Prague, Czech Republic
January 8, 2013
The Italian junior men and Danish junior women have won the finals of the European Junior Curling Challenge 2013 and secured the last European spots to be able to compete at this year’s World Junior Curling Championships in Sochi, Russia.
The Italians, skipped by Andrea Pilzer, won the junior men’s final against Denmark led by Tobias Thune 7-6. It is the second year in row that Pilzer has skipped Italy back to a World Championship place.
In the junior women’s final staged at the Roztyly Curling Hall in Prague in the Czech Republic, Denmark’s Stephanie Nielsen skipped her team to a 4-1 win over Dorottya Palancsa’s Hungarian side. Nielsen has played the EJCC for the past four years and made it to the final on three occasions, but this is the first time she has won and secured Denmark a place at the World Junior Curling Championships 2013.
25 junior curling teams representing 15 nations competed in the World Curling Federation’s European Junior Curling Challenge (EJCC 2013) at the Curling Hall Roztyly in Prague.
Junior Women: Scotland (Gold 2012), Czech Republic (Silver 2012), Russia (Bronze 2012), Sweden, Canada, Norway Switzerland, USA and Denmark
Junior Men: Canada (Gold 2012), Sweden (Silver 2012), Scotland (Bronze 2012), Norway, USA, Switzerland, Czech Republic. Russia (as host) and Italy
Further information about the World Juniors 2013 can be seen here on the event website: http://wjcc2013.curlingevents.com
The Pacific-Asia Junior Curling Championships 2013 will take place in Tokoro, Kitami-City, Japan from 11-16 January following a day of training on 10 January. It will be the 9th edition of the event.
Five junior men’s and junior women’s teams from Australia, China, Japan, Korea and New Zealand will compete in the event (NB: Kazakhstan has withdrawn its junior men’s team).
All teams will play a double round robin through to Tuesday 15 January. Semi-finals and finals will be held on Wednesday 16.
The winning junior men's and junior women's teams will qualify for the World Junior Curling Championships in Sochi.
Follow the results from the PAJCC 2013 here: http://www.curling.or.jp/pajcc2013/pajcc2013-top.html