Junior curling action kicks off 2014

Junior curlers from the World Curling Federation’s European and Pacific-Asia regions have their sights set on the final places at the 2014 World Junior Curling Championships as the new year gets underway.

Dorottya Palancsa (WMDCC 2013 champion) to skip Hungarian junior women at EJCC 2014 photo: WCF / Richard Gray

The European Junior Curling Challenge 2014 begins today, Friday 3 January, and on January the 9th the 2014 Pacific-Asia Junior Curling Championships will begin in Harbin, China.

26 junior curling teams representing 16 WCF Member Associations are competing in the European Junior Curling Challenge (EJCC 2014) at the Kisakallio Sports Institute in Lohja, Finland.

The winning junior women’s and junior men’s team will qualify for the World Junior Curling Championships 2014 in Films, Switzerland. (26 February to 5 March).

Twelve junior women’s teams are competing: England, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Norway, Poland, Slovenia, Spain and Turkey.

Fourteen junior men’s teams are taking part: Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Latvia, Netherlands, Poland, Slovenia, Spain and Turkey.

Play begins on Friday evening with both junior women’s and men’s teams being split into two pools for a round robin series. Playoffs and finals will be staged on Wednesday 8 January.

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.worldcurling.net

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.