Welsh & Romanian men and Belarusian & Slovenian women qualify for ECC 2013 B Group

ECC C Group 2013 Medallists Photo: Dara Gravara-Stojanovic

The Welsh and Romanian men’s teams and Belarusian and Slovenian women’s teams have qualified for the Le Gruyère European Curling Championships 2013 B Group event in Stavanger, Norway, following the conclusion of the European Championship C Group event in Taarnby, Denmark.

Wales defeated Romania 8-6 to capture the men’s Gold medals. Adrian Meikle, Welsh skip said: "We are very pleased to win and represent Wales in Stavanger. We have had a great week thanks to the organization of the WCF, the warmth of our hosts Taarnby Curling Club and the spirit of our competitors. The team will now be training intensively for Stavanger.”

Romania went on to defeat Serbia 9-5 to win silver and take the last men’s qualification spot in Stavanger. Serbia was awarded the bronze medals. After scoring 2 points in the first end, Romania remained in control throughout the game. A steal of 3 points in the 8th end was the biggest blow to their opponents. The teams shook hands after Serbia ran out of stones in the 10th end. Romanian skip Allen Coliban said: “We only started curling 3 years ago, and to win this Silver medal and qualify Romania for the ECC "B" is a dream come true. It is great for our team and Romanian curling."

In the women’s event, Belarus defeated Slovenia 9-8 to win Gold. The game went down to a measure to determine a stone was biting the house in the 10th end to give Belarus the 2 points needed for victory. Alina Pavlyuchik, Belarusian skip said: "We are happy! We look forward to playing at the ECC "B" in Stavanger."

Slovenia went on to win silver medals and their qualification for the B group by beating Slovakia 8-6. Slovakia takes the bronze medals. The game was tied 6-6 going into the 10th end. Slovakia made a pressure draw into the 4-foot rings, but Slovenian Skip Valentina Jurinčič held her nerve and executed a difficult take-out to score 2 points and secure the win. After the game Jurinčič said: “It was a tough tournament and qualifying to the ECC "B" group means a big success for Slovenian curling and especially for our team." It is the first time that a national Slovenian curling team has qualified for the European B Group since the country joined the World Curling Federation in 2010.

The Le Gruyère European Curling Championships 2013 will take place at the Sørmarka Arena in Stavanger, Norway from 23-30 November. Ten men’s and ten women’s teams will compete in the championship A group event which leads to qualification for the World Curling Federation’s world championships. Sixteen men’s teams and ten women’s teams will compete in the B group. For more information about the event visit: www.ecc2013.curlingevents.com

ECC C Group Men’s team final standings
1. Wales (Gold - Qualified for ECC 2013 B Group)
2. Romania (Silver - Qualified for ECC 2013 B Group)
3. Serbia (Bronze)
4. Slovenia
5. Belarus
6. Ireland
7. Luxemburg
8. Iceland

ECC C Group Women’s team final standings
1. Belarus (Gold - Qualified for ECC 2013 B Group)
2. Slovenia (Silver - Qualified for ECC 2013 B Group)
3. Slovakia (Bronze)
4. Croatia

ECC C Group Website: www.eccc-2013.com

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