Scotland’s Junior Women prepare for World-B Champs
Scotland’s Junior Women, skipped by Sophie Jackson (pictured right), are heading to Oestersund, Sweden, for the World Junior-B Curling Championships (WJBCC). The WJBCC are being held from the 3rd – 10th January and the final places for the VoIP Defender World Junior Curling Championships 2017 (WJCC) are up for grabs.
Three women’s and three men’s places are available for the WJCC 2017, which is a test event for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, and will be held in Gangneung Curling Centre, in Gangneung, Korea (between 16th – 26th February). The Scottish Junior men have already qualified for the WJCC 2017, however after a disappointing result at last years World Junior Curling Championships the women need to finish in the top three at the World Junior-B Curling Championships to secure their spot.
Sophie Jackson, Naomi Brown, Mili Smith, Sophie Sinclair earned the right to represent Scotland after a playoff to determine the junior womens team to represent Scotland at the World Junior-B Championships. It was a five game series between Team Jackson and Team Aitken, and it went down to the last stone in the fifth game to decide who would head to Sweden.
A total of 21 women’s teams will take part in the event, the teams are split into three groups:
Group A: Austria, Finland, Italy, Japan, Poland, Slovenia and Turkey.
Group B: Czech Republic, Spain, Estonia, Latvia, Norway, Romania and Scotland.
Group C: Australia, China, Denmark, England, Germany, New Zealand and Slovakia.
Scotland’s first game takes place on Tuesday 3rd, against Spain. The groups will all play a round robin series, with the top two teams in each group proceeding to the quarter-finals. The third placed team with the best Draw Shot Challenge (DSC) will also secure a quarter-final berth, while the other third placed teams will play a qualification game to determine the last quarter-final place.
Games will be eight ends and only one round of tie-breakers will be played if required.
The winners of the quarter-finals will then play semi-finals, and then those winners will play in the gold medal games and will qualify directly to the WJCC 2017. The losers of the semi-finals will play for bronze medals and the last WJCC places.
The round robin runs through to Sunday 8 January. The men’s and women’s qualification and quarter-final games will be played on Monday 9 January. The semi-finals will take place on Tuesday 10 January at 09.00 and the medal games will be staged at 14.00 the same day (all times are Central European Time).
There will be a live stream of selected games throughout the championship on World Curling TV, www.youtube.com/WorldCurlingTV
Results for this event will be available on the official event website: www.worldcurling.org/wjcc2017
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Photo of Sophie Jackson, top © Brian Battensby
Pictured middle are Sophie Jackson (skip), Naomi Brown, Mili Smith, Sophie Sinclair, Laura Barr (alternate) and Cate Brewster (coach).