Play-offs begin at the European B-Division in Helsingborg

Turkey return to the A-Division © WCF / Céline Stucki

The Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championships 2019 B-Division continued today (Friday 22 November) at The Olympia Rink, B-Hall in Helsingborg, Sweden.

Women’s competition

The women’s semi-final games took place in the morning session, where top seed Turkey defeated fourth ranked England, 9-4. Turkey had the hammer going into the ninth end with the score, 5-4, in their favour. In the ninth end they managed to score four points after which England conceded.

At the same time, second ranked Italy beat third ranked Hungary, 9-4. With the score tied, 3-3, Italy scored four points in the sixth end before running Hungary out of stones.

Turkey and Italy will face each other in the gold medal game with both teams securing A-Division participation next season and a place in the World Qualification Event 2020 being held in Lohja, Finland from 13-18 January.

Hungary and England playing each other for bronze medals. Both games will be played on Saturday (23 November) at 12:00 Central European Time (CET).

Men’s competition

In the morning session, Finland defeated Belarus, 12-4, to move onto the semi-final against Poland. At the same time Turkey defeated Spain, 7-6, to progress to the semi-final against Czech Republic.

In the evening’s semi-finals, Czech Republic defeated Turkey, 9-2, to move onto the gold medal game, while Finland defeated Poland, 11-2 in the other semi-final. The gold medal final will take place on Saturday (23 November) at 12:00 CET. The bronze medal game between Turkey and Spain, will take place tomorrow at the same time.

Both Czech Republic and Finland will now compete in the A-Division next season and have also secured a place in the World Qualification Event 2020.

Spain and Belarus faced off for the fifth-place ranking, with Spain winning, 8-5.

At the other end of the table, Lithuania defeated Hungary in the relegation play-off’s opening session. This win secures Lithuania’s participation in the B-Division next season.

In the other relegation game, Slovakia defeated Israel, 10-7. This loss relegates Israel to the C-Division.

In the evening, Hungary faced Slovakia, with the winner retaining their B-Division status. That game went to an extra-end after which Hungary emerged as 7-6 winners. Hungary, will compete in the B-Division next season while Slovakia have been relegated to the C-Division.

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Helsingborg, Sweden

22 November 2019