Denmark and Russia win second games in Esbjerg

  • Photo: WCF / Richard Gray

After two sessions of women's round-robin play, hosts Denmark and Russia share the lead with unbeaten records in the Le Gruyère European Curling Championships 2015 being staged in the Granly Hockey Arena, Esbjerg.

In Saturday (21 November) afternoon's play, Denmark faced Germany and had to wait all the way to the eighth end to make a breakthrough, when they scored three points for a 5-3 lead.

In the ninth end, Germany's skip Daniela Driendl was long with her final draw and this gave Denmark a single-point steal and a 6-3 lead, and ultimately the victory after a solid hit, in the tenth end, by Danish skip Lene Nielsen who ran Germany out of stones and gave her team their second win.

Russia faced Estonia in this session and despite scoring two points in each of the second and fifth ends for a 4-2 half-time lead, they never found a way to break away from their opponents. It was only in the tenth end when Estonia's skip Maile Molder could not find a way through with her last stone, as she tried to force an extra end but ended up giving Russia a steal of two points instead, that the Russians could finally claim a win, at 8-5.

World champions Switzerland had gone on to the ice looking for their first win so far as they faced Norway. They established an early advantage with a single-point steal in the second end for a 2-0 lead but Norway fought back, producing a single-point steal of their own in the seventh end to tie the game at 3-3. However, the Swiss scored two in the eighth end and had another single steal in the ninth for their 6-3 win.

Finland faced Hungary in this session and this game hinged on two big ends for the Finns, as they scored four points in the fourth end for a 5-3 lead and then had a steal of five points in the eighth end to lead by 12-6. Hungary got one-point back in the ninth but conceded defeat to Finland, with the score at 12-7.

In the fifth game of this session, Scotland's Eve Muirhead had an 11-3 win over Sweden. The Scots set the tone for this game with a score of four in the second end and followed that up with a steal of two more points in the third. They had an 8-3 lead at halfway and when Sweden gave up steals in the next two ends, they conceded the game, with the score at 11-3.

They Said It:

Anna Sidorova; skip, Russia (after an 8-5 win over Estonia):

"The game didn't go the way we wanted. Usually we are a couple of levels up from Estonia but we struggled a bit because of a change in the line-up. We have a new player [Alternate, Alina Kovaleva] and we wanted to give her a chance to play at the Championships because it’s the first time for her. But, even with a small change, the whole system works in a different way, so we struggled a bit."

Oona Kauste; skip, Finland (after a 12-7 win over Hungary):

"It was quite a hard game in the first eight ends, but then we stole five, and that changed the game. We're trying to be in the top seven in the tournament to get to the World Championships – that's the goal. We trust ourselves well, so even if we have a hard situation, we always believe that we can change it."

Eve Muirhead; skip, Scotland (after 11-3 win over Sweden):

"I'm really pleased with that - it was a really solid performance. Basically, we gave them no chances and as a team we played great, and that was what we had to do after last night."

WOMEN'S RESULTS, Session 2:

Denmark 6-3 Germany; Russia 8-5 Estonia; Norway 3-6 Switzerland; Hungary 7-12 Finland; Scotland 11-3 Sweden

WOMEN'S STANDINGS after Session 2 (W - L):

WOMEN

Denmark 2-0
Russia 2-0
Finland 1-1
Germany 1-1
Hungary 1-1
Scotland 1-1
Switzerland 1-1
Sweden 1-1
Estonia 0-2
Norway 0-2