Euro Tour Toppers Team Jackson Ready For Dumfries Challenge
Team Jackson will finish the year in top spot in the women’s European Junior Curling Tour (EJCT) rankings. Earlier this month they won the Austria Cup in Kitzbuhel which consolidated their position at the top of the standings after competing in a series of events against Europe’s finest junior curlers. Scotland’s standard bearers on the men’s European Junior Tour Team Bryce and Team Whyte finished second and fifth respectively in the final standings.
Sophie Jackson’s rink have one more competitive outing at the Dumfries Challenger Series event which starts tomorrow (15-18 December), however, before they bring in the New Year in Ostersund, Sweden where they will compete in the B Division of the World Junior Curling Championships (3-10 January 2017).
Skip Jackson said: “We are looking forward to our last event before the World Junior B Division. This event will give us the opportunity to make sure everything from communication to our deliveries is solid. It's also the first senior event we have competed in this season, so it will be nice to play against some of the women's field.
“Each tournament win means something different to us, some on a large, some on a smaller scale, but with every win comes confidence, which we are gaining all the time.
“It's nice to top the EJCT, this really shows us what we can do and that all our hard work on and off the ice is paying off. A lot of the teams we have played against in these events will be at the B Division so it's comforting to know we have the ability there, but of course we can't take anything for granted.
“We have a packed schedule coming up, with all the events being of high importance to us, the World Junior B Division, Scottish Juniors and then either World Juniors or Scottish Ladies. We will have a quick turn-around between each of these competitions but we are just trying to focus on one at a time and not get overwhelmed.”
Their coach Cate Brewster added: “It has been a pleasure to work with Team Jackson. They have worked hard from day one and taken on board lessons from every win and every loss.
“The competition wins and winning the European Junior Tour has been great, our next main goal is to qualify Scotland for the World Junior A Championships. They will need to take a shot at a time and though they have beaten several of the teams going to World Junior B, they haven't met them in a championship so every game will be the oppositions Cup Final.”
For Dumfries Challenger Series event results please click here
Photo: Tom J Brydone.