Scotland’s Top Juniors Set for World Championship Action
This season’s Scottish Junior Champions go into international championship action on Sunday, with Edinburgh’s Bruce Mouat and Sophie Jackson from Dumfries leading their teams in the VoIP Defender World Junior Curling Championships 2016.
This event gets underway on Sunday 6th March at the Taarnby Curling Club, on the outskirts of Denmark’s capital city, Copenhagen, with the first of 18 sessions of round-robin play.
Altogether ten women’s and ten men’s teams have qualified to take part, representing 12 different nations, and the Scottish men – skip Bruce Mouat, third player Bobby Lammie, second Gregor Cannon and lead Angus Dowell, supported by alternate Robin Brydone and coached by Alan Hannah – are first into action, opening their campaign against Norway on Sunday afternoon.
The ten men’s teams involved this year are: defending champions Canada, Denmark, Korea, Norway, Russia, Scotland, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the USA, and Mouat will be hoping to add to the bronze medal he won at last year’s Championships (supported by Bobby Lammie as alternate at that time).
Scottish women’s skip Sophie Jackson will be making her debut at this Championship, but two members of her team – third Naomi Brown and lead Rachel Hannen were in the team that took silver medals at last year’s Championships. The other members of this year’s Scottish women’s team are second player Rachael Halliday and alternate Katie Murray, while Robin Halliday is team coach.
The ten women’s teams are: defending champions Canada, Hungary, Japan, Korea, Russia, Scotland, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the USA, and the Scottish women face newcomers Hungary (skipped by two-times World Mixed Doubles champion Dorottya Polansca) in their first game on Sunday evening.
The round-robin section of these Championships conclude on Friday 11th March. Thereafter tie-breakers will be held if needed to establish the top four teams in each gender. After this, curling’s Page Play-off system will be used, with all medal games being staged on Sunday 14th March
This website will feature reports and reaction after every game involving the Scottish teams.
Curling fans around the world will be able to follow live coverage of the Championships on the event website and the World Curling Federation’s YouTube Channel
Photo top: WCF/Richard Gray