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TWINE TIME: #BetweenTheSheets: Scotties Red Marker Time
As Moving Day arrives at #STOH2017, the #TwineTime blog hands out the midterm report card. Who is making the grade and who has some work to do?
BRITISH CURLING: Day 3 – Scottish Championships Update
Day 3 - Scottish Championships Update Defending champions Team Brewster, Olympic silver medallists Team Murdoch and Grand Slam finalists Team Smith all claimed two wins apiece on day three of the Scottish Championships to boost their play-off prospects. Team Murdoch meanwhile also improved their position by beating World Junior Champions Team Mouat 9-2 and Team Fraser 5-3 leaving them on 4 wins and 2 losses. Team Hardie suffered their first loss of the tournament when they were beaten 3-2 by Team Smith and are now on 5 wins and 1 loss along with Team Smith and Team Brewster after beating Team Hamilton 6-3 in their second game of the day. In the women;'s event, defending champions Team Muirhead extended their unbeaten run in the tournament when they claimed another emphatic victory...
PLAYDOWNS: 2017 BC Senior Curling Championships start in Salmon Arm
By Rebecca Connop Price The best senior curlers in BC have gathered in Salmon Arm for the 2017 BC Senior Curling Championships. Eight men's teams and eight women's teams from across the province are vying for the opportunity to represent BC at the 2017 Canadian Senior Curling Championships in Fredericton, New Brunswick. On the men's [...]
CURLING LEGENDS PODCAST: Episode 17 - Ron Northcott
Ron Northcott was Alberta curling in the 1960s.  From 1963 to 1969, Ron (AKA "The Owl") won the Alberta Tankard six times, five as a skip.  He went on to win the Macdonald Brier in three of those appearances, ('66,'68 and '69) following each with a victory at the World Championship, including the first ever Air Canada Silver Broom in 1968.  Those Brier championship rinks each had a different third (George Fink, Jimmy Shields and Dave Gerlach), but the dominant front end of lead Fred Storey and second Bernie Sparkes were there to set up every end and sweep every last rock.  Ron will share his thoughts on some of those great final shots, along with his approach to strategy and early use of the corner guard.  We'll discuss Pee Wee Pickering, Hec...
CANOE: Northwest Territories on roll at Scotties
Northwest Territories on roll
WINNIPEG SUN:  Homan gets an extra layer of coaching
Adam Kingsbury is living a new dream.
CURL WITH MATH: Episode 17 - Ron Northcott
Ron Northcott was Alberta curling in the 1960s.;nbsp; From 1963 to 1969, Ron (AKA "The Owl") won the Alberta Tankard six times, five as a skip.;nbsp; He went on to win the Macdonald Brier in three of those appearances, ('66,'68 and '69) following each with a victory at the World;nbsp;Championship, including the first ever Air Canada Silver Broom in 1968.;nbsp; Those Brier championship rinks each had a different third (George Fink, Jimmy Shields and Dave Gerlach), but the dominant front end of lead Fred Storey and second Bernie Sparkes were there to set up every end and sweep every last rock.;nbsp; Ron will share his thoughts on some of those great final shots, along with his approach to strategy and early use of the corner guard.;nbsp; We'll discuss Pee Wee Pickering,...
CURLBC: 2017 BC Senior Curling Championships start in Salmon Arm
The best senior curlers in BC have gathered in Salmon Arm for the 2017 BC Senior Curling Championships. Eight men's teams and eight women's teams from across the province are vying for the opportunity to represent BC at the 2017 Canadian Senior Curling Championships in Fredericton, New Brunswick. On the men's side, most of the team that won last year's event will be back to defend their BC title. Kelowna's Rob Koffski will skip the team made up of defending champions Dave Stephenson (Kelowna), Don Freschi (Trail) and Fred Thomson (Nelson). The team made it through to the championship round at nationals last year when they were skipped by Bob Ursel. They will be joined in Salmon Arm by another team with a Kootenays connection - Team Kent, from Cranbrook and Elkford....
CURLING CANADA: Canada still working towards playoff berths at World Juniors
As the end of the round robin approaches, Team Canada's Kristen Streifel and Tyler Tardi still need a few more wins to lock up a spot in the playoffs of the 2017 World Junior Curling Championships in Gangneung, South Korea. Streifel and her Edmonton-based team of vice-skip Chantele Broderson, second Kate Goodhelpsen, lead Brenna Bilassy, ...
FROM THE HACK: Week 27 Recap
A recap of the action from Week 27 in the world of curling and a preview of Week 28.
CURL MANITOBA: Final Results - Chicken Chef Mixed Berth Bonspiels
CurlManitoba hosted the Winnipeg and Westman Chicken Chef Mixed Berth Bonspiels this weekend February 18-19, 2017 at the Thistle and Melita Curling Clubs. Berths were awarded for the 2017 Chicken Chef Mixed Provincial Championship which will take place at the Stonewall Curling Club March 23-26, 2017. Berths Awarded: Winnipeg (Thistle) Colin Kurz (Assiniboine Memorial) ;ndash; Sara Oliver, Brendan Bilawka, Rebecca CormierSean Grassie (Deer Lodge) ;ndash; Heather Maxted, Kennedy Bird, Meghan KnutsonDerek Oryniak (Granite) ;ndash; Karen Klein, Darren Oryniak, Michelle MaddenJoelle Brown (Assiniboine Memorial) ;ndash; Kevin Brown, Sydney Arnal, Stan PierreBraden Calvert (Deer Lodge) ;ndash; Beth Peterson, Kyle Kurz, Rebecca GordonDean Dunstone (Heather) ;ndash; Natale Harding, Peter Nicholls, Renee...
ONTARIO CURLING COUNCIL: The end of a career 
“Theres a time to persevere, and a time to let go. Your ability to know the difference will be your greatest source of strength.”;nbsp; Why is the idea of quitting something such a bad thing? It's vilified as one of the worst things you can do. It's perceived as a mark of failure, shame and weakness – especially in sports. The reality is that making the decision to leave a sport is never a black and white issue. In some cases it's worth it to push through the exhaustion and remain determined to endure those difficult moments in pursuit of success in your sport (or whatever it may be). However in other cases, it's simply the right thing to do to quit for the right reasons. All I ask is that people respect the decision to quit, and understand that quitting is not always...
THE ROCK STOPS HERE: February 17, 2017-So You Want to Become a Competitive Curler, Do you?
I've purposely taken a break from the blog during January because it's provincial playdown season. There's just way too much other stuff going on in the curling world to command your attention than my musings. Plus, a lot of you are doing two things: you're either licking wounds from failed playdown runs or you're watching all the results. It's to those of you watching, and not participating, to whom this blog is addressed. Now, I should clarify that previous sentence a bit. I'm referring to those of you who are not just watching but also wondering. Because you've had that moment, that epiphany
DON LANDRY: Scotties 2017: Contenders, challengers and long shots
Scotties 2017: Contenders, challengers and long shots
TWO GIRLS AND A GAME: Thoughts from Epping's coach, Post Playdown Shuffle, Brier Provincial Recap, Picks for Scotties
In this episode, the girls address the recent email from the coach of Team Epping, a disclaimer to all the elite level teams and the agony of the post playdown shuffle.  We also discuss the final Brier provincial playdowns and who we think will make the playoffs at the Scotties.
STONECAST: Ep. 19 - David Mcintyre/Tim McMahon
Scottish Men's 2017 Curling Tour to the USA at the St. Paul Curling Club! We interview David Mcintyre, Scottish curler who is Vice President of Ayr Curling Club and Ayr Curling Rink, about the tour and the quest for the Herries Maxwell trophy(5:03). We then talk to St. Paul Curling Club President Tim McMahon (16:30) about the tour and wood.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Terry Jones: Curling couple off to national championships
It's a Valentines Day sports story if there ever was one. Last June 18, Brad Thiessen married Alison Kotylak in a curling themed ceremony. Now they're going on curling honeymoons to the Scotties and the Brier. Understand, curlers marry curlers so frequently that the odds are likely better finding a mate by joining a curling club than signing up for a dating service. But this wedding became a LOVEly story Sunday in Westlock when Brad Thiessen won a trip to the Brier as second with Brendan Bottcher. Sitting in the stands watching was Alison Thiessen, his wife of seven months who is heading to the Scotties Tournament of Hearts this week as lead for Shannon Kleibrink. Now both will be going to the Scotties and the Brier, to curl in one and watch their mate in the other. A curling themed wedding?...
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.
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CURLING HISTORY: The station master's horse
In the 1800s, the railways brought curlers from far and wide to participate in Scotland's great bonspiels. Chief amongst these was the Grand Match. The Royal Club's pond at Carsebreck had its own halt on the nearby railway, see here, and curlers had only a short walk with their stones to get to the ice. Close access to a railway line enabled play on Lochmaben's Castle Loch, and on Castle Semple Loch at Lochwinnoch.In other places, although the railway brought participants close to a loch or curling pond, there was still some distance to be covered to get to the ice surface itself.Here's just one example. In January, 1892, planning was well advanced for the Northern Counties Provincial Curling Association's bonspiel on Loch-na-Sanais, near Inverness. The Association's...
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Hailey Armstrong's Ottawa curling team to play for Canadian junior women's title
An Ottawa curling team skipped by Hailey Armstrong will play for the Canadian junior women's curling championship in Victoria on Sunday. Armstrong and Rideau Curling Club teammates Grace Holyoke, Lindsay Dubue and Marcia Richardson downed Kristen Bailey Streifel's Alberta foursome 7-3 on Friday to cap a 10-0 run through group and championship-pool play. The Ontario representatives will face the winner of the Saturday semifinal between Alberta and Krysta Burns' Northern Ontario foursome. Armstrong's rink will be trying to become the first rink from the national capital to represent Canada in the world junior women's championship since Rachel Homan's Ottawa Curling Club foursome reached the final of the 2010 worlds in Flims, Switzerland. This year's world championship is scheduled for Feb. 16-26i...
KARWACKI: Q&A with Briane Meilleur
Briane Meilleur is a Canadian curler from Winnipeg, Manitoba. She is a two-time Manitoba Junior Women’s Provincial Champion and 2011 Canadian Junior Women’s bronze medallist. She currently skips her own team with Rhonda Varnes, Janelle Vachon, and Sarah Neufeld. She is seeded fourth going into the 2017 Manitoba Scotties Tournament of Hearts starting January 25.
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.
CURLINGZONE: 2 Girls: Canadian Open Recap, Top Stories, Breakups
The girls discuss their thoughts on the Meridian Canadian Open, the top 5 stories so far this season, Bottcher and Simmons parting ways and some upcoming events - the juniors and the Continental Cup.
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.
MIKE THE CURLING GUY: Mustard Yellow couches and other suff
As we approach the holidays –that magical time of year when competitive curlers try to reintroduce themselves into their family lives from which they have been absent for a few months (“Uhh kids – this is your Dad.
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.
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JILL'S HOUSE: Participation Medals
What do participation medals teach our children?
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...
COACH BILL: From Behind That Pane In The Glass
As you can see by the title, what follows is my two cents on what arguably is the hotest topic in the curling world, brushing! And, once again borrowing a line from one of my favourite movies, "The Sound of Music", let's "start at the very beginning"!But even before returning to yesteryear, I want to put on my "Conan the Grammarian" hat in stating that for the purpose of this blog, I'm drawing the distinction between sweeping ;amp; brushing as well as broom versus brush. Note to sport governing bodies, we no longer sweep with a broom (and have not done so for quite some time). We brush with, ahem, a brush! To use the terms "sweep" and "broom" is embarrassing! We should know better! With that off my chest, let's return to those...
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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