Ladies Team – 12 noon – Ireland 3 Belarus 8
This looked like a close fought match from the scores as both teams had a score of 3 going into the seventh end but Belarus had the hammer and took a 5 to put an end to the game.
Tomorrows Ladies games are against Romania at 8am and France at 4pm.
Men’s Team – 4pm – Ireland 6 Luxembourg 2
The Irish men got their second win of a busy Thursday in Champéry against a seasoned Luxembourg outfit. Despite losing the hammer the Irish stole 2 in both the first and second ends by forcing the Luxembourgish skip into drawing for his final stone.
The third end left the Irish men with a bit of a conundrum for their last stone and a perfectly swept nose hit left the Luxembourgers with an even bigger quandary. A missed hit and roll attempt meant the Irish had successfully forced their one. A blank end followed to round out the first half after the Irish skip cleared a good freeze made by their opponents.
After the break the Irish found themselves in lots of trouble with the stochastic deliveries of the Luxembourgers being matched by the Irish. When the hammer came the Irish were lying 4 against but a good hit meant only a one was lost against the head.
During the 6th end the Irish again found themselves in trouble but hit their way to a blank end to start afresh in the penultimate end. Here a good split on staggered guards meant the Irish counted 2 in the 8 foot and then ran their opponents out of stones in the final end.
Men’s Team – 8pm – Ireland 1 Slovenia 8
A third win in three games proved beyond the Irish men tonight after a jaded performance against Slovenia. After several unsuccessful freeze attempts from both sides the Slovenians made a simple draw for two in the first end. In the second end the Irish missed a hit for a potential two points and gave up a steal of a single.
The third end saw the Irish left frustrated again when a draw came up short and Slovenia scored another 2 points. The conclusion of the first half saw the Irish skip successfully draw against 3 counters to the 8 foot to get Ireland on the board.
During the 4th end break a decision was made to play an all-out aggressive game in an attempt to try and steal ends and the game. A barely missed hit and roll meant the Slovenians had a draw for three which was missed and meant the Irish entered the 6th end 6 points down.
The 6th and final end started promising for the Irish but any momentum was halted with a great triple by the Slovenia second. After this, the Irish rolled out and gave up a one and accepted defeat and headed home to prepare for a crucial final day of the round robin stage.
The Irish men play undefeated Slovakia at 12pm and round it out with Iceland at 8pm and are still in contention for a playoff spot.