December 6, 2010
Five teams share the lead on four wins and one loss - Denmark, Germany, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland - in the men's A Group at the Le Gruyère European Curling Championships in Champéry, Switzerland.
Early leaders Denmark, skipped by Rasmus Stjerne, won their fourth successive game on Monday morning, beating the Netherlands by 8-2, but they were brought down with a thump in the fifth round. In this game, after opening with a score of three, Germany's Andy Kapp beat them by 8-2 in just six ends to put Germany among the five leaders. Earlier Germany had been beaten by Norway 3-7. In the fifth round Norway went beat France by 6-2.
These three leading teams are joined by defending champions Sweden, skipped by Niklas Edin, who beat the Czech Republic by 9-6 and then France by 6-1; and Switzerland's Christof Schwaller, who followed up a morning 8-7 win over Russia with an 8-6 victory over Scotland's Hammy McMillan. Earlier the Scots had beaten the Czech Republic by 7-4 and this second win of the event puts them into sixth place on the rankings.
After his morning game loss to Switzerland, Russia's Andrey Drozdov beat the Netherlands by 7-5 for his first win of the week. The Russians are joined on one win by the Dutch and France, leaving the Czech Republic as the only winless men's team.
In the women's A Group, three teams lead - Sweden, Russia and Scotland. Sweden, who beat Germany by 6-1 in their morning game tripped up later against Denmark 5-6. Russia had two wins on Monday - 9-3 over the Netherlands and then 7-5 over Germany. Scotland beat Latvia by 10-2 in just six ends before beating Finland by 9-6.
Norway beat Latvia by 10-1 in their second game on Monday after losing to Switzerland by 2-8, while Switzerland later added another win, defeating the Netherlands by 10-2 and perhaps these two defeats. These results mean that Norway and Switzerland are tied in fourth place, each with four wins.
Denmark's two wins - they beat Finland by 8-6 before beating Sweden - now gives them three wins overall, while defending champion Andrea Schöpp of Germany's two losses on Monday leave her on just two wins. Finland, Latvia and the Netherlands all suffered two losses on Monday, meaning that Finland and Latvia still have only one win each overall and the Dutch have yet to win a game.
In the B Group, Latvia and Italy top their pools in the men's group rankings and the Czech Republic leads the standings in the women's B Group event. http://www.ecc.curlit.com
RESULTS A GROUP
Round 4: Germany 3, Norway 7; Sweden 6, France 1; Scotland 7, Czech Republic 4; Switzerland 8, Russia 7; Netherlands 2, Denmark 8.
Round 5: Czech Republic 6, Sweden 9; Denmark 2, Germany 8; Netherlands 5, Russia 7; Norway 6, France 2; Switzerland 8, Scotland 6.
Standings after 5 rounds:
Czech Republic 0-5.
Round 5: Denmark 8, Finland 6; Switzerland 8, Norway 2; Russia 9, Netherlands 3; Scotland 10, Latvia 2; Sweden 6, Germany 1.
Round 6: Netherlands 2, Switzerland 10; Denmark 7, Sweden 4; Finland 6, Scotland 9; Russia 7, Germany 5; Latvia 1, Norway 10.
Standings after 6 rounds:
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Event results: http://www.ecc.curlit.com
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