Germany clinch last semi-final place at the Le Gruyère AOP Europeans

  • Germany qualify for the semi-finals © WCF / Alina Pavluchik

It took all the way to the last stone of an extra end in the match between table-toppers Switzerland and defending champions Scotland – a game that Switzerland won by 6-5 – to determine the women’s semi-final line-up after Thursday afternoon’s final women’s round-robin session at the Le Gruyere AOP European Championships in Tallinn, Estonia.

In the tenth end of this game, Switzerland’s fourth player Alina Paetz played a draw-shot for two points that levelled the score at 5-5 to force the extra end.

Scotland’s Eve Muirhead had the last stone of that extra end, but her draw attempt was wide, allowing Switzerland to steal one point and win by 6-5.

This win preserved Switzerland’s unbeaten record at the top of the table and relegated Scotland to sixth place on the rankings with the consolation of a direct place at the World Championship later in the season.

Switzerland will now face fourth-placed Germany - who had lost to Sweden by 3-7 - in the semi-finals.

The other semi-final will be between Sweden, who ranked second and Russia, who beat Denmark by 12-5.

Olympic champions Sweden have battled sickness all week and about that their skip Anna Hasselborg said, “I’m really proud of how we have battled through the week. To be second in the round-robin is really great and proves how strong everyone on the team is. Now we’re 100% for the next two games. We’re feeling strong and positive.”

At the other end of the table Czech Republic beat Finland by 10-4 to finish eighth overall and stay in next year’s A Division. They now go to January’s World Qualification Event to try to take one of the last two qualification places in the World Championship line-up later in the season.

Finland finished ninth overall and while they too have qualified for the World Qualification Event, they will be relegated to next season’s European B-Division.

After her win, Czech’s skip Anna Kubeskova said, “this win at the end is a great success for us. Now we stay in the A division, which is great for us.”

In the fifth game of the session, Latvia beat Italy by 11-7 to rank fifth overall and take the direct route to the World Championship.

By contrast, Italy finished tenth and last and now go down to next season’s B-Division.

Afterwards Iveta Stasa-Sarsune [pictured below © WCF / Stephen Fisher], skip for Latvia said, “we played very well today, we were focused. Now we have to win our national championships (to represent Latvia at the worlds). We’re going to take confidence away from this event and the knowledge that we can play against the big teams.”

Session nine results: Czech Republic 10-4 Finland; Sweden 7-3 Germany; Italy 7-11 Latvia; Switzerland 6-5 Scotland; Russia 12-5 Denmark

Standings after session nine:

Q Switzerland 9-0
Q Sweden 7-2
Q Russia 6-3
Q Germany 5-4
Latvia 4-5
Scotland 4-5
Denmark 3-6
Czech Republic 3-6
R Finland 2-7
R Italy 2-7

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