European Junior Curling Challenge 2014 Day 5

Day five of the European Junior Curling Challenge 2014 was full of exciting games as the final round-robin games and both the junior men’s and women’s Quarter-finals were played.

England women made it to the Semi-finals following two wins today Photo: Christian Leibbrandt

Three teams earned their spots in the Quarter-finals earlier today following their final round-robin game results.

In the junior men's B-Group there were still two Quarter-final spots available after yesterday's games, with four teams competing for them: Turkey, Latvia, Hungary and Estonia.

Turkey beat Hungary 8-4 in their final game to advance into the Quarter-finals and even though Latvia lost their game against Germany, they had still done well enough in comparison to Hungary and Estonia to move on to the Quarter-finals as well.

The men's Quarter-finals provided plenty of excitement for the spectators at the Kisakallio Sports Institute.

England and Czech Republic had a particularly exciting game. The game started with a couple of blanked ends before England went into a 2-1 lead by the fourth end break.

However, in the fifth end England stole three points after a couple of mistakes from the Czech team.

England’s 5-1 lead didn’t last until the end of the game however as the Czechs scored in all of the last three ends before going on to win the game 7-5 thanks to a three point steal in the eighth end after a few crucial mistakes by England.

The Germany - Denmark game was also very close as the Danish won the game 4-3 with their last shot of the game - a take-out.

There was still one Quarter-final spot available for the junior women from today's final round-robin games in the A-Group.

Spain, Slovenia and Turkey were all fighting for that one spot and after Turkey beat Spain 7-0 in their morning game, they advanced into the Quarter-finals.

England were in great form all day, taking clear victories against Finland in their last round robin game and in the afternoon beating Norway 8-2 in the Quarter-final.

However, all the rest of the Quarter-final games were very close, with Poland beating Germany 4-3, Turkey losing to Hungary 5-6 and Italy and Estonia taking it all the way to an extra end, where Italy just managed to take the last spot in the Semi-finals with a 4-3 victory.

The junior men will be play their Semi-finals at 10.00 (EET) on Wednesday. Denmark will be play Austria and the Netherlands will face The Czech Republic.

The junior women also play at 10.00 (EET). Poland will play against Hungary and England will face Italy.

RESULTS
Men's Quarter-finals: Netherlands 7, Turkey 4; England 5, Czech Republic 7; Germany 5, Denmark 6; Austria 6, Latvia 1.

Women's Quarter-finals: Italy 4 Estonia 3; England 8 Norway 2; Poland 4 Germany 3; Turkey 5 Hungary 6.

Follow the results from the EJCC 2014 here: http://www.curling.fi/en/competitions/leagues/9638

And a live webcast from the event can be seen here: http://www.curling.fi/en/competitions/curling-channel

WCF Member Associations that have already qualified teams for the World Junior Curling Championships 2014 are:
Junior Women: Russia (Gold 2013), Scotland (Silver 2013), Czech Republic, Sweden, Denmark, USA, Switzerland, and Canada.

Junior Men: Scotland (Gold 2013), Russia (Silver 2013), Canada (Bronze 2013), Sweden, Norway, Italy, USA and Switzerland.
Further information about the World Juniors 2014 can be seen here on the event website: http://wjcc2014.curlingevents.com

The Pacific-Asia Junior Curling Championships 2014 will take place in Harbin, China, from 9-14 January following a day of training on 8 January. It will be the 10th edition of the event.

Five junior men’s and five junior women’s teams from Australia, China, Japan, Korea and New Zealand will compete in the event.
All teams will play a double round robin through to Monday 13 January. Semi-finals and finals will be held on Tuesday 14.

The winning junior men's and junior women's teams will qualify for the 2014 World Junior Championships in Flims.

Report by Katja Kiiskinen