Switzerland win the LGT World Women’s championship title

  • Switzerland win LGT world women’s championship © WCF / Richard Gray

A nerveless draw into the four-foot ring with the last stone of an extra end by fourth player Alina Paetz gave Switzerland an 8-7 win over Sweden in Sunday afternoon’s gold medal final of the LGT World Women’s Curling Championship 2019 in Silkeborg, Denmark, to make her team world champions.

This is a first world title for this Switzerland team – fourth player Alina Paetz, third and skip Silvana Tirinzoni, second player Esther Neuenschwander, and lead Melanie Barbezat, supported by alternate Marisa Winkelhausen and coach Manuela Netzer – and the fifth title for Switzerland since 2012.

For Olympic champions Sweden – skip Anna Hasselborg, third Sara McManus, second player Agnes Knochenhauer and lead Sofia Mabergs, supported by alternate Johanna Heldin and coach Wayne Middaugh – this was a second successive world silver medal.

The final began with Sweden’s skip Anna Hasselborg drawing into the four-foot ring in the first end to open the scoring with a single point. Not to be outdone, Switzerland’s fourth player Alina Paetz played an equally accurate draw in the second end to score one point and tie the score at 1-1.

Sweden’s Hasselborg then played a nose-hit in the third end for another single point that moved her team into a 2-1 lead.

In the fourth end of the final, Switzerland’s Paetz brought her last stone around guards to hit out a Swedish stone and stay within the house, to score two points for a 3-2 lead. Then, in the fifth end, Sweden’s skip Anna Hasselborg played a draw for two points to take her team into the half-time break with a 4-3 lead.

After the break, Switzerland drew level at 4-4 with a draw for one point in the sixth end. In the seventh end, Sweden’s Hasselborg once again had a straightforward draw-shot to score two points and move on to a 6-4 lead.

Sweden win the LGT World Women’s silver medals © WCF / Richard Gray
However, Switzerland responded immediately after this and in the eighth end their fourth player Paetz played a hit and stay on a Swedish stone to score two points and level the score again, at 6-6.

In the ninth end, Switzerland’s Paetz played a double take-out with her first stone and then, after Paetz had a good hit and stay with her second, Hasselborg elected to roll out with her hit with her last stone, to hold onto last stone advantage in the tenth end, giving Switzerland a single point steal and a 7-6 lead.

In the tenth end, Hasselborg’s last hit-and-roll could not get inside two Swiss stones, meaning that Sweden only scored one point, to tie the score at 7-7, and put the game into an extra end.

Switzerland’s Paetz survived a pick-up on her first stone of the extra end to eventually draw her second stone into the house to score the one point that gave her team an 8-7 win and the world title.

After her title win, Switzerland’s skip Silvana Tirinzoni said, “Amazing! It’s hard to believe, we’ve been up and down all week and this game was just the same. Even in the last end it was so open and then we had the pick-up and it was all on the line again.”

She added, “It’s all hard to describe, two minutes after the game I don’t even know what happened. It was horrible to play in actually. I felt horrible. You work all your life to be in a game like this but then when you’re in it, it doesn’t feel that great. But I’m so proud of the way my team battled, it’s amazing. We are a new team and we thought we would try it out and try for some success. Now we are world champions... unbelievable.”

After her loss, Anna Hasselborg said, “This was very disappointing, but Switzerland played great. We knew it would come down to the last rock, and it did. We had some chances in ten and we didn’t take them. We love being here, I love this atmosphere, and this is where we thrive. It was an amazing game, it was amazing to be out there, but it sucks losing.”
Rui Wang receives the 2019 Frances Brodie Award © WCF / Richard Gray
During the closing ceremony, it was announced that Rui Wang, fourth player for China, was the winner of the Frances Brodie Award, voted for by all the players to recognise the player they think best exemplified curling’s values and sportsmanship throughout the event.

Gold medal result: Sweden 7-8 Switzerland.

Final standings (win-loss)

G Switzerland 11-4
S Sweden 12-2
B Korea 10-4
Japan 7-8
Russia 9-4
China 7-6
United States 6-6
Canada 6-6
Germany 5-7
Scotland 4-8
Denmark 3-9
Finland 3-9
Latvia 1-11

#TopShotsLGT

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