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09-05-17 01:25PM
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First Grand Slam Event

So looking forward to the first team event of the season. I'm ready for some curling and have planned my Thurs onward around it. Good luck to everyone. Play well.

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I'm here in Regina to see it. First draw is in just under 5 hours. How to kill that time...hmmm.

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Here's a little report on today's action, the parts I was paying attention to anyway.

The first session had only three matches going. It was scheduled to be five, but some of the teams that were in Ontario haven't arrived yet due to weather problems out there. I was concentrating on Muirhead vs. Wang in Sheet C. Both teams shot the lights out all match long, including one sequence with two rocks either side of the center line forming a narrow port that the thirds and skips somehow managed to squeeze the next 7 rocks in a row through to get at rocks on the button. Spectators around me said they'd have seen anything like it, It went to an extra end, and though Muirhead made an awesome draw, Wang matched it with a slightly better hit and she won 7-5 in one of those matches you wish no one lost.

Teams in the night session were more up-and-down, showing rust, apart from Team Englot who ran away from Sweden fairly easily. Homan was upset by Harrison, and Shuster beat Koe.

Nearly every seat is full. All of the seating is on one side of the sheets, which I wish had a little more legroom. I'm speaking of the Tier 1 event here.

The Tier 2 rink has no true arena seating at all. Anyone wishing to watch that has to get one of the few table seats along the windows overlooking the ice sheets below.

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First team games

Thanks for the update. Hope you enjoy the rest of the games. I'm still looking forward to Thursday and the television coverage.

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In the Epping vs Simmons game the scoreboard shows Epping 10 Simmons 2 yet the other post shows Simmons 7 Epping 6 so which one is right?

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I remember them shaking hands early after Epoing put up a 4, so I'm pretty sure the 10-2 score is right.

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So, can I remember everything I wanted to post while this was going on while I was there...hmm...

Well, a few bits.

I was there throughout the round robin but had to drive home on the weekend so I missed the playoffs.

The competition was terrific and the people were awesome and amongst the very friendliest I've ever met at a sports event.

I love that even though it's a major TV event you can still have accidental encounters with the "stars" just out in the corridors or in the bar that overlooked both events. Like when I was casually going out a door and Rachel Homan passed me going the other way.
The largest "encounter" like this was when I went to one of the overlook seats in the bar to watch some of the Tier II event, and a very fit looking guy wound up sitting next to me, and we wound up chatting throughout the match as we were both there watching Chelsea Carey's team play. As it went on and some of his friends found him and they talked I realized this guy was someone I should know, and came to find out afterwards it was Brett Gallant, the second on Brad Gushue's team. He'd been watching Jocelyn Peterman in particular as they're mixed doubles partners. That was really cool, basically getting a personal color commentary from a top player throughout the match. Thanks Brett!

(That match turned weird at the end as I noticed that Carey's time clock was running down, and said so, and clearly the team on the ice hadn't noticed as they were still thinking hard as the clock ran under a minute. And in the Tier II arena, there was no direct seating...the audiences had to watch through glass windows in the bar overlooking the ice and so the audience couldn't make any noise they could hear that might make them aware they've lost track of the clock. They finally noticed and threw a rock with exactly 9 seconds left, and still had another rock to throw! They managed to get that one off without getting timercided, but they still lost the match on points. They weren't in a good spot by then anyway even without the time issue, but that certainly didn't help.)

Another nice feature was that when the TV coverage began, they had the Sportsnet sound broadcasting on an FM signal. I had a portable radio along in my car and was able to hear it all live as it was going. Neat.
The last grand slam I went to, the National last year, didn't have this.

My only issue with the event was the somewhat rickety ticketed seats i the main arena that had little legroom, which may have exacerbated a problem I've been having with my right knee lately. ( I'm finally going to see a doctor about that tomorrow. )

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Nice to have the forum alive again. My rant of that spiel:
Have watched and enjoyed the curling this week , and just saw the men's final . This game was over early(handshakes) at about 1:30 and programming was slotted till 2:00. I could not believe that CBC cut away immediately and commenting crew could not or did not even reference the final game of tier two event, score 7-6, on adjoining sheet, which I assumed they would now cover. This is beyond ridiculous and if this is dictated by CBC, it should be the last game that curling allows them to air. This would not have happened with SN.
The Tier two teams were worthy of being at the grand slam, and to be treated this way is a sham.

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Agree 100%

This would have been the perfect time to have the tier 2 showcase their talents. In many cases the only difference between tier 1 and 2 is time and money, not talent.

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Score-watching most of the HDF Ins. Shoot-Out this weekend. Obviously, JJ Jones & Rachel Homan bypassed the event. Jones is nearing the end of her marvellous run so she's trying to build to the Olympic Trials - that's the only thing that matters for the 42 yr old missy from Manitoba; Homan is nearly 15 years younger - she'll play a more rigorous schedule.

Few things to be garnered from early season women's play:

1. Anna Hasselborg, Eve Muirhead, Alina Paetz & Val Sweeting are the front-running teams in womens action.

2. Hasselborg is a consistent 4 man unit - only problem (as witnessed today when Anna barfed up a 3 ender to Muirhead to give up the lead in the final end) and let Eve steal in the extra. Hasselborg is putting up big numbers, but as explained last year - she's NOT a KILLER - YET. If she can get to that place - like Coco Jones, Jen Jones, Homan, Paetz, Muirhead, etc. she'll be a super force to be reckoned with. Actually, she already is.

3. After a hot start to the season Sweeting sure cooled off rapidly this weekend. Still made playoffs by virtue of 3 tie-break games to get there but went sour in the quarter-finals. I thought Val is the one who may eventually confront Homan for the Olympic spot. Sweeting, when right is a beautiful curler with almost all the shots - and her great 3rd player, Lori Olson-Johns is only slightly behind Emma Miskew, Kaitlyn Lawes and a couple euros in terms of top 3rds. Sweetings front end, no doubt is world class. If she can stop frittering away leads and biting her nails she could really torment Homan (or whoever) at the Trials finale.

4. Jennifer Jones is at a crossroads. No longer able to complete the massively tough shots she used to routinely achieve - Jones still brings one of the best world class teams to the party. Only problem is JJ's game has really deteriorated. Not only is she missing the big shots - she's even receded on the regular shots. No longer an 80 to 90% player game in and game out - - - - she's perplexed by ice far too often, and that reflects in lower percentages for her marvellous 3rd player, Kaitlyn Lawes. One thing about Jones - she'll be ready and able once the Trials get underway. The real question is whether she can still make enough shots to get to the finals. I sincerely doubt it - but JJ has made a career of defying her doubts.

5. Homan. Didn't look that good at the slam. Perhaps she took too much training time off this summer. Still, the freakiest force in women's curling. She'll be heavy favourites at the Trials - but teams like 54 year old Michelle Englot have provided the template for disturbing and toppling the Homan dynasty. Can Homan rise to the challenge? We'll find out soon enough!

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hasselborg's problem is finishing off events. that team plays brilliantly, looks to be in better form than anyone then cant close out the final. thats 2 finals in a row now that they grabbed the lead early but the opponent was able to come back and steal the win. you have to give val and eve credit too but stillthat must be frustrating.

the word on anna specifically is out now. make her draw.when shes under pressure if she has to draw more often than not she'll miss. she's a great hitter but she lost the euros on a draw and while i didnt see the final shot today id bet it was a missed draw.

when i see anna im reminded of sigfridsson. lots of talent but margaretha is the worlds constant bridesmaid.

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Anther early season note: walstad is on fire. 2 seems and a final in he 3 events this year and a lot of impressive wins. I don't know f Norway have chosen their Olympic rep yet( an act that might be a waste of time since I'm convinced it's entirely possible there won't be any) they are making a strong g case. If Norway has chosen and it's not them it looks like that's maybe lit a fire in them

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Ulsrud is going to the Oly's.

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Team Hasselborg had a Facebook live feed running of the match that I caught the second half of. The play in the extra end was all to the house opposite where the camera was, so it was hard to tell exactly where the stones were in the house, but at the end Muirhead had two stones almost side by side on or near the top half of the button. Hasselborg attempted some sort of draw/tap to push the shot stone out and be shot herself, but she was extremely light on the shot and it never got there.

There was also some very questionable strategy in 8 where she threw a guard of her own and didn't peel it or others thrown by Muirhead's team until late, and by then Eve had her 3 all set up.

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ANNA HASSELBORG {AH} HAS had a difficult time successfully closing out the playoffs of major spiels over the last several years, but don't count her out just yet!

I remember back in 2010 when she won the world juniors and was a thorn in Rach Homan's
side. Unlike Homan, however, who used this as a platform to better things, AH virtually disappeared from the world curling podiums for several years.

But now , she's back. And what I find so amusing now about her is her quirky ritual, on ice- routine: an excessive disorder which causes her to clean her SLIDER three times before the delivery of each of her rocks, every single end!

Reminds me of Nadal towelling his face, left side first, then right side, then each of his arms,then adjusting the left, then the right shoulder of his shirt, etc. This excessive anxiety disorder presumably allows him to concentrate and reduce stress.

Unfortunately, AH's cleaning process has not benefited nearly as well.

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Like last year, I feel the top teams start out slowly as they have to build towards the important events. Unlike Muirhead or Hasselborg, Homan has to play in the trials and then get ready shortly after for the Olympics. The other international teams already know they are going. Canada's top teams know when to peak. Remember Jones in 2014?

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That's a great point curlerbroad. But how does a monster team like Homan come out of the shoot slowly - EVER? Isn't that the big question. Raytch & her charges usually put up such awesome percentages most opponents (other than a couple internationals, Mickey Englot in Canada) wilt at the sheer terror of facing Homan at their shot-pelting best.
What's happened then? I guess they're playing a ton of so-called practice shots - trying to get into the mudslides they'll invariably be dragged into by muckers like Jones & Englot.
But their poor results to date are giving teams like Englot, Jones & Sweeting some hope. They know if they can somehow plunge Rachel into the depths of their garbage games THEY MIGHT HAVE THE ONLY CHANCE THEY'LL GET.
The only one in Canada who's been showing well and has more than a mud-rucker's chance is Sweeting. Val somehow looks re-charged. While Homan is better at every position - its NOT BY MUCH. Val, when on her game might be the best all-round skip in Canada. Lori O, while not Emma M. is a top 3 Canadian 3rd, she's world class. Dana probably can't stand up to Courtney game in and game out - but she's still very good and will usually be within 3 to 7 percentage points of Joanne. Biggest difference is that while Fergy is an average brusher - Courtney is the best brush in the women's game. Powerful but with super instincts, too. Rachel Brown might be the most under-rated Canadian lead - I don't see much difference vs. The Tick Lady. Tick Lady obviously better on those amazing tick shots - but Rachel a more powerful brusher. Both very instinctive on weight judging.
No question the possible electric chair for all Rachel's opponents is her uncanny ability to throw massive weight, use slightly negative ice and complete the vast majority of her hits, rolls and doubles. ON THAT POINT SHE'S TRULY AMAZING - NO ONE, OTHER THAN PERHAPS JJ IN HER PRIME CAN STAND UP TO HER! (and Jones is no longer in her prime)

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"Canadian teams know when to peak. Remember Jones in 2014?"

THERE'S NOT much doubt that virtually all competitive teams know exactly when they should peak; it's another matter, however, to know how to convert that process to championship wins.

Yes, I remember Jones in 2014. And I also remember Jones in the 2009 Olympic Trials when she finished 6th. And I'm certainly aware that in 2005 (Worlds), 2006 (Scotties), 2007 (Scotties), 2010 (Worlds), 2011 (Scotties), 2012 (Scotties), 2013 (Scotties), 2015 (Worlds), and in 2016 (Scotties), Jones failed to rise to the challenge and deliver the championship - despite having very competitive teams.

Seems to me she has come to the gunfight far too often - over an extended period of time - with only knives. Pity.

And you, Curlerbroad, do you remember Jones in Gimli, 2008?

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Gimli....

not Gimli again.....been so re-hashed some many times. We all know everyone has their opinion.

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The fact is - no matter how many times CurlingZone is infested by peppergas trolls is she has won 5 Canadian titles over a 12 year period, with a wide assortment of players - Jones is hypercritical of performance and that's why she's replaced numerous leads and even a world class 3rd in Cathy O.
I'm her most serious critic and her biggest fan. Yes, that's entirely possible. She frittered away one Canadian championship to Amber Holland by basically not making any shots the last 2 or 3 ends and letting Holland steal her sole Canadian title. Jones also had close calls in her early days - but fell short with inferior teams and hadn't developed her big-bang theories of shot-making.
Her greatest stat isn't her Scott titles. That's a great accomplishment - but in 12 trips to the well she's only finished out of the medals once. That's a remarkable accomplishment - IN ANY ERA!
2nd biggest accomplishment was mowing down the Olympic trials field in Winnipeg - and then sailing unbeaten thru a solid Olympic field on her way to GOLD. To me that was one of the greatest accomplishments by any Canadian womens team - EVER!
Yes, JJ has had her fair share of embarrassments and low-lites. Last year's dismal outing at the Manitoba championships - falling to both Barbie Spencer and Mickey Englot showed a fallen and desperate Jones.

However, back to peaking. 95% this is JJ's last kick at the cat. She's bringing a super hi-performance team into the Trials. Obviously, no matter how good Jilly, Dawn and Kaitlyn play - the biggest question mark is Jones herself. Can she return to that amazing gold medal OIympic form - or will she continue that perplexed performance style she's displayed of recent - and also on full display in last year's Manitoba championship in Charleswood.
My guess is we'll get a little bit of both. As a shooter there's little chance she can stand up to the continuous shot-pelting of Rachel Homan. Strategy wise - JJ can no longer rely on competing skips to blow themselves up with either inferior strategy, bad nerves, bad ice-calling or the like.
The top 4 or 5 teams at this year's event will all have killer abilities - particularly Homan & Sweeting.
Nothing more I'd like to see than Jones telling me to stuff my criticism where the sun don't shine - and getting a crack at a second set of Olympic medals.

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