The M&M Meat Shops Canadian Juniors will be played Jan. 18-26, 2014, with round robin games at both the Liverpool Curling Club and Queens Place Emera Centre. The playoff games and finals will be played at Queens Place Emera Centre.
“We are pleased to announce that the 2014 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Juniors will be hosted in Liverpool, part of Nova Scotia’s spectacular south shore on the Atlantic, commented the CCA’s Chief Executive Officer, Greg Stremlaw. “These young athletes are in for a real treat with a wonderful venue and ideal location for this championship to be hosted.”
The CCA’s 14 Member Associations (10 provinces, plus Northern Ontario, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon) will once again have the opportunity to qualify for the 2014 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Juniors, as they will do so for the first time in 2013.
The 10 provinces/territories with the best won-lost records at the 2013 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Juniors qualify for the championships, which begin on Saturday, Jan. 18. Host Nova Scotia receives berths into both the men’s and women’s events.
Teams representing the other four provinces/territories will then compete in a one-day double knockout at the Liverpool Curling Club on Thursday, Jan. 16. This will determine which two teams from each gender advance to the 12-team championships, which is a round robin format, with the first place teams earning byes to their respective finals, while the second and third place teams meet in semi-finals.
“The Region of Queens is delighted that Queens Place Emera Centre has been chosen for this prestigious national sporting event, “ said the Region of Queens Mayor John Leefe.
“Our entire community will be well prepared to embrace the competitors, coaches, organizers, families and friends who will be making the Liverpool area their home for the 2014 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Junior Men’s and Women’s Curling Championships.”
“We are delighted and honoured to be chosen to host such a renowned event,” said Host Committee chair Greg Thorbourne. “This is a fantastic opportunity to not only showcase our great region, but also bring a line-up of world class Junior curlers to our community. While this will mark the first national curling event for Liverpool, we are no strangers to championship curling. Liverpool has hosted many successful provincial championships over the past few years. The residents of the area, who will form most of the organizing committee, are excited to showcase their talents in hosting this great event.”
Added Dave Andrews, president of the Liverpool Curling Club, “The executive and members of the Liverpool Curling Club are proud and happy to have this event coming to our area. We are looking forward to help make all the competitors, coaches, volunteers, and spectators enjoy their stay.”
The winners of the M&M Meat Shops Canadian Juniors will then represent Canada at the 2014 World Juniors, at a site to be announced by the World Curling Federation.