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SPORTSNET: Scotties champ Homan ready to build on success
TORONTO — Canadian skip Rachel Homan capped an eventful quadrennial with a season marked by highs, lows and the departure of a longtime teammate and veteran coach. The core of the national champion rink has returned with new addition Joanne Courtney in the lineup, providing some fresh energy for a team with a new long-term goal of qualifying for the 2018 Winter Olympics. "It's nice to have some new blood on the team and some new perspective and be able to reset for this four-year cycle," Homan said Thursday before a charity event at Weston Golf & Country Club. "We're really trying to push hard and learn from our lessons from last year." The 2013-14 season was unique as teams adjusted their training and preparation to peak for the Olympic trials in early December....
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.
PLAYDOWNS: Curling calendar will raise funds for young athletes
By rconnopprice Curling's newest fundraising calendar will provide a legacy to young athletes getting their start in the Roaring Game. The 2015 Spirit of Curling Calendar is now for sale, with a portion of the proceeds going directly to the Canadian Curling Association's For The Love of Curling philanthropic program, benefitting young curlers and curling [...]
GOLDLINE CURLING: 2014-15 Goldline Catalogue
CCA CURLING: House Call: Organizing tips for your corporate curling event
Social and super-fun, curling is a great activity for corporate team-building or seasonal office parties. You can simplify things for groups made up of mostly beginners so that the learning process is fun for all ability levels. When booking your event, if you're not sure about something, don't be afraid to ask for help from ...
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 NEWS BLOG: New curling calendar now on sale
Another fundraising tool for curling facilities Celebrate the Roaring Game - and support some great causes First came the Women of Curling. Then, last season, the Men of Curling. Now for 2015, The Curling News and The Community Fundraiser have announced the Spirit of Curling, the latest installment in their successful series of fundraising wall calendars. The 2015 Spirit of Curling Calendar retails online for $20.00 each plus taxes, shipping and handling, at The Spirit of Curling website. A portion of proceeds from each purchase go to three charitable campaigns: the Canadian Curling Association's "For The Love of Curling" philanthropic program, the Sandra Schmirler Foundation, which has now contributed over $2.5 million to 35 Canadian hospital neonatal intensive care units, and...
CANOE: John Morris joins forces with Team Canada
They've faced off against one another in some of the most closely-contested matches in recent Canadian curling.
BOB WEEKS ON CURLING: Vancouver club given membership deadline or faces being turned into a hockey rink
The North Shore Winter Club is facing a deadline. It needs to sign up 360 members by Nov. 15 or face being turned into a hockey rink, says this article in the North Shore News.;nbsp;Now the club is a full athletic facility and therefore the curling membership can be a bit steep to a stand-alone club. There's a $900 initiation fee and then monthly dues of $113. So that works out to about $2,250 to curl (as well as enjoy a limited selection of the rest of the club's offerings).That's a pretty tall order to try and get that many curlers in that short a period.What's worse is that it cuts short an agreement the club made with the local recreation association.The decision seemingly puts an end to an agreement hatched in the late 1990s between the Winter Club and the North Vancouver...
WHEELCHAIR CURLING: World Wheelchair Curling Qualification event begins ; an explaination
;nbsp;So a quick explanation as to my untimely updates on the blog.;nbsp;For those who don't know yet, I HAVE CANCER!;nbsp;Yes, I have cancer and it is a major thing. This major thing controls you, it changes you and that is why I have been a little behind in my updates on the web site. Thanks to all of you for pointing out how useless I am and un professional I am at not doing my job (which I do for FREE by the way);nbsp;Thanks for those comments, greatly appreciated!;nbsp;That said and for the betterment of those that actually some what appreciate the FREE job that Morgan, Trevor and I we will get back to what matters and that is Wheelchair curling stories.;nbsp;;nbsp;November 1, 2014Lillehammer, NorwayLillehammer Curling Club will host the WWhCQ event Photo: Mark CallanThe World Wheelchair...
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
VIEW FROM THE HACK: Weekend Roundup 17-19 October
I am out of the country from tomorrow so I thought I'd get in a roundup of this weekend's action before I go. The European Playdowns in Perth proved to be very exciting and we now know which teams will be representing Scotland in Champ̩ry, Switzerland at the end of next month. The women's event was won by Eve Muirhead after she won all four round-robin games and then beat Lauren Gray twice in the final round to secure her team's place at the Europeans. Hannah Fleming's team lost all their games in Perth Рnot something we are used to seeing from the young skip. The men's competition, meanwhile, went right to the wire after David Murdoch qualified from the round-robin alongside David Edwards, the latter needing a tie-breaker against Tom Brewster on Saturday afternoon. So the best-of-three...
COACH BILL: A Coach's Questions
It's time to open the 2014-15 mail bag with two questions that were sent to me by a coach who has become a good friend. He's a think-outside-the-box type coach who constantly looks for ways to empower the athletes with whom he/she works. Here were the questions that I felt deserved answers on my blog site.My lead is right handed ;amp; left eye dominant. The rest of the team is right handed/right eye dominant. Should I have him: a) bring the rock in the hack to his left eye unlike all he has ever been told (this is certainly more natural but he would be off-line with the rest of the team;nbsp;) OR b) have him line up the rock like the rest of his teammates by shifting his body in the hack/delivery OR c) some other trick of yours!Let's deal with part c) first. I have no tricks...
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Kevin Koe, Jeff Stoughton advance to Direct Horizontal Drilling Fall Classic semifinals
Kevin Koe stole a point in both the seventh and eighth ends to defeat Saskatoon's Kevin Marsh 9-7 on Sunday night in the quarter-finals of the Direct Horizontal Drilling Fall Classic at the Crestwood Curling Club. Koe, whose new Calgary-based team of Marc Kennedy, Brent Laing and Ben Hebert has an 8-2 record this season, plays Aaron Sluchinski of Airdrie in Monday's 10 a.m. semifinals. Sluchinski trounced Matthew Blandford of Cold Lake 8-2 in only six ends in their quarter-final game. Meanwhile, Winnipeg's Jeff Stoughton whipped Jamie King of St. Albert 10-4 in six ends while Saskatoon's Steve Laycock doubled up Brendan Bottcher of the Saville Centre 6-3. Koe, Stoughton and Laycock all have perfect 4-0 records this weekend. The final is set for 2 p.m. Monday. At the Curlers Corner Autumn Gold...
FULL GRANITE JACKET: European Curling Group C Championship results
We'll start with the women. I had The Netherlands and Spain advancing out of this, and I was dang near right. The Netherlands did win the group with a 6-5 extra-end win over Slovakia in the 1-2 game. There's always something to home ice advantage, especially in a field like this. It will be their first advancement out of Group C since 2010, when they were relegated from Group A to Group B and in the next year didn't field a team.Slovakia's second chance came against Spain, who beat Slovenia in the 3-4 matchup. I was watching Zoetermeer's stop-motion overhead camera in the final and, and Spain had a terrific draw to the four foot with their first skip stone, only to be topped by a Slovakian hit-and-roll further into the four foot. A desperation runback attempt didn't work and Slovakia stole...
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...
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: 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
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 [...]
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