Curling... and Sweden and Switzerland met each other in both men's and women's finals of?
Curling... and Sweden and Switzerland met each other in both men's and women's finals of the European championships at Aviemore, Scotland on Saturday (9 December). The Swiss men just got home, six to five, but the Swedish women trounced Switzerland eleven to two.
SYNOPSIS: These were the fourth championships in their present form, and they had the extra tang of being staged in Scotland, where the game began in primitive form some five hundred years ago.
The third game of the men's final, The Swiss won the title two years ago, and the Swedes, the defending champions, here take a two-one lead.
On to the tenth game of a thrilling tussle... a splendid throw... and Switzerland have evened the score at five games each. To the delight of a knowledgable crowd, a tie-breaker was needed.
The title now hinged on this final Swiss throw.. the keyed-up sweepers helped it eagerly on its way towards the tee. The teamwork prevailed, and the Swiss were champions once more.
The Swedes were good losers, and could console themselves with the thought that, if the pattern continues, it will be their turn to win at next year's championships at Varese in Italy.
Now it was the women's final, and Sweden quickly showed they were not daunted by the defeat of their menfolk. From the first throw, they never offered the Swiss women any chance of making it a double triumph, or of denying them their third title in a row.
Eleven-nil to Sweden... with the danger of a humiliating no-score looming for the Swiss. The combination of Swedish experience, and the confidence bred by their magnificent international record, had choked off every Swiss bid to recover.
In the dying moments of the championships, the Swiss women finally gathered some crumbs of consolation. Some steady throwing brought their first point, although the scoreboard was dismal reading.
The final throw, made by a Swedish player.. very good, but not enough to prevent the Swiss from taking the closing point of the competition.