EMCC 2013 Round-up: Day 3

German skip, Andy Kapp, and his team are one of four teams to remain unbeaten at EMCC Photo: Ken Sinclair

Four teams remain unbeaten after three days of play at the European Mixed Curling Championship (EMCC) 2013 taking place in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Germany remain at the top of group A, Sweden lead group B and Denmark and Finland are in joint first position in group C, all having played four and won four games.

In the morning session (08:30), Denmark secured their fourth win of the Championship with a 6-3 win against Italy in seven ends.

After going behind by two points following scores of single points by Italy in the first two ends, Denmark hit back with three points in the third end. After stealing a single point in the fourth end they gained a crucial advantage in the sixth end with another score of two points on their way to their fourth win from four games in the Championship.

Following their victory, Danish skip, Joel Ostrowski said: "We're getting better and better each game I think. We like the ice but I know it's early in the season for everyone so everybody is getting warmer and warmer as they get into the competition.

"I think it's quite helpful having all the experience that we have in our team, especially in this event - to know the tricks of the trade and especially on this ice which is quite swingy. We have two silver medals (from the EMCC) previously so as long as Scotland don't stop us again, maybe we can go all the way. But there are a lot of good teams here so we will see how things have gone by the end of the week."

Belarus picked up their first win of the Championship in the morning draw as they defeated Romania 9-1 in six ends. After scoring six points in the first three ends it was difficult for Romania, playing in their second EMCC, to come back.

Afterwards, Belarus skip, Alina Pavlyuchik said: "I am very happy - my team were fabulous. We have had many games which have been difficult but I think we are getting better each game we play here." She added: "We hope to play very good here and if we get a medal at the end of the week it will be a bonus!"

In the other morning games, Hungary defeated Poland 8-3 in six ends, the Czech Republic beat Latvia 5-3 and Ireland won 13-0 against Turkey in six ends. Hosts Scotland continued their winning form with a 7-3 victory over France after six ends of play.

The early afternoon session (12:30) saw England's 100% record come thanks to Spain who secured a 5-4 victory, following a nervy finale.

Spanish skip, Sergio Vez, clipped one of the English counting stones as it came into the house with his last stone, but his sweepers did just enough to take the one point needed for the win after England had battled back into the game.

Afterwards, relieved Spanish skip, Sergio Vez, said: "I was really nervous (regarding his last shot) because we had been ahead throughout the game and now the game was tight but we had hammer. The house was really tight with lots of guards, so I thought it wasn't going to make it, but I had the weight and I was quite lucky with the last shot. We made it and that's our second win in a row so it's perfect for the team."

He continued: "We came here without training for four months, so we're trying to get used to the ice and more comfortable playing together. I think we will now have a better chance of winning our remaining games."

In the other games, Sweden picked up their third win as they defeated Estonia 7-5 in seven ends, largely helped by a score of four points in the first end.

Switzerland secured their second win of the Championship as their skip, Marc Pfister, handled the pressure well to score the single point needed to secure a 6-5 win in the eighth end against Norway.

Wales meanwhile earned their first win of the Championship, 4-3 against Russia in seven ends.

In the evening session (16:30), Germany made sure they would finish day three in pole position in group A with a convincing 15-2 seven end victory over Romania.

Scotland meanwhile bettered their win-loss record to finish the day in second position in group B with a 9-5 victory over Belarus. The defining score came in the fifth end when Scotland took four points before Belarus conceded after seven ends.

Hungary and Latvia remain in the play-off hunt in group A as they both secured wins in this session. Hungary defeated Czech Republic 6-5 despite a late Czech comeback, while Latvia emerged 7-5 winners against France after an extra end was needed to separate the teams.

Italy were also victorious in this session, beating Slovenia 8-2 in seven ends, their second win from four games in this Championship.

Finland continued their fine form with a 9-6 win over Austria to earn their third straight win so far this week, but they too needed an extra end to claim their victory in what was a hard fought win for them.

The final session of play (20:30) saw another six games take place.

The biggest win of the night was achieved by Ireland who scored four points in the first and sixth, final end, on their way to a 13-1 victory over Slovenia.

Sweden kept up their 100% record in group B as they defeated Russia 6-3 in seven ends to finish day three in top position in their group.

Wales and Switzerland made it two wins from two today, Wales defeating Estonia 5-4 in eight ends and Switzerland beating Spain 8-1 in six ends.

Norway edged England 8-6 and Finland kept up their 100% record in group C with a 8-5 win over Slovakia in seven ends to finish day three in joint top position with Denmark in group C.

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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