Women's Session 7 Roundup

Russia skip Anna Sidorova and her team were the first women's team to qualify for the play-offs Photo: WCF/Richard Gray

Russia are the first women’s team to qualify for the play-offs at Le Gruyère European Curling Championships 2014 being held at the Palladium de Champéry in Champéry, Switzerland.

Russia’s seventh successive victory, by 12-3 over Finland, in Tuesday evening's women's round-robin play, not only ensured they remain unbeaten but also qualified them for the play-offs.

This was a one-sided affair with Russia scoring two points, followed by three points then four points in the opening three ends for a 9-0 lead.

Finland managed a single point in the fourth and a further two points in the sixth end, but two more points for Russia in the seventh end ended the game at 12-3.

Switzerland and Sweden also enjoyed one-sided victories.

World champions Switzerland beat Latvia 8-0 in just six ends while Sweden had a 9-1 win over Estonia, also in six ends.

These two teams now share second place in the standings along with Denmark, but still with work to do to guarantee their play-off place.

Scotland faced Germany in this session and this too proved to be a one-sided game with Scotland building a 7-0 lead after just three ends thanks to two poor draws by Germany skip Andrea Schoepp.

Those mistakes gave up a steal of two points in the second end when she was short and a further steal of three points in the third end with a draw that rolled on through the house.

Scotland eventually emerged victorious with the final score 10-2 after seven ends.

Afterwards, Scottish skip Eve Muirhead said: "We sharpened up on a lot of things that we didn't do this morning and we did that well".

By contrast to the other four short games in this session, Denmark and the Czech Republic battled all the way to the tenth end before Denmark's skip Lene Nielsen hit out two Czech Republic stones to score three points from the end for an 8-6 win.

After their latest win, which puts them in second position in the standings, Denmark skip Lene Nielsen said: “We had so many chances and we missed a lot of shots out there. We were under major pressure in the tenth end and I’m just really, really satisfied with our win tonight. We had a good second end and some good shots in the last end. It’s important that we keep believing in ourselves for the rest of the championships.”

In the B Division, the women have completed seven and the men six sessions of play.

Currently, Italy and Norway lead the women’s standings, both with six wins and one loss.

Finland tops the standings in the men’s blue group with five wins and one loss while in the red group, England is in top spot with six wins and no losses.​

The next session of play will see the men return to the ice on Wednesday morning at 09:00 local time (CET).

Share this page

More Information

Title Sponsor
Main Sponsor
Official Timekeeper
WCF Official Suppliers
Event Partners