Monday 21 November 2016
All games at championship level are important, but some match-ups are more vital than others.
Certainly Sweden’s skip Anna Hasselborg had that in mind when she came onto the ice for the fourth women’s round robin session on Monday (21 November) afternoon to face Germany, with both sharing the same won two, lost two record as they started.
She said, “it’s a huge difference to go 3-1, or the opposite, so this would be a good game to win.”
In what did turn out to be a tight game, Hasselborg played a hit for two points in the sixth end to take a 4-2 lead. Another hit by Hasselborg in the tenth end, this time to score one point, gave her team a 5-4 win.
In this session, table-topping Scotland faced Finland and in the fourth end, after giving up a three in the third end, their skip Eve Muirhead drew her last stone into the house to score four and take a 5-3 lead. Another draw by Muirhead, this time in the sixth end, to score three points, took her team to a 9-4 lead on the way to a 10-4 win that keeps the Scots’ 100% record at the top of the table.
Russia played Czech Republic and found themselves down 2-4 in the seventh end, but their skip Victoria Moiseeva tapped out a Czech stone with her last to score two points and level the game at 4-4. However, later, in the tenth end Czech skip Anna Kubeskova played a double take-out to score one point and win the game by 6-5.
In the game between world champions Switzerland and Italy, Swiss skip Binia Feltscher hit out an Italian stone in the ninth end to score four points and win the game by 8-4.
Norway were up against Denmark in this session. During the game, Denmark’s regular skip Lene Nielsen came off because of injury and replacement skip Madeleine Dupont scored three in the eighth end, hitting out a Norwegian stone, to take a 9-5 lead. Denmark went on to win by 9-7.
The Monday evening live broadcast on World Curling TV and national broadcasters (geo-blocking may apply) will be Scotland v Switzerland men, in the fifth session of round robin play. The game begins at 16.00 (Greenwich Mean Time).
They Said It:
Anna Hasselborg; skip, Sweden (after 5-4 win over Germany): “We’re really thrilled to pull that win out because we struggled a bit and then we came back strong and made the shots we had to do to win. This is a huge break to go 3-1 [win/loss record], there was a little pressure and this was a good game to win. The two in the sixth end swung it and we’re really good under pressure – I hope – we made the last shot as a team so that was good.”
Madeleine Dupont; acting skip, Denmark, replacing regular skip Lene Nielsen who came off injured (after 9-7 win over Norway): “All I was thinking was please don’t mess this up when we were doing so well because Lene will be watching. It was really good when she was playing so if we messed up without her I would have felt terrible, so I’m glad we pulled it off.”
Results women's session four: Czech Republic 6-5 Russia; Sweden 5-4 Germany; Switzerland 8-4 Italy; Norway 7-9 Denmark; Finland 4-10 Scotland
Standings after women’s session four (W-L):
Czech Republic 3-1