Sweden and Scotland to compete for women’s European title

  • Scotland's lead Lauren Gray Photo: © WCF / Eakin Howard

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

The Scots beat Switzerland by 7-5 and Sweden continued their unbeaten campaign with a 7-3 win over Italy in Friday (24 November) afternoon’s semi-finals.

In the game between Scotland and Switzerland, the Scots opened the scoring with a steal of two points in the third end only to see Switzerland score three points in the fourth end for a 3-2 lead.

In the ninth end, Scotland’s Eve Muirhead drew her last stone into the house to score three points and take the lead again, at 6-5. In the tenth end, when Switzerland’s skip Silvana Tirinzoni could not remove a Scottish stone on the button, the Scots stole one more point to win by 7-5.

Sweden opened the scoring in the first end of their game against Italy with a score of two points and retained the lead for the remainder of the game. Their skip Anna Hasselborg hit out an Italian stone to score three points in the seventh end for a 6-2 lead. The teams swapped single points in the eighth and ninth ends before Italy ran out of stones in the tenth end. This gave Sweden a 7-3 win that sets up their second successive appearance in the final.

Both of Saturday’s finals will be between Sweden and Scotland. All the athletes in the two finals have been selected to compete at the upcoming PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games. Saturday’s gold medal finals will be live on national broadcasters and World Curling TV (geo-blocking applies). The women’s final is at 10:00, followed by the men’s final at 15:00 (both Central European Time).

The next live game, on national broadcasters and World Curling TV (geo-blocking applies), at these championships will be Switzerland v Norway men at 19:00, Central European Time (+1 hours, Greenwich Mean Time) in Friday evening’s bronze medal game. The women’s bronze medal game will be between Switzerland and Italy.

They said it

Eve Muirhead; skip, Scotland (after 7-5 semi-final win over Switzerland): “We’re absolutely delighted. It’s been a few years since we’ve been in the final. We’ve medalled for the last seven years but a lot of them have not been the right colour. We had a fantastic game. We knew it was going to be a battle backwards and forward. As a team, we came out strong. Sweden are unbeaten – they are a tough team and we know they’re going to be tough to beat. We’re going to have to play one of the games of our lives to beat them.”

Anna Hasselborg; skip Sweden (after 7-3 win over Italy): “It feels great, we’ve been playing great all week so we’re happy we had the patience to make it to the final. We were the more experienced team and that was the difference. We just want to play a really good game in the final.”

Women’s semi-finals results: Scotland 7-5 Switzerland; Italy 3-7 Sweden

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

G Sweden 10-0
G Scotland 8-2
B Switzerland 7-3
B Italy 5-5
Russia 4-5
Germany 3-6
Czech Republic 3-6
WCC Denmark 3-6
>B Hungary 2-7
>B Turkey 2-7

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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