Close contests to retain A-Division status in final women’s round-robin

  • Denmark won their game in an extra end to stay in the A-Division Photo: © WCF / Richard Gray

With the four semi-finalists already determined – Sweden, Switzerland, Scotland and Italy – the focus was on the relegation battles in Thursday (23 November) afternoon’s last session of women’s round-robin play at the Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championships 2017, in St Gallen, Switzerland.

The key game was between Denmark and Turkey and it went all the way to an extra end. In that end Turkey’s skip Dilsat Yildiz was heavy with her final draw to give Denmark a steal of one point and an 8-7 win. This relegated Turkey back to 2018’s B-Division, while Denmark now play this year’s eventual B-Division winners in a best-of-three challenge. The winner of that series will take a last available European slot in this season’s World Curling Championship.

Elsewhere, Czech Republic had a crucial 6-5 win over Switzerland to finish seventh and stay in the A-Division. Russia beat Germany by 5-3 and this means the Russians finished fifth overall and the Germans sixth. Hungary lost to Scotland, by 3-9 and they finished in tenth place at the bottom of the table and now go to the B-Division.

In the fifth game of the session, Sweden completed their round-robin programme undefeated with a seven-end 9-2 win over Italy, in a dress rehearsal of their semi-final on Friday (24 November).

The semi-finals will be played at 14:00 (Central European Time) on Friday. The semi-final line-up is Sweden v Italy and Switzerland v Scotland. The Sweden v Italy game is live on national broadcasters and World Curling TV (geo-blocking applies).

The next live game, on national broadcasters and World Curling TV (note geo-blocking applies), at these championships will be the semi-final game between Switzerland and Scotland men at 19:00, Central European Time (+1 hours, Greenwich Mean Time) on Thursday (23 November) evening.

They said it

Anna Sidorova; skip, Russia (after 5-3 win over Germany): “That was a pretty confident game by my team with the type of performance that we usually show. Unfortunately, we didn’t show that through the whole week. It’s a big pity for us not to have qualified, but I still believe in my team. Bad luck happens and it happened to us many times this week. But, if you’re tough enough to take the bad things, it gives you more experience and makes you stronger.”

Madeleine Dupont; skip, Denmark (after 8-7 extra end win over Turkey): “That was pretty close – a come-back like that doesn’t happen every day. I feel way better being in the challenge games than being in the B group. It’ll be really good for us going to the Olympic qualifier, it’s good that we get to play some more.”

Anna Kubeskova; skip, Czech Republic (after 6-5 win over Switzerland): “It’s a great feeling – we fought for every shot and we made it, we’re really happy. My hands were shaking when I played the final stone because I knew how important it was.”

Women’s session nine results: Germany 3-5 Russia; Hungary 3-9 Scotland; Denmark 8-7 Turkey; Switzerland 5-6 Czech Republic; Sweden 9-2 Italy

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

Q Sweden 9-0
Q Switzerland 7-2
Q Scotland 7-2
Q Italy 5-4
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, (note geo-blocking will apply in certain territories).

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