The Meridian Canadian Open was the fourth event in the 2016-17 Grand Slam of Curling series. Team Gushue won the men’s event, defeating Team Edin of Sweden who were looking for their 3rd Grand Slam title of the season, by a score of 8-3. Team Scheidegger, playing in their first ever Tier 1 Grand Slam event, defeated Team Tirinzoni 5-4 to win the women’s event.
From the Hack caught up with Casey Scheidegger to discuss her team’s big win at the Canadian Open:
We also caught up with Brad Gushue to discuss his team’s victory in North Battleford:
5 Takeaways from the Meridian Canadian Open
1. Brad Gushue
Brad Gushue has maintained that he is not yet 100% healthy but you would have difficulty convincing any of the teams that he played against at the Canadian Open of that fact. Gushue played well throughout the week and shot 97% during the playoffs. If they can continue playing at this level, Team Gushue is in a good position to not only win their provincial playdowns but also to be the favourites to win a Brier title in their hometown of St. John’s, Newfoundland.
2. Team Scheidegger
When most teams qualify for their first Grand Slam of Curling Tier 1 event they typically hope to play well, gain valuable experience and perhaps qualify for the playoffs. Team Scheidegger had the same goals entering the Meridian Canadian Open and qualified for the playoffs through the C event. Once in the playoffs, the team from Lethbridge defeated the 2nd, 3rd and 4th ranked teams in the world to win their first Grand Slam title. Their victory at the Canadian Open will certainly provide Team Scheidegger with additional confidence heading into the Alberta playdowns.
3. Team North America limping into Las Vegas
The members of Team North America are certainly not heading to the Continental Cup in Las Vegas riding a hot streak. Team Carey, Team Koe, Team Carruthers and Team McCormick all failed to qualify for the playoffs at the Canadian Open while Team Jones lost their quarterfinal game.
4. Parity in women’s curling
Team Scheidegger’s victory in North Battleford amplified one of the biggest stories of this season, the parity on the women’s tour. While last year was mostly dominated by Team Homan and Team Muirhead to a lesser degree, this season has seen Team Flaxey, Team Einarson and now Team Scheidegger each win their first Grand Slam events while Team Harrison won the Tour Challenge Tier 2 and Team Hasselborg has qualified for the semi-finals in three GSOC events.
5. Super Spare
It bears repeating that despite strong performances by Adam Spencer and Charley Thomas this season, Cathy Overton-Clapham is clearly THE “super spare” in curling. She has won Grand Slams while sparing for Team Sweeting and Team Muirhead and has now made the finals in two consecutive Grand Slams while sparing for Team Tirinzoni.