ECC 2013: Day 4 Late Round-up

Scotland's skip, David Murdoch, led his team to victory over world champions Sweden this evening Photo: WCF/Richard Gray

Tuesday afternoon's seventh session of men's round-robin play at the Le Gruyère European Curling Championships in Stavanger, featured the match-up of the only two undefeated men's teams left in the event - Norway and Denmark.

Norway took the upper hand from the start. In the sixth end, their skip Thomas Ulsrud hit out a Danish stone in the house to score two points and take a 6-1 lead. Then, in the ninth end, he had another hit, this time to score one point and seal a 7-3 win.

Afterwards, he said: "We're top of the pile! I'm really happy with the way the boys are playing, everything is going right. Hopefully that's the way it'll go for the rest of the year, never mind the rest of the week. I would like to play like this, it's fun curling, right now it's really easy."

World champions Sweden faced Scotland, with both teams looking for a win to keep their medal hopes alive.

In the third end, Swedish skip Niklas Edin drew into the house to score two points and take a 2-1 lead. The game then turned in the sixth end when Scottish skip David Murdoch played a double take-out to remove two Swedish stones from the house and score five points, for an 8-4 lead. The Scots stayed ahead from then on to win by 9-5 in nine ends.

Speaking after his second win of the day, Murdoch said: "We've said all year that this team's developing. When we play like that we can down the world champions, we can take down a lot of teams."

Latvia played Russia and in the first end Russia opened the scoring with a draw for three points. The Latvians could not recover from this blow and Russia emerged as 7-4 winners after nine ends of play.

The Swiss are another team still in strong medal contention and they opened the scoring in their game against Finland when their skip Michel Sven hit out a Finnish stone in the second end to score one point.

In the ninth end, Sven played a double take-out on Finnish stones to count one point and take a 9-6 lead, which the Finns could not come back from, and the game ended in the next end with Switzerland 9-7 ahead.

In the fifth game of the session, France faced the Czech Republic, with the loser in real danger of relegation. This game turned in the tenth and final end when the Czech Republic's Jiri Snitil scored four to grab a potentially life-saving 7-6 win.

Afterwards he said: “We’re very much still hanging in there because of this one, definitely a big one. In that last end, we were good for three, then they just got some bad luck and I drew for four. To be honest, we were ready for the extra end!"

All the results in this session mean that Norway and - despite their loss - Denmark have both now qualified for the medal play-offs.



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

Standings after 7 sessions:
1. Norway 7-0 (Qualified for play-offs)
2. Denmark 6-1 (Qualified for play-offs)
3. Scotland 5-2
3. Switzerland 5-2
5. Russia 3-4
7. Sweden 3-4
7. Czech Republic 2-5
7. Latvia 2-5
9. Finland 1-6
9. France 1-6

WOMEN
Session 7:
Norway 7, Czech Republic 8 (extra end); Germany 2, Switzerland 8; Denmark 6, Russia 5; Latvia 11, Italy 5; Scotland 6, Sweden 5.

Standings after 7 sessions:
1. Scotland 7-0 (Qualified for play-offs)
1. Switzerland 7-0 (Qualified for play-offs)
3. Denmark 4-3
3. Russia 4-3
3. Sweden 4-3
6. Czech Republic 3-4
7. Germany 2-5
7. Latvia 2-5
9. Italy 2-5
9. Norway 1-6

Both A and B Groups will open with round-robin play and, after tie-breakers on Thursday 28 November, semi-finals, promotion challenge games and medal finals take place on Friday 29th and Saturday 30th December.

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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