Hosts, Sweden, setback Scotland and create four-way tie for first place

Sweden at the Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championships, 2019, Helsingborg, Sweden © WCF / Richard Gray

No unbeaten teams remain in the women’s field at the Le Guyère AOP European Curling Championships 2019 after session five.

Previously untouched Scotland, faced hosts and Olympic champions, Sweden. With a Swedish win, 11-4, the hosts improved their record to four wins and one loss, joint with Russia, Scotland and Switzerland, who all had successes this evening.

Germany had an extra end victory against Estonia, 7-6, while Denmark also beat Latvia 8-4. Both teams now have two wins and three losses.

Hosts happy

It was a rematch of the PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games semi-final, featuring Scotland’s Eve Muirhead against Sweden’s Anna Hasselborg. In the eighth end, Hasselborg played a momentum shifting double take-out for four points to take a 7-4 lead.

A second score of four was put on the board for the Swedes, when Muirhead was light and wide on a draw, giving up a steal of four points and conceded the game 11-4.

Swedish second, Agnes Knochenhauer commented on the teams’ strong second half, “It was a good game, an even game from the start. We worked our way into the game slowly and played a great second half and came away with a win.

Competing on home ice, the fans in Helsingborg are flooding the stands with yellow and blue. This hasn’t gone unnoticed by the hosts.

“This is the best. We have a lot of family and friends here and even more coming later this week. Even though this isn’t our hometown we feel like we have a lot of support here.”

In the mix

Following the table toppers await Denmark, Germany and Norway, all sitting at two wins and three losses.

Trying to stay on the leader’s tails, Denmark’s Mathilde Halse put three points on the board with a draw to the four-foot in the sixth end against Latvia. This pushed the team forward in their eventual 8-4 win.

Denmark’s Jasmin Lander at the Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championships, 2019, Helsingborg, Sweden © WCF / Richard Gray

“We started the first half by having some really unfortunate shots,” Danish skip Mathilde Halse said. “After the break we were the better team. We played really well, didn’t have a lot of zeros out there, just a really good game from our side. I think we were the better team.”

“It was nice having the girls out there in a really good mood. We were just happy all the way through, no nerves nothing.”

Women’s results session five: Scotland 4-11 Sweden; Czech Republic 3-7 Russia; Estonia 6-7 Germany; Denmark 8-4 Latvia; Switzerland 11-3 Norway

Women’s standings after session five
Russia 4-1
Scotland 4-1
Switzerland 4-1
Sweden 4-1
Denmark 2-3
Germany 2-3
Norway 2-3
Czech Republic 1-4
Estonia 1-4
Latvia 1-4

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Helsingborg, Sweden

18 November 2019
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