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The Mayflower Curling Club in Halifax has hired a new general manager to replace Dave Jones who died this summer in a diving accident.

The new manager is Melanie Hughes, 31, who worked previously as the curling director for the Stratford Country Club in Stratford, Ontario.  In 2012 she was the co-chair for the Ontario Men’s Curling Championship.

“The loss of Dave Jones was a terrible blow to all of us at the Mayflower but we have to press on,” said club president Jason Cooke.  “We’re confident Melanie has all the qualities we need to maintain and add to the Mayflower’s Canada-wide reputation for excellence.”

Ms. Hughes has extensive experience in the club industry, and holds a Business Administration Diploma in Professional Golf Management from Georgian College in Orillia, ON. She also has certifications in curling instruction and officiating, which she put to use at her home club and as a volunteer for Special Olympics Ontario. She will start her Mayflower duties on October 1.

“I am excited to be joining a club with the prestige and history of the Mayflower, and am very much looking forward to this new chapter professionally and personally,” said Ms. Hughes.  “I understand the circumstances that led to this change were difficult for everyone in the Mayflower community.  I’m told the club staff has been working diligently to keep things running smoothly, and I’m eager to get there and get involved.”

“Our staff and volunteers have worked extremely hard this summer to get us ready for this curling season,” said Mr. Cooke.  “We owe a special thank you to Tony Stirling of Wolfville for putting in six sheets of marvelous ice.”

The curling season is already underway at Mayflower with a summer league playing through September and a Learn to Curl course that started on Sept. 5.  Regular league curling starts in October and new members are welcome.  For more information go to

The Mayflower is Nova Scotia’s largest curling club with about 500 members.  The Mayflower has been chosen to host The Dominion Curling Club Championship, a prestigious national event, in November 2014.



The Nutana Curling Club is extremely excited to start the curling season with a stellar field in Saskatoon’s only Men’s World Curling Tour Event-The Point Optical Curling Classic. Confirmed are the 20102011 and 2013 World Curling Championship Teams plus the 2010 Olympic Gold Medalist Team. The field of 32 curling teams also features some excellent junior talent plus top Saskatchewan teams. The Nutana Curling Club will be rocking with the teams competing for $50,000 in cash. 
The 32 teams include Brad Jacobs (2013 Canadian Champion plus 2013 Silver Medalist at the World Championship), Jeff Stoughton (World Ranked #1 plus 2011 Canadian and World Champion), Kevin Koe (World Ranked #2 plus 2010 Canadian and World Champion), Niklas Edin from Sweden (World Ranked #5 plus 2013 Gold Medalist at the World Championship), Brad Gushue (World Ranked #7), and Brendan Bottcher (2012 Canadian and World Junior Champion). Also included in this stellar field are teams from Japan, United States, Switzerland and Sweden. The Saskatchewan teams include Steve Laycock, Jason Jacobson, Brock Virtue, Kevin Marsh and others. 
Four day event passes are available to watch the best men’s curling. Premier reserved seating will be offered again because of popular demand with prices ranging from $60 to $125. The seating chart can be seen on line via the Nutana Curling Club’s official website Tickets may be purchased at Nutana Curling during business hours.

Perth, Scotland – It will be a star-studded Team World entry that takes to the ice at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas for the 2014 World Financial Group Continental Cup, it was announced on Tuesday.

The reigning men’s and women’s world curling champions will headline the World squad, which will be attempting to take back the title of Continental Cup champions from the host Team North Americans in curling’s version of the Ryder Cup, scheduled for Jan. 16-19, 2014.

Scotland’s Eve Muirhead, who won the Titlis Glacier Mountain World Women’s Championship last March in Riga, Latvia, and Sweden’s Niklas Edin, who captured the Ford World Men’s Championship last April in Victoria, Canada, are the big names on Team World. Both teams will represent their countries (Muirhead will wear Great Britain colours) at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

“We are thrilled that the world champions have decided to play in the first WFG Continental Cup ever staged outside of Canada,” said Nevada Lieutenant Governor Brian Krolicki. “We look forward to welcoming some of the world’s elite curlers representing Asia, Europe and North America to our iconic entertainment capital.  We will do everything we can to ensure that the athletes and fans have an exciting and memorable experience of a lifetime.”

Muirhead and Edin are not the only stars on Team World, which will be looking to even the score in the 10th edition of the WFG Continental Cup. Team North America has won five times, including in the 2013 event at Penticton, B.C. The sides have alternated victories since the inaugural Continental Cup, in 2002 at Regina.

The two other men’s teams are skipped by two-time world champion David Murdoch of Scotland and three-time world bronze-medallist and 2010 Olympic silver-medallist Thomas Ulsrud of Norway.

The Team World women’s contingent will be rounded out by four-time world silver-medallist Margaretha Sigfridsson from Sweden and rising 22-year-old Japanese star Satsuki Fujisawa, who just missed making the playoff tiebreaker at the 2013 World Women’s Championship in Latvia.

Former world champion David Hay of Scotland and three-time world champion Peja Lindholm of Sweden will return to as Team Captain and Coach respectively.

The Team North America line-ups won’t be known until later this year. The men’s and women’s champions from the 2014 United States Olympic Curling Trials, Nov. 10-17 in Fargo, N.D., will qualify, while the four Canadian teams (two of each gender) won’t be known until following the Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings Canadian Curling Trials Dec. 1 to 8 in Winnipeg.

The Continental Cup features six teams from North America competing against six teams representing the rest of the world in various disciplines of curling during four days of competition — traditional team games, mixed doubles, singles, mixed skins and standard skins games. Each segment awards points for wins (or ties).

A total of 60 points are available, meaning the side that earns more than 30 points will be declared the champion.

For the six mixed Doubles and six singles matches, one point will be awarded for each victory, one-half point if tied). There will be 18 team games (nine men’s and nine women’s) played, each worth one point for a win and a half-point for a tie. All games are eight ends and there are no extra ends.  There will also be six skins games, with each game worth a total of five points to the winner.

The winning side receives $52,000 Cdn ($2,000 per member, including captain and coach), while the losing side gets $26,000 ($1,000 per member, including captain and coach). As well, the side which generates the highest points total from the six Skins games will receive an additional $13,000 ($500 per player, plus captain and coach).

For ticket and other event information, visit

The Canadian Sports broadcaster, TSN, will provide coverage of the Cup inside Canada and coverage will be available to curling fans outside Canada to enjoy via the World Curling Federation

The WFG Continental Cup is a joint venture of the Canadian Curling Association, World Curling Federation and United States Curling Association.

Team World Lineups

Niklas Edin (Sweden)
Sebastian Kraupp
Fredrik Lindberg
Viktor Kjäll

David Murdoch (Scotland)
Tom Brewster
Scott Andrews
Michael Goodfellow

Thomas Ulsrud (Norway)
Torger Nergård
Christoffer Svae
Håvard Vad Petersson

Eve Muirhead (Scotland)
Anna Sloan
Vicki Adams
Claire Hamilton

Margaretha Sigfridsson (Sweden)
Maria Prytz
Christina Bertrup
Maria Wennerström

Satsuki Fujisawa (Japan)
Miyo Ichikawa
Emi Shimizu
Chiaki Matsumura

Captain: David Hay
Coach: Peja Lindholm


We’ll be streaming on Youtube all weekend from the Stu Sells Oakville Tankard, with games archived soon after they complete.  The event wraps up on Sunday with the playoffs at 9am (Quarterfinals), 12:30pm (Semfinals) and Finals at 4pm ET.

Be sure to check out our schedule link below for the latest update on game times:



Baden field included Olympic teams heading to Sochi from Sweden, Norway, Great Britain, Switzerland, Denmark, Russia.

The 2013 Baden Masters had a familiar champion once again as Brad Gushue won his 3rd career event title in Switzerland, going undefeated in the opening event of the Men’s Tour season. The Canadians would go on to edge out Norway’s Thomas Ulsrud 4-3 in extra ends, after controlling much of the final game. Gushue opened scoring by stealing a single in the first end, then held Ulsrud off the board until the 4th end when they tied the game at 1. Gushue scored a single in the 6th end and then stole another point in the 7th end for a 2 point lead.

Ulsrud was able to score 2 points in the 8th end to tie the game at 3 after regulation, but Gushue held the all-important last shot hammer in the extra end, which he used for make an open hit for the win.

The Champions Tour Event, which is affiliated with the World Curling Tour, boasted a lot of international flavour including Olympic teams from Sweden, Denmark, Russia, Great Britain, Switzerland, as well as lineups from Czech Republic, France, Germany and Latvia, along with the lone-Canadian team, the Gushue foursome which included Brett Gallant, Adam Casey and Geoff Walker of St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador.

Undefeated after the round robin, Gushue posted a 7-2 win over Switzerland’s Alex Attinger in the Quarterfinals, and then upended reigning back-to-back Baden Masters champion and Swiss Olympic representative Sven Michel 8-1 in the semifinals to advance to the championship game against Ulsrud.

“(The Semifinal) was a good game, a bit closer than the score indicated. Got a good break to score our first three when he was light on a tap. From there we were able to keep the peddle down and get a couple steals,” said Brett Gallant after the game.

“They (Michel) typically are tough to beat at this event so winning that game was huge.”

“(Michel) have the advantage of getting ice in mid-June which is definitely helping them improve to one of the top teams right now.”

Ulsrud’s ever-so-bright Norwegian team, also known as “The Pants,” boasted an undefeated record going into the final, beating reigning World Mens Champion and Swedish Olympic representatives Niklas Edin 8-3 in the quarterfinals, and moving past Pascal Hess of Switzerland with a 6-4 win the semifinals.

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