Team Edin hit back on super weekend for Sweden
World champions win in Basel while Team Hasselborg double up in Stockholm
It was a busy weekend of top-class curling on both sides of the Atlantic with two teams who competed in the Curling World Cup first leg in Suzhou lifting trophies – and one more could possibly follow!
Swiss Cup Basel
Sweden’s Team Edin put their early-season difficulties behind them to lift the Swiss Cup after a 7-5 victory over Suzhou finalists Team Walstad on Sunday.
An injury to Rasmus Wranaa, summer surgery for skip Niklas Edin and funding issues undoubtedly hampered the world champions’ performances at the Curling World Cup opener in Suzhou where they finished fifth and missed out on the final.
There were further concerns when the rink lost all four matches in the group stage of the Princess Auto Elite 10 in Ontario two weeks ago – but it all came together for them in Switzerland this weekend.
Undefeated in their four qualifying matches, Edin overcame Spain’s Team Vez in the quarter-finals, then home hopes Team Schwaller 6-4 in the semi-finals.
Four points in the fourth end was the crucial moment for Edin as they won the final 7-5 against Norway’s Team Walstad, for whom this was nonetheless another strong showing after reaching the Curling World Cup final in Suzhou.
Scotland’s Team Mouat – who finished third in Suzhou – went down to Switzerland’s Team Schwaller in the quarter-finals. Schwaller later lost the third-place play-off to compatriots Team De Cruz.
Stockholm Ladies’ Cup
It was a double triumph for Swedish curling at the weekend as Olympic champions Team Hasselborg won their second major title in quick succession.
Fresh from winning their first Grand Slam of Curling event in Ontario last week, the Suzhou finalists topped the group standings in Stockholm with a perfect 4/4 record, before toppling Czech Republic’s Team Kubeskova and Switzerland’s Team Tirinzoni en route to the final.
There, they faced another Curling World Cup opening-leg competitor in Russia’s Team Sidorova. Three in the second end laid the platform for a dominant 10-4 victory. “It’s so fun, it feels fantastic,” said skip Hasselborg afterwards.
The event was also notable for 51-year-old double Olympic champion Anete Norberg returning to the ice in a rink featuring her daughter Therese Westman, whom she coached in the mixed doubles event in Suzhou. The re-formed Team Norberg lost to Sidorova 6-1 in the semi-finals.
The competition also saw the comeback of Eve Muirhead following her lengthy recovery from hip surgery. After winning the opening three matches in Pool A, they lost to Team Norberg 8-7 before immediately facing them again in the quarter-finals, where they once more lost, this time 7-4.
Curlers Corner Autumn Gold Curling Classic
There’s still one day of competition left at the Calgary Curling Club and Suzhou champions Team Homan are among the rinks lining up in the quarter-finals.
Happy Thanksgiving! 🇨🇦 🦃— Team Homan (@TeamHoman) October 7, 2018
We have many reasons to be thankful - our supportive fans, generous sponsors and to be able to compete in the sport we love. Spending this Thanksgiving on the road but thrilled to have advanced to the @CC_AGCC Autumn Gold quarterfinals on Monday! pic.twitter.com/Vo1d0xrFz1
Homan’s quartet go up against Team Alina Kovaleva, who will represent Russia in the Curling World Cup second leg in Omaha. The team skipped by Suzhou mixed doubles champion Laura Walker goes up against compatriots Team Jennifer Jones.
Another team already confirmed for Omaha – Canada's Team Fleury – faces Japan’s Team Satsuki Fujisawa, who finished a respectable second in their group in Suzhou.
Team Einarsson v Team Scheidegger is the last quarter-final, with the winner facing either Homan or Kovaleva in the afternoon’s semis.