European teams qualify for Pioneer Hi-Bred World Men’s Curling Championship 2019

  • Italy qualify for Pioneer Hi-Bred World Men’s Curling Championship 2019 © WCF / Alina Pavlyuchik

The road to the Pioneer Hi-Bred World Men’s Curling Championship 2019 is complete for seven men’s teams who competed at the Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championships 2018 in Tallinn, Estonia this week (16-24 November).

Sweden, Scotland, Italy, Germany, Norway, Switzerland and Russia have booked their tickets to Lethbridge, Canada for the men’s championship which will be held from 30 March to 7 April at the ENMAX Centre.

From the Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championship 2018, there were seven qualification spots available, based on the top seven teams in the rankings at the end of the event.

These seven teams will join hosts Canada and previously qualified United States as the America’s Challenge winners and both Japan and China as Pacific-Asia gold and silver medallists respectfully.

To round-out the 13-team field, the next two ranked teams that did not receive a place at the Worlds, from Europe, earn spots in the new World Qualification Event, to be held in Naseby, New Zealand in (18-23) January 2019. This means Netherlands and Finland have a second chance to qualify for the Worlds. Also, from the Europeans, the top two teams in the B-Division earn a place for Naseby – where two more Worlds places are up for grabs.

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