Turkey record first ever European A-Division win

  • Turkey's sweepers Ayse Gozotuk and Oznur Polat Photo: © WCF / Richard Gray

In what was their first-ever appearance in the A-Division of the Le Gruyere AOP European Curling Championships, Turkey women recorded a historic win, with a 7-6 victory over Russia, the defending champion nation.

This game was tight all the way but a score of three points by Turkey in the seventh end made all the difference.

In the same session, Sweden and Scotland – the silver and bronze medallists from 2016 and represented in St Gallen by the teams that will compete at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games – faced each other. This game also turned on a score of three points. After four blank ends, Sweden finally got onto the scoreboard in the fifth end when their skip Anna Hasselborg drew her last stone into the house for three points. Sweden went on to win by 5-2.

Hungary were also winners in this session, with their game against Germany going all the way to an extra end. They scored two points to seal their 12-10 victory. Hungary were promoted from the B-Division in 2016.

Italy faced Czech Republic and, in the second end, Italy’s skip Diana Gaspari tapped-out a Czech stone to score three points and take the early lead. Although the Czechs battled all the way, Italy went on to win by 6-3.

Hosts Switzerland – whose athletes have been selected for the Olympic Winter Games – played Denmark, and opened with a score of two points in the first end. They went into the fifth end break leading by 6-2 and finished off the game with another two points in the ninth, for a 9-4 win.

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

Silvana Tirinzoni; skip, Switzerland (after 9-4 win over Denmark): “I was a little nervous playing in front of the home crowd but they were cheering loudly for us. It’s always important to start a tournament with a good performance – it wasn’t only a good win, we also played very well. I’m looking forward to going out again tomorrow – everybody’s healthy and fit, so it’s all good.”

Anna Hasselborg; skip, Sweden (after 5-2 win over Scotland): “It was our first game and we played a solid game and tried to stay patient with all the blank ends. It's a strong field this year, everyone is sending their Olympic teams and we want to make it to the top.”

Dorottya Palancsa; skip, Hungary (after 12-10 extra end win over Germany): “We tried to score more than one point in each end and it turned out we could score three in the fifth end. They came back, but in the extra end we managed to win. It is a good start for us.”

Oznur Polat; vice-skip, Turkey (after 7-6 win over Russia): “This is so exciting. We’re so happy because this is the first time in the A-Division for us and we had a really good game. I hope we will play more games like that. It’s very good for us here because we’re playing against top level teams and that brings up our level too.”

Women’s session one results: Italy 6-3 Czech Republic; Denmark 4-9 Switzerland; Sweden 5-2 Scotland; Germany 10-12 Hungary; Turkey 7-6 Russia

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

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

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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