ASHAM U.S. Open of Curling

The ASHAM U.S. Open of Curling was the sole event on the World Curling Tour for both the men and women this past weekend.  In the men’s event, Team Clark of Seattle and Team Lyburn of Winnipeg both qualified through the A event but only Team Lyburn made it to the semi-finals where they were joined by Team Liu of China, Team Dunstone of Winnipeg and Team Meachem of Regina.

In one semi-final, Team Lyburn defeated Team Liu 7-6 in a game where they stole two points in the 3rd and another point in the 6th end to stay even with the Chinese team before scoring a single point with hammer in the 8th end for the victory.  In the other semi-final, Team Dunstone scored two points in the 6th end to tie their game with Team Meachem at 4-4 then stole single points in the 7th and 8th ends for a 6-4 victory.

In the final, Team Dunstone took a 4-1 lead half way through the game by scoring two points in the 4th end.  Team Lyburn narrowed the gap to 4-2 in the 6th end but Team Dunstone responded by scoring three points in the 7th end for a 7-2 victory and their second title of the season.

The women’s event was headlined by Team Fleury of Sudbury, Team McCarville of Thunder Bay, Team Middaugh of Coldwater, Team Paetz of Switzerland and Team Wang of China along with the American triumvirate of Team Roth, Team Christensen and Team Sinclair.   Team McCarville and Team Paetz both qualified through the A event but only Team Paetz made it to the semi-finals where they were joined by Team Middaugh, Team Tippin of Woodstock and Team Roth.

In one semi-final, Team Middaugh took a 3-2 lead in the 7th end against Team Tippin and then stole a point in the 8th end to seal a 4-2 victory.  In the other semi-final, Team Roth stole single points in the 4th, 5th and 6th ends to take a 4-1 lead and held on for a 4-3 win over Team Paetz.

In the final, Team Middaugh took an early 2-0 lead only to see Team Roth tie the game by scoring a point in the 4th and stealing a point in the 5th.  In the 6th end, Team Middaugh scored a point and followed that with a steal of their own in the 7th to take a 4-2 lead before running Team Roth out of rocks in the last end for their third title of the season.


Meridian Canadian Open

The fourth event of the 2016-17 Grand Slam of Curling is taking place in North Battleford (SK) this week where Team Epping and Team Homan will look to defend their titles.  For their part, Team Baldson and Team Harrison qualified for the Canadian Open by winning the men’s and women’s titles at the GSOC Tour Challenge Tier 2 event earlier this season.

The Canadian Open is different than other GSOC events in that it uses a triple knockout format as opposed to a round-robin format.  Two teams will qualify through the A event with three quarter-final spots available in each of the B and C events.

From the Hack’s Meridian Canadian Open preview can be found here and includes an interview John Epping who put on a shot-making performance for the ages in the playoffs at last year’s event.

Mercure Perth Masters

Despite being scheduled the same week as a Grand Slam of Curling event, the Mercure Perth Masters has attracted a very good field that includes teams from 13 different countries. Team Murdoch, Team Brewster and Team Mouat will no doubt be among the crowd favourites and will strive to become the first Scottish team to win the title since 2014.   The Scottish contingent will face a stiff challenge from Team Ulsrud of Norway, Team de Cruz of Switzerland and many others.

King Cash Spiel 

A new event taking place in Maple Ridge BC, the King Cash Spiel includes both a men’s and women’s event. The women’s field includes ad number of teams that played well in the first half of the season including Team Chyz of Calgary (AB), Team Mallett of Wlanut Grove (BC), Team Kleibrink of Okotoks (AB) and Team Thompson of Kamloops.  The men’s event is headlined by local favourites, Team Joanisse of Maple Ridge.

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