Scotland see-off Hungary while Norway upset Russia and Denmark win five from five

  • Skip Eve Muirhead for Scotland Photo: WCF / Richard Gray

Hosts Denmark kept their winning streak going into Monday (23 November) afternoon's fifth session of women's round-robin play at the Le Gruyère European Curling Championships 2015, in the Granly Hockey Arena, Esbjerg, Denmark, but the chasing pack, including Russia and Scotland stays hard on their heels.

In this session, table-topping Denmark were facing Sweden, and their skip Lene Nielsen opened her account with a raise take-out for two points in the fourth end. After this, the Danes went on to win by 8-1, maintaining their unbeaten record to sit at the top of the rankings.

Before this session, Russia shared the lead with Denmark, but they went into the half-time break in their game with Norway down by 2-7. When they came back onto the ice for the sixth end, Russia's skip Anna Sidorova hit out a Norwegian stone with her own last stone to score two points and reduce Norway's lead to 7-4. But, this was not enough as, in the ninth end, Norway's skip Kristin Skaslien played an angle-raise-take-out to score one point and take a 9-6 lead, on her way to a 9-7 victory.

Scotland took the lead in their game against Hungary in the third end and then went on to seal their 9-3 win in the eighth end when skip Eve Muirhead drew her last stone of the end into the house to score two points.

Meanwhile, Switzerland were facing Estonia and took the initiative early when their skip Alina Paetz drew her last stone of the third end into a busy house to score four points for a 6-2 lead. In the seventh end, Paetz tapped up one of her own stones to score another point and take a 9-4 lead. The Swiss then went on to win by 10-5.

Germany faced Finland in the fifth game of the session and, despite a nice draw-short by their skip Daniela Driendl to score two points in the third end and reduce the Finns' lead to 3-2, the Germans were always behind and eventually lost by 5-12.

They Said It:

Lene Nielsen; skip, Denmark (after 8-1 win over Sweden);

"We've got a good feel for the ice and it's great to play at home. We got a good couple of steals early on and got to control the game from then on."

Eve Muirhead; skip, Scotland (after 9-3 win over Hungary);

"We're definitely back on track. We need to get away from this inconsistency of good games then bad games. But, we've had more good games and we're sitting on three and two so we're right in the mix. I'm pleased with that.”

Kristin Skaslien; skip, Norway (after 9-7 win over Russia);

"We had a couple of misses, maybe the nerves got us. I had a stupid jam on my first shot [in the last end] but a good roll on my second. It would've been hard to play an extra end, but we made it. It means a lot to see family in the stands, it means everything actually. To hear 'Norway' cheered, it means a lot."

Oona Kauste; skip, Finland (after 12-5 win over Germany);

“This was a really important game for us and the win feels great, naturally. We had a really strong start to the game and got a good lead in the first half. In the second half we managed to score two big ends which basically decided the game for us.”

B-Division Highlights:

After defeating England 10-6, Latvia are now tied for first place in the women's B-division with the Czech Republic and Italy. Poland beat Turkey, who had been the last unbeaten team in the division, by 6-4. 

The Netherlands' time clock ran out in an extra end in their game against the Czech Republic, forcing them to concede. Italy defeated Austria by 9-2.

WOMEN'S RESULTS, Session 5:

Sweden 1-8 Denmark; Norway 9-7 Russia; Switzerland 10-5 Estonia; Scotland 9-3 Hungary; Germany 5-12 Finland.

WOMEN'S STANDINGS after Session 5 (W - L):

Denmark 5-0
Russia 4-1
Finland 3-2
Scotland 3-2
Switzerland 3-2
Germany 2-3
Norway 2-3
Sweden 2-3
Hungary 1-4
Estonia 0-5