5th DAY – SUMMARY & STANDINGS
Champery, Switzerland – For the ladies, Scotland, Russia, Switzerland and Sweden have reached the stage of the playoffs Le Gruyère European Curling Championships.
On this day Wednesday, Eve Muirhead of Scotland qualified in first place in the round robin with two wins in six ends. During the morning session, the Scottish fighting Russia Liudmila Privivkova by 9-1, before beating the Netherlands by 8-3.
Thursday night, the Scottish play against Russia in the play-offs of the first square 1v2 after the Russian beat Norway have returned to Linn Githmark 7-5. At the same time, with the score of three on the tenth end, Mirjam Ott of Switzerland beat Sweden Stina Viktorsson by 8-6 to finish his round robin program with the same score to Russia, seven wins and two defeats. However, as Russia beat Switzerland in their match at the summit earlier in the day, Switzerland will again face Sweden in the second square 3V4 play-offs.
After a 8-5 victory against the Netherlands in the morning, Lene Nielsen of Denmark beats Latvia 4-3 Evita Regza, sharing the closure of five wins and four losses with Norway. Then she beat Latvia 7-5 in the morning, the defending champion, Germany’s Andrea Schöpp, beats Finland 8-7 in the evening match, finishing seventh overall with four wins.
In eighth place with three wins, Latvia will match up against the ladies team winning the Group B for a place at the Capital One World Championship in Denmark. Placed ninth, Finland joins Netherlands, tenth in the standings in Group B for relegation next year.
Men of Group A, the issue remains. Switzerland’s Christof Schwaller beats Andy Kapp of Germany by 6-4 in the eighth round of the round robin. This result means that Switzerland is found in the top spot, no matter what may happen during the final round of the round robin Thursday morning.
Other competitors play-offs are Germany and Norway Thomas Ulsrud beating the Netherlands 8-2 in just six ends, thanks largely to a score of four in the fourth end.
Three other teams – Denmark, Sweden and Scotland – still have a chance to get into the final four, with the results at the end of the round robin to decide or, where appropriate, participation in tie-breaks . So if Switzerland beat Denmark and Scotland beat Sweden, these trios teams will compete in the tie-breaks.
This situation stems from the fact that Scotland’s Hammy McMillan lost 4-5 against France Thomas Dufour and Sweden, the defending champion, and Niklas Edin beat Denmark’s Rasmus Stjerene by 7-4.
Meanwhile, in his second win of the week, Jiri Snitil Czech Republic beats Russia 5-4. With three victories, the French find themselves rank higher in ranking as Czechs located in eighth place, while the Netherlands and Russia remain with one win each.
In the women’s Group B encounter Czech Republic Hungary in the first square of the playoffs 1v2 Austria and Italy plays in the game scheduled for Thursday night 3V4. Males, Latvia plays Italy in the first square 1v2 and Ireland meet Slovakia in the match 3V4.
RESULTS GROUP A
8th round: France 5, Scotland 4 (extra end), Netherlands 2, Norway 8, Switzerland 6, Germany 4; Russia 4 Czech Republic 5 (extra end) 4 Denmark, Sweden 7.
Standings after 8 rounds:
Switzerland 7-1 (qualified for the playoffs) Germany 6-2 Norway 6-2 Denmark 5-3 Sweden 5-3 Scotland 4-4 France 3-5 Czech Republic 2-6 Netherlands 1-7 Russia 1-7
8th round: Latvia 5, 7 Germany, Russia 1 Scotland 9; Sweden 10, Norway 6, Netherlands 5, 8 Denmark, Switzerland 8, Finland 5.
9th round: 7 Russia, Norway 5, 8 Germany, Finland 7, Denmark 4, Latvia 3, Switzerland 8, 6 Sweden, Netherlands 3, Scotland 8.
Standings after 9 rounds:
Scotland 8-1 (qualified for the playoffs) Russia 7-2 (qualified for the playoffs) Switzerland 7-2 (qualified for the playoffs) Sweden 6-3 (qualified for the playoffs) 5. Denmark 5-4 6. Norway 5-4 7. Germany 4-5 8. Latvia 2-7 9. Finland 1-8 10. Netherlands 0-9.
Ladies Playoffs – Thursday, December 9 – 20:00 CET:
1 v 2 – Scotland v Russia (winner in the final, losing in the semifinals);
3 v 4 – Switzerland v Sweden (winner in the semi-finals, losing in playoff for the bronze medal)