in St Gallen, Switzerland.

In the semi-finals, Sweden won 8-3 against Norway and Scotland had a 9-8 victory over host Switzerland, on Thursday (23 November) evening.

Sweden’s skip Niklas Edin opened the scoring against Norway in the first end with a draw for two points and then stole another two points for a 4-0 lead after three ends. Norway never got on terms after this and a single point steal by Sweden in the ninth end for 8-3 was enough to persuade Norway to concede and keep Edin’s quest for a third successive title alive.

In the other semi-final, Scotland took the early advantage with a steal of three points in the second end, when Swiss fourth player Benoit Schwarz wrecked his last draw attempt.

In the third end, Schwarz played a raise tap-back to score two points and reduce Scotland’s lead to 3-2. He then drew his last stone of the fifth end into the house to score three points and level the score at 5-5 at half-time.

In the sixth end, Scotland’s skip Kyle Smith hit out a Swiss stone to score two points and take the lead again, at 7-5. Finally, in the tenth end, Smith drew his last stone into the house, scoring two points as he nudged a Swiss stone for the 9-8 win that puts him into his first European final.

Saturday’s final will be Kyle Smith’s team’s first European final. Also, all the teams in the gold and bronze medal games are represented in St Gallen, by the teams that will compete at the upcoming PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games.

The bronze medal game will be between Switzerland and Norway at 19:00 on Friday (24 November). The final between Sweden and Scotland is at 15:00 on Saturday. Both are on national broadcasters and World Curling TV (geo-block applies) and are at Central European Time.

The next live game, on national broadcasters and World Curling TV (geo-blocking applies), at these championships will be the women’s semi-final game between Sweden and Italy at 14:00, Central European Time (+1 hours, Greenwich Mean Time) on Friday afternoon.

They said it

Kyle Smith; skip, Scotland (after 9-8 semi-final win over Switzerland): “That feels absolutely brilliant, we’re absolutely delighted. We got that early start and stole three which was huge, but we knew they were always going to come back. We put them under a bit of pressure in the last end there and thankfully they didn’t make it.”

Niklas Edin; skip, Sweden (after 8-3 semi-final win over Norway): “We’ve had a really good week so far but suddenly it’s a win/lose situation. We refocused for this game really well and we had a really good start and that’s what made the difference. We’ve got the hammer in the final, which is important at this level. Other than the one game we lost, we’ve had a pretty-much perfect week. We’ve got what it takes, but we’ve got to deliver one more time.”

Men’s semi-finals results: Scotland 9-8 Switzerland; Sweden 8-3 Norway

Standings after men’s semi-final (W-L):

G Sweden 9-1
G Scotland 7-3
B Switzerland 8-2
B Norway 6-4
Germany 5-4
Russia 4-5
Netherlands 4-5
WCC Italy 2-7
>B Austria 1-8
>B Slovakia 1-8

WCC – Qualify for World Challenge Games
>B – relegated to 2018 B-Division

Curling fans around the world will be able to follow live coverage of these championships via the World Curling Federation’s broadcast partners on Eurosport 1 and 2, Eurosport Player, Eurosport Asia Pacific, RTS, SRF and RSI (Switzerland), SVT (Sweden), TVP Sport (Poland), La Chaine Equipe (France), TSN (Canada), NBCSports (United States) and the Olympic Channel. Coverage will also be available on the event website, the World Curling Federation’s Facebook and YouTube Channel, www.youtube.com/WorldCurlingTV (note geo-blocking will apply in certain territories).

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