Hungary, Italy, Switzerland and Sweden share top spot

  • Italy celebrate their win over Turkey Photo: © WCF / Richard Gray

After two sessions of women’s round-robin play at the Le Gruyere AOP European Curling Championships 2017 in St Gallen’s Eissportzentrum Lerchenfeld, hosts Switzerland and 2016 silver medallists Sweden share top spot, along with Hungary and Italy - all unbeaten so far.

The Swiss faced Germany and a score of three points in the fifth end gave Switzerland a 5-2 half-time lead on the way to a 8-5 win.

Sweden faced Denmark and in the fourth end Sweden’s skip Anna Hasselborg played a draw-shot for three points to move her team onto a 7-1 lead. The Swedes won this game by 8-1 in just six ends.

In the fourth end of the game between Turkey and Italy, Turkey’s skip Dilsat Yildiz hit-out an Italian stone to give her team a score of four points and a 5-3 lead. However, Italy fought back, stealing points in the seventh, eighth and ninth ends, before running Turkey out of stones in the tenth and final end, for a 9-6 win.

Hungary were up against Czech Republic in this session and in the second end, Hungary’s skip Dorottya Palancsa drew her final stone into the house to score four points and take a 4-1 lead. With the scores level at 7-7 in the tenth end, Czech Republic had hammer, but in a dramatic finale which came down to a measure Hungary’s stone was deemed closer to the button and the one point steal handed them their second win, at 8-7.

Meanwhile, Scotland faced Russia, with both teams looking for their first win. Russia scored one point in the tenth end to put this tight game into an extra end. in that extra end Russia’s skip Anna Sidorova just missed her attempt to remove the Scottish counting stone already in the house, giving Scotland an 8-7 win.

The next live game, on national broadcasters and World Curling TV (note geo-blocking applies), at these championships will be Germany v Switzerland men at 13:00, Central European Time (+1 hours, Greenwich Mean Time) on Sunday (19 November) afternoon.

They said it

Diana Gaspari; skip, Italy (after 9-6 win over Turkey): “This is a very good start for us, we have won the first two and that’s more than we expected. We have a new team with two junior players in the front end so, it’s always difficult to know how they will cope with a big competition, but they’re doing very well. We are mentally tough. Maybe we’re not so perfect with all of our shots but we always come back. The target is qualification for the worlds and we’re well on the way now.”

Eve Muirhead; skip, Scotland (after 8-7 extra end win over Russia): “We played great out there. After going down to Sweden last night we needed to get a win on the board, but we didn’t play badly yesterday and we didn’t get down with ourselves. It came down to the last stone, but we fought to the end.”

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

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

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

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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