ECC 2013: Day 3 Late Round-up

Sweden's Maria Wennerström helped her team to a win against Denmark this evening Photo: WCF/Richard Gray

In Monday evening's fifth session of women's round-robin play at the Le Gruyère European Curling Championships in Stavanger, Norway, both Switzerland and world champions Scotland won, to keep them locked together at the top of the rankings, both with unblemished playing records.

Switzerland made short work of their opponents Italy, winning by 10-1 in just seven ends in a performance that saw skip Mirjam Ott open with two points in the first end and then score in five successive ends before their opponents conceded.

Scotland opened with five points in the first end of their game against the Czech Republic when skip Eve Muirhead drew her final stone into a collection of her own stones already lying there. The Czechs fought back however and took their game all the way to the last stone of the tenth end before going down by 9-10.

Afterwards Muirhead explained why the game went on so long after such a good start by her team: "Whenever you get a lead early on, they're always going to be chasing. It's different when you're chasing because you've got nothing to lose, especially when you give up a five. We still did enough to win, though."

Defending champions Russia had an even quicker win than Switzerland, beating Latvia by 10-2, helped by a draw for four points by skip Anna Sidorova in the fifth end that forced Latvia to concede after six ends of play.

Afterwards, Sidorova thought back to her earlier loss and to the overall defence of her title, saying: "It’s always a pity when we lose, but it’s in the past now and we’re looking forward to playing the next games and hopefully bring home some more wins. There are a lot of good teams and I’m sure there will be a lot of tough games to play. I can’t say it will be too easy to regain our title, but we want to do this and we will try and make it work."

The game between Norway and Germany was close. In the third end, Norway's skip Marianne Roervik hit to score two points and level the score at 2-2. Then in the fourth end, Germany skip Andrea Schöpp had a hit of her own to score two points and take a 4-2 lead on her way to an 8-5 win.

Afterwards, Schöpp said: "I think we played better this morning but at least it was a win. I didn't play very good myself, but this is a team sport and we won as a team."

Sweden against Denmark was another tight affair. Sweden took the early advantage but Danish skip Lene Nielsen fought back in the fifth end by drawing inside five Swedish counters already lying in the house, to score one point and reduce the Swedish lead to 3-2.

In the next end, Swedish fourth player Maria Prytz played a well-judged hit and stay to score two points and stretch the Swedish lead to 5-2. The final score in this game was 6-4 to Sweden after nine ends of play.

Swedish skip Margaretha Sigfridsson, who plays lead stones, said: "That was an important win and it's important to get the right feeling about our game and our play. We had a good game and we need to continue in that way. The target now is to play even better and to get the wins. I think we can afford one more loss, but we want to win the rest of the games."

RESULTS
Session 5:
Switzerland 10, Italy 1; Latvia 2, Russia 10; Scotland 10, Czech Republic 9; Norway 5, Germany 8; Sweden 6, Denmark 4.

Standings after 5 sessions:
1. Scotland 5-0
1. Switzerland 5-0
3. Russia 3-2
3. Sweden 3-2
5. Czech Republic 2-3
5. Denmark 2-3
5. Germany 2-3
8. Italy 1-4
8. Latvia 1-4
8. Norway 1-4

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

Event website: http://ecc2013.worldcurling.net for further information, schedules of play, full team line ups and results.

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The final two men’s and women’s teams for Sochi will be decided at the inaugural WCF Olympic Qualification Event which will take place from 10-15 December 2014 in Füssen, Germany,. For more information about this event, visit: http://sochi2014.worldcurling.net/oqe

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