First win for Estonia in Esbjerg

  • Kuellike Ustav and Triin Madisson sweeping on the ice Photo: WCF / Laura Godenzi

It may have been the second-last session of women's round-robin play on Wednesday (25 November) afternoon at the Le Gruyère European Curling Championships 2015 in the Granly Hockey Centre in Esbjerg, Denmark, but Estonia were delighted at finally recording their first win of the event – beating Hungary by 8-6.

In other results, both Russia and Scotland recorded wins to secure their semi-final places, as did hosts Denmark, despite losing to Finland by 7-6.

Estonia started their game against Hungary by scoring three in the first end, and never looked back. They scored a further two in the fourth end for a 5-2 lead on the way to their 8-6 win.

Joint table-toppers Russia faced Sweden in this session and, in the fifth end of the game, Sweden's Cecilia Oestlund hit-out a Russian stone with her own last stone to score four points from the end and move into a 6-3 lead.

In the tenth end Russia's skip Anna Sidorova hit-out a Swedish stone in the centre of the house to score the three points needed to level the game at 9-9 and force an extra end. In that extra end, Oestlund just missed a raised angle take-out, allowing Russia to steal three points and win the game by 12-9.

Hosts Denmark were up against Finland and in the sixth end of the game, Finnish skip Oona Kauste drew her final stone into the house to score two points and take a 5-2 lead. In the tenth end, with the score at 7-5, Denmark's skip Lene Nielsen could only score one point with her final draw to give Finland a 7-6 win that keeps their hopes of reaching the semi-finals alive.

Also in this session, Switzerland faced Scotland and in the ninth end of this game, Switzerland skip Alina Paetz hit-out a Scottish stone to reduce the Scots' lead to 7-5, which remained the final score as the game finished in the tenth end, when Switzerland ran out of stones.

In the fifth game of the session, Norway faced Germany and in the eighth end of the game, Germany's skip Daniela Driendl hit-out a Norwegian stone to score one point and take an 8-4 lead. The final score in this game was 9-4 for Germany.

They Said It:

Maile Moelder; skip, Estonia (after 8-6 win against Hungary):

"We have been waiting for this victory for eight games already now, and we haven't had some promising endings. The luck hasn't turned for us, so it was a perfect feeling today. From now on we will take the feeling from this game and we will keep going. Unfortunately, it will be our last round-robin game, so we'll just have to enjoy it."

B-Division Highlights:

Czech Republic held on to first place, and qualified for tomorrow’s (Thursday 26 November) semi-finals, in the women's B-Division with a 9-4 win over Slovakia. Latvia beat France by 9-1 and remain tied for second place with Italy, who did not play in this session. Turkey stole one point in the tenth end to beat the Netherlands 4-3, while Poland defeated Austria by 6-4, during Session 22.

WCTV Highlights: next live broadcast, on http://www.youtube.com/worldcurlingtv, today at 1600 (CET), Norway v Switzerland (Men's Session 8)

WOMEN'S RESULTS, Session 8:

Russia 12-9 Sweden; Germany 9-4 Norway; Estonia 8-6 Hungary; Switzerland 5-7 Scotland; Finland 7-6 Denmark.

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

Russia 7-1
Denmark 6-2
Scotland 6-2
Finland 5-3
Switzerland 4-4
Sweden 4-4
Germany 3-5
Norway 3-5
Estonia 1-7
Hungary 1-7