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Bronze Medal for Dunstone in World Juniors

Friday Mar 04 2016

Matt Dunstone's Canadian Junior Champion team will bring home a bronze medal after an 8-4 victory over Switzerland in Denmark. Earlier Team Dunstone had lost 6-4 to Switzerland in the Page 3-4 playoff game. It was the second bronze medal for Matt Dunstone and Colton Lott, who won the same medal at the 2013 World Juniors. It was a first world medal for Kyle Doering, Rob Gordon and  5th Wade Ford. Scotland defeated USA 6-4 in the gold medal game.

Canada's Mary Fay-Nova Scotia team won the Junior Women's gold medal with a 7-4 final victory over USA.

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Dunstone Finishes 7-2 in World Juniors Round-Robin - The Canada/Manitoba team skipped by Matt Dunstone has finished the round robin portion of the World Juniors in Denmark with two more wins and a 7-2 record. The World Curling Federation's website tells us about the final round robin draw.and the playof picture.....The USA beat Switzerland by 9-3 in Friday evening's final session of men's round-robin play to stay at the top of the rankings and move directly to Saturday's Page 1 v 2 Play-off game.

There they will face Scotland, who took second place overall with an 8-2 win over Denmark.

The Page 3 v 4 Play-off will be between Switzerland, who finished fourth overall despite their loss to USA, and Canada, who were taken all the way by Russia before they won by 6-4 to claim third spot.

Behind these Page qualifiers, Norway, who beat Turkey by 11-4, finished fifth and Sweden finished sixth, thanks to their 9-2 win over Korea. All six of these teams have now qualified direct for the 2017 World Junior Curling Championships in Korea.

This means that Korea will be in the 2017 field as hosts, despite finishing tenth this year, and therefore the three other teams - Russia, Denmark and Turkey - have been relegated to next year's World Junior-B Championships.

STANDINGS - Junior Men after 9 sessions (W-L):
USA (8-1)

Scotland (7-2)
Canada (7-2)
Switzerland (6-3)
Norway (5-4)
Sweden (5-4)
Russia (3-6)
Turkey (2-7)
Denmark (2-7)
Korea (0-9)

Canada's Junior Women's team is the only unbeaten team, perfect at 9-0.

 

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Canada's Matt Dunstone team has posted three consecutive victories to improve their rcord to 5-2 at the world juniors in Denmark. A 10-2 win over Turkey on Thursday morning followed a pair of wins on Wednesday (9-1 win over Denmark & 12-2 over Korea). The wins have moved Canada into a third place tie with Switzerland at 5-2, behind Scotland and USA at 6-1. Team Dunstone finishes the round robin Friday with games against Norway (4-3) and Russia (3-4).

STANDINGS - Junior Men after 7 sessions (W-L):
Scotland (6-1)
USA (6-1)

Switzerland (5-2)
Canada (5-2)

Norway (4-3)
Russia (3-4)

Sweden (3-4)
Turkey (2-5)
Denmark (1-6)
Korea (0-7)

Canada's Junior Women's team is the only unbeaten team, perfect at 8-0.

STANDINGS - Junior Women after 7 sessions (W-L):
Canada (7-0)
Korea (6-1)
USA (5-2)
Hungary (4-3)
Switzerland (3-4)
Russia (3-4)
Sweden (3-4)

Turkey (2-5)
Scotland (2-5)
Japan (0-7)

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Tuesday: Dunstone 2-2 at World Juniors - After two early wins, Canada's Matt Dunstone team has lost two successive games to have a 2 wins - 2 losses record. After the opening win over USA, Dunstone followed with a 5-4 victory over Sweden.  This has been followed by a 10-7 loss to Scotland and then a 7-5 loss to Switzerland.

The next tests for Canada are winless Korea (0-4) and Denmark (0-4).

STANDINGS - Junior Men after 4 sessions (W-L):
Russia (3-1)
Scotland (3-1)
USA (3-1)

Switzerland (3-1)
Canada (2-2)

Norway (2-2)
Turkey (2-2)
Sweden (2-2)
Denmark (0-4)
Korea (0-4)

After four 'sessions', Canada and Korea lead the way in the Junior Women's competitions.

STANDINGS - Junior Women after 4 sessions (W-L):
Canada (4-0)
Korea (4-0)
USA (3-1)
Hungary (2-2)
Switzerland (2-2)
Turkey (2-2)
Russia (1-3)
Scotland (1-3)
Sweden (1-3)
Japan (0-4)

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Dunstone Opens with a Win at World Juniors- Canada, the defending champion nation, had a strong 8-2 win over USA in Sunday afternoon's opening session of men's round-robin play at the VoIP Defender World Junior Curling Championships in the Taarnby Curling Club near Copenhagen, Denmark.

The Canadians won in just six ends, scoring two points in each of the first and third ends, and finishing off the game with a score of four points in the sixth end.

Other big wins came for Switzerland, who beat debutants Turkey by 9-2; Sweden, who had a 10-2 win over Denmark, sealed with a score of four points in the ninth end; and Russia, who beat Korea by 7-2. The fifth game of the session was won by Scotland, who beat Norway by 7-4.

After the first round win, 8-2 win over USA, Canadian skip Matt Dunstone commented "we're still learning quite a bit out here, but to start off like we did and get a quick one under our belts is a good feeling. Hopefully, it'll just get better from here."

STANDINGS - Junior men after 1 session (W-L):
Canada (1-0)
Russia (1-0)
Scotland (1-0)
Switzerland (1-0)
Sweden (1-0)
Denmark (0-1)
Korea (0-1)
Norway (0-1)
Turkey (0-1)
USA (0-1)

In the Junior Women's competition, Canada won a pair on opening day (7-2 over Switzerland & 10-3 over Sweden). Hightlights of the first day were first-ever wins by Turkey (8-6 over Hungary) and by Hungary (10-3 over Scotland) on the first two draws of the event.

STANDINGS - Junior women after 2 sessions (W-L):
Canada (2-0)
Korea (2-0)
USA (2-0)
Hungary (1-1)
Russia (1-1)
Scotland (1-1)
Turkey (1-1)
Japan (0-2)
Switzerland (0-2)
Sweden (0-2)

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Saturday: 2016 World Juniors begin Sunday in Denmark - Canada will take aim at history when the 2016 VoIP Defender World Junior Curling Championships get underway Sunday at the Taarnby Curling Club, just outside of Copenhagen, Denmark. 

Canada is coming off a gold-medal sweep of the 2015 World Juniors in Tallinn, Estonia, where teams skipped by Winnipeg’s Braden Calvert and Edmonton’s Kelsey Rocque won world championships. Since the introduction of the world junior women’s championship in 1988 (the men’s junior worlds date back to 1975), only seven countries have managed to sweep the men’s and women’s gold in the same year. And, none of them was able to repeat the feat the following season — the task now facing the 2016 Canadian teams.

But both Canadian entries have championship pedigree going for them as they prepare to open play Sunday.

On the men’s side, Winnipeg’s Matt Dunstone is going to his third world junior championship; he won a bronze medal in 2013 in Sochi, Russia, and was an alternate for Calvert a year later. He also has international experience skipping Canada at the 2015 Winter Universiade in Spain, where he finished fifth.

The Dunstone team is rounded out by third Colton Lott, second (and vice-skip) Kyle Doering, lead Rob Gordon, alternate Wade Ford, coach Calvin Edie and team leader Brian Chick.

Meanwhile, half of the Canadian women’s team from Chester, N.S., that will compete in Denmark already has struck gold this season. Skip Mary Fay and second Karlee Burgess were members of the four-player mixed team that steamrolled to the gold medal at the Winter Youth Olympic Games last month in Lillehammer, Norway, along with B.C.-based teammates third Tyler Tardi and lead Sterling Middleton. Fay and Burgess will be backed up in Denmark by third Kristin Clarke, lead Janique LeBlanc, alternate Sarah Daniels, coach Andrew Atherton and team leader Andrea Ronnebeck.

Interestingly, Daniels was the skip of the B.C. team that Fay defeated in the gold-medal game at the 2016 Canadian Juniors, presented by Egg Farmers of Ontario.

The Canadian teams will be in the 10-team (of each gender) round-robin draw that leads to the four-team Page playoffs, beginning Saturday, March 12.

On the men’s side, Dunstone will face a stiff challenge from a veteran-laden Swiss team skipped by Yannick Schwaller, who won gold in 2014 and lost to Calvert in last year’s gold-medal game. Also returning is 2015 bronze-medallist Bruce Mouat of Scotland, in addition to U.S. veteran Korey Dropkin, who’s in his fourth World Juniors.

There is less experience on the women’s side, including Canada’s all-rookie team. The Scots, skipped by first-timer Sophie Jackson, have two members returning from last year’s silver-medal team, Naomi Brown and Rachel Hannen (who’ll be the alternate for Eve Muirhead’s Scottish team at the 2016 Ford World Women’s Curling Championship, presented by Meridian Manufacturing, March 19-27 in Swift Current, Sask.).

The most experienced team will be the U.S. squad helmed by Cory Christensen, who’s appearing in her fifth World Juniors.

Other countries in the men’s field are Denmark, Norway, Russia, South Korea, Sweden and Turkey. On the women’s side, Hungary, Japan, Russia, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey round out the field.

Turkey is appearing at the World Juniors for the first time; this event was originally scheduled to be hosted by Turkey, but the event was moved in late January due to concerns over player safety.

Event information, including news and live scoring, are available at the event website, www.worldcurling.org/wjcc2016 As well, selected games will be streamed live on the World Curling Federation’s Youtube channel, www.youtube.com/WorldCurlingTV

Here’s a look at Canada’s round-robin schedule, along with information on Canadian games that will be streamed live (all times ET):
Sunday, March 6: 3 a.m. — Canada women vs. Switzerland8 a.m. — Canada men vs. U.S.A.1 p.m. — Canada women vs. Sweden (live-streamed)
Monday, March 7: 3 a.m. — Canada men vs. Sweden8 a.m. — Canada women vs. Russia1 p.m. — Canada men vs. Scotland (live-streamed)
Tuesday, March 8: 3 a.m. — Canada women vs. Turkey8 a.m. — Canada men vs. Switzerland1 p.m. — Canada women vs. Hungary
Wednesday, March 9: 3 a.m. — Canada men vs. South Korea8 a.m. — Canada women vs. U.S.A.1 p.m. — Canada men vs. Denmark
Thursday, March 10: 3 a.m. — Canada women vs. South Korea8 a.m. — Canada men vs. Turkey1 p.m. — Canada women vs. Japan
Friday, March 11: 3 a.m. — Canada men vs. Norway8 a.m. — Canada women vs. Scotland (live-streamed)1 p.m. — Canada men vs. Russia
Saturday, March 12: 3 a.m. — Tiebreakers, if necessary8 a.m. — Page playoff games (live-streamed)1 p.m. — Semifinals (live-streamed)
Sunday, March 13: 4 a.m. — Junior women bronze and gold-medal games (live-streamed)9 a.m. — Junior men bronze and gold-medal games (live-streamed)



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