Quarter-finals played in the 2014 EJCC, semi-finals start on Wednesday morning

Katja Kiiskinen

Lohja, Finland– Day 5 of the EJCC was full of exciting final round robin games and both the junior men’s and women’s quarter-finals.  Three teams still earned their spot in the quarter-finals today, based on the results of their morning games. In the junior men's B group there were still two quarter-final spots available after yesterday's round and four teams competing for them:Turkey, Latvia, Hungary and Estonia.Turkey beat Hungary 8-4 in their final game advancing into the quarter-finals, and even though Latvia lost their game against Germany, they had still done well enough in comparison to Hungary and Estonia to move on to the quarter-finals.

The quarter-finals provided plenty of excitement for the audience. England and CzechRepublic had a particularly exciting game. The game started with a couple of blanked ends and in the fourth end break England was in a 2-1 lead. However, in the fifth end the English stole three points after a couple of mistakes from the Czech team. England’s 5-1 lead didn’t last until the end of the game, because the Czechs scored in all of the last three ends. They won the game 7-5 thanks to a three point steal in the 8th end after a few crucial mistakes by the English team. Also the Germany –Denmark game was a very close one as the Danish won the game 4-3 with their last take-out.

The results for the junior men's quarter-finals are:

The Netherlands– Turkey 7-4
England - Czech Republic 5-7
Germany – Denmark 5-6 
Austria –Latvia 6-1

On the junior women’s side, there was still one quarter-final spot available from today's final round robin games in Group A. Spain,Slovenia and Turkey were all fighting for that one spot and after Turkey beat Spain 7-0 in their morning game, they advanced into the quarter-finals.

England was in great form all day, taking clear victories against Finland in their last round robin game and in the afternoon beating Norway 8-2 in the quarter-final. However, all the rest of the quarter-final games were very close, with Poland beating Germany 4-3,Turkey losing to Hungary with just one point, and Italy and Estonia taking it all the way to an extra end, where Italy just managed to take the last spot in the semi-finals with a 4-3 victory.

The results for the junior women’s quarter-finals are:

Italy - Estonia 4-3
England – Norway 8-2
Poland – Germany 4-3
Turkey – Hungary 5-6

The junior men will be play their semi-finals at 10.00 am on Wednesday.Denmark will be play Austria and The Netherlands will face The Czech Republic.

The junior women also play at 10.00 am.Polandwill play against Hungary and England will face Italy.

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

The Pacific-Asia Junior Curling Championships 2014 will take place inHarbin,China, from 9-14 January following a day of training on 8 January. It will be the 10th edition of the event.

Five junior men’s and five junior women’s teams fromAustralia,China,Japan,Korea and New Zeal and will compete in the event.

All teams will play a double round robin through to Monday 13 January. Semi-finals and finals will be held on Tuesday 14.

The winning junior men's and junior women's teams will qualify for the 2014 World Junior Championships in Flims.