Czech Republic secure first win

  • Czech Republic's Anna Kubeskova Photo © WCF / Céline Stucki

In Sunday evening’s third session of women’s round-robin play in the Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championships 2017, Czech Republic picked up their first win while three teams remained undefeated at the top of the rankings – Italy, Switzerland and Sweden.

The Czech Republic faced Germany with both teams still looking for their first win. In the eighth end, Czech Republic skip Anna Kubeskova hit out a German stone to score two points and take an 8-5 lead, on the way to an eventual 9-5 victory that leaves Germany still to record a win.

In a dramatic back and forth game, Italy defeated Russia 9-8. Trailing by two points going into the final end, Italian skip, Diana Gaspari drew her final stone of the game into the house to score the three points giving her team the 9-8 win to preserve their unbeaten record and remain in joint first place.

Switzerland defeated Hungary 8-6 in a match between two previously unbeaten sides. In the eighth end, Swiss skip Silvana Tirinzoni, produced a double take-out to score two points for a 7-4 lead, on the way to their 8-6 win that keeps Switzerland joint top in the rankings.

Sweden beat Turkey 7-1 in a game where both sides started the match undefeated. Sweden took a 4-1 lead into the break before stealing two points in the sixth end and a further single point in the seventh end on the way to their win that keeps them at the top of the rankings with Italy and Switzerland.

Elsewhere, Scotland picked up their second win of the day with a 6-1 victory over Denmark. Scotland opened the scoring with two points in the first end and secured their win with single point steals in both the seventh and eighth ends.

The next live game, on national broadcasters and World Curling TV (note geo-blocking applies), at these championships will be Germany v Scotland men at 09:00, Central European Time (+1 hours, Greenwich Mean Time) on Monday (20 November) morning.

They said it

Anna Kubeskova; Czech Republic skip (after 9-5 win over Germany): "Getting that win is a great feeling. We struggled with the ice a bit but I think we’re getting used to it now. We really played well in the first half and got the points we needed. That was really important for us. It gives us little bit more confidence and a little bit less pressure, because we were under pressure."

Silvana Tirinzoni; Switzerland skip (after 8-6 win over Hungary): "It wasn’t the prettiest win but we’ll take it anyways. You never know what you’re going to get from your opponents and they played really well, especially the first half, so, we’re just happy that we could win this one."

Women’s session three results: Scotland 6-1 Denmark; Italy 9-8 Russia; Czech Republic 9-5 Germany; Sweden 7-1 Turkey; Switzerland 8-6 Hungary

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

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

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