Jackson to represent Scotland at World Junior-B Championships
The playoff to determine the junior girls team to represent Scotland at the World Junior-B Championships a five game series, was held at Braehead 11th – 13th November.
It proved to be a very competitive affair, on good, consistent ice with a notably swinging hand and other straighter hand on both sheets used, the common feature throughout all five games. In the first two games the outcome hinged on the skips performances and saw the teams level at one all. The teams adjusted to the ice in games three and four particularly, allowing the level of play to go up with some aggressive curling from both. We still could not separate them however, with another win and loss each, resulting in the fifth game decider.
This game proved a much cagier affair then those that had gone before – with neither team really allowing stones to build up. Centre guards removed when with hammer, and no real attempt to set up a score of two meant low scoring. Karina forced to take one in the first, the next two blanked and Sophie left with a slash double in the 4 foot at fourth end, it was a little wide so rolled out to only score one. A steal of one for Jackson in the fifth when Karina rolled out with her last. Aitken was light with a draw in end six, choosing to level things up, so it was blanked. In end seven Sophie forced the one when Karina nosed the clear with her first, and Sophie hid making Karina draw the 4 foot, this time successfully but giving Sophie control. Team Aitken had to make a play – they set up a great steal effort in end eight, and only a successful angled double raise on to the edge of the 4 foot got team Jackson out of jail – Jackson took a one. Forcing a one in the ninth kept Team Jackson in charge – when Team Aitken could only hide in the wide 8 foot with her last stone – after central cover was removed professionally by Team Jackson – Sophie calmly drew the 4 foot for the win.
Team Jackson (pictured) and coach Cate Brewster will be travelling to the World Junior-B Championships in Östersund, Sweden, in early January.
Thanks to the young umpiring team who had to make a number of unusual decisions through the games; broken brush shafts, two minute silences and LSD measures! Also great ice produced by Chris Noble and Braehead making the games fair and open to aggressive play. Braehead’s support of this event was undeniable – a good venue, great viewing and great ice which were all highly appreciated.
For linescores from the weekend, click World Junior Women’s B Playdowns