Defending champion nation and Sweden into women’s European finals

  • Russian sweepers in action during the semi-finals Photo: © WCF / Jeffrey Au

Russia, the defending champion nation, and Sweden will compete in the Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championships 2016 women’s final on Saturday (26 November) morning (10.00, Greenwich Mean Time).

This game will be live on World Curling TV (geo-blocking may apply) and national broadcasters.

Victoria Moiseeva’s Russian team beat previously undefeated Scotland by 11-6 in Friday (25 November) afternoon’s women’s semi- finals, giving them the chance to defend the title won by a different Russian team last year.

In the other semi-final, Sweden defeated a Czech Republic team making their nation’s first appearance in the European knock-out stages, by 9-2, to contest for gold with Russia on Saturday morning.

In their game against the Scots, the Russians opened with an early lead and, in the third end, their skip Victoria Moiseeva hit out a Scottish stone to score three points from the end and take a 5-2 lead.

The Scots responded in the fourth end when their skip Eve Muirhead drew her last stone onto the button to count two points and reduce Russia’s lead to 5-4.

In the sixth end, Moiseeva had another hit for three points, this time extending her lead to 8-4. She repeated this in the eighth end – another hit, another three points, this time to lead 11-6 and force the Scots to concede.

Sweden faced Czech Republic in the other semi-final, and after blanking the first two ends, Sweden’s skip Anna Hasselborg hit out a Czech stone in the third end to score four points and open the scoring.

In the fifth end, the Czechs responded when their skip Anna Kubeskova drew her second stone into the house for one point, reducing the Czech lead to 4-1. The game came down to the eighth end, when Hasselborg hit out a Czech stone again, this time to score two and win with the score at 9-2.

Russia and Sweden now face each other on Saturday morning to play for gold, while the Czech Republic and Scotland will play for bronze medals on Friday evening (19.00, GMT).

The next live TV game is on Friday evening at 19.00 (GMT). It will be the men’s bronze medal games between Russia and Switzerland. For live broadcast information from these championships visit, www.worldcurling.org/broadcast and www.youtube.com/WorldCurlingTV

They said it:

Victoria Moiseeva; skip, Russia (after 11-6 semi-final win over Scotland): "We played them [Scotland] yesterday, that really helped. So, we understood how they are going to play against us. We tried to play our game — to get them to play our game – and I think that worked. Last game wasn't that good against Sweden. But we really feel that we can win. We really want to go and play a good game against them to show them that we can."

Anna Hasselborg; skip, Sweden (after 9-2 semi-final win over Czech Republic): “It feels amazing, I am tremendously proud of my girls and how we have played all week. Since we had hammer, we wanted to take a deuce, but we came out taking taking a four [in the third end] and we didn’t say no to that.”


Results women's semi-finals: Russia 11-6 Scotland; Sweden 9-2 Czech Republic


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