Switzerland first men's side to make play-offs

  • Switzerland qualify for the play-offs Photo © WCF / Eakin Howard

Peter de Cruz and his Swiss team delighted the home crowd with an 8-5 win over Austria in Tuesday (21 November) evening’s seventh session of men’s round-robin play in the Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championships in St Gallen, Switzerland - a victory that not only keeps his team top of the rankings undefeated, but also makes the Swiss the first men qualifiers for the weekend medal games.

Austria did not look like a team still looking for their first win and they opened well, until, in the fourth end, Switzerland’s fourth player Benoit Schwarz hit out an Austrian stone to score two points and move his team into the lead for the first time, at 3-2. A steal of three points for the Swiss in the seventh end effectively put the game beyond Austria.

Sweden moved into a clear second place with their 10-3 win over Italy, while Scotland beat Norway by 8-7 in an extra end to join the Norwegians in joint third place on five wins.

Germany beat the Netherlands by 6-5 in a tight game to move into fifth place on four wins and keep their play-off hopes alive and in the fifth game of the session Russia beat Slovakia by 6-4 for their third win, a result that leaves Slovakia – like Austria – still looking for their first win, and looking in danger of relegation.

The next live game, on national broadcasters and World Curling TV (note geo-blocking applies), at these championships will be Norway v Sweden men at 14:00, Central European Time (+1 hours, Greenwich Mean Time) on Wednesday (22 November) afternoon.

They said it

Peter de Cruz; skip, Switzerland (after 8-5 win over Austria): "I think we’ve still got two hard games to come against Scotland and Sweden but we’ve got to try to keep a good rhythm and keep the momentum up. It’s great to play in front of this home crowd – I’m surprised how many have shown up and hopefully they will keep coming."

Alexander Baumann; skip, Germany (after 6-5 win over Netherlands): "That was a must-win for us and maybe we can still reach the Play-offs. We had some mistakes this morning but that was a tidier game there, both teams played really well. Two more wins and we’ll see what happens."

Men’s session seven results: Sweden 10-3 Italy; Netherlands 5-6 Germany; Slovakia 4-9 Russia; Switzerland 8-5 Austria; Norway 7-8 Scotland

Standings after men’s session seven (W-L):

Switzerland 7-0
Sweden 6-1
Norway 5-2
Scotland 5-2
Germany 4-3
Netherlands 3-4
Russia 3-4
Italy 2-5
Austria 0-7
Slovakia 0-7

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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