Young Scots Set for National Junior Championships
The next big event in the Scottish curling calendar – The Scottish Curling Junior Championships – gets underway on Wednesday 23rd January at Curl Aberdeen.
Eight junior men’s and eight junior women’s teams will be competing for the national men’s and women’s junior titles at this annual event which brings together the best teams from across Scotland.
The winning teams will earn the right to represent Scotland at the World Junior Championships where Scotland has achieved significant success in recent years. The Scottish Junior Women’s teams have won Gold medal five times in the last six years with the Scottish Junior Men’s teams taking five Bronze medals and one Silver in the last ten
Both current Scottish Junior Women’s and Scottish Junior Men’s Champions are among the field this year and will be looking to emulate their successes of last season.
Hannah Fleming’s (pictured top right) Scottish Junior Women’s Champions went on to win the World Junior Women’s title in Östersund, Sweden last March beating the Czech Republic by 6-5 to take Gold while Kyle Smith’s Scottish Men battled to the World Junior Bronze medal beating Norway by 7-3 in eight ends.
Also in form in the Men’s Junior Championship is Grant Hardie’s Dumfries rink who finished top of their section in qualification for The Co-operative Funeralcare Scottish Curling Championships which takes them to the finals week at Dewars Centre, Perth, 11-17 February.
In the Scottish Junior Women’s title Jennifer Martin will be looking to take her team all the way after skipping them to victory in the Thun Invitational Juniors event in November beating Russia’s Julia Portunova 5-3.
Round robin play will determine three qualifiers who will then play a mini Page Play-off: Team one will play team two with the winner qualifying for the final, the loser will then play team three in the semi-final.
Both finals will take place on Sunday 27th January at 2:15pm.
The Royal Caledonian Curling Club will be providing live game by game line scoring and results coverage on its website at Scottish Junior Championships.
The Scottish Junior Men’s and Junior Women’s Champions will represent Scotland at the World Junior Championships in Sochi, Russia from 28 Feb – 10 Mar 2013.
Photo: © WCF / Richard Gray 2012