Italy women and Czech Republic men win European B-Division gold

Italy © WCF / Céline Stucki

In Saturday afternoon’s European B-Division finals, Italy women and Czech Republic men won the gold medals.

Women’s medals for Italy, Turkey and Hungary

Italy – skipped by Veronica Zappone, with third Stefania Constantini, second Angela Romei, lead Giulia Lacedelli and alternate, Elena Dami – defeated Turkey, 5-2, in the women’s final to secure the gold medals.

Italy took a 4-1 lead into the fifth end break, then stole a single point in the sixth end to increase their lead to 5-1.

Turkey © WCF / Céline Stucki

Turkey – skipped by Dilsat Yildiz, with third Oznur Polat, second Semiha Konuksever, lead Mhiriban Polat and supported by alternate, Ozlem Polat – scored a single point in the seventh end. After two blanked ends by Italy, Turkey were run out of stones with the score, 5-2 to Italy.

This result saw Turkey take home the B-Division silver medals.

In the women’s bronze medal game being played at the same time, Hungary – skipped by Dorottya Palancsa, with third Henrietta Miklai, second Nikolett Sandor, lead Dorottya Micheller and alternate Villoe Hamvas – defeated England, 9-2. A steal of four points in the ninth end, by Hungary, brought the game to a close.

Men’s medals for Italy, Finland and Poland

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In the men’s final, Czech Republic – skipped by Lukas Klima, with third Marek Cernovsky, second Jiri Candra, lead Samuel Mokris and alternate Radek Bohac – defeated Finland, 9-7 to win the gold medals.

Finland – skipped by Jermu Poellaenen, with fourth Jere Sullanmaa, third Jason Moore, second Iikko Saentti and alternate Melker Lundberg – scored three points in the fifth end to level the game at 4-4 going into the fifth end break. However, Czech Republic responded with three points of their own in the sixth end to take a lead they would not give up.

After this result, Finland take home the silver medals.

In the men’s bronze medal game taking place at the same time, Poland – skipped by Borys Jasiecki, backed by third Konrad Stych, second Krzyztof Domin, lead Bartosz Lobaza and supported by alternate Kasper Knebloch – defeated Turkey, 10-5 to finish in third place.

Poland © WCF / Céline Stucki

Due to Finland hosting the World Qualification Event 2020, in Lohja from 13-18 January the place their finish would earn has been passed to the third placed finisher. Poland’s bronze medal win now also gives them a place in the world qualification event with spots in the LGT World Men’s Curling Championship 2020 being held in Glasgow, Scotland from 28 March to 5 April, on the line.

For standings and other information on the B-Division, visit here.

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Helsingborg, Sweden

23 November 2019