Men's round-robin set for a dramatic finale

  • Scotland skip Kyle Smith concentrates as he delivers his stone Photo: WCF / Richard Gray

As Norway continued their unbeaten run at the top of the rankings in Wednesday (25 November) afternoon's second-last men's round-robin session at the Le Gruyère European Curling Championships 2015 in the Granly Hockey Arena in Esbjerg, Denmark, six other teams are still fighting to join them in the semi-finals.

Norway faced Switzerland, and in the ninth end of the game, the Swiss fourth player Benoit Schwarz drew to score one point in the ninth end to tie the score at 5-5. In a tense tenth end, Norway's skip Thomas Ulsrud kept his nerve to draw his final stone into the house to score one point and take a 6-5 victory that preserved his team's unbeaten record.

Meanwhile, Scotland faced Russia, with both teams still fighting for a semi-final slot. In a decisive eighth end Scotland's skip Kyle Smith hit out a Russian stone to score three points and take a 7-5 lead. The Scots went on to win by 8-6.

World champions Sweden faced the Netherlands and opened the scoring in the first end when their skip Niklas Edin hit out a Dutch stone to score two points. The final result in this game was a 7-1 win for Sweden, in just six ends, and this keeps their semi-final hopes alive.

The Czech Republic played Finland and in the seventh end Finland's Aku Kauste hit for two to build his lead to 10-3. After this Finland eventually won by 10-4 to become another candidate for a semi-final slot.

In the fifth game of the session, Italy played Germany and in the fourth end Germany's skip Alexander Baumann drew his last stone into the house to get onto the scoreboard with one point that reduced Italy's lead to 5-1. In the sixth end, Italy's fourth player Amos Mosaner also played a draw-shot that produced the four points that ended the game, with Italy ahead by 9-1. Despite this loss, Germany remain in contention for a semi-final place.

They Said It:

Niklas Edin; skip, Sweden (after 7-1 win against Netherlands):

"This morning we were not really on the ice, we were still in bed. We had a good talk before this game, we really need to step up. Our communication on the ice was really good, so if we can keep this up it looks promising, but we still have to win tomorrow to make the semi-finals."

Pauli Jaamies; second, Finland (after 10-4 win against Czech Republic):

“We were in trouble in the first end, but dominated the game after that. The Czech team had a difficult day - we got a steal of four in the fourth end when their draw with the hammer was short. That basically decided the game.”

B-Division Highlights

Denmark finished out the men's B-Division Group A round-robin with a perfect 7-0 record, beating Slovenia 10-3 in just seven ends. As the first-place team in Group A, the Danes receive a bye to the semi-finals [Friday 27 November, 09.00 (CET)]. Meanwhile, Hungary picked up a 7-4 win against Belgium, and Lithuania secured their place in the cross-section play-offs with a 5-2 victory over Wales.

A third-place tie-breaker tomorrow [Thursday 26 November, 16.00 (CET)] between Slovenia and Turkey, who beat Poland 2-6 this afternoon.

WCTV Highlights: next live broadcast, on http://www.youtube.com/worldcurlingtv, today at
2000 (CET), Denmark v Russia (Women's Session 9)

MEN'S RESULTS, Session 8:

Scotland 8-6 Russia; Sweden 7-1 Netherlands; Czech Republic 4-10; Norway 6-5 Switzerland; Italy 9-1 Germany.

MEN'S STANDINGS after Session 8 (W - L):

Norway 8-0
Sweden 5-3
Finland 4-4
Germany 4-4
Russia 4-4
Scotland 4-4
Switzerland 4-4
Italy 3-5
Czech Republic 2-6
Netherlands 2-6