Canadian Mixed Curling Championships – Yarmouth (NS)
The team of Trevor Bonot, Jackie McCormick, Kory Carr and Megan Carr , representing Northern Ontario, won the 2017 Canadian Mixed Doubles Championships and will now represent Canada at next year’s World Mixed Curling Championships in Champery, Switzerland. A full recap of the event, including an interview with the winning skip Trevor Bonot, can be found at the following link:
DEKALB Superspiel – Morris (MB)
Reid Carruthers and his team from Winnipeg were looking to repeat as champions at the DEKALB Superspiel and qualifying through the A Event along with Team Lyburn certainly got Team Carruthers off to a good start. In their semi-final, Team Lyburn was tied 3-3 with Team Eskilsson of Sweden entering the 5th end when they scored three points to take control of the game. After giving up a single point in the 6th end, Team Lyburn responded with two points in the 7th end leading them to an 8-4 victory over the Swedes. In the other semi-final, Team Carruthers were up against their old foes, Team McEwen. Carruthers and his team took a 3-2 lead by scoring a point in the 7th end only to see Team McEwen score two points in the last end to win 4-3. In the men’s final, Team McEwen broke open a tight game by scoring three points in the 5th end to take a 6-2 lead. Team Lyburn then scored two points in the 6th end to close within two only to see Team McEwen score three more points in the 7th end for a 9-4 victory and their first title of the season.
In the women’s event, Team Robertson and Team Jones, both of Winnipeg, qualified through the A side but only one Team Jones would make the semi-finals where they would meet Team Sinclair of the U.S. Team Jones took a 4-0 lead in the 3rd end by stealing two points and never looked back as they won the game by a score of 6-1. In the other semi-final, Team Englot took a 4-2 lead in the 6th end then held on for a 4-3 victory over Team Tippin of Woodstock (ON). In the final, Team Jones took a 3-1 lead by scoring two points in the 4th end then took control of the game by stealing three points in the 5th end on their way to an 8-3 victory over Team Englot and their first title of the season.
Red Deer Curling Classic – Red Deer (AB)
In the men’s event at the Red Deer Curling Classic Team Bottcher, one of the pre-event favourites, and Team Geall of Kelowna, ranked 164th in the world, qualified through the A side. Team Bottcher was the only one of the two that qualified for the semi-finals where they lost 5-4 to Team Appelman of Edmonton. In the other semi-final, Team Koe of Calgary were behind 4-3 against Team Smith of Scotland when they scored two points with the hammer in the last end to win the game 5-4. In the final, Team Koe scored two points in the 6th end to take a 5-3 lead only to see Team Appelman tie the game by scoring a point in the 7th and stealing a point in the 8th end to tie the game. However, Team Koe took advantage of the hammer in the extra-end to score one point for a 6-5 victory and their second title of the season.
In the women’s event, Team Hegner of Switzerland and Team Fleming of Scotland were the surprise qualifiers from the A event and their strong play continued into the playoffs. In one semi-final, Team Hegner was tied 3-3 in the 6th end when Team Chyz of Alberta scored three points for a 6-3 lead and stole another point in the 7th end for a 7-3 victory. In the other semi-final, Team Fleming and Team Rocque of Edmonton were tied at 3-3 in the 7th end when the Scots scored the two points that were the difference in the game. In the final, Team Chyz stole three points in the 2nd and another point in the 3rd end to take an early 5-0 lead. Team Fleming closed the gap to 6-4 by scoring two points in the 6th end but Team Chyz sealed their 3rd title of the season by scoring two points of their own in the 7th end for an 8-4 victory.
Davey Jones Mayflower Classic – Halifax (NS)
Team Dexter of Halifax, ranked 142nd in the world, qualified through the A event along with Team Murphy ranked 43rd with both teams making it to the final four at the Davey Jones Mayflower Cash Spiel. In one semi-final, Stuart Thompson and his team from Halifax were tied 3-3 with Team Dexter when they scored two points in the 7th to take a 5-3 lead and then stole a point in the 8th to seal their spot in the final. In the other semi-final, Team Murphy to an early 5-1 lead over Team Fournier of Montreal and put an end to the game by scoring three points in the 5th end for an 8-1 victory. In the final, Team Thompson took a 4-3 lead by stealing a point in the 7th end only to see Team Murphy scored a point of their own in the last end to tie the game at 4-4. In the extra-end, Team Murphy stole a point and the victory for their first title of the season.
In a pre-cursor of things to come, Team Brothers of Halifax was the only team to go undefeated in the round-robin of the women’s event. In one semi-final, Team Brothers broke open a close game by stealing four points and eventually defeated Team Mattatall 8-3. The other semi-final saw Team Breen take a 4-1 lead over Team Pinkney and score two more points in the 6th end on their way to a 6-3 victory. In the final, Team Breen was up 4-2 with the hammer but gave up a steal of three points to Team Brothers in the 8th end for the win and their second title of the season.
Wall Grain Mixed Doubles Classic – Kimberley (BC)
Rachel Homan and John Morris won their 2nd Mixed Doubles title of the season. A full recap of the event including a frank conversation with John Morris about mixed doubles and on why he feels that elite curlers would easily be able to compete in both the mixed doubles and team events at the Olympics. We also interviewed Tyrel Griffith who qualified for the Olympic Trials in his first ever Mixed Doubles event by reaching the final along with partner Emma Miskew.
HONOURABLE MENTIONED PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
Our Honourable Mention Performance for Week 14 is Team Sinclair of Minnesota who not only made the semi-final at the DEKALB Superspiel but also qualified to represent the U.S. on Team North America at the Continental Cup. Team Sinclair also got victories against Team Flaxey and Team Birchard, two teams that had given them difficulty at different events this season. All in all, a very good week for Team Sinclair.
This week in our “Weekly Curling Report” we have an interview with John Morris on mixed doubles and why he believes a curler could play both the mixed doubles and team events at the Olympics. We also have reports/interviews from the Canadian Mixed Curling Championships, the ongoing Travelers Curling Club Championships and more. Next week, our Canada Cup preview with Russ Howard, Cheryl Bernard and the Leads of the competing teams. You can subscribe for the “Weekly Curling Report” by filling the short form at the bottom of this page below the “Week 15 Preview”
Week 15 Preview
The headline event on the women’s tour in Week 15 will be the Boundary Ford Curling Classic in Lloydminster with a field that includes Team Scheidegger, Team Kleibrink and Team Marthaller of Alberta along with Team Campbell of Saskatchewan. The headline event on the men’s tour will see Team Cotter, Team Geall and Team Joanisse of BC competing in the Driving Force Abbottsford Cashspiel.
The top men’s and women’s teams in the U.S. will be in Dultuh Minnesota for a pair of events. On the men’s side, Team Shuster will defend their title at the Coors Light Cash Spiel against a field that includes Team McCormick, Team Clark, Team Brown and Team Birr. Meanwhile, Team Sinclair, Team Christensen, Team Roth and Team Schultz will also be in Duluth for the Molson Cashspiel where Team McCarville of Thunder Bay will look to defend their title.
Among the other events on the men’s tour: the Estevan Curling Classic, the Challenge Casino, the Charlevoix, the Dawson Creek Cash Spiel, the Sunova Spiel at East St. Paul (Winnipeg) and the Spitfire Arms Cash Spiel (Windsor, NS)
Among the other events on the women’s tour: the Driving Force Abbotsford Cashspiel, the Sunova Spiel at East St. Paul (Winnipeg) and the Spitfire Arms Cash Spiel (Windsor, NS)