Wednesday 28 December 2016
International curling will begin in 2017 with the World Junior-B Curling Championships (WJBCC) in Oestersund, Sweden between 3 and 10 January, where the final places for the VoIP Defender World Junior Curling Championships 2017 (WJCC) are up for grabs.
Three women’s and three men’s places available for the WJCC 2017, which is a test event for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, and will be held in Gangneung Curling Centre, in Gangneung, Korea (between 16-26 February).
A total of 44 teams will compete in Sweden – 21 women’s and 23 men’s – with Slovakia in both the women’s and men’s events making their world junior curling debut.
The teams are split into three groups in each event. The women’s teams are:
Group A: Austria, Finland, Italy, Japan, Poland, Slovenia and Turkey.
Group B: Czech Republic, Spain, Estonia, Latvia, Norway, Romania and Scotland.
Group C: Australia, China, Denmark, England, Germany, New Zealand and Slovakia.
The men’s teams are:
Group A: Australia, Austria, Czech Republic, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania and Russia.
Group B: China, Denmark, England, Spain, Hungary, Netherlands, Slovenia and Slovakia.
Group C: Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Poland and Turkey.
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 2017. The losers of the semi-finals will play for bronze medals and the last WJCC places.
The round robin runs through to Sunday 8 January. The men’s and women’s qualification and quarter-final games will be played on Monday 9 January. The semi-finals will take place on Tuesday 10 January at 09.00 and the medal games will be staged at 14.00 the same day (all times are Central European Time).
Results for this event will be available at, www.worldcurling.org/wjcc2017
There will also be a live stream of selected games throughout the championship on World Curling TV, www.youtube.com/WorldCurlingTV
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