December 8, 2011
Jiri Snitil and his Czech Republic team emerged victorious from the men’s tie-break sessions at the Le Gruyère European Curling Championships 2011 in Moscow, and now face Denmark in the Page 3-4 Play-off, with a place in the semi-final up for grabs.
At the end of the men’s round-robin four nations were tied in fourth place - the Czech Republic, Germany, Scotland and Switzerland, dictating the need for two tie-breaker sessions to decide which of them would finally rank fourth.
In the first session, Scotland demolished Switzerland by 8-2 in just six ends – considering that it was Switzerland’s final round-robin win over Germany that kept Scotland and the others in the event, this seemed like an ironic lack of gratitude. In the other game, the Czechs beat Germany by 7-4.
In the second tie-breaker session, the Czech Republic opened with a score of three in the first end, and the Scots were chasing after that.
Eventually, Snitil won the game with a solid hit and stay with the last stone of the last end, by 7-5.
Afterwards, Snitil confirmed that his team had achieved their best-ever ranking at a European or World Championships. “This is our best performance at this level” he said, “it feels new, but it feels good. Except for the steal of two in the third we were in control. We played very well, but we got lucky a couple of times too”.
The Czechs now face Denmark in the men’s Page 3-4 play-off, with the winner going to the semi-final, while the loser plays in the bronze medal game. At the same time Sweden and defending champions Norway will play the 1-2 playoff game, with the winner going to the final and the loser playing in the semi-final.
In the women’s sole tie-breaker, Russia beat Germany by 6-5 and now face Scotland in the Page 3-4 play-off, while Germany rank fifth overall. The women’s 1-2 play-off is between unbeaten Sweden and Denmark.
Italy beat Switzerland by 6-4 in the first of two women’s tie-breakers between the three teams tied in sixth place.
Italy now enjoy a final ranking of sixth position and are confirmed in their ambition of qualifying for this season’s Women’s World Championship. Switzerland will now play the Czech Republic to decide who is placed 7th and 8th, with the 8th place finisher facing a challenge from the eventual winner of the B Group for the eighth and last available European slot at the 2012 Ford World Women’s Championship.
GROUP A MEN: Standings after Tie-breakers
1. Sweden 6-3
2. Norway 6-3
3. Denmark 6-3
4. Czech Republic 7-4
5. Scotland 6-5 (Qualified for WMCC 2012 and ECC 2012 A Group)
6. Switzerland 5-5 (Qualified for WMCC 2012 and ECC 2012 A Group)
7. Germany 5-5 (Qualified for WMCC 2012 and ECC 2012 A Group)
8. France 4-5 (Qualified for ECC 2012 A Group. Face Challenge for WMCC 2012 spot)
9. Latvia 2-7 (relegated to ECC 2012 B Group)
10. Italy 1-8 (relegated to ECC 2012 B Group)
GROUP A WOMEN: Standings after Tie-breakers
1. Sweden 9-0
2. Denmark 8-1
3. Scotland 7-2
4. Russia 6-4
5. Germany 5-5 (Qualified for WWCC 2012 and ECC 2012 A Group)
6. Italy 4-6 (Qualified for WWCC 2012 and ECC 2012 A Group)
7. Switzerland 3-7 (Tie-breaker to decide who faces Challenge for 2012 Worlds spot)
7. Czech Republic 3-6 (Tie-breaker to decide who faces Challenge for 2012 Worlds spot)
9. Latvia 1-8 (relegated to ECC 2012 B Group)
10. Norway 1-8 (relegated to ECC 2012 B Group)
Extensive televised coverage of the Le Gruyère European Curling Championships 2011 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. www.worldcurling.org/ecc2011-tv-and-web-coverage
Highlights of televised games can be seen here: www.youtube.com/user/WorldCurlingTV
All results will be mirrored on the World Curling Federation (WCF) results database: http://results.worldcurling.org/default.aspx
Information about the event can be viewed here www.ecc2011.curlingrussia.com