B Division Athlete Reaction

Quotes from the athletes participating in Le Gruyere European Curling Championships 2014 B Division:

Day 1

Hungary men's third, Gábor Ézsöl, following their 7-2 win against Austria, said: "We are extremely happy with this crucial win, it wasn't easy. If you look at the scoreboard, you might think the contrary, but until half-time it was very tight. In the sixth end we had a very difficult situation in the house, but we managed to solve it."

Italy women's skip, Veronica Zappone, following their 10-1 win against Hungary, said: "With this victory we started the Championships in a great way, so we are all happy. It was a replay of the final of the European Junior Curling Challenge, so we were looking forward to it and we managed to win again."

Hungary women's skip Dorottya Palancsa, following their 9-5 win against Belarus, said: "The whole match was fantastic! We were in a really good mood while playing. I am particularly happy about the fact that we could come back end by end after starting 1-4 down. At the end, that Belarus team got tired, but we were all focused until the end. We are happy!"

Day 2

Hungary women's skip Dorottya Palancsa, following their 7-6 win against Poland, said: "We had a very tight game. The Polish girls were very good. We didn’t expect it to be an easy game and it definitely wasn’t. I think the key to our victory was that we played our takeouts very well, and in general we had a good game.”

Turkey women's skip Polat Oznur, following their 8-6 win against England, said: "There were many crucial moments in the game, but as I am still so excited, I cannot recall any single one. We came here to qualify for the A Division and so far we are on the right track. We have a good coach, we train hard and our team spirit is really strong. We need all of these to achieve our goal.”

Turkey men's skip, Alican Karatas, following their 9-2 win against Lithuania, said: "We needed to be patient. We had to read the ice first before acting. Now we will have some extra time to relax, and then we will start preparing for the next game.”

Belgium men's skip Timothy Verreycken, following their 9-3 win against Hungary, said: "I feel wonderful. We thought this morning that our game against Hungary would be a bit of practice for us. We thought that we’ll try to play very well, take some ends, but we never ever imagined that it would even be close."

He continued: "In the early ends we started stealing and stealing which helped us improve our confidence. Our goal was to stay in the B Division - we wanted to win two games and after three games we already have two victories. It is just wonderful.”

Wales men's skip, Adrian Meikle, following their 11-3 win against Romania, said: "Today's game was not as tough as last night's game, but that's basically because the guys are playing really well and our curling has gone up a notch. I think we can still do better, but we were really doing well."

Day 3

Hungary women's skip, Dorottya Palancsa, following their 9-8 win against Turkey, said: "In the beginning we were not punctual, but then we were very motivated to come back and we did, scoring five in the seventh end. I feel that now, we can come back from anywhere"

Norway women's skip Kristin Skaslien, following their 8-1 win against Slovakia, said: "We played really well, all four of us. Our tactics were really good, so we had a good game. I felt I had control all the time, I was not worried.”

Finland men's skip, Aku Kauste, following their 8-2 win against Hungary, said: "I think we played really well today. We made all our key shots and their skip was having a bad day. So it was a pretty easy game for us."

Austria men's skip, Sebastian Wunderer, following their 8-5 win against Belgium, said: "In the first half they played really good shots! We thought that it could be an easy game for us but we played on the same level in the first half of the game. They didn't make it easy for us! We focused more in the second half so we were able to put more pressure on them, and we had easier shots to make than them."

Wales men's skip, Adrian Meikle, following their 12-3 win against Spain, said, "It was a good settler for us to get a four point lead in the first end, we made some good shots to get it too.

"I think we perhaps didn't put in our best performance in that game, but thankfully that wasn't the game where we needed to put in our best performance. We can still perform better than that, so we're looking forward to some tough games, probably against Belgium tonight it'll be a lot closer.

"I think with many of the teams we've got to make sure that we don't leave them a get-out or escape route when we are in control of the game, so they can come in and hide behind something or freeze to something. We've just got to be wary of that: that we keep control and don't give them anywhere to hide".

Hungary women's skip, Dorottya Palancsa, following their 7-4 win against Slovakia, said: "We didn’t have an easy start. They took a three-nil lead in the beginning, but then we managed to work together as a team and finally win the game."

Italy women's skip, Veronica Zappone, following their 11-9 win against Austria, said: "We had some ups and downs during the match, but we stayed together as a team and we dealt with the bad situations, so finally we did it. We had some great team shots – sweeping, calling, playing, so that’s good."

Poland women's third, Marta Pluta, following their 6-5 win against Norway, said: "I think that our concentration and our confidence led to the success. The first four ends were not so good, but then we were really confident and really focused. We had a chance to win in ten ends, but we lost it. Then we played eleven ends, and we did it."

Hungary men's third, Gábor Ézsöl, following their 6-5 win against Poland, said: "It was a difficult game - we expected it to be. We were very focused during the whole game and we had a bit of luck too. The Polish guys came to win too and they also wanted it very much. This time we had more luck. Obviously, we also had to play very well and our fourth player was in a good form. This is how we managed to win this match."

Croatia men's skip Alen Cadez, following their 6-5 win against Israel, said: "I think the last shot was the key moment of the game. I got lucky. I had almost the same shot in the eighth end and I didn't make it. Now I did, and that's it!"

Day 4

Austrian women's third, Constanze Hummelt, following their 7-5 win against Belarus, said: "The team feels great after these two important wins today. It was one step towards the play-offs. Tonight we had a pretty tough start. They kept on stealing but then we got into the game and then we kept it safe and it was good in the end. Tomorrow we have to win at least one of our two games, and we hope that we can make it to the play-offs."

Netherland's women's skip Marianne Neeleman, following their 8-2 win against Poland, said: "I think we had the ice under control today. It was curling quite a bit and we just made it work and the coin fell towards us. Our goal is just to stay in the B Division. We are on three wins right now and Slovakia and Belarus have no wins. Two more games to go."

Belgium men's skip Timothy Verreycken, following their 8-7 win against Spain, said: "I feel a bit mixed. I’m happy that we still won the game, but I’m sad and a bit angry about how we played in comparison to the other games. Luckily we still won, but it was too close. Yes, it was nerve-wracking. In the first three ends I missed all my last stones, and then if you lose your temper, you can lose the game anyway. My teammates helped me up, I got a bit confident again, they got a bit confident, and we came back into the game, but a bit too late. That’s why we had the extra end. I’m very happy, but on the other side, tomorrow is our last game, and we need to play a lot better if we want to win that.”

Netherland's men's skip Jaap Van Dorp, following their 12-3 win against Lithuania, said: "It's always tough to play against a team that knows how to draw. In this game we made sure that we had enough space and we made some nice shots, so we scored a lot of points. We just want to focus on getting into the play-offs. We have one more game tomorrow that we have to win, and we will see then."

Hungary men's third, Gábor Ézsöl, following their 8-4 win against Wales, said: "We had a confident game against Wales. We know this team very well, we played against them last year, we know what they like to play, but we also know their weaknesses. This knowledge was very useful in this match. We were sure about the stones and the ice."

Day 5

Netherland's women's skip, Marianne Neeleman, following their 10-8 win against Belarus, said: "During the game we felt good. In the last half we made a couple of mistakes that let them be able to come back. But we made it! Overall it’s been a good week! Our goal was to stay in the B Division and we achieved that, so it’s good."

Norway women's skip, Kristin Skaslien, following their 12-6 win against Hungary, said: "Both teams played some good and bad shots and we made some key shots. I think that made the game for us. Now we are in the one-two positions of the Page, and will play Austria."

Netherlands men's skip, Jaap Van Dorp, following their 7-6 win against Turkey, said: "It was a very exciting and a little stressful game at times. It was a really close game and we are happy that we won it. We had to fight hard in the extra end, but we got it in the end."

Austria men's skip, Sebastian Wunderer, following their 10-6 win against Wales, said: "The match was pretty tough. It was quite hard for us in the beginning to get into the game because we had so many misses in the first two ends. It was the fifth end when we came back into the game, and we played a really good second half, so that's why we won. Summarising the round robin, it was exciting, as there was not a single team you could just win against. So there was no easy match, and every game was pretty good to play. I enjoyed it."

Hungary men's skip, Gábor Ézsöl, following their 10-4 win against Romania, said: "It was a must-win. In the beginning we took the lead and we kept it throughout the whole game. We didn't have a difficult task, we usually win over the Romanian team. We played okay, so it was an easy win. Now it seems that we have a tie-break tomorrow against Austria, so we take some rest and prepare for the game."

Israel men's skip Adam Freilich, following their 7-6 win against England, said: "It was a close game. We took an early lead, but they are a good team. They stayed with us and it came down to the last shot. We just kept patient. This time with a little bit more luck on our side we managed to pull through."

Hungary women's skip, Dorottya Palancsa, following their 6-10 win against Netherland's, said: "We didn't play very well, but it was the same for the opposition too. I'm happy that we won. We just need to keep going tonight against Norway."

Day 6

Hungary women's skip, Dorottya Palancsa, following their 7-6 win against Austria, said: "It was a nerve-wracking game. Both teams played well but we managed to steal the last end. We are extremely happy! The last end didn't start smoothly, but we managed to correct our mistakes, to guard our shot and Karina (Toth, Austria skip) missed her last stone. That's how we won the game. The final against Norway will be an exciting game."

Netherland's men's skip, Jaap Van Dorp, following their 10-4 win against England, said: "We had control in the first half of the game. I think it was pretty good, solid play and we were able to set up nicely. When they had set-ups we got out of it.

"We had a little bit of luck in the fifth end, but also nice shot-making and scored a really big end, and that was basically game over. We've been working really hard for promotion to the A Division and we are really excited about what we are going to do in the future. To step up to the A, that's been the goal for the season and it's really great to accomplish it right now. The next thing is just a bonus and getting the gold medal and potentially going to the World Challenge game, that would be a bonus. So we're just going to go out there and enjoy it and see what happens. We will play our best and hopefully go home with the gold medal."

Hungary women's skip, Dorottya Palancsa, following their 11-3 win against Italy, said: "We played very well, we did everything perfectly. The atmosphere within the team was great too. We did it very well."

Netherland's men's skip, Jaap Van Dorp, following their 9-7 win against Hungary, said: "In the first end the rock flashed red after I let it go so I must have touched it again after the hog line. That was disappointing, but nothing you can do about it. We just went on and fought hard. I think to keep the team spirit up and to be mentally tough was the key element of our win. We made sure that we still believe that we can win and do what we can in every moment, don't think too much about the past and keep going forward."

Finland men's skip, Aku Kauste, following their 8-2 win against England, said: "I'm really happy. Our goal is still to go to the World Championship, but this was the minimal goal to make it back to the A Division, so I'm really happy that we could make it straight to the finals and we have one evening off. It was a tight game in the first half. Then we got a couple of steals and the rest went a little bit easier, but it was still a tight game, a good match."

Norway women'sskip, Kristin Skaslien, following their 10-5 win against Austria, said: "I'm relieved. We have been practicing for this the whole season. I have a new team and we were really excited about how this would go. We had a good game and the sixth end was a good end when we took four. I think that was the key."

Hungary men's skip, Gábor Ézsöl, following their 8-4 win against Austria, said: "The Austrian team really wanted to win this game after our first match in the tournament that we won against them. But we played very confidently, the whole team was focused and the atmosphere was great within the team. We took an early lead, and apart from one moment in the second half, we gave them no chance. We played the game we wanted."

Hungary women's skip, Dorottya Palancsa, following their 6-2 win against Turkey, said: "We played very well! If we go on like this, we will be in the final. Almost all our stones were placed perfectly, and the Turkish girls made some mistakes. This is what led to our victory."

Day 7

Finland men's skip, Aku Kauste, following their 7-6 win against Netherlands to win the gold medals, said: "It was a tough match. I think both teams were a little bit nervous. It's a big game because the winner gets to play for the last spot in the Worlds and that was our goal from the start to be in that play-off. Now we are there, so we are really happy, but it was a really tough match. I guess that a couple of steals were pretty important. I made a couple of key shots when we were in big trouble and they couldn't respond to that. But it was an extra end game, so it's pretty much anyone's game."

Norway women's skip, Kristin Skaslien, following their 10-6 win against Hungary to win the gold medals, said: "I think we had control except for the steal of three that Hungary had in the sixth end, but otherwise I felt the game was under control. In the World Challenge game I guess that there will be three tight games and hopefully we will get through.”

Italy women's skip, Veronica Zappone, following their 10-2 win against Austria to win the bronze medals, said: "We were so relaxed, we just played our shots and everything was okay. It's great, we have good feelings. The Austrian team came down after a loss against Hungary and we were just more relaxed than them because we just played. Now we will cheer for our guys in the A group in the semi-finals and then we will eat some cheese."

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