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PLAYDOWNS: Team Craig heads to nationals with experience under their belts
By Rebecca Connop Price Top curlers from across Canada will be in Nova Scotia for the 2017 Canadian Mixed Curling Championships. The BC team of Wes Craig, Kesa Van Osch, Miles Craig and Marika Van Osch will be vying for the title of Canadian Mixed Champions. The team has a combined total of 93 years [...]
CANOE: Grand Slam of Curling keeps getting bigger
There is no brush lock up this time.
SPORTSNET: Eight Ends: All you need to know for GSOC Masters
OKOTOKS, Alta. — The Pinty's Grand Slam of Curling season is set to kick off Tuesday night with the opening draw of the 2016 WFG Masters. As the first major tournament of the season, this will be the first big test for the top teams going head-to-head in a key season on the road to next year's Olympic Trials. A lot is at stake this year with every point counting towards qualification. Here's what you need to know before the first rock is thrown: Quick Links: Live Scores & Schedule | TV Schedule 1st End: A brief history of the WFG Masters The WFG Masters is one of the "original four" events of the Pinty's GSOC series dating back to the inaugural 2001-02 season alongside the National, Canadian Open and Players' Championship. Glenn Howard,...
CURLING HISTORY: When the Scottish men faced the Canadian women in 1903
When I first read that the Scottish curlers who visited parts of Canada and the United States in the winter of 1902-03 had come up against Canadian women's sides, and lost on three occasions, I was intrigued! I set out to find out more.I wondered at first if any of the Scottish men had ever shared curling ice with women before. At the beginning of the twentieth century, as I've discussed here and here, curling in Scotland was male dominated, and only one of the twenty-four men came from a club with female members, as far as I can see from the club membership returns in the Royal Caledonian Curling Club Annual for 1902-03. In 1902, very few of Scotland's 619 curling clubs listed women among their membership, although five were ladies-only clubs. William Henderson was a member...
CURLBC: Team Craig heads to nationals with experience under their belts
Top curlers from across Canada will be in Nova Scotia for the 2017 Canadian Mixed Curling Championships. The BC team of Wes Craig, Kesa Van Osch, Miles Craig and Marika Van Osch will be vying for the title of Canadian Mixed Champions. The team has a combined total of 93 years curling experience, and that experience includes stints at a Scotties Tournament of Hearts (Kesa Van Osch), the Canadian Junior Women's Championship (Kesa and Marika Van Osch), the Canadian Mixed and Senior Championships (Wes Craig) and the Canadian Junior Men's Championship (Miles Craig). The team hails from Nanaimo and Shawnigan Lake and are representing Nanaimo Curling Centre and Kerry Park Curling Club. Fourteen teams representing every province and territory will be competing in Yarmouth from Sunday,...
CCA CURLING: â€œSeason of the Spare” on Tour
With all the controversy surrounding sweeping in 2015-2016, last season will go down in history as the "season of the broom." If current trends continue, 2016-2017 might go down as the "season of the spare." In most events this season, we've seen top teams in both men's and women's events, call on some high-profile help ...
CURL MANITOBA: Manitoba Scotties Tournament of Hearts Launches 2017 Event Pass Sales
For Immediate Release WINNIPEG, October 25, 2016 ;ndash; The top women;'s curling teams in Manitoba will meet in Winnipeg from January 25th to 29th ;nbsp;with the goal of representing the province at the Canadian Women;'s Curling Championship. 2016 Manitoba Scotties Champion Team Kerri Einarson and 2016 Scotties Team Canada and 2014 Olympic Gold Medal Winner Team Jennifer Jones have already qualified for the event being hosted by the Charleswood Curling Club at the Eric Coy Arena. The 2017 Manitoba Scotties Tournament of Hearts is pleased to announce that Full Event Passes are now available online.;nbsp; The Full Event Pass will ensure you have access to all 5 days of curling including 14 draws, any tie breakers, playoff games and the event final. Full Event Passes will be priced at $99, however...
THE CURLING SHOW: Matt Dunstone, two-time Canadian Junior champ now finding his way on the World Curling Tour.
I've thought it would be interesting to talk to this guy ever since I saw this photo of his reaction when he won the 2013 Canadian Juniors. One of the best curling pics ever, but I'm a sucker for a genuine, spontaneous burst of emotion. Revisions to Brush Like a Badass are imminent. Not substantial, but there will a few tweaks made in light of the equipment rules established by the World Curling Federation. And if your club wants to host a Brush Like a Badass clinic, send an email to and let's see if we can work something out. I'd be happy to share some of the honest feedback from people who have participated in the clinics this year. It sounds immodest but the clinic seems to be truly appreciated by the people who take it. My debut novel, Escaping...
FROM THE HACK: Week 10 Recap
Results from Week 10, interview with Mick Lizmore who skipped Team Canada at the World Mixed Curling Championships and a preview of the Masters Grand Slam.
THE ROCK STOPS HERE: Oct. 15-17, 2015 Kamloops Cash
I initially started this entry like the ones for the Cloverdale and Vernon Cashspiels. The idea of a daily recap with insights into different aspects of the sport at a competitive level, both on and off ice. As the weekend unfolded, and we exited far earlier than hoped for in a manner unexpected, all I came up with were lengthy, dreary recounts of how we lost games we should have won against opponents we are far better than (IMHO of course).
WINNIPEG SUN:  Yes, even Manitoba's Oly curlers get drug tests — a lot
Yes, drug testing is the necessary reality of becoming an Olympic curler.
STONECAST: Ep. 16 - Tim Solin and Pete Westberg
This week, we follow up with Pete Westberg (Ep. 2) after a trip to Sweden for the Men's Senior World Championships. Teammate Tim Solin also joins us. The first of the StoneCast Fireside Chat Series (as well as International Series No. 1), tune in for some shout-outs from the mailbag (1:35); some World Championship pool play recollections (4:30) with Russia, Latvia (and the Latvian shot of a lifetime at 8:00), Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, and Scotland, followed by a quarterfinal loss against Denmark (15:15); a scrappy discussion (#ESF) (21:30); some discussion of Sweden and the Swedes' dominant engineering capabilities (25:30); and some aquavit and a little Svenska historical context (30:15).
TWINE TIME: BetweenTheSheets: Season of the Dark Horse?
Is this the curling Season of the Dark Horse? TwineTime weighs in plus updated Power Rankings and full preview/predictions of Week 9 tour action
ONTARIO CURLING COUNCIL: On-ice training for brushing footwork
This past June I wrote an article that described the use of a footwork trainer for brushing in the closed position. The trainer permits competitive athletes to train off-ice, on their own time, and I have been extremely pleased with the results with Team McKenzie over the past three months. Alison Poluck and Jessica Filipcic, who appear in that video, have done extremely well in learning closed position brushing footwork and that has instantly translated into better on-ice performance at the beginning of this season. In this second article, I'd like to describe on-ice training for closed brushing footwork, assisted by Alison Poluck from Team Emma McKenzie and Kirsten Marshall, a varsity athlete at Wilfrid Laurier University and the alternate for Team Julie Tippin on the World Curling Tour....
THE CURLING NEWS BLOG: Women of Curling Calendar
Three years after a men’s curling calendar broke recent sales records, the Women of Curling are back with a new, high-quality 2017 wall calendar featuring 12 athlete models from four countries.
TWO GIRLS AND A GAME: Mike Harris Interview
Two Girls and a Game includes Mike Harris in their first guest interview.
GOLDLINE: The Brushing Controversy
Never in that period of time have I witnessed the tumult in the sport that we have seen in the past few years. In the eye of this tornado has been the pads we curlers use on our brushes.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Lethbridge skip turns thief to take HDF Insurance Shoot-Out
Casey Scheidegger has won a provincial junior championship and has been competing on the World Curling Tour for over a decade, but on Sunday afternoon she captured the biggest win of her career. Lethbridge-based Scheidegger came through with a stunning 6-5 upset victory over Scotland's Eve Muirhead to capture the 2016 HDF Insurance Shoot-Out at the Saville Community Sports Centre. “This is definitely the biggest win of my career,” said Scheidegger. “We were down by the fourth, and we just said, ‘Let's try to make a game of it, and if we can keep it close at the end, we may have a chance.' We just stayed positive.” Playing Muirhead for the first time in her career, Scheidegger fell behind big early. Muirhead came out aggressively in the opening end and got her deuce,...
THE EH GAME: YAHOO SPORTS: Curling's broom drama formally ends: World Curling Federation adopts new rules
Curling's broom drama formally ends: World Curling Federation adopts new rules
ROARING GAME: Team Smith triumph at Oakville OCT Fall Classic
Team Smith claimed the Oakville OCT Fall Classic men’s title and $3,000 prize money by defeating Team McCormick of the USA 7-2 in the final.
FULL GRANITE JACKET: 2018 Olympic curling women’s team predictions
Just for fun, since the Summer Olympics are over and life is all about finding something to fill the void.Here's the qualification table. So far only Korea is qualified as the host nation.Canada - Rachel Homan - They were on the cusp of making it to Sochi, but as fate turned out it was actually Jennifer Jones' turn to represent Canada on the podium. This is a hard one to gauge, as I could also see Jones could repeat as the country, or Chelsea Carey or Val Sweeting or someone else having a hot run at the Roar to wear the maple leaf. Homan's the best on paper in any given tournament. Little has changed this century: politics are better, phones keep improving, and Canada will be the curling gold medal favorite.Korea - EunJung Kim - The host nation's top ranked team is #11....
NERDCURL: Episode 20 - Sweeping Summit Video Podcast
Dan & Phil go live on video to talk about the sweeping summit.
BLOG: Kirk Muyres on Bidsy Podcast
Kirk Muyres shares his experience as a pro athlete & how it translates into success in business
I wanted to have a forum to discuss minor notes from in and around the curling world. Short House will do that for me, from time to time when I have quick thoughts about goings on you can find them here. Often it is a tall task for me to keep my writing brief but I will try.Sweeping Summit releaseThis past week the World Curling Federation released a statement updating the process of the Sweeping Summit that was held in Kemptville earlier this spring. The statement outlines initial findings and recommendations.As is the norm with the current "instant information" world that we live in, many are craving the full NRC results and data. Patience is not a virtue that sports fans let alone curling fans hold. Although we all would have loved the information to be released in real time in...
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Brush-head testing in Kemptville key to future of curling
Say you're a curling brush. Do you have a future in the sport? You may not know that today, but you should know by September, when World Curling Federation members meeting in Stockholm are expected to vote on rules based on data being collected during this week's “Sweeping Summit” in Kemptville, just south of Ottawa. Some brands will receive the thumbs-up, but others undoubtedly will fall short of approval. Their fate lies to a large extent in the hands of 11 of the world's best curlers and National Research Council experts;nbsp;who are using laser technology and even a “robot” rock-thrower to measure the impact of more than 50 different brushes on the path of rocks as they slide down the ice. Participating athletes on Wednesday sounded a chorus of support for not only...
GAME OF STONES: What's going on at the Sweeping Summit?
DISCLAIMER! – I sometimes work for Curling Canada, but have little to no idea what’s going on at the Summit. I’m not at all involved in it. These are my musings, thoughts, and opinions. There is nothing official about any of this… Cheers – Brian Chick Hey… you know what we haven’t talked about lately? SWEEPING! Of course, this year’s buzz topic has already been beaten into the ground. We’ve seen a million articles (some of which I wrote), blog posts, videos, and heard a million more anecdotes about what is possible with brush X vs. what you can do with brush Y. There were about 143 different rule changes, depending on which level(s) of competition you played, and endless debates about what sweeping can do, should do, shouldn’t do, and what “they” – the associations – should...
COACH BILL: From Behind That Pane In The Glass
As you can see by the title, what follows is my two cents on what arguably is the hotest topic in the curling world, brushing! And, once again borrowing a line from one of my favourite movies, "The Sound of Music", let's "start at the very beginning"!But even before returning to yesteryear, I want to put on my "Conan the Grammarian" hat in stating that for the purpose of this blog, I'm drawing the distinction between sweeping ;amp; brushing as well as broom versus brush. Note to sport governing bodies, we no longer sweep with a broom (and have not done so for quite some time). We brush with, ahem, a brush! To use the terms "sweep" and "broom" is embarrassing! We should know better! With that off my chest, let's return to those...
CURLINGZONE: Pat Simmons joins Team Bottcher
As reported on Sportsnet during the Women's Final of the Champions Cup, Pat Simmons will be joining Team Bottcher of Edmonton for the 2016/17 season.
MIKE THE CURLING GUY: John Morris returns to BC
John Morris headed back to British Columbia for 2016/17 curling season rejoining with Jim Cotter, Tyrel Griffith and Rick Sawatsky
CURL WITH MATH: Match Play Math
I know the Womens Worlds just finished and the men are getting underway to decide the global champion of 2016, but I want to talk about the Elite 10 and match play.Let me begin by stating I really like match play. I enjoy competing in match play golf. In fact, given my propensity to spray a drive and balloon to a triple bogey on occasion, it's always nice to pick-up your ball and move to the next hole knowing you are still in contention. I enjoy watching the WGC World Match Play (with PVR) along with the Ryder and President Cups. Suggestion for those fathers out there, a great idea to plan your vasectomy around a Ryder Cup weekend so you can nestle into a couch with a bag of pees and watch it all without interruption.When I heard of the idea to put a match play event in curling's...
ANDREWJBERGMAN: Something Rotten in The State of...Curling
There’s something a little odd about the sport of curling, and I don’t mean the design of Team Norway’s pants.
I put my head down and swept as hard and as fast as I could. I knew the rock was light. My eyes were half closed and I swept that rock until it stopped.
FLYING V: 2016 Brier Preview
A hopefully informative look into the 2016 Brier in Ottawa,Ontario.
YORK URBANIST: Corn Broom - Curling Fallback
NOW, WHERE DO WE STAND ON CORN BROOMS? lawsuits....manufacturing...inserts...
THE SCOTCH: The Nationals Continued...
The Scotch has learned that this lively and robust crowd includes the Tim Tebow Fan Club and the remaining supporters of former Florida Governor/ presidential hopeful Jeb Bush.
BELFRY CURLING: Dip into Tankard spare pool is rare.. really
THE CURLING LOBBY: What's your Brier Prediction?
Don Landry of Yahoo Sports wrote a great preview of the Tim Hortons Brier today and we'd love to hear your thoughts on his choices and your own predictions! his bosses at Yahoo that curling matters by posting them to his blog. Click on the link above, read and/or scroll down to the View Comments link and VERY IMPORTANT, post something in the comments section!Something positive about the Brier, about curling that may show Yahoo that they should be investing more into our great sport!Sharing is caring!
BEHIND THE GLASS: Some Reflections on the Scottish Curling Championships
Sadly, I was only able to make the Saturday sessions.;nbsp; See travelling on business?;nbsp; Nightmare!;nbsp; Anyhow, up we went to Perth, there to watch things and dream of times past.I don't know about anyone else, but I always find it very difficult to support one team.;nbsp; It was easier in olden times when teams represented ice rinks and comprised typically local players.;nbsp; The Torrance rink was from Hamilton and the Hay rink from Perth; if the skips name was Adam or Horton, chances were that they were from Glasgow and the Hendersons were Aberdeen born and bred.;nbsp; So, if you went to Dundee or Perth or Kirkcaldy, there to watch the Scottish Championship finals in February, you had "your" team.Now - it's a nightmare!;nbsp; Four of us decided to sit in the bleachers...
BOB WEEKS ON CURLING: Menard's column rubs one athlete the wrong way
Jean-Michel Menard's guest blog the other day has seemingly rubbed at least one fellow athlete the wrong way. Speedskater Ivanie Blondin sent out a Tweet saying that she felt he was acting a bit spoiled.Feeling embarrassed for this guy. I'd count myself extremely lucky to be treated half as good as how he is treatedâ€;quot; Ivanie Blondin (@IvanieB) April 2, 2015Menard said that he was bothered by the constant erosion of perks and accessibility given to the curlers at the Brier. Of course everything is relative. If you haven't had any of that stuff, you don't know what you're missing. And certainly most other athletes don't get treated as the men curlers do at the Brier. Even the women at the Scotties never had it quite as good as the men....
BURNED STONE: Nova Scotia headed in right direction
After many years of complaining about poorly run Provincial Championships and poor runs at the Scotties and Brier, the Nova Scotia Curling Association has finally listened to its Elite Curlers and have stepped in the right direction for this year’s display of the NS Tankard and NS Scotties.
CURLINGPIX: 2015-2016 Curling Season Photos by Rich Harmer
Hello everyone. ;nbsp;This year has been busy with a new 'regular' job for me. ;nbsp;Over the summer I was at the Arena Nationals in Cedar Rapids. ;nbsp;You can see the pictures here:;nbsp; the fall I was at the St Paul Cash Spiel. ;nbsp;The pictures aren't totally done yet. ;nbsp;You can see the pictures which are done here:;nbsp; shot the Junior Olympic Trials Finals in Blaine this fall. ;nbsp;This photo set is pretty much done. You can see the pictures here:;nbsp; The events I'm scheduled to shoot coming up are: ;nbsp;US Open of Curling 2016 in Blaine, Mixed Nationals 2016 in Blaine, US Junior Nationals 2016 (playoffs) in Wilmar, ;nbsp;and US Nationals in Jacksonville,...
AROUND THE HOUSE PODCAST: Curling Brooms and Stephen Colbert
Jordan, Gerry and Kevin bring you up to date on broom technology and the media buzz around it.  Gerry shares his thoughts following a taped appearance on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert. The panel discuss the physics of curling, debating what impact sweeping should have on shot-making.  Talk then turns to recent events including the success of Team Gushue and how Rachel Homan might fare playing on the mens side of a Grand Slam.
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GRASSROOTS CURLING: Five things I learned from hanging out with Team Glenn Howard
The Team Glenn Howard Fantasy Curling Camp wrapped up at the Guelph Curling Club on Sunday afternoon, ending three days of - of - of what? Learning, laughing, and a fair bit of pain (delivery, after delivery, after delivery....!) Moments of illumination, moments (long ones!) of frustration. Good times with new friends. Lots of failure. A few successes. And a long list of "Things I'm going to do
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