Sophie Jackson and team to represent Scotland at World Junior-B Championships
The playoff to determine the junior girls team to represent Scotland at the World Junior-B Championships a five game series, was held at Braehead 11th – 13th November.
It proved to be a very competitive affair. In the first two games the outcome hinged on the skips performances and saw the teams level at one all. The teams adjusted to the ice in games three and four particularly, allowing the level of play to go up with some aggressive curling from both. The Teams could not be separated, with another win and loss each, resulting in the fifth game decider.
The final game proved a much cagier affair than those that had gone before – with neither team really allowing stones to build up. Centre guards removed when with last stone advantage, and no real attempt to set up a score of two meant low scoring. Team Aitken were forced to take one in the first, the next two ends blanked by Team Jackson and withSophie left with a slash double in the 4 foot at fourth end, it was a little wide so rolled out to only score one. A steal of one for Jackson in the fifth when Team Aitken rolled out with her last gave Jackson a 1 shot lead at the break. Aitken was light with a draw in end six, choosing to level things up, so it was blanked. In end seven Sophie forced the one when Team Aitken nosed the clear on front stones with her first, and Sophie hid making Karina draw the 4 foot, this time successfully but giving Team Jackson control. Team Aitken had to make a play – they set up a great steal effort in end eight, only for Sophie Jackson to play a wonderful angled double raise on to the edge of the 4 foot to see off the danger. Team Jackson took one in the 8th and then forcing a one in the ninth kept them in charge. With the scores tied going into the final end Team Aitken could only hide in the wide 8 foot with her last stone – after central cover was removed professionally by Team Jackson – Sophie calmly drew the 4 foot for the win.
Team Jackson (pictured) and coach Cate Brewster will be travelling to the World Junior-B Championships in Östersund, Sweden, in early January.