Sights Set on Sapporo for World Women’s Championship
Scotland’s Eve Muirhead, Anna Sloan, Vicki Adams and Sarah Reid, supported by alternate Lauren Gray (pictured below L-R) and coach David Hay are in Japan to represent Scotland at the ZEN-NOH World Women’s Curling Championship, which gets underway on Saturday 14th March within the Sapporo Tsukisamu Gymnasium in Sapporo, Hokkaido.
Eve Muirhead’s women earned the right to represent Scotland at this event after winning the Scottish Curling Championships in Perth last month (top).
Altogether twelve teams will be taking part. They are Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, Germany, hosts Japan, Norway, Russia, defending champions Switzerland, Sweden and the USA, as well as the Scottish champions.
There are some strong combinations in the field, mostly notably the Canadian Olympic champion team led by Jennifer Jones. Sweden’s Olympic silver medallist Margaretha Sigfridsson leads a team with one change in the line-up, while other experienced skips include Denmark’s Lene Neilson and Russia’s Anna Sidorova. Current world champion nation Switzerland is represented by a team skipped by Alina Pietz.
The Scots will sit out the first round-robin session and will open their campaign on Saturday evening, against Denmark. After which they will face Olympic champions Canada and then Japan on Sunday, as the round-robin action continues.
The round-robin concludes on Thursday 19th March, with the medal games taking place on Sunday 22nd March.
This is the second time that the World Curling Federation (WCF) has staged its World Women’s Championship in Japan – the 2007 event took place in Aomori – and the third time that the Championship has been staged in Asia – the 2009 event took place in Gangneung, Korea, in the venue that will be used during the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.
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This website will feature reports and reaction after every game involving Team Scotland. Click World Women’s Latest to keep up to date.
Results, statistics, news and photos from the ZEN-NOH World Women’s Curling Championship 2015 can be seen here on the World Curling Federation’s official event website
World Curling TV (WCTV), the television arm of the World Curling Federation, will provide extensive live and video-on-demand coverage to broadcasters around the world from Sapporo. Click for the full broadcast schedule
In addition, curling fans around the world will be able to follow selected live coverage of the 2015 World Championship events via the World Curling Federation’s YouTube Channel
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Photos: Richard Gray/WCF.