Round-up: Quarter-finals

Finland skip, Tomi Rantamäki, will lead his team out against Germany in the Semi-finals tomorrow Photo: WCF/Richard Gray

Following the Quarter-finals of the European Mixed Curling Championship 2013, taking place in Edinburgh, Finland, Germany, Hungary and Scotland qualify for the Semi-finals which take place at 10:00 tomorrow morning.

Germany took advantage in the second end of their game against Slovakia when their skip, Andy Kapp, made a double take-out with his first stone and Slovakia skip, Pavol Pitonak, was heavy with last stone to give Germany a steal of one point and a two point lead.

After Slovakia took one point in the third end, Germany extended their lead in the fourth end with a score of three points. But Slovakia hit back in the fifth end when Pitonak drew for three points to make the score 5-4. Germany held on however to win by 9-4 in seven ends.

Afterwards, Germany skip, Andy Kapp, said: "We played much better than we did yesterday. Today we felt that we got back on track.

"Slovakia played really well, we had to make some really good shots, especially in the first two ends - it was a really good start for both teams. Then in the fifth end they came back a little bit with three points, but we forced back with two so we had it under control from then on out."

Kapp continued: "We are too old to improve anymore! It is fun for us to be out on the ice here. We are not professionals, so we try to do our best in every position. If it works it's fine, if it doesn't then there's no-one to blame. Its early in the season, we didn't have any preparation, so I'm really satisfied with how the team works together and we have great fun out there on the ice."

Finland continued their 100% record in the Championship as they defeated Sweden. In the third end Sweden clipped a guard with their last stone to give Finland a steal of two points and a 4-1 advantage going into the fourth end.

Finland remained ahead throughout the game which eventually finished 7-3 in seven ends in Finland's favour.

Afterwards, Finland skip, Tomi Rantamäki, said: "That was a great performance for us actually. We made almost all of the shots that we wanted to make and that was enough tonight. We're looking forward to having two games tomorrow, that's all we want!"

Hosts Scotland found it tough going against Denmark, but with the backing of the home crowd they rewarded them with a victory which sent them into tomorrow's Semi-final.

Scotland gained a crucial advantage in the first end when skip, Ewan MacDonald, made a nose hit for three points after Denmark skip, Joel Ostrowski had clipped a guard with his last stone.

Denmark remained in the game throughout but could not find the crucial breakthrough to get back into the game. Denmark eventually conceded after seven ends with the score at 6-4 in Scotland's favour.

Reflecting on the game, Scotland skip, Ewan MacDonald, said: "Job done. We knew Denmark would be tough - they're a good team, so it's a good one to come through. I think we're all doing great so far, we just had a couple of slack ones so need to tighten up a bit here and there. We made a lot of great shots tonight so if we keep working away at it, it will come good."

On tomorrow's game he added: "Getting hammer is a big thing, but we also need to get a good start. We got a three (points) early on tonight and that gets you going, so hopefully we can do that again tomorrow."

Hungary were cruising 5-1 going into the sixth end but their opponents, Switzerland, put up a spirited performance to claw the game back to within a point going into the eigth and final end.

Under pressure, facing three sitting Swiss stones with his last shot, two within the four foot, Hungary skip, György Nagy, made a perfect draw to the button to take the one point needed for their 6-4 victory and create History as the first Hungarian team to reach the Semi-finals of the European Mixed Curling Championship.

Afterwards Nagy said: "It was a very good game. The Swiss team played very well, especially in the second part, they became very good opponents. Finally we could win though with our last shot , which was a very good feeling. This is actually historic because Hungary has never been in the Semi-final of the European Mixed Curling Championship before, so we are very happy about it."

On his last shot he said: "That's something I've been practising many times. We won the Hungarian Championship with that shot, we won a Championship in Prague with that shot so I knew I didn't want to make any take-outs - I wanted to the draw and I made it."

The Semi-finals and medal games will take place tomorrow, from 10:00 at Murrayfield Curling Rink in Edinburgh.

Schedule of Play for Saturday, 21 September

Semi-finals (10:00):

Germany v Finland
Hungary v Scotland

Final (15:00)

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