Tough start for Scottish junior teams at Worlds

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Team Jackson: The Scottish women’s rink at the World Juniors in Denmark

Scotland’s men’s and women’s teams have both won one and lost one at the start of the World Junior Curling Championships 2016 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The teams, skipped by Bruce Mouat and Sophie Jackson, began the round robin stage with victories, but then suffered defeat in their second matches.

Meanwhile, there were several competitions taking place across Scotland, and the Brier championship is underway in Canada.

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The World Juniors involves 10 men’s and 10 women’s teams, with a round robin stage ahead of page playoffs, semi-finals and finals.

Scotland’s men’s and women’s teams have, at the time of writing, won one and lost one so far.

Scotland men (Bruce Mouat, Bobby Lammie, Gregor Cannon, Angus Dowell, Robin Brydone (alternate)) got their campaign underway with a 7-4 victory over Norway – scoring twos in ends one and seven, and stealing one in end five.

But they lost their second game 7-6 after an extra end to the USA, giving up a 4-1 lead after four ends and being forced to one in end 10.

As for the women (Sophie Jackson, Naomi Brown, Rachael Halliday, Rachel Hannen, Katie Murray (alternate)), they got started with a win over Japan – they scored twos in ends three and six, and stole singles in ends seven and eight, to take the game 6-4.

Against Hungary, however, they were unable to build on that opening win – falling 4-0 behind after two ends and dropping short of a comeback, a steal of two in end nine giving the Hungarians a historic first win at this level by a 10-6 scoreline.

Scotland men have a tough task up next, versus Canada (a match that will be televised live online here), while for the women the next game is against Korea.

Follow linescores throughout the tournament here.

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There have been a number of events in Scotland over the weekend too, including the Rink Championship in Forfar.

This competition saw teams representing their home ice rinks, with four sections of six teams involved.

Perth and Aberdeen 1 qualified from Section A, Stirling and Ayr 2 made it out of Section B, Forfar 4 and Murrayfield 1 came from Section C, and Section D saw Braehead 1 and Kinross 2 go into the quarter-finals.

There, Perth 1 beat Ayr 2 5-2, Aberdeen 1 defeated Stirling 6-5, Kinross 2 saw off Forfar 4 6-4, and Braehead 1 beat Murrayfield 1 7-0.

In the last four, Kinross 2 won 6-5 against Perth, and Aberdeen 1 defeated Braehead 1 8-2.

Aberdeen 1 (David Edwards, Ian Grigor, Rhiann Macleod, Craig McNaughton) then became champions, 8-5 victors over Kinross 2 in the final.

In addition, the third and final Asham Under-14 Slam of the season took place in Perth on Saturday, with Team Gallagher winning the final 5-1 against Team MacIntosh, while Team Sellar won the Scottish Wheelchair Curling Championship in Stirling, beating Team Donaldson 9-3 in the final.

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At the Brier, the Canadian men’s championship, Jamie Koe’s Northwest Territories won through the pre-qualifier to take their place as one of the 12 teams in the main event.

Mike McEwen’s rink lost on their long-awaited Brier debut to Brad Gushue, but it is Teams Jacobs and Simmons (the defending champions) who have made the strongest starts to the round robin.

With each team having played three matches in Ottawa, it is Canada (Simmons) and Northern Ontario (Jacobs) who sit on W3 L0.

But there’s a very strong line-up of teams just behind them, with Alberta (Kevin Koe), Manitoba (McEwen), Newfoundland & Labrador (Gushue) and Ontario (Howard) all on W2 L1.

Prince Edward Island (Casey) and Northwest Territories (Jamie Koe) are the two teams yet to pick up a win.

Round robin games run through to this Friday, with page playoffs on Saturday and the final on Sunday.

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