2014 Ford World Women’s Championship Preview
The 2014 Ford World Women’s Curling Championship gets underway on Saturday 15th March in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada.
Scotland will be represented by the 2014 Scottish Curling Champions (right, photo Tom Brydone) – skip Kerry Barr, Rachael Simms, Rhiann Macleod, and Barbara McPake, supported by alternate Hannah Fleming and coached by Keith MacLennan. Full team pictured below: Photo Brad Askew.
The Scots will be among twelve of the top women’s teams from the international world of curling taking part. They will represent hosts Canada, China, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Korea, Latvia, Russia, Switzerland, Sweden, and the USA, as well as Scotland who are the current champions thanks to the sterling efforts of Eve Muirhead and her team, who recently added Olympic bronze medals to their collection.
Round-robin play starts on Saturday and continues through till Thursday 20th March. After this, tie-breakers will be played, if needed, to determine the top four ranked teams. In this event, curling’s Page Play-off system will be used, in which the top two ranked teams from the round-robin face each other, with the winner of that game going direct to the final, and the loser being given a second chance by playing a semi-final against the winner of the Play-off between the teams ranked third and fourth. The winner of that sole semi-final goes onto the final to play for gold or silver, and the loser faces the Page 3/4 loser for bronze. These gold and bronze medal finals take place on Sunday 23th March.
The Scottish women have only one game on Saturday, opening against Latvia, a team who, like Scotland are newcomers at this level.
They then have two games on Sunday, against Denmark and then Germany, as the round-robin progresses.
Throughout this event, full reports and reaction will be available here on this website shortly after each session.
Curling fans around the world will be able to follow selected live coverage of the 2014 World Championship events via the World Curling Federation’s YouTube Channel
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Report: Mike Haggerty