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PLAYDOWNS: Curling events partner to expand global tour
By Rebecca Connop Price The World Curling Tour (WCT) and Curling Champions Tour (CCT) have announced a formal merger, creating a truly global tour of some 170 championship curling events. Based in North America since 1992, the WCT has long been the ultimate competition circuit for all high-performance curling teams. Founded in 2005, the Europe-based [...]
SPORTSNET: 8 Ends: Homan, Jacobs sharp to the finish at GSOC Champions Cup
CALGARY — The 2016-17 Pinty's Grand Slam of Curling season went out with a bang at the Humpty's Champions Cup. With nothing but a four-month summer break ahead, the world's best emptied their arsenal during the year-ending tournament at WinSport Arena. Amidst a snowboarding halfpipe, bobsleigh track and skip jumps, Canada Olympic Park provided the perfect backdrop to cap the season and provide a bit of the atmosphere teams will be looking to replicate with the 2018 Winter Games on the horizon. Ottawa's Rachel Homan needed to make a raise for two with the last rock of the women's final to edge Sweden's Anna Hasselborg 5-4 and Brad Jacobs of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., outduelled Calgary's own Kevin Koe 6-2 to take the men's title in a heavyweight...
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Terry Jones: Sweeping changes to Brier, Scotties formats will make them more enjoyable
Nunavut will play seven round-robin games in the new Scotties and Brier format rolled out Tuesday by Curling Canada. And there will be no camouflaging that. But a creative twist will be introduced that will definitely add interest and appeal while the association proceeds with the politically correct decision to include Nunavut, Yukon and the Northwest Territories as fully accredited ‘provinces' in the two showcase events. Instead of the relegation system in which four teams competed in a mini-tournament prior to the Scotties and the Brier to admit one team to join the field for the normal nine-day competition, there will be a 16-team, two-pool round-robin format. To get to 16 teams, Curling Canada announced the creation of a new ‘play-in' game for the two top teams in season Canadian...
WINNIPEG SUN:  Curling Canada announces big changes to Brier, Scotties formats
There will be a play-in game to decide the 16th team at the men's and women's national curling championships next season.
CURLBC: Curling events partner to expand global tour
The World Curling Tour (WCT) and Curling Champions Tour (CCT) have announced a formal merger, creating a truly global tour of some 170 championship curling events. Based in North America since 1992, the WCT has long been the ultimate competition circuit for all high-performance curling teams. Founded in 2005, the Europe-based CCT has grown rapidly and now boasts all the trademarks of traditional WCT events, attracting larger sponsors and delivering professional webstreamed or televised coverage. Both tours have also recently expanded into the Pacific region, with high-powered curling championships now hosted in China, Korea and Japan. "This is a great day for the Roaring Game," said the WCT's Gerry Geurts from London, Ontario, Canada. "As we begin another Olympic curling...
CURLING CANADA: Format finalized for 16-team championships in 2018
A Friday night showdown will determine the 16th and final entries into the 2018 Tim Hortons Brier and Scotties Tournament of Hearts, it was announced today by Curling Canada. On the Friday night prior to the opening of round-robin play at both events, the top two teams from the Canadian Team Ranking System that didn't ...
CURL MANITOBA: Format finalized for 16-team Championships in 2018
A Friday night showdown will determine the 16th and final entries into the 2018 Tim Hortons Brier and Scotties Tournament of Hearts, it was announced today by Curling Canada. On the Friday night prior to the opening of round-robin play at both events, the top two teams from the Canadian Team Ranking System that didn;'t qualify out of their provincial/territorial championships will get a second chance at qualifying for the Canadian championship. It;'ll be a Wild Card Friday that will get the championship week at both events off to an exciting start, said Curling Canada Chief Executive Officer Katherine Henderson.;'We did extensive consultation with our Member Associations, the athletes and our partners at TSN, Tim Hortons and Kruger and everyone agreed that this was an ideal and positive solution...
THE CURLING NEWS BLOG: Curling Tours Partner for the Future
The World Curling Tour (WCT) and Curling Champions Tour (CCT) have announced a formal merger, creating a truly global tour of some 250 championship curling events.
CURLING HISTORY: Canadians in Scotland 1909
In 2009, Robin Copland wrote 'Curling in the Footsteps of History', looking back one hundred years to when Canadian curlers visited Scotland for the first time. Robin's booklet was reproduced on the Curling History blog in four parts, here, here, here and here.Recently I came across some interesting images which relate to that visit, but all raised questions that I was unable to answer. The photo above, from the Royal Caledonian Curling Club Annual for 1909-10 is simply titled 'En Route'. Where was this taken? Was it in Liverpool, as the tourists joined a special train to take them up to Edinburgh on January 16, once they had disembarked from the Empress of Ireland (here)?The report of the tour as published in the 1909-10 Annual notes that, "The curlers, after...
ONTARIO CURLING COUNCIL: Training tips for dryland brushing footwork practice
Several Ontario teams have acquired or built dryland footwork trainers to better develop their closed brushing footwork technique during the summer months, so that they are trained and ready-to-go when ice becomes available in the fall. Note: the Junior curling season will be here before you know it; the first week of the Trillium Curling Camp at K-W Granite is only six weeks away! What follows are some training tips and coaching hints for those teams using a footwork trainer this summer. Technique The idea behind the footwork trainer, of course, is to mimic the ideal brushing footwork when brushing in the closed position. I originally designed the trainer to copy the two-stone on-ice footwork drill, as shown above. In the above photograph, Kirsten Marshall of the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks...
TWINE TIME: BetweenTheSheets with Danielle Inglis
From Junior -> 2xCIS -> 2018 Ontario Mixed, Danielle Inglis has found success on the ice while also giving back off of it!
BRITISH CURLING: Muirhead and Smith to Skip Team GB's Curling Rinks at PyeongChang 2018
Muirhead and Smith to Skip Team GB's Curling Rinks at PyeongChang 2018The first Team GB athletes selected for the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games have been announced today with ten curlers named by the British Olympic Association. Team Smith (Men) and Team Muirhead (Women) earned their official selection as the leading British men;'s and women;'s curling rinks in the World Curling Tour rankings when the 2017/18 season gets underway. Team Muirhead, bronze medallists at this year;'s World and European Championships, will be aiming to improve on their bronze at the last Winter Olympics in Sochi in 2014, a result that saw Eve Muirhead enter the record books as the youngest skip to win a medal at an Olympic Games. Muirhead is accompanied by Sochi team mates Anna Sloan (third) and...
TWO GIRLS AND A GAME: ICYMI - Mike Harris Interview
In this past episode recorded in September 2016, the girls conducted their first interview with the ever entertaining Mike Harris.  The discussion included Mike's experience at the Olympics, coaching Team Tom Brewster and his thoughts on various curlers.
THE ROCK STOPS HERE: An Old Chinese Curse and Tom Shypitka...
May you live in interesting times..." -old Chinese curse, author and date unknown Why the cryptic reference to some old curse? Well, tomorrow could see the beginning of a very interesting period in BC politics. And while I never envisioned a blog post about the recent Provincial election I can't resist. Because a curler finds himself smack-dab in the middle of it all.
BLOG: Grueling Truth: Olympic Hopefuls
Join James Ernest as he interviews United States Olympic Curling hopefuls Jenna Haag and Taylor Anderson.
JILL'S HOUSE: Becoming an honourary Siberian
Jill Officer details her trip to the Arctic Curling Cup, eight arctic nation women’s teams playing in Dudinka, Russia for a total prize purse of US $100,000!
STONECAST: Ep. 22 - Rick Crotty
This week on StoneCast, we smash s^;* up with Rick Crotty, a club curler at the St. Paul Curling Club. We begin with some metal talk (2:25) and discuss Rick's unexpected intro to curling. We learn about the lauded Lysne/Crotty Metal Cup--who won this year?-- and talk about fundamentally changing things in St. Paul with the XCL and Lingerie Curling League. Rick tells us about intimidation tactics (12:00) and throwin' a few bombs in Maplewood--"It's a rock concert, let's get something straight here!" Last, we share some fight stories and hear about the ECE--Erotic Curling Edge (25:00). Warning to our family listeners; there is some explicit material throughout.
BURNED STONE: Participation in Newfoundland Tankard To Sky Rocket in 2018
FROM THE HACK: Weekly Curling Report
This week we recap the World Mixed Doubles, World Seniors and the Humpty's Champions Cup. We also interview Brad Jacobs (Champions Cup), Jeff Stoughton (World Mixed Doubles), Colleen Jones (World Seniors) and Logan Gray (European season).
CANOE: Brad Jacobs, Rachel Homan finish off season in style
One win out of three tries wasn't exactly an appealing average for Brad Jacobs.
KARWACKI: quick 5 with carruthers
Reid Carruthers is a Canadian curler. He skips his own team based out of Winnipeg, Manitoba. Carruthers has won the 2016 Canada Cup of Curling, 2017 WFG Continental Cup of Curling as part of Team North America, and the 2017 Canadian Mixed Doubles Curling Championship. He is currently representing Canada at the 2017 World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship in Lethbridge, Alberta with Joanne Courtney.
YORK URBANIST: TOTAL SUM GAIN
Adapting to changes in the sport of curling will reduce the threat that is posited by doomsayers. Curling has emerged as both a sport and a recreation, but it is the recreation side that attracts 95% of your market.
CURLING LEGENDS PODCAST: Episode 23 - Paul Savage, Part 2
In Part 2 of my conversation with Paul Savage, we'll cover the 1987 Olympic Curling Trials and the controversy surrounding the qualification process.   We talk about the early days of the Skins format, the Battle of the Sexes and Paul's experience as fifth man with the Mike Harris Rink during their run to a Silver Medal at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan.  There are a few extras after our talk as well.  Paul shares stories from the Kurl for Kids Celebrity Bonspiel, Men With Brooms, the World Lefthanders Curling Championship and explains how to perform the plate dance.  At the very end is an excerpt from Episode 8 where Warren Hansen discusses his version of the 1987 Trials, which I reference with Paul at the beginning of the show.
CURL WITH MATH: Episode 23 - Paul Savage, Part 2
In Part 2 of my conversation with Paul Savage, we'll cover the 1987 Olympic Curling Trials and the controversy surrounding the qualification process. ;nbsp; We talk about the early days of the Skins format, the Battle of the Sexes and Paul's experience as fifth man with the Mike Harris Rink during their run to a Silver Medal at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan. ;nbsp;There are a few extras after our talk as well. ;nbsp;Paul shares stories from the Kurl for Kids Celebrity Bonspiel, Men With Brooms, the World Lefthanders Curling Championship;nbsp;and explains how to perform the plate dance.;nbsp; At the very end is an excerpt from Episode 8 where Warren Hansen discusses his version of the 1987 Trials, which I;nbsp;reference;nbsp;with Paul at the;nbsp;beginning;nbsp;of the show.Check...
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...
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.
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...
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.
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...
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....
RANDOM CURLING THOUGHTS: The Short House
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!https://ca.sports.yahoo.com/blogs/eh-game/brier-2015--contenders--challengers-and-long-shots-184308457.htmlTell 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 treated http://t.co/mztiwkzzmuâ€;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....
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;http://www.rhphoto.net/arenanatsIn 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;http://www.rhphoto.net/stpaulcash2015I 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;http://www.rhphoto.net/p713273371 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,...
WHEELCHAIR CURLING: WWW.WCBLOG2.COM
We have developed a NEW website for the blog 2.You will still have everything you like including the ability for you to submit comments.We would like to thank you for using this site to tell your stories and submit your ideas!As the sport grows so do we! We hope you like our new site!www.wcblog2.com
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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