Women's Session 5 Roundup

Russia remain the only unbeaten women's team Photo: WCF/Richard Gray

Russia maintained their unbeaten record as they defeated Scotland in Monday evening's fifth women's round-robin session at Le Gruyère European Curling Championships 2014 being held at the Palladium de Champéry in Champéry, Switzerland.

Russia scored two points in each of the first and fourth ends and to go into the fifth end break 4-2 ahead.

The Scots conceded in the sixth end after Russian skip Anna Sidorova drew her last stone into the house for four points and a score-line of 8-2.

After this, their fifth successive win, Russia skip Anna Sidorova said: “Of course, it was a tricky game. We had a couple of great shots; everybody from this team performed at the right time in the right place.”

Like Russia, Finland were unbeaten going into this session when they faced Sweden. It was Sweden who took the early advantage in this game, scoring one point in the first end and then stealing another point in the second end for an early 2-0 lead.

Finland then blanked the third end and then Sweden produced another single-point steal in the fourth end to move their lead to 3-0.

Finland finally got on the scoreboard with a single point in the fifth end. This was followed by another blank end by Sweden and they then moved further ahead in the seventh end, with another single point score for a 4-1 lead.

After this Finland scored in each of the remaining regulation ten ends, scoring one point in the eighth end and then stealing single points in each of the ninth and tenth ends to tie the game at 4-4 and force an extra end.

In this end, Sweden had last stone advantage but did not need to play it as Finnish skip Sanna Puustinen came up short with her final draw to leave three Swedish stones already in the house to give Sweden the 7-4 win.

Following their win, Sweden skip Anna Hasselborg said: “We knew that it was going to be a tough game because Finland had been in a winning streak, but we felt that we played very well this morning. We had a good thing going on and we just kept that up tonight. We took an early lead, but they kept on playing good stones so it forced us to the extra end. The most important part for us was dominating the first five ends. We did what we had to do in the extra end.”

The game between Germany and the Czech Republic also went to an extra end. The Czechs were still looking for their first win and a score of three points in the third end gave them an early 3-1 lead.

Germany however stuck to their task and eventually levelled the game at 6-6 with a score of two points in the tenth end.

This forced the extra end and Germany emerged as winners when they stole two points for a final score of 8-6 in their favour.

World champions Switzerland faced Estonia in this session and, after Estonia had taken one point from the first end, they established a lead with a score of three points in the second end.

This proved to be crucial as, after Estonia blanked the third end, the teams went on to swap single-point scores for the next five ends.

In the ninth end, with the score at 5-4 in Switzerland's favour, Estonia pulled themselves level with a single point steal.

However, a further single point by Switzerland in the tenth end was enough to give them a 6-5 win.

After their win, Switzerland skip Binia Feltscher said: "We had fun during this game and had a good team spirit - that was important. We were able to play our defensive game tonight until the end and that helped us get our victory."

Denmark were up against Latvia in this session and this game stayed tight for the first half, with the teams going into the fifth end break tied at 3-3.

Latvia blanked the sixth end and scored one point in the seventh end to take a 4-3 lead.

However, Denmark then pulled out a score of four points in the eighth end and followed that up with a single steal in the ninth end for an 8-4 win.

In the B Division, being played in the nearby Monthey Skating Rink, both the men and women have now played five sessions. Currently in the men's B Division, England are topping the red group and Wales the blue group, while in the women's B Division, Hungary, Italy, Norway and Turkey top the standings.

The next session of play will see the men return to the ice on Tuesday morning at 08:00 local time (CET).

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