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Wednesday, 02 December 2015 15:03

12-country field now set for Ford World Women’s Curling

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We now know the 11 other countries that Team Canada will have to battle at the 2016 Ford World Women’s Curling Championship, presented by Meridian Manufacturing, in March in Swift Current.

 


The eight European qualifiers were set over the weekend as the 2015 Le Gruyère European Championships wrapped up in Esbjerg, Denmark.
Russia, Scotland, Finland, Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland, Germany and Italy finished first through eighth and will send teams to the Ford Worlds, March 19-27 at the Credit Union iplex in Swift Current.
They will join the host team from Canada — the winners of the 2016 Scotties Tournament of Hearts, Feb. 20-28 in Grande Prairie, Alta. — as well as teams from the United States, Japan and South Korea.
The latter two countries qualified as a result of their one-two finish at the Pacific-Asia Championships earlier this month in Kazakhstan.
You can see Team Canada’s schedule for the Ford Worlds online.
The teams that competed in Esbjerg and Kazakhstan aren’t guaranteed to play in Swift Current; each qualified country will determine its representative team for the Ford Worlds in the new year.
Italy clinched the 12th and final berth recently. Federica Apollonio’s team won the ‘B’ Division title, and then defeated ‘A’ Division eighth-place finisher Norway in a best-of-three playoff for the final European berth into the Ford Worlds.
Russia won its third European championship when Anna Sidorova’s team from Moscow beat Scotland’s Eve Muirhead 6-4.
Finland’s Oona Kauste took bronze with a 10-8 triumph over Denmark’s Lene Nielsen.
Germany claimed gold the last time the Ford Worlds were held in Swift Current, in 2010.
Andrea Schöpp’s German team prevailed 8-6 in an extra end over Muirhead’s Scots in the final.
Team Canada, skipped by Jennifer Jones, won a bronze medal.
Various ticket options for the 2016 Ford Worlds in Swift Current are now available. Look for ways to “Live it Live” at the Ford Worlds by going to: www.curling.ca/2016worldwomen/tickets/.

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