Sunday, January 23, 2011

Hasselborg Wins Glynhill

L-R: Sabina Kraupp, Anna Hasselborg (skip), Agnes Knochenhauer and Zandra Flyg, the Winners of the Glynhill Ladies International 2011.

Sunday morning and it’s quarterfinal time, and it’s a little bit strange. As reported earlier Ludmilla Privivkova qualified but couldn’t play as she is off to Turkey for the World Universiade Games, Gail Munro took her slot. And the target was Anna Hasselborg, a low scoring game, thanks to a single steal in the fifth team Munro led by two going into the final end, they didn’t have last stone and it all went wrong, Hasselborg got her three to win her place in the semis.

Two of the best teams in the world Mirjam Ott and Anette Norberg met in the quarters. The Norberg team had started the event well but had slipped up in their last two games, that trend continued in this one, Ott led by one after six, the seventh was THE end, Mirjam scored a big four, Anette was going home.

Eve Muirhead versus Jackie Lockhart, an all Scottish tie. Eve was just too strong, scoring two shot ends to Lockhart’s singles. Muirhead won 6/3.

Now it’s Russians again, this time Olga Ziablikova, yesterday I reported some of her team were off to WUG so for the quarterfinal they had a team of three against Gillian Howard. The teams matched each other score for score, tied on five all after seven but the Russians had last stone advantage for the final end, Ziablikova got her single to win the game 6/5.

That set up the semi finals, Hasselborg against Ziablikova and Muirhead versus Ott.

The Hasselborg/Ziablikova was a slow low scoring game, lots of blank ends, including the final end and just single scores. Hasselborg stole a single in the fifth and that settled the game, Sweden’s Anna Hasselborg was in the final on a score of 3/1.

In the other semifinal Mirjam Ott stole two shots in the opening end, then a single in the fifth against Eve Muirhead and that was the game, Ott was three shots ahead and try as they might Team Muirhead couldn’t get it back. Three down going into the last end Muirhead tried to raise a front stone to remove the Swiss counter, stick and roll the thrown stone in for three to tie the game. The angles weren’t good, Ott stole a single to win the game 7/3.

It was all set up for the final Mirjam Ott, 2010 Glynhill champion, against Anna Hasselborg from Sweden. The Swedes had a one shot lead after five ends but end six was the winning end. The Hasselborg team got stones in the house, Mirjam tried as hard as she could for freezes but every Swiss stone got put through the back, with her last stone of the end Hasselborg had a tap back for three shots and a four shot lead.

Ott got two back in end seven cutting the defecit to two shots. Team Hasselborg made no mistakes in the final end, Ott stole a single but it wasn’t enough. Anna Hasselborg, Sabina Kraupp, Agnes Knochenhauer and Zandra Flyg won the Glynhill Ladies’ International.

PS Anna and Agnes Knochenhauer are World Junior Champions.

The event website is here where you can find all the linescores, team photographs, a gallery of action pics, and video highlights.

Words by Christine Stewart

L-R: Mirjam Ott, Carmen Schafer, Carmen Kung and Janine Greiner

Mirjam Ott

Anna Hasselborg

Photos by Hugh Stewart

Many thanks to my guest bloggers this weekend! Bob