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SPORTSNET: Earle Morris returns to coach son's team
Team Morris named Earle Morris as the rink's coach for the upcoming season. Morris is the father of skip John Morris, who joined reigning Brier champions Pat Simmons, Carter Rycroft and Nolan Thiessen during the off-season after Kevin Koe parted ways with the trio. Earle Morris coached his son to Canadian junior championships in 1998 and 1999 and recently helped guide Rachel Homan's team to consecutive Scotties titles in 2013 and 2014. He also served as the coach for Australia's national team from 2006-08. Morris played in three Brier tournaments (1980, 1982 and 1985) for three different provinces. “Even though Earle was planning on spending next season away from the competitive curling scene, the chance to coach his son, along with our relaxed schedule for this season was too enticing...
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: Help Wanted: Ice Technician, Lacombe Curling Club
The Lacombe Curling Club in Central Alberta is accepting applications for a full time seasonal ice maker (Oct.1, 2014 through Apr.15, 2015). The contract will be reviewed on an annual basis. The duties include: Make ice and flood ice as required Remove ice at the end of the season Conduct ice maintenance which includes scraping, nipping, pebbling, etc. and recording ice temperatures and plant readings Working with the Ice Committee to coordinate staffing with the maintenance of ice Maintain the ice/ice shed and equipment within level of expertise Coordinate repairs/maintenance of equipment by contractors as required Establish relationship with suppliers for materials required for ice making, maintenance etc. Send resume to: Lacombe Curling Club, c/0 Graeme Rice, President 5210 – 54...
BELFRY CURLING: Canadian mixed fours, seniors curling headed to pool system, eight ends
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.
BOB WEEKS ON CURLING: Guelph curling club becomes ball hockey facility
Sad news that curling at the Guelph Golf and Country Club shuttered its curling facility at the end of last year after 50 years of operation. I spent a lot of time on the ice there over the years in various competitions.Now the space is being turned into a ball hockey facility.You can read the story here.
THE CURLING SHOW: Richard Hart talks about coming back to Team Howard.
He stepped back after the 2011 season but he's wading back in now. Richard Hart is returning at third for Team Howard â€;quot; we talked about the challenges of a comeback, the veteran lineup and how the game has changed in just the last couple of years. No, Glenn Howard didn't ask you to fill a spot on his team but you can still dress like you deserved a look. Check out Runback curling apparel at Runback and Just Run It.
PLAYDOWNS: Vernon puts WCT spin on junior cashspiel
Junior curlers will get the chance to play like the country's top curlers if they take part in a junior cashspiel in Vernon in November. The event, which is being organized by Brier regular Jim Cotter, will take place at the Vernon Curling Club from November 14-16. A cash purse of $10,000 will be available to the players. The event will be run like a provincial/national event with a draw to button to help determine tie-breakers. World Curling Tour Slam Event rules for tie breakers will be used, which means no team will be eliminated on tie-breakers unless we get into a 1-3 type scenario then teams can be eliminated with a sub-500 records. Teams with 500 or better record will either go directly into playoffs with the top draw to the button or a tie breaker game will be required. Organizer...
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 Hoy Lake. The wire-to-wire winner was Northern Ireland's 25 year old Rory McIroy 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...
WHEELCHAIR CURLING: Wheelchair instructor certification course to be offered
;nbsp;;nbsp;;nbsp;;nbsp;;nbsp;;nbsp;;nbsp;;nbsp;;nbsp;;nbsp;;nbsp; PrintJuly 16, 2014, midnight (ET) ;nbsp;Want to learn to teach new wheelchair curlers in your club?;nbsp;USA Curling is offering a new;nbsp;pilot Wheelchair Instructor Certification Course on Aug. 2;nbsp;at the Four Seasons Curling Club;nbsp;in Blaine, Minn. The course is designed to help experienced curlers recruit and instruct new wheelchair curlers in their clubs.;nbsp;More information and special pricing is included within the attached flyer. Contact Kim Nawyn at with questions.;nbsp;;nbsp;We will add more courses in the near future!
VIEW FROM THE HACK: Stirling Summer Skins 2014
When it comes to the sporting summer, curling probably hasn't been on our minds of late what with the FIFA World Cup, the Wimbledon Championships and an upcoming Commonwealth Games to demand our attention. I think it's time to remind everyone that curling should always be on our minds! It certainly was on my recent trip to the USA where I was fortunate enough to visit one of the three locations to have hosted a Winter Olympics in the nation. I'll give you a big clue – Great Britain won curling gold there in 2002... But enough about my summer travels (I'm currently in Norway again by the way), let's talk about the Stirling Summer Skins. If you aren't familiar with this event then take a look at my roundup from last season here. Logan Gray, who does a great job organising the event each...
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Curler's strength and class
Re: Kreviazuk set to leave Homan rink after season, March 26. Longtime second Alison “Ali” Kreviazuk of the Ottawa Curling Club may not sting like a bee nor float like a butterfly like another famous Ali, but like the boxer, she has always demonstrated strength and class. It is not surprising to learn that her peers voted Kreviazuk the winner of the Francis Brodie Award for sportsmanship at last week's Ford World Women's Curling Championships. It is well deserved. It shows that she plays the game with a killer instinct to win, but also with grace, win or lose. Canada may not have won the gold-medal game against Switzerland, but without Kreviazuk's incredible shot making in the 1-2 game, her strength and sweeping knowledge, and her team spirit throughout the week, her team might...
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: The Grand Match at Linlithgow 1848
by Bob CowanThis week has seen Charles Lees's painting of the Grand Match at Linlithgow Loch, beautifully restored, go on display in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh as part of the 'Playing for Scotland: The Making of Modern Sport' exhibit. It is on loan to the Gallery from the Royal Caledonian Curling Club.To celebrate this, here is the story of the actual Grand Match depicted in the painting!The first Grand Match of the Royal Caledonian Curling Club had been successfully held in January 1847 at Penicuik Pond, after three mild winters. A second such contest was eagerly anticipated, and arrangements were put in place when the Grand Match committee met in Edinburgh, on Thursday, December 30, 1847. The meeting resolved that the Grand Match should be played again...
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!
FULL GRANITE JACKET: Which USA teams would be the best?
USA Curling released their list of combine invitees for their High Performance Program today. Basically the name of the game is: you aren't going to build your own championship team, USA Curling is going to do that for you. After falling short of Olympic expectations for two cycles (read: not last place), they're trying something new. I have no idea if it'll work, but at least it's different!There are no surprise names on the list, but the omission of some names stand out:1. No Pete Fenson, but apparently he retired. Was there a news story about Pete Fenson retiring? You'd think the most successful USA men's skip of the last 10 years stepping away from competitive curling would be bigger news. But then again USA curling news isn't really something that hits ESPN. Still.2. Nobody from Tyler...
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 [...]
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...
GRASSROOTS CURLING: CurlingGeek is for curling geeks - I mean, fans - anywhere
So, there I am at the Capital One Road to the Roar - the Canadian Olympic Pre-Trials - in Kitchener this past week, watching Draws 1-18 until I think even I have the tricky ice on Sheet E figured out... I'm writing a game summary to go on the CCA website (yes, this is my day job) and get distracted by a question/phone call/great shot on another sheet. When I look back, there's Gushue's teaming
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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