Women's Session 9 Roundup

Denmark joined Russia, Switzerland and Scotland in the play-offs Photo: WCF/Richard Gray

Scotland and Denmark joined Russia and Switzerland in the play-offs following the conclusion of the women’s round-robin at the Le Gruyère European Curling Championships 2014 being held in the Palladium de Champéry in Champéry, Switzerland.

The final session of women’s round-robin play on Thursday morning saw leaders Russia beat world champions Switzerland by 9-5 in to maintain their unbeaten record.

Both Russia and Switzerland had already qualified for the play-off stage but elsewhere in the same session, Scotland beat Finland by 7-6 and Denmark emerged as 9-6 victors over Sweden to join them in the top four and stay in the title hunt.

The Czech Republic picked up their first win of the Championship as they beat Estonia by 7-6, although they still finished last and are relegated to next year's B Division.

It took all the way to an extra end for Germany to beat Latvia by 7-6, a result that conforms Latvia's relegation in second-bottom position which means that they too will drop down to the B Division.

Estonia’s loss meant that they finished in eighth position and will now be challenged for the last available European zone place in the World Women's Curling Championship 2015 in Sapporo, Japan, by the eventual winners of this year's B Division.

After her win, Scottish skip Eve 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 end well and it's good to know that for the ends when we really need to play well, we step it up."

Meanwhile, Danish skip Lene Nielsen said, "It’s amazing (to have qualified for the play-offs). We played a really strong game and made very few mistakes. We executed our shots very well and are very happy to be in the play-offs. It’s this team’s first European championships and we've made it all the way to the play-offs. It’s just been a great experience."

With the round-robin concluded, the 1v2 Page play-off will see Russia in another match up against Switzerland, with the winner going straight to the gold medal game and the loser having a second chance to get there by playing in the sole semi-final. There they will face the winner of the 3v4 Page play-off between Scotland and Denmark. The loser of the 3v4 game will await the semi-final loser for the bronze medal decider.

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