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BRITISH CURLING: Team Muirhead Crowned Glynhill Ladies International Champions
Team Muirhead Crowned Glynhill Ladies International ChampionsTeam Muirhead have ended the long wait for a home winner at the Glynhill Ladies International at Braehead, beating Switzerland;'s Team Paetz 8-3 in the final. Claiming their second podium finish on home ice in recent months after winning bronze at the European Championships in November, Team Muirhead again had to take on some of the best international teams assembled at the venue for the 10th hosting of this event to reach the final. Speaking after her match against the rink skipped by Alina Paetz, whose recent form saw them win the Bernese Ladies Cup last weekend, skip Eve Muirhead noted that she knew they faced stiff opposition for the silverware. ;'It;'s always nice to win at home,;rdquo; she said. ;'Alina won last week...
PLAYDOWNS: Missed the action? Watch it again
By Rebecca Connop Price 2017 Scotties BC Women's Curling Championship, Presented by Best Western The post Missed the action? Watch it again appeared first on Curl BC. Source:: https://www.curlbc.ca/missed-action-watch/       
CURLING LEGENDS PODCAST: Episode 11 - Rod Hunter
Rod Hunter now resides in Viking, Alberta, made famous for a local family with six brothers who all played in the NHL.  Rod, AKA "The Arrow", found his curling fame in Manitoba, where he qualified for the Brier 4 times from 1970 to 1975, winning twice as vice for Don Duguid.  That same Duguid rink also captured back-to-back Air Canada Silver Broom World Championships in 1970 and '71, going undefeated in 17 straight games.  Rod will share his experiences from those events, the near misses in other seasons, explain why he originally changed from a tuck slide to flat foot and reveal the origins of the Bauer curling shoe.  You'll hear how that Duguid championship run nearly never happened, the reason they stopped at their peak, and how they reunited for the 100th...
SPORTSNET: McCarville tops Fleury to defend Northern Ontario title
Krista McCarville has booked a return trip to the Scotties Tournament of Hearts. McCarville successfully defended the Northern Ontario title outlasting Tracy Fleury 10-6 during Saturday's final in Nipigon. The Thunder Bay-based team of McCarville, third Kendra Lilly, second Ashley Sippala and lead Sarah Potts earned silver at last season's Scotties and will represent Northern Ontario again at the upcoming nationals running Feb. 18-26 in St. Catharines, Ont. WE'RE GOING TO THE SCOTTIES!!! Thank you to Nipigon for hosting a great event! #northernontario pic.twitter.com/kYFMLZmIbR ;mdash; Team McCarville (@TeamMcCarville) January 22, 2017 It was a rubber match final with Fleury, from Sudbury, and McCarville splitting wins during the four-team, double round-robin portion. Both teams advanced...
CURLING HISTORY: The T B Murray Trophy
;nbsp;Thomas Blackwood Murray was one of the best curlers in the first half of the twentieth century in Scotland. He played second in the GB team, skipped by Willie Jackson, which won the first gold medals to be awarded for curling at the 1924 Olympic Winter Games in Chamonix. These days his name is most often remembered in association with the 'Murray Trophy', above, which is being played for this very week (January 18-22, 2017) as the Scottish Junior Men's Championship is contested at Curl Aberdeen.Murray was born October 3, 1877, in Biggar, South Lanarkshire. He came from a farming background and began curling at his local curling club at the end of the nineteenth century. His father, R G Murray, was a prominent curler of the time. Tom Murray was a member of the Scottish...
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Team North America wins Continental Cup in Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS —;nbsp;It's been quite some time since Team North America felt defeat. Team North America stretched its victory streak against Team World to five straight years by capturing the 2017 Continental Cup on Sunday. A steep-angle double takeout by Winnipeg's Reid Carruthers sealed the deal in the fourth end of his game against Team World's Niklas Edin of Sweden, setting off a wild on-ice celebration with his North American teammates. The final margin for North America in the race to 30.5 points was 37-23, leaving Team World in the runner-up position yet again — a role it's had to endure since its last victory in 2012 at Langley, B.C.
CURL WITH MATH: Episode 11 - Rod Hunter
Rod Hunter now resides in Viking, Alberta, made famous for a local family with six brothers who all played in the NHL.;nbsp; Rod, AKA "The Arrow", found his curling fame in Manitoba, where he qualified for the Brier 4 times from 1970 to 1975, winning twice as vice for Don Duguid.;nbsp; That same Duguid rink also captured back-to-back Air Canada Silver Broom World Championships in 1970 and '71, going undefeated in 17 straight games. ;nbsp;Rod will share his experiences from those events, the near misses in other seasons, explain why he originally changed from a tuck slide to flat foot and reveal the origins of the Bauer curling shoe. ;nbsp;You'll hear how that Duguid championship run nearly never happened, the reason they stopped at their peak, and how they reunited for the...
CURLBC: 2017 BC Scotties final – Mallett vs Gushulak
The ice is pebbled and the players are ready - and now two BC women's team will battle for the opportunity to represent the province at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts Canadian Women's Curling Championship. The showdown will feature Team Gushulak, who battled through a tiebreaker, the page 3 vs 4 playoffs and the semi-finals to earn the right to fight for the title. They'll be up against Team Mallett, the top-seeded team in round robin play who won a bye to the final after Saturday afternoon's page 1 vs 2 playoffs. The action takes place at the Glen Harper Curling Centre in Duncan. But if fans cannot make the trip to Duncan, they can view the final four games on Shaw TV or on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/c/ShawTVNanaimo/live. Team Mallett features skip Marla Mallett...
CURLING CANADA: Schmirler’s legacy lives on at 2017 Canadian Junior Championships
VICTORIA â€;quot; By now, this is familiar territory for Sara England. Different last name, of course, but that legacy of her mother, the late Sandra Schmirler, is never far from her. So, as she stepped off the ice Sunday morning at the Archie Browning Sports Centre, moments after her Saskatchewan team, skipped by Kaitlyn Jones, ...
CURL MANITOBA: 2017 Scotties Tournament of Hearts presented by Monsanto
For Immediate ReleaseJanuary 19, 2017Winnipeg, MB CurlManitoba is hosting the 2017 Scotties Tournament of Hearts presented by Monsanto January 25-29 at the Eric Coy Arena in Winnipeg, MB. The top 16 Women's teams in Manitoba will compete for an opportunity to represent Manitoba at the 2017 Canadian Scotties Tournament of Hearts in St Catherines, ON February 18-26. Once again, CurlManitoba is pleased to partner with Sportsnet.The broadcast schedule will be as follows:January 29;ndash; Sunday ;ndash;;nbsp; 9:00am local Sportsnet (East, Ontario, West, and Pacific) ;ndash; SemifinalJanuary 29 ;ndash; Sunday ;ndash; 3:00pm local Sportsnet One ;ndash; Final On-air personalities will be Rob Faulds with Chelsea Carey and Jeff Stoughton. The Top 5 Seeds are:1) Team Jones2) Team Einarson3) Team...
ONTARIO CURLING COUNCIL: 2016-2017 Quest for Gold – Ontario Athlete Assistance Program – Draft List of Ontario Card Nomin
;nbsp; 2016-2017 Quest for Gold - Ontario Athlete Assistance Program Draft List of Ontario Card Nominations Announced! January 19, 2017  The Ontario Curling Council is pleased to announce a draft list of athletes and alternates who have been nominated for Ontario Cards under the 2016-2017 Quest for Gold – Ontario Athlete Assistance Program (OAAP). The athletes nominated were selected using the sport specific selection criteria developed by the Ontario Curling Council, approved by its Board of Directors and applied by (the) Selection Committee. Full Cards Lynne Kreviazuk Clancy Grandy Sarah Potts Pat Janssen Matt Camm Scott Chadwick ;nbsp;  Full Card Alternates Ashley Sippala David Staples   Half Cards Katie Cottrill Nicole Westlund Stewart Tyler Stewart Chris Glibota  ...
FROM THE HACK: Week 22 Recap
A recap of Week 22 of the 2016-17 curling season and a preview of Week 23.
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.
YORK URBANIST: Sustainable Curling - The 40-60 demographic
They are the leading edge of the technology generation. If they did not pick up on the computer in the 1980’s, then they quickly learned about the internet to maintain a connection with their children. And they can afford the technology after spending twenty and more years in their careers. These are parents. Their children are millennials and Generation X, many of whom are in their Connected Cocoons.
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.
TWINE TIME: BetweenTheSheets w/ Catlin Schneider
Schneider is synonymous with curling success. Catlin Schneider is a multi-sport athlete ready to turn up the heat on the ice...and ban the tick shot?!
TWO GIRLS AND A GAME: Canadian Open Recap, top stories of the season so far, break ups
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.
CANOE: Brad Gushue roars back after battling various injury issues
Brad Gushue's on-ice face plant - and the resulting concussion - made national headlines in 2015 with the Olympic champion needing seven stitches to close a gaping wound over his swollen right eye.
WINNIPEG SUN:  Brad Gushue roars back after battling various injury issues
Brad Gushue's on-ice face plant - and the resulting concussion - made national headlines in 2015 with the Olympic champion needing seven stitches to close a gaping wound over his swollen right eye.
DON LANDRY: Gushue thrives, Scheidegger arrives at the Canadian Open
Gushue thrives, Scheidegger arrives at the Canadian Open
THE CURLING SHOW: Heath McCormick from The Meridian Canadian Open.
He was my teammate and skipped our rink to the US Men's title in 2012. He's also a good friend and now skipping the top-ranked US team in the Year-to-Date Order of Merit rankings on the World Curling Tour, with a young front end that includes Thomas Howell, who grew up curling at my home club here in New Jersey. So there's some history between us, and I was glad to have a chance to catch up with Heater before he took to the ice in the first appearance at a Grand Slam for his 2016-17  lineup. If you wanted Fit to Curl in paperback but couldn't get it because it every last copy has been sold, then check out the  Kindle version. Yes, the Sport-Specific Guide to Training for the World's Greatest Game, written by John Morris, is now available in a version that...
THE ROCK STOPS HERE: December 20, 2014
If you’re wondering why you’re reading an entry titled December 20th, 2014 on January 3rd, 2017 you’ll just have to read until the end. And if you recall my very first post, I warned you this blog was about more than just curling. This entry is neither happy nor funny and, other than a brief mention at the end, has almost nothing to do with curling.
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.
STONECAST: Ep. 18 - John Bauer
We speak with a John Bauer, one of the founding members of Fogerty Arena and the Four Seasons Curling Club in Blaine. First we hit the mail bag and answer a listener's challenge (1:53), then we discuss the weight room at Fogerty Arena, named after our guest (7:10). John tells us the origins of the facility, we talk a little smelt fry, and discuss how Four Seasons got built (8:40 - 24:30). We talk a little curling in the high schools (29:00) as well as effective additive ingredients for cement block (32:00).
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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KARWACKI: Q&A with Jill Officer
Jill Officer is a Canadian curler from Winnipeg, Manitoba. She is a 5-time Scotties Tournament of Hearts Champion, 2008 World Champion, and 2014 Olympic gold medallist. Check out my interview with her below!
JILL'S HOUSE: Participation Medals
What do participation medals teach our children?
NERDCURL: NerdCurl - Make A Rule Change
The NFL changed the extra point in 2015. What if curling did something similar?
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...
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Brush-head testing in Kemptville key to future of curling
Say you're a curling brush. Do you have a future in the sport? You may not know that today, but you should know by September, when World Curling Federation members meeting in Stockholm are expected to vote on rules based on data being collected during this week's “Sweeping Summit” in Kemptville, just south of Ottawa. Some brands will receive the thumbs-up, but others undoubtedly will fall short of approval. Their fate lies to a large extent in the hands of 11 of the world's best curlers and National Research Council experts;nbsp;who are using laser technology and even a “robot” rock-thrower to measure the impact of more than 50 different brushes on the path of rocks as they slide down the ice. Participating athletes on Wednesday sounded a chorus of support for not only...
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!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....
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;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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