Round-up: Day 5 - Play-offs confirmed

Denmark's Søren Jensen and Pavla Rubasova helped their team into the Quarter-finals today Photo: WCF/Richard Gray

The Play-off stages of the European Mixed Curling Championship, taking place in Edinburgh, Scotland, were decided today following the final round-robin sessions of play.

The evening draw, at 19:30, saw Germany and Scotland qualify directly from Group A into the Quarter-finals, while Hungary finished in third position in the Group A.

As Hungary has the worst Draw Shot Challenge (DSC) average of the potential third placed teams, they will play the other third placed team with the second worst DSC which will be decided following the result of the morning tie-breaker.

Scotland guaranteed their place in the Quarter-finals thanks to a 8-2 win over Hungary in six ends. Scotland gained a crucial advantage in the third end when they took four points before stealing another three points in the fourth end.

Afterwards, Scotland skip, Ewan MacDonald, said: "It's a fantastic feeling - it's so good to finish on a note like that - a strong performance going into the weekend. All the guys played great, we're growing in confidence and going in the right direction, so it's looking good for the weekend."

Denmark also secured their place in the Quarter-finals with a 9-2 win over Slovenia in six ends to finish in second position in Group C behind Finland with a record of five wins and two losses.

After capturing their Quarter-final spot, Danish skip, Joel Ostrowski admitted: "It's a little bit of a mixed feeling right now. We're happy we've got so far but we didn't play our two games well at all today. Our first game (a 9-1 loss to Ireland in the morning) was extremely awful, this one was a little better but we managed to get there so we're happy." On their overall performance so far he added: "I said we were getting warmer and warmer, but then we got cold, but hopefully we will improve again tomorrow."

Italy meanwhile forced one tie-breaker game after they defeated Slovakia 10-8. Slovakia narrowly missed out on an extra end as a measure was needed in the eighth end which would have levelled the game.

The same two teams will now play a tie-breaker at 10:00 tomorrow morning to decide which team finishes in third position in Group C.

The other evenings games saw Poland pick up their second win of the Championship with a 6-3 win over Romania in seven ends. Belarus were also victorious, beating France 7-5 in eight ends.

Earlier, the 14:30 session of play saw Sweden and Switzerland guarantee their place in the Quarter-finals, as they both won, Sweden 6-4 against Wales and Switzerland 9-3 against England, both victories achieved in seven ends each.

Following their qualification for the Quarter-finals, Sweden skip, Gustav Eskilsson, said: "It feels very, very good. We had a great start in the week but we struggled a bit yesterday so it feels good to be performing well again. We missed a lot of the last shots in this game and the last game, so we need to push ourselves to be a bit more consistent."

Switzerland second, Kevin Wunderlin, felt his team's performance was coming together at the right time. He said: "“This afternoon we took a bit of time finding our draw weight but once that happened we thought we were in control throughout the game. We are happy with our form and feel we are playing well at this moment.”

Spain took third place in Group B following their 4-3 win over Norway and await the outcome of the tie-breaker to find out who they will play in the Play-off stages of the Championship.

The only other afternoon game in Group B saw Estonia pick up their first win of the Championship, with a 4-3 victory over Russia.

Finland meanwhile finished off their round-robin campaign with a 100% record in Group C after a 5-3 win against Italy in seven ends.

Afterwards, Finnish skip, Tomi Rantamäki said: "We're happy of course. We have had great games, we have been in tough situations but we have managed to work it out every time.

"We didn't know whether we could win every game or not, we just wanted to play good. There's always one more game in curling so there's no pressure from one game to the next. This game is curling and anything can happen."

The only other game of this session saw Ireland defeat Denmark 9-1 in six ends to finish their Championship campaign on a high.

Earlier in the day, the 10:30 session saw Turkey pick up their first win of the Championship, 6-4 in seven ends against Slovenia. In the other Group C game Slovakia defeated Austria 7-6.

In Group A, Hungary suprised group leaders Germany as they defeated them 6-3 in seven ends, while Latvia picked up their fourth win of the Championship with a 4-2 win in seven ends over Romania.

France also picked up a 4-2 win against the Czech Republic. Belarus meanwhile recorded a 6-5 victory following a close game with Poland.

Schedule of Play for Friday, 20 September

Tie-breaker (10:00)
Slovakia v Italy

Qualification game for last Quarter-final position (14:30):
Hungary v Third place team with the second worst average DSC

Quarter-finals (19:00):
Germany v TBC
Finland v Sweden
Scotland v Denmark
Switzerland v TBC

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