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European Junior Curling Challenge 2014 day 2

After Day 2 in the junior men’s competition Turkey, Czech Republic, Austria and the Netherlands remain undefeated with two wins. In the junior women’s groups, only Italy, Hungary and Estonia remain undefeated. However, they have all played only one game so far and will have two games to play tomorrow.

The Italian junior women’s team skipped by Veronica Zappone is one of the early favourites to do well this week. They have had a busy season leading up to the event playing in the Stavanger Europeans as well as the Olympic Qualification Event in Füssen. The team's main goal for the season is to qualify for the Junior Worlds from this event.

The Estonian women have their sights set high as well as this is the fifth consecutive year that their skip Marie Turmann makes an appearance in this event. Also the rest of the team has played in the event previously.

Both Turkish junior men’s and women’s teams finished 3rd in their round robin groups last year and have had a very promising start to the event also this year, as they both remain undefeated after Day 2.

The new junior men's Spanish team has had an unfortunate start to the event with three losses, but they were already showing signs of improvement in their close evening game against Slovenia, who eventually won the game 5-3.

After two losses in the earlier rounds, the win was great news for the extremely young Slovenian team that is, in fact, the youngest team that has ever participated in the EJCC, with a lead that is just 9 years old and weighs just a bit more than a curling rock.

The first games on Sunday start at 9.00 am local time. The Finnish Curling Channel will show games played on sheet C during all the rounds.

Standings after Day 2:
JUNIOR MEN:
Group A:
Austria 2-0
The Netherlands 2-0
Denmark 2-1
England 2-1
Slovenia 1-2
Finland 0-2
Spain 0-3

Group B:
Czech Republic 2-0
Turkey 2-0
Germany 1-0
Estonia 1-1
Latvia 0-1
Hungary 0-2
Poland 0-2

JUNIOR WOMEN:
Group A:
Italy 1-0
Poland 1-1
Norway 1-1
Spain 1-1
Turkey 1-1
Slovenia 0-1

Group B:
Estonia 1-0
Hungary 1-0
England 1-1
Germany 1-1
Finland 0-1
Latvia 0-1

Follow the results from the EJCC 2014 here: www.curling.fi/en/competitions/leagues/9638

And a live webcast from the event can be seen here (games from sheet C will be covered): www.curling.fi/en/competitions/curling-channel

Report by Katja Kiiskinen

WCF Member Associations that have already qualified teams for the World Junior Curling Championships 2014 are:

Junior Women: Russia (Gold 2013), Scotland (Silver 2013), Czech Republic, Sweden, Denmark, USA, Switzerland, and Canada.

Junior Men: Scotland (Gold 2013), Russia (Silver 2013), Canada (Bronze 2013), Sweden, Norway, Italy, USA and Switzerland.

Further information about the World Juniors 2014 can be seen here on the event website: http://wjcc2014.curlingevents.com

The Pacific-Asia Junior Curling Championships 2014 will take place in Harbin, China, from 9-14 January following a day of training on 8 January. It will be the 10th edition of the event.

Five junior men’s and five junior women’s teams from Australia, China, Japan, Korea and New Zealand will compete in the event.

All teams will play a double round robin through to Monday 13 January. Semi-finals and finals will be held on Tuesday 14.

The winning junior men's and junior women's teams will qualify for the 2014 World Junior Championships in Flims.

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