Curling in Turkey

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Curling is a minor sport in Turkey. It is governed by the Turkish Ice Skating Federation and has been a member of the World Curling Federation since 2009. The country has one dedicated curling venue, the Milli Piyango Curling Arena in Erzurum. Turkey is ranked 39th in the world in men's curling and 31st in women's.

As of November 2012, there are around 180 licensed curlers in the country, of which 120 are playing actively.[1]

Turkey has already hosted four international tournaments, the 2011 Winter Universiade, the 2012 World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship, the 2012 European Mixed Curling Championship and the European Curling Championships – Group C competitions.

Leagues[edit]

The Turkish Ice Skating Federation increased the number of curling leagues setting up the Second Curling League in the 2012-13 season. The First Curling League is played by 20 teams consisting of ten men's and ten women's teams in five groups each four teams. The competitions are held at the Milli Piyango Curling Arena in Erzurum, and will last until end of March 2013. The Second League teams to be promoted to the First League will be determined by play-offs at the end of the season.[1]

Turkish Curling First League teams

Following teams compete in the First League's 2012-13 season[1]

Men's
  • Albayraklar S.K. (Erzurum)
  • İzmit Alikahya S.K. (Kocaeli)
  • Atatürk University S.K. (Erzurum)
  • Çelebi S.K. (Erzurum)
  • Derince Belediye S.K. (Kocaeli)
  • Erzurum Gençlik S.K. (Erzurum)
  • Narman S.K. (Erzurum)
  • Nenehatun S.K. (Erzurum)
  • Palandöken Gençlik S.K. (Erzurum)
  • Şirintepe Gençlerbirliği S.K. (Kocaeli)
Women's

International competitions[edit]

The country competed in its first event at the 2010 European Mixed Curling Championship, where they placed 23rd of 24 teams. They won one game, against the Netherlands.

Turkey's first participation in juniors category was in the 2013 European Junior Curling Challenge in Prague, Czech Republic, a qualification tournament for the 2013 World Junior Curling Championships.

Turkish national wheelchair curling team, which consisted of curlers all from İstanbul Büyükşehir Belediyesi S.K., made its debut in November 2012 at the 2013 World Wheelchair Curling Championship – Qualification Event in Lohja, Finland.[2]

National teams[edit]

Men's[edit]

Men's national curling team of Turkey ranks 35th as of mid-year rankings for the 2012–13 curling season coming up to an increase of five positions from the last season.

Head coach: Russia Olga Andrianova[3][4]

Position Name Club
Skip Muhammet Oǧuz Zengin Atatürk University
Third Alican Karataş Atatürk University
Second Kadir Çakır Atatürk University
Lead Muhammet Çağrı Bayraktar Anadolu University
Alternate Yusuf Ziya Bayraktutan Atatürk University

Junior men's[edit]

Turkish junior men's team debuted at the 2013 European Junior Curling Challenge, a qualification competition for the 2013 World Junior Curling Championships.

Position Name
Skip Alican Karataş
Third Nuh Nar
Second Melik Şenol
Lead Adem Özdemir
Alternate Burak Korucu

Coach: Celal Cüneyt İşgör

Women's[edit]

Turkey women's national curling team ranks 27th as of mid-year rankings for the 2012–13 curling season coming up to an increase of four positions from the last season.

Head coach: Russia Olga Andrianova[3][4]

Position Name Club
Skip Öznur Polat Atatürk University
Third Elif Kızılkaya Atatürk University
Second Dilşat Yıldız Atatürk University
Lead Ayşe Gözütok Atatürk University
Alternate Şeyda Zengin Atatürk University

Junior women's[edit]

Turkish junior women's team debuted at the 2013 European Junior Curling Challenge, a qualification competition for the 2013 World Junior Curling Championships.

Position Name
Skip Dilşat Yıldız
Third Semiha Konuksever
Second Burçak Şehitoğlu
Lead Zeynep Özmen
Alternate Burcu Korucu

Coach: Celal Cüneyt İşgör

Wheelchair[edit]

Position Name Club
Skip Turhan Akalın Istanbul B.B.S.K.
Third Engin Kurt Istanbul B.B.S.K.
Second Savaş Şimşek Istanbul B.B.S.K.
Lead Birsen Sapmaz Istanbul B.B.S.K.
Alternate Berk Kamanlı Istanbul B.B.S.K.

Coach: Gökçe Ulugay

Achievements[edit]

Men's events[edit]

Winter Universiade
Year Skip Rank GP W L
Turkey 2011 Oğuzhan Dikmen 9th 9 1 8
Total 1 / 2 9 1 8
European Curling Championships

The team advanced to the Group B competitions of 2012 European Curling Championships held in Karlstad, Sweden. Turkey's Alican Karataş competed in the round robin tournament of the Red Group, at which eight teams took part. He skipped to rank six winning two games and losing five.

Year Skip Rank GP W L
Scotland 2010 İlhan Osmanağaoğlu Group C - 7th 6 1 5
Denmark 2011 İlhan Osmanağaoğlu Group C - 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 9 6 3
Turkey 2012 Muhammet Oğuz Zengin Group C - 1st, gold medalist(s) 8 7 1
Sweden 2012 Alican Karataş Group B - 6th 7 2 5
Total 4 / 39 30 16 14
International tournaments

Junior men's events[edit]

European Junior Curling Challenge
Year Skip Rank GP W L
Czech Republic 2013 Alican Karataş 4th 7 4 3
Total 1 / 9 7 4 3

Coach: Celal Cüneyt İşgör

Women's events[edit]

Winter Universiade
Year Skip Rank GP W L
Turkey 2011 Öznur Polat 10th 9 0 9
Total 1 / 2 9 0 9
European Curling Championships

The team advanced to the Group B competitions of 2012 European Curling Championships held in Karlstad. Elif Kızılkaya skipped to rank five in the round robin tournament, at which ten teams took part, with four wins against five losses, and missed so to advance to the page playoffs that were eligible for the four best teams.

Year Skip Rank GP W L
Scotland 2010 Canan Melis Akyıldız Group C - 2nd, silver medalist(s) 5 4 1
Switzerland 2010 Aysun Ergin Group B - 10th 9 1 8
Denmark 2011 Öznur Polat Group C - 5th 5 3 2
Turkey 2012 Öznur Polat Group C - 2nd, silver medalist(s) 7 6 1
Sweden 2012 Elif Kızılkaya Group B - 5th 9 4 5
Total 5 / 40 35 18 17

Junior women's events[edit]

European Junior Curling Challenge
Year Skip Rank GP W L
Czech Republic 2013 Dilşat Yıldız 5th 5 3 2
Total 1 / 9 5 3 2

Mixed events[edit]

World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship
Year Lead / Second Rank GP W L
Turkey 2012 İlhan Osmanağaoğlu
Elif Kızılkaya
21st 8 2 6
Total 1 / 5 8 2 6
European Mixed Curling Championships
Year Skip Rank GP W L
Scotland 2010 İlhan Osmanağaoğlu 23rd 7 1 6
Denmark 2011 Öznur Polat 23rd 7 0 7
Turkey 2012 Murat Sağır 23rd 7 1 6
Total 3 / 8 21 2 19

Wheelchair[edit]

World Wheelchair Curling Championship – Qualification Event
Year Skip Rank GP W L
Finland 2012 Turan Akalın 10th 10 1 9
Total 1 / 4 10 1 9

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Türkiye Curling 1. Lig müsabakaları başladı". Zaman (in Turkish). 2012-11-11. Retrieved 2013-01-06. 
  2. ^ "Türk Milli Takımı, gruplardan çıkamadı". Spor X (in Turkish). 2012-11-14. Retrieved 2013-01-06. 
  3. ^ a b "Curling A Milli Takım Kampı Erzurum'da Başlıyor" (in Turkish). Türkiye Buz Pateni Federasyonu. Archived from the original on 2012-12-23. Retrieved 2012-10-11. 
  4. ^ a b "Curling Milli Takımı Kampta". Haberler (in Turkish). 2012-07-15. Retrieved 2012-10-08. 
  5. ^ "5th Debrecen Curling Bonspiel Cup/Debrecen, Hungary - Results". Debrecen Curling. Retrieved 2012-10-11. 

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