Given the interest in the Four Nations, and efforts to ensure that Scotland is represented at Fenton's Rink, January 21-23, David B Smith has written a piece on how it all started back in 1895 on the Curling History blog here.
However, in the 21st century, the European Junior Curling Challenge begins today in Prague. Nine junior women's teams and thirteen junior men's teams will fight it out for places at the World Junior Championships at Perth, where Scotland, as host nation, has guaranteed places. Had the Junior Worlds been set to be held elsewhere, Scotland's women would be in this qualifier at Prague this time. All the results from this week can be found here.