Teams keeping an eye on the leaders at Senior Championships

Nova Scotia's Alan O'Leary (7-1) may be leading the pack in the men's draw at the Canadian Senior Curling Championships, but three teams – Northern Ontario, Alberta and Manitoba – all won games on Wednesday afternoon to keep it close. Northern Ontario's Robbie Gordon started and ended big against New Brunswick's Mark Armstrong. Gordon scored three in the first end, then blew it open in the ninth with four points to take an insurmountable 10-4 lead and the win. New Brunswick's Guy Boudreau and Northern Ontario's Dion Dumontelle take a break during Draw 13 at the 2014 Canadian … [Read more...]

Saskatchewan’s Arguin moves into first place at Seniors

Saskatchewan's Lorraine Arguin took sole possession of first place in the women's standings at the 2014 Canadian Senior Curling Championship on Wednesday morning in Yellowknife, N.W.T., with a 9-6 win over Ontario's Marilyn Bodogh. Lorraine Arguin calls the line during play at the 2014 Canadian Senior Curling Championships in Yellowknife, N.W.T. (Photo James MacKenzie) Both teams came into the game tied with Manitoba's Lois Fowler at the top of the leaderboard. Saskatchewan trailed 6-5 after eight ends, but a huge score of four in the ninth end put the team from the Moose Jaw Ford Curling … [Read more...]

Team Canada aims to add to golden curling season

Kevin Koe's team from the Glencoe Club in Calgary will look to win Canada's fourth international gold medal of the 2013-14 curling season when the 2014 World Men's Curling Championship, presented by Ford of Canada, opens Saturday at the Capital Indoor Stadium in Beijing. Team Canada, from left, Kevin Koe, Pat Simmons, Carter Rycroft, Nolan Thiessen, Jamie King and John Dunn. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns) The Koe foursome — third Pat Simmons, second Carter Rycroft, lead Nolan Thiessen, alternate Jamie King, team coach John Dunn and national coach Rick Lang — will be looking to join … [Read more...]

Crowded at the top of the standings in Yellowknife

It's getting crowded at the top of the leaderboard after ten draws at the 2014 Canadian Senior Curling Championships in Yellowknife, N.W.T. as teams with only one loss jockey for position. On the men's side, Alan O'Leary of Nova Scotia bounced back from his first loss of the round robin earlier in the day – a lopsided 10-4 loss to Alberta's Mark Johnson – to score an 8-6 extra-end win over Ontario's Peter Mellor to stay on top with a 6-1 record. Prince Edward Island sweepers in action during Draw 10 of the 2014 Canadian Senior Curling Championship in Yellowknife (Photo James … [Read more...]

North Shore Winter Club extends the curling season with spring ice

The North Shore Winter Club will keep its ice for an extended period of time this season. The ice will remain in at the club, on Keith Road in North Vancouver, until at least the end of May, with the possibility that it might stay in even longer. The club is offering curling on Tuesday nights at 7 pm for Team Doubles (same rules as Mixed Doubles, but gender neutral); Thursday mornings at 10 am for rink of choice or individual sign on; and Saturdays at 7 pm for Saturday Party League for new curlers. The Learn to Curl will continue through to May 31 at 5:30 pm and newbies can sign up during the … [Read more...]

CCA invites communities to bid for 2017 Canadian Juniors

The Canadian Curling Association (CCA) is requesting proposals for the hosting of the 2017 Canadian Junior Men's and Women's Curing Championships (Canadian Juniors). The last time the event was held in BC was in 2009 in Salmon Arm. Over the past couple of years, the Canadian Juniors has had 14 teams in each gender (representing each of the 10 provinces, in addition to Northern Ontario, the Northwest Territories, Yukon and Nunavut) split into two seven-team pools, with seeding based on win-loss records at the previous year's Canadian Juniors. Teams play a round robin within their pool, leading … [Read more...]

Record audience watches Ford Worlds gold-medal game on TSN

(Courtesy, TSN) — TSN's coverage of the Team Canada's performance at the Ford World Women's Curling Championship, presented by Booster Juice, swept Canadian fans away. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns) Overnight data from BBM Canada confirms that Team Canada's loss to Team Switzerland in the final on Sunday evening attracted a record average audience of more than 1.13 million viewers, making it the most-watched World Women's Curling Championship game ever.* The record audience follows the most-watched MLS game ever on English television in Canada for TSN's coverage of Saturday's Toronto FC … [Read more...]

New Brunswick’s Hanlon steals win in Draw 8 action

As another day came to a close at the Canadian Senior Curling Championships, the teams started to sort themselves out even though this draw is just shy of the midpoint of the round robin. (Report by Bill Tschirhart) There are now no undefeated teams in the women's division. Going into Monday night's games, there were four women's teams tied in the loss column, the only column that really counts, with one loss (MB, ON, SK and PE). Three teams are right behind – Alberta, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island – chasing the leaders. On the men's side, NS was the only undefeated team, … [Read more...]

Nova Scotia’s O’Leary stays ahead of the pack

Draw 7 in the 2014 Canadian Senior Curling Championships featured some pivotal games as the standings start to take shape after three full days of round robin play. (Report by Bill Tschirhart) Nova Scotia skip Alan O'Leary in action during Draw 7 at the 2014 Canadian Senior Curling Championships (Photo James MacKenzie) The Team NS (O'Leary) men maintained its unblemished record with a last stone 8-5 win over a former CSCC champion from MB (Robertson). The lead in this game changed hands a few times but as the Bluenosers will tell you, you only have to be ahead at the end! Manitoba and Nova … [Read more...]

Curling teams named to Team BC for Canada Winter Games

The curling teams that will represent BC at the 2015 Canada Winter Games have been decided. Team Daniels and Team Tardi qualified through a playdown event held at Vernon Curling Club from March 21-23. Team Daniels, made up of 2014 BC junior champion Sarah Daniels, skip, 2014 BC Winter Games champion Dezaray Hawes, third, and the Thompson/Okanagan duo of second Cierra Fisher and lead Sydney Hofer, went undefeated through round robin play to clinch the spot on Team BC. The winning boys' team was Team Tardi, with skip Tyler Tardi (2014 W.R. Bennett Award for Athletic Excellence winner, 2013 BC … [Read more...]