EMCC 2013 Round-up: Day 2

Sweden skip, Gustav Eskilsson, led his team to two victories from two games today Photo: Ken Sinclair

Denmark, England, Finland, Germany and Sweden finished the second day of play with their 100% win records still intact at the European Mixed Curling Championship 2013 taking place in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Fours sessions of play took place today, the first starting at 08:30. During this session the Czech Republic began their Championship campaign with a 10-1 win over Romania. A score of three points in the first end set them on their way to victory, securing their win by stealing six points from the fifth and sixth ends.

Afterwards, Czech Skip, Miloš Hoferka, said: "It was hard to wake up this morning, but we got ourselves together and played okay thankfully. We played well and are hoping to do well in our group. Of course we hope that we can win a medal, but everyone else will be wishing that as well so we will need to play to our best ability in every game this week."

In the other morning games, Finland also got off to a good start as they opened their first game of the Championship with a 8-2 win over Turkey in seven ends.

Hosts and defending champions, Scotland, suffered their first defeat as they lost out to Germany, by 6-3 in seven ends.

The rest of the morning games proved a lot tighter as Denmark defeated Slovakia 6-4, France beat Hungary 6-5 and Latvia picked up their first win of the Championship with a 3-2 victory over Poland.

In the 12:30 session of play, Sweden began their Championship campaign with a 12-2 win over Spain. Sweden started well, scoring four points in the first two ends. After scoring another six points in the fourth end there was no way back for Spain who conceded after six ends were played.

After that game, Sweden skip, Gustav Eskilsson, said: "It feels really good. We have been really excited to start playing - it's good to get started." On scoring the six points, he said: "We had a really good house, with two stones over at the front of the T-line. We actually tried to split out a couple of the stones with our second last stone but missed but thankfully they missed as well which allowed us to pick up six."

Turkey suffered their second defeat of the day as they lost out 11-2 to Italy after six ends of play. England meanwhile recorded a victory in their first outing at the Championship as they defeated Russia 6-0 in seven ends.

Other results in the second session of play today saw Switzerland defeat Estonia 4-2, Norway win 5-4 against Wales while Austria beat Ireland 5-3.

The biggest win in the third session of play, which began at 16:30, came courtesy of Finland who picked up a 10-1 victory over Slovenia after seven ends of play. During this game they managed to steal seven points in what was their second successive win in the Championship having played two games.

Germany continued their impressive form, defeating Poland 10-3 in six ends of play as well, while Scotland got back to winnings ways with an 8-3 win over the Czech Republic, also in only six ends.

Romania could not find their form in their second game of the day as they lost out 9-2 to France in seven ends. Belarus also encountered their second loss in the Championship as they were defeated 7-4 by Latvia in seven ends.

The final session of the day began at 20:30 and brought Spain their first victory of the Championship, a 10-7 win in seven ends against Wales.

Russia and Slovakia also picked up their first wins of the Championship, Russia defeating Switzerland 6-3 and Slovakia defeating Ireland 7-2, both games after seven ends of play.

Sweden kept up their 100% record with a 7-4 victory over Scandinavian rivals Norway, in seven ends. Joining them in joint top spot in Group B were England, who also secured their second victory from two games, as they defeated Estonia 5-3 in what was a close game, eventually won thanks to steals of three single points in the last three ends.

The final game of the evening session saw Denmark win again, this time 7-4 against Austria in seven ends, which puts them solely at the top of Group C with three wins from three at the Championship.

Four sessions of play will take place again tomorrow, the first session starting at 08:30. See the schedule to find out who is playing when: http://emcc2013.worldcurling.net/schedule

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