2011 European Curling Championships

The 2011 Le Gruyère European Curling Championships were held in Moscow, Russia from December 2 to 10.[1] The Group C competitions were held from September 30 to October 8 in Tårnby, Denmark.[1]

2011 European Curling Championships
Host cityMoscow, Russia
ArenaMegasport Arena
DatesDecember 2–10
Men's winner Norway
Curling clubSnarøen CC, Oslo
SkipThomas Ulsrud
ThirdTorger Nergård
SecondChristoffer Svae
LeadHåvard Vad Petersson
AlternateThomas Løvold
Finalist Sweden (Niklas Edin)
Women's winner Scotland
SkipEve Muirhead
ThirdAnna Sloan
SecondVicki Adams
LeadClaire Hamilton
AlternateKay Adams
Finalist Sweden (Margaretha Sigfridsson)
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Scotland's Eve Muirhead, last year's runner-up, won the gold medal in the women's tournament after defeating last year's champions Sweden, skipped by Margaretha Sigfridsson, in the final in eight ends. Russia's Anna Sidorova won the bronze medal over Denmark's Lene Nielsen. In the men's tournament, Thomas Ulsrud and team from Norway successfully defended their title by defeating Sweden's Niklas Edin. Last year's runners-up Denmark, skipped by Rasmus Stjerne, won the bronze medal after defeating Jiří Snítil of the Czech Republic, who led his team to the Czech Republic's best finish at the European Championships so far.

A total of seven men's and seven women's teams qualified for the 2012 World Championships. On the men's side, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, the Czech Republic, Germany, Scotland, and France (who defeated Russia in the World Challenge Games), qualified for the 2012 Capital One World Men's Curling Championship and will join hosts Switzerland in competition. On the women's side, Scotland, Russia, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, and the Czech Republic (who defeated Hungary in the World Challenge Games), qualified for the 2012 Ford World Women's Curling Championship and will join defending champions Sweden in competition.

Men

Group A

The Group A competitions were contested in Moscow. Ten teams, including the teams advancing from last year's Group B competitions (Italy and Latvia), competed in a round robin. The top four teams moved on to the page playoffs. In the page playoffs, Sweden edged defending champions Norway, while the Czech Republic got a close win over Denmark, last year's runners-up.[2] Norway defeated Czech Republic in the semifinal, sending the Czechs to the bronze medal game. Norway moved to the gold medal game, where they defeated Sweden with skip Thomas Ulsrud's draw against two Swedish stones in the final end, finishing with a final score of 7–6.[3] Denmark also won their rematch with the Czech Republic, defeating them 9–6 in 9 ends.

France, the eighth placed team, played Group B winners Russia in the World Challenge Games, and defeated Russia in a best-of-three series to win the final berth at the 2012 Capital One World Men's Curling Championship.

Round Robin Standings

Final Round Robin Standings

Key
Countries to Playoffs
Countries to Tiebreakers
Countries relegated to 2012 Group B
NationSkipWL
 SwedenNiklas Edin63
 NorwayThomas Ulsrud63
 DenmarkRasmus Stjerne63
  SwitzerlandSven Michel54
 Czech RepublicJiří Snítil54
 GermanyJohn Jahr54
 ScotlandDavid Murdoch54
 FranceThomas Dufour45
 LatviaRitvars Gulbis27
 ItalyJoël Retornaz18

Playoffs

  Page playoff system Semifinal Gold Medal Game
                           
1  Sweden 5  
2  Norway 4         1  Sweden 6
      2  Norway 5   2  Norway 7
  4  Czech Republic 2  
3  Denmark 8
4  Czech Republic 9  
Bronze Medal Game
   
4  Czech Republic 6
3  Denmark 9
Bronze Medal Game

Friday, December 9, 20:00

Sheet D 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
 Czech Republic (Snítil) 2 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 X 6
 Denmark (Stjerne) 0 0 2 2 0 2 0 3 0 X 9
Gold Medal Game

Saturday, December 10, 15:00

Sheet C 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
 Sweden (Edin) 1 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 2 0 6
 Norway (Ulsrud) 0 2 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 7

Group B

The Group B competitions were contested in Moscow. Sixteen teams, including the teams advancing from the Group C competitions (Poland and Lithuania), were divided into two groups and competed in a round robin within their own groups. The top two teams from each group moved on to the page playoffs. Hungary, the leader of the Red Group, defeated Ireland, the leader of the Blue Group, sending Ireland to the semifinal. Russia, the second-ranked team in the Red Group, defeated England, the runner-up of the Blue Group, and advanced to the semifinal. Russia moved on to the gold medal game, where they defeated Hungary to win the Group B competitions. Ireland was defeated by England in the bronze medal game.

Russia and Hungary advance to the 2012 Men's Group A competitions, and Russia played France in the World Challenge Games, where France defeated Russia in a best-of-three series to win the final berth at the 2012 Capital One World Men's Curling Championship. Belarus and Croatia were relegated to the 2012 Men's Group C competitions.

Round Robin Standings

Final Round Robin Standings

Key
Countries to Playoffs
Countries relegated to 2012 Group C
Red GroupSkipWL
 HungaryGyörgy Nagy61
 RussiaAlexey Tselousov61
 AustriaAndreas Unterberger52
 FinlandMarkku Uusipaavalniemi43
 SpainAntonio de Mollinedo34
 LithuaniaTadas Vyskupaitis25
 SlovakiaPavol Pitoňák16
 BelarusIhar Platonov16
Blue GroupSkipWL
 IrelandRobin Gray61
 EnglandAlan MacDougall61
 EstoniaHarri Lill43
 PolandJakub Glowania43
 BelgiumMarc Suter43
 WalesStuart Hills25
 NetherlandsJaap van Dorp25
 CroatiaAlen Cadez07

Playoffs

  Page playoff system Semifinal Gold Medal Game
                           
B1  Ireland 4  
R1  Hungary 6         R1  Hungary 4
      B1  Ireland 3   R2  Russia 7
  R2  Russia 6  
B2  England 2
R2  Russia 6  
Bronze Medal Game
   
B1  Ireland 4
B2  England 8
Bronze Medal Game

Saturday, December 10, 9:30

Sheet H 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
 Ireland (Gray) 0 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 X 4
 England (MacDougall) 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 2 3 X 8
Gold Medal Game

Friday, December 9, 13:00

Sheet G 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
 Hungary (Nagy) 0 1 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 X 4
 Russia (Tselousov) 2 0 2 0 0 1 0 2 0 X 7

Group C

The Group C competitions were contested in Tårnby. The nine participating teams competed in one group of nine and played in a round robin. The top two teams, Poland and Lithuania, advanced to Group B. Poland finished with a 7–1 win-loss record, while Lithuania and Turkey, both finishing with 6–2 win-loss records, played for the second qualifying spot in the semifinal, which went to Lithuania. Poland defeated Lithuania narrowly in the Group C Final, winning after a steal in the ninth end, 7–6.

Round Robin Standings

Final Round Robin Standings

Key
To Group C Final
To Group C Semifinal
Nation Skip Win Loss
 PolandTomasz Zioło71
 TurkeyIlhan Osmanagaoglu62
 LithuaniaTadas Vyskupaitis62
 IcelandHallgrimur Valsson53
 LuxembourgMarco Etienne44
 SerbiaMarko Stojanovic35
 RomaniaAllen Coliban35
 GreeceGeorgios Arampatis17
 SloveniaZvonimir Sever17

Playoffs

  Semifinal     Gold Medal Game
                 
    1  Poland 7
  2  Turkey 2     3  Lithuania 6
  3  Lithuania 6  
Gold Medal Game

Thursday, October 6, 19:30

Sheet 5 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Final
 Poland (Zioło) 1 0 1 2 0 1 0 1 1 7
 Lithuania (Vyskupaitis) 0 4 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 6

Women

Group A

The Group A competitions were contested in Moscow. Ten teams, including the teams advancing from last year's Group B competitions (the Czech Republic and Italy), competed in a round robin. The top four teams moved on to the page playoffs. In the page playoffs, defending champions Sweden soundly defeated Denmark, while Scotland, last year's runners-up, won in an extra end over Russia.[2] Scotland then defeated Denmark in the semifinal, which sent Denmark to the bronze medal game. Scotland then stormed past Sweden, winning the gold medal game in eight ends with an 8–2 score. Scotland won their second championship, their first since the inaugural championships in 1975. Russia secured a bronze medal win over Denmark with a five-point 10th end, making the final score 13–7.[4]

The Czech Republic, the eighth placed team, played Group B winners Hungary in the World Challenge Games, and defeated Hungary in a best-of-three series to win the final berth at the 2012 Ford World Women's Curling Championship.

Round Robin Standings

Final Round Robin Standings

Key
Countries to Playoffs
Countries to Tiebreakers
Countries relegated to 2012 Group B
NationSkipWL
 SwedenMargaretha Sigfridsson90
 DenmarkLene Nielsen81
 ScotlandEve Muirhead72
 RussiaAnna Sidorova54
 GermanyAndrea Schöpp54
 ItalyDiana Gaspari36
  SwitzerlandBinia Feltscher36
 Czech RepublicLinda Klímová36
 LatviaIneta Mača18
 NorwayLinn Githmark18

Playoffs

  Page playoff system Semifinal Gold Medal Game
                           
1  Sweden 12  
2  Denmark 6         1  Sweden 2
      2  Denmark 2   3  Scotland 8
  3  Scotland 10  
3  Scotland 9
4  Russia 6  
Bronze Medal Game
   
2  Denmark 7
4  Russia 13
Bronze Medal Game

Friday, December 9, 20:00

Sheet B 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
 Denmark (Nielsen) 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 3 0 7
 Russia (Sidorova) 0 2 1 1 2 0 1 1 0 5 13
Gold Medal Game

Saturday, December 10, 10:00

Sheet A 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
 Sweden (Sigfridsson) 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 X X 2
 Scotland (Muirhead) 1 1 0 2 3 0 1 0 X X 8

Group B

The Group B competitions were contested in Moscow. Ten teams, including the teams advancing from the Group C competitions (Poland and Slovakia), competed in a round robin. The top four teams moved on to the page playoffs. In the page playoffs, Hungary defeated Finland, and Poland defeated Slovakia in a rematch of the Group C final. Poland came close to earning a spot in the Group A competitions, but Finland defeated Poland in the semifinal with a winning point in the 10th end, sending Poland back to play against Slovakia. Hungary secured the top spot in the Group B competitions with a 4–1 win over Finland in nine ends. Slovakia stole their way to a win over Poland in their third matchup, winning in ten ends.

Hungary and Finland advance to the 2012 Women's Group A competitions, and Hungary played the Czech Republic in the World Challenge Games, where France defeated Russia in a best-of-three series to win the final berth at the 2012 Ford World Women's Curling Championship. Ireland and Wales were relegated to the 2012 Men's Group C competitions.

Round Robin Standings

Final Round Robin Standings

Key
Countries to Playoffs
Countries to Tiebreakers
Countries relegated to 2012 Group C
NationSkipWL
 FinlandOona Kauste81
 HungaryIldikó Szekeres81
 PolandElzbieta Ran72
 AustriaKarina Toth54
 EstoniaKristine Lill54
 SlovakiaGabriela Kajanova54
 EnglandFiona Hawker36
 SpainOihane Otaegi36
 IrelandCarolyn Hibberd18
 WalesLaura Beever09

Playoffs

  Page playoff system Semifinal Gold Medal Game
                           
1  Hungary 7  
2  Finland 4         1  Hungary 4
      2  Finland 8   2  Finland 1
  3  Poland 7  
3  Poland 7
4  Slovakia 3  
Bronze Medal Game
   
3  Poland 6
4  Slovakia 7
Bronze Medal Game

Saturday, December 10, 9:30

Sheet J 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
 Poland (Ran) 0 0 1 0 0 3 2 0 0 0 6
 Slovakia (Kajanova) 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 2 7
Gold Medal Game

Friday, December 9, 13:00

Sheet K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
 Hungary (Szekeres) 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 1 X 4
 Finland (Kauste) 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 X 1

Group C

The Group C competitions were contested in Tårnby. The ten participating teams competed in two groups of five and played in a round robin within their own groups. The top two teams from each group then played in a page playoff, and the two finalists, Poland and Slovakia will advance to Group B. Poland defeated France in the 1 vs. 2 playoff game, while Slovakia defeated both Turkey and France en route to reaching the final. Poland defeated Slovakia in the Group C Final in seven ends, 8–4.

Round Robin Standings

Final Round Robin Standings

Key
Countries to Playoffs
Yellow Group Skip W L
 FranceAnna Li40
 TurkeyÖznur Polat31
 SloveniaMaja Kremzar22
 RomaniaCrina Novac13
 SerbiaDana Gravara Stojanovic04
Green Group Skip W L
 PolandElzbieta Ran40
 SlovakiaGabriella Kajanova31
 BelarusEkaterina Kirillova22
 BelgiumKaren Geerts13
 CroatiaIva Pennava04

Playoffs

  Page playoff system Semifinal Gold Medal Game
                           
Y1  France 4  
G1  Poland 5         G1  Poland 8
      Y1  France 5   G2  Slovakia 4
  G2  Slovakia 7  
Y2  Turkey 2
G2  Slovakia 8  
Gold Medal Game

Thursday, October 6, 19:30

Sheet 2 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Final
 Poland (Ran) 2 0 0 1 0 2 3 X 8
 Slovakia (Kajanova) 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 X 4

References

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