Semi-finalists decided at World Junior-B in Finland

  • Photo: WCF / Juha Pääjärvi

The semi-finalists for the World Junior-B Curling Championships 2016, at the Kisakallio Sports Institute in Lohja, Finland were decided today (9 January).

Korea’s junior men’s team were joined by three European sides in winning their quarter-finals.

Korea, who beat Italy 7-5, will play Denmark at 09.00 (EET) tomorrow (Sunday 10 January). Denmark won their quarter-final 10-3 against Poland.

Russia and Germany also progressed to the last-four, and will play each other tomorrow at 09.00. Russia won their quarter-final 4-3 against Czech Republic, while Germany, who were locked in a low-scoring battle with China, won their game 2-0.

Germany remain the only unbeaten men’s team at the event, having come through the round-robin stages – played between 4 and 8 January – with a six from six record.

In the women’s championship Japan, Russia, Estonia and Hungary qualified for tomorrow’s (10 January at 09.00) semi-finals.

Japan beat Poland 5-3 and will now play Hungary. Russia and Estonia’s games came down to a single point and they now go on to play each other. Russia beat Czech Republic 6-5 and Estonia edged pasted New Zealand, 5-4. Hungary had the biggest winning margin, beating China 8-2.

Russia, Estonia and Hungary all continue their unbeaten runs at this event, after topping their groups with six wins from six each in the round-robin.

The winners of the quarter-finals now play semi-finals, and then those winners will play in the Gold Medal Games and will qualify directly to the World Junior Curling Championships 2016 (WJCC) in Erzurum, Turkey (5-13 March 2016). The losers of the semi-finals will play for Bronze medals and the last WJCC places.

The women’s teams that have already qualified for the WJCC 2016 are: Canada, Korea, Scotland, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey as hosts and USA. The men’s teams already qualified are: Canada, Norway, Scotland, Sweden, Switzerland, hosts Turkey and USA.

The WJBCC is open to junior teams from all WCF Member Associations that have not already qualified for the WJCC. This event replaces the Pacific-Asia Junior Curling Championships and European Junior Curling Challenge.

They Said It

Tobias Thune; skip, Denmark (after 10-3 quarter-final win over Poland): “We played very well as a unit and we are happy. I think the fourth end decided the game when we got four points.”

Timur Gadzhikhanov; skip, Russia (after 4-3 quarter-final win over Czech Republic): “We feel relieved because the game was tough and nervous for both teams. Until the last shot it wasn’t certain. Only in the last shot was the winner decided and a lot of emotions were left on the sheet.”

Ayano Tsuchiya; skip, Japan (after 5-3 quarter-final win over Poland): “The game proceeded according to our plan and naturally I was very happy for the win.”

Dorottya Palancsa; skip, Hungary (after 8-2 quarter-final win over China): “This is so amazing, I can’t describe my feelings. Hopefully we will win the next game. We played really well, this was our best game during this competition.”

Results for this event are provided by the Finnish Curling Association, http://www.curling.fi/en

More information about the event is here: http://www.worldcurling.org/wjcc2016

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