Sweden women first to make play-offs

  • Sweden's second Agnes Knochenhauer and lead Sofia Mabergs Photo: © WCF / Richard Gray

Sweden’s women became the first team to qualify for the weekend’s medal games at the Le Gruyere AOP European Curling Championships 2017 when they beat Hungary by 13-1 in St Gallen, Switzerland.

In the opening end of this game, Sweden’s skip Anna Hasselborg – who will lead Sweden women at the forthcoming 2018 Olympic Winter Games – set the tone when she drew her final stone into the house to open the scoring with two points. In the sixth end, Hasselborg had another draw for two points to take a 13-1 lead. Hungary conceded after this.

This was the Swedes’ sixth game without a loss, and it keeps them alone at the top of the rankings and seals their semi-final qualification with three round-robin games to go.

At the other end of the table, Germany beat Denmark by 15-7 to record their first win so far, meaning that they now share ninth position with the Danes.

Both Switzerland and Scotland – also represented by the same teams that will compete at the Games – kept their medal campaigns going. The Scots beat Turkey by 8-3, while Switzerland emerged as 9-6 winners in a much closer game with Italy. Scotland and Switzerland now share second place with one loss each – to Sweden in both cases - and five wins.

In the fifth game of the session, Russia recorded their second successive win, beating Czech Republic by 8-2.

The next live game, on national broadcasters and World Curling TV (note geo-blocking applies), at these championships will be Switzerland v Austria men at 19:00, Central European Time (+1 hours, Greenwich Mean Time) on Tuesday (21 November) evening.

They said it

Anna Hasselborg; skip, Sweden (after 13-1 win over Hungary): “That was a good team performance throughout. [Going forward,] I’m looking forward to playing some really close games and making the winning shots and the team is ready for that too.”

Daniela Jentsch; skip, Germany (after 15-7 win over Denmark): “Clearly this is not where we want to be but winning today gives us confidence. Sometimes when you want something really bad it doesn’t work out, but we haven’t played badly so we’re still in good spirits.”

Women’s session six results: Turkey 3-8 Scotland; Switzerland 9-6 Italy; Germany 15-7 Denmark; Hungary 1-13 Sweden; Russia 8-2 Czech Republic

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

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

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, www.youtube.com/WorldCurlingTV (note geo-blocking will apply in certain territories).

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