Playoffs for BC senior curling title to begin

Victoria's Wes Craig has secured his spot in the 2014 Tim Hortons BC Senior Curling Championships final by going undefeated through round-robin play. In women's play, Parksville's Penny Shantz was able to achieve the same feat. The final women's round robin games finished up this afternoon, and, with Shantz's win, she finished with a perfect 7-0 record and a bye to the final, which gets underway tomorrow at 2pm. (Third Sandra Jenkins, Second Debbie Pulak and Lead Kate Horne). On the line for all the teams is the B.C. senior curling championship title and the chance to head to nationals in … [Read more...]

Sidorova back in the hack at Ford World Women’s

Compared to the pressure of carrying Russia's hopes in women's curling at the Sochi Olympic Games, the 2014 Ford World Women's Curling Championship, presented by Booster Juice, might just be a welcome relief for Anna Sidorova. The young skip finished Olympic round-robin play in ninth place with a 3-6 record, but battled hard against some of the toughest teams in the game. Now, she moves on to Saint John for the world championship, March 15-23 at Harbour Station. Anna Sidorova (Photo WCF/Alina Paviluchik) At just 23 years of age, Sidorova already has her fair share of experience in … [Read more...]

MacKenzie leads Islanders to Kamloops

Eddie MacKenzie made his first trip to the Canadian men's curling championship in 1994, throwing third stones for the Prince Edward Island team skipped by Mike Gaudet. It took 17 years to get back to the national championship, but he's made the best of his resurgence, skipping the province's representatives three of the past four years. MacKenzie defended his 2013 title with a victory over top-seeded Jamie Newson, Feb. 9, at the Montague Curling Club in Montague, P.E.I. He will lead teammates Anson Carmody, Tyler MacKenzie and Sean Ledgerwood in the 2014 Tim Hortons Brier, presented by … [Read more...]

Another shot for Grattan at the Tim Hortons Brier

James Grattan has become the face of New Brunswick curling at the Canadian men's championship, making his debut appearance in 1997 when he took the bronze medal from Calgary back home to Moncton. James Grattan (Photo CCA/Michael Burns) It was another five years before he returned to the national championship, contested again in Calgary, moving from skip to play third for the Russ Howard team that that won bronze in 2002. At the 2014 provincial playdowns, Grattan earned the right to wear New Brunswick colours for an 11th time, with an 8-7 victory over Marc Lecocq in the championship final, … [Read more...]

New role for Oona Lehmann in Saint John

Imogen Oona Lehmann will be skipping for the first time at a major international event when she leads Team Germany at the 2014 Ford World Women's Curling Championship, presented by Booster Juice, March 15-23, at Harbour Station in Saint John. The 24-year-old, born and raised in Basel, Switzerland, played third on the country's 2010 national junior team. At the end of that season, she moved to Germany and signed on with two-time world champion Andrea Schöpp to take the place of longtime third, Monika Wagner. Oona Lehman gained invaluable experience as Schöpp's new vice-skip, competing in three … [Read more...]

Kamloops gets into the Brier spirit with Getting Started in Curling sessions

People are being introduced to the sport of curling at special sessions in Kamloops on the first day of the 2014 Tim Hortons Brier. The McArthur Island Curling Club, the Kamloops Curling Club, Curl BC and The Optimists are all working together to bring the sessions to a wide range of people. The fun one-hour interactive clinic teaches participants how to throw a rock, sweep, score and play a two-end curling game. Where: McArthur Island Curling Club, 1665 Island Parkway, Kamloops, BC, V2C 1W3 When: March 1, 2014 There are three sessions running, but space is limited. 10am – 11am 11am … [Read more...]

Cotter coming home to Kamloops

The lingering question for Kamloops fans throughout the current season has been who would represent British Columbia in the Canadian men's curling championship – the 2014 Tim Hortons Brier, presented by SecurTek – March 1-9 at the Interior Savings Centre. The answer came with an exclamation mark, Feb. 9, when John Morris defeated Jason Montgomery by an 11-2 score in the final of the provincial playdowns at the Vancouver Curling Club. The victory set the stage for a homecoming for Kamloops-raised Jim Cotter, who throws fourth stones on the Morris team. Jim Cotter and John Morris … [Read more...]

B.C. curling centres help Curl BC build lasting memories

Curl BC would like to thank all the curling centres that have hosted 2014 championship events. There have already been so many memorable moments built around these events and the host committees have made that possible. Thank you! Curl BC is now looking for curling centres who would like to create memories in 2015. How would you like to inspire your centre's junior curlers? Or would you like to be entertained by the best curling in the province? Those aspirations could become a reality. There are lots of reasons to host a B.C. championship, including: Increased community awareness of curling … [Read more...]

Share the love of curling

“I looked at the little boy and told him he didn't need to skate to curl, and his eyes lit up. ‘I'm going to curl this fall,' he said. It was music to my ears.” Kids from a Toronto area school showing how much fun curling is! Donor support can help reach even more kids. When new Rocks & Rings instructor Cathlia Ward arrived at the Unicorn Children's Centre in Riverview, N.B., to present her first session using FloorCurl equipment, she wasn't sure what to expect from the kids. “None of them had ever curled before,” says Ward. I was so excited to introduce my … [Read more...]

Field is set for 2014 BC Masters Curling Championships

The field is set for the 2014 BC Masters Curling Championships in Creston, with curlers from across the province taking part. Eight men's and eight women's teams will battle for gold in this 60+ competition which goes ahead at Creston Curling Club from March 5-9, 2014. Visit http://playdowns.com and click on the Curl BC tab for information about the event and the results as they come in. Teams representing curling centres in Sparwood, Kelowna, Prince George, Esquimalt, Victoria, Abbotsford, Vancouver and Maple Ridge are taking part in the men's competition. On the women's side, a Creston team … [Read more...]