Russia defend women’s title at Le Gruyère European AOP Curling Championships 2016

  • Russia with the European trophy Photo: © WCF / Richard Gray

Russia women have won the gold medals at the Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championships 2016, at the intu Braehead Arena, in Renfrewshire, Scotland, on Saturday morning (26 November).

This makes Russia the first Member Association to successfully defend a women’s European title, since Sweden did so in 2005.

Sweden [pictured below | Photo: © WCF /Richard Gray] skipped by Anna Hasselborg collect silver medals and after beating Czech Republic 6-2 on Friday (25 November) evening, Eve Muirhead and her team win bronze.

The gold medal final was a dramatic game that came down to the very last stone, in the very last end.

In that intense last end, Sweden’s skip Hasselborg wrecked her last-stone draw attempt to give Russia – skipped by Victoria Moiseeva and made up of third Uliana Vasileva, second Galina Arsenkina, lead Julia Guzieva and alternate Julia Portunova – a two-point steal for a 6-4 win and the gold medals.

In the first end, Hasselborg played a cross-house tap-out on two Russian stones to score two points and take an advantage that she just failed to maintain all the way.

The game was tight throughout and in the eighth end, Hasselborg drew her last stone into the house to score one point and move onto a 4-3 lead. In the ninth end, Russia’s skip Moiseeva tapped out a Swedish stone to score the one point that levelled the game at 4-4, then, with the last stone of the tenth end, Sweden’s Hasselborg played a draw, only to wreck on a front guard and hand Russia a steal of two points for a 6-4 win and the European title.

With Anna Sidorova’s Russia team winning the title in Esbjerg, Denmark in 2015 this win by Russia is the first time since 2005 that a nation has retained the women’s crown. Sweden, successfully defended the title from 2000 to 2005.

On Saturday afternoon (15.00, Greenwich Mean Time) the men’s final between Sweden and Norway will be broadcast on World Curling TV (geo-blocking may apply) and national broadcasters.

B-Division highlights

In the B-Division, Slovenia lost to France with a score of 3-6 and will now move down to the C-Division for 2017. Italy won against Hungary 8-6 in the second women's world challenge game, securing their spot at the 2017 World Women’s Curling Championship 2017 in Beijing, China (18-26 March). The Austrian men lost to Netherlands 9-2, tying their best-of-three world challenge series, 1-1, which will be determined with a third game.


They said it:

Victoria Moiseeva; skip, Russia (after 6-4 gold medal win over Sweden): “We don’t quite understand how this has happened to us! Of course, we were hoping for that and now it’s happened, it just feels great. I thought she [Anna Hasselborg, Sweden skip] was going to make it [her last stone draw] and we had done what we could so she wouldn’t make it. I didn’t think it would be that way, but it happened!

“It’s so great to win the gold at our first European Championship. We qualified from fourth place and now we’re here – it’s great. My team were so good and they were supporting me so good. We were such a team, it was great.”

Anna Hasselborg; skip, Sweden (after winning the sliver medals): “I still can’t believe that we actually lost. I had played the exact same shot earlier and we had the same ice – I have no idea how that last rock ran. I have no words! It was there all along and the curl didn’t come – I have no idea why. I’m so proud of the team and how we’ve played all week. We really hoped to win that last one. I’m proud of my team but sad about the silver medal.”

Federica Apollonio; skip, Italy (after winning World Challenge Games against Hungary): “"I am very happy. I am very emotional and I don't know what to say, I don't have a word to explain my emotions. We have a little more experience in playing on this high level, and we are mentally strong to play tough games.”


Result women’s gold medal final: Russia 6-4 Sweden

Results World Challenge Series (second games): Hungary 6-8 Italy (women); Netherlands 9-2 Austria (men)


Standings after women’s finals (W-L):

G Russia
S Sweden
B Scotland
Czech Republic
Denmark
Switzerland
Germany
Italy
Norway (relegated to B-Division)
Finland (relegated to B-Division)
Hungary (promoted to A-Division)
Turkey (promoted to A-Division)


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