Preparation Underway for the Scottish Junior Championships
Posted on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 11:41am
The Scottish Curling Junior Championships return to Curl Aberdeen from Wednesday 18th – Sunday 22nd January 2017. Seven junior women’s teams and eight junior men’s teams will be competing for their respective national junior titles at this annual event which brings together the best under 21 teams from across Scotland.
The junior women’s and junior men’s Champions will earn the right to represent Scotland at the World Junior Curling Championships, where Scotland has medalled consecutively every year since 2004. In 2016 Scotland’s junior men became World Junior Curling Champions; taking home gold.
Play gets underway at 8:30am on Wednesday 18th January with the first Women’s Round Robin game. Amongst the junior women’s field is 2016 Champion skip Sophie Jackson, who returns with an updated team line-up. They did not fare as well as they had hoped at the World Championships last year and were demoted to the B division, which was played earlier this month. After a tight playdown to determine Scotland’s representatives, Sophie returned to the world stage – and finished top, with an undefeated record – securing Scotland’s promotion with style.
Team Aitken were the other junior women’s team to take part in the playdown to represent Scotland at the World Junior-B Championships and took Team Jackson all the way to the last stone of the fifth and final game – the second session of the round robin sees another Aitken v Jackson showdown, which could be an interesting early result looking forward to later in the week. Asham Under 21 Slam winners 2016/17 Team MacDonald will be hoping to bring a strong performance this week despite team changes throughout the season, while the young Team Davie – Inverness Junior International Champions – will be looking to improve on their 2016 result after some convincing performances this season. Completing the women’s section are Team Dandie, Team Farmer and Team Keen all of whom have shown the potential to be serious challengers for the title this week.
The junior men’s section won’t see the return of last year’s winners Team Mouat as the team have aged out of juniors – Bruce skipped his team to victory in both 2015 and 2016, so their absence opens up the field for the other competitors. Last year’s surprise finalists Team McNay are back to try and replicate their 2016 performance, their first game takes place at 12:30pm on Wednesday 18th January against Junior Performance Foundation Team Bryce. Team Bryce , skipped by Cameron Bryce, have had an impressive season so far and are currently sitting in second place on the European Junior Curling Tour leader board. Joining them will be Asham Under 21 Slam winners 2016/17 Team Whyte and RCCC Academy Teams Baird and Carson. Completing the men’s section and challenging for the Scottish title are, Team Cormack, Team Craik and Team Joiner any of whom could feature at the end of the week.
After completion of the round robin in both the men’s and women’s events there will be a mini Page Play-off: team one will play team two with the winner qualifying for the final, the loser will then play team three in the semi-final. Both the junior men’s and junior women’s finals will take place on Sunday 22nd January at 2.30pm. The awards presentation for the Scottish Curling Junior Champions and also for the winners of the Asham Under 21 Slam will take place after the completion of the finals.
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Top photo: Luke Carson © RCCC 2016
Middle photo: Team Jackson © WCF / Jörgen Nilsson
Bottom photo: Ross Whyte © Jeff Holmes Pix