2012 Ontario Scotties in Kenora

The 2011-12 Ontario Scotties Tournament of Hearts takes place Monday, January 23 to Sunday, January 29, 2012 at the Kenora Curling Club in Kenora, Ontario. Ten of the best Women's teams from across Ontario will compete in the provincial championship to represent Ontario at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Red Deer, Alberta from February 18, to 26, 2012. The Ontario Scotties is a round-robin event with two draws daily, and will end with a Page Playoff beginning Saturday, January 28 which will be televised on Shaw. Six teams from the Ontario Curling Association (OCA) and four teams from the … [Read more...]

Ontario Special Olympics Curling

Competing in the 2011 Special Olympics Ontario Winter Games will be a dream come true for many of the athletes competing in Thunder Bay starting Thursday. For Thunder Bay’s Rachel Warren, a first-year curler, it’s about having fun and making new friends. She watched curling on television over the years and decided that she wanted to try it. “I always wanted to curl and now I’m living my dreams,” Warren said Sunday while practicing at the Fort William Curling Club. The curling matches will be held Friday and Saturday. Full story: The Chronicle Journal - Athletes ready to hit the ice Follow … [Read more...]

Kingston to host 2013 Scotties

Kingston, Ontario – The 2013 Scotties Tournament of Hearts will be held in Ontario, for the ninth time in the event’s history. “It is a privilege to announce that the Canadian Curling Association is bringing this premier women's sporting event to Kingston," said Greg Stremlaw, CCA Chief Executive Officer. "We know that curlers and fans will enjoy the warm hospitality and generous spirit this community has to offer." Kingston has not hosted a Canadian Curling Championship since 1957, when Alberta's Matt Baldwin team won the Macdonald Brier. The last time Ontario won the Canadian Women's title, … [Read more...]

WCF makes no major rule changes

It was much ado about nothing. After much pomp and circumstance, the World Curling Federation elected not to conduct any major changes to the sport during its annual general assembly on Wednesday in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy. The only significant move the group made was the ouster of Canadian Les Harrison, a former board member of the Canadian Curling Association, as president of the WCF and replace him with his former vice-president Kate Caithness, of Scotland, who becomes the first female WCF president. Full story: Vancouver Sun … [Read more...]

Canada sweeps away Japan and France

Despite Germany’s Andy Kapp managing to tame the Canadian fury in last night’s draw, Canada’s Kevin Koe keeps looking down at everyone else in the rankings at the Capital One World Men’s Curling Championship, currently underway in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy. Right behind stands Norway, with a chance to join Canada tonight when they will play Germany. The United States has tripped up Scotland, which now sits in third position, followed by Pete Fenson’s American team. DRAW 13: At the fifth end break, the Scotland-USA game was tied 2-2. In end six, Scotland’s Warwick Smith made a hit for two and … [Read more...]

BC’s Jurgenson in Canadian Seniors Final

B.C.'s Christine Jurgenson thumped Ann McKellar-Gillis of the Northwest Territories/Yukon 10-1 on Friday to earn a bye to the final at the Canadian women's senior curling championship in Ottawa. Jurgenson (9-2) scored two in the fourth, two in the fifth, three in the sixth and two in the seventh before McKellar-Gillis (3-8) conceded. Meanwhile, Northern Ontario's Vicky Barrett topped Alberta's Diane Foster 8-6 to earn a spot in Saturday's afternoon's semifinal. Read more: CBC.ca … [Read more...]

McCarville drops into tie for second at Scotties

SAULT STE. MARIE, Ont. — Krista McCarville seemed to be the team to beat heading into Wednesday's action at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts, coming off an emphatic win over Prince Edward Island that gave her sole possession of first place in the standings. What a difference a day makes. McCarville dropped both her games on Wednesday and fell into a tie for second place at after 14 draws at the Scotties. Full story via The Canadian Press: McCarville drops into tie for second at 2010 Scotties Tournament of Hearts. … [Read more...]

McCarville rink hoping for some home-ice advantage

If Sault Ste. Marie is as kind to Krista McCarville as it has been in the past, then the Team Ontario skip may be in for a winning week at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts. It was on Soo Curlers Association ice in 1998 that Mc-Carville, then Krista Scharf, played second for the Thunder Bay rink from Port Arthur Curling Club, skipped by Sault native Elaine Uhryn, which won the Northern Ontario Junior Women's Curling Championships. Beginning Saturday at Essar Centre, McCarville will return as the skip of Team Ontario for the Scotties, Canada's national women's championship. Full story via … [Read more...]

George comes home

It’s where the heart is, there’s no place like it and they say you can never go back, but nonetheless, Tara George is heading home. In between family visits and catching up with old friends, the 36-year-old curler has a mission in mind, winning the Scotties Tournament of Hearts. It’s the fifth time in five years George has been to the Canadian women’s curling championship, four times with skip Krista McCarville and once as a fifth for Sherry Middaugh in 2008. George, whose father, Tom, helped secure the Sault Ste. Marie Scotties bid, is thrilled to get to play in familiar … [Read more...]

BC’s Sivertson second at Canadian Juniors

Ontario rinks swept the men’s and women’s titles at the M&M Meat Shops Canadian junior women’s curling championship Sunday. Ottawa’s Rachel Homan completed an unbeaten run on the women’s side with a 9-5 win over Victoria’s Dailene Sivertson, while Jake Walker from Kitchener won the men’s title with an 8-7 win over Manitoba’s Alex Forrest. The Homan foursome went 12-0 during the round robin and earned a bye to the final. They are the first team to run the table since Cathy Overton skipped her Manitoba rink to a perfect record in 1989. Full story - Homan, Walker win Canadian junior … [Read more...]