Poland secure inaugural Le Gruyère AOP European A-Division victory

  • Poland's second Jeremi Telak © WCF / Richard Gray

Poland recorded a historic first-ever A-Division win in Saturday evening’s second session of men’s round-robin play at the Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championships 2018 in Tallinn, Estonia.

In the tenth end of their game, they ran their Russian opponents out of stones to record their historic 8-4 victory. Afterwards, a delighted Poland skip Bartosz Dzikowski said, “that’s Poland’s first-ever win in the A-Division so it’s certainly a very historic moment and we’re very happy with that.

“It hasn’t sunk in yet. In the morning I thought it would be great to get one win today. Our goal here is to stay in the A-Division, so each win is very important to us.”

Elsewhere in this session, defending champions Sweden had a 9-1 win in just seven ends over Finland. In this game they moved into the lead for the first time in the third end when their skip Niklas Edin played a hit to score three points for a 3-1 score-line.

Also recording second wins were Scotland, who beat Germany by 8-3 and, after an extra end Italy, who beat Switzerland by 7-6 with a well-judged final draw in the extra end by their skip Joel Retornaz.

Norway beat Netherlands by 8-7 after being 6-2 up after six ends [pictured below, © WCF / Richard Gray]. Afterwards, Norway third player Markus Hoeiberg said, “we were in control in the first half but then we gave it up, with a steal of two in the ninth which was a really bad end for us, so we were really happy to get the win at last – more relieved actually.

Session two results: Norway 8-7 Netherlands; Switzerland 6-7 Italy; Finland 1-9 Sweden; Poland 8-4 Russia; Scotland 8-3 Germany

Standings after session two:

Italy 2-0
Scotland 2-0
Sweden 2-0
Finland 1-1
Germany 1-1
Norway 1-1
Poland 1-1
Netherlands 0-2
Russia 0-2
Switzerland 0-2

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