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European Championships 2014

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WOMEN session 5: Russia 8, Scotland 2

Following the high of their win over the Swiss world champions earlier in the day, the Scottish women crashed to a six-end 8-2 defeat at the hands of Russia in Monday evening’s fifth session of round-robin play.

Russia won the advantage of last stone and used it to score two points in the first end. The Scots responded with one point in the second end and then, after Russia blanked the third end, their skip Anna Sidorova played a delicate hit and stay to score another two in the fourth end for a 4-1 lead.

Once again the Scots could only manage a single point in the fifth to go into the break 4-2 down.

In the sixth end, with three Russian counters already sitting in the house, Muirhead’s draw-shot with her second stone came up feet short, leaving Sidorova a straightforward draw into the house to score four points. The Scots then immediately offered their hands to concede the game, get off the ice, and re-group. With Finland losing to Sweden by SCORE, Russia now stand alone at the top of the rankings with an unbeaten record.
Russia proved too strong on Monday evening

Russia proved too strong on Monday evening

They now play Estonia and Germany in their two Tuesday games, looking to make up for the damage caused by this hefty defeat.

RESULTS

Session 5: Sweden 7, Finland 4 (extra end); Russia 8, Scotland 2; Denmark 8, Latvia 4; Switzerland 6, Estonia 5; Czech Republic 6, Germany 8 (extra end).

Standings after 5 sessions: Russia won 5, lost 0; Finland 4-1; Denmark, Germany, Scotland, Switzerland, Sweden 3-2; Latvia 1-4; Czech Republic, Estonia 0-5.

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MEN session 5: Scotland 4, Germany 7

The Scottish men suffered their third loss in a row in Monday afternoon’s fifth session of round-robin play, but it took a candidate for shot of the tournament so far to beat them.

The Scots found themselves 2-0 down after three ends but the tide of good luck seemed to turn for them in the fourth when skip David Edwards, drawing against three German counters, wrecked on his way in. But even at that, his stone slewed into position to just count for one point and open the Scots’ account. In the fourth end, German skip Alexander Baumann was short with his final draw to score just one point instead of the more probable two.

In the sixth end, a good final draw by Edwards finally allowed the Scots to level the score at 3-3 and they moved into the lead for the first time when Baumann wrecked on his final effort of the seventh to give Scotland a steal of one and a 4-3 lead.

The Germans blanked an eighth end which saw some claim that they had burnt a stone in the crucial last play of the end. This eventually came to nothing.

The Scots looked in good shape throughout the ninth end but Baumann took the brave decision to play a difficult raise triple take-out which came off, to give them a score of four for 7-4 and the game.
“the performances are getting better” David Edwards.

“the performances are getting better”
David Edwards.

After the game, Edwards said, “we played well – we ran our luck early, we weren’t great early doors, but we got back into the game five, six and seven and we played the eighth end really well, so we can take the positives from that. It was unfortunate that the ninth end didn’t work out for us, so it’s very disappointing. It’s disappointing to have lost that game but I think the performances are getting better.”

The Scots now lie in joint seventh position and face the Czech Republic and Russia on Tuesday, looking for results good enough to keep them in the medal hunt.

RESULTS

Session 5: Scotland 4, Germany 7; Switzerland 5, Sweden 8; Italy 7, Czech republic 6; Denmark 6, Russia 8; Latvia 5, Norway 8.

Standings after 5 sessions: Sweden won 5, lost 0: Germany, Italy, Norway, Russia, switzerlnd3-2; Czech Republic, Scotland 2-3; Latvia 1-4; Denmark 0-5.

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WOMEN session 4: Scotland 7, Switzerland 5

The Scottish women recorded their third successive win when they beat current world champions and hosts Switzerland by 7-4 in Monday morning’s fourth session of round-robin play at the Le Gruyere European Curling Championships in Champery, Switzerland.

The Scots dominated from the start. They won last stone advantage and then opened with one point in the first end. They followed that up with a single steal in the second for a 2-0 lead. There was a blip in the third when the Scots allowed Switzerland to level the game at 2-2, but the Scots got back on track in the fourth when skip Eve Muirhead drew her final stone inside two Swiss counters for one point and a lead, at 3-2 , the Scots were never to lose.

The moved further ahead with a single steal in the fifth end, when Swiss skip Binia Feltscher was short with her draw, to go into the break 4-2 up. in the sixth end the Scots had put so much pressure on that Feltscher was facing four counting Scottish stones when she delivered her final draw for one point. The Scots moved further ahead in the seventh end when Muirhead scored two points with a well-judged nose-hit. The teams then swapped singles in the next two ends and the Scots ran Switzerland out of stones in the tenth end for a 7-5 win. (with one Scottish stone already sitting in the house counting).
The 2013 and 2014 world champion skips in action

The 2013 and 2014 world champion skips in action

This result means that both reigning champion teams have been beaten by the Scots in this competition and afterwards, Muirhead said, “we’re very pleased with that. We knew it was going to be a tough day and we wanted to come away with a win for the first game and that’s exactly what we did.”

She added, “we’re getting better and better, we’re just that little bit sharper and when we play like that we can get ahead of a lot of teams. They’re the current world champions – they’re a good team and they played well. It’s good to get a win, especially against the home nation and I guess the best time to get them is in the morning without so many noisy fans!”

The Scottish women face unbeaten table-toppers Russia next, on Monday evening.

RESULTS

Session 4: Latvia 2, Russia 8; Sweden 8, Czech Republic 1; Estonia 2, Finland 8; Germany 7, Denmark 5; Scotland 7, Switzerland 5.

Standings after 4 sessions: Finland, Russia won 4, lost 0; Scotland 3-1; Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden 2-2; Latvia 1-3; Czech Republic, Estonia 0-4.

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MEN session 4: Scotland 6, Latvia 8

The Scottish men went down to their second loss of the day on Sunday evening when they were beaten 6-8 by Latvia in the fourth round-robin session, a result that gave Latvia their first win so far.

This result looked unlikely in the early stage of the game when Scotland scored four points in the second end to take a 4-1 lead when skip David Edwards squeezed past a high guard to take a Latvian stone off the button. But Latvia fought back, scoring two points in the third end and then following that with a single steal in the fifth to go into the break level at 4-4.

Scotland moved ahead again in the sixth end with a single point for 5-4 but Latvia controlled the game after this, scoring two points in the seventh end and then stealing singles in both the eighth and ninth ends to go into the last end 8-5 up. When Latvia skip Ritvars Gulbis hit out a Scottish stone with his last shot of the tenth, it was enough to give Latvia their 8-6 victory.

After his win Gulbis said, “we had to win this game. We had studied Scotland’s weak points in their previous games and we really used that to our advantage. It went right down to the last shot and we were pushing until then. It’s nice to beat Scotland.”
Scotland’s John Penny is not alone!

Scotland’s John Penny is not alone!

During the game alternate Tom Brewster came on to the ice at the sixth end, replacing an unwell Billy Morton at lead. Meanwhile skip Edwards’ official success statistics were recorded at 63%.

Results elsewhere mean that Scotland have slipped into a pack of six nations in joint third place behind second-placed Switzerland and unbeaten leaders Sweden.

The Scots have only one game on Monday, against Germany.

RESULTS

Session 4: Czech Republic 5, Switzerland 7; Scotland 6, Latvia 8; Russia 6, Germany 4; Norway 5, Italy 9; Sweden 7, Denmark 2.

Standings after 4 sessions: Sweden won 4, lost 0; Switzerland 3-1; Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Norway, Russia, Scotland 2-2; Latvia 1-3;Denmark 0-4.

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WOMEN session 3: Scotland 9, Czech Republic 4

The Scottish women recorded their second win of the event so far with a 9-4 victory over the Czech Republic in Sunday evening’s third round-robin session of the Le Gruyere European Championships in Champery.

The Scots started strongly in this game, opening with a score of two points in the first end and, after the Czechs had taken one point from the second end, following that up with a three in the third for a 5-1 lead .

The Czechs scored one point in the fourth end and stole one more point in the fifth end when Scottish skip Eve Muirhead attempted to clear out three Czech stones but left one in a counting position. This reduced the Scottish lead to 5-3 but they moved ahead again scoring a single point in the sixth end with a draw onto the button. The teams swapped singles in the next two ends and then, as she came to play her last stone in the ninth, Czech fourth player Kamila Mulacova was too strong with her draw, giving Scotland a steal of one and a 9-4 lead. The Czechs then conceded the game.

Speaking afterwards, winning skip Muirhead said, “I thought that was our best performance yet. I thought we came out really strong. We were expecting this – for the opposition to play well in every game, but as a team I think we are getting better and better.”

She added, ” I think we are getting to grips more with the ice. It’s calming down and we’re beginning to control things a lot better. We just need to nail these draw-weights and just make sure of our stone placement just that slightly bit better. AS soon as you drop one behind the tee-line, you’re kind of chasing it. We just need to make sure we nail that for tomorrow.”
Scottish third Anna Sloan in action

Scottish third Anna Sloan in action

This result puts the Scottish women in joint second place with just one loss, alongside Denmark and Switzerland, behind unbeaten joint leaders Russia and Finland.

They now face Switzerland and then Russia on Monday.

RESULTS

Session 3: Germany 3, Switzerland 8; Denmark 7, Estonia 4; Scotland 9, Czech Republic 4; Sweden 3, Russia 9; Finland 10, Latvia 6.

Standings after 3 sessions: Finland, Russia won 3, lost 0; Denmark, Scotland, Switzerland 2-1;Germany, Latvia, Sweden 1-2; Czech Republic, Estonia 0-3.

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Men session 3: Scotland 5, Switzerland 8.

The Scottish men lost their first game of the Championships so far when reigning European champions Switzerland beat them by 8-5 in Sunday afternoon’s third session of men’s round-robin play.

This game was closer than the result suggests, with the Scots taking a 2-1 lead into the half-time break – it could have been more but for skip David Edwards being a touch light with his last draw of the fourth end to score just one point instead of the hoped-for two.

Switzerland went on to level the score at 2-2 in the sixth when good build-up by the Scots forced Swiss skip Sven Michel to draw for a single point rather than blank.

The first break-through came in the seventh, when the Scots completely missed a guard take-out and Edwards was light with a draw to eventually allow Michel to steal two for a 4-2 lead.

Edwards produced a tap-back and stay for two points in the eighth end to level the score again and then the Scots nudged ahead to 5-4 in the ninth with a single steal when a Swiss double take-out attempt was off-target.

In the tenth end, Edwards’ attempted freeze onto a Swiss counting stone was marginally heavy, leaving Michel with a straightforward hit and stay to score four points from the end and seal the win.

Afterwards, Edwards was frank in his appraisal of the game, saying, “I think the tenth end went the way it did – the game was lost earlier on. In the seventh end we were looking for a blank and we flashed a guard. That was the turning point in the game, if we’d got the blank we’d have had the hammer down eight and ten. That was just the big mistake that let those guys get a chance of stealing two.”

More generally, and reflecting on his team’s start in the tournament, he added, “If you’d offered me two and one at the start of the week, I’d have taken it. It’s disappointing to lose the game but you’ve got to take the positives from it too. We’re happy to be in the position we’re in.”

For his part, Swiss skip Michel said, “we took a lot of confidence from the home spectators today. It was the first time we’ve played against this Scottish team so we had no knowledge of them. There was a lot of tension up until the seventh end when a couple of mistakes by the Scots helped us towards the win.”

M3 v Switzerland

The Scottish men now face Latvia next, in Sunday evening’s last session.

RESULTS.

Men session 3: Norway 6, Denmark 4; Italy 5, Russia 6; Sweden 7, Latvia 5; Scotland 5, Switzerland 8; Germany 5, Czech Republic 6.

Standings after three sessions: Sweden won 3, lost 0; Czech Republic, Germany, Norway, Scotland, Switzerland 2-1; Italy, Russia 1-2; Denmark, Latvia 0-3.

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WOMEN Session 2: Scotland 10, Latvia 5.

Eve Muirhead’s team bounced back from their opening game loss to Denmark with a comfortable 10-5 win over Latvia in Sunday morning’s second session of women’s round-robin play in Champery.

The Scots set the tone for the game with a steal of three in the first end, and while Latvia recovered with a score of two in the next end, a single point in the third, followed by a single steal in the fourth end when Muirhead played a gentle tap-up to lie shot and Latvian skip Iveta Stasa-Sarsune wrecked, gave Scotland a 5-2 lead.

Another two points to Latvia in the fifth reduced the Scottish lead to 5-4 at halfway, then the Scots stretched their lead again when Muirhead played a solid hit and stay to score two points in the sixth end. Latvia blanked the seventh and could only take one point in the eighth. In the ninth end, Muirhead had an open draw for three and when her last stone nestled onto another Scottish counter in the house, Latvia conceded with the final score at 10-5.
The Scottish front end, Sarah Reid and Vicki Adams, keep a watchful eye

The Scottish front end, Sarah Reid and Vicki Adams, keep a watchful eye

Afterwards, Muirhead said, ” That was a lot better, we all played well out there. As a team that was a lot more like us, a lot more solid.” And speaking about her opponents she said, “they weren’t silly, they played a good game, we remember that from playing them in Latvia itself.”

Reflecting on her own team’s performance, she added, “there’s always areas to work on…we’ve just got to get on top of that ice early on, it’s a wee bit slow. Ok we went down yesterday, but we had a really good second half of the game then and we’ve carried that forward to today.”

Next, the Scottish women play a Czech Republic team that is looking for its first win, on Sunday evening.

RESULTS.

Women, session 2: Finland 9, Czech Republic 6; Scotland 10, Latvia 5; Russia 9, Denmark 1; Estonia 4, Germany 10; Switzerland 8, Sweden 3.

Standings after 2 sessions: Finland, Russia won 2, lost 0; Denmark, Germany, Latvia, Scotland, Sweden, Switzerland 1-1; Czech Republic, Estonia 0-2.

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MEN session 2; Denmark 5, Scotland 7.

Scotland joined Germany and Sweden as undefeated leaders at the end of the first day’s play in the Le Gruyere European Championships, thanks to their 7-5 Saturday evening win over Denmark.

Although Denmark opened with a single point in the first end, it was the Scots who went into the break with a 4-1 lead, after blanking ends two and three, scoring two points with a draw in the fourth, and stealing a further two in the fifth after an umpire’s measure.

Denmark then scored two in the sixth end and stole a single in the seventh to level the score at 4-4 when skip David Edwards wrecked his last effort. The Danes then moved ahead to 5-4 with another single-point steal in the eighth when Edwards was short with his final draw.

The Scots then took the lead again with two points in the ninth and finished off their win when they left Danish skip Rasmus Stjerne a tricky final draw, which wrecked giving the Scots a steal of one point and a 7-5 win.
The Scottish team working together

The Scottish team working together

After the opening day’s play, Edwards said, ” If you’d offered me that at the start I’d definitely have taken it, it’s been a good day. We didn’t play too well tonight but I think it just shows what a good team spirit we’ve got when we can win games like that when we’re not playing at our very best.”

He added, “when you’re not playing well, you always tend to hang close and that’s the most important thing. We made him play a tricky one there and thankfully today it went for us.”

The Scottish men now play Switzerland and then Latvia on Sunday.

RESULTS

Men session 2: Germany 8, Latvia 2; Sweden 5; Czech Republic 4; Switzerland 4, Italy 7; Russia 1, Norway 8; Denmark 5, Scotland 7.

STANDINGS after 2 rounds: Germany, Scotland, Sweden won 2, lost 0; Czech Republic, Italy, Norway, Switzerland 1-1; Denmark, Latvia, Russia 0-2

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Women Session 1: Denmark 7, Scotland 6.

Eve Muirhead and her team lost their opening round-robin game to Denmark by 7-6.

Denmark’s Lene Nielsen opened with last stone advantage and scored two in the second end after blanking the first. It was Muirhead’s turn to blank in the third end and she then played a controlled draw on the fourth to score three points and take a 3-2 lead.

In the fifth end, Muirhead’s last come-around attempt wrecked and this left Nielsen with an open draw for two points and a 4-3 lead. In the sixth Muirhead had her own draw for two to re-take the lead at 5-4.

This was to be the last time that the Scots were ahead. Denmark followed up a single point score in the seventh to level the game again at 5-5 with two successive steals. In the eighth end a Muirhead tap-up attempt was not strong enough and in the ninth, she wrecked on the way in with an attempted come-around.

Muirhead attempted a double take-out for a game-winning three-point score n the tenth but got the angles just wrong, scoring one point to go down by 6-7.

Afterwards Muirhead was not down-hearted, preferring to look at the positives from the game. She said, “at the end of the day, we had a shot to win the game and we had another attempt in the ninth, so we know if we miss those simple shots and we’re still in the game then we’re not far away.”
Eve Muirhead and Anna Sloan keeping an eye on things

Eve Muirhead and Anna Sloan keeping an eye on things

The Scottish women now have two games on Sunday, against Latvia and the Czech Republic.

RESULTS, session 1:

Denmark 7, Scotland 6; Switzerland 5, Finland 7; Sweden 6, Germany 4; Czech Republic 4, Latvia 5; Russia 10, Estonia 6.

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MEN Session 1: Scotland 8, Norway 6

Scotland’s men could not have asked for a better start to their campaign as they beat current world champions Norway by 8-6 in Saturday morning’s opening round-robin session of the Le Gruyere European Championships in Champery, Switzerland.

David Edwards and his team were making their debut at this level, and they immediately found themselves behind, when Noreay’s Thomas Ulsrud scored two pints in the first end after splitting the house.

The Scots blanked the second and then Edwards had a draw into a busy house to score three in the third end and take 3-2 lead.

After this the game was tight, wit the teams swapping singles in the sixth and seventh ends, but Edwards played a tap-out and stay in the eighth end to score three, break the deadlock, and take a 7-4 lead. Norway scored two points in the ninth end to reduce the Scottish lead to 7-6, and clean play by the Scottish team eventually gave them a single point in the tenth for an eventual 8-6 win.

M1 v Norway

After this victory, Edwards was understandably happy. “That was fantastic. We knew when we came here it was going to be a tough start against Norway. I don’t think a lot of people expected us to win that game so to come out with a win is fantastic. It was nice to settle the nerves and get a win on the board.”

He added, “the biggest turning point was the eighth end when we went for the three rather than score one. That was massive for us.” And speaking about his team’s approach to the Championship he said, “everybody seems to be relaxed and we’re just taking it like another curling tournament I think and we’ve just got to take this like we take the national championships and the European finals. IT was a really tough line up that we came through to get here in first place and we’ve got to take confidence from that and believe that we can come back with a medal.”

The Scottish men face Denmark next, On Saturday evening.

RESULTS: Men session 1: Italy 2, Sweden 8; Denmark 5, Germany 8; Scotland 8, Norway 6; Latvia 2, Czech republic 6; Switzerland 6, Russia 5

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