The two Swiss teams entered for the European Championships in Lillehammer were eliminated before the semi-finals. It’s a big disappointment both for CC Geneva of skip Peter De Cruz and for the women of CC Aarau of skip Silvana Tirinzoni.
Despite a convincing 10-1 success against Italy in their last match of the preliminary phase and a good record of 6 wins for 3 losses, the Swiss, double world champions, must be content with 5th place.
They could only hope to reach the four-quarter of ace if at the same time Germany lost their last match against the Czech Republic. Alas, the Germans of the skip Daniela Jenstsch did not miss their chance to collect a large victory (11-4).
Big disappointment for CC Geneva
The bronze medalists of the Olympic Games and the Worlds, Valentin Tanner, Peter De Cruz, Sven Michel and Benoît Schwarz won their last part of the preliminary phase against Germany 7-6 after an additional end and ended the exercise with a positive balance of 5 wins for 4 losses. But the Genevans must be satisfied with the 5th row.
The Swiss would have qualified only if Italy lost to Finland. But the Transalpins did not give way to suspense with an 8-3 success.
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