Swedes hope to turn silver into gold

Margaretha Sigfridsson, fresh off winning the silver medal at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, will be coming to Saint John to represent Sweden for a sixth time at the world women's curling championship, March 15-23 at Harbour Station. In five previous trips to the worlds, Sigfridsson has won four silvers, and after taking second spot on the podium in Sochi, you can be sure the Swedish team will be focused on gold for the 2014 Ford World Women's Curling Championship, presented by Booster Juice. The skip, who delivers lead rocks, also earned a silver medal at the 1997 world juniors. She … [Read more...]

Gold-medal Jacobs foursome to appear at 2014 Tim Hortons Brier

Fresh off winning the Olympic men's curling gold medal in Sochi, the Brad Jacobs team will be in Kamloops for the closing weekend of the 2014 Tim Hortons Brier, presented by SecurTek. Team Canada, from left, Brad Jacobs, Ryan Fry, E.J. Harnden and Ryan Harnden, are coming to Kamloops for the 2014 Tim Hortons Brier! (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns) Jacobs, along with third Ryan Fry, second E.J. Harnden and lead Ryan Harnden, will arrive in Kamloops, B.C., late Friday, and will be at the Interior Savings Centre for the final two days of the Canadian men's curling championship. Team Canada will be … [Read more...]

Manitoba grinds out two-win Sunday at Tim Hortons Brier

Nothing is coming easy in the early stages of the Tim Hortons Brier presented by SecurTek. Manitoba skip Jeff Stoughton shouts instructions to his sweepers during Sunday night's win over New Brunswick. (Photos, CCA/Michael Burns) Manitoba's Jeff Stoughton is the only unbeaten skip at 4-0 after five draws but he struggled to win his two games Sunday. He needed an extra end to nip Jamie Koe of Northwest Territories/Yukon 7-6 in the afternoon draw and scored five in the 10th end to get past a scrappy New Brunswick 9-5 in the evening. Alberta skip Kevin Koe “It's interesting how some … [Read more...]

Ontario rookies pick up clutch win at Tim Hortons Brier

Greg Balsdon and his Hamilton team are having a blast in their initial appearance in the Tim Hortons Brier, presented by SecurTek. Ontario skip Greg Balsdon expresses his satisfaction with a shot during his win over Newfoundland/Labrador on Sunday. (Photos, CCA/Michael Burns) The Brier rookie skip calmly drew the four-foot with his final stone in the 10th end to count two and knock off veteran Brad Gushue of Newfoundland-Labrador 7-6. It was Ontario's second win and left the Balsdon foursome tied for second place at 2-1 behind unbeaten Jeff Stoughton of Manitoba. “Oh we're having fun, … [Read more...]

Quebec hangs on for Tim Hortons Brier win over Saskatchewan

The two games were on side-by-side sheets Sunday morning but they couldn't have been more different. Quebec skip Jean-Michel Ménard calls out instructions to sweepers during win over Saskatchewan on Sunday morning. (Photos, CCA/Michael Burns) Kevin Koe's Alberta team stole seven points in the first three ends to jump into a 9-0 lead over New Brunswick while Quebec and Ontario were waging a tit-for-tat scoreless battle at the same juncture of their game during the third draw at the Tim Hortons Brier, presented by SecurTek. Quebec finally broke the goose egg when skip Jean-Michel Ménard made … [Read more...]

11th-end steal produces dramatic Tim Hortons Brier win for Manitoba

Brad Gushue's final rock draw attempt in the 11th end came up about 20 feet short to allow Jeff Stoughton and his Manitoba team to escape Saturday with a 6-5 win over Newfoundland-Labrador in the second draw at the Tim Hortons Brier presented by SecurTek. Newfoundland/Labrador vice-skip Brett Gallant reacts to a shot during his team's loss to Manitoba on Saturday night. (Photos, CCA/Michael Burns) In an almost unbelievable ending to the game between two veteran, world-class teams, both skips couldn't even reach the house with their last-rock draw attempts. “You see two world-class … [Read more...]

B.C. steals victory over Alberta to open Tim Hortons Brier

John Morris's B.C. rink stole a single in the 10th end to nip Kevin Koe of Alberta 7-6 in the key game of the opening draw Saturday at the 2014 Tim Hortons Brier presented by SecurTek. Team B.C. skip John Morris, left, urges sweepers Rick Sawatsky, middle, and Jim Cotter during their win over Alberta's Kevin Koe on Saturday. (Photos, CCA/Michael Burns) In other matches Jeff Currie of Northern Ontario scored five in the second end en route to a 13-5 win over James Grattan of New Brunswick, Brad Gushue of Newfoundland-Labrador cracked three in the eighth to get past James Murphy of Nova … [Read more...]

Saskatchewan’s Muyres claims Ford Hot Shots title

Kirk Muyres has been watching the Ford Hot Shots competition since he was “knee-high to a duck” and Saturday, in his first foray into the event, he outdueled Darren Roach to win the skills contest. Saskatchewan's Kirk Muyres, left, accepts the keys to a Ford Fusion from Gerald Wood, General Manager, Western Region for Ford of Canada, on Saturday. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns) The Saskatchewan third scored 28 of a possible 30 points in the six-shot final to beat Roach, second for New Brunswick, 28-18. For his victory Muyres received a two-year lease of a 2014 Ford Fusion, 2.0l AWD … [Read more...]

Roach sets hot early pace in Ford Hot Shots competition

New Brunswick second Darren Roach was nearly perfect with his shot making Friday to lead the field after the preliminary round of the 2014 Ford Hot Shots competition. Team Ontario goes to work during the preliminary round of the Ford Hot Shots skills competition on Friday. The 27-year-old air systems cleaning specialist scored 29 of a possible 30 points to lead the eight shooters who advance into the quarter-finals. Other advancing are lead Dallan Muyres of Saskatchewan (26), lead Robert Borden of Northwest Territories/Yukon (25), third Kirk Muyres of Saskatchewan (24), second Colin Koivula … [Read more...]

A new look for Scots in Saint John

Since 2007, Eve Muirhead has been the poster girl for women's curling in Scotland, winning four world junior championships in the span of five years. The only world junior title she missed was in 2010, when she was out of the running due to the responsibilities of skipping Great Britain's team at the Vancouver Olympics. Muirhead, bronze medallist at this year's Olympics, has represented Scotland for the past five years at the world women's championship, becoming the youngest skip to win the gold medal in 2013. Hannah Fleming appeared to be the heir apparent to Muirhead, based on her … [Read more...]