Poland beat Slovakia, 8-7, in the women’s gold medal final of the European Curling Championships 2023 C-Division in Dumfries, Scotland. In the men’s final, Ukraine defeated Liechtenstein by 10-2.
These results mean that Poland women and Ukraine men will participate in the European Curling Championships 2023 B-Division.
Ten women’s and eight men’s teams competed in the Dumfries Ice Bowl from Friday (28 April) until Thursday (4 May).
In the women’s competition, Poland, Slovakia, Portugal and Ireland qualified for the semi-finals. In the semi-finals, Slovakia beat Portugal, 10-7, and Poland won over Ireland, 6-0, to secure their spot in the gold medal game.
In the women’s final, Poland defeated Slovakia by 8-7 after an extra end to qualify for next season’s B-Division. In the bronze medal game Ireland won over Portugal, 9-6.
In the men’s competition, Poland, Ukraine, Slovenia and Liechtenstein secured a spot in the the semi-finals.
In the semi-finals, Liechtenstein beat Poland by 5-4, while Ukraine won over Slovenia by 6-4 to qualify for the gold medal final.
In the men’s final Ukraine beat Liechtenstein, 10-2, to secure their spot in next season’s B-Division. Poland took the bronze medals after defeating Slovenia by 8-4.
The medal-winning teams
The gold medallist Polish women’s team: Aneta Lipinska (skip), Ewa Nogly (third), Marta Leszcynska (second) and Magdalena Kolodziej (lead), supported by their coach Maciej Cesarz.
The silver medallist Slovak women’s team: Gabriela Kajanova (skip and third), Daniela Matulova (fourth), Paulina Hajduk (second), Martina Scepkova (lead) and Jana Matulova (alternate).
The bronze medallist Irish women’s team: Ailsa Barron (skip and third), Alison Fyfe (fourth), Jen Ward (second) and Erin Furey (lead), supported by their coach Eoin McCrossan.
The gold medallist Ukrainian men’s team: Eduard Nikolov (skip), Yaroslav Shchur (third), Artem Suhak (second), Vladyslav Koval (lead) and Artem Hasynets (alternate), supported by their coach Erkki Lill.
The silver medallist Liechtensteiner men’s team: Lukas Matt (skip), Harald Sprenger (third), Johannes Zimmermann (second), Peter Prasch (lead) and Mauro Liesch (alternate), supported by their coach Marianne Bruehwiler.
The bronze medallist Polish men’s team: Konrad Stych (skip), Krzysztof Domin (third), Marcin Cieminski (second) and Bartosz Lobaza (lead).
Details about qualification for the ECC2023 B-Division
Following a recent decision of the World Curling Federation Board, a host nation who have not already qualified, will be guaranteed a position in the B-Division at future European Curling Championships.
As the host for the Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championships 2023 A- and B-Division is still to be confirmed, at this time only one team from each gender can be guaranteed promotion to the B-Division.
Should the host for the Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championships 2023 A- and B-Division already be in either of these divisions, then a second team will also be promoted.
Results from the European Curling Championships 2023 C-Division can be found here.
All games were live streamed on The Curling Channel. The replays are available here.
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