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Markku Uusipaavalniemi to the World's

[Mar 04, PA] Markku Uusipaavalniemi qualified for his seventh straight World Championships by defeating his old team mate, Wille Mäkelä in three straight games. Markku will be joined by Kalle Kiiskinen, Aku Kauste, Teemu Salo and Tony Träskelin in the Finnish challenge for the World title.

German National Champions 2003

[Mar 04, PA] Andrea Schöpp won the German ladies national championships by defeating Daniela Jentsch's rink in the final with 8-4. Unfortunately for Andrea and her team mates Monica Wagner, Carina Meidele, Sina Irralt and Anna Hartelt, Germany did not qualify for the World's this year but the team will represent Germany in the European Curling Championships in december (according to the team site).

The results and the Schöpp team site.

In the men's championships a team from CC Schwenningen skipped by Andreas Lang won the title after defeating the experienced and well-known Kapp brothers in the finals with 7-3. Lang and his team mates Rainer Beiter, Jürgen Beck, Sebastian Schweizer and Jörg Engesser represented Germany in the World Junior's in 1999 where they ended 6th but will now try to catch a bigger "fish". (I wasn't able to determine from the website what their "reward" will be, the WCC or the ECC.)

The results.

Finnish championships 2003

[Feb 28, PA, JU] The Finnish championships 2003 was played over four weekends and among the ladies the winner was Kirsi Nykänen's team. The Nykänen team is the same that represented Finland in the European Curling Curling championships in December.

The men's tournament was won by Ville Mäkelä and his new team consisting of Tuomas Vuori, Tero Salo, Jani Sullanmaa and Jari Rouvanen. The silver went to Perttu Piilo and the bronze to Markku Uusipaavalniemi. Mäkelä's team will represent Finland in the European's next december.

The team to play in Winnipeg will be decided the coming weekend when Markku Uusipaavalniemi's team will face Ville Mäkelä's. The winner will be decided by best-of-five-games.

Colleen Jones to make a fifth World's appearance

[Feb 25, PA] While Randy Ferbey's still has to prove that he is ready for history, Colleen Jones made hers on Sunday when she became the first Canadian to win five national (team) championships. Jones and her teammates Kim Kelly, Mary-Anne Waye and Nancy Delahunt won the Scott Tournament of Hearts for the fourth time in five years by defeating Newfoundland's Cathy Cunningham with 9-7 in the finals. The final looked easy in the beginning with Jones taking a 5-0 lead after three ends but the game was finally decided in an extra end.

The girls from Halifax will now try to repeat their accomplishment from the World's 2001 when they defeated Sweden in the final to become World Champions.

The results from the Scott Tournament of Hearts 2003. 

German Junior National Champions

[Feb 19, PA] The German Junior Nationals was decided last weekend and the winning teams that will go to Flims and defend the German colours are, in the men's tournament, Christian Baumann, Alexander Baumann, Thomas Unterstab and Ingmar Fritz from Baden Hills. In the women's tournament Germany will be represented by Juliane Jacoby, Martina Fink, Anne-Christine Barthel and Franzi Fischer representing EC Oberstdorf.

The information on the DCV website can be found here for the men and here for the women.

Correction on what Scottish team that will be sent to Winnipeg

[Feb 18, JL, PA] The Scottish Ladies team skipped by Edith Loudon will be going to the Worlds. However the winner of the men's Scottish Championships will not be going to the Worlds in Winnipeg. They will be going to the European Championships 2003. The team going to the world Championships and representing Scotland will probably be the same team that went to the European 2002, skipped by Peter Smith with 3rd David Hay, 2nd Graham Cormack and lead Steve Rankin unless any player changes is made at a later date.

David Murdoch edges McMillan to win the Scottish Championships

[Feb 17, JL] [CORRECTED Feb 18] David Murdoch's Lockerbie team beat Hammy McMillan in the final of the Scotch Beef Scottish Curling Championships to represent Scotland at the European Curling Championships this fall. In the semi-finals McMillan and his new team from Stranraer came from behind to beat Tom Brewster of Greenacres. The exciting final went to the final stone when Murdoch cleared out McMillan's shot stone. David Murdoch, 1999 Scottish Junior Champion, has Craig Wilson at third, his brother Neil Murdoch at second and Euan Byers at lead. Craig Wilson and Neil Murdoch played together winning the World Junior title in Grindelwald in 1993. They also played in the 1994 World Juniors in Sofia when Euan Byers was the alternate or fifth player in the team.

Edith Loudon's team win the Scottish Ladies Championships

[Feb 17, JL] The winner of the Gold League, the Scottish Ladies Championship sponsored by Scotch Beef, was won in Perth to-day by Edith Loudon's team from Perth. In the fourteen games against seven other teams, including those of Olympic Champion, Rhona Martin, and World Champion, Jackie Lockhart, Loudon's team were unbeaten. The team of Edith Loudon (skip), Karen Addison (3rd), Lynn Cameron (2nd) and Katie Loudon (lead) will represent Scotland in the 2003 World Championships.

World Champion Ferbey on his way to history?

[Feb 10, PA] The reigning World Champions from Alberta, Canada has the chance to make curling history. With the win in the Alberta playdowns for the Brier on Sunday, Randy Ferbey has the chance to be the first player to win five Canadian Men's Championships (called the Brier). His rink also has the chance to win three championships in a row.

Saskatchewan won both Canadian Junior titles

[Feb 10, PA] Green was the colour this weekend as two teams from Saskatchewan won the Canadian Junior's. First the boy's team out of Sutherland Curling Club skipped by Steve Laycock won their title by defeating Alberta's Darren Moulding with 9-5. Joining him to the world junior's is Christopher Haichert, Michael Jantzen and Kyler Broad.

Secondly the girl's team from Nutana Curling Club skipped by Marliese Miller won their title by defeating Nova Scotia's Robyn Mattie in the final with 6-4. Miller's team mates, Teejay Surik, Janelle Lemon and Chelsey Bell will now join her and the boys in the World Junior's that will be played in Flims, Switzerland between March 22-30.

Scottish Junior Champions

[Feb 10, JL] The winners of the Bank of Scotland Junior Curling Championships and the teams who will represent Scotland at the World Junior Curling Championships in Flims Switzerland was decided on Sunday 9th February. Last season's World Junior Bronze medalist, Kenny Edwards was beaten in the final by a team from the Atholl rink in Pitlochry, Perthshire, skipped by Keith MacLennan. MacLennan and is team of Bryan Greenock (3rd) David Robertson (2nd) and David Soutar (lead) will represent Scotland. The team invited Kenny Edwards to be their fifth or alternate player.

In the Ladies, The team who were last season's runner up in the Scottish Juniors went through the competition unbeaten, untill the final when they were beaten soundly by a team from Lockerbie skipped by Rachel Simms. The team of Rachel Simms (skip, Victoria Sloan (3rd), Lyndsey Davidson (2nd) and Laura Kirkpatrick (lead). The Alternate is Frances McKerrow. Only Edwards and McKerrow have had World Junior experience, McKerrow as alternate last year and Edwards as skip of the Scottish team in 2002 and playing second to his brother David in 2001

European Champions to represent Sweden in the World's

[Feb 03, PA] Härnösand's Anette Norberg, the reigning European Champion, will represent Sweden in the World's after defeating last year's team from Sveg skipped by Margaretha Sigfridsson in the finals of the Swedish "Elitserien" with 6-4. The rink that also consists of Anette's sister Cathrine, Eva Lund and Helena Lingham has won the European Curling Championships in 2001 and 2002 and lost the final in the World's 2001 to Colleen Jones of Canada.

The results.

Minnesota, the state of choice for the USA

[Feb 03, PA] The reigning World Women Junior Curling Champions, the Minnesota rink skipped by Cassie Johnson won the US Junior's last weekend after defeating another Minnesota team skipped Aileen Sormunsen in the finals with 6-4. They will travel to Flims in order to defend their title from last year when they beat Matilda Mattsson of Sweden in the finals of the WJCC. In addition to Cassie, the team consists of Katie Beck, Rebecca Dobie and Maureen Brunt.

That's a trip that the men's champions will not make since the USA men's team is not qualified for this year's WJCC. The team from Minnesota skipped by Jesse Gates won against Zach Jacobsen's North Dakota rink with 5-4 after a missed draw for the win by Jacobsen.

The results.

Thomas Løvold from Lillehammer wins the Norwegian Junior's

[Feb 03, PA] The Lillehammer rink skipped by Thomas Løvold won the Norwegian Junior Championships last weekend by defeating the team from Oppdal skipped by Anders Bjørgum with 11-1. Part of the Løvold team was the same that secured a place in the WJCC last month when they won the WJCC "B" tournament in Denmark. The team consists of Thomas, Petter Moe, Håvard Espelund and Bård Rieber-Mohn

Continental Cup 2003 awarded to Thunder Bay, Ontario

[Jan 30, PA] The CCA announced on January 28th that the Continental Cup 2003 has been awarded to Thunder Bay of Ontario. The inaugural Continental Cup was played in November 2002, a huge TV success and was won by the North American team on the last stone of the last game.

Read more about it.

Alberta and Saskatchewan to represent Canada in the World Senior's

[Jan 30, PA] The Alberta rink skipped by Tom Reed will represent Canada in the World Senior Curling Championships after defeating Manitoba's Doug Armour with 6-2 in the final. Reed's team-mates are Warren Kushnir, Larry Gardeski and Garry Landry.

Saskatchewan will be the women's representative since the team skipped by Nancy Kerr defeated British Columbia's Karen Lepine with 8-7 after an extra end. Joining Kerr to play in Winnipeg will be Linda Burnham, Kenda Richards and Gertie Pick.

To see all the results, click here.

Sundsvall's Per Carlsén makes second straight trip to the World's

[Jan 26, PA] Sundsvall's Per Carlsén will get a chance to better his World Championship tally after defeating Östersund's Peter "Peja" Lindholm in the finals of the Swedish qualification to the World's in Winnipeg. Sundsvall that has a slightly different line-up this season won with 6-3 where Per Carlsén's last stone of the fourth end, a triple-takeout that gave them 4 points proved to be the game winner. The Swedish team in the World's consists of Per, Mikael Norberg and the brothers Fredrik and Rickard Hallström.

The results from the Swedish "Elitserien".

Norway, Finland and Russia through to the WJCC

[Jan 12, PA]  Norway, Finland and Russia are the nations that qualified to the World Junior's in March from the World Junior's "B" tournament held in Tårnby in Denmark.

In the men's tournament, Norway's Thomas Løvold won the final against Finland's Thomas Vuori with 4-3 and in the women's tournament Russia's Nkeiruka Ezekh won in front of Norway's Linn Githmark.

These four national teams are qualified for the WJCC in Flims in two months. 

Visit our WJCC "B" pages.


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