Christine Stewart reports from the European Senior Invitation Curling Championships at Greenacres
Day 3 - Friday 1 November
In the first session of the day Peter Sveibergs, Latvia came up against Werner Attinger from Switzerland, both team were tied on four points from three games. This was a one sided game, team Attinger was in control from the start up by two shots after four ends, a steal of two in the fifth took the lead to four shots. Sveisbergs couldn’t get into the game at all Attinger took the game 8/2.
Gary MacFarlane also had four points from three games, his opponent England’s John Sharp was one point behind with three. This was another high scoring game for one side. Team MacFarlane dominated this one, in the first three ends no-one took any chances, in the fourth MacFarlane scored a three and stole a single in the fifth. Sharp could manage only a single shot in the sixth, MacFarlane got two shots over the last two ends, final score 7/2 to MacFarlane.
Denmark’s Allan Ploug was trailing with just one point, he met Kari Keranen, Finland on two points. This was a tight game, Keranen had a lead of two after four, Ploug came back with two in the fifth and a single steal in the six leading by just one shot. Keranen took a single in the seventh and stole one in the final end to win the game 6/5.
In the women’s section Susan Limena, Switzerland was top of the table, she hadn’t lost a game, her opponent Chantal Forrer also from Switzerland was just one point behind. This was a close came, they were tied at three all after six ends, Limena got a two in the seventh for the lead but Forrer cae on to form in the last end, scoring five shots she won the game 8/5.
Sweden’s Bitte Ostlund and Christine Cannon, Scotland were tied on points going into this game. With last stone advantage in the first end Team Ostlund scored two shots, Cannon blanked the second but scored just one shot in the third. Ostlunds scored three in the fourth to lead by four. There was no way back for Cannon, Ostlund took the game 8/3 after eight ends.
Margita Matuskovicova had put just one point on the board, Kirsti Kauste, Finland, had yet to score any points. Kauste was well in charge in this game, her team stole two shots in end one and a big five in end two. Matuskova couldn’t get on the board, after four the score was 10/0 to Kauste. It didn’t get any better for Matuskovicova, Kauste took the game 13/3.
In the men’s event, blue section, Connie Ostlund, Sweden, was leading the pack, he met Jim Beckett, Scotland, tied in second spot, in this round. With last stone advantage Ostlund scored three in end one and stole three in the second. Beckett came back scoring four shots over the next three ends, Ostlund got two in the sixth, Beckett three in the seventh going into the last end one down without last stone. Ostlund got a single to win the game 9/7.
Karl Grossman, Switzerland second in the league faced Earldo Quero from Italy. This was a game of two halves. Grossman led by four shots after four ends, then Quero took charge of the game, he had the defecit cut to a single shot after six ends. Grossmann opted to blank the seventh end. It wasn’t good enough Quero stole a single in the final game to tie the score at seven all.
Andras Rokusfalvy, Hungary met Yrjo Franssila, Sweden. Franssila dominated the first half of the game scoring singles in the opening four ends. With two scores in end five and six Rokusfalvy had the game tied. Fransilla with last stone in end seven scored four to go ahead, Rokusvalvy managed just one shot in the final end, Fransilla took the game 8/5.
In the red section Karl Nordlund, the leader of the pack on eight points, met Olli Rissannen, Finland, at the bottom of the league. This was tight for the first four ends, the teams swapped singles and two, tied at three all after four ends. Team Nordlund dominated the rest of the game scoring singles in five, six and seven for a lead of three. Rissanen got one in the final end, final score 6/4 to Nordlund.
Graeme Adam, Scotland, in second place in the league took on Bernhard Attinger, Switzerland. This was another close game for the first half, Adam led by a single shot. But the second half was all Adams, he got three in the fifth and stole a single in the sixth. Attinger got one in the seventh but Adam was in charge, a single to Adam in the final end made the score 9/4 in his favour.
Ireland’s John Jo Kenny was up against Sergey Korolenko from Russia. This was a low scoring game at the halfway point the score line read 2/1 to Korolenko. In the second half Kenny took two in the fifth but lost a three in the sixth, then he came back with two in the seventh, the score was tied going into the final end. Korolenko had last stone for the final end and scored a single shot to win 6/5
DAY 2 - THURSDAY 30th November 2013
Sweden, skipped by Karl Nordlund took on Bernhard Attinger from Switzerland in the first session on Thursday.
This was a very tight game, Attinger had the edge of being one shot up after four ends. But after end seven the teams were tied at four all. Attinger had last stone advantage in the final end but he couldn’t beat the Swedish stone lying shot. Sweden stole a single shot to win the game 5/4.
Scotland’s Graeme Adam met John Jo Kenny and his Irish team. At the halfway point there was nothing to choose between the teams. Then Team Ireland took control of the game scoring four shots over the next three ends and went into the final end well ahead, Adam faced scoring four for a peel, five to win the game. Kenny wasn’t going to let that happen, Adam got a single but Kenny had the game 6/3.
Sergey Korolenko, Russia and Olli Rissannen from Finland had a game of two halves in this round. Korolenko scored five shots in the first four ends, Rissannen’s team hadn’t scored a shot. It looked like a fightback in the second half, Rissannen scored three in the fifth and a single in end seven to cut the lead to one shot. But Korolenko wasn’t giving up scoring two shots in the final end to win the game.
In the women’s event Helena Pahl from Finland dominated her game against Scotland’s Elaine Semple. Without last stone advantage team Pahl scored six shots in the first four ends. Elaine Semple and her team got on the board with a three in end five, but team Pahl kept up the pressure, they scored six more shots in the last three ends for a final score of 11/3 to Pahl.
Renate Nedkoff, Switzerland met Ingrid Meldahl from Sweden in this round. Nedkoff had a lead of two after four ends, the Meldahl took control of the game with a three in end five and steals of 2 in end six and seven to lead by five, Nedkoff managed a two in the final end, it wasn’t enough team Meldahl had their third win 9/6.
Gwen Prentice, Scotland on one win from two games, was up against Ludmilla Murova from Russia. Prentice grabbed the lead from end one with a score of three, she led by six shots after four ends, that lead went to eleven after seven ends. Murova played out the final end to score a single shot, final score 15/5 to Prentice.
In the second session Italy’s Eraldo Quero was drawn against Yrjo Franssila from Finland. Fortunes swung back and forth between the teams. Fransilla dominated the first half of the game leading by two shots after four ends. He still had that lead after six. Quero took a single in the seventh and managed to steal one in the final end to tie the score at four all.
Home team skipped by Jim Beckett met Hungary’s Andras Rokusfalvy. This was a very tight game neither team could get any advantage in the first half. Beckett scored one shot in end six and stole a single in the seventh to go into the final end with a two shot lead. Rokusfalvy could only score one shot in the final end. Beckett had won the game 5/4.
Connie Ostlund, Sweden, against the Swiss team skipped by Karl Grossman was very much a one sided game. Grossman lead by three after four ends. He wasn’t going to let that lead go, when he scored three in end seven he had a six shot lead. Ostlund took his single in the final end but team Grossman came out the winners on a score line of 9/4.
In the green section Kari Keranen Finland met Werner Attinger, Switzerland. In the early ends there was nothing between the teams. Attinger got one in the sixth and a steal of two in the seventh gave him a two shot lead for the last end. He kept Keranen to a single shot in the final end, final score 6/5 to Attinger.
Home team Gary MacFarlane faced Allan Ploug from Denmark. MacFarlane had the best of the first half stealing singles in ends three and four for a three shot lead. With singles in ends five and six Ploug cut the lead to one shot. But it wasn’t enough MacFarlane scored two in end seven and stole a single in the final end to win the game 7/3.
The game between Peteris Sveibergs, Latvia and John Sharp, England was very much a one sided affair. With last stone advantage in the first end Sharp scored six shots, Sveibergs came back with two in the second and a single steal in the fourth to cut Sharp’s lead to three. But it wasn’t enough, Sharp got a single in the fifth and stole five in the sixth. Sveibergs played on but after the final end Sharp had won the game 14/4.
Session three Kirsti Kauste, Finland was up against Chantel Forrer from Switzerland. This was a very close game, Kauste led by just one shot at the halfway point. Forrer went ahead in the second half stealing a single in the fifth and two more in the sixth for a lead of two. Kauste got two back in the seventh but Forrer with last stone in the final end scored one shot to win the game 6/5.
Margita Matuskovicova, Slovakia and Sweden’s Bitte Ostlund met in this round. Once again not much between the teams in the first four ends. In end six Ostlund scored three shots for a lead of two shots. Matuskovicova scored a single shot in the seventh then stole a shot in the final end to tie the score at five all.
Scotland’s Christine Cannon faced Susan Limena from Switzerland in this round. The scores were tight, a four in end four gave Limena’s team a lead of two shots, Cannon scored three in the fifth to lead by one. But then the game went all Limena’s way, a score of four in the sixth and single steals in ends seven and eight won the game for her on a final score of 11/8.
In the men’s event Sergey Korolenko, Russia had a tight game against Bernhard Attinger from Switzerland. Neither team could get ahead in the first four ends, they were tied at four all after four, then five all after six. Korolenko blanked the seventh to hold on to last stone for the final end. The ploy didn’t work, Attinger stole a single to win the game 6/5.
Karl Nordlund, Sweden dominated his game against Scotland’s Graeme Adam. Nordlund stole singles in the in the first two ends but Adam had the score tied after three. Nordlund hit back with a big four in the fourth end for a lead of four. Adam managed a single in the fifth, Nordlund replied with one in the sixth and a single steal in the seventh for a lead of five. Adam got two in the final end but the game was Nordlunds, final score 8/5 to Nordlund.
Irelands John Jo Kenny and Olli Rissannen from Finland were close in the first half of their game, Kenny had a two shot lead. Then the game went all Kenny’s way, he scored one in the fifth then stole four shots over the final ends, Ireland won the game 8/1.
In the last session of the day Ludmilla Murova, Russia took on Finland’s Helena Pahl. Murova looked to be in charge from the first end, her team scored three over the first three ends. Pahl got a single in the fourth, then lost two more over ends five and six, Murova led by four shots with just two ends to go. Pahl’s team then took charge of the game scoring three in the seventh and stealing a single in the eighth to finish with the scores tied at five all.
Switzerland’s Renate Nedkoff and Scotland’s Elaine Semple had a high scoring game in this session, the teams were tied after three ends then Nedkoff scored five in the fourth end for the lead. Semple managed a single in the fifth, but in end six Nedkoff got another five. Team Semple worked hard in end seven scoring four shots but they still trailed by five going into the final end. Nedkoff took two to come out the winner 15/8.
Ingrid Meldahl from Sweden dominated her game against Gwen Prentice from Scotland. Meldahl had a four shot lead at the halfway point and that lead kept growing, she had a six shot lead going into the final end. Team Prentice scored three in the final end but the game was Meldahls, final score 11/5 to Meldahl.
In the men’s event Connie Ostlund, Sweden, met Yrjo Fransilla from Finland. It was fairly tight for the first four ends, Ostlund had a lead of two shots after four ends. In end seven Ostlund took control of the game with a score of three, and made sure of a victory stealing three in the final end to win the game 10/2.
Hungary’s Andras Rokusfalvy looked well in charge of his game against Eraldo Quero from Italy in the first three ends, four in end one and three in the third have him a lead of six shots. But team Quero fought back with a three in the fourth. But Rokusfalvy still led by four after six. Quero got a single in the seventh then stole four in the final end to win the game 8/5.
Jim Beckett, Scotland versus Karl Grossman, Switzerland was tight for the first half of the game, Grossman had a one shot lead in a low scoring game. Then the game went Grossman’s way, his team scored five shots over the next three ends for a six shot lead. The best Beckett could do was score three in the final end, Grossman took the game 8/5.
Photos by Hugh Stewart ©2013
DAY 1 - Wednesday 30th October 2013 - 8.30am
Scotland’s Graeme Adam took on Olli Rissannen from Finland in the opening game of the 2013 European Senior Invitation Curling Championships.
Team Adam took control of the game in the third end with a score of three for a two shot lead, Adam stole singles in ends four and five to lead by four shots. Rissannen came back with two singles to cut the lead to two shots, but team Adam had the advantage of last stone in the final end, they scored 2 for a final score of 8/4 to team Adam.
Karl Nordlund from Sweden met Russia’s Sergey Korolenko. There was nothing to choose between the team, Nordlund had a slender lead of one at the half way point. Korolenko went ahead scoring singles in ends five and six, a two score by Nordlund gave him a lead of one going into the final end. Korolenko got a single to tie the game at five all after eight ends.
Bernhard Attinger from Switzerland proved to be too strong for Ireland’s John Jo Kenny, he had a two shot lead after four and went on to dominate the second half of the game stealing two in end five and a single in the sixth for a five shot lead. Team Kenny managed singles in the last two ends but the game went to Attinger 6/3.
In the women’s section the first round was tight for all three games. Gwen Prentice, Scotland in her game against Renate Nedkoff from Switzerland went ahead in the opening ends, leading by four after three ends. Then Nedkoff took control of the game, she scored five shots in the next three ends for a lead of one. The teams swopped two scores in the two final ends, but Nedkoff came out the winner, 8/7.
Elaine Semple versus Ludmilla Murova from Russia was hard fought all the way. The teams matched each other for scores over seven ends, tied at four all with just one end to play. Semple had the last stone in the final end and got a single to win the game 5/4.
Helena Pahl, Finland and Ingrid Meldahl had an interesting game. Meldahl took control from the start, her team had a lead of three shots after four ends. But Pahl came back in the second half the game was tied after six ends. A two score to Meldahl in the seventh gave her a lead of two. Pahl had last stone in the final end but scored just one shot, Meldahl won the game 6/5.
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2013 EUROPEAN SENIORS INVITATION CURLING CHAMPIONSHIPS
On behalf of the Local Organising Committee may I welcome, once again, everyone who will join us for the 2013 EUROPEAN SENIORS INVITATION CURLING CHAMPIONSHIPS. This is the sixth Championship and we are so pleased to see how successful the event has been due in no small part to the support teams have given us over the years.
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Chairman, European Senior Invitation Curling Championships, 2013.