New year to begin with World Junior-B Curling Championships 2018

Junior curling teams from across the world will be staking their claim for a place in the World Junior Curling Championships 2018 when the World Junior-B Curling Championships 2018 get underway on Wednesday 3 January, in Lohja, Finland.

This event – taking place in the Kisakallio Sports Institute – qualifies the final three women’s and three men’s teams for the World Junior Curling Championships to be held in Aberdeen, Scotland between 3 and 10 March 2018 – immediately after the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games.

A total of 45 teams – 22 women’s and 23 men’s – will take part. The women’s and men’s championships will both be split into three groups each, they are:

WOMEN

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

MEN

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

The round-robin will run from Wednesday 3 January until the morning of Tuesday 9 January. That morning, there will also be a qualification game for the women. The morning session will be followed by women’s quarter-finals and a men’s qualification game at 14:00. The men’s quarter-finals will be that night at 19:00.

At the end of the round-robin, teams will be ranked. The top two teams in each group, plus the third ranked team with the best Draw Shot Challenge result will advance directly to the quarter-finals. The other two third ranked teams play a qualification game to decide the last team in the quarter-finals.

On Wednesday 10 January, the women’s and men’s semi-finals will be played at 09:00 and then the gold and bronze medal games, for women and men, will be at 14:00. All times are Eastern European Time.

Live scores and results from these championships can be found at www.worldcurling.org/wjcc2018

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