Italy head for play-offs as hosts, Switzerland edge past Scotland

  • Italy celebrate their win Photo: © WCF / Céline Stucki

Day five of the Le Gruyére AOP European Curling Championships 2017 in St Gallen, Switzerland came to a close with Italy’s women’s team qualifying for the paly-offs after a 6-5 win over Denmark.

The match, which went to an extra end saw both teams lead at various different stages. However, the final stone of the game from the Danish skip, Madeleine Dupont was too heavy handing Italy a steal and the win. This is the first time in 11 years that Italy’s skip Diana Gaspari has qualified for a European play-off.

Italy join Sweden, hosts Switzerland and Scotland in the semi-finals, which will be played at 09:00 on Friday (24 November) morning. However, there is still one more session of women’s round-robin games to play, which will determine the ranking of these top-four teams.

Sweden made it eight consecutive wins out of a possible eight as they beat Czech Republic 9-4. Switzerland and Scotland also played out an extra end decider as the host nation scored two points in the final end to take a 9-7 victory. Switzerland led 3-2 at the break with both teams trading two point ends after the interval before a conclusion was reached.

Germany beat Turkey 7-6 after ten ends and Russia won 8-3 against Hungary.

The next live game, on national broadcasters and World Curling TV (note geo-blocking applies), at these championships will be Sweden v Switzerland men at 09:00, Central European Time (+1 hours, Greenwich Mean Time) on Thursday (23 November) morning.

They said it

Diana Gaspari; skip, Italy (after 6-5 extra end win over Denmark): “It was hard today, we were under pressure and we had to win one of these two games. I made a semi-final 11 years ago, there is a lot of pressure in these kind of games. I was crying with happiness [as the last stone came down the ice] and I’m still crying with happiness.”

Women’s session eight results: Czech Republic 4-9 Sweden; Germany 7-6 Turkey; Hungary 3-8 Russia; Italy 6-5 Denmark; Scotland 7-9 Switzerland

Standings after women’s session eight (W-L):

Q Sweden 8-0
Q Switzerland 7-1
Q Scotland 6-2
Q Italy 5-3
Germany 3-5
Russia 3-5
Czech Republic 2-6
Denmark 2-6
Hungary 2-6
Turkey 2-6

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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