It was a busy week on the World Curling Tour with four men’s events and three women’s events being played across Canada.

College Clean Restoration Curling Classic

The headline event of the weekend on the WCT was the College Clean Restoration Curling Classic in Saskatoon where eight of the top fifteen teams in the world were on hand to compete for the championship.  Team Bottcher and Team Laycock played well early in the event and qualified for the playoffs in the A event and both teams made it to the semi-finals.  However, in the semi-finals it was Team Ulsrud of Norway defeating Team Bottcher 6-5 while Team Jacobs defeated Team Laycock 4-3.   In the final, Team Jacobs took control of the game by scoring four points in the 4th end on their way to a 6-3 victory over Team Ulsrud.

 Mother Club Fall Curling Classic

The Mother Club Fall Curling Classic was a combined event with both a men’s and women’s draw.  In the men’s event, the semi-finals saw identical twins, Dennis and David Bohn face each other in a game that was won by David and his rink when they scored one in an extra end for a 7-6 victory.  In the other semi-final it was Team Kim of South Korea surprising Team Dunstone as they also won their game by scoring one point in an extra end.  Ironically, the final also went to an extra end with Team Bohn defeating Team Kim 6-5.

In the women’s event, it was Team Englot winning their first WCT title since Michelle Englot replaced Kristy McDonald as skip of the team late last season.  In the semi-final, Team Englot defeated Team Meilleur 10-4 with the help of 5 points in the 3rd end while in the other semi-final it was Team Brown of Winnipeg with a 6-5 victory over Team Menard of Duaphin, Manitoba.  In the final, Team Englot gave up four points in the 2nd end but then stole two points in the 4th and single points in the 5th and 6th ends on their way to a 7-6 victory.

From The Hack caught up with winning skip Michelle Englot to discuss her team’s start to the season:

 

KW Fall Classic

The KW Fall Classic in Kitchener-Waterloo was also a combined event with a strong contingent of Ontario-based teams competing for the championship in both the men’s and women’s events.  In the semi-finals of the men’s event it was Team Krell defeating Team Duhaime of Barrie 6-2 while in the other semi-final it was Team LeDrew with an 8-6 victory over Team Scott of Guelph.  In the final, Team Krell put an exclamation point to a perfect weekend by defeating Team LeDrew 5-4 by scoring a point in an extra end for the victory.

Sherry Middaugh and her rink were one of the pre-event favourites and the did not disappoint by making the playoffs where they defeated Team Christensen of the U.S. 4-3 while in the other semi-final it was Team Tippin of Woodstock with a 5-3 victory over Team Harrison.  In the final it was Team Middaugh scoring one point in an extra end to defeat Team Tippin 6-5 for their first WCT victory since the 2014-15 season.

Lakeshore Curling Club Classic

The inaugural Lakeshore Curling Club Classic in Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia was another combined event that included many of the top teams from Eastern Canada.  In the men’s event, four teams from Halifax battled it out with Team Stevens defeating Team Dexter 4-3 while Team Thompson defeated Team Murphy, the2016 Nova Scotia Champions, 8-4.  In the final, it was Team Thompson coming out on top with a 5-4 victory over Team Stevens.

In the women’s event it was Team Brothers defeating Team McEvoy 10-2 in one semi-final while Team McConnery of Dartmouth defeated Team Breen 8-7 by scoring three points in the 7th end and stealing one point in the 8th for the victory.  In the final, is was Team McConnery stealing their way to victory once again, this time defeating 2016 Nova Scotia champions Team Brothers by stealing one point in the 8th end for a 5-4 victory.

HONOURABLE MENTION PERFORMANCE

Our Honourable Mention Performance of the week goes to Team Christensen of the U.S. for their semi-final performance at the KW Fall Classic in Kitchener-Waterloo where they twice defeated Team Flaxey, currently ranked in the top-ten in the world, on their way to the semi-finals where they lost a close game to Team Middaugh.  It was a strong bounce back performance by Team Christensen after going 1-3 and failing to qualify for the playoffs in their first event of the season.

HOT TAKES OF THE WEEK

  1. An outstanding performance by Team McConnery this weekend at the Lakeshore CC Classic in Lower Sackville, winning both the semi-final and final by stealing the winning point.
  1. The buzz is that an employee of the Swedish Curling Association will be playing with Team Jones in Stockholm this weekend.
  1. Team Jacobs won their first event on the WCT since winning the Players Championship in 2015.

WEEK 7 PREVIEW

The headline events on both the men’s and women’s tours in Week 7 will take place in Europe.  The men will be in Switzerland for the Swiss Cup Basel where Team Gushue will attempt to defend last year’s victory in the event while Team Edin, Team Ulsrud, Team Smith of Scotland and Team de Cruz of Switzerland will be among the other favourites.

The women will be in Stockholm for the Stockholm Ladies Cup where Team Jones, Team Muirhead, Team Sidorova, Team Tirinzoni, Team Feltscher and Team Paetz will be on hand to challenge local favourites Team Hasselborg who will look to continue their strong start to the season.

The Prestige Hotels and Resorts Curling Classic in Vernon, BC will be a combined event where a strong women’s field including Team Sweeting, Team Carey, Team Rocque and Team Fujisawa will be on hand to challenge defending champions Team Lawton.  In the men’s event, John Morris will look to defend his championship but will be doing so with a new team after winning the event last season with Team Simmons.  This season, Morris is back with Team Cotter as they headline a field that also includes Team Morozumi of Japan and Team Cseke of Kelowna who made the final in the recent Cloverdale Cashspiel.

The Avonair Cash Spiel in Edmonton is another combined event where a number of teams from Alberta will be on hand to compete in a men’s event headlined by Charley Thomas and his rink along with two-time defending champion Soo Hyuk Kim and his team from South Korea.  The women’s field will be headlined by Team Chyz, currently ranked in the top 50 in the world.

The KKP Classic will take place in Winnipeg where Dennis Bohn and his team will look to improve on their semi-final result from last weekend at the Mother Club Fall Curling Classic.  The field also includes former Canadian Mixed Doubles champion Sean Grassie and his team as well as a number of young teams from Manitoba, South Korea, the U.S. and China.

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