Belarus women and France men victorious at European Curling Championships C-Division 2019
Belarus women and France men have won the European Curling Championship C-Division 2019 in Brasov, Romania and secured their places in the Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championships B-Division 2019 being held in Helsingborg, Sweden from 15-23 November.
Slovakia women and Bulgaria men also qualified for the B-Division after winning the silver medals.
In the gold medal game, Belarus women, skipped by Alina Pavlyuchik, third Susanna Ivashyna, second Aryna Sviarzhynskaya and lead Marharyta Dziashuk fought back from a 5-0 deficit after four ends by scoring three points in the fifth end against Slovakia.
Belarus went on to steal one point in the sixth end to narrow the gap, 5-4, and then scored two points in the ninth end to level the game 6-6 heading into the final end.
In the tenth end, Belarus stole two points to win the gold medals by a final score of 8-6 and secured their place in the B-Division of the European Curling Championships.
In the men’s gold medal game, undefeated France faced Bulgaria.
France, who are skip Quentin Morard, third Eddy Mercier, second Roger Gulka and lead Leo Tuaz opened the scoring in the second end with four points.
With a stolen point in the fifth end, France maintained control at the fifth end break 6-0. Bulgaria responded with two points in both the sixth and eighth ends to tighten up the game at 7-4.
France scored a single point in the ninth end and went on to claim the gold medals and a trip to Sweden for the Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championships 2019 B-Division with a final score of 8-4.
In the silver medal games, Slovakia women beat Austria 8-4 and Bulgaria men beat Slovenia 7-6 in an extra end to secure their spots in the B-Division in Sweden as well.
Full results from these championships can be found at www.worldcurling.org/ecc2019
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