World Junior-B event moves into the play-off stages

  • Scotland women progress to the play-offs undefeated © WCF / Alina Pavlyuchik

The round-robin stage of the World Junior-B Curling Championships 2019 has drawn to a close in the Kisakalio Sports Institute in Lohja, Finland with the qualifying teams from the women’s and men’s competitions looking to claim one of the six available places – three women’s and three men’s – at the World Junior Curling Championships 2019 in Liverpool, Canada.

In the women’s competition, Scotland, Russia and Denmark topped their groups with perfect 6-0 records to progress directly to the quarter-finals alongside second placed finishers, Poland, Japan and Hungary.

The best third placed finisher from the groups also received direct entry to the quarter-finals and that place was taken by England, who finished behind Russia and Japan in Group B.

Germany defeated Czech Republic, 6-5, in the qualification game Wednesday (9 January) morning to claim the last quarter-final place after both teams finished in third place in their groups.

In Wednesday’s quarter-finals Germany will face Scotland; Poland will play Japan; Denmark will play Hungary; and England will face Russia.

Turkey men progress to the quarter-finals © WCF / Alina Pavlyuchik
In the men’s competition, Korea and England were tied at the top of Group A on six wins and two losses, with Korea claiming first place in the table on their head-to-head record. Both teams progressed directly to the quarter-finals.

Italy topped Group B while Russia secured second place, with both teams moving directly to the quarter-finals.

In Group C all three qualifiers finish on a record of five wins and two losses and progressed directly to the quarter-final stage. China and New Zealand finished ranking as first and second in the group rankings respectively, while Turkey secured their spot as the best third place finisher.

The third place finishers from Group A and Group B, France and Latvia, will face each other Wednesday afternoon to compete for the last remaining quarter-final place.

Also, on Wednesday, the women’s quarter-final games and the men’s qualification game take place this afternoon at 14:00 while the men’s quarter-final round will be played tonight at 20:00.

The championships come to an end on Thursday (10 January) with the semi-finals taking place at 09:00. These are followed later that day with the bronze and gold medal games at 14:00.

All times are Eastern European Time (+2 hours from Universal Coordinated Time).

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