ECC 2013: Sweden women win gold

Sweden, European Curling Champions 2013 Photo: WCF/Jesse Kushneryk

Sweden women were crowned 2013 European Curling Champions after defeating Scotland in the gold medal final of the Le Gruyere European Curling Championships in Stavanger, Norway.

In the first end, Scotland skip Eve Muirhead had a complete miss with her attempted take-out to hand Sweden a steal of one point.

A Muirhead nose-hit gave Scotland one point in the second end, but in the third end Sweden made a breakthrough when fourth player Maria Prytz promoted one of her own stones and knocked out a Scottish counter to score three points for a 4-1 lead.

Scotland blanked the fourth end and took out a Swedish counter in the fifth end to score two points and close the gap to 4-3 in Sweden's favour.

In the sixth end, Prytz left one Scottish stone in the house on an attempted double take-out and the single steal took the score to 4-4.

Sweden added another two shots in the seventh end, at which point the Scots started to run out of time on the match-clock.

The teams swapped singles in the eighth and ninth ends before Muirhead, with her last stone, played with only twelve seconds left. Sweden stole three points from this end for their 10-5 victory

The Swedish team winning their country's 19th women's European title included Margaretha Sigfridsson as lead and skip, Maria Wennerström as second, Christina Bertrup as third and Maria Prytz as fourth. They were supported by alternate Agnes Knochenhauer and coach Fredrik Hallström.

After her victory, Swedish skip Margaretha Sigfridsson, said: "We felt very comfortable and really brave on the ice today and this game was so great. We just kept playing our own game and making the right decisions all the way though. We really wanted to get our play working the way we wanted and to get everything feeling right this time. The gold medal wasn't the most important thing but we wanted to have a good result at this tournament and it was fantastic to do this."

Thinking about Sweden's previous successes at this event, she said: "We have a long history of good teams in Sweden and it's good that we keep on doing that."

Afterwards, Scottish skip Eve Muirhead admitted: "That was pretty sore. We just didn't seem to be as sharp as we had been for the rest of the week and we ended up running the clock down a bit. But give them their dues, they played well. We just weren't good enough today and that's the bottom line."

In the women's bronze medal game, Switzerland faced Denmark. In the fifth end, Swiss skip Mirjam Ott got to score two points for a 4-2 lead. Then, in the tenth end, she knocked out the Danish stone that was in the house to seal a 6-4 win.

After this win, Ott said: "We’re very happy. We came here to get a medal and we reached it with a good game today. It was really important that we performed well, our aim was this medal and it gives us something to build on.”

Scotland faced Denmark in the men's bronze medal game and the Scots took the lead for the first time in the game in the fifth end when skip David Murdoch drew his final stone into the house to score three points and take a 4-3 lead.

In the ninth end, Danish skip Rasmus Stjerne played a hit and stay to score one point and take a 6-5 lead, but this was not enough as Scotland took two points in the tenth end without having to play their last stone, for a 7-6 win.

Afterwards, Murdoch said: "This week was all about working hard as a team, having some good performances and playing well and I think we've done that. We've not got a gold medal but we've shown what we're capable of."

In the second men’s World Challenge game, Germany booked their place at the World Men’s Curling Championship 2014 with a 6-3 win over Latvia. An early score of three points in the second end and a crucial steal of one point in the eighth end helped to increase their lead on their way to victory.

Germany women overcame Finland in the second game of the women’s World Challenge event to set up a deciding game as they bid to compete in Saint John, Canada at the Ford World Women’s Curling Championship 2014. A steal of two points in the third end gave Germany a healthy lead and they eventually won 6-3 with another steal in the ninth and final end. The two teams will meet again at 15:00 to play the last of their three game series.

RESULTS

Women’s Medal Games:
Gold:
Sweden 10, Scotland 5
Bronze: Switzerland 6, Denmark 4

>b>Men’s Bronze Medal Game:
Scotland 7, Denmark 6

World Challenge Games:
Men:
Germany 6, Latvia 3 (Germany win series 2-0 and qualify for World Men’s Curling Championship 2014)
Women: Finland 3, Germany 6 (1-1 in series)

Women’s Final Standings:
1. Sweden (Gold)*
2. Scotland (Silver)*
3. Switzerland (Bronze)*
4. Denmark*
5. Russia*
6. Czech Republic*
7. Latvia*
8. Germany (1-1 in three game World Challenge series against Finland)
9. Norway (Relegated to B-Group)
10. Italy (Relegated to B-Group)

*Qualified for Ford World Women’s Curling Championship 2014

Men’s Standings after Bronze Medal Game:
1. Norway (to play in gold medal game against Switzerland)*
1. Switzerland (to play in gold medal game against Norway)*
3. Scotland (Bronze)*
4. Denmark*
5. Sweden*
6. Russia*
7. Czech Republic*
8. Latvia (Lost World Challenge series 2-0 to Germany*)
9. France (Relegated to B-Group)
10. Finland (Relegated to B-Group)

*Qualified for World Men’s Curling Championship 2014

SCHEDULE
Men’s Gold Medal Game, 15:00 (CET) Saturday November 30, 2013

Norway v Switzerland

Extensive televised coverage of the Le Gruyère European Curling Championships 2013 from Stavanger can be seen by viewers in Europe on Eurosport and additionally in Norway on TV2 Sport. Live coverage will also be available via the internet on the Eurosport Player and on the World Curling Federation’s YouTube Channel World Curling TV. Complete coverage details can be seen here: http://ecc2013.curlingevents.com/tv-broadcast-web-tv-coverage-schedule

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CURLING: SCO-SWE Euro Chps 2013 Women Final HIGHLIGHTS
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Scotland (Silver)

Switzerland (Bronze)

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