Young Scots set to shine at World Juniors
The next big event on the international curling calendar – the World Junior Curling Championships – gets underway on Saturday 3rd March in the Z-hallen, Östersund, in the heart of Sweden.
Altogether ten women’s and ten men’s teams will be vying for titles and medals, and Scotland’s colours will be carried proudly by Lockerbie’s Hannah Fleming and her team, and a men’s team led by Perth’s Kyle Smith.
Fleming and her team – third Lauren Gray, Alice Spence, lead Abigail Brown and alternate Jennifer Martin, coached by former Olympic champion Debbie Knox – are following in the footsteps of four-times World Junior champion Eve Muirhead and are defending the title Muirhead won last year when Scotland hosted a successful Championships in Perth.
They open their round-robin campaign against two nations that customarily perform well at this level – Norway, led by Kristina Davanger, in the morning session, and then Canada, skipped by Jocelyn Peterman from Alberta.
In between these games, Kyle Smith’s team – third Thomas Muirhead, Kyle Waddell, lead Kerr Drummond and alternate Hamilton McMillan, coached by Robin Halliday – face Finland’s Iiro Sipola in their only game on Saturday.
Round-robin play continues until Thursday 8th March. Thereafter tie-breakers will be held if needed, followed by Page Play-offs, with the gold and bronze medal games being staged on Sunday 11th March.
The two Scottish teams boast a strong curling dynasty, with men’s skip Kyle Smith being the son of 1991 world champion David; third Thomas Muirhead being the brother of four- times world junior champion and current European champion Eve – as well as son of world silver medallist Gordon; and alternate Hamilton McMillan being the son of well-kent 1999 world champion Hammy. As well as being coached by Olympic champion Debbie Knox, the women’s team features Jennifer, the daughter of Olympic champion skip Rhona Martin.
The RCCC website will be providing the normal game-by-game report service throughout the Championships, with specific emphasis on the Scottish teams.
Curling fans around the world will be able to follow live coverage of the event on the World Curling Federation’s YouTube Channel http://www.youtube.com/WorldCurlingTV
In a new venture for this event, the action will be live streamed globally through YouTube. http://www.wjcc2012.curlingevents.com/wjcc-2012-live-coverage-schedule
The live coverage and schedule will also be available along with news, live scores and galleries on the event website: http://www.wjcc2012.curlingevents.com
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