Favourites starting to emerge in the 2014 EJCC

Katja Kiiskinen

 

Lohja, Finland – Day 3 saw some exciting and even games between the top teams of the groups. Czech Republic, coached by a previous Danish Junior World medallist Sune Frederiksen, had a day full of tough games. In the morning game they secured a 7-4 victory over Germany, but their evening game against Turkeywas a very even one. The teams went into the 8th end tied 2-2 but CzechRepublichad the advantage of the last stone. They played the last end tactically well, as Turkeyhad to try and go for the steal. Turkey's draw attempts failed and Czech Republichad the easy task of taking the win with a score of 4 from the 8th end. Thanks to a great day, the Czech's are leading the junior men's B group with 4 wins and remain the only team that is undefeated in that group.

In the junior men's A group,Austria and The Netherlands also continued in great form and remain both undefeated with three wins. On the junior women's side, the Hungarian team, skipped by the current Mixed Doubles world champion Dorottya Palancsa, is leading the B group with three wins and is the only team in their group that is still undefeated. Also in the junior women's A group, Zappone's Italian team remains undefeated with three wins after a 7-4 win over Spain and a 9-3 win over Norway today.

Spain also got their first win of the event today as the Spanish girls took a great 11-7 win over Slovenia. The coach of the Spanish junior men's team Antonio Mollinedo commented on the Spanish teams' performance so far:

- We're obviously really missing Irantzu's and Sergio's experience in this year's event. In the girl's team, the front end players are beginners, but the girl's skip is making a lot of shots at the moment and keeping her team in the game until the last ends, which gives them a chance to win games. The guys are playing amazing, but do not perhaps have the experience to win games yet. However, the teams in the tournament seem very even with each other, so I expect there will be a lot of teams fighting for the playoff spots.

The first games on Monday start at 9.00 am local time. The Finnish Curling Channel will show games played on sheet C during all the rounds.

Standings after Day 3:

JUNIOR MEN:

Group A:

Austria 3-0

The Netherlands 3-0

Denmark 2-2

England 2-2

Finland 1-2

Slovenia 1-3

Spain 0-3

Group B:

CzechRepublic 4-0

Germany 2-1

Turkey 2-1

Estonia 2-2

Hungary 1-2

Latvia 1-2

Poland 0-4

JUNIOR WOMEN:

Group A:

Italy 3-0

Poland 2-1

Norway 2-2

Spain 1-2

Slovenia 1-2

Turkey 1-3

Group B:

Hungary 3-0

England 2-1

Estonia 2-1

Germany 1-2

Latvia 1-2

Finland 0-3

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),CzechRepublic,Sweden,Denmark,USA,Switzerland, andCanada.

Junior Men:Scotland(Gold 2013),Russia(Silver 2013),Canada(Bronze 2013),Sweden,Norway,Italy,USAandSwitzerland.

Further information about the World Juniors 2014 can be seen here on the event website: http://wjcc2014.curlingevents.com