Switzerland and Sweden maintain lead as Denmark post first win

  • Denmark's skip Madeleine Dupont calls a shot Photo: © WCF / Céline Stucki

Hosts Switzerland and Sweden both had wins in Monday’s (20 November) fourth session of round-robin play to remain together – undefeated – at the top of the women’s rankings at the Le Gruyere AOP European Curling Championships 2017, in St Gallen, Switzerland.

Sweden beat Germany by 8-2 in just six ends in a game that featured a nice split tap-up on one of skip Anna Hasselborg’s own stones to score two points in the third end. By contrast, Switzerland’s skip Silvana Tirinzoni had to draw the final stone of the tenth end into the house to score the one point that sealed her team’s 8-7 win over Russia.

In other games, Turkey scored four points in the third end of their game against Hungary and followed that up with a score five points in the seventh end to complete their 12-5 win. Scotland faced previously unbeaten Italy and dominated from the start, scoring two points in the first end to set up an 8-1 six-end victory.

In the fifth game of the session, Czech Republic faced Denmark and in the seventh end Denmark’s skip Madeleine Dupont hit out a Czech stone to score one point and consolidate her team’s lead, at 4-2. Denmark went on to record their first win so far, with a final score of 6-3, a result that leaves only Germany and Russia without wins so far.

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

Anna Hasselborg; skip, Sweden (after 8-2 win over Germany): “That was another really good game from our side. After the early force, we scored two and played better and better. The ice and the arena is fantastic and now we just want to move on and try to improve even more in the upcoming games.”

Silvana Tirinzoni; skip, Switzerland (after 8-7 win over Russia): “I am really really glad we came out with the win here. It wasn’t easy at all. It was a very exhausting game. The luck was on our side I guess. The ice is great, but it is tricky. There were some misses on both sides. We just try to keep going.”

Madeleine Dupont; skip, Denmark (after 6-3 win over Czech Republic): “That win has been a time coming, but we did have a tough schedule with Switzerland, Sweden and Scotland in our first three games. I don’t think there is anything wrong with our game, we know it’s hard to compete with these professional curlers when we practise a few times a week – that’s just curling.”

Women’s session four results: Hungary 5-12 Turkey; Sweden 8-2 Germany; Russia 7-8 Switzerland; Scotland 8-1 Italy; Czech Republic 3-6 Denmark

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

Switzerland 4-0
Sweden 4-0
Italy 3-1
Scotland 3-1
Hungary 2-2
Turkey 2-2
Czech Republic 1-3
Denmark 1-3
Germany 0-4
Russia 0-4

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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