December 8, 2010
Scotland, Russia, Switzerland and Sweden are through to the playoff stage of the women's event at this year's Le Gruyère European Curling Championships.
Scotland's Eve Muirhead qualified in first place from the round-robin with two six-ends wins on Wednesday. In the morning session, the Scots beat Russia's Liudmila Privivkova by 9-1, before going onto beat the Netherlands, by 8-3.
The Scots will now play Russia in the Page 1v2 Play-off on Thursday night, after the Russians came back on Wednesday evening to beat Norway's Linn Githmark by 7-5. At the same time, thanks to a score of three in the tenth end, Switzerland's Mirjam Ott beat Sweden's Stina Viktorsson by 8-6 to complete her round-robin programme with the same won seven lost two record as the Russians. However, Russia earlier beat Switzerland in their head-to-head match so Switzerland will now play against Sweden again, in the Page 3v4 Play-off.
Denmark's Lene Nielsen followed up a morning 8-5 win over the Netherlands with a 4-3 victory over Latvia's Evita Regza to share a won five, lost four record with Norway, while defending champion Andreas Schöpp from Germany beat Finland by 8-7 in her evening game, after a 7-5 win over Latvia in the morning, to finish seventh overall, on four wins.
Eighth-placed Latvia, on three wins, will now be challenged by whoever emerges as the women's B Group winners for a place in this season's Capital One World Women's Championship in Denmark. Ninth-placed Finland join tenth-placed Netherlands in relegation to next year's B Group.
In the men's A Group there is still a lot to play for. Switzerland's Christof Schwaller beat birthday boy Andy Kapp of Germany by 6-4 in the men's eighth round-robin session. This result means that the Swiss will rank first overall no matter what happens in the men's final round-robin session on Thursday morning.
The other play-off contenders are Germany and Norway's Thomas Ulsrud, who beat the Netherlands by 8-2 in just six ends, thanks largely to a score of four in the fourth.
Three other teams - Denmark, Sweden and Scotland - are still in with chances to make up the final four, with results in the concluding round-robin session deciding which will proceed, or whether tie-breakers will be required. Basically, if Switzerland beat Denmark, and Scotland beat Sweden then those three teams will have to play tie-breakers.
This situation comes about because Scotland's Hammy McMillan lost by 4-5 to France's Thomas Dufour, and defending champion Niklas Edin of Sweden beat Denmark's Rasmus Stjerene by 7-4.
Meanwhile Jiri Snitil of the Czech Republic beat Russia by 5-4 for his second win of the week. With three wins, France are one place higher in the rankings than the eighth-placed Czechs, while the Netherlands and Russia remain on just one win each.
In the women's B Group competition the Czech Republic meets Hungary in the 1v2 playoff and Austria plays Italy in the 3v4 game scheduled for Thursday night. In the men's event, Latvia plays Italy in the 1v2 and Ireland meets Slovakia in the 3v4 game. www.ecc.curlit.com
RESULTS A GROUP
Round 8: France 5, Scotland 4 (extra end); Netherlands 2, Norway 8; Switzerland 6, Germany 4; Russia 4, Czech Republic 5 (extra end); Denmark 4, Sweden 7.
Standings after 8 rounds:
Switzerland 7-1 (Qualified for playoffs)
Czech Republic 2-6
Round 8: Latvia 5, Germany 7; Russia 1, Scotland 9; Sweden 10, Norway 6; Netherlands 5, Denmark 8; Switzerland 8, Finland 5.
Round 9: Russia 7, Norway 5; Germany 8, Finland 7; Denmark 4, Latvia 3; Switzerland 8, Sweden 6; Netherlands 3, Scotland 8.
Standings after 9 rounds:
Scotland 8-1 (Qualified for playoffs)
Russia 7-2 (Qualified for playoffs)
Switzerland 7-2 (Qualified for playoffs)
Sweden 6-3 (Qualified for 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.
Women's Page Play-off Line-up -Thursday 9th December - 20:00 CET:
1 v 2 - Scotland v Russia (winner to final, loser to semi-final);
3 v 4 - Switzerland v Sweden (winner to semi-final, loser to bronze medal play-off)
Extensive televised coverage of the Le Gruyère European Curling Championships can be seen by viewers in Europe on Eurosport. Additional live and on demand coverage will be available via the internet on the Eurosport Player. Swiss Television RTS and SF will also air live coverage of Swiss games. For more details of the TV and Web TV coverage schedule visit http://www.worldcurling.org/tv-and-web-tv-coverage-from-the-le-gruyere-european-curling-championships-2010
Event website: http://www.ecc2010.ch
Event results: http://www.ecc.curlit.com
All results will be mirrored on the World Curling Federation (WCF) results database: http://results.worldcurling.org/default.aspx