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Posted on Saturday, November 29, 2014 at 7:13pm

Scotland’s women – Eve Muirhead, Anna Sloan, Vicki Adams, Sarah Reid, Lauren Gray and coach David Hay today (Saturday 29 November) received their 2014 Le Gruyere European Curling Championships bronze medals at the presentation ceremony. Pictured right (photo©WCF/Richard Gray).

Scotland Men Euro 2014Earlier in the week Scotland’s men – David Edwards, John Penny, Scott Macleod, Billy Morton, Tom Brewster and coach Greig Henderson (pictured below – photo©WCF/Richard Gray) ended their Euro campaign in seventh place securing Scotland’s place in the line-up for the 2015 Ford World Men’s Curling Championship in Halifax, Canada.

Both curling teams return to Scotland on Sunday 30 November; Team Muirhead to Edinburgh airport on flight EZ6906 arriving 17:20 and Team Edwards to Aberdeen airport on flight KL1477arriving 16:15.

 

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MEN final: Sweden 5, Norway 4

Sweden beat Norway by 5-4 in an extra end of Saturday afternoon’s men’s final at the Le Gruyere European Curling Championships, a third European title for their skip Niklas Edin.

This game was the seventeenth Championship encounter between Sweden’s Niklas Edin and Norway’s world champion Thomas Ulsrud, and the result marked the first time since 2000 that a men’s team has gone through the entire European Championship undefeated, through round-robin games and play-off matches alike.

Not surprisingly, the title was decided in an extra end, with Sweden having the all-important last stone and Edin eventually used it to deliver a nose-hit to score the one point needed to give his team a 5-4 win and his third European title.

Niklas Edin celebrates his third Euro title

Niklas Edin celebrates his third Euro title

After his win, Sweden’s Edin said, “it’s amazing. We’ve had a perfect week  here – nine wins in the round-robin.  We knew the Norwegians would give us a hard fight all the way – they always do, so we tried to never relax.  we knew it was going to come down to the last rock.”

He went on, “we knew we had it in us  but we haven’t had the best of seasons until this point and we got it  all out this week, so it feels amazing and I’m really proud of my team.  I thought a third  European championship would be like the others, but it feels better than  them.  I rank it with the worlds we won in 2013.”

For his part, Norway’s world champion Ulsrud was gracious in defeat, saying, “I think the  best team won, they were the best team the whole week.  We tried our best in the final but these guys had a great week.  It doesn’t feel that sore when you lose to a team that’s played that well all week.”

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WOMEN final: Russia 7, Switzerland 8

Switzerland added the European crown to their world title when they beat Russia by 8-7 in Saturday morning’s women’s final.

The triumphant Swiss team

The triumphant Swiss team

The turning point of the game came in the eighth end when, with her last stone of the end, Russia’s skip Anna Sidorova wrecked on a front guard, leaving Switzerland’s Binia Feltscher an open draw with her last to score four points from the end and lead by 8-4.  Russia nearly scored three in the ninth end but Sidorova’s stone rolled too far to give them just two points.  In the tenth, Feltscher tapped out one of two Russian stones in the house, to give Russia a steal of one point but more importantly, win the game by 8-7.

After her triumph, an elated Feltscher said, “it’s incredible to be the world champion and the European champion all in the same year.  The game was perfect for us. We didn’t make too many mistakes, and the ones that we did make were very small. After we got the four points in the eighth end, we made sure we stayed concentrated because the game is only over after 10 ends.”  Trying to sum up her feelings she added, “to win the world championship in Canada was very, very nice, but to win the European championship here in Switzerland is the greatest.”

Losing skip Sidorova was gracious in her responses.  She said, ” I’m disappointed about silver medals but I must say congratulations to the Swiss team – they deserved to win and played better today.  But my team played very well and I’m proud to play with these girls. We’re still young and have more time to be better than we were this week.”

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WOMEN: Bronze medal game

The Scottish women won bronze medals on Friday evening at the Le Gruyere European Curling Championships with a dominant 8-4 victory over Denmark in just eight ends.

The Danes started with last stone advantage and scored one point in the first end, but after that, it was virtually all Scotland. Eve Muirhead’s team scored two in the second end to take the early lead and then, in the fourth end, Muirhead played a good hit and stay to score another two points and move to a 4-2 lead.  The Danes could only score a single point in the fifth end, meaning that Scotland went into the break with a 4-3 lead.  The Scots split the house early in the sixth end to eventually leave Muirhead with a straightforward open hit and stay for two more points.  The Scots then stole a further two points in the seventh end for an 8-3 lead.

When Danish skip Lene Nielsen came to play her final draw in the eighth, she was facing four Scottish counters and although she made the draw to score one, she immediately conceded, with the score at 8-4 to Scotland.

After the game Muirhead said, “why could we have not played like that all week?  That was our best game by a long, long way.  We were solid out there and we didn’t do a lot wrong – that’s more like Team Muirhead.”

While admitting to a better-sweet feeling about winning bronze, she added, “we didn’t want to come back without a medal, but you can’t win them all. We seem to put a lot of pressure on ourselves because we’ve done well at several major championships, and we maybe came in with just a bit too much pressure on ourselves.  It was just one of those weeks – we always seemed to be on the back foot and always struggling, but in that last game the girls were fantastic and everyone stuck together really well, It’s a pleasure to play when it’s like that.”

""We didn't want to come back without a medal, but you can't win them all" Eve Muirhead

“”We didn’t want to come back without a medal, but you can’t win them all” Eve Muirhead

Meanwhile Denmark’s Nielsen said, “we just didn’t make enough shots and they did. We tried to hang on and get our points when we had the hammer but we only got one. It wasn’t enough against a team that just played better.

It’s definitely positive that we got this far. We are a new team and we got a lot from this week, it’s just too bad that we didn’t get a medal. ​”

Elsewhere in the same session, Switzerland beat Italy by 8-6 to win the men’s bronze medals while both “B” Division winners Finland beat the German men by 8-5 in the first of their best-of-three world challenge games and the Estinian women had a 12-4 victory over Norway.

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Semi-finals

Norway will play Sweden in Saturday’s men’s final of the Le Gruyere European Curling Championships in Champery, Switzerland, following their 7-6 win over Italy in Friday afternoon’s semi-final.

The Norwegians gave themselves a clear advantage in the fifth end, when skip Thomas Ulsrud drew his second stone into the house to score three points from the end and take a 5-1 lead.  Italy fought back with a score of two in the sixth end but a single point in the seventh followed up by a single steal in the eighth kept the Norwegians in front.  In the tenth end, Ulsrud played a hit and stay to give Italy just one point from the end, but it was Norway who won, by 7-6.  This win keeps Ulsrud’s self-proclaimed dream alive – of holding both the world and European titles at the same time.

Before the gold medal final, Italy will now play defending champions Switzerland for bronze medals on Friday evening.

In the women’s semi-final, Russia started strongly against Denmark, with skip Anna Sidorova hitting to score two points in the first end.  In the sixth end Sidorova produced a precision double take-out to score three point for a 7-3 lead.  An umpire’s measure gave Russia  a single point in the eighth end to move their lead to 8-4, and , in the ninth end, Denmark’s skip Lene Nielsen tried a double take-out, but one of the Russian stones jammed on the way out to give Russia a steal of one point and a 9-4 lead.  The Danes conceded defeat after that.

Scotland Women Euro 2014Russia now face world champions Switzerland in Saturday morning’s final, while Denmark will play Scotland for bronze medals on Friday evening.  This will be the third game between Eve Muirhead’s team and Denmark, with Denmark having won both of the previous encounters – in the very first women’s round-robin session and again in Thursday evening’s play-off.

 

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WOMEN: Page Play-off: Scotland 3, Denmark 8

Scotland’s women found their Page 3-4 Play-off against Denmark to be a game too far as they went down to an 8-3 loss in just eight ends.

The major damage was done in the sixth end when Denmark scored three points for a 7-2 lead and after that, there was no way back for the Scots.

After the game, Scottish skip Eve Muirhead said, ” they were the better team in the first three ends, and we just didn’t get to grips with the ice. We can’t be too down, we just didn’t come out sharp enough but there are still medals to be won.”

Now the Scots will play in the bronze medal play-off against the semi-final lossers, either Russia, who lost the Page 1-2 game by 5-6, or the Danes.

Denmark proved to be just too strong

Denmark proved to be just too strong

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Tie-break: Germany 5, Scotland 8

With an 8-5 win over Germany in Thursday afternoon’s tie-breaker, David Edwards’ Scottish men’s team secured Scotland’s place in the line-up for the 2015 Ford World Men’s Curling Championship in Halifax, Canada.

Germany opened this game with a score of two points in the first end, but the Scots fought back from that and eventually took the lead with a score of one point in the fourth end, for 4-3.

They then stole another point in the sixth end and followed that up with a steal of two in the seventh end for a 7-3 lead that put them in the driving seat.

Eventually, with the score at 8-5 in their favour, they ran Germany out of stones in the tenth end.

Job Done, again!

Job Done, again!

After this win, Edwards said, “we’re absolutely delighted. There was pressure on us to secure Scotland’s world championship slot and that’s as well as we’ve played all week.”

More generally, he added, ” I think we’ve played better than our position reflects.   It’s a learning experience for my guys.  They’re all mid-20s and this in my first experience of skipping at this level and their first experience of competing at a Championship .  I think all in all, we’ve learned a huge amount throughout the week and we’ve been very competitive.”

WOMEN session 9: Finland 6, Scotland 7

The Scottish women qualified for the Play-off section of these Championships with a strong 7-6 win over Finland in Thursday morning’s ninth and last round-robin session of play.

The Scots opened strongly, scoring three in the first end with a hit by skip Eve Muirhead, but the Finns responded with a single point in the second end, and then, after Scotland blanked the third end, Finland levelled the game in the fourth with a steal of two points.

Muirhead then played a hit and stay to score one point in the fifth end and take a 4-3 lead into the break.  The Scots built a strong presence in the house in the sixth end and Finland’s skip Sanna Puustinen’s last draw just got inside two Scottish stones nestling around the button to score one and level the game again.

Muirhead had another hit and stay for one point in the seventh to re-gain the lead at 5-4 and then after blanking the eighth end, Puutinen hit out the Scottish stone lying shot to score two and take the lead for the first time in the game.

Good play by the Scottish team kept them in control in the tenth end and eventually Muirhead had a straightforward – but no doubt tense – draw to within the eight foot ring to score two and take the win.

Job Done!

Job Done!

On the next sheet, Denmark beat Sweden by 9-6 and they will now be Scotland’s opponents in Thursday evening’s Page 3-4 Play-off game, with the winner going to the semi-final and the loser having to play for bronze medals .  Unbeaten table toppers Russia will play world champions Switzerland in the Page 1-2 Play-off, with the winner going direct to the final and the loser given a second chance by playing in the sole semi-final.

After her win, an elated Muirhead said, “we played well and so did they, it was a good game.  I can see why they’re in about the play-offs at the end of the week.  .  Give them all respect – they played fantastic and we had to play really well to beat them.  We played  the tenth well, and it’s good to know that for the ends we really need to play well, we step it up.  It’s always good to have control with the hammer in those circumstances.”

She made a point of praising her opposite number, Finnish skip Sanna Puutinen, saying, ” In a few years’ time she is going to one of the big curlers out there.”  She added, “first things first for us this week was to qualify, and that’s what we’ve done.  It’s a new competition now, and our parents are coming out so we’ll have some fans.”

The Play-Offs will take place later on tonight at 20:00 CET (19:00 UK time).

RESULTS

Session 9: Czech Republic 7, Estonia 6; Latvia 6, Germany 7 (extra end); Switzerland 5, Russia 9; Finland 6, Scotland 7; Sweden 6, Denmark 9.

Final standings: Russia won 9, lost 0: Switzerland, Scotland, Denmark 6-3; Sweden Finland 5-4; Germany 4-5; Estonia 2-7; Latvia, Czech Republic 1-8.

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MEN session 9: Scotland 5, Italy 7

The Scottish men lost their final round-robin game on Wednesday evening, going down by 5-7 to Italy.

This result and Germany’s 7-8 loss to Sweden leave both these teams on three wins and six losses, tied at seventh place on the rankings.  As the eighth-placed team faces a challenge from the eventual “B” Division winners for the last available European slot in next year’s Ford Men’s World Curling Championship, Germany and Scotland will now play a tie-breaker to determine which of the two will face that challenge.

Scotland were never ahead against Italy.  The  Italians won last stone advantage  – in fact Scotland only had last stone in the first end once throughout their campaign – and used it to score one in the first end.  They then scored three in the third end to establish a lead and only when skip David Edwards drew to score two points in the eighth end did the Scots get back on level terms, at 5-5.  But Italy scored two points in the ninth and the Scots ran out of stones in the tenth end.

Italy were always in control against Scotland

Italy were always in control against Scotland

Elsewhere unbeaten round-robin leaders Sweden will play second-ranked Italy in the Play-off games while third -placed Switzerland must await the outcome of the fourth-place tie-breaker between the Czech Republic and Norway to find out their play-off opponents.

RESULTS

Session 9: Latvia 6, Russia 12; Czech Republic 8, Norway 7 (extra end); Denmark 6, Switzerland 7; Germany 7, Sweden 8; Scotland 5, Italy 7.

Standings: Sweden won 9 lost 0; Italy 7-2; Switzerland, 6-3; Czech Republic, Norway, Russia 5-4; Germany, Scotland 3-6; Denmark, Latvia 1-8

Page Play-offs: Sweden v Italy; Switzerland v winner of play-off between Czech Republic and Norway

Seventh place play-off: Germany v Scotland.

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WOMEN session 8 Scotland 7, Sweden 6

With the last stone of the tenth end, well delivered and well-swept, Scotland beat Sweden by 7-6 in Wednesday afternoon’s eighth session of round-robin play, to keep their play-off hopes alive.

Switzerland beat Denmark by 8-4 to join unbeaten Russia – who had a six-end 13-1 victory over the Czech Republic – in having already qualified for the play-offs, and now Denmark, Finland, Scotland and Sweden are all tied in third place.  As it happens, Scotland face Finland while Denmark play Sweden in Thursday morning’s final round-robin session, making these sudden-death games for all four teams.

Scotland started the game against Sweden with last stone and blanked the first end.  But skip Eve Muirhead wrecked her last draw in the second end to give Sweden a steal of one to open the scoring.

Muirhead then levelled the score with a nose-hit in the third end and the Scots moved ahead with a single steal in the fourth.  Sweden’s Anna Hasselborg then drew for two points in the fifth end for 3-2.  Scotland scored two in the sixth to re-take the lead at 4-3 and the teams then swapped singles in the next two ends to go into the ninth end with Scotland 5-4 up.

Sweden came back with a score of two in the ninth end and a dramatic tenth end came down to Muirhead drawing onto the side of the four foot ring for the second point that gave the Scots their win.

Scotland's front end - Sarah Reid and Vicki Adams - keep an eye on Anna Hasselborg's effort

Scotland’s front end – Sarah Reid and Vicki Adams – keep an eye on Anna Hasselborg’s effort

Afterwards, an elated Muirhead s aid, “what a win!  We  knew we needed it and we definitely couldn’t come up in second place. The girls dug in well, we had a really strong second half, which is what we said we wanted to do after yesterday’s two second halves, so I’m pleased with that.”  And speaking specifically about the tenth end, she added, “Anna played a great shot, she couldn’t have played id it any better.  I knew I had to let the sweepers take my draw in”

She continued, “we dropped a few silly games during the week, but we’ve really upped our game against the big teams and this is the part of the week where you really need to do  that.   Hopefully we can keep building and get better and better – all the games are going to be tough now.”

Their defeat by Russia confirms that the Czech Republic will drop into next year’s “B” Division, and Thursday morning’s play will determine whether Estonia or Latvia will join them.

RESULTS

Session 8: Scotland 7, Sweden 6; Czech republic 1, Russia 1; Latvia 4, Estonia 9; Denmark 4, Switzerland 8; Germany 4, Finland 5.

Standings after 8 sessions: Russia won 8, Lost 0; Switzerland 6-2; Denmark, Finland, Scotland, Sweden 5-3; Germany 3-5; Estonia 2-6; Latvia 1-7; Czech Republic 0-8.

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MEN session 8: Sweden 11, Scotland 10

The Scottish men produced one of their better performances of the Championship when they faced table-topping Sweden in Wednesday morning’s eighth session of round-robin play, only to go down to a score of three points in the tenth end.  This produced an 11-10 win for the Swedes and maintained their 100% record.

The Scots took an early lead with three points in the second end, but Sweden levelled at 3-3 with a score of two points in the third end.

In a peculiar sixth end, Sweden’s skip Niklas Edin had an uncharacteristic complete miss with his last stone, only to be followed by Scottish skip David Edwards putting his final draw all the way through the house.  Despite this, Scotland scored two points from the end to take a 6-5 lead.  The Scots then stole a further two point in the seventh end when an Edin attempt to come in off the wing went wrong, giving Scotland an 8-5 lead.

After this, Edin played a raise double take-out in the eighth end to score three points and level the game at 8-8.  Edwards then produced a hit and stay in the ninth end for two points and a lead of 10-8 but, in the tenth, Edin’s last stone just got past a front guard to hit out Scottish stones and score three points for the win, at 11-10.

Sweden's Oskar Eriksson and Scotland's David Edwards in action

Sweden’s Oskar Eriksson and Scotland’s David Edwards in action

Afterwards Edwards said, ” I’m not sure that he had that shot in the last end but it was a great shot to win the game.  We’re obviously disappointed because we’d held them so close after playing so well.”

Meanwhile Edin said, “it was a spectacular game but not our best show. We made a lot of last shots and so did David. So it came down to the last end and last stones and it was all-in for three from our side. We placed every rock perfectly and were lucky to get that shot for three.”

This result and scores elsewhere end Scottish play-off hopes.  With one round-robin game left  – against Italy – the Scots can finish no lower than eighth place, and the eighth place finisher is challenged by whichever team emerges as “B” Division winner for the final European slot at the 2015 Ford World Championship.

Speaking about the task of qualifying Scotland, Edwards said, “it’s a chance missed.  We didn’t come here to qualify Scotland  for the Worlds, we came here for a medal.  We’re now at the point where if we win tonight we’re probably ok.  If we play like that and we take the chances that  we should have taken there, we’ll be absolutely fine.  We just need to make sure that we pitch up tonight and get the job done against Italy and get the win on the board.”

The crucial final round-robin game against Italy takes place on Wednesday evening.  Meanwhile Italy have qualified for play-offs for the first time since 1995 while Denmark are now relegated to the “B” Division for the first time in their history, along with Latvia.

RESULTS

Session 8: Sweden 11, Scotland 10; Latvia 5, Switzerland 7; Czech Republic 6, Russia 4; Italy 8, Denmark 7; Norway 8, Germany 2.

Standings after 8 sessions: Sweden won 8, lost 0 (qualified); Italy 6-2 (qualified); Norway, Switzerland 5-3; Czech Republic, Russia 4-4; Germany, Scotland 3-5; Denmark, Latvia 1-7 (both relegated).

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WOMEN, session 7: Germany 2, Scotland 10

The Scottish women made up for their hiccup loss against Estonia on Tuesday morning with a one-sided 10-2 win over Germany in Tuesday evening’s seventh session of round-robin play.

The Scots started with last stone and used it to score two points in the first end when skip Eve Muirhead delivered an accurate take-out.

In the second end Germany’s skip Andrea Schoepp was woefully short with her final draw, giving Scotland a steal of two.  She then over-compensated in the third end, putting her last stone through the house to give Scotland a further steal, this time for three points and a 7-0 lead.

Germany finally got on the scoreboard with a single point in the fourth end but in the fifth, Muirhead had another draw to score two points and take  a 9-1 lead into the break.

Schoepp then played a hit and stay at the front of the house to score one in the sixth end to reduce Scotland’s lead to 9-2.  The Scots followed that up with a nose-hit by Muirhead to score a further point in the seventh end for a 10-2 score-line, after which Germany conceded.

Andrea Schoepp's Germany had no answer for Eve Muirhead's Scots

Andrea Schoepp’s Germany had no answer for Eve Muirhead’s Scots

After the game, Muirhead said “earlier on (against Estonia) wasn’t  our best second half of the game, but we knew we had to win tonight, so we came out sharp.  We sharpened up on a lot of things that we didn’t do this morning, and we did that well.  It is tough to keep your concentration (when you’re well up) but you’ve got to give the opposition respect.  They came back  and put us under a lot of pressure in the last few ends.  You’ve got to  keep making the shots – one missed shot and they’d pounce on it and a two or three can come from nowhere.”

The Scottish women now face Sweden and Finland in their last two round-robin games.

RESULTS

Session 7: Switzerland 8, Latvia 0; Estonia 1, Sweden 9; Germany 2, Scotland 10; Russia12 , Finland 3; Denmark 8, Czech Republic 6.

Standings after 7 sessions: Russia won 7, lost 0 (qualified); Denmark, Switzerland, Sweden 5-2; Finland, Scotland 4-3; Germany 3-4; Estonia, Latvia 1-6; Czech Republic 0-7.

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MEN session 7: Russia 6, Scotland 5

Scotland’s men went down by 5-6 to Russia in a tight seventh round-robin session on Tuesday afternoon.  As a result, their play-off hopes have become slim, while the spectre of failing to qualify for this season’s world championships starts to cast a shadow.

Russia opened with last stone advantage to score one point in the first end.  They then added another point in the third with a single steal for a 2-0 lead.  The teams went into the half-time break with the Russians holding a 2-1 lead.  The real damage for the Scots came in the sixth end when the accidental taking out of his own stone by skip David Edwards led to Russia scoring three from the end for a 5-1 lead.

A spirited Scottish performance after this – including single steals in both the eighth and ninth ends saw the Scots level the score at 5-5, but without last stone advantage for the Scots in the tenth it was left to Russian skip Evgeney Arkhipov to hit and stay with his last stone to score one and win the game by 6-5.

Scotland ended up on the wrong side of a tight game against Russia

Scotland ended up on the wrong side of a tight game against Russia

After the game, Edwards said, “that was very tough and we were hugely unlucky in the sixth end.  After that we were four down but we stuck in there and made him play his last shot and all square coming home, given the situation we were in, was reasonable.  We just need to worry about the next two games and just keep winning.”

Those next two games are against unbeaten table-toppers Sweden – who have already qualified – and second-placed Italy, both on Wednesday.

RESULTS

Session 7: Denmark 3, Czech Republic 5; Russia 6, Scotland 5; Norway 6, Sweden 7; Switzerland 6, Germany 4; Italy 8, Latvia 2.

Standings after 7 sessions: Sweden won 7, lost 0 (qualified for play-offs); Italy 5-2; Norway Russia, Switzerland 4-3; Czech Republic, Germany, Scotland 3-4; Denmark, Latvia 1-6.

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WOMEN session 6: Estonia 9, Scotland 8 (extra end)

The Scottish women went down to their second successive loss when, in Tuesday afternoon’s sixth session of round-robin play they gave up a single steal in the extra end to go down by 8-9 to Estonia.

This was Estonia’s first win of the event so far, in a game that saw Scotland take an 8-5 lead into the tenth end, thanks to a single steal in the ninth.  A complete miss by Scottish skip Eve Muirhead opened the door for Estonia in the tenth and their skip Maile Moelder drew her final stone into the house to score three points, tie the game at 8-8, and force the extra end.    Muirhead then came up light with her final draw to the four foot ring and Estonia had their first win, at 9-8.

Anna Sloan and Eve Muirhead watching Estonian progress

Anna Sloan and Eve Muirhead watching Estonian progress

Afterwards, a jubilant Moelder said, “If feels great to get our first win today. The games have been difficult for us but we love to finally have our first win.” ​

 Meanwhile a subdued Muirhead said, “we had a really bad tenth end and we had the four foot to win in the extra – as skip you’re supposed to make that kind of shot and I didn’t make it there .  We know we’re going to have to step it up later and we’re going to do that.  We’re not getting too hung up on it – we’re still in it.”

The Scots are now in joint sixth place alongside Germany, whom they play next, with four teams just one win above them, including Sweden and Finland, the Scots’ last two opponents. Germany v Scotland is tonight’s selected game on World Curling TV and Eurosport. Game starts 7pm UK time.

RESULTS

Session 6: Russia 9, Germany 6; Finland 2, Denmark 8; Czech Republic 6, Switzerland 11; Latvia 5, Sweden 7; Estonia 9, Scotland 8 (extra end).

Standings after 6 sessions: Russia won 6, lost 0; Denmark, Finland, Switzerland, Sweden 4-2; Germany, Scotland 3-3; Estonia, Latvia 1-5; Czech Republic 0-6.

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MEN Session 6: Czech Republic 5, Scotland 6

The Scottish men got back onto winning ways with a tight 6-5 win over the Czech Republic in Tuesday morning’s sixth session of round-robin play.

This win keeps the Scots in play-off contention – they now sit tied for fourth place alongside Germany, Russia and Switzerland.

In this game, the Czechs opened with a single point and then took a 3-1 lead with a further two points in the third end.

In the fourth end, Scotland levelled the score when skip David Edwards played a hit and stay on the four foot ring to score two points.  The Czechs scored only one point in the fifth end when their skip Jiri Snitil rolled too far with his final hit and, in the sixth, Edwards had to draw his last effort onto the button inside five Czech counters to score one and level the game again.

The seventh end went to an umpire’s measure before the Czechs emerged with one point to go back into the lead, at 5-4.

Scotland blanked the eighth end and were forced to draw for one point in the ninth to level the game, but crucially give up last stone advantage for the tenth.

In the tenth, by the time the Czechs came to play their last stone, the Scots had a stone sitting just off the button behind cover, but leaving a route in for Snitil. But his draw was just too heavy and marginally wide, handing Scotland a steal of one and the game, by 6-5.

The second players - Scott MacLeod and Martin Snitil - watching carefully

The second players – Scott MacLeod and Martin Snitil – watching carefully

Afterwards a beaming Edwards said, “I’m absolutely delighted by that   That was an absolutely massive win for us – the best performance of the week.  I don’t think over the last  couple of days we’ve had a lot of rubs – and you don’t like to see someone making a mistake – but to get that win is great. I think the performance was much better this morning.  We changed the tactics slightly, we went a bit more aggressive when we had the hammer and it seemed to work.”

He also reflected on the fact that he has only won the hammer once so far in the event and conceded, “we need to get the hammer – in the last games we’ve been working against it.  If we get the hammer it could make life easier for us.”

The Scottish men now come back onto the ice to face Russia on Tuesday afternoon.

RESULTS

Session 6: Switzerland 3, Norway 7; Germany 7, Italy 8; Latvia 6, Denmark 8; Czech Republic 5, Scotland 6; Russia 4, Sweden 7.

Standings after 6 sessions: Sweden won 6, lost 0; Italy, Norway 4-2; Germany, Russia, Scotland, Switzerland 3-3; Czech Republic 2-4; Denmark, Latvia 1-5.

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WOMEN session 5: Russia 8, Scotland 2

Following the high of their win over the Swiss world champions earlier in the day, the Scottish women crashed to a six-end 8-2 defeat at the hands of Russia in Monday evening’s fifth session of round-robin play.

Russia won the advantage of last stone and used it to score two points in the first end.  The Scots responded with one point in the second end and then, after Russia blanked the third end, their skip Anna Sidorova played a delicate hit and stay to score another two in the fourth end for a 4-1 lead.

Once again the Scots could only manage a single point in the fifth to go into the break 4-2 down.

In the sixth end, with three Russian counters already sitting in the house, Muirhead’s draw-shot with her second stone came up feet short, leaving Sidorova a straightforward draw into the house to score four points.  The Scots then immediately offered their hands to concede the game, get off the ice, and re-group.  With Finland losing to Sweden by SCORE, Russia now stand alone at the top of the rankings with an unbeaten record.

Russia proved too strong on Monday evening

Russia proved too strong on Monday evening

They now play Estonia and Germany in their two Tuesday games, looking to make up for the damage caused by this hefty defeat.

RESULTS

Session 5: Sweden 7, Finland 4 (extra end); Russia 8, Scotland 2; Denmark 8, Latvia 4; Switzerland 6, Estonia 5; Czech Republic 6, Germany 8 (extra end).

Standings after 5 sessions: Russia won 5, lost 0;  Finland 4-1; Denmark, Germany, Scotland, Switzerland, Sweden 3-2; Latvia 1-4; Czech Republic, Estonia 0-5.

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MEN session 5: Scotland 4,  Germany 7

The Scottish men suffered their third loss in a row in Monday afternoon’s fifth session of round-robin play, but it took a candidate for shot of the tournament so far to beat them.

The Scots found themselves 2-0 down after three ends but the tide of good luck seemed to turn for them in the fourth when skip David Edwards, drawing against three German counters, wrecked on his way in.  But even at that, his stone slewed into position to just count for one point and open the Scots’ account.  In the fourth end, German skip Alexander Baumann was short with his final draw to score just one point instead of the more probable two.

In the sixth end, a good final draw by Edwards finally allowed the Scots to level the score at 3-3 and they moved into the lead for the first time when Baumann wrecked on his final effort of the seventh to give Scotland a steal of one and a 4-3 lead.

The Germans blanked an eighth end which saw some claim that they had burnt a stone in the crucial last play of the end.  This eventually came to nothing.

The Scots looked in good shape throughout the ninth end but Baumann took the brave decision to play a difficult raise triple take-out which came off, to give them a score of four for 7-4 and the game.

"the performances are getting better"  David Edwards.

“the performances are getting better”
David Edwards.

After the game, Edwards said, “we played well –  we ran our luck early, we weren’t great early doors, but we got  back into the game five, six and seven and we played the eighth end really well, so we can take the positives from that.  It was unfortunate that the ninth end didn’t work out for us, so it’s very disappointing.  It’s disappointing to have lost  that game but I think the performances are getting better.”

The Scots now lie in joint seventh position and face the Czech Republic and Russia on Tuesday, looking for results good enough to keep them in the medal hunt.

RESULTS

Session 5: Scotland 4, Germany 7; Switzerland 5, Sweden 8; Italy 7, Czech republic 6; Denmark 6, Russia 8; Latvia 5, Norway 8.

Standings after 5 sessions: Sweden won 5, lost 0: Germany, Italy, Norway, Russia, switzerlnd3-2; Czech Republic, Scotland 2-3; Latvia 1-4; Denmark 0-5.

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WOMEN session 4: Scotland 7, Switzerland 5

The Scottish women recorded their third successive win when they beat current world champions and hosts Switzerland by 7-4 in Monday morning’s fourth session of round-robin play at the Le Gruyere European Curling Championships in Champery, Switzerland.

The Scots dominated from the start.  They won last stone advantage and then opened with one point in the first end.  They followed that up with a single steal in the second for a 2-0 lead.  There was a blip in the third when the Scots allowed Switzerland to level the game at 2-2, but the Scots got back on track in the fourth when skip Eve Muirhead drew her final stone  inside two Swiss counters for one point and a lead, at 3-2 , the Scots were  never to lose.

The moved further ahead with a single steal in the fifth end, when Swiss skip Binia Feltscher was short with her draw, to go into the break 4-2 up.  in the sixth end the Scots had put so much pressure on that Feltscher was facing four counting Scottish stones when she delivered her final draw for one point.  The Scots moved further ahead in the seventh end when Muirhead scored two points with a well-judged nose-hit.  The teams then swapped singles in the next two ends and the Scots ran Switzerland out of stones in the tenth end for a 7-5 win. (with one Scottish stone already sitting in the house counting).

The 2013 and 2014 world champion skips in action

The 2013 and 2014 world champion skips in action

This result means that both reigning champion teams have been beaten by the Scots in this competition and afterwards, Muirhead said, “we’re very pleased with that.  We knew it was going to be a tough day and we wanted to come away with a win for the first game and that’s exactly what we did.”

She added, “we’re getting better and better, we’re just that little bit sharper and when we play like that we can get ahead of a lot of teams.  They’re the current world champions – they’re a good team and they played well.  It’s good  to get a win, especially against the home nation and I guess the best time to get them is in the morning without so many noisy fans!”

The Scottish women face unbeaten table-toppers Russia next, on Monday evening.

RESULTS

Session 4: Latvia 2, Russia 8; Sweden 8, Czech Republic 1; Estonia 2, Finland 8; Germany 7, Denmark 5; Scotland 7, Switzerland 5.

Standings after 4 sessions: Finland, Russia won 4, lost 0; Scotland 3-1; Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden 2-2; Latvia 1-3; Czech Republic, Estonia 0-4.

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MEN session 4: Scotland 6, Latvia 8

The Scottish men went down to their second loss of the day on Sunday evening when they were beaten 6-8 by Latvia in the fourth round-robin session, a result that gave Latvia their first win so far.

This result looked unlikely in the early stage of the game when Scotland scored four points in the second end to take a 4-1 lead when skip David Edwards squeezed past a high guard to take a Latvian stone off the button.  But Latvia fought back, scoring two points in the third end and then following that with a single steal in the fifth to go into the break level at 4-4.

Scotland moved ahead again in the sixth end with a single point for 5-4 but Latvia controlled the game after this, scoring two points in the seventh end and then stealing singles in both the eighth and ninth ends to go into the last end 8-5 up.  When Latvia skip Ritvars Gulbis hit out a Scottish stone with his last shot of the tenth, it was enough to give Latvia their 8-6 victory.

After his win Gulbis said, “we had to win this game. We had studied Scotland’s weak points in their previous games and we really used that to our advantage. It went right down to the last shot and we were pushing until then. It’s nice to beat Scotland.”

Scotland's John Penny is not alone!

Scotland’s John Penny is not alone!

During the game alternate Tom Brewster came on to the ice at the sixth end, replacing an unwell Billy Morton at lead.  Meanwhile skip Edwards’ official success statistics were recorded at 63%.

Results elsewhere mean that Scotland have slipped into a pack of six nations in joint third place behind second-placed Switzerland and unbeaten leaders Sweden.

The Scots have only one game on Monday, against Germany.

RESULTS

Session 4: Czech Republic 5, Switzerland 7; Scotland 6, Latvia 8; Russia 6, Germany 4; Norway 5, Italy 9; Sweden 7, Denmark 2.

Standings after 4 sessions: Sweden won 4, lost 0; Switzerland 3-1; Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Norway, Russia, Scotland 2-2; Latvia 1-3;Denmark 0-4.

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WOMEN session 3: Scotland 9, Czech Republic 4

The Scottish women recorded their second win of the event so far with a 9-4 victory over the Czech Republic in Sunday evening’s third round-robin session of the Le Gruyere European Championships in Champery.

The Scots started strongly in this game, opening with a score of two points in the first end and, after the Czechs had taken one point from the second end, following that up with a three in the third for a 5-1 lead .

The Czechs scored one point in the fourth end and stole one more point in the fifth end when Scottish skip Eve Muirhead attempted to clear out three Czech stones but left one in a counting position.  This reduced the Scottish lead to 5-3 but they moved ahead again scoring a single point in the sixth end with a draw onto the button.  The teams swapped singles in the next two ends and then, as she came to play her last stone in the ninth, Czech fourth player Kamila Mulacova was too strong with her draw, giving Scotland a steal of one and a 9-4 lead.  The Czechs then conceded the game.

Speaking afterwards, winning skip Muirhead said, “I thought that was our best performance yet. I thought we came out really strong. We were expecting this – for the opposition to play well in every game, but as a team I think we are getting better and better.”

She added, ” I think we are getting to grips more with the ice. It’s calming down and we’re beginning to control things a lot better. We just need to nail these draw-weights and just make sure of our  stone placement just that slightly bit better. AS soon as you drop one behind the tee-line, you’re kind of chasing it.  We just need to make sure we nail that for tomorrow.”

Scottish third Anna Sloan in action

Scottish third Anna Sloan in action

This result puts the Scottish women in joint second place with just one loss, alongside Denmark and Switzerland, behind unbeaten joint leaders Russia and Finland.

They now face Switzerland and then Russia on Monday.

RESULTS

Session 3: Germany 3, Switzerland 8; Denmark 7, Estonia 4; Scotland 9, Czech Republic 4; Sweden 3, Russia 9; Finland 10, Latvia 6.

Standings after 3 sessions: Finland, Russia won 3, lost 0; Denmark, Scotland, Switzerland 2-1;Germany, Latvia, Sweden 1-2; Czech Republic, Estonia 0-3.

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Men session 3: Scotland 5, Switzerland 8.

The Scottish men lost their first game of the Championships so far when reigning European champions Switzerland beat them by 8-5 in Sunday afternoon’s third session of men’s round-robin play.

This game was closer than the result suggests, with the Scots taking a 2-1 lead into the half-time break – it could have been more but for skip David Edwards being a touch light with his last draw of the fourth end to score just one point instead of the hoped-for two.

Switzerland went on to level the score at 2-2 in the sixth when good build-up by the Scots forced Swiss skip Sven Michel to draw for a single  point rather than blank.

The first break-through came in the seventh, when the Scots completely missed a guard take-out and Edwards was light with a draw to eventually allow Michel to steal two for a 4-2 lead.

Edwards produced a tap-back and stay for two points in the eighth end to level the score again and then the Scots nudged ahead to 5-4 in the ninth with a single steal when a Swiss double take-out attempt was off-target.

In the tenth end, Edwards’ attempted freeze onto a Swiss counting stone was marginally heavy, leaving Michel with a straightforward hit and stay to score four points from the end and seal the win.

Afterwards, Edwards was frank in his appraisal of the game, saying, “I think the tenth end went the way it did – the game was lost earlier on.  In the seventh end we were looking  for a blank and we flashed a guard.  That was the turning point in the game, if we’d got the blank we’d have had the hammer down eight and ten.  That was just the big mistake that let those guys get a chance of stealing two.”

More generally, and reflecting on his team’s start in the tournament, he added, “If you’d offered  me two and one at the start of the week, I’d have taken it.  It’s disappointing to lose the game but you’ve got to take the positives from it too.  We’re happy to be in the position we’re in.”

For his part, Swiss skip Michel said, “we took a lot of confidence from the home spectators today. It was the first time we’ve played against this Scottish team so we had no knowledge of them. There was a lot of tension up until the seventh end when a couple of mistakes by the Scots helped us towards the win.”

M3 v Switzerland

The Scottish men now face Latvia next, in Sunday evening’s last session.

RESULTS.

Men session 3: Norway 6, Denmark 4; Italy 5, Russia 6; Sweden 7, Latvia 5; Scotland 5, Switzerland 8; Germany 5, Czech Republic 6.

Standings after three sessions: Sweden won 3, lost 0; Czech Republic, Germany, Norway, Scotland, Switzerland 2-1; Italy, Russia 1-2; Denmark, Latvia 0-3.

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WOMEN Session 2: Scotland 10, Latvia 5.

Eve Muirhead’s team bounced back from their opening game loss to Denmark with a comfortable 10-5 win over Latvia in Sunday morning’s second session of women’s round-robin play in Champery.

The Scots set the tone for the game with a steal of three in the first end, and while Latvia recovered with a score of two in the next end, a single point in the third, followed by a single steal in the fourth end when Muirhead played a gentle tap-up to lie shot and Latvian skip Iveta Stasa-Sarsune wrecked, gave Scotland a 5-2 lead.

Another two points to Latvia in the fifth reduced the Scottish lead to 5-4 at halfway, then the Scots stretched their lead again when Muirhead played a solid hit and stay to score two points in the sixth end.  Latvia blanked the seventh and could only take one point in the eighth.  In the ninth end, Muirhead had an open draw for three and when her last stone nestled onto another Scottish counter in the house, Latvia conceded with the final score at 10-5.

The Scottish front end, Sarah Reid and Vicki Adams, keep a watchful eye

The Scottish front end, Sarah Reid and Vicki Adams, keep a watchful eye

Afterwards, Muirhead said, ” That was a lot better, we all played well out there.  As a team that was a lot more like us, a lot more solid.”  And speaking about her opponents she said, “they weren’t silly, they played a good game, we remember that from playing them in Latvia itself.”

Reflecting on her own team’s performance, she added, “there’s always areas to work on…we’ve just got to get on top of that ice early on, it’s a wee bit slow.  Ok we went down yesterday, but we had a really good second half of the game then and we’ve carried that forward to today.”

Next, the Scottish women play a Czech Republic team that is looking for its first win, on Sunday evening.

RESULTS.

Women, session 2: Finland 9, Czech Republic 6; Scotland 10, Latvia 5; Russia 9, Denmark 1; Estonia 4, Germany 10; Switzerland 8, Sweden 3.

Standings after 2 sessions: Finland, Russia won 2, lost 0; Denmark, Germany, Latvia, Scotland, Sweden, Switzerland 1-1; Czech Republic, Estonia 0-2.

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MEN session 2; Denmark 5, Scotland 7.

Scotland joined Germany and Sweden as undefeated leaders at the end of the first day’s play in the Le Gruyere European Championships, thanks to their 7-5 Saturday evening win over Denmark.

Although Denmark opened with a single point in the first end, it was the Scots who went into the break with a 4-1 lead, after blanking ends two and three, scoring two points with a draw in the fourth, and stealing a further two in the fifth after an umpire’s measure.

Denmark then scored two in the sixth end and stole a single in the seventh to level the score at 4-4 when skip David Edwards wrecked his last effort.  The Danes then moved ahead to 5-4 with another single-point steal in the eighth when Edwards was short with his final draw.

The Scots then took the lead again with two points in the ninth and finished off their win when they left Danish skip Rasmus Stjerne a tricky final draw, which wrecked giving the Scots a steal of one point and a 7-5 win.

The Scottish team working together

The Scottish team working together

After the opening day’s play, Edwards said, ” If you’d offered me that  at the start I’d definitely have taken it, it’s been a good day.  We didn’t play too well tonight but I think it just shows what a good team spirit we’ve got when we can win games like that when we’re not playing at our very best.”

He added, “when you’re not playing well, you always tend to hang close and that’s the most important thing.  We made him play a tricky one there and thankfully today it went for us.”

The Scottish men now play Switzerland and then Latvia on Sunday.

RESULTS

Men session 2: Germany 8, Latvia 2; Sweden 5; Czech Republic 4; Switzerland 4, Italy 7; Russia 1, Norway 8; Denmark 5, Scotland 7.

STANDINGS after 2 rounds: Germany, Scotland, Sweden won 2, lost 0; Czech Republic, Italy, Norway, Switzerland 1-1; Denmark, Latvia, Russia 0-2

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Women Session 1: Denmark 7, Scotland 6.

Eve Muirhead and her team lost their opening round-robin game to Denmark by 7-6.

Denmark’s Lene Nielsen opened with last stone advantage and scored two in the second end after blanking the first.  It was Muirhead’s turn to blank in the third end and she then played a controlled draw on the fourth to score three points and take a 3-2 lead.

In the fifth end, Muirhead’s last come-around attempt wrecked and this left Nielsen with an open draw for two points and a 4-3 lead.  In the sixth Muirhead had her own draw for two to re-take the lead at 5-4.

This was to be the last time that the Scots were ahead.  Denmark followed up a single point score in the seventh to level the game again at 5-5 with two successive steals.  In the eighth end a Muirhead tap-up attempt was not strong enough and in the ninth, she wrecked on the way in with an attempted come-around.

Muirhead attempted a double take-out for a game-winning three-point score n the tenth but got the angles just wrong, scoring one point to go down by 6-7.

Afterwards Muirhead was not down-hearted, preferring to look at the positives from the game.  She said, “at the end of the day, we had a shot to win the game and we had another attempt in the ninth, so we know if we miss those simple shots and we’re still in the game then we’re not far away.”

Eve Muirhead and Anna Sloan keeping an eye on things

Eve Muirhead and Anna Sloan keeping an eye on things

The Scottish women now have two games on Sunday, against Latvia and the Czech Republic.

RESULTS, session 1:

Denmark 7, Scotland 6; Switzerland 5, Finland 7; Sweden 6, Germany 4; Czech Republic 4, Latvia 5; Russia 10, Estonia 6.

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MEN Session 1: Scotland 8, Norway 6

Scotland’s men could not have asked for a better start to their campaign as they beat current world champions Norway by 8-6 in Saturday morning’s opening round-robin session of the Le Gruyere European Championships in Champery, Switzerland.

David Edwards and his team were making their debut at this level, and they immediately found themselves behind, when Noreay’s Thomas Ulsrud scored two pints in the first end after splitting the house.

The Scots blanked the second and then Edwards had a draw into a busy house to score three in the third end and take  3-2 lead.

After this the game was tight, wit the teams swapping singles in the sixth and seventh ends, but Edwards played a tap-out and stay in the eighth end to score three, break the deadlock, and take a 7-4 lead.  Norway scored two points in the ninth end to reduce the Scottish lead to 7-6, and clean play by the Scottish team eventually gave them  a single point in the tenth for an eventual 8-6 win.

M1 v Norway

After this victory, Edwards was understandably happy.  “That was fantastic.  We knew when we came here it was going to be a tough start against Norway.  I don’t think a lot of people expected us to win that game so to come out with a win is fantastic. It was nice to settle the nerves and get a win on the board.”

He added, “the biggest turning point was the eighth end when we went for the three rather than score one. That was massive for us.”  And speaking about his team’s apporach to the Championship he said, “everybody seems to be relaxed and we’re just taking it like another curling tournament I think and we’ve just got to take this like we take the national championships and the European finals. IT was a really tough line up that we came through to get here in first place and we’ve got to take confidence from that and believe that we can come back with a medal.”

The Scottish men face Denmark next, On Saturday evening.

RESULTS: Men session 1: Italy 2, Sweden 8; Denmark 5, Germany 8; Scotland 8, Norway 6; Latvia 2, Czech republic 6; Switzerland 6, Russia 5

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