ECC 2013: Day 7 Women's Play-offs

Sweden's Maria Wennerström and her team defeated Denmark to qualify for the sole semi-final Photo: WCF/Richard Gray


CURLING: Le Gruyère European Curling Championships 2013 – Day 7 Women’s Page Play-offs

For immediate release: 29 November 2013

Stavanger, Norway – Scotland are through to the women’s gold medal game after defeating Switzerland in Friday afternoon’s women's 1v2 Page Play-off at the Le Gruyère European Curling Championships 2013 in Stavanger, Norway.

Sweden will play Switzerland in the sole semi-final after they defeated Denmark in the 3v4 Page Play-off, with the winner of the semi-final going to play Scotland in the gold medal game and the loser taking on Denmark for the bronze medals.

In the 1v2 game, Scottish skip Eve Muirhead played a hit and stay with her last stone of the fourth end to score two points and make an early breakthrough for a 3-1 lead.

In the fifth end, Muirhead had dislodged two Swiss stones earlier to lye three when Swiss skip Mirjam Ott came to play her last stone. Ott was heavy with this shot, which sailed through to the back of the house to give Scotland a steal of three points and a 6-1 lead.

Switzerland scored one point in the sixth end but the game was virtually sealed in the seventh end when Muirhead played two good raise take-out shots, scoring four points to take an unassailable 10-1 lead.

At this point the teams shook hands, only to be reminded by the umpire that playing out eight ends is mandatory at this stage of the event. The eighth end was a quiet affair and Ott finally drew for one point before the teams shook hands as Switzerland conceded the game.

The Scots now go directly to the final, while Switzerland go to the sole semi-final game, giving them a second chance to reach the gold medal game.

After the game, Scottish skip Eve Muirhead said: "It feels great. That's our fourth European final in a row. We're unbeaten so far, so we can't complain but we've still got a job to finish off. I think that performance shows we're working hard as a team and stamping down a marker before the Olympic Games."

In the Page 3-4 game, Sweden opened the scoring in the second end when fourth player Maria Prytz played a double take-out for two points.

In the fourth end, it was Denmark's turn to put something on the scoreboard. When their skip Lene Nielsen came to play her last stone, she was facing four Swedish counters already in the house, but she drew inside them all to score one point and reduce the Swedish lead to 2-1.

The Swedes moved into a clear lead in the fifth end when Prytz drew her last stone into the house for three points and a 5-1 lead. Later, in the eighth end, Prytz hit out a Danish stone to score three more points and win the game, with a score-line of 10-2.

Afterwards, Swedish skip Margaretha Sigfridsson, who plays lead stones, said: "This was a very good game today, we were very consistent in our play. We were really looking forward to that game, we take it one game at a time and now we’re looking forward to tonight. I think we felt we were getting better earlier in the week, but we are definitely feeling in the right spot at the moment."

Germany men will face Latvia in Friday night's World Challenge game for the final European slot in the World Men’s Curling Championship 2014 after they overcame Italy 9-3 in the B-Group’s men’s final. Hungary edged Netherlands in the battle for the bronze medal, as they came out 7-5 winners in their encounter.

In the women’s B-Group final, Finland beat Estonia by 9-8 after an extra end to claim the gold medal and qualify for their World Challenge game with Germany. England defeated Austria 7-5 to claim the bronze medal.

Both World Challenge games are a best of three series.

RESULTS
Women’s Page Play-offs:

1v2: Switzerland 3, Scotland 10
3v4: Sweden 10, Denmark 2

>b>Women’s Standings after Page Play-offs:
Scotland 10-0 (to play in gold medal game against winner of semi-final)*
Switzerland 7-3 (to play Sweden in semi-final)*
Sweden 7-3 (to play Switzerland in semi-final)*
Denmark 7-4 (to play in bronze medal game against loser of semi-final)*
5. Russia 6-4*
6. Czech Republic 4-5 (Qualified for WWCC)*
7. Latvia 3-6 (Qualified for WWCC)*
8. Germany 2-7 (To play best of three games play-off against Finland for final place at FWWCC 2014)
9. Norway 1-8 (Relegated to B-Group)
10. Italy 1-8 (Relegated to B-Group)

*Qualified for Ford World Women’s Curling Championship 2014

SCHEDULE

Semi-Finals, 20:00 (CET), Friday November 29, 2013
Men: Switzerland v Denmark
Women: Switzerland v Sweden

Women’s Gold Medal Game AND Men’s and Women’s Bronze Medal Games
10:00 (CET) Saturday November 30, 2013

Men’s Gold Medal Game, 15:00 (CET) Saturday November 30, 2013

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.

Results: http://ecc.curlit.com

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