The World Junior-B Curling Championships (WJBCC) in Lohja, Finland concluded on Thursday 10 January. The WJBCC is a qualification event open to junior teams from all WCF Member Associations that have not already qualified for the forthcoming World Junior Curling Championships (WJCC).

21 junior women’s teams took part in the event. Scotland were in a group of 7 and secured a place in the playoffs after completing the round robin unbeaten. After winning the quarter final against Germany and then the semi final against Japan, team Scotland, skipped by Beth Farmer, had secured Scotland’s place at the WJCC which are to be held in Liverpool, Nova Scotia in February 2019. They went on to play the Gold Medal game and completed their unbeaten run at these championships with a 5-3 victory over Russia. A fantastic experience and achievement for the team who were supported by; Alison Cunningham (Coach), David Ramsay (Head Coach) and James Cruickshank (Physio).

L-R Alison Cunningham (coach), Amy Bryce, Nicola Joiner, Katie McMillan, Kirstin Bousie, Beth Farmer

The top three placed teams claimed spots at the WJCC. Scotland will be joined by both silver medallists, Russia and bronze medallists, Japan.

The Scottish junior men were not competing in this event as they had already qualified for the WJCC 2019 from their result at the Championships in 2018.

Report: Barbara McFarlane
Photo: @WCF/Alina Pavlyuchik

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