Finland women amongst the leading pack with third consecutive win

  • Vice-skip Milja Hellsten delivers for Finland Photo: WCF / Richard Gray

With hosts Denmark flying high and unbeaten so far, Finland and Norway faced each other as they both battled to move up from the bottom half of the table in Tuesday (24 November) morning's sixth session of women's round-robin play at the Granly Hockey Arena in the Le Gruyère European Curling Championships 2015 in Esbjerg, Denmark.

A tight game between the two came all the way down to the last stone when Finland's skip Oona Kauste hit out a Norwegian stone to score one point and seal an 8-6 win, and third consecutive victory.

Table-topping Denmark faced world champions Switzerland and in the fifth end, Swiss skip Alina Paetz scored two points with a hit, to level the score at 3-3. But, Denmark moved ahead again in the seventh end when their skip Lene Nielsen drew her final stone of the end into the house, for two points and a 5-3 lead, on the way to a 7-4 win that keeps her team clear at the top.

Scotland opened their game against Germany by scoring three points in the first end when their skip Eve Muirhead nudged her last stone gently into position. Germany's Daniela Driendl responded with a draw into a busy house in the fourth end to reduce the Scottish lead to 4-3, but Scotland then went on to win by 8-6.

Estonia were still looking for their first win when they faced Sweden, and in the eighth end, Sweden's skip Cecilia Oestlund played a well-judged tap-up to score one point for a 5-3 lead. Sweden then won by 8-4, leaving the Estonians still winless.

Russia are leading the chasing pack behind Denmark and they kept themselves in a clear second place on the table with a win that included a fifth end draw for three points by their skip Anna Sidorova that produced a 9-5 lead on the way to an 11-5 victory.

They Said It:

Anna Sidorova; skip, Russia (after 11-5 win over Hungary):

"We didn't play as well as we could yesterday night and we had to play better today. We struggled last night, not only with the game and with the performance but also with the stones. We started to blame everything – we started playing against ourselves. When you're playing curling, there are a couple of opponents – first of all it's yourself, then it's the ice and the stones. You have to beat the ice and yourself and we did today."

Oona Kauste; skip, Finland (after 8-6 win over Norway):

"We played very well for the first five ends and got to the break with a 6-1 lead – everything seemed to be going really well. However, after the break we started slipping and because of this Norway was able to close the gap to just one point. We started the last end with a 7-6 lead with hammer and for us this was the first game in these European Championships where the last stone decided the game.”


B-Division Highlights

Denmark beat Poland 10-2 in seven ends to stay unbeaten on top of the men's Group A standings in the B-Division. A back-and-forth 10-8 win against Hungary saw Wales record their second win so far. Lithuania stole a single point in the final end of their game to edge Belgium by 5-4 while Turkey defeated Slovenia by 8-1.

They Said It:

Rasmus Stjerne; skip Denmark (after 10-2 win over Poland):

"We took a four in the fifth end, it was the key point. This was the first time we didn't have hammer, so we had to adjust to that. We started aggressively, and we got some steals early on. We played a pretty good end in the fifth, scored four and put the game pretty much in our favour. We've been playing really well so far, trying to get into a rhythm. We keep focusing on one game at a time, trying to work our way to the play-offs."

WOMEN'S RESULTS, Session 6:

Norway 6-8 Finland; Denmark 7-4 Switzerland; Germany 6-8 Scotland; Estonia 4-8 Sweden; Hungary 5-11 Russia.

WOMEN'S STANDINGS after Session 6 (W - L):

Denmark 6-0
Russia 5-1
Finland 4-2
Scotland 4-2
Switzerland 3-3
Sweden 3-3
Germany 2-4
Norway 2-4
Hungary 1-5
Estonia 0-6