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PLAYDOWNS: BC curlers get noticed at Canada 55+ Games
By rconnopprice BC curlers were top performers at the Canada 55+ Games in Alberta. Team Jarvos, representing Team BC in the senior women's 65+ category, won gold, and Team Jonsson, representing Team BC in the senior women's 55+ curling category, won silver at the event. Team Woytowich, the BC men's 65+ team were silver medallists [...]
GOLDLINE CURLING: Curling Calender - September 2014
Curling Calender - September 2014 The 2014/15 curling season has arrived!  Although many club curlers do not start regular season play until after Thanksgiving, the high performance teams have already been battling it out on the ice. The first event on the World Curling Tour calendar, the Baden Masters, was held August 29-31 in Baden, Switzerland.  Twenty teams took part, and in the end, it was a contest between two Goldline ambassadors for the title.  Congratulations to Team Ulsrud who defeated Team De Cruz in the finals. At the Stu Sells Tankard in Oakville, ON Goldline Ambassadors Team Jaggi, Debbie McCormick, Team Paetz played on the ladies side while Team Edin battled on the men's side. This week, the featured event on the curling calendar is The Shoot-Out at the Saville...
FULL GRANITE JACKET: USA curling update: Forget it, Jake, it’s Canada
We had two large spiels last weekend. One wasStockholm Ladies Cup in Sweden  where Margaretha Sigfridsson defeated Rachel Homan and reminding everyone that championships still go through them. The Point Optical Classic in Saskatoon featured some of the world's best, with Brad Jacobs looking their fashionable ripped dominant selves, but it was Mike McEwen defeating John Epping in the finals.Here's how the American teams did in Canada:Erika Brown: the lone USA women's team in action went 2-3 in Kitchener, starting well but ending the weekend by losing three close ones. Chris Plys: For their first appearance this season at the Point Optical Classic, I wasn't fully sure what to expect, so going 2-3 may have been about right. They had the misfortune of being pitted against...
THE CURLING SHOW: Matt Wozniak of Team McEwen.
It's easy to forget that Team McEwen has been together for eight years. But after a rocky start all those years ago, this team just kept improving and now ranks as one of the very best in the game. I spoke to second Matt Wozniak about the journey and how the team is working to keep things fresh for another run. Want to hear more from Team McEwen? Here are links to past interviews with Mike, including one from 2008 when I called his team young. Lead man Denni Neufeld has also been on the show in the past. Third BJ Neufeld, however, has been elusive. Perhaps it stems from his cat-like delivery.
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...
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!
CCA CURLING: CCA posts best-in-class scores in NSO audit
The Canadian Curling Association is not only posting best-in-class results on the ice, it's also doing it on the operational side. Taking part in a massive project backed by the Canadian Olympic Committee â€;quot; all Canadian summer and winter National Sport Organizations (NSO) were part of the Best in Class Enhancement Initiative, looking at the ...
CANOE: Book excerpt: Olympic glory for Jennifer Jones, Brad Jacobs
In the storied history of Canadian curling, never has there been a time like February of 2014.
VIEW FROM THE HACK: Weekend Curling 26-28 September
The first women's event on this season's Curling Champions Tour began yesterday (Friday) in Stockholm, Sweden. The Stockholm Ladies Curling Cup sees twenty of the world's best female teams competing in the Swedish capital and apart from the likes of Feltscher, Homan, Jones, Sidorova and Sigfridsson there are two Scottish teams to be found in the lineup. Eve Muirhead is there with her team of Anna Sloan, Vicki Adams and Sarah Reid while Lauren Gray skips a team consisting of Jennifer Dodds, Vicky Wright and Mhairi Baird. The teams have been split into four groups of five with the top two in each group progressing to the playoffs. Team Muirhead began with a 7-3 win over Ontario's Sherry Middaugh but then lost two games in succession – 7-5 to Switzerland's Michele Jäggi and 5-4 in an...
GRASSROOTS CURLING: Things I learned at a Learn to Curl session - and I was the teacher!
Learn to Curls are in full swing at my curling club, and I'm doing my volunteer duty by helping out at a few evening sessions. Last night was a classic. Eight complete newbies followed my teaching buddy (Tiffany, a university student) and me out to Sheet 4. We did some warmups, split the group into two, and got to work on sliding, sweeping, rules and more. Two hours (and one scoreless end)
BOB WEEKS ON CURLING: Two-minute guide to curling
In the quest to entice more and more people to take up curling, the CCA has done a lot of different marketing programs, but I have to say this latest video, the Two-Minute Guide To Curling, is one of my favourites. Obviously targeted at people with only a basic knowledge of the game, it serves as a fun introduction to the sport and covers the basics.If you're a curler, you've probably been asked about everything this video covers.So what do you think? Two thumbs up?
WHEELCHAIR CURLING: Tom Killin retires from curling, becomes GB coach
To All By way of this post I would like to bring you up to date with regards to my curling career. ;nbsp;As many of you will know I have always intended retiring after the Winter Paralympics in Sochi and today my contract comes to an end whereby I have officially retired from competing in wheelchair curling. I've had a wonderful ten years, competing all over the world as far flung as South Korea ;amp; Russia to the east and Canada ;amp; USA to the west, with most of Europe in between. I'v...e also had the honour of winning Paralympic silver, World gold ;amp; World silver medals, six British titles, Scottish titles and winning the British pairs twice and many international titles throughout the world.;nbsp;;nbsp;However, this has opened another opportunity in my sporting career as...
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...
CURLING HISTORY: Scotland's Sporting Buildings
Book reviewed by David B SmithOne of the most remarkable - and least publicised - 'by-products' of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow this summer was the publication by Historic Scotland of the book, Scotland's Sporting Buildings, by Nick Haynes.The purpose of the book is 'to celebrate the divers range and outstanding quality of historic purpose-built sporting architecture that exists across the country'.The book is not long at 108 pages, but it is crammed full of illustrations in colour and black and white. Its format is a general introduction on Scotland's sporting history followed by shorter sections on each of a list of sporting activities beginning with archery and ending with tennis, racquets, and squash.The place of Scotland's two 'national games',...
BELFRY CURLING: Hastings hangs on, McDonald blasts to win in K-W Fall Classic finals
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 [...]
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Miracle League of Ottawa falls short of winning $100,000 grand prize
They might have to go into extra innings, but an Ottawa group says it will push on with its bid to build a baseball park for those with special needs, despite failing to win the Kraft Celebration Tour grand prize. The national contest would have given the Miracle League of Ottawa $100,000 to help fund its effort. But the group found out Monday that the money had instead gone to a curling club in Barrhead, Alta. “It was looking good for a while,” said Michelle Desrochers, whose son Bryce Desrochers, born with cerebral palsy, has been the inspiration for the Ottawa effort. “You just never know, and that's OK.” As one of the contest's 10 finalists, the Ottawa group will receive at least $25,000 in its push...
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Three Edmonton teams in men's, women's finals at HDF Insurance Shoot-Out
Val Sweeting and Chelsea Carey advanced to the women's final in the HDF Insurance Shoot-Out on Sunday afternoon at the Saville Community Sports Centre. Sweeting, who recruited seven-time New Brunswick champion Andrea Crawford to play third after Joanne Courtney joined Rachel Homan's two-time Canadian championship rink, advanced to the final with a 6-3 win over Susan O'Connor of Calgary. Sweeting, who has Dana Ferguson at second and Rachelle Pidherny at lead, is a perfect 7-0 in early-season bonspiel, winning all five games in her six-team round-robin pool and two playoff games. Carey, the 2014 Manitoba women's champion who moved to Edmonton to play with Laura Crocker, Taylor McDonald and Jen Gates, went 4-1 in the round-robin and then defeated 2012 Canadian champion Heather Nedohin 6-2 and...
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...
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