Team Jackson Crowned Scottish Junior Champions
Team Jackson won the Scottish Junior Championship at Curl Aberdeen and will represent Scotland at the World Junior Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark next month.
Nineteen year old Sophie Jackson from Dumfries, who is making her debut as Skip this season paid tribute to her team-mates Naomi Brown, Rachael Halliday and Rachel Hannen following their title win.
“I was apprehensive at first about stepping up to the role of Skip but our rink get on very well and they have been really supportive and winning the national juniors is quite a confidence boost.
“We knew we had a lot of experience in our team and felt that if we performed as well as we could ahead of the championships we could do well and that is exactly what we did, we went out and performed to our best.”
Meeting Team Murray, comprising Katie Murray, Rebecca Morrison, Hailey Duff and Mili Smith - who will represent Great Britain in the forthcoming Youth Olympics at Lillehammer - in the final, Jackson said it was their experience and ability to stay calm that helped them beat their rivals.
“We took the game on when we felt confident and in the eight end it was a bit touch and go with a few missed big shots and lost a two there. We then re-grouped and had a discussion and got back up and we had a good ninth end and that was it really.”
“We are now looking forward to the worlds and we have two players (Naomi Brown and Rachel Hannen) who have been there twice and know what it is like so we will use that experience and put in a lot of work between now and the championship and hopefully we will medal there.”
Team Jackson will be joined by Team Mouat at the world juniors, which includes Bobby Lammie, her former team mate in the World Mixed Curling Championship hosted in Berne last year.
“That experience last year has certainly given us something to build and draw upon albeit for a different championship this time around. Both our men’s and women’s teams heading to Copenhagen are very close, we know each other well so we will be able to support each other when we are at the worlds and we hope to pull off a good performance.
“This month we have the Scottish Championships and we will use the event as a training implement as we will be competing among some of the best curlers in the world. Our team will use our success at the juniors and hopefully finish high up in the table.
“We are all aspiring to achieve what Eve (Muirhead) has and if we can emulate some of her success then we know that we are going in the right direction.”
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