January 6, 2013
After the fourth day of competition at the European Junior Curling Challenge 2014, most of the play-off spots for tomorrow’s Quarter-finals have been decided.
From the junior men’s Group A the top four teams have already qualified before tomorrow's final round robin-round games.
Qualifying from the men's A-Group for the Quarter-finals are the Netherlands, Austria, Denmark and England.
For some of the teams their Quarter-final opposition will be determined after they have played tomorrow's final round-robin games, but Denmark already know their Quarter-final opposition - Germany.
Denmark’s skip Kasper Jorgensen was extremely happy about their success in the tournament so far and delighted to have qualified to play in the event to begin with.
He said: "We had really tough competition in the nationals from Tobias Thune’s team, who were in the EJCC final last year, so it’s just incredible to be here and for most of the team to be representing Denmark for the first time."
He continued: "After we won the final in Denmark, it really boosted our confidence for this event. We've had a couple of really close games that we lost but could have won, so I think we can be proud of how we’ve done so far. "
On tomorrow's game he added: "Germany will be really tough competition in tomorrow's Quarter-final but we will just play one game at a time."
In the junior men’s B-Group, only Czech Republic and Germany are already guaranteed a spot in the Quarter-finals.
For Turkey, Hungary, Latvia and Estonia, tomorrow's final round-robin games are still significant as there are two more play-off spots available.
Hungary and Turkey have a particularly interesting game as they play against each other for a spot in the Quarter-finals.
In the junior women's A-Group there is also one more spot available for the Quarter-finals as three teams have already qualified - Italy, Poland and Norway.
Spain, Turkey and Slovenia are all tied for the fourth place with one win and three losses. All three of those teams have one more game to play tomorrow.
The top four teams from the junior women’s B-Group are clear already.
Hungary progressed through the round-robin undefeated to win the group, while England, Germany and Estonia have also qualified for the Quarter-finals.
The first games on Tuesday start at 09.00 local time (EET). The Finnish Curling Channel will show games played on sheet C during all the rounds.
The junior women will play their Quarter-finals starting at 16:00 and junior men will be playing at 19.30.
Standings after Day 4
Netherlands 4-1 (Qualified for Quarter-finals)
Austria 4-1 (Qualified for Quarter-finals)
Denmark 3-2 (To play Germany in Quarter-final)
England 3-3 (Qualified for Quarter-finals)
Czech Republic 5-0 (Qualified for Quarter-finals)
Germany 4-1 (To play Denmark in Quarter-final)
Italy 4-0 (Qualified for Quarter-finals)
Poland 3-2 (Qualified for Quarter-finals)
Norway 3-2 (Qualified for Quarter-finals)
Hungary 5-0 (Qualified)
England 3-1 (Qualified)
Germany 3-2 (Qualified)
Estonia 2-3 (Qualified)
Follow the results from the EJCC 2014 here: http://www.curling.fi/en/competitions/leagues/9638
And a live webcast from the event can be seen here: http://www.curling.fi/en/competitions/curling-channel
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.