Scotland, Sweden and Switzerland ensure two wins from two on day one

  • Scotland skip Kyle Smith Photo: © WCF / Eakin Howard

Sweden continued their title defence with their second win on the opening day of the Le Gruyere AOP European Curling Championships 2017 in St Gallen, Switzerland, beating Germany by 8-2.

In the fourth end their skip Niklas Edin played a raise shot to score two points and give his team a 5-1 lead. In the seventh end, he scored two points again, this time with a draw shot to extend his team’s lead to 8-2, at which point Germany conceded.

Sharing top spot with Sweden are Scotland, who faced Austria and, after blanking the first end, opened the scoring in the second end when skip Kyle Smith hit out an Austrian stone to score two points. The Scots then went on to win by 7-3 to keep their unbeaten record intact.

Hosts Switzerland, became the third team to share top spot when, in the only game of the session to complete ten ends, their fourth player Benoit Schwarz hit out a Norway stone to complete an 8-6 win.
The Netherlands had an eight-end 12-1 win over Slovakia, opening the scoring with two points in the first end and then stealing points in the next three ends on the way to their first win so far.

Russia faced Italy and took the early lead when, in the first end, their skip Alexey Timofeev drew his final stone into the house to put the first three points of the game on the scoreboard. The Russians went on to win by 8-2.

The next live game, on national broadcasters and World Curling TV (note geo-blocking applies), at these championships will be Switzerland v Germany women at 09:00, Central European Time (+1 hours, Greenwich Mean Time) on Sunday (19 November) morning.

They said it

Kyle Smith; skip, Scotland (after 7-3 win over Austria): “It’s the perfect start really. We’ve executed well today, so we’re very pleased. We started with hammer in both games, which always helps – so we’ve made a good job of the draw shots. We have put stones in the right place, thrown to the sweepers and adapted to the ice well.”

Jaap van Dorp; skip, Netherlands (after 12-1 win over Slovakia): “That was a nice game for us, nice execution and we’re happy to get the win of course. We struggled a bit against Switzerland this morning – they are a good team and they played really well. We just didn’t bring our ‘A’ game then, but that was a better game there. Our job now is to qualify for the Worlds, but first of all make sure we have a good week.”

Men’s session two results: Austria 3-7 Scotland; Russia 8-2 Italy; Switzerland 8-6 Norway; Netherlands 12-1 Slovakia; Sweden 8-2 Germany

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

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

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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