Switzerland women and Great Britain men win bronze at Winter Universiade 2015

  • Great Britain men and Switzerland women won the bronze medals Photo: WCF/Katja Kiiskinen

Switzerland women and Great Britain men won the bronze medals at the Winter Universiade 2015 being held in Granada, Spain.

The women’s bronze medal game between Switzerland and Sweden proved to be a tight game, but Switzerland eventually secured their 8-7 win by scoring two points in the tenth end with a straightforward takeout.

Following their win, Switzerland skip Michele Jaeggi was very pleased with their performances today. She said: “We were quite nervous because it was a (bronze) medal game, but we were also very confident because we were getting stronger by the end of the round-robin. We had good games against Korea and even this morning against Canada. We had a good feeling about this game. We knew that it would be hard, Sweden are a strong team.”

Sara McManus, the skip of the Swedish team, said the overall experience of the Universiade has been amazing. She admitted that the loss in the bronze medal game came down to the team just not having their best day as she said: “We made a few good shots, so we were still in the game until the tenth end. We just weren’t quite there today, so that’s too bad.”

In the men’s bronze medal game, Sweden, skipped by Gustav Eskilsson, met Great Britain, skipped by Kyle Smith.

Both teams had tough games in the morning against Norway and Russia respectively, but it was Great Britain that were able to pick up their game at the right time to secure a 7-4 win in nine ends.
According to both of the coaches, the turning point of the men’s bronze medal game was when Great Britain scored their first two points.

After their win, David Ramsay, coach of Great Britain, said: “That was easily the best game we’ve played as a team all week. All four players shot 85 percent or above - first time we’ve done it. We probably haven’t played our best this week, but we’re delighted with the bronze medal.”
The Swedish coach, Flemming Patz, had to admit that the Swedish team just did not have their best day today, in both the semi-final or the bronze medal game. He said: “We weren’t up to our usual standards. We met the better team this time.”

Earlier in the day, in the women’s semi-finals, Canada and Switzerland were evenly matched throughout the first few ends of their game.

According to the Canadian skip Breanne Meakin, the turning point came in the sixth end when Canada managed a steal of three points.

After that, Canada were able to maintain their lead as they secured an 8-3 win over Switzerland which means that they remain the only undefeated team with a 10-0 record going into Friday’s gold medal game.

Afterwards, Canada skip Breanne Meakin said: “I had a couple of unforced errors in the beginning. A little bit of nerves from my part, but the girls played phenomenal, so they kept me in the game and it was a good turn after the fifth end. We really started to pick up our game up and scored a steal of three, which really turned the tables. We were defensive from there and it was good.”

In the other women’s semi-final, Russia, skipped by 2014 World Women’s Curling Championship bronze medallist Anna Sidorova, took control of their game against Switzerland from the start.
By the fifth end break Russia had already created an 8-1 lead and although Sweden were able to score twice after that, Russia never really let them get back into the game, which finished 10-4 after eight ends.

Skip Anna Sidorova was pleased with the team’s performance and is already excited about the upcoming medal game. She said: “I think that both teams were pretty motivated to play the semi-final and to get to the gold medal game, but today we were more precise at the really key shots. We made the important shots and they lost a couple of them. I’m looking forward to playing the final and looking forward to playing Canada. I think my team want to get revenge against Canada - we didn’t play very well in the round-robin game against them.”

In the men’s semi-final, despite having a lot of stones in play, both Norway and Sweden played out a very low-scoring game.

After six ends the score was only 1-0 to Norway, but the seventh end proved crucial as Norway stole two points to gain a 3-0 lead.

Sweden were able to score one point in the eighth end, but Norway never lost control of the game and eventually won 4-1.

Steffen Walstad, the skip of the Norwegian team, was pleased with their performance. He said: “We know Sweden are good with a lot of rocks in play, so our starting tactic was to try and hold on to the hammer for as long as we could. Then, we were forced a one and we just tried to keep as few stones in play as possible.

On the gold medal game he added: “After what we’ve seen, Russia’s probably the best team here, so even though we came in as number one into the play-offs, we feel like we’re underdogs, but we’re feeling really good for the final.”

In the other men’s semi-final, Russia played against Great Britain and just like their women’s team, the Russian men started strong by scoring four points in the first end.
Russia maintained their lead throughout the game securing a 7-5 win and a spot in the gold medal game.

Russia coach, Bob Ursel, was impressed by the team’s performance. He said: “We’re very happy - the guys executed very well. We got off to a good lead and sometimes it’s hard to keep that lead so early, but we managed to hang on. Great Britain played a very good game though, coming back and making it close in the last end.

On the gold medal game he said: “Norway are looking strong as a team, so we’re going to have to come out and play a very good game, but we’ve been picking our game up throughout the week, and I think that we’ll be in good shape to take them on.”

Friday 13 February
(all times CET)
Women’s Gold Medal Game: Canada v Russia (09:00)
Men’s Gold Medal Game: Norway v Russia (16:00)

After bronze medal games
Canada 10-0 (To play Russia in gold medal game)
Russia 8-2 (To play Canada in gold medal game)
3. Switzerland 7-5 (Bronze)
4. Sweden 7-4
5. Korea 5-5
6. Norway 4-5
7. Great Britain 4-5
8. USA 3-6
9. Japan 1-8
10. Spain 0-9

Norway 8-2 (To play Russia in gold medal game)
Russia 8-2 (To play Norway in gold medal game)
3. Great Britain 7-4 (Bronze)
4. Sweden 6-5
5. Canada 5-4
6. Czech Republic 3-6
7. Japan 3-6
8. USA 4-6
9. Switzerland 3-7
10. Spain 2-7

Rankings are determined by rule C9 of the World Curling Federation's ‘The Rules of Curling and Rules of Competition’. Details can be obtained at http://www.worldcurling.org/rules-and-regulations