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10-04-17 09:46AM
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Predictions thread

This is a thread i thought i would start that would be fun. just a place where we can make predictions about what teams we think will make playoffs in the various events going on over the weekend. Then once playoffs start we can predict outcome of playoff matches.

Mens events:

Direct Horizontal Drilling Fall Classic

Brendan bottcher
reid carruthers
kevin koe
steve laycock
jason gunnlaugson
john morris
rui liu
adam casey

Stu tells toronto tankard

greg balsdon
john epping
brad gushue
tanner horgan
chang-min kim
thomas ulsrud
william lyburn
glenn howard

St.paul cashspiel

craig brown
todd birr
brady clark
dylan johnston
heath mccormick
andrew stopera
alex leichter
colin koivula

as soon as the team lists for the other 2 events are available i'll made my predictions

Womens events:

Autumn gold classic

chelsea carey
val sweeting
jenniffer jones
rachel homan
kerri einarson
michelle englot
un chi gim
kelsey rocque

Womens masters basel

binia feltscher
hannah flemming
eunjung kim
anna kubeskova
eve muirhead
anna sidorova
briar huerlimann
bingyu wang

Stu tells toronto tankard

julie tippin
sherry middaugh
krista mccarville
jacqueline harrison
tracy fleury
eve belisle
mary-anne arsenault
danielle inglis

again, when he team listings for the remaining events become available i will make my predictions

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We can all play the prediction game every weekend with the cash events, provincial championships, nationals, worlds & this year, The Olympics.

For me the only thing that matters - THE BIG PREDICTION IF YOU WILL - is the Olympic Womens Final. At this point, and obviously I'm not going out on much of a limb - THE OLYMPIC FINAL WILL FEATURE:
RACHEL HOMAN (CANADA) VS. ALINA PAETZ (SWITZERLAND)
The bronze medal game should feature Scotland's Eve Muirhead vs. Sweden's Anna Hasselborg.
Note: that in this supposed final - both lady skips are the most known killers on the circuit. Homan - goes without saying. Her reputation precedes her. Paetz has a couple years of minor inconsistencies since taking the scalp of Jennifer Jones a few years back at worlds.
Now, it appears she's back in full force, taking names and in full Ladyhawke mode.
Muirhead is also a killer but doesn't have the Eve Army she needs to compete with Raytch & Paetz. Hasselborg might be the most talented team overall in this group - but her reputation as a non-killer prevents her from rising to pure greatness.

Paetz should get a stubborn test in the Swiss championships. While Silvana Tirinzoni is always a threat - the real threat is the other top swiss ladies team.

In Canada - the Olympic playdowns should almost book a berth in the finals for Homan - while letting the other teams vie for the designated opponent status. Jones & Sweeting bring the best teams (on paper) into the event other than Team Homan - but Jones has morphed into a wildly inconsistent performer who's increasingly leaning on the time clock, timeouts and redundant strategy discussions. Sweeting has more flow to her strategy than JJ - Val's main problem is still Val - who while still a top skip - stutters badly at the worst possible times.

In a Jones-Sweeting confrontation no leads are safe - lots of volatile lead changes, big ends, strategy goofs by Jones, missed line calls & frayed nerves by both teams. Sweeting's biggest advantage is maximizing use of her 3rd while Jones seems to minimize Kaitlyn Lawes - too often calling high degree of difficulty shots that when missed, compound the game. Sweeting puts herself into better positions with her last stones - using Lori O to clean out front rock problems, while Jones is usually left with longshot angle raises and in-offs. Lawes will still make 75 to 85% of her shots, game in and game out (which speaks to Kaitlyn's amazing skill as a 3rd player) but its those 15 to 20% shots missed that put Team Jones (and especially JJ) in major trouble.

Longshots in Canada would be Michelle Englot & Kelsey Rocque. . . . . Englot at 54 is a mighty mouse who uses sheer force of will to stay in games while who knows when Rocques' time has come. Can't forgot about the mercurial Chelsea Carey either, featuring Cathy O at 3rd. If nothing else Carey & O are inveterate ice-battlers who can damage all comers.

Englot is still the best story to watch in Canadian ladies curling. If she doesn't win the trials she has a real good chance of going back to the Scotties as Team Canada - assuming Homan makes her way to the actual Olympics.

So Englot would be Team Canada and her major challenges would come from a pool featuring: a wounded & petered out Jones, a defeated Sweeting, Rocque, Middaugh, Barb Spencer, Kerri Einarson, Chelsea Carey, etc.

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Men:

Man curl tour classic

david bohn
dennis bohn
braden calvert
sean grassie
jordan smith
jt ryan

Bud light mens classic

kendal thompson
matthew manuel
paul dexter
mark dacey
brent macdougal
chad stevens

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jill brothers
emily dwyer
mary mattatall
kaitlyn jones
isabelle ladouceur
mary myketyn-driscoll

Man curl tour classic

shannon birchard
joelle brown
jennifer clark-rouire
brett barber

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