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PLAYDOWNS: New CCA board members, tweaks to curling rules for 2014-15
By rconnopprice A productive five days of learning, discussions and meetings wrapped up with the election of two new members of the Canadian Curling Association Board of Governors, including a new member from BC. Former Curl BC board member Liz Goldenberg was elected for a four-year term. A new chair and vice-chair, new formats for [...]
SPORTSNET: Martin part of exclusive Curling HoF club
CURL WITH MATH: ATH, 03/27/14: Between Two Worlds
Jordan is joined by Gerry and Kevin just after the Women's Worlds and before the start of the Men's World Championships.;nbsp; They discuss Rachel Homan's surprising loss and the process of World and Olympic qualification in Switzerland and other countries.;nbsp; They cover some of the changes and challenges in USA Curling. Note: Due to technical difficulties the podcast was cut short and discussion on team rumors and Brier relegation were lost.;nbsp; The boys hope to be back next week with those topics and more.Check out this episode!
THE CURLING SHOW: Earle Morris, now behind the sheet of Team Morris/Canada.
After an extraordinary run coaching Team Homan, Earle Morris thought he'd take a break. The good news for fans of the game? He changed his mind. I talked to Earle about his decision to take on the role of coaching his son's veteran lineup this coming season, the evolution of the sport and a whole lot more.
BOB WEEKS ON CURLING: Niagara curling conference a big hit
Curling's first big curling pow-wow down in Niagara Falls was, by all reports, a big success. Lots of chatting, presentations, awards and general discussion about the game went on and most left with good feelings about where things are headed. There were some interesting changes for the coming season, which were spelled out in the release that came from Ottawa today. Here are the highlights (from my humble point of view):* The qualifying rounds at the Canadian Seniors and Mixed Championships were eliminated and replaced by a similar 14-team direct-entry format that is currently used at the M;amp;M Meat Shops Canadian Junior Men's and Women's Championships, with the 14 teams split into two seven-team pools, and the top-four finishers from each pool advancing to the championship...
THE CURLING NEWS BLOG: Morris announces curling sabbatical – perhaps
No Mo Johnny... unless... John Morris has spoken. The finalist from both the Brier and the Canadian Olympic Trials has issued a statement today on his immediate curling future, and here it is: This ad appears in our April issue After a lot of thought and deliberation, I have decided to take a step back from the game of curling next year. I had the tremendous pleasure of playing with three great, genuine teammates in Jim Cotter, Tyrel Griffith and Rick Sawatsky as we made it farther than I think anyone would have predicted for a team playing its first year together. You were all amazing, as was our coach, Pat Ryan, and our alternates Jody Epp and Jason Gunnlaugson. I am extremely proud of our squad for what we accomplished, and would like to thank my guys for helping me recover my passion and...
CCA CURLING: New governors, new rules, new formats come out of CCA Annual Meeting
A productive five days of learning, discussions and meetings wrapped up with the election of two new members of the Canadian Curling Association Board of Governors, a new chair and vice-chair, new formats for the Canadian Senior and Mixed Curling Championships, and some tweaks to the Canadian rulebook. The Canadian Curling Association Board of Governors for the 2014-15 season: from left, front, Yves Maillet, Shirley Osborne, Chair Marilyn Neily, Vice-Chair Bob Osborne, Hugh Avery. Back, Scott Comfort, Liz Goldenberg, Peter Inch, Cindy Maddock, Lena West. (Photo, CCA/Neil Valois) The first Canadian Curling Summit in Niagara Falls, Ont., saw participants from across the country engage in a variety of discussions, all aimed at continuing the growth of curling in Canada. Following the Summit and...
GOLDLINE CURLING: Hot Shots Camps
FULL GRANITE JACKET: 2014 Baden Masters
Hallelujah, I got to watch curling online in August. Admittedly it didn't feel right with the A/C on at home.Thomas Ulsrud of Norway took home the championship in Baden. They went undefeated and have been unstoppable since dropping a heartbreaker in the Sochi playoff play-in. They didn't see much resistance in Baden, taking down Brewster and Drozdov easily, then edging Edin in the semis and surviving against the De Cruz rink.Sven Michel, who won this thing a few times in the past, made the semifinals and looked okay but they weren't even the best Swiss team there.Peter De Cruz's team looked terrific. In the quarterfinals they put up a six-ender (!) against Team Murdoch, and made short work of Edin. When I was watching, their fourth Benoit Schwarz made nice bailout shots, and one of the biggest...
MIKE THE CURLING GUY: Dear Santa - Don't put me on the naughty curler list
Dear Santa;Once again, I am writing to you with a set of wishes for Christmas for me and some of my fellow curlers. I realize that I was on the "naughty" list last year, which explains the autographed Wayne Middaugh shirt I found under the tree. Unfortunately I have not been able to find a good home for it on eBay yet, but I am still trying. I feel that I have been particularly nice this year; my broom slamming and throwing was limited to but a few thoroughly justifiable occasions (I think even Mrs. Claus would have whammed something if her draw had stopped an inch short of shot in an extra end); hardly enough to warrant inclusion on the infamous "naughty curler" list.So here are some gift suggestions:;nbsp;- For Mark Dacey; a postcard from Charlevoix - saying: Come Back...
VIEW FROM THE HACK: Baden Update
Two Scottish teams are out in Switzerland this weekend for the Baden Masters – the inaugural tour event of the season. Team Brewster won two of their round-robin games: 7-3 v. Team Bangerter (Switzerland) 6-5 v. Team Gulbis (Latvia) But they did not make the playoffs as they lost two as well: 2-6 v. Team Ulsrud (Norway) 4-7 v. Team Pfister (Switzerland) Team Murdoch had a more successful run in the competition picking up three wins and one loss in the round-robin to make the quarter-finals: 3-4 v. Team Ruch (Switzerland) 5-2 v. Team Freiberger (Switzerland) 6-3 v. Team Stjerne (Denmark) 7-2 v. Team van Dorp (Netherlands) They then faced Swiss outfit Team de Cruz for a place in the semis and while this one started simply enough with blanks and a single Team Murdoch lost a big six in the...
WHEELCHAIR CURLING: Italian wheelchair curling league set to have seven teams for 2014 – 2015 season
Posted on August 28, 2014 by Laura HaleEarlier today, the;nbsp;Campionato Italiano 2014-2015 schedule for wheelchair curling was announced on the;nbsp;Comitato Italiano Paralimpico website, along with the news that the league would feature seven teams. ;nbsp;This is up from six teams who participated last year.;nbsp;;nbsp;l'Albatros Trento di Cagol has two teams competing in the league.;nbsp;Trentino Curling,;nbsp;Cortina 66,;nbsp;DISVAL AOSTA,;nbsp;Sport di Più e;nbsp;CC Claut are some of the other teams in the leagues.The;nbsp;Palaghiaccio di Dolonne a Courmayeur facility is expected to be available for competition this year, after having been closed for a while. ;nbsp;The facility was the home for the;nbsp;DISVAL AOSTA team. ;nbsp;DISVAL comes into the competition was 2013 - 2014...
BELFRY CURLING: Team Howard: New sponsor, new unis, new beginnings
CANOE: Man gets year for theft of curler Brad Jacobs' Olympic ring
An Alberta man will spend a year in prison for stealing a curler's Olympic ring.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Miracle League of Ottawa falls short of winning $100,000 grand prize
The Miracle League of Ottawa fell short of winning Kraft Celebration Tour's $100,000 grand prize in their push to build an accessible baseball diamond and playground at Notre-Dame-des-Champs Park in Orléans. The inspiration for the project came from 11-year-old Bryce Desrochers, who was born with cerebral palsy, is determined to play baseball just like any other kid. As one of the 10 finalists, they will receive at least $25,000 for their efforts. The project is expected to continue despite the setback. The Miracle League of Ottawa has raised more than $700,000 and they hope to reach their goal of $1 million by Christmas. David Gourlay, president of the Miracle League of Ottawa tweeted Monday following the announcement that the Barrhead Curling Club in Alberta would be taking home the...
GRASSROOTS CURLING: Curling treasures
A few curling treasures discovered recently on the bookshelf in the parlour of my cousin's old farmhouse in Nova Scotia: Looking for instruction, anyone? I want one of those sweaters. Just saying. It's all about the draw, says Mr. Weyman.  And inwicks, outwicks, chaps and chips, of course. I love this so much, I don't even know what to say about it!!
CURLING HISTORY: A Sculptured Relief by Rolf Brem
by David B SmithOn a recent surf of the internet seeking items of curling interest I was quite surprised to see in a Swiss auction house's catalogue a modest sculptured relief of a modern curling scene. The relief was said to be made of 'Englischzement' and it was signed by the sculptor Rolf Brem. It did not take long to ascertain that the piece had been modelled by one of Switzerland's most famous, popular, and prolific sculptors, whose long life had centred on the Swiss city of Lucerne. He had died in 2014. There was lots of material by him on display on the net but as far as my researches went this was the only depiction of curling. I therefore resorted to my old and faithful friend, Max Triet, who was until his retirement director of the Swiss Sport Museum in Basel,...
COACH BILL: What Are You Thinking?
The golf of world was treated to a wonderful performance at the recent "British Open Championship" played at Royal Liverpool G;amp;CC at Hoylake. The wire-to-wire winner was Northern Ireland's 25 year old Rory McIlroy who established, what turned out to be, an insurmountable six shot lead going into the fourth and final round at the the links course, about 15 km. from that cavern in downtown Liverpool were four floppy haired lads turned the popular music world upside down in the 1960's. Although he was challenged by Spain's Sergio Carcia who climbed to within two shots at one point in the final round, the result was really never in doubt. It was, to say the least, a remarkable performance! It puts him a Masters "green jacket" away from the career "Grand...
BEHIND THE GLASS: Stones of Destiny!
It is 1972 and we are deep into the final of the World Championship in Garmish-Partenkirchen.;nbsp; Orest Meleschuk knows that he has to hit and stick within the eight-foot on tricky, heavy ice to score two and take the game into an extra end.;nbsp; His opponents were team USA, skipped by Bob LaBonte.;nbsp; Their round-robin records were Canada 7-0 and USA 4-3.;nbsp; Never was there such a mismatch, yet here we were - it all depended on the big fellow's last stone. Cigarette dangling from his lips, he threw his fateful stone; the sweepers give it an early bang with their corn brooms, but the stone suddenly sits back and they are called off quickly; contact is made, but the shooter rolls slowly out towards the eight-foot; and further out; and further out - helped on its way by some furious...
CURLINGPIX: ACK! It’s summertime and there is no curling — not true by the way.
You might start to go through withdrawl from following your favorite teams and players and/or your own season.  These days I see a lot more people getting serious about training.  They have conditioning programs, they find ice, they gather and practice, and they review their own video to look for areas to improve.  My home [...]
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Chelsea Carey moves to Alberta; teams up with Laura Crocker
Manitoba skip Chelsea Carey takes a shot during her semifinal loss to Alberta's Val Sweeting at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts Canadian womens' curling championship on Feb. 8, 2014, in Montreal.Move over Alberta champion Val Sweeting. Step aside 2012 Canadian champ Heather Nedohin. The province just got a little more crowded for the elite women's curling teams with Chelsea Carey moving to Edmonton. Calgary's Cheryl Bernard and Shannon Kleibrink have won Olympic medals. Two-time provincial champ Renee Sonnenberg of Grande Prairie is always a contender....
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