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Posted on Saturday, November 28, 2015 at 5:00pm

Women’s Final: Scotland 4, Russia 6.

Eve Muirhead’s Scottish women had to settle for silver when Russia beat them by 6-4 in Saturday afternoon’s women’s final, to successfully defend the title they won in 2014.

This was a tight game all the way and, after blanking the first end Russia’s skip Anna Sidorova drew her last stone of the second end into the house to open the scoring with two points.  Muirhead responded straightaway, drawing her last stone of the third end into the house for two points to level the score.  The teams swapped singles in the next two ends and Russia took the lead again – at 4-3  – with another draw shot in the sixth end.

The Scots blanked the seventh end and then the turning point of the game came in the eighth end, when Muirhead attempted a double take-out which just missed its second target stone, giving Russia a steal of one and a 5-3 lead.

Muirhead could only draw for one point in the ninth end, giving the Russians a 5-4 lead as well as last stone advantage in the tenth.  When Muirhead was short with her final draw of the tenth, she left the Russians with a stone in counting position, meaning the  Russian team could celebrate their win without having to deliver their last stone.

Afterwards, a disappointed Muirhead said, “I came a centimetre away from making it pay in that eighth end.  Silver’s not what we wanted and I thought we were good enough to get that gold medal but Russia did play great out there today.   Anna Sidorova was fantastic and we just weren’t good enough.  When you’re that close to making a big end and you don’t make it, it’ s  tough.  It’s going to take a long time to forget it, but we’ve got a long season ahead of us and we will keep fighting hard.”

Meanwhile, Russia’s Sidorova was gracious  about her opponents saying, “they really are such great competitors. We’ve played against them a couple times this year and they are a really tough team to play.  If you want to beat them you have to be even better, and that’s not easy.”

It was silver for the Scots

It was silver for the Scots

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Richard Gray/WCF

 

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Men’s Final

Sweden retained their European crown with a 7-6 extra end win over Switzerland.

Sweden - winners again!

Sweden – winners again!

 

Bronze Medal Games:

In Friday evening’s bronze medal play-offs, Finland’s women won a historic first-ever medal when they beat Denmark by 10-8, while in the men’s game, Norway beat Finland by 7-4.

MEN: Semi-finals.

In Friday afternoon’s men’s semi-finals of the Le Gruyere European Curling Championships in Esbjerg, Denmark, Switzerland beat Finland by 10-4 to reach the final while, after an extra end, Sweden beat previously-unbeaten Norway, by 7-6.

WOMEN: Semi-final: Finland 7, Scotland 9.

Scotland’s women pulled themselves back from being 0-5 down after three ends to win their Thursday evening semi-final against Finland by 9-7 in a remarkable turn-around.

The Scots had the hammer but gave up steals in each of the first three ends and they started their recovery in the fourth with a score of three when skip Eve Muirhead finished the end with a straightforward draw.  They then stole a single point in the fifth end when a Finnish tap-up was too weak. to go into the half-time break down just 4-5.

Finland scored one in the sixth and the Scots levelled the score with two points in the seventh end, when Muirhead  drew her final stone into the house to score two and tie the game at 6-6.   Finnish skip Oona Kauste then wrecked with her last attempt of the eighth and Scotland took a lead for the first time in the game, at 8-6.  Finalnd took one more shot in the ninth and then, after the Scots spent the whole tenth end clearing Finnish guards, Muirhead had a draw for one and a 9-7 win..

Russia beat Denmark by 6-5 in the other semi-final.

Afterwards, Muirhead said, “”If you take away the first three ends we played a really good game and it just shows you the fight in this team that whatever the scoreboard says – ‘don’t give up’.  We didn’t have a bad first three ends, we just got sucked around the centre guards, which was silly.  But we had a really solid seven ends.  It’s never over till it is over.  You put yourself in their position and I know what it’s like when you’re up in a ten-end game and you’re thinking about it , you’ve still got seven to go, and it makes it nervy, and for those guys – it’s their first time at this stage.  You feel for them, but at least they’ve got another chance at a medal tomorrow.  We knew it wasn’t going to be a quick turn-around, it would take to between ends eight and nine and we played a great seven ends.”

Looking forward, she added, “now we’ve got to look forward to a final against Russia. We always have close games with Russia and she’s beaten us in a European final before, so it’s going to be a good game.  we have a day off tomorrow and then we’ll come out fighting on Saturday.”

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Richard Gray/WCF

MEN Tie-breaker: Sweden 8, Scotland 7.

The Scots fought all the way in this tie-breaker, for example coming back from 2-5 down after four ends, but eventually they lost by 7-8 and it is defending champions Sweden who will face Norway in Friday’s semi-finals.

After blanking the first end, Sweden opened the scoring with a two in the second end.  But Scotland responded with two of their own in the third to level the game.  Sweden then carved out a score of three in the fourth end to take a 5-2 lead, but once again the Scots responded straightaway, and an outstanding raise by third player Thomas Muirhead set up skip Kyle Smith with an open hit for three to level the game at 5-5 at the half-time break.

Sweden then blanked the sixth end and, in the seventh, after Smith had cleared out a couple of Swedish stones, Swedish skip Niklas Edin had a draw for two and a 7-5 lead. Smith could only draw for one in the eighth end and then Edin scored one in the ninth to carry an 8-6 lead into the tenth end.  With  his last stone, Smith attempted a precision hit and roll, but his stone rolled just too far and he only scored one shot, rather than the two that would have forced an extra end.  Sweden, winners by 8-7, now face table-toppers Norway in one semi-final, while Finland and Switzerland play the other, on Friday afternoon.

Good work by Scottish third Thomas Muirhead set the Scots up for a score of three in the fifth end

Good work by Scottish third Thomas Muirhead set the Scots up for a score of three in the fifth end

After the game, a subdued Smith said, “we’re just disappointed. We played some really good ends, we just didn’t do a good enough job of forcing them when they had the hammer.  We had to make it harder for them, and that was the difference at the end of the day.  We just wanted to go a bit further, we’re disappointed not to make the semi-finals.”

At the bottom end of the table, Italy beat the Czech Republic by 7-6 after an extra end in their eighth-place tie-breaker.  With this win, the Italians secured a place in next season’s “A” Division, while the Czechs are relegated to the “B” Division.  Italy will now face a best-of-three challenge series against the eventual “B” Division winner for the last available European place in this season’s World Championships, in Basel, Switzerland next March.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Richard Gray/WCF

MEN: Session 9: Germany 5, Scotland 12.

Kyle Smith’s men beat Germany by 12-5 in their final round-robin game and this result – and the others in the last round-robin session, particularly Finland’s 7-5 win over Sweden – means that they will now play Sweden in a tie-breaker to determine which of the two teams will take the final available semi-final slot.

The Scots took last stone advantage and used it to score two points in the first end.  After this, German mistakes gave the Scots steals in the next two ends – two shots in the second and three in the third for a 7-0 lead.  Germany finally scored one in the fourth end and then, in the fifth, Smith drew inside a German stone on the four foot ring to score one and take an 8-1 lead into the break.

Germany’s skip Alexander Baumann drew his last stone into the house to score two in the sixth end and reduce the Scottish lead, and in the seventh, Smith was facing three German counters when he successfully drew his last stone into the house to score one and take a 9-3 lead.

After a Smith attempted double did not come off in the eighth end, Baumann was once again able to draw for two shots to reduce the Scottish lead again, to 9-5.  In the ninth end, Baumann was long with his final draw, leaving Smith with a draw for three to claim a 12-5 victory.

Elsewhere, Finland beat Sweden in an extra end, while Norway completed their round-robin programme undefeated and Switzerland beat the Netherlands.  As a result, Finland ranked second and now play third-placed Switzerland in the semi-finals while top-ranked Norway will play the winner of  Thursday afternoon’s tie-breaker for fourth place between Scotland and Sweden.

A 93% performance by second player Kyle Waddell made a significant contribution to Scotland's win

A 93% performance by second player Kyle Waddell made a significant contribution to Scotland’s win

After the game, Smith said, “”We didn’t expect that.  We had a couple of good early ends and they made some mistakes, and that got us off to a really good start.  Earlier this week, we just missed too many shots but managing to get a couple of wins in the last few days has really brought the confidence up in the team. and we’ve just been playing well.”

He added, “we knew we had to win today, we were really focussed on what we had to do, and I’m really pleased.   Now, we just have to take each game as it comes.  We’re  not too worried about playing anyone, we’ve played them all before quite a few times.  The way we’re playing now, we feel confident against anyone.”

RESULTS.

Men session 9: Sweden 5, Finland 7 (extra end); Czech Republic 7, Italy 6 (extra end); Switzerland 10, Netherlands 6; Germany 5, Scotland 12; Russia 5, Norway 10.

Final standings: Norway won 9, lost 0; Finland, Switzerland, Sweden, Scotland 5-4; Germany, Russia 4-5;Czech Republic, Italy 3-6; Netherlands 2-7.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Richard Gray/WCF

WOMEN: Session 9: Scotland 9, Norway 4.

The Scottish women completed their round-robin programme with a 9-4 win over Norway and that result, along with Russia’s win over Denmark by 8-5, and Finland’s 7-4 defeat of Estonia, means that the Scots finish second overall and will play third-ranked Finland in the semi-final, while leaders Russia and Denmark (who ranked fourth on the same win/loss record as Finland, but were beaten by them earlier) will contest the other semi-final.

In the game against Norway the teams were tied at 4-4 after seven ends but the Scottish break-through came in the eighth when, with Scottish stone placed well, skip Eve Muirhead  had a hit and stay to score four from the end and take an 8-4 lead.

Norway’s skip Kristin Skaslien was short with her final draw in the ninth to give Scotland a single steal, and the Norwegians immediately conceded.

Eve Muirhead now faces Finland in Thursday evening's semi-final

Eve Muirhead now faces Finland in Thursday evening’s semi-final

Afterwards, a pleased Muirhead said, “we played a good game there and it was a game of patience.  We knew if we hung in there and that’s the first job done.  The big four in the eighth made the difference.  I think we’ll be playing Finland, and they’re playing well  I think we got them at the right time at the start of the week, because they’ve come on to a really good game.  I don’t mind who we play, it’s going to be tough.”

RESULTS.

Session 9: Germany 8, Hungary 5; Estonia 4, Finland 7; Scotland 9, Norway 4; Denmark 5, Russia 8; Sweden 8, Switzerland 6 (extra end) .

Final standings:  Russia won 8, lost 1; Scotland 7-2; Finland, Denmark 6-3; Sweden 5-4; Switzerland, Germany 4-5; Norway 3-6; Estonia, Hungary 1-8.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Richard Gray/WCF

MEN: Session 8: Scotland 8, Russia 6.

On Monday evening, worried Scots were contemplating the prospect of the men’s team failing to qualify for the world championships but now, three wins later, including Wednesday afternoon’s 8-6 defeat of Russia, while not completely out of the woods yet, Kyle Smith’s team have a chance of reaching the semi-finals with one round-robin game to go.

Russia opened the game with a single score but in the second, Smith played a nose-hit for two and an early lead.  However, after blanking the third end, Russia’s Alexey Stukalskiy hit and stayed for two in the fourth to take the lead.  In the fifth end, Smith had a complete miss on a take-out attempt to give Russia a steal of one and a 4-2 lead, but Smith retrieved the damage in the next end with a hit and stay for two to level the score.

Russia scored one more in the seventh end to move back into the lead at 5-4 but the Scottish break-through came in the eighth end when Smith played a double take-out that produced a score of three and a Scottish lead on 7-5.  Russia then wrecked in the eighth to give Scotland a single steal and then could only score one in the tenth to give the Scots an 8-6 victory.

Scotland's lead player Cameron Smith

Scotland’s lead player Cameron Smith

After this, a pleased Smith said, “”it’s a good feeling.  There’s something about this team, we’ve got ourselves into tough situations but we always seem to be able to bounce back.  We’ve been able to make some quality shots, and we need another one good game tomorrow.  It’s been just a lack of confidence that’s been the problem, but making shots just lifts the team, lifts myself.”

He added, “I’m beginning to enjoy this now, a few days ago I wasn’t at all!  We still just need to take it as it comes – a win against Germany tomorrow puts us in a really good position.”

The final round-robin game against the Germans takes place on Thursday morning.  With just one round-robin game to come, undefeated Norway are clear and qualified.  Behind them, on five wins, are world champions Sweden.  After that five teams – Finland, Germany, Russia, Scotland and Switzerland are all on four wins.

RESULTS.

Session 8: Scotland 8.Russia 6; Sweden 7, Netherlands 1; Czech Republic 4, Finland 10; Norway 6, Switzerland 5; Italy 9, Germany 1.

Standings after 8 sessions: Norway won 8, lost 0; Sweden 5-3; Finland, Germany, Russia, Scotland, Switzerland 4-4; Italy 3-5; Czech Republic, Netherlands 2-6.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Laura Godenski/WCF

WOMEN: Session 8: Switzerland 5, Scotland 7.

Eve Muirhead’s women beat world champions Switzerland by 7-5 in Wednesday afternoon’s second-last session of women’s round-robin play, for their sixth win so far, a result that qualifies them for the semi-finals.

A Scottish win looked unlikely after the first two ends, when they were 0-3 down following a single steal in the first end and a further steal of two shots for Switzerland in the second end.  However, the Scots then turned the tide, scoring three in the fourth end and then stealing two in the fourth and one more in the fifth for a 6-3 half-time lead.

After that, it was a quest ion of containment in the second half for the Scots.  Switzerland blanked the sixth end and then the teams swapped singles for the next three ends.  Switzerland conceded before the tenth end was completed to give Scotland a 7-5 win.

This win, and results elsewhere,  as well as previous results among the qualified teams, guarantees that Scotland will finish at least third in the rankings, with the other qualified teams being  current leaders Russia and Denmark, who had their second loss in this session, against Finland, who are currently in fourth place.

The skips: Switzerland's Alina Paetz behind Scotland's Eve Muirhead

The skips: Switzerland’s Alina Paetz behind Scotland’s Eve Muirhead

After the game, Muirhead spoke about her qualification, saying, ” We’ve still got one more round-robin game left, so once that is over then we’ll start to think properly about what’s next.  Our first goal was to make the play-offs and now we can step up  – we’re all in really good shape now.”  And about the game against Switzerland, she said, ” I’m pleased with that.  We actually had a good first end and then in the second end, we weren’t far away from getting a big end.  It was a tough shot but we knew if we just stuck together and played well and put them under pressure we would come back at them, and that’s exactly what we did.”

The Scots conclude their round-robin programme against Norway on Wednesday evening.

RESULTS.

Session 8: Russia 12, Sweden 9 (extra end); Germany 9, Norway 4; Estonia 8, Hungary 4; Switzerland 5, Scotland 7; Finland 7, Denmark 6.

Standings after 8 sessions: Russia won 7, lost 1; Denmark, Scotland 6-2; Finland 5-3; Switzerland, Sweden 4-4; Germany, Norway 3-5; Estonia, Hungary 1-7.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Richard Gray/WCF

MEN Session 7: Italy 4, Scotland 6.

The Scottish men continued the recovery of their campaign with a 6-4 win over Italy on Tuesday morning that sees them rise to joint sixth on the table, crucially with three teams below them on one win less.

The Scots gave themselves a good start, opening with one shot and then stealing another in the second for 2-0.  Italy then levelled with a two in the third, but the Scots responded straightway, scoring two shots in the fourth end to restore their two-shot lead, at 4-2.

Italy then blanked the fifth end and the teams swapped single in the sixth and seventh end.  Italy blanked again in the eighth and then good play by the Scots in the ninth – including a nose-hit by skip Kyle Smith with his second stone – forced Italy to take the one shot that reduced the Scottish lead to just 5-4.

The Scots controlled the tenth end and Smith had a tap-back with his last stone to win, which he executed well, even taking out both the Italian stones lying in the house for good measure.  The Scots scored one from the end for a 6-4 win.

Working hard against Italy

Working hard against Italy

After the game, Smith said, “I’d say we controlled that .  We got  a good start with a two-point lead and then we really controlled the game.  We’re now making more shots, that’s the difference, we were missing too many earlier.  I’d say we’re getting more confident now as a team.  We know that we can make any shots, but it’s just getting the feel and actually doing it.  We know what we have to do now – just keep winning.  If we can play like that again tonight, we’ll be looking quite good.”

The Scottish men now play Russia on Wednesday afternoon, and conclude their round-robin programme against Germany.

Thanks to a surprisingly easy 9-2 win over Sweden in just six ends, Norway have become the first team to qualify for the semi-finals.

RESULTS.

Session 7: Switzerland 10, Czech Republic 4; Finland 7, Russia 8; Italy 4, Scotland 6; Netherlands 4, Germany 7; Norway 9, Sweden 2.

Standings after 7 sessions: Norway won 7, lost 0; Germany, Russia, Switzerland, Sweden 4-3; Finland, Scotland 3-4; Czech Republic, Italy, Netherlands 2-5.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Laura Godenzi/WCF

WOMEN Session 7: Scotland 10, Estonia 1.

The Scottish women made short work of their seventh round-robin game on Tuesday evening, beating Estonia by 10-1 in just six ends.

The Scots opened with a score of three and then stole a single in the second end when Estonia’s skip Maile Moelder was short with her final draw.  In the third end, Moelder hit out one Scottish stone but could not touch another, to give the Scots another single-shot steal for a 5-0 lead.

Estonia did get on the scoreboard with one shot in the fourth end and then Eve Muirhead blanked the fifth end.  When the teams came out after the break, the Scots piled stone after stone into the house n the sixth, and eventually Muirhead drew her final stone of the sixth end into the house to score five, at which point Estonia conceded, at 10-1.

Scotland's third player Anna Sloan

Scotland’s third player Anna Sloan

Afterwards, Muirhead said, ” When you have games like that, they’re all banana skins you can slip up on.  They  beat us last year in the round-robin, so we knew we had to be strong and focused and that’s what we did and played great.  We didn’t give them much chance.  That’s another one done. We have our last two round-robin games tomorrow, so same again will put us in good shape for the play-offs.”

Those two games are against Switzerland and Norway, and the Scots now lie in a clear third place on the rankings, behind Denmark and Russia.

RESULTS.

Session 7: Scotland 10, Estonia 1; Hungary 2, Sweden 8; Finland 1, Russia 9; Norway 8, Denmark 5; Switzerland 10, Germany 8.

Standings after 7 sessions: Denmark, Russia won 6, lost 1: Scotland 5-2; Finland, Switzerland, Sweden 4-3; Norway 3-4; Germany 2-5, Hungary 1-6, Estonia 0-7.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Laura Godenzi/WCF

 

The Le Gruyère European Curling Championships 2015 will have extensive TV coverage across Europe, for more details on where to watch visit EEC 2015 TV Schedule

 

MEN: Session 6: Finland 3, Scotland 7.

The Scottish men kept their campaign alive on Tuesday afternoon, with a fighting 7-3 win over Finland.

The Scots opened the game by stealing a single shot in the first end, but Finland then scored two in the second to take an early lead.  Scottish skip Kyle Smith then levelled the score in the third end when he drew his last stone in against three Finnish counters.  Finland scored one in the fourth for 3-2 and then the Scots blanked the next three ends, before Smith took his chance to score two with a nose-hit in the eighth end for a 4-3 lead.

Finland then blanked the ninth end to keep last stone for the tenth and, in that tenth, the  teams built up a collection of stones round the button, but crucially with a Finnish stone counting.  With his first stone of the end, Smith used heavy weight to pick out  the Finnish counter and leave himself lying four.  Finland removed one with skip Aku Kauste’s first stone and Smith then guarded.  Kauste’s weighted last attempted take-out wrecked on Smith’s guard on the way in, and the Scots stole three points for a crucial 7-3 win.

Kyle Smith's team carved out a crucial win against Finland

Kyle Smith’s team carved out a crucial win against Finland

After the game, Smith said, “we’re feeling  a bit better than yesterday.  We took our time to get into the game and made a few mistakes, but we made up for them with a few good shots which we haven’t done in previous games.  So we managed to bail ourselves out there and played a really good last few ends and didn’t give them any chances”.

Speaking about the tenth end, he said, “it’s always awkward when you’re one up without.  You’ve just got to get the set-up and see how it goes from there.  We were in quite a good position and we kept getting freezes in the right spot.  Hopefully we can come out like that tomorrow again.”

The Scottish men now find themselves in a four-way tie on two wins at the foot of the table along with the Czech Republic, Italy and the Netherlands.  Finland, Germany, Russia and the Czech Republic are above these four on three wins, so with three games left – against Italy and Russia on Wednesday, and then a last game against Germany on Thursday – the Scots’ campaign remains very much alive.

RESULTS.

Session 6: Netherlands 3, Italy 9; Germany 3, Norway 8; Sweden 2, Switzerland 3; Czech Republic 3, Russia 8; Finland 3, Scotland 7.

Standings after 6 sessions: Norway won 6, lost 0; Sweden 4-2; Finland, Germany, Russia 3-3; Czech Republic, Italy, Netherlands, Scotland 2-4.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Richard Gray/WCF

WOMEN: Session 6: Germany 6, Scotland 8.

Helped by a score of three in the first end, with a delicate nudge, Eve Muirhead’s Scottish women beat Germany by 8-6 in Tuesday morning’s sixth session of women’s round rob-in play.

This result puts the Scots in joint third place alongside Finland, behind unbeaten leaders Denmark and second-placed Russia.

After the Scottish three in the opening end, the teams swapped singles in the second and third ends and in the fourth, Germany’s Daniela Driendl drew her last stone into a busy house to reduce the Scottish lead to 4-3.

In the fifth end, Muirhead’s last stone wrecked on the way in, leaving the Scots to settle for just one shot from the end.

Germany levelled the score at 5-5 with a score of two in the seventh end and, in the eighth the Scots split the house early, eventually leaving Muirhead with a straightforward draw for two and a 7-5 lead.

In the ninth, Germany’s Driendl threw away her last stone  for fear of damaging the situation and settled for just one shot.  The Scots had stones spread well in the tenth when Driendl’s last draw was long, giving Scotland one more shot and an 8-6 win.

Germany's skip Daniela Driendl and Scotland's Eve Muirhead

Germany’s skip Daniela Driendl and Scotland’s Eve Muirhead

After the game, Muirhead said, “I’m very pleased with that, it was a solid performance by us.  It was a game of patience as well – they edged their way back into the game but we managed to stay that bit ahead.”

She added, “when you take a three though, you’ve got to watch that you don’t get too far ahead of yourself.  The consistency is coming now and we’ve just got to keep that going for the rest of the round-robin.  We’re in a top four slot now, so we’re happy.”

Next, the Scottish women face an Estonian team looking for their first win, on Tuesday evening.

 RESULTS.

 Session 6: Norway 6, Finland 8; Denmark 7, Switzerland 4; Germany 6, Scotland 8; Estonia 4, Sweden 8; Hungary 5, Russia 11.

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

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Richard Gray/WCF

MEN Session 5: Netherlands 8, Scotland 2.

The Scottish men suffered their fourth loss of the event so far when they went down by 2-8 to the Netherlands on Monday evening.

The Scots had last stone advantage as the game started but immediately gave up a steal of one in the first end.  They then gave up single steals in r each of the next five ends as hits rolled too far, tap-ups were too weak or wide and take-outs were missed.

The Scots finally got on the scoreboard in the seventh end when skip Kyle Smith drew his final stone into the house and then stole a single in the eighth to reduce the Dutch lead to 6-2.  However, Smith missed another take-out attempt in the ninth and immediately conceded, with two Dutch stones in counting positions.  The final score was 8-2 to the Netherlands.

The Scots gave up six successive steals against the Netherlands

The Scots gave up six successive steals against the Netherlands

The Scots now face Finland, who have recorded three wins already, including a 9-5 defeat of Switzerland in this session, in their only Tuesday game.

RESULTS

Session 5: Russia , Germany ; Netherlands 8, Scotland 2; Norway 9, Czech Republic 4; Switzerland 5, Finland 9; Sweden 9, Italy 1.

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

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Richard Gray/WCF

WOMEN: Session 5: Scotland 9, Hungary 3.

The Scottish women returned to winning ways in their fifth round-robin game on Monday afternoon, beating Hungary by 9-3.

The Hungarians used last stone advantage to score one in the opening end, but after that, the Scots piled on the pressure, scoring one in the second to level the game, and then stealing three in the third, one in the fourth, and two in the fifth end to take a 7-1 lead into the break.

Hungary then scored one in the sixth end and stole another single shot in the seventh, to cut the Scottish lead to 7-3, but skip Eve Muirhead made amends in the eighth, drawing her last stone into the house to score two for 9-3.  The Hungarians then conceded.

After the game, Muirhead said, “we’re definitely back on track. We need to get away from this inconsistency of good games then bad games.  But we’ve had a lot more good games and we’re sitting on three and two so we’re right in the mix.  I’m pleased with that.”

Looking ahead, she added, “first things first, you’re in it to qualify Scotland for the worlds and then you’re looking at the play-offs.  You’ve got to take every game as it comes, but Sarah’s playing great, Vicky had a fantastic game – she hardly missed a shot, Anna’s playing well, so when everyone plays well in front of me, it makes my job kind of easy.”

Eve Muirhead: "Vicky had a fantastic game - she hardly missed a shot."

Eve Muirhead: “Vicky had a fantastic game – she hardly missed a shot.”

The Scottish women now share third spot with Finland and Switzerland, on three wins, behind unbeaten leaders Denmark and second-placed Russia.  They play two games on Tuesday – against Germany and then Estonia.

RESULTS.

Session 5: Sweden 1, Denmark 8; Norway 9, Russia 7; Switzerland 10, Estonia 5; Scotland 9, Hungary 3; Germany 5, Finland 12.

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

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Richard Gray/WCF

MEN: Session 4: Scotland 2, Switzerland 9.

In Monday morning’s fourth session of men’s round-robin play, Kyle Smith and his team found themselves on the wrong end of a 2-9, six-end defeat at the hands of Switzerland.

The Swiss opened with last stone advantage and scored one in the first end.  They then had steals in the next two ends – three in the second end and a further one in the third.

The Scots made two in the fourth – their only scoring end – and Switzerland then scored a further two in the fifth end when their fourth player Benoit Schwarz drew into the house, to take a 7-2 lead into the break.

When Smith’s attempted raise in the sixth came into the house at the wrong angle, Switzerland stole another two shots for 9-2, at which point the Scots conceded after a brief team discussion.  A frustrated Scottish team then left the ice.

The Scots struggled against Switzerland

The Scots struggled against Switzerland

This result leaves the Scots tied in eighth place with Italy and the Netherlands, on just one win.  They now face the Dutch in Monday evening’s session.

RESULTS.

Session 4: Czech Republic 8, Netherlands 7 (extra end); Russia 7, Sweden 8; Finland 8, Germany 4; Italy 3, Norway 8; Scotland 2, Switzerland 9.

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

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Richard Gray/WCF

WOMEN: Session 4: Russia 7, Scotland 6.

The Scottish women lost out in a tight Sunday evening match against table-toppers Russia, going down on the last stone of the game by 6-7.

Eve Muirhead’s team opened with last stone but gave up a steal of one in the first end.  They made amends for that in the second when Muirhead delivered a perfectly-judged draw inside two Russia counters to score one.  The teams then swapped twos in the next two ends, and a further two in the fifth end, when their skip Anna Sidorova had a hit and stay, gave Russia a 5-3 lead at half-time.

The Scots could only score one in the sixth end and, following that, the teams swapped singles all the way to the tenth end, when an attempted in-off a wing stone by  Muirhead could only produce one shot for the Scots instead of the two that would force an extra end, giving Russia their victory.

Russia's Anna Sidorova keeps an eye on the Scottish action

Russia’s Anna Sidorova keeps an eye on the Scottish action

Afterwards, a subdued Muirhead said, “”we got off to a bit of a poor start and we had a lot of chances, but we just didn’t make them.  It was one of those games that just seemed never be on our side.  It came down to the last stone, and these are the games that you really want to win.  There’s still a long, long way to go, but we need to step it up for the rest of our games”.

She added, “it was tough, but it’s not the end of the road yet.  She (Sidorova) played very well, she had draw weight in her back pocket.  When you play games against skips like that, it’s going to be tough.  But I didn’t make her job very hard”.

The Scottish women now have just one game on Monday, against Hungary.

RESULTS

Session 4: Estonia 6, Norway 9; Sweden 4, Germany 7; Hungary 5, Denmark 7; Finland 8, Switzerland 3; Russia 7, Scotland 6.

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

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Richard Gray/WCF

MEN: Session 3: Scotland 6, Sweden 9.

By their own admission, Kyle Smith’s men’s team gave themselves a mountain to climb in their Sunday afternoon round-robin game against world and European champions Sweden, giving up a score of three in the first end.

They could then only score one in the second end, after Smith’s first stone wrecked on its way into the house, and then gave up another two shots in the third to find themselves down by 1-5.

After going into the break down by 2-6, Smith played a gentle tap-back to score two in the sixth end and reduce the Swedish lead to 6-4.  Sweden’s Niklas Edin then drew his final stone of the seventh into the house for two shots and an 8-4 lead, after which Smith had a hit for two in the eighth end to pull Sweden back to a two-shot lead again, this time at 8-6.

In the ninth end, Edin drew for just one and a 9-6 lead and then the Scots ran out of stones in the tenth.

Afterwards, Smith said, “that was a poor start from us and then we made it worse.  We made one mistake too many in the first few ends and we left  ourselves a lot to do.  It took us a while to find our feet, but we played pretty well after that”.

The Scots now face Switzerland – who recorded their first win, by 8-4 over Italy, in this session – on Monday morning, and about that Smith said, “if we can take  how we finished off that game into the game against Switzerland and hopefully start well – it could make all the difference”.

Kyle Smith and his team left themselves too much to do against world and European champions Sweden

Kyle Smith and his team left themselves too much to do against world and European champions Sweden

RESULTS.

MEN Session 3: Italy 4, Switzerland 8; Norway 9, Finland 3; Scotland 6, Sweden 9; Russia 7, Netherlands 5; Germany 3, Czech Republic 5.

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

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Richard Gray/WCF

WOMEN: Session 3: Finland 1, Scotland 8.

Scotland had a six-end 8-1 win over Finland in their Sunday morning game to record their second victory of the campaign.

Eve Muirhead’s women opened with last stone advantage and scored one in the first end.  After that, it was all one-way traffic as the Scots stole two in the second end, three in the third and a further one in the fourth to take a 7-0 lead.

From this point, there was no way back for the Finns.  They picked up their only point of the game in the fifth end and, after the break, Muirhead hit out a Finnish stone with her own last of the sixth end to add one more point to her tally.  The Finns then conceded the game, at 1-8.

Afterwards, Muirhead declared herself happy with how her team has recovered from their opening loss to Denmark.  She said, “that was another solid performance following a solid win last night – after a slack first game, overall we’re pretty pleased now.  They struggled a bit in this game, which gave us chances, and as soon as we got a chance, we made sure we’d capitalise on it.  When you go 6-0 up, it’s going to be hard for them to come back, so you just make sure you score”.

Adding to this, she said, “you don’t want to let your focus go, and this is a cold arena, so when your body’s feeling cold you need to make that special effort to stay focussed”.

Looking forward to her next challenge, against table-topping Russia, she said, “now we’ve got a tough game against one of the top teams but we’ll be ready”.

RESULTS.

WOMEN Session 3: Finland 1, Scotland 8; Switzerland 12, Hungary 1; Russia 9, Germany 4; Sweden 9, Norway 1; Denmark 9, Estonia 7.

Standings after 3 sessions: Denmark, Russia won 3, lost0; Scotland, Switzerland, Sweden 2-1; Finland, Germany, Hungary 1-2; Estonia, Norway 0-3.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Richard Gray/WCF

MEN: Session 2: Scotland 9, Czech Republic 7.

It took all the way to Kyle Smith’s last stone of the tenth end, but the Scottish men recorded their first win so far when they beat the Czech Republic by 9-7 in Saturday evening’s play.

The Scots opened with a score of two in the first end but David Sik’s Czech team drew level by scoring one in the second end and stealing another in the third.

Scottish skip Kyle Smith found himself drawing against two Czech stones in the fourth end to take a 3-2 lead, but the Czechs scored two points in the fifth to take a 4-3 lead into the half-time break.  The second half of the game was tight and in the ninth end the Scots split the house, leaving Sik with no option but to nose-hit for just one shot and a 7-6 lead.

The Scots controlled the tenth end well, with Smith’s first stone just clinging on to count.  Smith then hit out a Czech stone with his second stone, which stayed in the house to contribute to a Scottish score of three from the end and a final score of 9-7.

Scottish patience against the Czech Republic reaps reward

Scottish patience against the Czech Republic reaps reward

After the game, a pleased Kyle Smith said, “”we’re pleased to get a win under our belts.  We had a good start, but they had a good shot in the third end when we were looking like having a big score, which saved them.  After that, it was a good game and there weren’t many missed shots.  We just had to stay patient.  Maybe we ran our luck at times – but we got control early on in the tenth end and we closed it out really well.  We’re really pleased to get that first win and hopefully that’ll give us some momentum now”.

The Scottish men now face defending champions Sweden in their only Sunday game.

RESULTS.

MEN Session 2: Germany 7, Sweden 6; Scotland 9, Czech Republic 7; Netherlands 2 Norway 8; Finland 7, Italy 3; Switzerland 6, Russia 8.

Standings after 2 sessions: Germany, Norway won 2, lost 0; Finland, Italy, Netherlands, Russia, Scotland, Sweden 1-1; Czech republic, Switzerland 0-2.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Richard Gray/WCF

WOMEN: Session 2: Scotland 11, Sweden 3.

Eve Muirhead and her team recovered from a Friday evening opening loss against hosts Denmark on Friday with an 11-3 win over Sweden in Saturday afternoon’s second session of women’s round-robin play.

Sweden took a single from the first end, but the Scots set the tone for this game through a score of four in the second end with a gentle tap-out by Muirhead.  They then followed that up with a steal of two more points in the third.

Sweden recovered in the fourth end, scoring two points with a nose-hit by skip Cecilia Ostlund but another gentle tap-back by Muirhead in the fifth end gave the Scots a further two points and an 8-3 half-time lead.

Ostlund was long with her final draw in the sixth end to give up a single steal, and then had a complete miss with a take-out attempt in the seventh to give up another steal, this time for two shots.  After this, Sweden conceded, with the score at 11-3 to Scotland.

Afterwards, Muirhead said, “I’m really pleased with that – it was a really solid performance.  Basically, we gave them no chances and as a team we played great, and that was what we had to do after last night”.  And speaking about the score of four in the second end, she said, “if you can get a big end out there, the other team’s going to be chasing you.  They managed to get a two, but we managed to get our twos back, so…good”.

Good team-work gave the Scots their win over Sweden

Good team-work gave the Scots their win over Sweden

The Scottish women now face two games on Sunday, against Finland and then Russia.

RESULTS

Session 2: Denmark 6, Germany 3; Russia 8, Estonia 5; Norway 3, Switzerland 6; Hungary 7, Finland 12; Scotland 11, Sweden 3.

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

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Richard Gray/WCF

Men: Session 1: Norway 11, Scotland 4.

A slow start by Scotland’s Kyle Smith and his team against Norway’s Thomas Ulsrud was the cause of their opening loss – by 4-11 – in Saturday’s morning first session of men’s round-robin play.

Norway took two shots from the first end and followed that up with a single steal in the second.  After the Scots blanked the third end, Smith came up short with his final draw of the fourth to give Norway  another two-shot steal and a lead of 5-0, after an umpire’s measure.

The Scots finally got on the scoreboard in the fifth end when Smith successfully drew his last stone inside four Norwegian counters.

In the sixth, the Norwegians had managed to build up a collection of stones in the house and Smith just left the smallest of gaps with an attempted freeze.  Norway’s skip Thomas Ulsrud was then able to pick out the Scottish stone and keep his shooter in play to score five from the end, for a 10-1 lead.

The Scots scored three in the seventh end, thanks to a double take out by Smith but when Ulsrud drew his last stone of the eighth end into position to score one more, the Scots immediately conceded the game, with the score at 11-4 to Norway.

After the game, Smith said, “”we knew that playing Ulsrud in the first game wasn’t going to be easy and that we were going to have to play a lot better than we did.  We just never brought our ‘A’ game out there.  I thought we finished the game a lot better than we started but we’d left ourselves a lot to do by then”.

Norway’s Ulsrud added, “this was a big win for us. Scotland are definitely going to be one of the teams in the top four at the end of the week.  We had some good breaks in the game and we were confident, which meant all of a sudden they had to make all of the difficult shots. It was a much closer game than it looks on the scoreboard”.

Scotland's Kyle Smith had a slow start against Norway, skipped by Thomas Ulsrud

Scotland’s Kyle Smith had a slow start against Norway, skipped by Thomas Ulsrud

The Scottish men face the Czech Republic, who lost their opener by 5-7 to defending champions Sweden,  in their second round-robin game on Saturday evening.

RESULTS

Men: Session 1: Norway 11, Scotland 4; Switzerland 2, Germany 3; Russia 6, Italy 7; Sweden 7, Czech Republic 5; Netherlands 8, Finland 6.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Richard Gray/WCF

WOMEN: Session 1: Scotland 2, Denmark  7.

A slow start in Friday evening’s first round-robin game by Eve Muirhead’s team eventually handed a 7-2 win to Denmark, with, after delivering the first ceremonial stone of the event, Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark looking on.

The Danes started with last stone advantage and a good double take-out by Muirhead in the opening end forced the Danes to blank.  But in the second end, another attempted double by Muirhead just missed, leaving Denmark’s Lene Nielsen with an open draw for two and a lead that she never gave up.

The teams swapped singles in the next two end and then Muirhead came up short with her final draw of the fifth to give Denmark a steal of two and a 5-1 half-time lead.  The Scots blanked the sixth and then could only hit out for a score of one in the seventh end.  Two more points for Denmark with a simple draw in the eighth were enough to persuade the Scots to concede.

Afterwards, Muirhead said, “we just never seemed to get into that.  They played well in the first few ends and we just took too long to get into it.  We struggled a bit with the weight and took too long to get a bit of momentum going.”

Denmark's Lene Nielsen and Scotland's Eve Muirhead

Denmark’s Lene Nielsen and Scotland’s Eve Muirhead

The Scottish women now face Sweden, who had a six-end 11-1 win over Finland, in their only game on Saturday.

 

RESULTS.

WOMEN, Session 1: Switzerland 2, Russia 8; Scotland 2, Denmark 7; Sweden 11, Finland 1; Germany 9, Estonia 2; Norway 5, Hungary 8.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Richard Gray/WCF