First win at 2015 European's for Norway women

  • Norway women pick up their first win at ECC 2015 Photo WCF / Richard Gray

Denmark and Russia both kept their unbeaten records intact, with four wins each, but both were made to work hard for their wins in Sunday evening's fourth session of women's round-robin play at the Le Gruyere European Curling Championships in the Granly Hockey Arena, Esbjerg, Denmark. In the same session, Norway recorded their first win, by 9-6 over Estonia.

Hungary were the opponents for hosts Denmark and gave them a real run for their money. In the seventh end, their skip Dorottya Palancsa scored two points with a draw-shot to reduce the Danish lead to 5-4. However in the tenth end Danish skip Lene Nielsen drew her last stone into the house to score the two points that gave her a 7-5 win.

Like Denmark, Russia were unbeaten as they came onto the ice to face Scotland and, in the fourth end of the game, Scottish skip Eve Muirhead had a nose-hit to score two points and level the game at 3-3.

In the ninth end, with the score at 6-5 in her favour, Russia's Anna Sidorova had to settle for just one point instead of the two she was looking for when her draw shot just failed. However, Russia went on to win by 7-6 when the Scots could only score one point in the tenth end, instead of the two needed to tie up the game.

Neither Norway or Estonia had managed a win when they met in this session and it was the Norwegians who emerged on top, winning by 9-6, thanks largely to scores of three points in both the second and tenth ends.

Germany faced Sweden and in the sixth end of this game, Sweden's skip Cecilia Oestlund drew her last stone into the house to score one point and reduce the German lead to 4-3.

Later, in the eighth end, German skip Daniela Driendl attempted to score three points with a split on a front stone. She was only able to score two, but this still gave Germany a 6-3 lead on the way to a 7-4 victory, Germany's second win so far.

In the fifth game of the session, Finland were up against world champions Switzerland. Despite Swiss skip Alina Paetz taking a 3-2 lead with a draw for one point in the sixth end, Finland emerged as 8-3 winners, thanks to a strong second half performance that saw them score two points in each of the seventh, eighth, and ninth ends.

They Said It:

Daniela Driendl; skip, Germany (after 7-4 win over Sweden):

"It felt good. We were just happy we could play well today and sneak out a win. We felt confident during the game – our morning game wasn't that good – so we're happy. We had difficult shots and we made them. We want to keep that tomorrow."

Kristin Skaslien; skip, Norway (after 9-6 win over Estonia):

"We could have made it less exciting, but it's always fun when you win on your last rock. Before the break I played quite well, but after the break the Estonians picked up. It felt good to win in the end."

"B" Division Highlights:

In the women’s "B" division, previously unbeaten Latvia fell 7-4 to Italy. Turkey, who didn't play on Sunday, are now the only remaining undefeated "B" Division women’s team.

In men’s "B" Divisions, Denmark remain in first place in Group A after a 6-4 victory over Hungary. Austria and Israel both recorded wins to tie the top spot in Group B.

WOMEN'S RESULTS, Session 4:

Estonia 6-9 Norway; Sweden 4-7 Germany; Hungary 5-7 Denmark; Finland 8-3 Switzerland; Russia 7-6 Scotland.

WOMEN'S STANDINGS after Session 4 (W - L):

Denmark 4-0
Russia 4-0
Finland 2-2
Germany 2-2
Scotland 2-2
Switzerland 2-2
Sweden 2-2
Hungary 1-3
Norway 1-3
Estonia 0-4