Vital victories for Russia and Italy men

  • Italy in action during session six Photo: © WCF / Eakin Howard

The home team, Switzerland, continued their unbeaten run at the Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championships 2017 on Tuesday (21 November) morning with a 10-3 win over Slovakia. This win keeps them at the top of the men’s A-Division standings.

Meanwhile, at the lower end of the table Italy and Russia recorded their second wins of the event, which could prove to be important with only three sessions of men’s round-robin games to play.

In the seventh end of their game, Switzerland’s fourth player Benoit Schwarz made a draw for two points, before Switzerland went on to win the game 10-3.

Italy’s fourth player Amos Mosaner played a tap back draw for three points in the sixth end of their game against Germany. This gave his team a 6-3 lead before going on to win 11-6. Russia beat Netherlands, 9-4, helped by a draw for two points, by Russian skip Alexey Timofeev in the eighth end.

Austria, who are without a win so far at these championships played Norway – who’s team are in pursuit of a top four finish to secure their places at the upcoming PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games. Norway’s skip Thomas Ulsrud made a hit for one point, in the tenth end, which gave his team a 7-4 lead and the win.

Defending champions Sweden and their opponents Scotland had a closely fought game, which Sweden won 5-4. In the seventh end Sweden’s skip Niklas Edin scored a single point with a draw to put Sweden in front, at 3-2. He then followed this up with a two-point steal in the eighth end.

The next live game, on national broadcasters and World Curling TV (note geo-blocking applies), at these championships will be Germany v Denmark women at 14:00, Central European Time (+1 hours, Greenwich Mean Time) on Tuesday (21 November) afternoon.

They said it

Joel Retornaz; skip, Italy (after 11-6 win over Germany): “The performance was what we were looking for. We played well on the ice today, it was a solid game and we got the result. Wins and good performances give you trust going into the next games and that is how we must play.”

Alexey Timofeev; skip, Russia (after 9-4 win over Netherlands): “This was a really close game, both teams performed well but we did just a little bit more. We just have to keep going.”

Men’s session six results: Switzerland 10-3 Slovakia; Austria 4-7 Norway; Scotland 4-5 Sweden; Italy 11-6 Germany; Netherlands 4-9 Russia

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

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

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, (note geo-blocking will apply in certain territories).

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