Olympic teams stay undefeated after three sessions

  • Switzerland's fourth player Benoit Schwarz Photo: © WCF / Céline Stucki

After three sessions of men’s round-robin play in the Le Gruyere AOP European Curling Championships 2017, being held in St Gallen, three teams – defending champions Sweden, hosts Switzerland and Scotland – remain undefeated at the top of the rankings.

All three of these teams are represented in St Gallen, by the teams that will compete at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games in February.

Sweden had a six-end 12-1 win over Slovakia, opening the scoring with a score of two points. Sweden skip Niklas Edin then drew his final shot of the third end into the house for three more points and a 5-1 lead on the way to their victory.

Switzerland faced Germany, and it was the Germans who took the early lead, scoring two points in the first end. But, Switzerland responded with a single point in the second end and followed that up with a single point steal in the third end and a further steal of three points in the fourth end to take a 5-1 lead. After this Germany could not get back on terms and Switzerland won by 9-4.

The game between Russia and Scotland was another tight affair and the first breakthrough came in the fifth end when Scottish skip Kyle Smith played a draw shot to score two points and take a 3-2 lead into the break. Another score of two points in the seventh end by Smith was enough to give the Scots a 9-4 victory.

Norway had their second win so far, beating Netherlands by 6-3, to stand in fourth place on the rankings. In the fifth game of the session, Italy gained their first win – by 8-2 in just six ends – through a strong performance against Austria.

The next live game, on national broadcasters and World Curling TV (note geo-blocking applies), at these championships will be Germany v Scotland men at 09:00, Central European Time (+1 hours, Greenwich Mean Time) on Monday (20 November) morning.

They said it

Peter de Cruz; skip, Switzerland (after 9-4 win over Germany): “The home crowd here is really supporting us, it’s nice to be out there and the ice is good. I think we had a good start, but didn’t get the rocks exactly where we wanted, but I think we kind of controlled the game throughout. It would be great to win in Switzerland for all the supporters, hopefully we can get to the final and see what happens."

Joel Retornaz; skip, Italy (after 8-2 win over Austria): “We’re definitely pleased to get that win – zero is gone now. We had a different mentality today which we didn’t have yesterday and we got a win. I hope it’s not the last win but just the first of many. We’re not better curlers today than we were yesterday, so there’s no magic. We had a different approach today and we have to make sure we have that approach again.”

Men’s session three results: Slovakia 1-12 Sweden; Norway 6-3 Netherlands; Russia 3-5 Scotland; Germany 4-9 Switzerland; Austria 2-8 Italy

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

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

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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