Preview: World Senior Curling Championships
Posted on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 1:14pm
The Dumfries Ice Bowl in Scotland will host the thirteenth edition of the World Senior Curling Championships for men’s and women’s teams, with play getting underway on Thursday 24 April 2014.
This is the second time that the World Senior Curling Championships will have been hosted in Scotland – having been staged at Greenacres near Glasgow in 2005.
To be eligible to take part in these Championships, athletes must not be less than 50 years of age by the end of 30 June in the year immediately preceding the year in which the Championship is taking place.
Altogether, 15 women’s and 25 men’s national teams are competing – in both cases a new record number of competing teams.
Scotland, the home nation, is represented by teams led by Keith Prentice, a previous medallist in this event (gold in 2007 and bronze in 2009), and Christine Cannon (pictured top), who took silver at the World Women’s Curling Championships in 1994.
Keith Prentice and his team of Lockhart Steele, Robert Anderson and Tommy Fleming earned their place at this year’s World Senior Championships after winning the Scottish Curling Senior Men’s Championship at Hamilton in February, pictured left.
They will be competing at this year’s event with alternate and coach Robert Clark, not pictured.
Having narrowly missed out on a podium position at last year’s World Seniors, 2014 Scottish Senior Champion skip Christine Cannon returns with her team of Margaret Richardson, Isobel Hannen and Janet Lindsay pictured right with alternate Margaret Robertson.
They will be coached by Jackie Lockhart.
The women have been divided into two groups. Group A will be comprised of Austria; Czech Republic; England; Japan; New Zealand; Slovakia; Sweden and USA.
Group B includes Australia; Canada; Finland; Italy; Russia; Scotland and Switzerland.
The men’s Championship is broken into three groups. Group A consists of Australia; Canada; France; Germany; Japan; Latvia; Norway; Poland and Slovakia.
Group B involves Czech Republic; England; Finland; Hungary; New Zealand; Russia; Scotland and USA while group C includes Austria; Denmark; Ireland; Italy; Netherlands; Sweden; Switzerland and Wales.
Round-robin play starts on Thursday 24 April and continues until Tuesday 29 April.
After that, in the women’s event, the group winners will go on to the semi-finals while the teams that finish second in each group will play the third-placed team from the other group, with the winners of both games completing the semi-final line-up.
In the men’s event, the top two teams in each group and, from the three third placed teams, the team with the best Draw Shot Challenge average, qualify automatically for the quarter-finals.
Meanwhile, the other two third placed teams will play-off for the last remaining quarter-final spot.
In both men’s and women’s competitions, semi-finals will be played on the morning of Wednesday 30 April with bronze and gold medal games taking place later that day.
In last year’s event in Fredericton, Canada, the Canadian men beat New Zealand for gold. Canada’s women also took gold as they defeated Austria in their final.
Among the players involved this year, Australia’s skip, Hugh Millikin, holds the record as the individual athlete with the highest number of international medals in World Curling history. Millikin has won 21 medals so far, including two bronze medals in this event.
Meanwhile, 2012 World Senior Champion, John Jo Kenny, returns to the fray as skip of Ireland.
Results, news and photos from the World Senior Curling Championships 2014 can be seen here on the World Curling Federation’s official event website
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At the same time as staging the World Senior Curling Championships, the Dumfries Ice Bowl will also act as host to the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship. Click for WMDCC Preview
Photo top: © WCF/Richard Gray 2013