ECC 2013: Day 1 Late Round-up

Sweden skip, Niklas Edin, made it two wins from two today Photo: WCF/Richard Gray

Denmark faced the Czech Republic in Saturday evening's second session of men's round-robin play at the Le Gruyère European Curling Championships in Stavanger, Norway and recorded their second win of the day, by 6-4.

In the fourth end, Danish skip Rasmus Stjerne played a nice tap shot to score one point and level the game at 2-2. He then scored three in the seventh end to take a decisive lead.

Czech skip Jiri Snitil was heavy with his draw in the eighth end to score only one point, putting the Danes into a strong position that they never gave up. After this win, Stjerne said: "We're excited to be two and zero, but that was hard. I think we kept our patience. We knew we had to stick in there and broke the game in the seventh with a big score."

Defending champions Sweden also recorded their second win of the day, taking a clear lead when skip Niklas Edin drew to score two points in the third end. This match remained tight all the way. Switzerland stole a single point in the ninth end to level the score at 5-5, but Swedish skip Niklas Edin then hit out a Swiss stone in the tenth end to score the one point needed for his 6-5 win.

Norway dominated their game against France from the start. Their skip Thomas Ulsrud played a draw to score three points in the first end to set his team on their way to victory and followed that up with another draw, this time to score two points, in the fifth end. After scoring a single point in the sixth end, France conceded with the score at 9-3 to Norway.

Reflecting on a successful day, Ulsrud said: "We’ve got two wins today, so we’re definitely happy with that. We got a big lead early on this game, but you can lose focus, so overall we’re all happy with the performance”. He added: "playing here in Norway in front of a home crowd is something I’ve never done before so it’s special.”

It took all the way to an extra end, but Latvia eventually had their first victory of the week, beating Finland by 8-7 when their skip Gulbis Ritvars played a nice hit and stay with the last stone of the match. After this win he said: "It’s our first victory this year. We want to stay in the 'A' division, so every victory is important.”

Scotland bounced back from their morning loss to Denmark with a solid 7-3 win over Russia that included a precision hit and stay to score two points in the sixth end from their skip David Murdoch to take a 6-2 lead on their way to victory. After his first win of the week, Murdoch said: "That was much more like it. We performed a lot better, we read the ice a lot better and just did everything right in that game."

Meanwhile, England remained unbeaten after the first day of games in the B Group, following victories over Slovenia and Belarus.

Also undefeated are Turkey, who have started the tournament with wins over Austria and Spain. The group leaders face off tomorrow.

RESULTS
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Session 2:
Denmark 6, Czech Republic 4; Switzerland 5, Sweden 6; Norway 9, France 3; Latvia 8, Finland 7; Scotland 7, Russia 3.

STANDINGS (W-L)
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1. Denmark 2-0
1. Norway 2-0
1. Sweden 2-0
4. Latvia 1-1
4. Russia 1-1
4. Scotland 1-1
4. Switzerland 1-1
8. Czech Republic 0-2
8. Finland 0-2
8. France 0-2

Extensive televised coverage of the Le Gruyère European Curling Championships 2013 from Stavanger can be seen by viewers in Europe on Eurosport and additionally in Norway on TV2 Sport. Live coverage will also be available via the internet on the Eurosport Player and on the World Curling Federation’s YouTube Channel World Curling TV. Complete coverage details can be seen here: http://ecc2013.worldcurling.net/tv-broadcast-web-tv-coverage-schedule

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