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BRITISH CURLING: Team Muirhead Set For Title Defence At EDF Energy City of Perth Ladies International
Team Muirhead Set For Title Defence At EDF Energy City of Perth Ladies International Team Muirhead will get their title defence underway at the EDF Energy City of Perth Ladies International at Dewars Centre tomorrow (30 March ;ndash; 2 April), having just returned from the World Championships in Beijing where they won bronze. In what has been a busy few weeks for the Scottish quartet who completed their eastern mission by qualifying Team GB a place at the next Winter Olympics, must overcome their jet-lag quickly if they are to repeat last year;'s success against what is a powerful field. With nine of the world;'s top 25 in attendance only Swtizerland;'s Team Tirinzoni are currently higher ;ndash; at no.3 ;ndash; than the fifth ranked defending champions, while a powerful, four rink Swiss...
SPORTSNET: Homan, Gushue to open GSOC Players’ Championship in Toronto
Fresh after winning the worlds, Ottawa's Rachel Homan now sets her sights on the WestJet Players' Championship. The Pinty's Grand Slam of Curling announced the full draw schedule Monday for the fourth and final major of the 2016-17 season running April 11-16 at Ryerson's Mattamy Athletic Centre in Toronto (live TV coverage begins April 13 on Sportsnet). Homan, who completed a historic 13-0 run Sunday in Beijing to win the world championship, kicks off the WestJet Players' Championship taking on Bingyu Wang of China in the first draw. Scotland's Eve Muirhead, who earned bronze at the worlds, will also be on the ice for opening night and plays Edmonton's Val Sweeting. Muirhead captured the Players' Championship during the previous three occasions Ryerson's...
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Support from home felt all the way to China by world champs
They beamed as;nbsp;they came down the escalator at Ottawa International Airport. Emma Miskew and Lisa Weagle said they hadn't expected the large crowd that greeted them at the airport Monday evening after helping Rachel Homan's team win a;nbsp;world women's curling championship in Beijing. “It's hard to describe the feeling,” said Weagle, the team's lead. “We knew a few people were going to be here and see our families, but we had no idea that the reception was going to be quite as big as it is, so we are really thrilled to see so many people.”;nbsp; Miskew agreed.;nbsp; “It's very moving,” the team's third;nbsp;said. “I know we had support from far away even though we were on the complete other side of the world, so we were in a little bit of a bubble...
WINNIPEG SUN:  No 'Pants' but new Norway men's curling champs sure to f
No pants.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: No 'Pants' but new Norway men's curling champs sure to fit right in at world champion
No pants. Norway is sending a team to the Edmonton 2017 Ford World Curling Championship that isn't going to be wearing ‘The Pants'. And some might consider that a real blow to the drawing power of the event. ‘The Pants' came to have real drawing power. It was in Vancouver at practice prior to the 2010 Olympic Winter Games that two reporters sat behind the house watching Team Norway practise. That was the first time they wore ‘The Pants.' “Do we dare wear them in the Olympics?” inquired skip Thomas Ulsrud. The scribes – Al Cameron, then of the Calgary Herald, and your correspondent – both gave him an enthusiastic thumbs-up. “That was good advice you gave up,” Ulsrud said at the most recent Canadian Ford World Curling Championships two years...
TWO GIRLS AND A GAME: Women's World Championships and Elite 10
In this episode, the girls discuss the outcome of the Women's World Championships and the dominating performance of Team Canada.  They also take a closer look at Joanne Courtney and her journey with this team.  Other topics in this episode include the timing and format of the Elite 10 and Team Carruther's new commercial.
PLAYDOWNS: BC Senior Women curlers awarded bronze at nationals
By Rebecca Connop Price The BC Senior Women's team from Qualicum and District Curling Centre have come back from Fredricton with bronze medals. The team featuring skip Lynne Noble, third Penny Shantz, second Colleen Robson, lead Kathy Branch and alternate Jackie Clement had a fantastic start at the 2017 Everest Canadian Seniors Curling Championships in [...]
CANOE: Rachel Homan returns home with perfect record and world curling gold
Rachel Homan and Joanne Courtney had been tipped off. There would be a significant representation of Edmonton media waiting for them when they climbed off the final leg of the flight from Beijing here Monday.
CURLING CANADA: Career Opportunity: Head Ice Technician, Mayflower Curling Club
We are inviting interested parties to submit a proposal for the provision of ice installation and maintenance services for the 2017/2018 curling season. We will consider a contract for services or an employer/employee relationship. More information can be found here:
CURLBC: BC Senior Women curlers awarded bronze at nationals
The BC Senior Women's team from Qualicum and District Curling Centre have come back from Fredricton with bronze medals. The team featuring skip Lynne Noble, third Penny Shantz, second Colleen Robson, lead Kathy Branch and alternate Jackie Clement had a fantastic start at the 2017 Everest Canadian Seniors Curling Championships in New Brunswick and headed into the championship round undefeated. In the championship round, a loss to Alberta's Team King and Saskatchewan's Team Anderson meant they needed a win against Manitoba. It was no easy feat to beat Manitoba's Team Ursel, but they pulled off a 7-3 victory. The win put them in the semis against Ontario, where they lost 4-7. They would have to face Team Alberta to take home a medal. But this time they avenged their loss earlier...
FROM THE HACK: Weekly Curling Report
Our Weekly Curling Report this week includes a recap of Week 32 along with the following interviews - Reid Carruthers, Marc Kennedy, Isabella Wrana (World Jr Champ), J.D. Lind (Japanese coach) & Adam Boland (Canadian Univ. Champion)
CURLING LEGENDS PODCAST: Episode 22 - Paul Savage, Part 1
Paul Savage always believed curling should be a fun game.  From his early days at the Parkway Club, he learned from Alfie Phillips Jr. how to generate points from drawing around guards.  The result was his nickname "The Round Mound of Come Around", and four Brier appearances as skip for Ontario during the 1970s.  For three of those events, the squad included a young firefighter from Benito, Manitoba.  Ed Werenich would leave Paul's rink near the end of the 70s, but they would rejoin in 1982 to create the "Dream Team" with John Kawaja and Neil Harrison.  They would win the Brier and World Championship in 1983, taking home loads of cash and leaving legendary tales in their wake.   In Part 1 of our conversation, Paul shares stories of his youth, early...
CURL WITH MATH: Episode 22 - Paul Savage, Part 1
Paul Savage always believed curling should be a fun game.;nbsp; From his early days at the Parkway Club, he learned from Alfie Phillips Jr. how to generate points from drawing around guards.;nbsp; The result was his nickname "The Round Mound of Come Around", and four Brier appearances as skip for Ontario during the 1970s. ;nbsp;For three of those events, the squad included a young firefighter from Benito, Manitoba. ;nbsp;Ed Werenich would leave Paul's rink near the end of the 70s, but they would rejoin in 1982 to create the "Dream Team" with John Kawaja and Neil Harrison. ;nbsp;They would win the Brier and World Championship in 1983, taking home loads of cash and leaving legendary tales in their wake.;nbsp;In Part 1 of our conversation, Paul shares stories of his youth,...
CURL MANITOBA: Final Results - Chicken Chef Mixed Provincial Championship
CurlManitoba hosted the Chicken Chef Mixed Provincial Championship from March 23-26, 2017 at the Stonewall Curling Club.;nbsp; Sixteen teams competed to represent Manitoba at the 2018 Canadian Mixed Curling ;nbsp;Championship being held in Swan River, Manitoba from November 12-18, 2017. Congratulations to Team Dunstone (East St. Paul ) on winning the bonspiel this weekend.;nbsp; The team personnel are: Dean Dunstone (East St. Paul) ;ndash; Natale Harding, Peter Nicholls, Renee Fletcher, fifth Matt Dunstone, sixth Colleen Kilgallen March 26 2017, 6:00 PMDEAN DUNSTONE,(5) vs SEAN GRASSIE,(4) Click here for results.
THE ROCK STOPS HERE: So You Want To Be A Competitive Curler? Part Two: Getting Down to Work
So, have you had your fill of Gushue and Homan? Gorged on curling coverage on the Glass Teat? Inspired by all of it to jump on your own personal Rocinante, brandish your CCA approved brush like a lance and gallop off to battle windmills? Congratulations, you're ready to get to work.
MIKE THE CURLING GUY: Cloning, Double Rye and Coke and Investing with a Porpoise
Okay…have not blogged in forever, My apologies, but watching the Brier on TV, and playing at the Club has gotten me back in it, so here goes.
CURLING HISTORY: More from 1979. To see ourselves ... as others see us
I wrote recently about the Royal Bank Ladies World Curling Championship in 1979 (the first world women's championship, see here) and noted that the programme contained two pages with a montage of cartoons entitled 'To see ourselves ... as others see us'. I rather liked these, and, as they are not well known, I've extracted them to reproduce here.;nbsp;;nbsp;Who drew these? I don't know.;nbsp; The signature looks like A. I 79. Can anyone identify the artist?;nbsp; It raises a smile to see these now, and I hope no-one is offended by them. It is important to remember that just thirty-some years ago, there were many in the media and in the general populace making disparaging comments about curling. Women's curling especially was seen as something of a joke. How things...
DON LANDRY: Edmonton Eskimo Sean Whyte is all over that thing called curling
Included: That time Rachel Homan beat him in a FG kicking contest...
TWINE TIME: BetweenTheSheets: Switzerland Chasing History
The World Women's Curling Championships hit the ice in Beijing. #TwineTime offers full preview/predictions PLUS the impact on 2018 Winter Olympic qualifying.
STONECAST: Ep. 20 - Dick and Paula Arnold
What did you do after the war--World War II, that is? Paula Arnold was on the vanguard of women's curling in St. Paul, supported by her husband, Dick, and a band of merry curlers. This week, we've got Dick and Paula Arnold. Tune in for some early Winter Carnival bonspiel talk (they founded it, 1:56); the start of women's curling in St. Paul (6:46); curling with the East Coast (Elitists!) at Ardsley, St. Andrews, and Broomstones Curling Clubs(15:31); hear a bit about Kerr Dunlop, physical culturalist and the St. Paul Saints' biggest fan (17:17); then wrap with some bonspiel tales (punchbowls of martinis?! - 26:20), and a few stories about the Goodwill Bonspiel via single-prop jet (28:40).
YORK URBANIST: Mid-Season Curling Club Tasks
If you are a four-sheet or smaller club, the management of the facility and programs lies with a volunteer board. If that is the case, add to that checklist all the contracts with food, drink, ice-making, and building maintenance.
KARWACKI: Q&A with Kate Cameron
Q&A with Kate Cameron
CURLINGZONE: Cheating Controversy in Switzerland
Swiss Mixed Doubles champions Martin Rios and Jenny Perret under fire after video shows possible cheating in important round-robin game.
JILL'S HOUSE: Losing in Competitive Sports
Canadian Olympic gold medallist and Winnipeg mom Jill Officer gives us a twice-monthly look behind the scenes of her dual life in her blog, Jill’s House.
COACH BILL: The Art of the Time Out
Yes, I know, it's been more than awhile since I've put fingers to keyboard on my blog site. Thank you to the many who have sent emails and made telephone calls to inquire if I was, well, OK! I doubt I've never been fully OK, but thanks, I'm fine!;nbsp;So what's the reason for the no blogs for several months? I made a deal with myself that I wouldn't write just for the sake of writing. If there wasn't something to say, I wasn't going to say it! But now there is and it's time to reach into the electronic mailbag to answer an email sent from someone for whom I have great respect. His name is John Newhook from one of my favourite cities in Canada, Halifax. I had the joy of spending an afternoon with John at the iconic Mayflower CC as he walked me through...
ONTARIO CURLING COUNCIL: OCC, Curl ON and NOCA endorse New Charitable Tax Receipting Program for Clubs
The;nbsp;Ontario Curling Council and its members, Curl ON and Northern Ontario Curling Association (NOCA) have endorsed the National Sport Trust Fund – Ontario as a revenue generation program through which donors can receive charitable tax receipts for qualifying donations. ;nbsp; Clubs can fundraise for infrastructure, equipment, programs – anything that supports the National Amateur Sports System. ;nbsp;Bonspiels, dinners, golf tournaments are all great ideas to raise funds for your project and the National Sport Trust Fund – Ontario has tools to help clubs do so and still meet all charitable tax requirements. ;nbsp;Donors of goods and services may also be eligible for tax receipts. The program is administered by SPORT4ONTARIO, and is available to only clubs affiliated with...
BLOG: Michelle Englot on Hustler & Lawless
Team Manitoba skip Michelle Englot joins Hustler & Lawless to discuss her team’s run to the gold medal round of the 2017 Scotties, joining the team from Regina, and the plans to stick with the team for Olympic qualification.
NERDCURL: Twitter Predicts A McCormick Steamroller In Day 2 2017 USA Nationals Results
In case you have missed what is going on, Twitter has predicted the outcome of the February 12 Mens and Womens Round Robin games two days early in our completely scientific NerdCurl US Curling Twitter National Championships.
THE SCOTCH: The 2017 WFG Continental Cup cont..
Team North America's lead heading into this final day seems insurmountable but don't tell that to the mostly European Team World supporters. They remember the "Meltdown at Medina" and are hoping for the curling equivalent upset. Fortunately for the North American's there isn't really a disastrous alliterative term I can think of that works with Vegas. However, much to the liking of TSN and the Orleans ticket gate there is still plenty to play for. Pride is always good, especially with so many fans still cheering (sans Packer fans). But more importantly each game and end has some cash money tied to it which could seem pretty useful if you curl for a living and spending your last night in Vegas.
BACKSEAT GAFFER: US Curling Power Rankings - January 3, 2017
The back half of the 2016-2017 curling season kicks off this week with the Meridian Canadian Open on the World Curling Tour and the USA Nationals Challenge Rounds taking place closer to home. A preview of the challenge rounds, highlights from an interview with Thomas Howell (lead for the top-ranked Heath McCormick rink) as their team embarks on its first Grand Slam of Curling event, and the updated rankings are on-tap in this week’s edition.
BELFRY CURLING: Juniors (U21) entries down but in other events revamped curling playdowns appear solid
FLYING V: Curling Canada Club Curler corruption
e premise of this article is to vocalize my disdain for the current format, not necessarily the structure for which the bonspiel is set up but more precisely the flawed qualification process that has been implemented to secure a spot in this event.
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.
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....
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...
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...
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.
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,...
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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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