Canadian Curling Association » Media Releases http://www.curling.ca Official website of the Canadian Curling Association Thu, 24 Apr 2014 14:51:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v= Team Canada men name John Morris skip for 2014-15 season http://www.curling.ca/2015brier-en/2014/04/22/team-canada-men-name-john-morris-skip-for-2014-15-season/ http://www.curling.ca/2015brier-en/2014/04/22/team-canada-men-name-john-morris-skip-for-2014-15-season/#comments Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:10:18 +0000 Al Cameron http://www.curling.ca/blog/2014/04/22/team-canada-men-name-john-morris-skip-for-2014-15-season/ [Read More…]]]> A familiar face will take the reigns of the reigning Canadian men’s curling champions, it was announced today.

John Morris will be the skip of Team Canada at the 2015 Tim Hortons Brier, presented by SecurTek, the 2014 Canada Cup of Curling and the 2015 WFG Continental Cup. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

John Morris will be the skip of Team Canada at the 2015 Tim Hortons Brier, presented by SecurTek, the 2014 Canada Cup of Curling and the 2015 WFG Continental Cup. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

Former Olympic gold-medallist, world men’s champion and two-time world junior men’s champion John Morris will replace Kevin Koe at skip, calling the shots for the remainder of the team that won the Tim Hortons Brier, presented by SecurTek, in March in Kamloops, B.C.

Morris will join forces with third Pat Simmons, second Carter Rycroft and lead Nolan Thiessen as Team Canada makes its debut at the 2015 Tim Hortons Brier, presented by SecurTek, Feb. 28-March 8 at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary. Morris was skipping the B.C. team (third Jim Cotter, second Tyrel Griffith, lead Rick Sawatsky) that Koe’s Alberta team defeated in the 2014 Tim Hortons Brier final.

The team will also compete at the 2014 Canada Cup of Curling, Dec. 3-7 in Camrose, Alta., and the 2015 World Financial Group Continental Cup, presented by SecurTek, in Calgary — which, with the 2015 Tim Hortons Brier, comprise the Alberta Triple Crown.

The 2014 Tim Hortons Brier champs, from left, third Pat Simmons, second Carter Rycroft and lead Pat Simmons, will have a new skip calling the shots next season. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

The 2014 Tim Hortons Brier champs, from left, third Pat Simmons, second Carter Rycroft and lead Nolan Thiessen, will have a new skip calling the shots next season. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

Koe left the team earlier this month to form a new team with third Marc Kennedy, second Brent Laing and lead Ben Hebert.

“We’re thrilled to be able to bring aboard a player of John’s calibre,” said Simmons. “Of course, we’ve always had a great deal of respect for John as a player and a rival, and we’re excited about what we can do together on the ice next season.”

Morris said he will play a limited schedule during the 2014-15 season due to work commitments, with only a few World Curling Tour bonspiels planned outside of the Alberta Triple Crown events.

“My plan was to take the 2014-15 season off as I move ahead in my career as a firefighter,” said Morris, a resident of Chestermere, Alta., just outside of Calgary. “But to be able to play for Team Canada, and considering the Alberta events are so close to home, it was hard to pass up on this offer. I talked it over with Jim, Tyrel and Rick and they were very understanding. I can’t thank them enough for the season we had, and I wish them nothing but the very best going forward.”

Rycroft will only be playing in the Alberta Triple Crown events, so the team also announced today that former world champion Scott Bailey will take his place at second for World Curling Tour events.

Tickets for the 2014-15 Alberta Triple Crown are available at www.curling.ca/tickets/

The French version of this story will be posted as soon as possible at www.curling.ca/fr

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Canadian teams set for World Mixed Doubles, Seniors in Scotland http://www.curling.ca/blog/2014/04/21/canadian-teams-set-for-world-mixed-doubles-seniors-in-scotland/ http://www.curling.ca/blog/2014/04/21/canadian-teams-set-for-world-mixed-doubles-seniors-in-scotland/#comments Mon, 21 Apr 2014 16:00:46 +0000 Al Cameron http://www.curling.ca/?p=57404 [Read More…]]]> Three more medal opportunities will be on the line when Canadian teams open play on Wednesday at the 2014 World Senior Men’s, Senior Women’s and Mixed Doubles Championships at the Dumfries Ice Bowl in Dumfries, Scotland.

Colleen Pinkney's team from Truro, N.S. ((third Wendy Currie, second Shelley MacNutt, lead Susan Creelman) will be looking for Canada's 10th world senior women's curling championship. (Photo, Canadian Curling Association)

Colleen Pinkney’s team from Truro, N.S. (third Wendy Currie, second Shelley MacNutt, lead Susan Creelman) will be looking for Canada’s 10th World Senior Women’s Curling Championship. (Photo, Canadian Curling Association)

The Canadian entries will be looking to defend the gold medals our country won at the 2013 World Senior Men’s and Women’s Championships in Fredericton, N.B., while our mixed doubles entry will be looking for just our second medal in the seven-year history of the event.

In senior women’s play, Colleen Pinkney’s team from Truro, N.S., (third Wendy Currie, second Shelley MacNutt, lead Susan Creelman, alternate Judy Burgess, coach Bill Tschirhart) will be pursuing Canada’s seventh consecutive gold medal, and her second — Pinkney, Currie and Creelman (Karen Hennigar played second) went unbeaten to win gold in 2010 at Chelyabinsk, Russia. Canada has won nine times since the World Seniors were introduced in 2002.

Wayne Tallon's Fredericton, N.B., team (third Mike Kennedy, second Mike Flannery, lead Wade Blanchard) is looking to keep aliove Canada's perfect record of reaching the gold-medal game at the World Senior Men's Championship. (Photo, CCA)

Wayne Tallon’s Fredericton, N.B., team (third Mike Kennedy, second Mike Flannery, lead Wade Blanchard) is looking to keep aliove Canada’s perfect record of reaching the gold-medal game at the World Senior Men’s Championship. (Photo, Canadian Curling Association)

On the men’s side, the Wayne Tallon team from Fredericton (third Mike Kennedy, second Mike Flannery, lead Wade Blanchard, alternate Charles Kingston, coach Bill Tschirhart) will be looking to make it back-to-back gold for Canada, as well as claim Canada’s ninth world senior men’s title.

At the 2013 event in Fredericton (which was chaired by Tallon), Rob Armitage of Red Deer, Alta., won the men’s gold medal while Cathy King of Edmonton captured the women’s gold. Both of the Canadian teams at the 2014 World Seniors qualified for the trip to Scotland by winning their respective titles at the 2013 Canadian Senior Men’s and Curling Championships in Summerside, P.E.I.

Meanwhile, the husband and wife pairing of Wayne Tuck and Kim Tuck of Ilderton, Ont., will wear Canadian colours in the World Mixed Doubles Championship. The Tucks, who will have Jim Waite with them as team coach, prevailed at the 2014 Canadian Mixed Doubles Trials last month in Ottawa, and will be looking for Canada’s first gold medal at the event, which started in 2008. Only one Canadian team —  Sean Grassie and Allison Nimik — has reached the podium at the World Mixed Doubles as they won bronze in 2009 at Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy.

Wayne Tuck, left, and wife Kim Tuck will take aim at Canada's second medal at the World Mixed Doubles Championship. (Photo, Canadian Curling Association)

Wayne Tuck, left, and wife Kim Tuck will take aim at Canada’s second medal at the World Mixed Doubles Championship. (Photo, Canadian Curling Association)

Selected games from the World Mixed Doubles Championship will be streamed live online, including Canada’s opening game against Sweden’s Camilla Johansson and Per Noreen, Thursday at 7 a.m. Eastern. Go to the event website, wmdcc2014.curlingevents.com/, to see the games and broadcast schedule.

The round-robin draws for the World Seniors and Mixed Doubles will run through to April 29 before the playoffs get underway. There are 25 senior men’s teams, split into three pools (one nine-team pool, two eight-team pools); 15 senior women’s teams, split into two pools (one eight-team pool, one seven-team pool); and 34 mixed doubles teams split into four pools (two nine-team pools, two eight-team pools).

On April 30, the senior men’s and women’s gold-medal and bronze-medal games are scheduled for 7:30 a.m. Eastern, with the mixed doubles gold-medal and bronze-medal games at 10:30 a.m. Eastern.

Since the World Mixed Doubles Championship made its debut in 2008 in Vierumäki, Finland, Swiss teams have won four of the six gold medals. Last year in Fredericton, though, Hungary made history with its first international curling victory when the duo of Zsolt Kiss and Dorottya Palancsa beat Sweden in the final. Kiss and Palancsa are back to defend their title in Dumfries. The Canadian entry of Robert Desjardins and Isabelle Néron finished 10th with a 4-4 record.

At the World Seniors, Canadian teams have enjoyed great success since the first edition in 2002 at Bismarck, N.D.

On the men’s side, Canadian teams have been in all 12 gold-medal games, winning eight of them: Tom Reed in 2003 at Winnipeg; Bas Buckle in 2004 at Gävle, Sweden, and again a year later at Howwood; Les Rogers in 2006 at Copenhagen, Denmark; Pat Ryan in 2008 at Vierumäki; Eugene Hritzuk in 2009 at Dunedin, New Zealand; Mark Johnson in 2011 at St. Paul, Minn.; and Armitage last year.

Canadian senior women’s teams have collected nine gold medals — Anne Dunn in 2002 at Bismarck and 2004 at Gävle; Nancy Kerr in 2003 at Winnipeg; Diane Foster in 2008 at Vierumäki; Pat Sanders in 2009 at Dunedin; Pinkney in  2010 at Chelyabinsk, Russia; Christine Jurgenson in 2011 at St. Paul; Heidi Hanlon in 2012 at Tårnby, Denmark; and King last year.

For live scores and standings from the World Mixed Doubles Championship, go to: www.wmdcc2014.curlingevents.com/.

For live scores and standings from the World Seniors Championship, go to: wscc2014.curlingevents.com/.

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Stremlaw elected as Chair of Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance http://www.curling.ca/blog/2014/04/14/stremlaw-elected-as-chair-of-canadian-sport-tourism-alliance/ http://www.curling.ca/blog/2014/04/14/stremlaw-elected-as-chair-of-canadian-sport-tourism-alliance/#comments Mon, 14 Apr 2014 18:54:16 +0000 Al Cameron http://www.curling.ca/?p=57341 [Read More…]]]> Curling’s voice on the Canadian sports scene got a little bit louder with the election of Canadian Curling Association Chief Executive Officer Greg Stremlaw as the Chair of the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance.

(Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

(Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

The CTSA was formed to market Canada as a destination for international sports events, and the Canadian Curling Association has played a leading role over the years in hosting world curling championships.

“Sport tourism is the fastest growing segment of the tourism industry,” said Stremlaw. “We look forward to working with all stakeholders to continue to build the sport tourism industry in communities across Canada.”

The election took place during the 2014 Sports Events Congress in Edmonton, which featured a number of keynote addresses from prominent sports figures, including 2010 men’s curling Olympic gold-medallist Kevin Martin. Additionally, delegates took part in a mini-bonspiel at the Saville Centre.

Stremlaw’s term as Chair will last 12 months, and will be up for renewal annually. He will take the organization into 2015, during which Canada will play host to the Pan American and Parapan American Games in Toronto, in addition to the 2015 WFG Continental Cup of Curling in January in Calgary and the 2015 Ford World Men’s Curling Championship in April in Halifax.

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Canadian curling makes history with World rankings sweep http://www.curling.ca/blog/2014/04/08/canadian-curling-makes-history-with-world-rankings-sweep/ http://www.curling.ca/blog/2014/04/08/canadian-curling-makes-history-with-world-rankings-sweep/#comments Tue, 08 Apr 2014 18:02:07 +0000 Al Cameron http://www.curling.ca/?p=57285 [Read More…]]]> For the first time ever, one country’s curling program sits on top of the World Curling Federation’s rankings in the men’s, women’s and wheelchair disciplines.

Canadian fans had plenty to cheer about during the 2013-14 curling season. (Photo, Canadian Curling Association/Michael Burns)

Canadian fans had plenty to cheer about during the 2013-14 curling season. (Photo, Canadian Curling Association/Michael Burns)

Canada finished the 2013-14 season in top spot in all three sets of rankings, thanks to a season that already has produced historic results internationally.

The rankings, released today by the WCF, see Canada maintaining its 2012-13 top ranking in men’s and wheelchair curling, while the combination of Jennifer Jones’s gold medal at the Winter Olympics in Sochi and Rachel Homan’s silver medal at the Ford World Women’s Curling Championship, presented by Booster Juice, pushed Canada ahead of Sweden in the women’s rankings for the first time since since the conclusion of the 2008-09 season. Kevin Koe’s fourth-place finish at the World Men’s Curling Championship, presented by Ford of Canada, kept Canada at No. 1 in the men’s rankings, while Jim Armstrong’s victory at the Sochi Paralympics maintained our top ranking in wheelchair curling.

Canadian teams have finished in the top six of every international event this season, a feat matched by no other country. There are three more world titles still be to be decided — the world mixed doubles, the world senior men’s and world senior women’s. Those events will be contested later this month in Dumfries, Scotland, with Canada the defending champion in both senior events.

“This is a testament to the work that not only is being done on the ice and during off-ice training by our athletes, but also by the amazing support staff behind the scenes that make it possible for our curlers to perform at a high level internationally,” said Canadian Curling Association Chief Executive Officer Greg Stremlaw. “It’s been an amazing season, but we know that we can’t sit back and relax. The key now is to work even harder to make sure we stay on top of the rankings, and we know the rest of the world will be working just as hard.”

For the full list of rankings, go to: www.worldcurling.org/rankings-men-and-women

Ranking points are earned for placements at the Pacific-Asia, European and World Championships and also at the Olympic Winter Games.

Points are calculated on a percentage-scaled basis for placement at events dating back as far as six curling seasons.

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Team Canada finishes fourth at 2014 World Men’s Curling Championship http://www.curling.ca/blog/2014/04/06/team-canada-finishes-fourth-at-2014-world-mens-curling-championship/ http://www.curling.ca/blog/2014/04/06/team-canada-finishes-fourth-at-2014-world-mens-curling-championship/#comments Sun, 06 Apr 2014 06:15:47 +0000 Al Cameron http://www.curling.ca/?p=57253 [Read More…]]]> BEIJING — Team Canada has fallen short in its bid for a medal at the 2014 World Men’s Curling Championship, presented by Ford of Canada.

Team Canada skip Kevin Koe instructs his sweepers during the bronze-medal game. (Photo, World Curling Federation / Céline Stucki)

Team Canada skip Kevin Koe instructs his sweepers during the bronze-medal game. (Photo, World Curling Federation / Céline Stucki)

Kevin Koe’s Canadian team from Calgary — third Pat Simmons, second Carter Rycroft, lead Nolan Thiessen, alternate Jamie King, team coach John Dunn, national coach Rick Lang — bowed 7-5 to Switzerland’s Peter de Cruz on Sunday at Capital Gymnasium in the bronze-medal game.

The Swiss stole single points in the first two ends, and padded their lead with deuces in the sixth and ninth ends en route to the victory.

“We definitely didn’t want to lose that game,” said Thiessen. “But after yesterday, it was tough to get fired up. But no excuses. They played better than us.”

Team Canada sweepers Nolan Thiessen, left, and Carter Rycroft work on a rock during the bronze-medal game. (Photo, World Curling Federation / Richard Gray)

Team Canada sweepers Nolan Thiessen, left, and Carter Rycroft work on a rock during the bronze-medal game. (Photo, World Curling Federation / Richard Gray)

Team Canada had two chances on Saturday to reach Sunday’s gold-medal game, but fell short to Norway’s Thomas Ulsrud in the Page playoff 1-2 game, and then to Sweden’s Oskar Eriksson in the semifinal. Norway will play Sweden for the gold medal at 3 a.m. Eastern on TSN.

“I thought we played well in the one-two game and the semi,” sad Koe. “We were very close. But in games like that where the other teams are playing well, you have to make the last shot of the end sometimes and we let our chances slip away.”

That, suggested Lang, is the nature of the World Men’s Championship, and added there’s no reason to push any panic buttons, considering Canada has finished in the top six at every international curling event this season — a feat no other country can claim. That total includes two Olympic gold medals (skips Brad Jacobs and Jennifer Jones), a Paralympic gold (Jim Armstrong), gold at the World Junior Women’s (Kelsey Rocque), a World Women’s silver medal (Rachel Homan) and a men’s Winter Universiade bronze medal (Brendan Bottcher).

Team Switzerland celebrates its bronze medal on Sunday. (Photo, World Curling Federation / Céline Stucki)

Team Switzerland celebrates its bronze medal on Sunday. (Photo, World Curling Federation / Céline Stucki)

“Twenty-four hours ago, we were within a shot or two of being in the final here,” said Lang. “And then we have a bad 24 hours and that chat starts. But we had a great team here. They didn’t play like themselves the last couple days, but they were worthy Brier champions. We sent a great team here. They just didn’t have a good day, and that can happen to anybody. The level of competition here is strong and getting stronger. We just have to answer the bell, that’s all.”

“For sure, it’s tough,” added Koe. “The world championship isn’t the way it used to be; I think most people who play in them will tell you every game is tough. There are a lot of good teams, they’re out playing the Slams. They get up to play their best game against Canada, no matter who it is, and they usually do play their best.”

Koe said he was proud of the way the team performed in Beijing.

“That’s the way we’ve always done things,” he said. “Some people might not like our style or our game. But we fight. It’s not always the prettiest, but we get things done. I’m proud of the guys. We had a great run. World championship, two Brier titles, a Brier final — obviously this was very disappointing, but it’s been a great team.”

For Team Canada updates, go to www.curling.ca. Follow us on Twitter, @CCAcurling.

For live scoring, standings and team lineups from the 2014 World Men’s Curling Championship, go to: wmcc2014.curlingevents.com/

The French version of this story will be posted as soon as possible at www.curling.ca/fr

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Canada to play for bronze medal at World Men’s Championship http://www.curling.ca/blog/2014/04/05/canada-to-play-for-bronze-medal-at-world-mens-championship/ http://www.curling.ca/blog/2014/04/05/canada-to-play-for-bronze-medal-at-world-mens-championship/#comments Sat, 05 Apr 2014 11:52:43 +0000 Al Cameron http://www.curling.ca/?p=57240 [Read More…]]]> BEIJING — Team Canada will take aim at extending its medal streak at the World Men’s Curling Championship, presented by Ford of Canada, to 13 years on Sunday (late Saturday in Canada) in the bronze-medal game at Capital Gymnasium.

Team Canada ponders its situation during Saturday's semifinal loss to Sweden.  (Photo, World Curling Federation / Céline Stucki)

Team Canada ponders its situation during Saturday’s semifinal loss to Sweden. (Photo, World Curling Federation / Céline Stucki)

Kevin Koe’s Canadian team from Calgary — third Pat Simmons, second Carter Rycroft, lead Nolan Thiessen, alternate Jamie King, team coach John Dunn and national coach Rick Lang — bowed 10-8 to Sweden’s Oskar Eriksson in the semifinal on Saturday.

As a result, the Canadians will take on Switzerland’s Peter de Cruz for the bronze medal Saturday at 10 p.m. Eastern (live, TSN/RDS2).

“It was a bad day,” said Koe, whose team was a 3-2 loser to Norway’s Thomas Ulsrud earlier Saturday in the Page playoff 1-2 game. “We played pretty decent for the most part, I thought we were throwing them good. But big misses at the wrong time, and those will obviously kill you in the big games.”

Team Canada skip Kevin Koe watches a shot as Swedish skip Oskar Eriksson looks on.  (Photo, World Curling Federation / Céline Stucki)

Team Canada skip Kevin Koe watches a shot as Swedish skip Oskar Eriksson looks on. (Photo, World Curling Federation / Céline Stucki)

The Canadians couldn’t have asked for a better start against Sweden, cracking a deuce in the first end.

But the young Swedes — who claimed gold at the Winter Universiade in December in Trentino, Italy, in addition to the 2011 World Junior Championship — bounced back in impressive fashion as Eriksson hit for a go-ahead four in the second end after Koe’s attempt to freeze buried to a Swedish rock at the back of the button came up short of the rings.

“Just one bad miss — that’s all it took,” said Koe. “If I made my last one, we probably only give up one or two. Just a bad miss at the wrong time.”

The teams would trade singles the next two ends, but in the fifth, Canada had a shot at a tying pair, with Koe needing to hit a Swedish rock in the top 12-foot and then roll into the paint. But the rock did not roll far enough and the Canadians settled for a single.

The Swedes, let off the hook, responded with a textbook sixth and for all intents and purposes put the game away with Eriksson hitting for three when Koe’s last-rock freeze attempt was heavy and bumped into the open.

Canada would take two in the seventh and steal one more in the eighth but would get no closer.

“I’m a little devastated right now,” said Rycroft. “I don’t know what it was, if it was a lack of confidence on our part or still not trusting the ice. But we missed way too many shots on the wrong side. Good curlers missing easy shots is not going to win you many games.”

In the 55 previous editions of the World Men’s Championship, Canada has been on the podium 49 times, including 34 gold, nine silver and six bronze.

“We’ll show up and try our hardest to win,” said Koe. “I mean, it’ll be hard, we’re disappointed — we came here thinking we’d be in that gold-medal game. But we’ll be here in the morning and we’ll be trying to win a medal.”

Swedish skip Oskar Eriksson celebrates his semifinal win.  (Photo, World Curling Federation / Céline Stucki)

Swedish skip Oskar Eriksson celebrates his semifinal win. (Photo, World Curling Federation / Céline Stucki)

Sweden will play Norway for the gold medal on Sunday (4 a.m. Eastern, live on TSN; tape-delay at noon on RDS2). Sweden’s Niklas Edin won the gold medal at the 2013 Ford World Championship in Victoria, B.C., while the last Norwegian victory was authored by Eigel Ramsfjell in 1988 in Lausanne, Switzerland.

“It feels so good – it’s such an awesome feeling, I can’t describe it,” said Eriksson. “We just need to play like we played today and the last five or six games. I think they’re a bit afraid of us. I think we’ve done really, really well so far to get to the final in our first World Championship. If we can defend the title it would mean everything to us.”

For Team Canada updates, go to www.curling.ca. Follow us on Twitter, @CCAcurling.

For live scoring, standings and team lineups from the 2014 World Men’s Curling Championship, go to: wmcc2014.curlingevents.com/

The French version of this story will be posted as soon as possible at www.curling.ca/fr

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Canada falls short to Norway in Page 1-2 playoff http://www.curling.ca/blog/2014/04/05/canada-falls-short-to-norway-in-page-1-2-playoff/ http://www.curling.ca/blog/2014/04/05/canada-falls-short-to-norway-in-page-1-2-playoff/#comments Sat, 05 Apr 2014 06:58:53 +0000 Al Cameron http://www.curling.ca/?p=57230 [Read More…]]]> BEIJING — Going the long road to a gold-medal game is nothing new to Kevin Koe.

Team Canada ponders its options during Saturday's Page playoff game. (Photo, World Curling Federation / Céline Stucki)

Team Canada ponders its options during Saturday’s Page playoff game. (Photo, World Curling Federation / Céline Stucki)

So while losing the 2014 World Men’s Curling Championship, presented by Ford of Canada, Page playoff 1-2 game 3-2 to Norway’s Thomas Ulsrud on Saturday at Capital Gymnasium was disappointing, considering it earned Ulsrud and Co. a day of rest before Sunday’s gold-medal game (3 a.m. Eastern, live on TSN/tape delayed, noon, RDS2), it’s hardly unfamiliar territory for Koe’s Calgary team.

“There’s not much of a message to the team,” said Koe, whose team will be back on the ice later today (4 a.m. Eastern, live on TSN; tape-delayed to 6:55 a.m., RDS2) in the semifinal against Sweden’s Oskar Eriksson. “Down to our last life again, and we seem to come up with our best games then. We just have to bounce back and come out and get off to a good start.”

Koe and Co. were forced to win semifinals in the Alberta championship as well the Tim Hortons Brier, presented by SecurTek, en route to Beijing.

Team Canada's Nolan Thiessen concentrates on his shot during Saturday's loss to Norway. (Photo, World Curling Federation / Céline Stucki)

Team Canada’s Nolan Thiessen concentrates on his shot during Saturday’s loss to Norway. (Photo, World Curling Federation / Céline Stucki)

The Canadian team — rounded out by third Pat Simmons, second Carter Rycroft, lead Nolan Thiessen, alternate Jamie King, team coach John Dunn and national coach Rick Lang — kept it tight for seven ends against Norway and was trailing 2-1.

But Canada went all out to score multiple points in the eighth and ninth ends, only to let valuable opportunities slip away both times.

In the eighth, Koe rolled out his shooter on an open hit attempt to sit three. That allowed Ulsrud the opportunity to make a tough double takeout through the tightest of ports, and forced Koe to blank the end.

In the ninth, Koe had another huge chance for two or three, but just missed his hit-and-roll with his first shot, and then was light on his draw to bite the button to score two.

“In eight and nine; nine, for sure, that was disappointing,” said Koe. “I threw my first one good; just screwed up the line call. Eight, I had a bit of a miss, but he came up with a really good shot. He made the ones when he needed to and we didn’t, so it’s disappointing.”

Canada will have little time to refocus for a Swedish team that beat Switzerland’s Peter de Cruz 5-2 in the Page playoff 3-4 game on Friday night. Sweden beat Canada 6-2 in round-robin play on Wednesday night.

Norway's Thomas Ulsrud, left, and Torger Nergård share a laugh on Saturday. (Photo, World Curling Federation / Céline Stucki)

Norway’s Thomas Ulsrud, left, and Torger Nergård share a laugh on Saturday. (Photo, World Curling Federation / Céline Stucki)

“We let (Norway) off the hook, but that’s the game,” said Thiessen. “You have to stick the knife in when you get the chance, and we didn’t. We played a good game, but a fairly tight game so you’re going to have limited opportunities to really finish a guy off and we didn’t take those chances. Now, we just have to put this one behind us and go out and win the semifinal.”

Ulsrud will be seeking his first world championship gold medal in 10 appearances at the event; his previous best finishes were bronze medals in 2009, 2008 and 2006, while the rest of his team (Ulsrud had personal commitments and couldn’t participate) finished second to Koe at the 2010 World Men’s Championship in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy.

“That’s probably one thing you shouldn’t think too much about,” said Ulsrud of the chance to win gold. “I’m just really happy we’re in the final. We’re a pretty easy-going team; we don’t get too tense, but obviously it would mean a hell of a lot to me. We were really disappointed after the Olympics (where his team finished fifth). We put in a lot of effort this year but a lot of other countries did as well and we ended up fifth, so this is kind of payback for Norway.”

For Team Canada updates, go to www.curling.ca. Follow us on Twitter, @CCAcurling.

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Canada books spot in Page 1-2 playoff at World Men’s Championship http://www.curling.ca/blog/2014/04/03/canada-books-spot-in-page-1-2-playoff-at-world-mens-championship/ http://www.curling.ca/blog/2014/04/03/canada-books-spot-in-page-1-2-playoff-at-world-mens-championship/#comments Thu, 03 Apr 2014 09:42:46 +0000 Al Cameron http://www.curling.ca/?p=57212 [Read More…]]]> BEIJING — Team Canada is headed to the Page playoff 1-2 game at the 2014 World Men’s Curling Championship, presented by Ford of Canada.

Canadian sweepers Pat Simmons, left, and Carter Rycroft keep things clean. (Photo, World Curling Federation / Céline Stucki)

Canadian sweepers Pat Simmons, left, and Carter Rycroft keep things clean. (Photo, World Curling Federation / Céline Stucki)

A 7-5 win over Scotland’s Ewan MacDonald on Thursday afternoon at Capital Gymnasium finished off an 8-3 run through the 12-team round-robin standings. That result, combined with China’s Rui Liu beating Japan’s Yusuke Morozumi 6-4, landed the Canadian team — third Pat Simmons, second Carter Rycroft, lead Nolan Thiessen, alternate Jamie King, team coach John Dunn and national coach Rick Lang round out the lineup — in Saturday’s Page 1-2 game against Norway’s Thomas Ulsrud (11 p.m. Friday Eastern, TSN/RDS2).

“We woke up today just worried about making sure that we made the playoffs,” said Koe, who won the 2010 World Championship in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy. “We lose that game and we could be in a tiebreaker or something. The big thing was just to win and get in the playoffs, and if we were in the 3-4 game, that was fine with us — we’ve done it before. But to get in the 1-2 game, with an extra life? That’s a bonus, for sure.”

Norway, seeking its country’s first World Men’s gold medal since 1998, finished first in the round robin with a 10-1 record thanks to a 7-6 extra-end victory over Switzerland’s Peter de Cruz.

Canada and Scotland kept things tight for five ends before Canada broke through in the sixth. A wonderful freeze from Simmons set the table for a draw for a pair from Koe to put Canada up 4-2.

The Scots rebounded with two of their own in the seventh. Then Koe replied with a wonderful two shots in the eighth — a pair of outturn draws that curled over six feet to manufacture a deuce out of thin air.

Canadian skip Kevin Koe watches his shot. (Photo, World Curling Federation / Céline Stucki)

Canadian skip Kevin Koe watches his shot. (Photo, World Curling Federation / Céline Stucki)

“That’s a spot that we had played a lot the whole game and had a really good idea of line and weight,” said Simmons. “We got a little break when Ewen missed his, so we had the same shot for the deuce, which was great.”

Koe finished off the victory with a runback double takeout in the 10th end to hand the Scots their seventh loss in 10 games here.

“It seems like all of our games, either we’ve won easy or lost easy,” said Koe. “So it’s good for us to have a battle, tied up or close the whole way through, and to pull it out with a shot in the 10th feels good.”

Japan is assured of a tiebreaker berth at 7-4, while China, Switzerland and Sweden’s Oskar Eriksson all head into the late draw with 6-4 records in the battle for spots in the Page 3-4 game Friday at 7 a.m. Eastern.

The winner of the 3-4 game will play the loser of the 1-2 game in the semifinal Saturday at 4 a.m. Eastern. The gold-medal game is set for Sunday at 3 a.m. Eastern.

“I like where we are, considering how hard we’ve had to battle,” said Koe. “We haven’t always been at our best; if we can find our ‘A’ game in the playoffs, I like our chances. And even if we keep playing the way we are, we’re kind of used to it. I’m looking forward (to Saturday). They’re a great team and obviously they’ve had a great week. I don’t think the first time we played them (Norway prevailed 9-5 on Tuesday) that the score was indicative of the way the game was played; just a couple of missed line calls and it could have been anybody’s game. But I like our chances.”

Canada has picked up medals in 12 straight World Men’s Championships and has reached the gold-medal game for nine straight years.

“Right now we’ve got two chances to go to the final,” said Ulsrud. “I’ve never been world champion, so that’s my dream.”

In the other game Thursday afternoon, Jíri Snítil of the Czech Republic (5-5) shaded Denmark’s Rasmus Stjerne (2-9) 8-7.

Sweden’s Oskar Eriksson (6-4), Germany’s Johnny Jahr (4-6), Pete Fenson of the U.S. (3-7) and Russia’s Evgeny Arkhipov (2-8) all had byes in the afternoon draw.

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Canada knocks off Germany at World Men’s Championship http://www.curling.ca/blog/2014/04/03/canada-knocks-off-germany-at-world-mens-championship/ http://www.curling.ca/blog/2014/04/03/canada-knocks-off-germany-at-world-mens-championship/#comments Thu, 03 Apr 2014 04:27:58 +0000 Al Cameron http://www.curling.ca/?p=57204 [Read More…]]]> BEIJING — Team Canada is a step closer to the playoffs at the 2014 World Men’s Curling Championship, presented by Ford of Canada.

Kevin Koe's Canadian posted a huge win over Germany on Thursday morning. (Photo, World Curling Federation/Richard Gray)

Kevin Koe’s Canadian posted a huge win over Germany on Thursday morning. (Photo, World Curling Federation/Richard Gray)

Kevin Koe’s Canadian team from the Glencoe Club in Calgary took an early 9-1 lead through four ends and sailed home with an 11-5 win over Germany’s Johnny Jahr on Thursday morning at Capital Gymnasium to improve its record to 7-3, good enough to assure at least a tiebreaker berth on the final day of round-robin play.

The Canadians — the team is rounded out by third Pat Simmons, second Carter Rycroft, lead Nolan Thiessen, alternate Jamie King, team coach John Dunn and national coach Rick Lang — will complete round-robin play on Thursday at 2 a.m. Eastern (live on TSN/tape delay at 7 a.m. on RDS2) against Scotland’s Ewan MacDonald (3-6).

A win in that game would nail down, at worst, a berth in the Page 3-4 game (TSN/RDS2, schedule TBD). A victory, combined with Japan’s Yusuke Morozumi (7-3) losing to China’s Rui Liu (5-4), would put Canada in the Page playoff 1-2 game (TSN/RDS2, schedule TBD) against Norway’s Thomas Ulsrud.

“It’s good news,” said Koe. “We’ve come through the three-four game a few times with this team (including the 2010 Tim Hortons Brier and the 2014 Alberta men’s championship). We just have to get in there. And once we get in there, that’s usually when our best games show up. We’re pretty much down to our last life here, so we have to come out against a good Scotland team that’s probably going to be playing pretty loose, and take care of business.”

Team Canada sweepers Nolan Thiessen, left, and Pat Simmons go to work on Carter Rycroft's rock. Kevin Koe's Canadian posted a huge win over Germany on Thursday morning. (Photo, World Curling Federation/Richard Gray)

Team Canada sweepers Nolan Thiessen, left, and Pat Simmons go to work on Carter Rycroft’s rock. Kevin Koe’s Canadian posted a huge win over Germany on Thursday morning. (Photo, World Curling Federation/Richard Gray)

Against Germany, Canada took control early on. Koe was forced to take a single in the first, looking at two German counters, but in the second, Canada turned up the heat. Koe made a precision come-around tap to sit four and block off the path to the four-foot. German last-rock thrower Felix Schulze needed to make a hit-and-roll for a single. Instead, he wrecked on a guard to give Canada a stolen four-ender.

“That nice little hack-weight shot Kevin made in the second, that was good for his confidence,” noted Thiessen. “We’ve wrecked a few times on those, so to make one and really put the pressure on him to make a really good shot against four early in the game is good. You’ll get mistakes when that happens, and it got us a little bit of mojo and hopefully we can carry it over this afternoon.”

After Germany was forced to a single in the third, Canada, for all intents and purposes, put the victory away with Koe drawing for four in the fourth end.

The Germans would cut into the lead with three in the fifth and one more in the sixth, but following a seventh-end Canadian deuce, the Germans, 4-6 with the loss and out of playoff contention, offered handshakes.

“We just needed to feel a little bit better about things. But, honestly, last night we didn’t play that bad,” said Thiessen, referring to a loss on Wednesday night to Sweden’s Oskar Eriksson. “He made a couple beauties, and that’s the game, right? We couldn’t buy anything last night to finish off an end, so it was nice to get this one out of the way and guarantee at least something on the weekend.”

Norway locked up first place on Thursday morning with a 6-4 win over Pete Fenson of the United States (3-7), while the Swedes (6-4) did Canada a favour with an 11-4 win over Japan; a Japanese win would have all but locked up a spot in the one-two game.

In the other game, Russia’s Evgeny Arkhipov (2-8) took two in the 10th end for a 6-5 win over Denmark’s Rasmus Stjerne (2-8).

Switzerland’s Peter de Cruz (6-3), China, Jíri Snítil of the Czech Republic (4-5) and Scotland all had byes in the morning draw.

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Pressure on Canada after loss to Sweden at World Men’s Championship http://www.curling.ca/blog/2014/04/02/pressure-on-canada-after-loss-to-sweden-at-world-mens-championship/ http://www.curling.ca/blog/2014/04/02/pressure-on-canada-after-loss-to-sweden-at-world-mens-championship/#comments Wed, 02 Apr 2014 14:43:26 +0000 Al Cameron http://www.curling.ca/?p=57192 [Read More…]]]> BEIJING — Team Canada has some work to do on the closing day of round-robin play at the 2014 World Men’s Curling Championship, presented by Ford of Canada.

Team Canada skip Kevin Koe instructs his sweepers during Wednesday's loss to Sweden. (Photo, World Curling Federation / Céline Stucki)

Team Canada skip Kevin Koe instructs his sweepers during Wednesday’s loss to Sweden. (Photo, World Curling Federation / Céline Stucki)

A 6-2 loss to Sweden’s Oskar Eriksson on Wednesday night at Capital Gymnasium left Kevin Koe’s Calgary team with a 6-3 record and needing some significant help on Thursday in order to nail down a spot in the Page playoff 1-2 game.

Canada is tied with Switzerland’s Peter de Cruz for third place in the 12-team round-robin standings, behind Norway’s Thomas Ulsrud (8-1 and guaranteed of a playoff spot) and Japan’s Yusuke Morozumi (7-2). So, to get to the 1-2 game, Canada needs to win its final two round-robin games on Thursday — against Germany’s Johnny Jahr (4-5) at 9 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday night and against Scotland’s Ewan MacDonald (3-6) at 2 a.m. Eastern Thursday (live on TSN; tape delay on RDS2 at 7 a.m.), and needs Japan to lose its final two games, against Sweden (5-4) and China’s Rui Liu (5-4).

“It’s disappointing; that was a big game for us and we couldn’t pull ’er out,” said Koe, who’s backed up by third Pat Simmons, second Carter Rycroft, lead Nolan Thiessen, alternate Jamie King, team coach John Dunn and national coach Rick Lang. “That’s a tough one. Just one of those games where we would build a big end and he’d come up with a good shot and I couldn’t answer. I had a few chances; I missed a triple for three (in the sixth end) and kind of miscalled the line again. Just one of those games — off by a couple inches.”

Fans from Donnelly, Alta., cheer on Team Canada on Wednesday in Beijing. (Photo, World Curling Federation / Céline Stucki)

Fans from Donnelly, Alta., cheer on Team Canada on Wednesday in Beijing. (Photo, World Curling Federation / Céline Stucki)

The Swedes scored nothing but singles, including steals in the second, fifth and sixth ends (the first thanks to a great double-takeout and roll; the latter on the Hail Mary triple attempt from Koe) en route to the victory, which kept their playoff hopes alive.

“It easily could have been the reverse score, really,” said Rycroft. “We felt we outplayed them; we had rocks in play and in good positions and it seemed like every time we turned around at the end, they had one or two in there. It was a frustrating freaking game, but you can’t take anything away from them; Oskar made some great shots to bail them out.”

“That win was huge,” noted Eriksson. “We lost to Switzerland this morning so we had to win this to stay in the race. Our goal is to get into the playoffs and finish off with a medal.”

The Canadians, suffice to say, have similar ambitions, and have displayed shark-like attack tendencies when put in this position in the past. Koe, it should be noted, became the first skip to ever win the Tim Hortons Brier coming out of the Page 3-4 game back in 2010 — a triumph that was followed by a gold medal at the 2010 World Men’s Championship in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy.

“Our backs are against the wall, and we just have to worry about making the playoffs,” said Koe. “I don’t know what all the scenarios are, but if we can get to 8-and-3, we know we’ll be in the playoffs. We’ve come through the long way in the playoffs a lot of times; just get us in there, give us a chance and we like our chances.”

Sweden's Markus Eriksson watches his shot on Wednesday. (Photo, World Curling Federation / Céline Stucki)

Sweden’s Markus Eriksson watches his shot on Wednesday. (Photo, World Curling Federation / Céline Stucki)

Norway nailed down its playoff spot with an 11-2 thrashing of Russia’s Evgeny Arkhipov (1-8), while the Japanese, whose previous best wins total at the World Men’s Championship was three, picked up a 10th-end deuce for an 8-7 win over Germany.

In the other game, Pete Fenson of the U.S. (3-6) shaded Denmark’s Rasmus Stjerne (2-7) 6-5.

Switzerland, China, Scotland and Jíri Snítil of the Czech Republic (4-5) had the byes in the evening draw.

The winner of the Page 1-2 game (schedule TBD) will go straight to Sunday’s gold-medal game (3 a.m. Eastern, TSN; tape delay at noon, RDS2) while the loser will drop to Saturday’s semifinal (4 a.m. Eastern TSN; tape delay at 6:55 a.m., RDS2) against the winner of the Page 3-4 game (schedule TBD).

Here is the remainder of Team Canada’s round-robin schedule, including broadcast plans (all times Eastern):

April 2 — vs. Germany (Johnny Jahr), 9 p.m.
April 3 — vs. Scotland (Ewan MacDonald), 2 a.m. (live TSN/ tape delay, 7 a.m. RDS2)

For Team Canada updates, go to www.curling.ca. Follow us on Twitter, @CCAcurling.

For live scoring, standings and team lineups from the 2014 World Men’s Curling Championship, go to: wmcc2014.curlingevents.com/

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Team Canada sweepers Nolan Thiessen, left, and Carter Rycroft were working hard on Wednesday. (Photo, World Curling Federation / Céline Stucki)

Team Canada sweepers Nolan Thiessen, left, and Carter Rycroft were working hard on Wednesday. (Photo, World Curling Federation / Céline Stucki)

On Tuesday night, Kevin Koe’s Canadian team from Calgary admitted to some issues in reading the ice and sweeping calls during a loss to Norway’s Thomas Ulsrud.

Wednesday morning at Capital Gymnasium, there were no such problems, and it paid off with a well-executed 8-4 win over Switzerland’s Peter de Cruz that provided a significant boost to Canada’s bid to play in the Page playoff 1-2 game.

With the win, Team Canada — third Pat Simmons, second Carter Rycroft, lead Nolan Thiessen, alternate Jamie King, team coach John Dunn and national coach Rick Lang round out the team — improved to 6-2, tied for second place in the 12-team round-robin standings with Japan’s Yusuke Morozumi, behind only Norway at 7-1.

Team Canada's Carter Rycroft, left, supervises the sweeping efforts of Nolan Thiessen, middle, and Pat Simmons. (Photo, World Curling Federation / Céline Stucki)

Team Canada’s Carter Rycroft, left, supervises the sweeping efforts of Nolan Thiessen, middle, and Pat Simmons. (Photo, World Curling Federation / Céline Stucki)

The Swiss, meanwhile, dropped to 5-3.

“We talked about it last night, that we’re just calling the sweep a little late, and we picked it up better today,” said Koe, whose team is back on the ice in Beijing at 7 a.m. Eastern (TSN/RDS2) against Sweden’s Oskar Eriksson (4-3). “And it looked like they (Switzerland) weren’t quite trusting the amount of curl out there, and were missing the shots on the tight side.”

The Canadians never trailed the Swiss; single points in the first two ends got the ball rolling, and the victory was put away with back-to-back deuces in the sixth and seventh ends. The sixth-end pair was the result of a masterful hack-weight in-off to get to the button through a maze of Swiss stones, arguably Koe’s finest shot of the Worlds to date.

But he had company on Wednesday; Simmons had his best game of the event, shooting 88 per cent and executing a number of high-risk shots, including a wonderful runback double takeout in the fifth end when the Swiss were building a big end.

“Pat played real well; that runback double was huge, and he made some big shots to bail us out,” said Thiessen. “That’s kind of our deal — if somebody misses, there’s a guy there to bail you out, and he did that today.

“You know what? In eight years together I think we’ve only gone through a big event undefeated twice. We know what to do when our backs are to the wall, and we’re going to make everybody earn it.”

Switzerland last-rock thrower Benoit Schwarz delivers his rock. (Photo, World Curling Federation / Céline Stucki)

Switzerland last-rock thrower Benoit Schwarz delivers his rock. (Photo, World Curling Federation / Céline Stucki)

Coming back strongly against the Swiss helped erase any lingering disappointment from the loss to Norway, said Koe.

“Obviously, playing Norway, you can lose any time you play them, and we had to come back against a really good Switzerland team,” he said. “That sets us up better — if you’re beating the teams that are tied with you, that can’t hurt. And overall, to play well and get a win is great. We have a huge game tonight; if we can win that, it really puts us in a good spot.”

Norway was a 6-4 winner over Scotland’s Ewan MacDonald (2-6), while Japan held off Jirí Snítil of the Czech Republic (3-5) 7-5. In the other morning game, China’s Rui Liu (4-4) beat Denmark’s Rasmus Stjerne (2-6) 6-4.

Sweden, Germany’s Johnny Jahr (4-3), Pete Fenson of the U.S. (2-5) and Russia’s Evgeny Arkhipov (1-6) had byes in the morning draw.

Here is the remainder of Team Canada’s round-robin schedule, including broadcast plans (all times Eastern):

April 2 — vs. Sweden (Oskar Eriksson), 7 a.m. (live, TSN/RDS2)
April 3 — vs. Germany (Johnny Jahr), 9 p.m.
April 3 — vs. Scotland (Ewan MacDonald), 2 a.m. (live TSN/ tape delay, 7 a.m. RDS2)

For Team Canada updates, go to www.curling.ca. Follow us on Twitter, @CCAcurling.

For live scoring, standings and team lineups from the 2014 World Men’s Curling Championship, go to: wmcc2014.curlingevents.com/

The French version of this story will be posted as soon as possible at www.curling.ca/fr

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Team Canada falls short to Norway at World Men’s Championship http://www.curling.ca/blog/2014/04/01/team-canada-falls-short-to-norway-at-world-mens-championship/ http://www.curling.ca/blog/2014/04/01/team-canada-falls-short-to-norway-at-world-mens-championship/#comments Tue, 01 Apr 2014 14:55:29 +0000 Al Cameron http://www.curling.ca/?p=57172 [Read More…]]]> BEIJING — Team Canada has some work to do to nail down a top-two finish in the round robin at the 2014 World Men’s Curling Championship, presented by Ford of Canada.

Norway's Christoffer Svae watches his shot as Canada's Carter Rycroft looks on. (Photo, World Curling Federation / Céline Stucki)

Norway’s Christoffer Svae watches his shot as Canada’s Carter Rycroft looks on. (Photo, World Curling Federation / Céline Stucki)

Kevin Koe’s Canadian team from Calgary had a chance to take over sole possession of first place in the 12-team round-robin standings on Tuesday night at Capital Gymnasium.

Instead, a 9-5 loss to Norway’s Thomas Ulsrud landed Canada in a three-way tie for second place at 5-2 with Japan’s Yusuke Morozumi (who beat Canada on Sunday) and Switzerland’s Peter de Cruz, behind the 6-1 Norwegians.

Team Canada has four round-robin games remaining in hopes of securing a top-two finish and a berth in the Page playoff 1-2 game, which gives participants two cracks at reaching Sunday’s gold-medal game.

“We have to do our job, obviously,” said Team Canada third Pat Simmons. “We have four tough games and we’re going to have to play well. Obviously, the goal is still to be in the one-two game. We’ll see what happens, but we have a lot of work to do before we can think about that.”

The Canadian team — rounded out by second Carter Rycroft, lead Nolan Thiessen, alternate Jamie King, team coach John Dunn and national coach Rick Lang — was in chase mode much of the evening against Norway. Ulsrud drew for three in the second, and then took a crushing stolen single in the third when Koe’s last-rock tap barely rubbed a guard after the sweepers had been briefly called off.

“For sure, that was big,” nodded Koe. “Threw it good, but we missed a few line calls today, which was disappointing. We’re throwing it good, and the ice is really good. It sucks to lose any time, but I like the way we’re coming around, and if the ice keeps getting better, I think we’ll be fine.”

The three-point lead would prove insurmountable. Canada drew to within a point but never pulled even — its best opportunity was in the seventh, but Koe’s last-rock draw attempt behind a centre guard caught some debris, and Ulsrud had an easier shot for a single. The win was put away in the ninth when Ulsrud made a double-takeout to score three.

Canadian skip Kevin Koe shouts instructions to sweepers. (Photo, World Curling Federation / Céline Stucki)

Canadian skip Kevin Koe shouts instructions to sweepers. (Photo, World Curling Federation / Céline Stucki)

“We were a bit lucky there early in the game,” conceded Ulsrud on the third-end steal. “That was the game for Norway right there, we took a 410 lead. They are a strong team and fought their way back and it was tight all the way until the ninth end there.”

Canada has a crucial game against the Swiss Wednesday morning (9 p.m. Tuesday night Eastern) before meeting Sweden’s Oskar Eriksson (4-3) on Wednesday night (7 a.m. Eastern, TSN/RDS2).

“To be 5-and-2? I would have liked to be a little better, but the way we were playing earlier in the week, that’s not a bad spot because we were struggling,” said Koe. “We have some tough games coming up, but if we can keep throwing it well, I think we’ll get better results. Some of the missed shots weren’t the result of the throws; it was more the line calling. We just have to pick that up a little better.”

In other Tuesday night games, Jíri Snítil of the Czech Republic (3-4) shaded Scotland’s Ewan MacDonald (2-5) 6-5; the Swiss knocked off China’s Rui Liu (3-4) 7-6; and Japan drilled Denmark’s Rasmus Stjerne (2-5) 8-2.

Sweden, Germany’s Johnny Jahr (4-3), Pete Fenson of the U.S. (2-5) and Russia’s Evgeny Arkhipov (1-6) had byes in the evening draw.

Here is the remainder of Team Canada’s round-robin schedule, including broadcast plans (all times Eastern):
April 1 — vs. Switzerland (Peter de Cruz), 9 p.m.
April 2 — vs. Sweden (Oskar Eriksson), 7 a.m. (live, TSN/RDS2)
April 3 — vs. Germany (Johnny Jahr), 9 p.m.
April 3 — vs. Scotland (Ewan MacDonald), 2 a.m. (live TSN/ tape delay, 7 a.m. RDS2)

For Team Canada updates, go to www.curling.ca. Follow us on Twitter, @CCAcurling.

For live scoring, standings and team lineups from the 2014 World Men’s Curling Championship, go to: wmcc2014.curlingevents.com/

The French version of this story will be posted as soon as possible at www.curling.ca/fr

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Ferbey to be inducted into Word Curling Hall of Fame http://www.curling.ca/blog/2014/04/01/ferbey-to-be-inducted-into-word-curling-hall-of-fame/ http://www.curling.ca/blog/2014/04/01/ferbey-to-be-inducted-into-word-curling-hall-of-fame/#comments Tue, 01 Apr 2014 11:00:04 +0000 Al Cameron http://www.curling.ca/?p=57156 [Read More…]]]> One of the most accomplished curlers in the history of the sport will enter the World Curling Hall of Fame, it was announced today.

Four-time world champion Randy Ferbey of Edmonton has been named to the World Curling Hall of Fame. (Photo, Canadian Curling Association/Michael Burns)

Four-time world champion Randy Ferbey of Edmonton has been named to the World Curling Hall of Fame. (Photo, Canadian Curling Association/Michael Burns)

Randy Ferbey of Edmonton, a four-time world and six-time Brier champion, was named to the Hall of Fame along with Switzerland’s Patrick Hürlimann, the 1998 Olympic gold-medallist, and Norway’s Eigel Ramsfjell, a three-time world champion.

Ferbey will be honoured during the 2015 Ford World Men’s Championship in Halifax.

“This came out of nowhere for me; I’m blown away, to be honest,” said Ferbey, 54. “I’m really appreciative to the Canadian Curling Association for their support, as well as to the World Curling Federation. I never played the game to earn accolades like this. I always considered it a team game, and I really want to share this with all the great teammates I had over the years. I could not have done it without them.”

Ferbey’s six Brier Canadian men’s championships — 1988 and 1989 as the third for Pat Ryan’s team, then 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2005 throwing third rocks and skipping the legendary Ferbey Four with teammates David Nedohin, Scott Pfeifer and Marcel Rocque — are a record, while he shares the record for most Brier wins as a skip (four) with Ernie Richardson and Kevin Martin.

Ferbey also won world championships in 1989, 2002, 2003 and 2005.

“Randy’s achievements on the ice over the years speak for themselves,” said CCA Chief Executive Officer Greg Stremlaw. “Equally important, Randy was always accessible to our great curling fans, and made a lot of friends for the sport with his outgoing nature. The Canadian Curling Association is thrilled to see him recognized with induction into the World Curling Hall of Fame.”

It’s the third year the World Curling Federation has accepted nominations for induction into the Hall of Fame, which is described as “the highest ‘non-playing’ honour that the World Curling Federation can bestow on someone and recognizes outstanding contribution to the sport of curling whether through on ice exploits or off ice endeavours.”

Last year, Canada’s Ron Northcott and Don Duguid were the inductees.

Prior to 2012, the WCF awarded the World Curling Freytag Award, named after the late Elmer Freytag of the U.S. Curling Association, who was a founding member of the International Curling Federation (now the WCF).

Previous Canadian Freytag honourees were: Ray Kingsmith (2011), Sandra Schmirler (2009), Shirley Morash (2001), Ernie Richardson (2000), Colin Campbell (1990), Bob Picken (1987), Don McLeod (1985), Mabel Deware (1983), Doug Maxwell (1981) and Ken Watson (1978).

For more information on the World Curling Hall of Fame, go to: www.worldcurling.org/world-curling-hall-of-fame.

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Canada picks up 4th straight win at World Men’s Championship http://www.curling.ca/blog/2014/04/01/canada-picks-up-4th-straight-win-at-world-mens-championship/ http://www.curling.ca/blog/2014/04/01/canada-picks-up-4th-straight-win-at-world-mens-championship/#comments Tue, 01 Apr 2014 09:46:45 +0000 Al Cameron http://www.curling.ca/?p=57163 [Read More…]]]> BEIJING — Team Canada has hit the midway point at the 2014 World Men’s Curling Championship, presented by Ford of Canada, feeling awfully good about the road ahead.

Team Canada skip Kevin Koe, left, and vice-skip Pat Simmons discuss strategy during Tuesday's win over the United States. (Photo, World Curling Federation / Céline Stucki)

Team Canada skip Kevin Koe, left, and vice-skip Pat Simmons discuss strategy during Tuesday’s win over the United States. (Photo, World Curling Federation / Céline Stucki)

Kevin Koe’s Tim Hortons Brier champs from the Glencoe Club in Calgary won their fourth straight game on Tuesday afternoon at Capital Gymnasium, cruising to a 7-4 win over Pete Fenson of the United States.

With the win, their fourth in succession, Koe, third Pat Simmons, second Carter Rycroft, lead Nolan Thiessen, alternate Jamie King, coach John Dunn and national coach Rick Lang improved to 5-1 in the 12-team round-robin standings — tied for top spot with Norway’s Thomas Ulsrud.

“The way we’ve played, 5-and-1, some people might think we’re cruising but it hasn’t been that way at all,” said Koe, who along with Rycroft and Thiessen won the 2010 World Championship in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy. “We’ve had to fight for all those wins, but we seem to be getting better. Hopefully the struggles early in the week are passed and we can keep playing well.

“I think we can improve a fair bit, but we’re in a good spot.”

There was nothing fancy about Tuesday’s victory — just cool, efficient shotmaking that produced deuces in the second and seventh ends, in addition to a stolen point in the fifth end that was the result of forcing Fenson, in his eighth World Championship, to attempt, and miss, a tough draw.

Team Canada second Carter Rycroft checks out his shot. (Photo, World Curling Federation / Céline Stucki)

Team Canada second Carter Rycroft checks out his shot. (Photo, World Curling Federation / Céline Stucki)

The seventh-end deuce came about when U.S. second Joe Polo jammed on a makeable double takeout, and Canada was able to make a series of draws to split the rings and now allow the U.S. to make the end-killing double takeout.

“We were totally in a comfort zone,” said Rycroft. “It was the best team effort we’ve had, and the best handle we’ve had on the ice. We still found some runs, but we knew from past games what to expect.”

The U.S. dropped to 2-5 with the loss, and needing a lot of help to snare one of the four available spots in the Page playoffs.

“Everybody’s confidence is lacking right now,” admitted U.S. third Shawn Rojeski. “We’re just frustrated. We’re not used to shrugging our shoulders because we don’t know. It’s been a frustrating week to this point.”

The win set the stage for a crucial showdown against Ulsrud’s Norwegians at 7 a.m. (all times Eastern) on TSN/RDS2, a game that could play a significant role in determining first place in the round robin. Norway suffered its first loss on Tuesday afternoon, falling 7-6 in an extra end to Germany’s Johnny Jahr (4-3).

“In the past, we’ve tried to make (Ulsrud) throw hits — try to make him throw runbacks and sort of bring him out of his comfort zone,” said Rycroft. “Those taps, those freezes, those types of shots, he’s excellent at. So that’s our strategy against him.”

In other Tuesday afternoon games, Sweden’s Oskar Eriksson (4-3) drilled Denmark’s Rasmus Stjerne (2-4) 9-4, while Japan’s Yusuke Morozumi (4-2) edged Russia’s Evgeny Arkhipov (1-6) 8-7; the four victories are already highest total in Japan’s history at the World Men’s Championship.

“This means a lot,” said Japanese lead Kosuke Morozumi. “I want our juniors to be like us and be inspired by us.  (We will continue to inspire them) by winning more games.”

Switzerland’s Peter de Cruz (4-2), China’s Rui Liu (3-3), Jirí Snítil of the Czech Republic (2-4) and Ewan MacDonald of Scotland (2-4) had byes in the afternoon draw.

Here is the remainder of Team Canada’s round-robin schedule, including broadcast plans (all times Eastern):

April 1 — vs. Norway (Thomas Ulsrud), 7 a.m. (live, TSN/RDS2)
April 1 — vs. Switzerland (Peter de Cruz), 9 p.m.
April 2 — vs. Sweden (Oskar Eriksson), 7 a.m. (live, TSN/RDS2)
April 3 — vs. Germany (Johnny Jahr), 9 p.m.
April 3 — vs. Scotland (Ewan MacDonald), 2 a.m. (live TSN/ tape delay, 7 a.m. RDS2)

For Team Canada updates, go to www.curling.ca. Follow us on Twitter, @CCAcurling.

For live scoring, standings and team lineups from the 2014 World Men’s Curling Championship, go to: wmcc2014.curlingevents.com/

The French version of this story will be posted as soon as possible at www.curling.ca/fr

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Canadian comeback produces win over Czechs at World Men’s Championship http://www.curling.ca/blog/2014/03/31/canadian-comeback-produces-win-over-czechs-at-world-mens-championship/ http://www.curling.ca/blog/2014/03/31/canadian-comeback-produces-win-over-czechs-at-world-mens-championship/#comments Mon, 31 Mar 2014 14:44:11 +0000 Al Cameron http://www.curling.ca/?p=57125 [Read More…]]]> BEIJING — Team Canada came up a much-needed two-win Monday at the 2014 World Men’s Curling Championship, presented by Ford of Canada.

Team Canada sweepers Nolan Thiessen, right, and Carter Rycroft work on a rock during Monday's win. (Photo, World Curling Federation/Richard Gray)

Team Canada sweepers Nolan Thiessen, right, and Carter Rycroft work on a rock during Monday’s win. (Photo, World Curling Federation/Richard Gray)

Kevin Koe’s Canadian champs from Calgary came back from a 6-3 deficit to beat the Czech Republic’s Jirí Snítil 10-6 in the late draw on Monday at Capital Indoor Stadium.

With the victory, Team Canada — rounded out by third Pat Simmons, second Carter Rycroft, lead Nolan Thiessen, alternate Jamie King, coach John Dunn and national coach Rick Lang — improved to 4-1 in the 12-team round-robin standings, alone in second place behind Norway’s Thomas Ulsrud (5-0). Canada will take on Norway on Tuesday at 7 a.m. Eastern (TSN/RDS2).

The victory over the Czechs bore no resemblance to Canada’s 9-1 thrashing of Russia’s Evgeny Arkhipov earlier on Monday. Snítil’s team, 1-3 entering the game, controlled the early ends and never gave the Canadians a sniff at building a multiple-point end.

Team Canada skip Kevin Koe enjoyed a two-win Monday in Beijing. (Photo, World Curling Federation/Richard Gray)

Team Canada skip Kevin Koe enjoyed a two-win Monday in Beijing. (Photo, World Curling Federation/Richard Gray)

“For sure, you have to pull some games out,” said Koe. “We weren’t struggling as bad (as a day earlier in a loss to Japan); the sheet was a lot better than yesterday, but no excuses. The Czechs were playing really well and making some big shots. I was proud of the guys; we really stayed in there, tried to stay positive and keep it close.”

The momentum started to shift after the fifth-end break. Canada scored a deuce in six to cut the Czech lead to 6-5, followed by a blank in the seventh, and a wonderful hit-and-roll from Koe in the eighth that led to a game-tying steal.

The Canadians then followed up with arguably their finest end of the 2014 World men’s, making eight perfect shots in the ninth to be sitting four — guaranteed of a steal and forcing Snítil to attempt a wide outturn draw to bite the outside of the four-foot to cut the damage to one Canadian point. But the Czech rock caught debris just outside of the house and ground to an instant halt, giving the Canadians a steal of four and prompting handshakes.

“That is a relief,” said Thiessen. “We were stealing one for sure there, so we were kind of getting control of the game back, but it would have been a battle coming home, for sure. You obviously don’t want to win like that, but any other country in the world would take a win against us like that, so we’ll take a win against somebody else.

“You’re never going to win nine or 10 games in a round robin by just boat-racing teams, right? Definitely, to grind one out and still find a way to win is good for us. It keeps your confidence up, and hopefully we can keep it rolling. It’s a race to nine wins — once you’re there, you’re in the playoffs.”

Even as the Czechs built their lead through five ends, Koe said his team never lost its ability to keep its collective head in the game.

“We’ve talked with our coaches about it off the ice — if we’re going to lose, let’s at least keep battling and stay positive,” he said. “We did that very well in that game. It’s easy to get frustrated after the first few ends, but we hung in there and I’m really proud of the guys for battling that hard.”

Czech Republic skip Jirí Snítil watches his shot on Monday. (Photo, World Curling Federation/Richard Gray)

Czech Republic skip Jirí Snítil watches his shot on Monday. (Photo, World Curling Federation/Richard Gray)

The Canadians have the early draw off on Tuesday, and will be on the ice at 2 a.m. (all times Eastern) against Pete Fenson of the United States (2-3), followed by the 7 a.m. showdown against Norway.

The Norwegians improved to 5-0 by beating China’s Rui Liu 5-3, dropping the Chinese to 2-3.

“It was fun. The boys are playing well so I can’t really complain right now, we are really enjoying ourselves,” said the always cheerful Ulsrud. “We have practised so hard this season with it being Olympic season. I wish it was (during the Olympics) but I’ll take it now. We definitely have a point to prove here, for ourselves and for the guys who support us back home, so fingers crossed throughout the week.”

In other games Monday night, Denmark’s Rasmus Stjerne (2-3) shaded Scotland’s Ewan MacDonald (1-4) 7-6, and Switzerland’s Peter de Cruz (3-2) defeated Japan’s Yusuke Morozumi (3-2) 8-3.

Germany’s Johnny Jahr (3-2), Sweden’s Oskar Eriksson (3-2), the U.S. and Russia’s Evgeny Arkhipov (1-4) all had byes in Monday night’s draw.

March 30 — vs. Russia (Evgeny Arkhipov), 9 p.m.
March 31 — vs. Czech Republic (Jirí Snítil), 7 a.m. (live, TSN/RDS2)
April 1 — vs. U.S.A. (Pete Fenson), 2 a.m.
April 1 — vs. Norway (Thomas Ulsrud), 7 a.m. (live, TSN/RDS2)
April 1 — vs. Switzerland (Peter de Cruz), 9 p.m.
April 2 — vs. Sweden (Oskar Eriksson), 7 a.m. (live, TSN/RDS2)
April 3 — vs. Germany (Johnny Jahr), 9 p.m.
April 3 — vs. Scotland (Ewan MacDonald), 2 a.m. (live TSN/ tape delay, 7 a.m. RDS2)

For Team Canada updates, go to www.curling.ca. Follow us on Twitter, @CCAcurling.

For live scoring, standings and team lineups from the 2014 World Men’s Curling Championship, go to: wmcc2014.curlingevents.com/

The French version of this story will be posted as soon as possible at www.curling.ca/fr

 

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Canada cruises past Russia at World Men’s Championship http://www.curling.ca/blog/2014/03/31/canada-cruises-past-russia-at-world-mens-championship/ http://www.curling.ca/blog/2014/03/31/canada-cruises-past-russia-at-world-mens-championship/#comments Mon, 31 Mar 2014 04:42:23 +0000 Al Cameron http://www.curling.ca/?p=57110 [Read More…]]]> BEIJING — The struggles of the opening weekend were left firmly in the past by Team Canada on Monday morning at the World Men’s Curling Championship, presented by Ford of Canada.

Team Canada's Nolan Thiessen, left, and Carter Rycroft go to work during win over Russia on Monday.  (Photo, World Curling Federation/Richard Gray)

Team Canada’s Nolan Thiessen, left, and Carter Rycroft go to work during win over Russia on Monday. (Photo, World Curling Federation/Richard Gray)

Kevin Koe’s Calgary-based team — third Pat Simmons, second Carter Rycroft, lead Nolan Thiessen, alternate Jamie King, team coach John Dunn, national coach Rick Lang — put together its most complete game of the championship to date at Capital Indoor Stadium, rolling to a 9-1 triumph over Russia’s Evgeny Arkhipov.

With the win, Canada improves to 3-1, tied for second place in the 12-team round-robin standings with Germany’s Johnny Jahr, behind unbeaten Thomas Ulsrud of Norway (4-0).

Team Canada vice-skip Pat Simmons takes aim on Monday.  (Photo, World Curling Federation/Richard Gray)

Team Canada vice-skip Pat Simmons takes aim on Monday. (Photo, World Curling Federation/Richard Gray)

“We played better and the ice was better,” said Koe afterward. “We had a bit more confidence out there, and we played pretty good. We didn’t have to talk so much about weight. Yesterday, honestly, spots were 10 to 15 feet different from each other. Today, it was a couple feet max, and that makes it a lot easier on the brains.”

The Canadians were scored at 96 per cent collectively, with Thiessen and Rycroft both being credited with perfect 100 per cent games.

It was a marked contrast to the first three games, during which Canada struggled to catch onto the ice conditions in an arena that had hosted only one previous curling event and presented numerous challenges to the icemaking crew, headed by Canadians Hans Wuthrich and Greg Ewasko.

“That felt way better,” nodded Rycroft. “We threw some stinkers yesterday, and we were lucky to get away with 1-1 (losing to Japan, beating China). Finally, today, we felt like we got a bit of a handle on things. We were throwing ’em properly. Still missing a few, but at least we’re throwing then with conviction. The results? You can’t worry about them too much because you still get caught on certain spots.”

The Russians weren’t able to use the last-rock advantage they’d earned from the pre-game draw until the sixth end. Canada stole single points in each of the first four ends, keeping the pressure on Russian last-rock thrower Alexey Stukalskiy. He finally managed to deliver a point in the sixth, but even that was a missed opportunity as it was a hit attempt for a potential deuce.

The game was put away in the seventh as the Russians’ attempt to generate a steal went disastrously south, and Koe was able to score five to prompt handshakes.

“We’re happy to be 3-and-1,” said Koe. “Obviously, we would have liked to have that one back yesterday (loss to Japan) when we were up three. But that’s going to happen every once in a while. Three and one?  That’s not a bad spot.”

Russian vice-skip Alexey Stukalskiy watches his shot. (Photo, World Curling Federation/Richard Gray)

Russian vice-skip Alexey Stukalskiy watches his shot. (Photo, World Curling Federation/Richard Gray)

In other Monday morning games, the Germans took their first loss of the event, bowing 9-4 to Denmark’s Rasmus Stjerne, who entered the game winless at 0-3.

“It’s been a rough start,” admitted Sterne, who authored four-enders in the second and fourth ends against Germany. “We knew we needed to show ourselves that we’re still decent curlers and give ourselves a chance. I think in previous games we were trying not to lose and this time we went for the win.”

Also, Japan’s Yusuke Morozumi (3-1) picked up a 9-5 win over Pete Fenson of the U.S. (1-3), and Norway was a 6-3 winner over Sweden’s Oskar Eriksson (2-2).

The Canadians return to the ice later on Monday, taking on Jíri Snítil of the Czech Republic (1-2) at 7 a.m. Eastern (TSN/RDS2).

Switzerland’s Peter de Cruz (2-1), China’s Rui Liu (1-2), the Czechs and Scotland’s Ewan MacDonald (0-3) had byes in the morning draw.

Here is the remainder of Team Canada’s round-robin schedule, including broadcast plans (all times Eastern):

March 30 — vs. Russia (Evgeny Arkhipov), 9 p.m.
March 31 — vs. Czech Republic (Jirí Snítil), 7 a.m. (live, TSN/RDS2)
April 1 — vs. U.S.A. (Pete Fenson), 2 a.m.
April 1 — vs. Norway (Thomas Ulsrud), 7 a.m. (live, TSN/RDS2)
April 1 — vs. Switzerland (Peter de Cruz), 9 p.m.
April 2 — vs. Sweden (Oskar Eriksson), 7 a.m. (live, TSN/RDS2)
April 3 — vs. Germany (Johnny Jahr), 9 p.m.
April 3 — vs. Scotland (Ewan MacDonald), 2 a.m. (live TSN/ tape delay, 7 a.m. RDS2)

For Team Canada updates, go to www.curling.ca. Follow us on Twitter, @CCAcurling.

For live scoring, standings and team lineups from the 2014 World Men’s Curling Championship, go to: wmcc2014.curlingevents.com/

The French version of this story will be posted as soon as possible at www.curling.ca/fr

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First Team All-Stars (Women)

Lead Karen Ruus (Alberta, 83%)
Second Colleen Madonia (Ontario, 80%)
Third DondaLee Deis (Saskatchewan, 78%)
Skip Marilyn Bodogh (Ontario, 76%)

2014 Canadian Senior Curling Championships First Team All-Stars: skip Marilyn Bodogh (ON), third DondaLee Deis (SK), second Colleen Madonia (ON), lead Karen Ruus (AB) (Photo James MacKenzie)

2014 Canadian Senior Curling Championships First Team All-Stars: skip Marilyn Bodogh (ON), third DondaLee Deis (SK), second Colleen Madonia (ON), lead Karen Ruus (AB) (Photo James MacKenzie)

Second Team All-Stars (Women)

Lead Jane Hooper-Perroud (Ontario, 80%)
Second Shelley MacNutt (Nova Scotia, 78%)
Third Marg McLaughlin (Northern Ontario, 76%)
Skip Heidi Hanlon (New Brunswick, 74%)

2014 Canadian Senior Curling Championship Second Team All-Stars: skip Heidi Hanlon (NB), third Marg McLaughlin (NO), second Shelley MacNutt (NS), lead Jane Hooper-Perroud (ON) (Photo James MacKenzie)

2014 Canadian Senior Curling Championship Second Team All-Stars: skip Heidi Hanlon (NB), third Marg McLaughlin (NO), second Shelley MacNutt (NS), lead Jane Hooper-Perroud (ON) (Photo James MacKenzie)

First Team All-Stars (Men)

Lead Del Shaughnessy (Alberta, 88%)
Second Rob Bucholz (Alberta, 84%)
Third Kurt Balderston (Alberta, 88%)
Skip Alan O’Leary (Nova Scotia, 81%)

2014 Canadian Senior Curling Championships First Team All-Stars: skip Alan O'Leary (NS), third Kurt Balderston (AB), second Rob Bucholz (AB), Del Shaughnessy (AB) (Photo James MacKenzie)

2014 Canadian Senior Curling Championships First Team All-Stars: skip Alan O’Leary (NS), third Kurt Balderston (AB), second Rob Bucholz (AB), Del Shaughnessy (AB) (Photo James MacKenzie)

Second Team All-Stars (Men)

Lead Harold McCarthy (Nova Scotia, 84%)
Second Dion Dumontelle (Northern Ontario, 79%)
Third Ron Henderson (Northern Ontario, 80%)
Skip Kelly Robertson (Manitoba, 80%)

2014 Canadian Senior Curling Championships Second Team All-Stars: skip Kelly Robertson (MB), third Ron Henderson (NO), second Dion Dumontelle (NO), lead Harold McCarthy (NS) (Photo James MacKenzie)

2014 Canadian Senior Curling Championships Second Team All-Stars: skip Kelly Robertson (MB), third Ron Henderson (NO), second Dion Dumontelle (NO), lead Harold McCarthy (NS) (Photo James MacKenzie)

Sportsmanship – Men

Doug Hong, Northern Ontario

Sportsmanship – Women

Catherine Derick, Quebec

2014 Canadian Senior Curling Championships Sportsmanship Awards: Doug Hong (NO) and Catherine Derick (QC) (Photo James MacKenzie)

2014 Canadian Senior Curling Championships Sportsmanship Awards: Doug Hong (NO) and Catherine Derick (QC) (Photo James MacKenzie)

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Canada gets back on track at World Men’s Championship http://www.curling.ca/blog/2014/03/30/canada-gets-back-on-track-at-world-mens-championship/ http://www.curling.ca/blog/2014/03/30/canada-gets-back-on-track-at-world-mens-championship/#comments Sun, 30 Mar 2014 14:53:17 +0000 Al Cameron http://www.curling.ca/?p=57075 [Read More…]]]> BEIJING — A mid-game momentum swing was precisely what Team Canada needed on Sunday night to get back into the win column at the 2014 World Men’s Curling Championship, presented by Ford of Canada.

Team Canada skip Kevin Koe guides his sweepers during Sunday's win over China. (Photo, World Curling Federation/Richard Gray)

Team Canada skip Kevin Koe guides his sweepers during Sunday’s win over China. (Photo, World Curling Federation/Richard Gray)

Kevin Koe’s Canadian team from Calgary — third Pat Simmons, second Carter Rycroft, lead Nolan Thiessen, alternate Jamie King, team coach John Dunn, national coach Rick Lang — had spent a frustrating few hours at Capital Indoor Stadium earlier Sunday in losing 9-6 to Japan’s Yusuke Morozumi.

And in the back half of the all-Asia doubleheader, the Canadians were down 3-1 to China’s Rui Liu, having given up an ugly steal in the fourth end when Koe’s last-rock open takeout to score two overcurled to give the Chinese a point out of nowhere.

But when it needed it most, Canada generated a deuce in the sixth, then ratcheted up the pressure in the seventh to steal three when Liu’s last-rock draw was wide.

That five-point swing would propel Canada to a 9-6 victory to finish off a 2-1 opening weekend in Beijing.

“Obviously it’s a long week, but you don’t want to get yourself behind the 8-ball early, so obviously it was important to get some stuff figured out,” said Simmons. “It was a good, gutsy win for us, for sure.”

It was a weekend spent adjusting to ice conditions, as the Canadian icemaking tandem of Hans Wuthrich and Greg Ewasko work with a building that features various challenges, not the least of which was a contaminated water supply.

That has led to some uncharacteristic misses, such as Koe’s in the fourth end against China.

“I didn’t think I threw it too bad in the fourth,” said Koe. “Sometimes you throw it and you think you know what it’ll do and it still doesn’t do that. So that’s frustrating. We’re used to a little more out of ourselves, so we just have to realize that it’s tough for both teams and we have to stick with it.”

Team Canada's Nolan Thiessen, left, and Pat Simmons sweep Carter Rycroft's stone on Sunday. (Photo, World Curling Federation/Richard Gray)

Team Canada’s Nolan Thiessen, left, and Pat Simmons sweep Carter Rycroft’s stone on Sunday. (Photo, World Curling Federation/Richard Gray)

“You just have to accept that there’s going to be some nuances on each sheet,” added Simmons. “If you can get control of the game and make the other team play those hard shots, then it’s obviously a big advantage. We were able to do that and make him shoot against a few of our rocks the one end (the seventh) and we were lucky enough to get the steal. Yeah, we’ll take it.”

History would indicate that the ice conditions will continue to improve as the week goes on, suggested Koe.

“They’re the best in the world,” he said, referring to Wuthrich and Ewasko. “I can only see the ice getting better.”

The Canadians are back on the ice for a pair of games on Monday, taking on Russia’s Evgeny Arkhipov (1-2) and Jíri Snítil of the Czech Republic (1-2).

In other Sunday night games, Norway’s Thomas Ulsrud pulled into a first-place tie in the 12-team round-robin standings at 3-0 with Germany’s Johnny Jahr with a 9-5 win over the Czechs.

“This is good for Team Norway,” said Ulsrud. “Usually we are slow starters. Everybody is finding this ice a little bit tricky but it’s working good for Team Norway.”

Also, Switzerland’s Peter de Cruz (2-1) was a 6-5 winner over Denmark’s Rasmus Stjerne (0-3), and Japan (2-1) added to the misery of Scotland’s Ewan MacDonald (0-3) with a 9-4 triumph.

Germany, Sweden’s Oskar Eriksson (2-1), Russia and Pete Fenson of the United States (1-2) all had byes on Sunday night.

Here is the remainder of Team Canada’s round-robin schedule, including broadcast plans (all times Eastern):

March 30 — vs. Russia (Evgeny Arkhipov), 9 p.m.
March 31 — vs. Czech Republic (Jirí Snítil), 7 a.m. (live, TSN/RDS2)
April 1 — vs. U.S.A. (Pete Fenson), 2 a.m.
April 1 — vs. Norway (Thomas Ulsrud), 7 a.m. (live, TSN/RDS2)
April 1 — vs. Switzerland (Peter de Cruz), 9 p.m.
April 2 — vs. Sweden (Oskar Eriksson), 7 a.m. (live, TSN/RDS2)
April 3 — vs. Germany (Johnny Jahr), 9 p.m.
April 3 — vs. Scotland (Ewan MacDonald), 2 a.m. (live TSN/ tape delay, 7 a.m. RDS2)

For Team Canada updates, go to www.curling.ca. Follow us on Twitter, @CCAcurling.

For live scoring, standings and team lineups from the 2014 World Men’s Curling Championship, go to: wmcc2014.curlingevents.com/

The French version of this story will be posted as soon as possible at www.curling.ca/fr

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Canada falls short to Japan at World Men’s Championship http://www.curling.ca/blog/2014/03/30/canada-falls-short-to-japan-at-world-mens-championship/ http://www.curling.ca/blog/2014/03/30/canada-falls-short-to-japan-at-world-mens-championship/#comments Sun, 30 Mar 2014 09:58:09 +0000 Al Cameron http://www.curling.ca/?p=57062 [Read More…]]]> BEIJING — Japan’s Yusuke Moruzumi apparently saves his best curling performances for Team Canada.

Kevin Koe's Canadian fell short to Japan at the World Men's Curling Championship on Sunday. (Photo, World Curling Federation/Richard Gray)

Kevin Koe’s Canadian team fell short to Japan at the World Men’s Curling Championship on Sunday. (Photo, World Curling Federation/Richard Gray)

For the second straight year, Morozumi’s Japanese squad from Karuizawa pulled off a major upset of Team Canada, turning back Calgary’s Kevin Koe 9-6 on Sunday afternoon in the 2014 World Men’s Curling Championship, presented by Ford of Canada, at Capital Indoor Stadium.

A year ago, Morozumi took down Canada’s Brad Jacobs 10-8 at the Ford Worlds in Victoria. On Sunday, Japan came back from a 5-2 deficit through five ends to beat a Canadian team that struggled all day to get a handle on the ice.

“This is our second time to beat Canada, and to beat Canada is always exciting for us. We have to continue to play like that,” said Japanese lead Kosuke Morozumi, the younger brother of the skip. “They’re a good team, but I think it was a little bit lower than their best performance.”

The Canadian team— Koe is backed up by third Pat Simmons, second Carter Rycroft, lead Nolan Thiessen, alternate Jamie King, team coach John Dunn and national coach Rick Lang — wouldn’t disagree with that assessment.

“Just everything,” said Koe. “Weight, patchy ice, and I struggled with draw weight. It’s tough out there, and if you’re not throwing them great, it’s even harder. And the Japanese team played great.”

After stealing two in the fifth end to take a 5-2 lead, Canada gave away the lead in the sixth when Japan scored three after Koe jammed on a double-takeout attempt.

Two rollouts on Koe takeouts in the seventh gave the Japanese a steal of one and their first lead, and they were in position to steal in the eighth before Koe made a bailout 10-foot raise-tap into the four-foot to score one and avoid a steal of possibly four.

Canadian third Pat Simmons delivers his rock as Japanese players look on. (Photo, World Curling Federation/Richard Gray)

Canadian third Pat Simmons delivers his rock as Japanese players look on. (Photo, World Curling Federation/Richard Gray)

Japan took one in the ninth, and stole two in 10 when Koe’s last-rock angle-raise double-takeout attempt barely overcurled.

“We’re struggling to find it right now,” said Thiessen. “That’s fine. It’s a long week. We gave one away and we normally don’t, but we don’t normally go through these things unbeaten. We’ll just keep fighting for our lives.”

Canada, 1-1 after the loss, is back on the ice later Sunday (7 a.m. Eastern, TSN/RDS2) against China’s Rui Liu (1-1).

“No secrets,” said Koe. “We just have to come out and pick up the ice better.”

In other games on Sunday afternoon, Germany’s Johnny Jahr continued his strong early play, improving to a leading 3-0 with a 7-5 win over Sweden’s Oskar Eriksson (2-1). It’s a marked turnaround for this German team, which went 0-9 at the Olympics last month in Sochi.

“We had a very bad Olympic Games,” conceded German vice-skip Felix Schulze. “We’ve come here and re-focused, and we have enough power to compete well. I think we have to keep on fighting; it’s only the beginning of the week.”

Also, Norway’s Thomas Ulsrud (2-0) beat Denmark’s Rasmus Stjerne (0-2) 8-3, and Pete Fenson of the U.S. (1-2) knocked off Russia’s Evgeny Arkhipov (1-2) 6-5 in an extra end.

In the morning draw, China turned back Scotland’s Ewan MacDonald (0-2) 11-8, while Switzerland’s Peter de Cruz (1-1) was a 9-4 winner over the Czech Republic’s Jirí Snítil (1-1).

Here is the remainder of Team Canada’s round-robin schedule, including broadcast plans (all times Eastern):

March 30 — vs. China (Rui Liu), 7 a.m. (live, TSN/RDS2)
March 30 — vs. Russia (Andrey Drozdov), 9 p.m.
March 31 — vs. Czech Republic (Jirí Snítil), 7 a.m. (live, TSN/RDS2)
April 1 — vs. U.S.A. (Pete Fenson), 2 a.m.
April 1 — vs. Norway (Thomas Ulsrud), 7 a.m. (live, TSN/RDS2)
April 1 — vs. Switzerland (Peter de Cruz), 9 p.m.
April 2 — vs. Sweden (Oskar Eriksson), 7 a.m. (live, TSN/RDS2)
April 3 — vs. Germany (Johnny Jahr), 9 p.m.
April 3 — vs. Scotland (Ewan MacDonald), 2 a.m. (live TSN/ tape delay, 7 a.m. RDS2)

For Team Canada updates, go to www.curling.ca. Follow us on Twitter, @CCAcurling.

For live scoring, standings and team lineups from the 2014 World Men’s Curling Championship, go to: wmcc2014.curlingevents.com/

The French version of this story will be posted as soon as possible at www.curling.ca/fr

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Manitoba women, Nova Scotia men claim Canadian Seniors titles http://www.curling.ca/2014seniors-en/2014/03/29/manitoba-women-nova-scotia-men-claim-canadian-seniors-titles/ http://www.curling.ca/2014seniors-en/2014/03/29/manitoba-women-nova-scotia-men-claim-canadian-seniors-titles/#comments Sun, 30 Mar 2014 00:57:29 +0000 Jean Mills http://www.curling.ca/?p=57042 Manitoba, skipped by Lois Fowler of Brandon, and Nova Scotia, directed by Alan O’Leary of Halifax, won their respective Canadian Senior Curling Championship titles Saturday at Yellowknife, N.W.T.

Manitoba defeated Saskatchewan (Lorraine Arguin of Moose Jaw), 5-1 while Nova Scotia edged Manitoba (Kelly Robertson of Neepawa), 9-8.

For O’Leary, it was the first win in Canadian senior men’s history for his province since the championship began in 1965, while Fowler was notching just a second title since 1973 for Manitoba, following Mabel Mitchell’s win in 1983.

Team Manitoba, 2014 Canadian Senior Women's Curling Champions: skip Lois Fowler, third Maureen Bonar, second Cathy Gauthier, lead Allyson Stewart (Photo James MacKenzie)

Team Manitoba, 2014 Canadian Senior Women’s Curling Champions: skip Lois Fowler, third Maureen Bonar, second Cathy Gauthier, lead Allyson Stewart (Photo James MacKenzie)

The women’s final was a defensive battle from the outset, with the first three ends blanked before Fowler took one in the fourth to finally break the ice. Arguin then blanked the fifth and sixth ends before settling for one in the seventh to tie the game.

However, Fowler broke it open in the eighth end, counting three for a commanding 4-1 lead, then stole one in the ninth to seal the deal, running Saskatchewan out of rocks in the 10th end for a 5-1 final.

Fowler and her team of Maureen Bonar, Cathy Gauthier and Allyson Stewart had finished the round robin tied for first place with Saskatchewan, both with sparkling 10-1 records, but had advanced directly to the final by virtue of their 8-6 round robin win.

Fowler, who twice had finished third at the Canadian Seniors in 2009 and 2013, is also a veteran Scotties Tournament of Hearts competitor, and was runner-up to Sandra Schmirler in 1993, when playing third for Bonar, losing an extra end final at home.

“It feels incredible,” said Fowler. “Maureen and I lost the Canadian final in 1993 against Sandra Schmirler and today we were up against another tough Saskatchewan team. It’s totally a dream come true, let me tell you. We are just elated. We knew we had a good team (coming into the event).

“I called Maureen and asked if she was interested in playing Seniors. We’d had a lot of success together. Cathy and Ally are good friends. And it just all worked out.

“It was a good game. She (Arguin) didn’t go after us and we didn’t go after her for the first few ends. But then I made a runback double in the eighth end to get our three. I’m just in a cloud right now, on top of the world.”

Arguin, along with teammates DondaLee Deis, Shelly Urquhart and Connie Fritzler representing the Moose Jaw Ford Curling Centre, had advanced to the final after beating Ontario’s two-time women’s world champion, Marilyn Bodogh, 7-4 in Friday’s semifinal.

The men’s final was a complete contrast to the women’s, as both teams duked it out from the start, trading deuces in the first two ends, before O’Leary was able to count one in the third, then steal a single in the fourth to go up 4-2.

Robertson, the 2011 Canadian Seniors champion and 2012 World Seniors silver medallist, responded with a deuce in the fifth end to knot the affair at four before O’Leary returned the favour, taking his own pair in the sixth for a 6-4 lead.

However, Robertson countered with a huge three in the seventh for a 7-6 advantage, his first lead of the game. O’Leary, who skipped Nova Scotia in the 1993 and 1994 Briers and had also finished fifth last year in the Canadian Seniors at Summerside, P.E.I., was only able to muster a single in the eighth end to tie the game at seven.

Manitoba, though, was forced to one in the ninth end to take an 8-7 lead, before Nova Scotia counted two in the 10th end to claim its first Canadian Senior men’s title.

Team Nova Scotia, the 2014 Canadian Senior Curling Champions: skip Alan O'Leary, third Andrew Dauphinee, second Danny Christianson, lead Harold McCarthy (Photo James MacKenzie)

Team Nova Scotia, the 2014 Canadian Senior Curling Champions: skip Alan O’Leary, third Andrew Dauphinee, second Danny Christianson, lead Harold McCarthy (Photo James MacKenzie)

O’Leary, along with teammates Andrew Dauphinee, Danny Christianson and Harold McCarthy of the Halifax Mayflower Curling Club, and Manitoba had completed the round robin with 9-2 marks. But the ‘Bluenosers’ were accorded first place and a bye to the final for their 9-7 round robin win.

Manitoba’s Robertson then won the semifinal Friday over Northern Ontario’s Robbie Gordon, 10-8 to advance to Saturday’s final.

“I had to draw the four-foot to win,” said O’Leary, about the 10th end heroics. “Part of our success, I think, came last year when we got to see (Nova Scotia’s) Colleen Pinkney win for the women. That was exciting.

“We went right at it. You don’t get to too many of these (finals). We knew we couldn’t run or hide from Manitoba. They were playing aggressive as well. We had to play our best. They were a great team. It was a lot of fun to play in the final. I screwed up a few times during the game, but the boys came through in the 10th for me and we pulled it out.

“Oh, my God, I’m getting choked up just thinking about it (representing Canada next year at the World Seniors),” continued O’Leary. “The camaraderie amongst all the players, men and women, is great. Another banner to hang in the Mayflower, I guess.”

It was the first time that the City of Yellowknife and the Northwest Territories had hosted a Canadian curling championship.

As the winners, the Fowler and O’Leary teams will represent Canada at next year’s World Seniors, at a site and date still to be announced by the World Curling Federation.

Last year’s Canadian Seniors champions, Colleen Pinkney of Truro, N.S. and Wayne Tallon of Fredericton, N.B., will wear Canada’s colours in the 2014 World Seniors, April 23-30 in Dumfries, Scotland.

Story by Jeff Timson

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Team Canada off to winning start at World Men’s Championship http://www.curling.ca/blog/2014/03/29/team-canada-off-to-winning-start-at-world-mens-championship/ http://www.curling.ca/blog/2014/03/29/team-canada-off-to-winning-start-at-world-mens-championship/#comments Sat, 29 Mar 2014 14:51:30 +0000 Al Cameron http://www.curling.ca/?p=57029 [Read More…]]]> BEIJING — Even on the other side of the world, it remains an indisputable fact that when you give Kevin Koe’s curling team a lead, it rarely surrenders it.

Kevin Koe was on target for Team Canada on Saturday at the World Men's Curling Championship. (Photo, World Curling Federation/Richard Gray)

Kevin Koe was on target for Team Canada on Saturday at the World Men’s Curling Championship. (Photo, World Curling Federation/Richard Gray)

Denmark’s Rasmus Stjerne was served up a reminder on Saturday night at Capital Indoor Stadium. Koe’s Team Canada squad from Calgary — third Pat Simmons, second Carter Rycroft, lead Nolan Thiessen, alternate Jamie King, team coach John Dunn and national coach Rick Lang — methodically cruised to a 6-3 victory in the opening game for both teams at the 2014 World Men’s Curling Championship, presented by Ford of Canada.

The win was not only an ideal opening to the 12-team round-robin tournament, it was a rare feat for the team this season.

“We lost the first game at the (Canadian Curling) Trials, we lost our first game at the provincials and we lost our first game at the (Tim Hortons) Brier,” said Rycroft with a chuckle. “Coach Dunn said, ‘I don’t want that to happen again.’ Mission accomplished: 1-and-0.”

As Rycroft noted, “it didn’t have to be pretty.” And early on, as both teams adjusted to ice conditions in an arena more noted for hosting the 2008 Olympic volleyball competition, it wasn’t. But Team Canada pounced on Danish misses in the third end to score two, then stole single points in the following two ends to take control.

Canada’s airtight defence went to work the rest of the way, and never opened the door to a potential Danish comeback.

“If you’re up, your shots are usually simpler, and with the ice being tricky, that’s a big advantage,” said Koe. “If you’re having to play come-arounds and freezes to get back into it, those aren’t easy to begin with, let alone when the ice is tricky, so if you can throw ’em hard, which we like to do, that’s always a good sign.”

Team Canada sweepers Pat Simmons, left, and Carter Rycroft look for directions. (Photo, World Curling Federation/Richard Gray)

Team Canada sweepers Pat Simmons, left, and Carter Rycroft look for directions. (Photo, World Curling Federation/Richard Gray)

“That’s a tough team to come back on,” added Stjerne, who skipped the Danes to a fourth-place finish in the 2013 Ford Worlds in Victoria. “They never gave us an inch. I felt like we had a couple opportunities to get a deuce, but we never took advantage and it bit us in the end.”

Canada returns to the ice on Sunday afternoon (2 a.m. Eastern) against Japan’s Yusuke Morozumi, a 9-5 loser to Norway’s Thomas Ulsrud on Saturday night.

“You know what? (The Danes) are a good team, they made the playoffs last year, so they’re one of the better teams here,” said Koe, who was scored at 96 per cent for the night. “And we’ve got off to a slow start everywhere this year, so to get the win under our belt feels good.”

In other Saturday night games, Oskar Eriksson of Sweden (2-0) topped Pete Fenson of the U.S. (0-2) 8-6, while Johnny Jahr of Germany, who was 0-9 at the Olympics, improved to 2-0 with a 9-5 win over Evgeny Arkhipov of Russia (1-1).

Earlier Saturday, Russia shaded Switzerland’s Peter de Cruz 8-7, Jirí Snítil of the Czech Republic downed the U.S. 9-7, Germany thumped China’s Rui Liu 11-5 and Sweden doubled Scotland’s Ewan MacDonald 8-4.

Here is the remainder of Team Canada’s round-robin schedule, including broadcast plans (all times Eastern):

March 30 — vs. Japan (Yusuke Morozumi), 2 a.m.
March 30 — vs. China (Rui Liu), 7 a.m. (live, TSN/RDS2)
March 30 — vs. Russia (Andrey Drozdov), 9 p.m.
March 31 — vs. Czech Republic (Jirí Snítil), 7 a.m. (live, TSN/RDS2)
April 1 — vs. U.S.A. (Pete Fenson), 2 a.m.
April 1 — vs. Norway (Thomas Ulsrud), 7 a.m. (live, TSN/RDS2)
April 1 — vs. Switzerland (Peter de Cruz), 9 p.m.
April 2 — vs. Sweden (Oskar Eriksson), 7 a.m. (live, TSN/RDS2)
April 3 — vs. Germany (Johnny Jahr), 9 p.m.
April 3 — vs. Scotland (Ewan MacDonald), 2 a.m. (live TSN/ tape delay, 7 a.m. RDS2)

For Team Canada updates, go to www.curling.ca. Follow us on Twitter, @CCAcurling.

For live scoring, standings and team lineups from the 2014 World Men’s Curling Championship, go to: wmcc2014.curlingevents.com/

The French version of this story will be posted as soon as possible at www.curling.ca/fr

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Teams set for Seniors Finals in Yellowknife http://www.curling.ca/2014seniors-en/2014/03/29/teams-set-for-seniors-finals-in-yellowknife/ http://www.curling.ca/2014seniors-en/2014/03/29/teams-set-for-seniors-finals-in-yellowknife/#comments Sat, 29 Mar 2014 13:08:54 +0000 Jean Mills http://www.curling.ca/?p=57020 The teams are set for the finals of the 2014 Canadian Senior Curling Championships taking place in Yellowknife, N.W.T., and both Manitoba men’s and women’s teams will be playing for gold.

Lois Fowler and her team of Maureen Bonar, Cathy Gauthier and Allyson Stewart from the Brandon Curling Club finished the round robin in first place and moved directly into the final. She will meet Saskatchewan’s Lorraine Arguin, DondaLee Deis, Shelly Urquhart and Connie Fritzler of the Moose Jaw Ford Curling Centre, who won 7-4 over Ontario’s Marilyn Bodogh in Friday’s semifinal.

On the men’s side, Manitoba’s Kelly Robertson, Doug Armour, Peter Prokopowich and Bob Scales won their semifinal over Northern Ontario’s Robbie Gordon 10-8 to advance to the final against Nova Scotia’s Alan O’Leary, Andrew Dauphinee, Danny Christianson and Harold McCarthy of the Mayflower Curling Club in Halifax.

The finals take place at 2:30 p.m. MT (4:30 p.m. ET) at the Yellowknife Arena. Live scoring can be found here.

Manitoba skip Lois Fowler in action at the 2014 Canadian Senior Curling Championships in Yellowknife, N.W.T. (Photo James MacKenzie)

Manitoba skip Lois Fowler in action at the 2014 Canadian Senior Curling Championships in Yellowknife, N.W.T. (Photo James MacKenzie)

The winners of the 2014 Canadian Seniors will represent Canada at the 2015 World Senior Curling Championships, at a site and date to be announced by the World Curling Federation. Last year’s Canadian champions, skipped by Colleen Pinkney of Truro, N.S., and Wayne Tallon of Fredericton, N.B., are competing in this year’s World Seniors, April 23-30 at Dumfries, Scotland. Since the World Seniors began in 2002, Canada has won eight men’s and nine women’s titles.

Draw results for the 2014 Canadian Seniors will be instantly available at www.curling.ca.

For information about the event, including team rosters and event schedules, visit www.curling.ca/2014seniors-en.

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Alberta men still in the hunt for a playoff spot http://www.curling.ca/2014seniors-en/2014/03/27/alberta-men-still-in-the-hunt-for-a-playoff-spot/ http://www.curling.ca/2014seniors-en/2014/03/27/alberta-men-still-in-the-hunt-for-a-playoff-spot/#comments Thu, 27 Mar 2014 23:44:16 +0000 Jean Mills http://www.curling.ca/?p=57012 Alberta’s Mark Johnson scored four points in the 10th end to come from behind and defeat Ontario’s Peter Mellor 6-3 in Draw 16 action on Thursday afternoon in Yellowknife at the Canadian Senior Curling Championships.

With the win, Johnson moves into third place in the standings with an 8-3 record and joins three other teams trying to grab a spot in at least the tiebreakers. Those teams include Nova Scotia’s Alan O’Leary (8-2), Manitoba’s Kelly Robertson (8-2), and Northern Ontario’s Robbie Gordon (7-3).

Alberta second Rob Bucholz in action at the 2014 Canadian Senior Curling Championships in Yellowknife, N.W.T. (Photo James MacKenize)

Alberta second Rob Bucholz in action at the 2014 Canadian Senior Curling Championships in Yellowknife, N.W.T. (Photo James MacKenize)

In Thursday afternoon action, O’Leary had his hands full with Quebec’s Denis Laflamme, who led 4-2 after seven ends. Nova Scotia went ahead in the eighth with a score of three, but Quebec fought back to lead 6-5. O’Leary scored a single in the 10th, sending the game to an extra end, where Laflamme generated a deuce for an 8-6 final, handing Nova Scotia only its second loss of the round robin.

In other men’s action, Saskatchewan’s Darrell McKee (4-6) won 5-3 over New Brunswick’s Mark Armstrong (3-8), and Northwest Territories’ Glen Hudy (3-7) stole three ends on the way to a 7-3 victory over British Columbia’s Wes Craig (5-6).

In the women’s draw, Saskatchewan’s Lorraine Arguin battled Heidi Hanlon of New Brunswick, with both teams trying to hang on to a possible playoff position. Trailing 5-4 after nine, Arguin scored three points in the 10th to put the game away 7-5 and move to a 9-1 record, tied for first with Manitoba’s Lois Fowler.

Nova Scotia’s Colleen Pinkney moved into fourth place in the standings with a 9-6 win over Quebec’s Catherin Derick. The Nova Scotia foursome scored multiple points with hammer to build a lead that Derick (3-8) just couldn’t surmount.

In other women’s games, Alberta’s Glenys Bakker scored three points in the eighth end to put away Prince Edward Island’s Jennifer Scott, 8-3, and Penny Shantz of B.C. cruised to an 11-1 victory over the hometown team from Yellowknife, skipped by Ann McKellar-Gillis.

The winners of the 2014 Canadian Seniors will represent Canada at the 2015 World Senior Curling Championships, at a site and date to be announced by the World Curling Federation. Last year’s Canadian champions, skipped by Colleen Pinkney of Truro, N.S., and Wayne Tallon of Fredericton, N.B., are competing in this year’s World Seniors, April 23-30 at Dumfries, Scotland. Since the World Seniors began in 2002, Canada has won eight men’s and nine women’s titles.

Draw results for the 2014 Canadian Seniors will be instantly available at www.curling.ca.

For information about the event, including team rosters and event schedules, visit www.curling.ca/2014seniors-en.

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Final day of round robin in Yellowknife http://www.curling.ca/2014seniors-en/2014/03/27/final-day-of-round-robin-in-yellowknife/ http://www.curling.ca/2014seniors-en/2014/03/27/final-day-of-round-robin-in-yellowknife/#comments Thu, 27 Mar 2014 19:00:25 +0000 Jean Mills http://www.curling.ca/?p=56998 The playoff picture continues to take shape as the round robin winds down at the 2014 Canadian Senior Curling Championships in Yellowknife, N.W.T.

Draw 14 on Wednesday evening saw the front-runners continue to lead the pack, with Nova Scotia’s Alan O’Leary, Northern Ontario’s Robbie Gordon and Manitoba’s Kelly Robertson all winning on the men’s side, and Saskatchewan’s Lorraine Arguin and Manitoba’s Lois Fowler both scoring their eighth wins of the round robin on the women’s side to remain tied at the top and secure themselves a spot in the semifinals.

While Arguin had a bye in the women’s Draw 15 on Thursday morning, Fowler climbed to a 9-1 record after stealing a single point in the final end to squeak by British Columbia’s Penny Shantz, 7-6.

Ontario skip Marilyn Bodogh watches her rock with sweepers Jane Hooper-Perroud and Colleen Madonia at the 2014 Canadian Senior Curling Championships in Yellowknife, N.W.T. (Photo James MacKenzie)

Ontario skip Marilyn Bodogh watches her rock with sweepers Jane Hooper-Perroud and Colleen Madonia at the 2014 Canadian Senior Curling Championships in Yellowknife, N.W.T. (Photo James MacKenzie)

In a crucial game on the women’s side, New Brunswick’s Heidi Hanlon and Ontario’s Marilyn Bodogh came into Draw 15 with matching 6-3 records, but Hanlon gave up a steal of two in the 10th on the way to an 8-5 Ontario victory. With a win in the final round robin game – against Northern Ontario’s Vicky Barrett (4-6) – Bodogh can reserve a spot in the semifinal.

In other action Barrett stole four in the eighth to cruise to a 9-2 victory over Alberta’s Glenys Bakker, who now falls to 5-5, and Quebec’s Catherine Derick lost a 9-7 decision to Newfoundland and Labrador’s Cathy Cunningham.

On the men’s side, Manitoba’s Kelly Robertson maintained his hold on second place in the standings after stealing seven points on the way to a 10-4 win over British Columbia’s Wes Craig 10-4. Robertson (8-2) and Nova Scotia’s O’Leary (8-1) are now assured of at least a tie-breaker.

Alberta’s Mark Johnson crept up the standings, scoring an 8-4 win over Northern Ontario’s Robbie Gordon. Both teams now sit in third place with a 7-3 record.

In other men’s games, Yukon’s George Hilderman blanked three ends and scored a single in the 10th for a 4-3 win over Quebec’s Denis Laflamme, and New Brunswick’s Mark Armstrong took three in the ninth for a 10-5 win over PEI’s Ted MacFadyen.

The winners of the 2014 Canadian Seniors will represent Canada at the 2015 World Senior Curling Championships, at a site and date to be announced by the World Curling Federation. Last year’s Canadian champions, skipped by Colleen Pinkney of Truro, N.S., and Wayne Tallon of Fredericton, N.B., are competing in this year’s World Seniors, April 23-30 at Dumfries, Scotland. Since the World Seniors began in 2002, Canada has won eight men’s and nine women’s titles.

Draw results for the 2014 Canadian Seniors will be instantly available at www.curling.ca.

For information about the event, including team rosters and event schedules, visit www.curling.ca/2014seniors-en.

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Teams keeping an eye on the leaders at Senior Championships http://www.curling.ca/2014seniors-en/2014/03/26/teams-keeping-an-eye-on-the-leaders-at-senior-championships/ http://www.curling.ca/2014seniors-en/2014/03/26/teams-keeping-an-eye-on-the-leaders-at-senior-championships/#comments Wed, 26 Mar 2014 23:32:27 +0000 Jean Mills http://www.curling.ca/?p=56961 Nova Scotia’s Alan O’Leary (7-1) may be leading the pack in the men’s draw at the Canadian Senior Curling Championships, but three teams – Northern Ontario, Alberta and Manitoba – all won games on Wednesday afternoon to keep it close.

Northern Ontario’s Robbie Gordon started and ended big against New Brunswick’s Mark Armstrong. Gordon scored three in the first end, then blew it open in the ninth with four points to take an insurmountable 10-4 lead and the win.

New Brunswick's Guy Boudreau and Northern Ontario's Dion Dumontelle take a break during Draw 13 at the 2014 Canadian Senior Curling Championships in Yellowknife, N.W.T. on Wednesday (Photo James MacKenzie)

New Brunswick’s Guy Boudreau and Northern Ontario’s Dion Dumontelle take a break during Draw 13 at the 2014 Canadian Senior Curling Championships in Yellowknife, N.W.T. on Wednesday (Photo James MacKenzie)

Mark Johnson and his team from the Grande Prairie Curling Centre led PEI’s Ted MacFadyen 5-1 at the fifth-end break after stealing two ends. Johnson scored three in the seventh to put the game away, 8-2. PEI and New Brunswick trail the pack with 2-7 records.

Denis Laflamme and his Quebec team from the Club de curling Sept-Îles traded ends with Manitoba’s Kelly Robertson but just couldn’t get the lead, losing 8-6. Quebec now sits 3-6 in the lower half of the standings.

In the only other men’s game of the afternoon, Yukon’s George Hilderman gave up a steal of one to British Columbia’s Wes Craig in a 10-9 B.C. win. Craig now has a 5-3 record, tied with Ontario’s Peter Mellor and still in touch with the leaders as playoffs approach.

On the women’s side, leader Lorraine Arguin (7-1) had a bye, giving the other teams an opportunity to make up ground.

Manitoba’s Lois Fowler took advantage, improving to 7-1 and claiming a share of first place after defeating Quebec’s Catherine Derick 10-9 in a see-saw affair that went to an extra end.

Marilyn Bodogh and her team from the St. Catharines Curling Club had trouble generating offence against Alberta’s Glenys Bakker. Alberta scored threes in both the fifth and eighth ends to build the lead. A single in nine wasn’t enough for Ontario to catch up, and the game ended with a 7-4 Alberta victory. The loss leaves Ontario with a 6-3 record, tied with New Brunswick’s Heidi Hanlon, who lost to Northern Ontario’s Vicky Barrett, 9-6.

And in the other women’s game, British Columbia’s Penny Shantz overcame a slow start – she wasn’t able to score for the first four ends – to post a 6-4 victory over Newfoundland and Labrador’s Cathy Cunningham.

With four draws left in the women’s draw, Saskatchewan (7-1), Manitoba (7-1), Ontario (6-3) and New Brunswick (6-3) top the standings. On the men’s side, the leaders are PEI (7-1), followed by Northern Ontario, Alberta and Manitoba, all with 6-2 records.

Manitoba skip Lois Fowler (left) confers with Maureen Bonar and Cathy Gauthier during their game at the 2014 Canadian Senior Curling Championships (Photo James MacKenzie)

Manitoba skip Lois Fowler (left) confers with Maureen Bonar and Cathy Gauthier during their game at the 2014 Canadian Senior Curling Championships (Photo James MacKenzie)

The winners of the 2014 Canadian Seniors will represent Canada at the 2015 World Senior Curling Championships, at a site and date to be announced by the World Curling Federation. Last year’s Canadian champions, skipped by Colleen Pinkney of Truro, N.S., and Wayne Tallon of Fredericton, N.B., are competing in this year’s World Seniors, April 23-30 at Dumfries, Scotland. Since the World Seniors began in 2002, Canada has won eight men’s and nine women’s titles.

Draw results for the 2014 Canadian Seniors will be instantly available at www.curling.ca.

For information about the event, including team rosters and event schedules, visit www.curling.ca/2014seniors-en.

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Saskatchewan’s Arguin moves into first place at Seniors http://www.curling.ca/2014seniors-en/2014/03/26/saskatchewans-arguin-moves-into-first-place-at-seniors/ http://www.curling.ca/2014seniors-en/2014/03/26/saskatchewans-arguin-moves-into-first-place-at-seniors/#comments Wed, 26 Mar 2014 18:47:08 +0000 Jean Mills http://www.curling.ca/?p=56946 Saskatchewan’s Lorraine Arguin took sole possession of first place in the women’s standings at the 2014 Canadian Senior Curling Championship on Wednesday morning in Yellowknife, N.W.T., with a 9-6 win over Ontario’s Marilyn Bodogh.

Lorraine Arguin calls the line during play at the 2014 Canadian Senior Curling Championships in Yellowknife, N.W.T. (Photo James MacKenzie)

Lorraine Arguin calls the line during play at the 2014 Canadian Senior Curling Championships in Yellowknife, N.W.T. (Photo James MacKenzie)

Both teams came into the game tied with Manitoba’s Lois Fowler at the top of the leaderboard. Saskatchewan trailed 6-5 after eight ends, but a huge score of four in the ninth end put the team from the Moose Jaw Ford Curling Centre in the lead for good.

Behind Arguin, Fowler (6-1) now sits in second place, with Bodogh in third, tied with New Brunswick’s Heidi Hanlon with a 6-2 record. Hanlon stole the last three ends of her morning game on the way to a 6-5 victory over Prince Edward Island’s Jennifer Scott (3-5).

In other women’s game this morning, Colleen Pinkney (4-4) of Nova Scotia scored one in an extra end to defeat Cathy Cunningham (2-6) of Newfoundland and Labrador, and Catherine Derick of Quebec (3-5) ran Northwest Territories’ Ann McKellar-Gillis (1-7) out of stones in an eight-end 10-5 victory.

On the men’s side, Alan O’Leary of Nova Scotia took a firmer hold on first place after stealing a deuce in the final end to defeat George Hilderman of Whitehorse, Yukon, 10-7. The win gives the team from the Mayflower Curling Club in Halifax a 7-1 record, while NWT slips to 4-4.

The hometown team from Yellowknife, skipped by Glen Hudy (2-6), gave up four in the final end on the way to a 9-6 loss to Quebec’s Denis Laflamme (3-5).

Peter MacFadyen of PEI (2-6) scored a couple of triples to defeat Saskatchewan’s Darrell McKee 9-5 in eight ends. Both teams share a 2-6 record with NWT’s Hudy and New Brunswick’s Mark Armstrong. In his Draw 12 game, Armstrong gave up three steals and a big three points in the final end of a 9-5 loss to Peter Mellor of Ontario (5-3).

The winners of the 2014 Canadian Seniors will represent Canada at the 2015 World Senior Curling Championships, at a site and date to be announced by the World Curling Federation. Last year’s Canadian champions, skipped by Colleen Pinkney of Truro, N.S., and Wayne Tallon of Fredericton, N.B., are competing in this year’s World Seniors, April 23-30 at Dumfries, Scotland. Since the World Seniors began in 2002, Canada has won eight men’s and nine women’s titles.

Draw results for the 2014 Canadian Seniors will be instantly available at www.curling.ca.

For information about the event, including team rosters and event schedules, visit www.curling.ca/2014seniors-en.

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Team Canada aims to add to golden curling season http://www.curling.ca/blog/2014/03/26/team-canada-aims-to-add-to-golden-curling-season/ http://www.curling.ca/blog/2014/03/26/team-canada-aims-to-add-to-golden-curling-season/#comments Wed, 26 Mar 2014 14:30:26 +0000 Al Cameron http://www.curling.ca/?p=56923 [Read More…]]]> Kevin Koe’s team from the Glencoe Club in Calgary will look to win Canada’s fourth international gold medal of the 2013-14 curling season when the 2014 World Men’s Curling Championship, presented by Ford of Canada, opens Saturday at the Capital Indoor Stadium in Beijing.

Team Canada, from left, Kevin Koe, Pat Simmons, Carter Rycroft, Nolan Thiessen, Jamie King and John Dunn. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

Team Canada, from left, Kevin Koe, Pat Simmons, Carter Rycroft, Nolan Thiessen, Jamie King and John Dunn. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

The Koe foursome — third Pat Simmons, second Carter Rycroft, lead Nolan Thiessen, alternate Jamie King, team coach John Dunn and national coach Rick Lang — will be looking to join Olympic gold-medallists Brad Jacobs and Jennifer Jones and world junior women’s champ Kelsey Rocque in ascending to the top step of the medal podium on the world stage this season.

Team Canada opens the 12-team round-robin competition on Saturday against Rasmus Stjerne of Denmark at 7 p.m. local time, which is 7 a.m. Eastern on Saturday.

Canada will be looking to win a leading 35th world championship in the 55-year history of the World Men’s Championship, in addition to bringing a fourth title to Canada in five years. Koe — with Rycroft, Thiessen and Dunn aboard — won gold in 2010 at Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy; Jeff Stoughton triumphed in 2011 at Regina and Glenn Howard prevailed in 2012 at Basel, Switzerland. Last year, Jacobs lost the gold-medal game to Sweden’s Niklas Edin in Victoria.

The championship is being staged in the same arena that hosted the 2008 Summer Olympic volleyball competition, and has a listed capacity of 17,345.

The fans in Beijing will see a field that features Olympians and former world champions competing in the first Asia-hosted World Men’s Championship.

In addition to Koe and his 2010 gold medal, one of Scotland’s most accomplished World Championship curlers, Ewan MacDonald, will skip for the second time at the event in pursuit of his fourth gold medal, which would tie the record currently co-held by Canadians Ernie Richardson, Arnold Richardson, Sam Richardson, Randy Ferbey and Glenn Howard.

Five teams that competed at the Sochi Olympics will be in the field, including the host team skipped by Rui Liu, who finished fourth in Sochi, impressively covering the pin in eight of his nine pre-game last-shot draws for first-end hammer, and pushing Sweden to the limit in the bronze-medal game before two hog-line violations in the late stages sunk Chinese hopes.

As well, Norway’s Thomas Ulsrud — a three-time world championship bronze-medallist, who lost a playoff tiebreaker in Sochi — will be among the favourites. Other Olympic teams in Beijing are Russia’s Andrey Drozdov, Germany’s Johnny Jahr and the Danes, while U.S. skip Pete Fenson is a former Olympian, winning bronze in 2006 at Turin.

The field in Beijing is rounded out by 2010 world junior champ Peter de Cruz of Switzerland (who will have 2014 Olympian Benoit Schwarz throwing fourth stones), 2011 world junior champ Oskar Eriksson of Sweden (who was the alternate on Edin’s 2013 gold-medal team from Victoria), Jirí Snítil of the Czech Republic and Yusuke Morozumi of Japan.

TSN (RDS2 in French) will broadcast six of Canada’s round-robin games, and also will televise the playoffs leading to the gold-medal game on April 6 at 3 a.m. ET.

Here is Canada’s round-robin schedule, with the broadcast plans (all times ET):

March 29 — vs. Denmark (Rasmus Stjerne), 7 a.m. (live, TSN/RDS2)
March 30 — vs. Japan (Yusuke Morozumi), 2 a.m.
March 30 — vs. China (Rui Liu), 7 a.m. (live, TSN/RDS2)
March 30 — vs. Russia (Andrey Drozdov), 9 p.m.
March 31 — vs. Czech Republic (Jirí Snítil), 7 a.m. (live, TSN/RDS2)
April 1 — vs. U.S.A. (Pete Fenson), 2 a.m.
April 1 — vs. Norway (Thomas Ulsrud), 7 a.m. (live, TSN/RDS2)
April 1 — vs. Switzerland (Peter de Cruz), 9 p.m.
April 2 — vs. Sweden (Oskar Eriksson), 7 a.m. (live, TSN/RDS2)
April 3 — vs. Germany (Johnny Jahr), 9 p.m.
April 3 — vs. Scotland (Ewan MacDonald), 2 a.m. (live TSN/ tape delay, 7 a.m. RDS2)

For Team Canada updates, go to www.curling.ca. Follow us on Twitter, @CCAcurling.

For live scoring, standings and team lineups from the 2014 World Men’s Curling Championship, go to: wmcc2014.curlingevents.com/

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Crowded at the top of the standings in Yellowknife http://www.curling.ca/2014seniors-en/2014/03/25/crowded-at-the-top-of-the-standings-in-yellowknife/ http://www.curling.ca/2014seniors-en/2014/03/25/crowded-at-the-top-of-the-standings-in-yellowknife/#comments Wed, 26 Mar 2014 00:00:24 +0000 Jean Mills http://www.curling.ca/?p=56898 It’s getting crowded at the top of the leaderboard after ten draws at the 2014 Canadian Senior Curling Championships in Yellowknife, N.W.T. as teams with only one loss jockey for position.

On the men’s side, Alan O’Leary of Nova Scotia bounced back from his first loss of the round robin earlier in the day – a lopsided 10-4 loss to Alberta’s Mark Johnson – to score an 8-6 extra-end win over Ontario’s Peter Mellor to stay on top with a 6-1 record.

Prince Edward Island sweepers in action during Draw 10 of the 2014 Canadian Senior Curling Championship in Yellowknife (Photo James MacKenzie)

Prince Edward Island sweepers in action during Draw 10 of the 2014 Canadian Senior Curling Championship in Yellowknife (Photo James MacKenzie)

In other Draw 10 action, Prince Edward Island’s Ted MacFadyen scored three in the ninth on a quiet tap-back, then ran Quebec’s Denis Laflamme out of rocks for a 7-4 win, P.E.I.’s first in the round robin.

Yukon’s George Hilderman gave up three stolen points in a 10-6 loss to Saskatchewan’s Darrell McKee.

Two stolen points were the difference in the game between Northwest Territories’ Glen Hudy and New Brunswick’s Mark Armstrong. Despite stealing one in the ninth to trail 9-7, Hudy couldn’t generate any more points in the 10th and took his sixth loss.

On the women’s side, Saskatchewan’s Lorraine Arguin moved to 6-1 in the standings, stealing a single in the last end to squeak by  Newfoundland and Labrador’s Cathy Cunningham 7-6. Arguin now sits alone in first place, followed closely by Ontario’s Marilyn Bodogh and Manitoba’s Lois Fowler, both with 5-1 records. In Draw 10, Bodogh scored a five-ender in the ninth on the way to a 12-4 victory over Quebec’s Catherine Derick.

In other games, Heidi Hanlon of New Brunswick defeated Ann McKellar-Gillis of Northwest Territories 10-5, and Nova Scotia’s Colleen Pinkney stole two in the final end for a 9-6 win over Jennifer Scott of Prince Edward Island.

The winners of the 2014 Canadian Seniors will represent Canada at the 2015 World Senior Curling Championships, at a site and date to be announced by the World Curling Federation. Last year’s Canadian champions, skipped by Colleen Pinkney of Truro, N.S., and Wayne Tallon of Fredericton, N.B., are competing in this year’s World Seniors, April 23-30 at Dumfries, Scotland. Since the World Seniors began in 2002, Canada has won eight men’s and nine women’s titles.

Draw results for the 2014 Canadian Seniors will be instantly available at www.curling.ca.

For information about the event, including team rosters and event schedules, visit www.curling.ca/2014seniors-en.

Team Newfoundland and Labrador ponders the next shot (Photo James MacKenzie)

Team Newfoundland and Labrador ponders the next shot (Photo James MacKenzie)

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Record audience watches Ford Worlds gold-medal game on TSN http://www.curling.ca/blog/2014/03/25/record-audience-watches-ford-worlds-gold-medal-game-on-tsn/ http://www.curling.ca/blog/2014/03/25/record-audience-watches-ford-worlds-gold-medal-game-on-tsn/#comments Tue, 25 Mar 2014 18:15:06 +0000 Al Cameron http://www.curling.ca/?p=56893 [Read More…]]]> (Courtesy, TSN) — TSN’s coverage of the Team Canada’s performance at the Ford World Women’s Curling Championship, presented by Booster Juice, swept Canadian fans away.

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(Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

Overnight data from BBM Canada confirms that Team Canada’s loss to Team Switzerland in the final on Sunday evening attracted a record average audience of more than 1.13 million viewers, making it the most-watched World Women’s Curling Championship game ever.* The record audience follows the most-watched MLS game ever on English television in Canada for TSN’s coverage of Saturday’s Toronto FC home opener.

Audiences peaked at 1.7 million late in the game. Overall, 3.2 million unique viewers tuned in to TSN to watch some part of the network’s exclusive coverage of the gold-medal match.

The network’s curling coverage continues this Saturday (March 29) as TSN is in Beijing, China, for the 2014 World Men’s Curling Championship.

Curling on TSN
As the official broadcaster of the Canadian Curling Association, TSN broadcasts close to 300 hours of live Season of Champions curling each year, including the Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings, Tim Hortons Brier, and Scotties Tournament of Hearts, along with the Ford World Women’s Curling Championship, Canada Cup of Curling, World Financial Group Continental Cup, and M&M Meat Shops Canadian Juniors.

*For electronic measurement data that dates back to 1994.  Audiences prior to August 31, 2009 are based on BBM Nielsen Media Research Mark II meters.

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New Brunswick’s Hanlon steals win in Draw 8 action http://www.curling.ca/2014seniors-en/2014/03/25/new-brunswicks-hanlon-steals-win-in-draw-8-action/ http://www.curling.ca/2014seniors-en/2014/03/25/new-brunswicks-hanlon-steals-win-in-draw-8-action/#comments Tue, 25 Mar 2014 11:32:39 +0000 Jean Mills http://www.curling.ca/?p=56873 As another day came to a close at the Canadian Senior Curling Championships, the teams started to sort themselves out even though this draw is just shy of the midpoint of the round robin.

(Report by Bill Tschirhart)

There are now no undefeated teams in the women’s division. Going into Monday night’s games, there were four women’s teams tied in the loss column, the only column that really counts, with one loss (MB, ON, SK and PE). Three teams are right behind – Alberta, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island – chasing the leaders. On the men’s side, NS was the only undefeated team, and that situation was maintained as Nova Scotia’s Alan O’Leary scored two in the final end against New Brunswick’s Mark Armstrong to win 8-7 in their Draw 8 match-up.

New Brunswick's Heidi Hanlon in action at the 2014 Canadian Senior Curling Championships ((Photo James MacKenzie)

New Brunswick’s Heidi Hanlon in action at the 2014 Canadian Senior Curling Championships ((Photo James MacKenzie)

In a key game on the women’s side, two former world senior champions – Nova Scotia’s Colleen Pinkney and New Brunswick’s Heidi Hanlon – locked horns and as expected, it was tight right from the start. The game went down to Pinkney’s last rock, which slid a few centimetres too far, leaving the Saint John crew shot for a 5-4 victory.

Ontario’s Marilyn Bodogh of St. Catharines defeated PEI’s Jennifer Scott 10-7, while on the men’s side, the PEI men led by Ted MacFadyen lost to Ontario’s Peter Mellor from Kitchener-Waterloo, who stole a point in the extra end for a 6-5 verdict.

In the battle of the territories (YK vs NT) the George Hilderman of Whitehorse won the bragging rights for this season posting a score of 8-2 over the hometown team of Glen Hudy.

Denis Laflamme put Quebec into the win column and did it with last-end heroics. Going into the last frame down one against Saskatchewan’s Darrell McKee, they blueprinted a deuce right out of the strategy manual and an 8-7 final score.

Unfortunately Catherine Derick and the women from la belle province could not follow suit in their game, losing to Lorraine Arguin’s “green machine” by a 10-4 tally.

The final game of the night was just one of those games, were you to talk to a member of Ann McKellar-Gillis’s Yellowknife team, as Newfoundland and Labrador’s Cathy Cunningham won going away with a 14-3 victory in their wake.

The winners of the 2014 Canadian Seniors will represent Canada at the 2015 World Senior Curling Championships, at a site and date to be announced by the World Curling Federation. Last year’s Canadian champions, skipped by Colleen Pinkney of Truro, N.S., and Wayne Tallon of Fredericton, N.B., are competing in this year’s World Seniors, April 23-30 at Dumfries, Scotland. Since the World Seniors began in 2002, Canada has won eight men’s and nine women’s titles.

Draw results for the 2014 Canadian Seniors will be instantly available at www.curling.ca.

For information about the event, including team rosters and event schedules, visit www.curling.ca/2014seniors-en.

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Nova Scotia’s O’Leary stays ahead of the pack http://www.curling.ca/2014seniors-en/2014/03/24/nova-scotias-oleary-stays-ahead-of-the-pack/ http://www.curling.ca/2014seniors-en/2014/03/24/nova-scotias-oleary-stays-ahead-of-the-pack/#comments Tue, 25 Mar 2014 00:04:10 +0000 Jean Mills http://www.curling.ca/?p=56852 Draw 7 in the 2014 Canadian Senior Curling Championships featured some pivotal games as the standings start to take shape after three full days of round robin play.

(Report by Bill Tschirhart)

Seniors Draw 7 NS men resized

Nova Scotia skip Alan O’Leary in action during Draw 7 at the 2014 Canadian Senior Curling Championships (Photo James MacKenzie)

The Team NS (O’Leary) men maintained its unblemished record with a last stone 8-5 win over a former CSCC champion from MB (Robertson). The lead in this game changed hands a few times but as the Bluenosers will tell you, you only have to be ahead at the end!

Manitoba and Nova Scotia tangled in another key contest on the women’s side of the ledger. The front-running buffaloes met a determined former CSCC champion from Truro (Pinkney). Going into the 10th with a one-point lead but without last stone advantage, Nova Scotia ran the Manitobans out of stones to notch the 9-7 victory.

New Brunswick's Judy Blanchard and Jane Arseneau keep watch during their Draw 7 game at the 2014 Canadian Senior Curling Championships in Yellowknife (Photo James MacKenzie)

New Brunswick’s Judy Blanchard and Jane Arseneau keep watch during their Draw 7 game at the 2014 Canadian Senior Curling Championships in Yellowknife (Photo James MacKenzie)

In the other two women’s games, Team AB (Bakker) scored three in the 10th end to break a 5-5 tie with the home town Northwest Territories team (McKellar-Gillis) and left the ice with an 8-5 win while the Alberta men (Johnson) defeated Glen Hudy’s Northwest Territories men, 11-2.

In the arena on sheet A the men’s team from Kitchener-Waterloo, ON (Mellor) bested the quartet from Victoria, B.C. (Craig) to the tune of 10-5.

In a men’s tilt that required an extra end, Robbie Gordon’s Northern Ontario squad from Sudbury, Ont., scratched out a narrow 7-6 win over Team SK (McKee) with a last-stone draw to the four-foot. In the women’s version of NO vs SK, Team SK (Arguin) topped Team NO (Barrett) by scoring three in the final end for an 8-5 win.

The final game of the afternoon pitted the women from Parksville, B.C., (Shantz) against the east coast islanders from Montague, P.E.I. (Scott). Shantz scored four in the third end on the way to a 9-4 win.

Games continue this evening at the Yellowknife Curling Centre and the Community Arena. A full slate of eight games is scheduled!

The winners of the 2014 Canadian Seniors will represent Canada at the 2015 World Senior Curling Championships, at a site and date to be announced by the World Curling Federation. Last year’s Canadian champions, skipped by Colleen Pinkney of Truro, N.S., and Wayne Tallon of Fredericton, N.B., are competing in this year’s World Seniors, April 23-30 at Dumfries, Scotland. Since the World Seniors began in 2002, Canada has won eight men’s and nine women’s titles.

Draw results for the 2014 Canadian Seniors will be instantly available at www.curling.ca.

For information about the event, including team rosters and event schedules, visit www.curling.ca/2014seniors-en.

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