Close and valuable wins for Italy, Austria & Scotland men

  • Italy's Joel Retornaz delivers a stone Photo: © WCF / Richard Gray

Italy, Austria and Scotland all recorded their first wins at the Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championships 2016 during the second session of men’s round robin play on Saturday (19 November) evening and all with the same scoreline, 8-7.

There were also wins for defending champions Sweden and 2015 silver medallists Switzerland in Braehead, Scotland.

Italy beat Germany, while Austria won against Finland, both in ten ends. The host nation though were taken to an extra end by Norway before winning their game 8-7.

Sweden beat Denmark 7-1 and Switzerland won against Russia 6-3.

In the eighth end against Germany, Italy skipped by Joel Retornaz, managed to steal a point from their opponents, by burying and freezing their last stone onto the German shot stone at the back of the four foot, which gave them a lead of 6-4. Despite, Germany bouncing back in the next end and scoring three points to move ahead, 7-6, Retornaz and his team scored two points in the final end to finish the game 8-7, in Italy’s favour.

Similarly, a steal of one in the third end helped Austria to their victory over Finland. Skip Sebastian Wunderer and his team then followed this up with a score of three in the eighth end and two in tenth end to clinch the win from Finland, 8-7.

Lastly, Scotland went all the way to an eleventh and extra end in their game against Norway, looking to make amends for their earlier defeat to Sweden. The Scots, skipped by Tom Brewster, looked to gather some confidence when Brewster played a precision draw round the Norwegian guard, in the sixth end, to score two points and go 6-3 ahead. Norway clawed back with scores of two points in the seventh end and one point in the tenth, which brought things level at 7-7. With his last stone in the extra end, Brewster simply needed to play a nose hit to score one point and take the win, which he did, 8-7

Play will continue on Sunday (20 November) morning, where the live game, on World Curling TV and national broadcasters (geo-blocking may apply), will be Scotland v Sweden, in the women’s second session of play.


They said it

Joel Retornaz; skip, Italy (after 8-7 win over Germany): “The German team scored three in the first end so it was tough but then we had a strong reaction. The team played pretty good and as I said, it's about the end. You have to be ready to play games until the end, and we did! We fought and we stayed tuned and concentrated in the game and we managed to win the game. Ice conditions are good. Mark Callan and his crew are doing a great job out there.”

Sebastian Wunderer; skip, Austria (after 8-7 win over Finland): “I was so nervous, my knees were shaking so bad at the last shot. I think it was the eighth end when, Aku [Kauste, Finland skip] missed his last shot. He tried to do a double takeout and he ended up giving us three, so that was the key to winning it. We just kept on fighting and we used the chances that we got.”

Tom Brewster; skip, Scotland (after 8-7 win over Norway): That was an Important win, they’re a great team. I was frustrated when we gave away a three in the fourth end but we stuck in there. We’re a good team and I think we’re in good shape now.”


Results men's session two: Norway 7-8 Scotland; Sweden 7-1 Denmark; Italy 8-7 Germany; Russia 3-6 Switzerland; Finland 7-8 Austria


Standings after men’s session two (W-L):

Switzerland 2-0
Sweden 2-0
Austria 1-1
Denmark 1-1
Italy 1-1
Norway 1-1
Russia 1-1
Scotland 1-1
Finland 0-2
Germany 0-2


B-Division highlights

Both the English men and women won B-Division games on Saturday, making theirs the only country to win across the division. "We felt very confident coming in, we got off to a good start," said England women's skip Hetty Garnier after their 12-4 victory over Slovakia.

Belarus women, winners of the European Curling Championships C-Division earlier this year, will play on Sunday (20 November) afternoon to see if they can repeat their success in the B-Division.

Follow all the actions from the B-Division here, www.worldcurling.org/ecc2016/b-div-livescores


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