World Junior-B Curling Championships ready to begin

The first World Junior-B Curling Championships (WJBCC), since 2004, are being held next week (4-10 January 2016) at the Kisakallio Sport Institute in Lohja, Finland.

Some 21 women’s teams and 24 men’s teams, representing a total of 26 countries, will begin competing for the six remaining places, three women’s and three men’s, at the World Junior Curling Championships 2016 (WJCC) in Erzurum, Turkey (5-13 March 2016) on Monday (4 January).

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.

The women’s teams that have already qualified for World Junior Curling Championships 2016 in Erzurum, Turkey 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.

For the event in Lohja, the women’s and men’s teams have been spilt into three groups. The women’s teams are:

Group A: Spain, Japan, Latvia, New Zealand, Norway, Romania and Russia.
Group B: Australia, China, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Kazakhstan and Poland.
Group C: Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Austria, Hungary, Italy and Slovenia.

The men’s teams are:

Group A: Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, New Zealand and Poland.
Group B: Australia, China, Czech Republic, France, Hungary, Italy, Kazakhstan and Netherlands.
Group C: Austria, Denmark, England, Spain, Estonia, Finland, Russia and Slovenia.

This is the first time Kazakhstan and Hong Kong have competed at an international junior curling event. Kazakhstan has entered women’s and men’s teams, while just a men’s team travels from Hong Kong.

The groups will all play a round-robin series, with the top two teams in each group proceeding to the quarter-finals. The third placed team with the best Draw Shot Challenge (DSC) will also secure a quarter-final berth, while the other third placed teams will play a qualification game to determine the last quarter-final place.

Games will be eight-ends and only one round of tie-breakers will be played if required.

The winners of the quarter-finals will then play semi-finals, and then those winners will play in the Gold Medal Games and will qualify directly to the WJCC 2016 in Erzurum. The losers of the semi-finals will play for Bronze medals and the last WJCC places.

The round-robin runs through to Friday 8 January. The men’s tie-breaker – if required – will also be played on 8 January, while the women’s tie-breaker – if required – men’s and women’s qualification and quarter-final games will be played on Saturday 9 January. The semi-finals will take place on Sunday 10 January at 09:00 and the medal games will be staged at 14:00 the same day (all times are local, EET).

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

More information about the event is here: http://www.worldcurling.org/wwjcc2016

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