Scotland and hosts Switzerland make play-offs

  • Scotland secure semi-final place Photo © WCF / Eakin Howard

After Wednesday (22 November) morning’s seventh session of women’s round-robin play in the Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championships, being staged in St Gallen, Switzerland, the play-off position has become clearer with three teams now qualified for the semi-finals - wins for both Scotland and Switzerland gave these two teams semi-final places.

Sweden were already qualified before this session and they kept their unbeaten record and top-of-the-table status with a 6-5 win over Russia.

To join them, Scotland beat Czech Republic by 8-4 while Switzerland had an 8-3 win over Turkey.

Italy missed a chance to join them when they lost by 4-9 to Germany, but one more win from their last two round-robin games will be enough for them to make it.

Meanwhile, Denmark beat Hungary by 6-4 and this, along with the other results, means that six teams (Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Russia, Turkey) are tied on two wins behind the semi-final qualifiers and fourth-placed Italy. All six have the theoretical chance of pipping Italy into the semi-final, but equally all six still remain in danger of relegation or missing out on World Championship qualification.

The next live game, on national broadcasters and World Curling TV (note geo-blocking applies), at these championships will be Norway v Sweden men at 14:00, Central European Time (+1 hours, Greenwich Mean Time) on Wednesday (22 November) afternoon.

They said it

Eve Muirhead; skip, Scotland (after 8-4 win over Czech Republic): "Since we dropped that first game to Sweden we’ve built a lot of momentum. We played really well in this game, the girls are playing great. We’re in a good flow and we’re making a lot of good shots."

Silvana Tirinzoni; skip, Switzerland (after 8-3 win over Turkey): "I think we are safe for the semi-final now, so that’s the first goal achieved. We still have two more round-robin games and we’ll try to finish those two games well. This was a good performance today, but I hope we will save the best for Saturday."

Daniela Jentsch; skip, Germany (after 9-4 win over Italy): "Everything is pretty close now, but we’ve finally found our flow, so we’re looking into the next games positively. Tonight we’re playing Turkey – no-one knows them, no-one has seen them, so it’ll be interesting."

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

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

Q Sweden 7-0
Q Scotland 6-1
Q Switzerland 6-1
Italy 4-3
Czech Republic 2-5
Denmark 2-5
Germany 2-5
Hungary 2-5
Russia 2-5
Turkey 2-5

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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