CurlON, Curling Alberta finish first in 2022-23 Cup races
After the first full-event curling season since prior to the pandemic, CurlON and Curling Alberta finished on top of two season-long points races between Curling Canada’s 14 Member Associations.
CurlON captured the Member Associations Cup, which goes to the provincial/territorial association that has the best overall performance in 15 national championship events that are either operated by or sanctioned by Curling Canada.
Those include the Brier, presented by AGI; the Scotties Tournament of Hearts; the New Holland Canadian Junior Men’s and Women’s Championships; the Canadian Under-18 Boys and Girls Championships; the Everest Canadian Senior Men’s and Women’s Championships; the Everest Canadian Curling Club Men’s and Women’s Championships; the Canadian Mixed Championship; the Canadian Mixed Doubles Championship; the Canadian Wheelchair Championship; and the Canadian Masters (60 and over) Men’s and Women’s Championships.
CurlON teams captured men’s gold (Team Greg Balsdon) and silver medals (Team Chrissy Cadorin) at the Everest Canadian Curling Club Championships in Edmonton, along with a men’s gold medal for Team Howard Rajala at the Everest Canadian Senior Championships, as well as the top-finishing provincial/territorial championship team (Lynn Kreviazuk/David Mathers) at the Canadian Mixed Doubles Championship.
Curling Alberta, meanwhile, won the For The Love of Curling Cup, which goes to the Member Association that has the best results at Curling Canada’s four NextGen events — the New Holland Canadian Junior (Under 21) Men’s and Women’s Championships and the Canadian Under 18 Boys and Girls Championships.
Team Myla Plett led the way for Curling Alberta, winning unprecedented gold at both events.
The third season-long Cup battle — the Governors’ Cup — won’t be awarded this year. It goes to the Member Association that has the best year-to-year improvement in back-to-back full seasons, and because the 2022-23 season was the first to have all of the championship events played since the 2018-19 season, the Cup won’t be awarded until the completion of next season.