End of season CTRS standings released

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The final Canadian Team Ranking System standings for the season have been released, with the Kevin Koe rink leading the Men’s. Team Brad Gushue, with PEI native Brett Gallant, were second, while PEI’s Adam Casey rink were 26th.
Rachel Homan, followed by Jennifer Jones, lead the women’s standings. PEI’s Suzanne Birt grabbed the last spot in the top twenty, while the Jill Brothers rink from Nova Scotia, which next season will include PEI native Erin Carmody, were 24.

The Canadian Team Ranking System (CTRS) is a point system designed by Curling Canada to rank Canadian men and women’s curling teams. The rankings are determined through points earned in various curling events held worldwide throughout the season.

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Tyler Smith team announces 2016-2017 season lineup

The Tyler Smith rink, who were PEI Pepsi Junior men’s runners up this season, and also competed in the Tankard men’s championship, have announced their lineup for next season. Joining Smith on the team will be Chris Gallant, returning to the Island from Manitoba, along with Noah O’Connor, who was on this season’s Matthew MacLean – skipped Junior Men’s championship rink, and Brooks Roche, who was on the Smith team this season.

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Curl PEI calls special meeting

Notice of Special Meeting

A special meeting of Curl PEI will take place on May 17 at 7:30pm at the House of Sport (Sport PEI, 40 Enman Cres. Room 212).  As per Curl PEI by-laws, this meeting is being called on the request of at least four members of the Executive: President, Angela Hodgson; 1st Vice President, Andrew Robinson; 2nd Vice President, Rod MacDonald;  Treasurer, Michelle MacIntyre; and Secretary, Grant Hardy.  The reason for this special meeting is to change the date of our Annual General Meeting.  In addition to the motion to change the by-law regarding the AGM date we will announce the sites and dates for the 2016/17 championships and appoint the auditors for the 2015/16 season.

The following is the motion being put forward by the Curl PEI Executive:

Be it resolved that by-law 3.1.1. be changed to read: “The Association shall hold its Annual General Meeting no later than October 15 of each calendar year.  The Executive shall set the place, day and time of the meeting.

Rationale:

More time is required to have a mandatory review engagement completed of Curl PEI finances to present to the membership.

Clubs are asked to identify by May 13th  who will be attending from their club by contacting Amy Duncan at aduncan@sportpei.pe.ca.

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More on Mary Fay bows out of curling, for now (Local Xpress)

By MONTY MOSHER Local Xpress

There will be no title defence for Team Mary Fay.

Whispers became fact on Saturday when the world junior women’s curling championship team announced that Chester’s Fay is not returning to the group and is walking away from the game, at least for now. She is expected to attend Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont., in the fall.

From left, Nova Scotia's Kristin Clarke (the team's third), skip Mary Fay, lead Janique LeBlanc and second Karlee Burgess. (MICHAEL BURNS / Curling Canada)

From left, Nova Scotia’s Kristin Clarke (the team’s third), skip Mary Fay, lead Janique LeBlanc and second Karlee Burgess. (MICHAEL BURNS / Curling Canada)

The remainder of the team featuring Karlee Burgess, Kristin Clarke and Janique LeBlanc, along with B.C.’s Sarah Daniels, and coach Andrew Atherton were competing in Sherwood Park, Alta., at a Grand Slam of Curling event. The team posted a 1-3 record in their final competition of the season, ending a historic run.

Fay missed the final competition to study for International Baccalaureate exams at Park View Education Centre. Daniels, the alternate for the worlds, joined in for the week with Clarke moving into Fay’s customary role as skip.

“It was a very difficult decision for me to make and I didn’t take it lightly,” Fay said in an email to localxpress.ca. “Curling has been a huge part of my life and it has given me opportunities that I never would have dreamt were possible.

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Nova Scotia World Jr. champ Mary Fay to walk away from curling (CurlingZone)

A surprising announcement was made on Sportsnet during the Champions Cup Grand Slam of Curling women’s quarterfinals today, as Mary Fay, skip of 2016 World and Canadian Juniors champions from Chester Nova Scotia will walk away from curling.

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Curling Canada file photo: Mary Fay front (PEI’s Veronica Smith is at the back)

Here is the announcement, courtesy of CurlingZone.

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Member Organizations to vote in June on national U18 ch’ship to replace Optimist International (Curling Canada)

Earlier this month, the 2016 Optimist International Under-18 Curling Championship took over the Jasper Place Curling Club in Edmonton. The Saskatchewan men’s and Manitoba women’s teams recently took home the gold medals in this annual event that provides an opportunity for young curlers to develop their competitive skills against teams from across Canada and beyond.

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2016 Optimist International Under-18 Curling Championship participants (Detour Photography)

The Steering Committee (currently Bill Hans, Eric Bundgaard, Al Kersey, and Paul Bourque), started the Optimist International Under-18 Curling Championships in 2001 as part of Optimist International’s commitment to helping youth. Both the 2015 and 2016 event were co-hosted by the Jasper Place Curling Club, run by Cathy Craig, and the Saville Community Sports Centre, represented by Karla Ishida, in Edmonton.

In its 16th year, the Optimist Under-18 International Curling Championship is unique in that men’s and women’s teams represent the Canadian provinces and territories, but also come from the United States and Japan. This year, the curlers attended a development camp before the main event, and were coached by high performance curlers and coaches including Kelsey Rocque, Dana Ferguson, Danielle Schmiemann, Mick Lizmore, Don Bartlett, Jules Owchar, Gary Coderre, and Cathy Craig.

Additionally, Kelsey Rocque, an Optimist Under-18 past participant, past Canadian Junior and World Junior champion, and current CIS/CCA Curling champion, delivered the first stone during the opening ceremonies and presented the keynote address at the popular Saturday night banquet.

In the women’s event, two teams went through undefeated after the five draws: New Brunswick in the A pool and Manitoba in the B pool. For the men’s teams, Saskatchewan was undefeated in the A pool and Quebec topped the B pool at 4-1. In this event, all teams play in the playoffs to decide the top 12 World Under-18 seeds.

The men’s final gold medal game between Saskatchewan and Quebec went to an extra end after Saskatchewan skip Mitchell Dales was heavy on a draw against two. He made up for it in the extra end, however, drawing against three to seal the win and take home the gold medal. This will be 18-year-old Dales’s last Optimist Under-18 event.

Coach Wendy Miller talks to her Team Northwest Territories team during their first game (Detour Photography) 2016 Optimist International Under-18 Women’s Gold Medal Winners Team Manitoba: (left to right) Lead -Jenessa Rutter, Second - Emily Zacharias, Third - Morgan Reimer, Skip - Mackenzie Zacharias, Coach - Sheldon Zacharias (Detour Photography) 2016 Optimist International Under-18 Men’s Gold Medal Winners Team Saskatchewan: (left to right) coach – Darlene Kaminski (standing in for coach Verne Anderson, who was competing at the Canadian Masters): Lead - Braden Fleischhacker, Second - Mitchell Schmidt, Third - Dustin Mikush, Skip - Mitchell Dales. (Detour Photography)

2016 Optimist International Under-18 Men’s Gold Medal Winners Team Saskatchewan: (left to right) coach – Darlene Kaminski (standing in for coach Verne Anderson, who was competing at the Canadian Masters): Lead – Braden Fleischhacker, Second – Mitchell Schmidt, Third – Dustin Mikush, Skip – Mitchell Dales. (Detour Photography)

“It’s been a blast!” he said about this unique competition. “We’ve had a lot of fun here. It’s so much fun to play against international teams. I think it’s a new thing to do and it’s different. Before our Juveniles started we actually had a chance to play against Anna Sidorova [Women’s Team Russia] so it was a good warm-up game for this event.”

Because he’s “aged out” of the Under-18 competition, Dales has set his sights on the next challenge: “Our focus is Canadian Juniors next year.”

In the women’s event, the two undefeated teams, Manitoba and New Brunswick, faced off in the final. Manitoba skip Mackenzie Zacharias and her team were in control most of the way, finally allowing New Brunswick to score a deuce in the seventh end after a series of blanks and singles by Manitoba. The eighth end ended in early handshakes, with Manitoba capturing the gold medal with a score of 3-2.

Coach Wendy Miller talks to her Team Northwest Territories team during their first game (Detour Photography) 2016 Optimist International Under-18 Women’s Gold Medal Winners Team Manitoba: (left to right) Lead -Jenessa Rutter, Second - Emily Zacharias, Third - Morgan Reimer, Skip - Mackenzie Zacharias, Coach - Sheldon Zacharias (Detour Photography)

2016 Optimist International Under-18 Women’s Gold Medal Winners Team Manitoba: (left to right) Lead -Jenessa Rutter, Second – Emily Zacharias, Third – Morgan Reimer, Skip – Mackenzie Zacharias, Coach – Sheldon Zacharias (Detour Photography)

Curling in Canada is a treat for the international competitors as well. Seventeen-year-old Christine McMakin, skip for the Minnesota women’s team and 2016 World Women’s Junior Curling Championship silver medallist, has been an Optimist Under-18 competitor five times.

“It’s just nice to see new competition because in the States there’s so few curlers,” she said about having the opportunity to play against new teams at the Optimist each year. “We play against the same people all the time so we get to know each other’s habits and then when we get to higher levels like the Worlds, we don’t know how to play against people we’ve never played against.”

This Under-18 event also helps develop the sport in places where high-performance curling isn’t as widespread. Wendy Miller was at this year’s event as the coach for the Northwest Territories women’s team. She played on Kerry Galusha’s Northwest Territories team for four years, attending the 2011, 2012, and 2013 Scotties Tournament of Hearts, and she was excited about finally being certified as a coach and attending this first event as a team. Miller stressed how important an under-18 event is for the development of junior teams from the Territories.

“There’s not a lot of junior teams in the north, so they play adults: we play in the Thursday night league and we play people like Kerry (Galusha, skip of Team NT at the 2016 Scotties Tournament of Hearts) and Jamie (Koe, skip of Team NT at the Tim Hortons Brier). So it’s nice to be here and play other junior teams,” said Miller. “I think that’s really great for (the young curlers) because they don’t have many people their age that are pumped about curling that they can really relate to. So then they come here and they look around and they see all these other young people enjoying the sport and I think that really gets them excited.”

Miller also stressed the significance of having curlers like the Koe siblings to look up to as role models and inspiration.

Coach Wendy Miller talks to her Team Northwest Territories team during their first game (Detour Photography)

Coach Wendy Miller talks to her Team Northwest Territories team during their first game (Detour Photography)

“Kids in the north are getting interested in (curling). They see it on TV. People know who (2016 World Champion) Kevin Koe is. They see him on TV, they know he’s from the North, and everybody from the North feels like they’re friends with Kevin Koe,” she said. “There’s so much support for our own teams and they also see him doing well and I think kids in the north actually think that ‘maybe that could be me someday, maybe I could be that team’, so it inspires them to go out and play.”

Next year’s competition may have a different look: Member Associations across Canada will be presented with a proposal for Curling Canada to introduce an Under-18 championship, an idea that will be discussed and voted on at the Annual General Meeting this June in Cornwall, Ont.

(Story by Lisa Shamchuk)

Click to read at Curling Canada

Gushue, Koe both 2-0 after Champions Cup Draw 5. TV coverage starts today. (GSOC)

(by Jonathan Brazeau)

SHERWOOD PARK, Alta. — Reigning world champ Kevin Koe of Calgary cruised to a 9-2 victory after clashing with Peter de Cruz of Switzerland during Draw 5 action Wednesday night at the Humpty’s Champions Cup.

koeKevin Koe at the 2016 Humpty’s Champions Cup in Sherwood Park, Alta. (Photo: Anil Mungal)

Koe got on the scoreboard first stealing two in the second and maintained control adding three in the fourth and a four-ender in the sixth to bring out early handshakes. De Cruz was held to singles in three and five.

Team Koe climb to a 2-0 record in the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling season finale while Team de Cruz are level at 1-1 during round-robin play.

“We got a nice steal of two in the second end that kind of set the tone of the game,” Team Koe third Marc Kennedy said. “Then Kevin made a couple good shots. We got a few breaks, got some misses, just riding some good momentum lately.”

Teams had to win a high-profile tour event over the course of the season in order to qualify for the Humpty’s Champions Cup. The Edmonton native Kennedy has had his mind on this event since September when his team became the first to earn a berth by capturing the Pinty’s GSOC season opening Tour Challenge Tier 1.

“I don’t get to play in my own backyard very often so I’ve been looking forward to this event all year,” he said. “The crowds are great, the energy is good. We’re excited to have earned our spot here and we’re starting to play pretty good so I’m looking forward to a good weekend.”

Elsewhere, Brad Gushue of St. John’s, N.L., also moved up to a 2-0 record with a 5-2 win over American John Shuster, who dropped to 0-2.

Saskatoon’s Steve Laycock improved to a 1-1 record rolling to a 9-1 victory in just five ends over Edmonton’s Mick Lizmore (1-2). Laycock scored three in the first and stole four in the third for an early seven-point advantage. Lizmore was limited to a single in four and shook hands after Laycock added a deuce in five.


Humpty’s Champions Cup: : Scores | Standings | Schedule | TV Schedule | Watch Online


In the women’s division, it was a good day at the office for the Japanese teams skipped by Satsuki Fujisawa and Ayumi Ogasawara as they picked up pairs of wins Wednesday.

The world silver medallist Fujisawa prevailed over Ottawa’s Rachel Homan in the evening draw with a 7-6 extra end victory.

Fujisawa led 5-0 at the break scoring one in the second, stealing a point in the third and three in the fourth. Homan, who won three consecutive Pinty’s GSOC majors this season, bounced back with a deuce in six.

The two rinks alternated singles in six and seven and Homan forced the decisive extra end by scoring three in the eighth. Fujisawa made a hit and roll to split the rings with her first skip stone in the extra and didn’t need to throw her last as Homan was unable to get the right freeze on her final shot.

Team Fujisawa also scored a 4-2 win over Jacqueline Harrison of Mississauga, Ont., during the noon draw.

Meanwhile, Ogasawara defeated Edmonton’s Kelsey Rocque 6-4 in the evening after edging Silvana Tirinzoni of Switzerland 4-3 during the noon draw.

NOTES: The Humpty’s Champions Cup is the seventh and final event of the 2015-16 Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling season and runs through to Sunday at the Sherwood Park Arena Sports Centre. … TV coverage begins Thursday on Sportsnet. … The event is the second of two new tournaments added to the schedule this year along with the Tour Challenge, which kicked off the season in September. … The Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling returns for the 2016-17 season starting with the Masters, Oct. 25-30, in Okotoks, Alta.

Click to read at the Grand Slam website.

Gushue, with PEI native Gallant, tops Mouat to kick off inaugural Champions Cup (GSOC)

(by Jonathan Brazeau)

SHERWOOD PARK, Alta. — Recent Players’ Championship winner Brad Gushue picked up where he left off in the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling series.

Gushue of St. John’s, N.L., kicked off the inaugural Humpty’s Champions Cup with a 7-6 victory over Scotland’s Bruce Mouat on Tuesday night to extend his series winning streak to 15 games.

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Things were a bit dicey in the third end. Tied 1-1 after two, Gushue nearly broke the game open early looking for a four-ender but missed on his last and instead raised Mouat’s stones as the game swung to a 2-1 advantage for the reigning world junior champion.

“It was a bit of a battle,” Gushue said. “We got off to a good start with a steal in the first end and had a shot for four in the third. I feathered the guard and actually raised them into the button to give them one so that kind of made the game a lot closer than it could have been if I make that shot.”

A deuce in four gave Gushue a 3-2 lead and Mouat knotted it up with a single in five.

Gushue finally got his four-ender in the sixth to put a hold on the game up 7-3. Mouat took two in the seventh and sat another pair in eight, but Gushue held the hammer coming home and knocked out one to concede a point but hold on for the W.

“They played pretty well and in the sixth end we got a couple misses out of them and got a big four end there and that was kind of the end of the game,” Gushue said. “We had a four-point lead at that point, which is usually enough for us with two ends to go and we played the last two ends pretty solid and came out with a win.

“It’s nice, a nice crowd, the ice was great, so it was a good start.”

Teams had to win a high-profile event over the course of the season in order to qualify for the Humpty’s Champions Cup and Gushue believes it’s great to see teams that normally wouldn’t make it into a Pinty’s GSOC event based strictly on order of merit points.

“I think getting some new people an opportunity here to play on great ice and in front of a great crowd and eventually on TV as we get closer to the weekend is good,” he said. “It could be an opportunity for guys like these or any other team like Mick Lizmore or some of the teams people probably haven’t heard of as much. They have a good week here and get some points and it could help them get into the Slams next year. It’s an opportunity for a stepping stone for them.

“I know for us when we first started playing in them we got to the final of the Players’ back in 2005 and that was kind of our stepping stone. That got us enough points to get in and once we got in we were able to stay in.”

Gushue entered the event having won the past two Pinty’s GSOC events running the table at the Elite 10 and the Players’ Championship. The team of Gushue, third Mark Nichols, second Brett Gallant, and lead Geoff Walker have also captured the Rogers Grand Slam Cup as the overall season champions.


Humpty’s Champions Cup: Scores | Standings | Schedule | TV Schedule | Watch Online


Elsewhere, reigning world champ Kevin Koe of Calgary scored an 8-3 victory over Edmonton’s Mick Lizmore. Koe counted three in the first, took two in the fourth and added another trey in six to bring out the early handshakes. Lizmore scored a deuce in the second and was held to a single in five.

In the women’s division, reigning Scotties champ Chelsea Carey of Calgary prevailed 5-4 over Edmonton’s Kelsey Rocque. Carey snapped a 2-2 tie counting three in the sixth.

Rocque looked to close the gap in seven but her last came up short and Carey gave up just one more in the eighth to secure the victory.

Ottawa’s Rachel Homan, the Rogers Grand Slam Cup women’s champion, picked up a single in the eighth to edge Edmonton’s Val Sweeting 5-4.

NOTES: The Humpty’s Champions Cup is the seventh and final event of the 2015-16 Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling season and runs through to Sunday at the Sherwood Park Arena Sports Centre. … TV coverage begins Thursday on Sportsnet. … The event is the second of two new tournaments added to the schedule this year along with the Tour Challenge, which opened the season in September. … The Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling returns for the 2016-17 season starting with the Masters, Oct. 25-30, in Okotoks, Alta.

Click to read at the Grand Slam of Curling website

Canada Games Council seeking Athlete Representative

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Call for Applications – Sport Committee Position
Athlete Representative

  1. BACKGROUNDThe Canada Games Council (CGC) is the franchise holder for the Canada Games and Canada Games Movement. We are responsible for the on-going management and delivery of the Canada Games and the promotion and development of the broader Canada Games Movement across the country. The Council ensures the Games play an important role in Canadian sport development.CGC Mission

    The CGC delivers the Canada Games as a unique, premium, nation building, multi-sport event and works continuously to strengthen the Canada Games Movement, in partnership with government, the private sector and the sport community.

    Sport Committee Terms of Reference

    The Sport Committee is convened at the pleasure of the Board of Directors of the CGC and is delegated responsibility to consider and decide on sport matters including but not necessarily limited to those noted below. The Sport Committee shall attempt to further the mission and strategic directions of the CGC in the areas of the sport program and technical matters and athlete care, comfort and safety.
    The individual committee members are ratified at the Board’s Annual General Meeting and currently consist of the following:

    – Chair – appointed by the Board
    – CGC Director of Sport & Games
    – 2 National Sport Organization (NSO) Reps
    – 2 Provincial/Territorial Reps
    – 1 Athlete Rep
    – 1 Sport Canada Rep – Non Voting
    – CGC Sport & Games Staff – Non Voting

    Sport Committee members (with the exception of the CGC Director of Sport & Games and non-voting members) shall serve terms of four (4) years with a maximum of two (2) terms. Terms are staggered so that all committee members do not change at the same time.
    Specific Responsibilities

    The Sport Committee will have primary responsibility for the following:

    – Principles that Govern Technical Packages:
    – Age Categories;
    – Athlete Eligibility;
    – Competition Formats;
    – Sport Scoring;
    – Sport Technical Packages;
    – Technical Officials;
    – Sport Venues;
    – Technical Representatives;
    – Canada Games Flag and Centennial Cup;
    – Sport Technical Policies/Procedures;
    – Sport Selection;
    – Sport Schedule;
    – Protests and Appeals;
    – Athlete Care, Comfort and Safety;

    2. ATHLETE REPRESENTATIVE (1 position)

    Description:
    You are an active or retired Provincial/Territorial or National team athlete and Canada Games alumnus who has an affinity for the Games and appreciates and understands the importance the Games play in the Canadian athlete development system.

    Time commitment:
    The committee typically holds one or two face to face meetings and five to six conference calls per year.

    We are looking for individuals that can make a minimum four-year commitment, with a possibility of one additional term.

    Skills and expertise:
    Broad-based knowledge of the Canada Games and the Canadian Sport system. Ability to link sport technical decisions, and its impact on athletes and the Canadian sport system. Specific knowledge of participants care and comfort needs at a multi sport games.

    Term:
    Four year term begins in June 2016 (renewable to a maximum of one additional term or eight years in total).

    3. APPLICATION PROCESS

    Please complete the linked application form – by May 13, 2016.
    Application – http://goo.gl/forms/4W6mr

Colleen Jones: Thought I was being punk’d when Canadian Sports Hall of Fame called (Sportsnet)

Legendary curler Colleen Jones was shocked when the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame came a calling, but is truly honoured to be recognized and for the chance to live out her dream.

The announcement that she will be in the Hall of Fame was made today. The official ceremony will take place Nov. 1.

Click to watch video at Sportsnet

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PEI native Erin Carmody to join Nova Scotia’s Jill Brothers rink

Team Jill Brothers, out of Halifax, announced recently via their Twitter account that PEI native Erin Carmody, who has recently been curling in Alberta, is moving to Nova Scotia to pursue her Masters degree at Mount St. Vincent University, and will be joining the Brothers rink at third stone. Carmody will replace Sarah Murphy, who is expecting her first baby in October. Sarah will now be filling the role of fifth player for the team. Blisse Joyce continues as second stone for the team, while Jennifer Brine replaces Teri Udle at lead. (with info from the Grand Slam of Curling website)

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Photo: Erin Carmody, 2nd from left, with the Crystal Webster rink in 2012

Team Brothers are the reigning Nova Scotia Scotties champions. Brothers, originally from the Liverpool area, won a Canadian Junior title as Jill Mouzar, and placed second at the world championship in 2004. She has also made three appearances at the national Scotties women’s curling championship. Three-time PEI junior champ Carmody, throwing fourth stones for Kathy O’Rourke, made the 2010 Canadian Scotties final, but lost to Jennifer Jones, although she won the Sandra Schmirler Most Valuable Player Award.

 

Team Nova Scotia skip Jill Brothers and lead Teri Udle in draw eleven action at the 2016 Scotties Tournament of Hearts, the Canadian Womens Curling Championships, Grande Praire, Alberta

Team Nova Scotia skip Jill Brothers and lead Teri Udle in draw eleven action at the 2016 Scotties Tournament of Hearts, the Canadian Womens Curling Championships, Grande Prairie, Alberta (Curling.ca)

 

PEI Scotties Champs going their separate ways for next season

The reigning PEI Scotties champions. Team Birt, sent out the following message on their Facebook page this evening:

As the 2015/2016 curling season comes to a close, we would like to thank our sponsors, family and friends for their support this year. Couldn’t do any of this without you! As you all know, there is a lot that goes into a competitive curling team and due to different schedules and life circumstances we have decided to go our separate ways for next season. Wherever we land, you can be sure that we’ll be enjoying ourselves doing what we love to do. Thanks again!

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Spirit of Sandra scholarships deadline extended to May 30

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$5000 Spirit of Sandra™ Scholarships
Over the past three years, Spirit of Sandra Junior Curling Scholarships have been awarded to outstanding young curlers in all but three provinces across Canada. We’d like to enlist your support in reaching out to junior curlers from coast to coast to coast and encourage them to apply for these $5,000 scholarships.
Fifteen junior curlers from 7 provinces have already taken advantage of this opportunity to help finance their post-secondary studies in a Canadian University or College setting, while continuing to curl competitively. Brooks Roche (2015)  and Veronica Smith (2014) from PEI are among the recipients of this scholarship, first presented in 2013.
Recipients must be 20 years of age or under as of June 30, 2015 and therefore eligible to compete as a junior curler.
Successful applicants will be mentored by world championship curlers, Jon Mead and Cathy Overton-Clapham, who volunteer their time to help these young athletes realize their own dreams.
The application deadline for 2016 has been extended to midnight (Eastern Time) May 30, 2016.
This is an opportunity that’s too good to miss.
As one of our Spirit of Sandra scholars said;
“I’m so proud to have been a Spirit of Sandra scholar. I’ve had so much fun, met so many wonderful people and learned so much about myself and the importance of giving back to my community”.
Please reach out to junior curlers that you know, their parents and coaches, and encourage them to take the time to complete the application for a Spirit of Sandra Scholarship.

Gushue, with PEI native Gallant, wins Players’ Ch’ship, completes career Grand Slam (GSOC)

(by Jonathan Brazeau)

TORONTO — Brad Gushue of St. John’s, N.L., has won the Players’ Championship to complete a career Grand Slam.

gushuepcBrad Gushue at the 2016 Players’ Championship in Toronto. (Photo: Anil Mungal)

Gushue defeated defending champ Brad Jacobs of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., 5-4 in Sunday’s final.

Team Gushue — featuring third Mark Nichols, second Brett Gallant, and lead Geoff Walker — earned a total of $101,500 during the week as they also captured the Rogers Grand Slam Cup as the overall season champions Saturday to cash in the $75,000 bonus.

Gushue landed on the lid with his last shot of the first end to settle for a single and a 1-0 lead. The five-time Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling event winner froze perfectly on the button and under cover with his last in the second and Jacobs conceded the steal.

Jacobs bounced back putting the pressure on in the third to get a deuce. The 2014 Olympic gold medallist forced Gushue to one in the fourth, but was also held to a single in five as he faced four counters in the house.

Gushue took two in the sixth for the lead. Jacobs had a chance to knot it back up but came up light on his draw and missed the rings. Gushue kept the house clean in eight to run Jacobs out of rocks.

Jacobs defeated Winnipeg’s Mike McEwen in last year’s final to earn his first career Grand Slam title.

Earlier Sunday, Eve Muirhead of Scotland topped Winnipeg’s Jennifer Jones 9-6 to win her third Players’ Championship women’s title in four years.

Click to read at the Grand Slam website.

 

Gushue rink, with PEI native Brett Gallant, clinches Rogers Grand Slam Cup (GSOC)

(by Jonathan Brazeau)

TORONTO — Brad Gushue of St. John’s, N.L., has claimed the 2015-16 Rogers Grand Slam Cup.

Gushue defeated Niklas Edin of Sweden 7-3 during Saturday afternoon’s quarterfinal draw at the Players’ Championship to clinch the season title in the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling series and earn a $75,000 bonus.

gushue_brad12802-640x360Brad Gushue at the Players’ Championship in Toronto. (Photo: Anil Mungal)

Team Gushue have already captured two Pinty’s GSOC titles this season taking the National and the Elite 10 as the rink now looks to complete a career Grand Slam — winning all four majors — heading into the semifinals at the Players’.

Gushue settled for one in the first and stole a pair in the third to grab a 3-0 lead. Edin, a two-time world champion, took two in the fourth end to close the gap to one but Gushue replied with a three-ender in five to make it 6-2.

Edin avoided disaster in the sixth making an unbelievable angle raise quad for a single.

Gushue added another point in seven to extend their series winning streak to 12 games after they ran the table to win the Elite 10 last month and finished the Players’ Championship round-robin play with a 5-0 record.

Gushue now meets Scotland’s David Murdoch, who advanced to the semifinals of a Pinty’s GSOC event for the first time in his career with a convincing 8-2 victory over Glenn Howard, of Penetanguishene, Ont.

“The quarters have always been the stumbling block at the Slams,” Murdoch said. “It’s been a goal for us to make the semifinals. We’ve had plenty of opportunities in the quarterfinals this year and never quite took them. Today we brought a good game out there. Just pleased. You know you’re doing something right if you’re making semis at the Players’ Championship.”

Meanwhile, Winnipeg’s Mike McEwen took down recently crowned world champ Kevin Koe of Calgary 8-5.

The six-time Pinty’s GSOC event winner McEwen will meet defending champ Brad Jacobs of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., who was perfect curling 100 percent in a 6-2 win over Saskatoon’s Steve Laycock 6-2.

Jacobs edged McEwen in last year’s Players’ Championship final to earn his first career Pinty’s GSOC title and the Rogers Grand Slam Cup.

The men’s and women’s semifinals are Sunday at 11 a.m. AT (watch on Sportsnet ONE).

Click to read at the Grand Slam site

Nova Scotia Strikes Gold at Canadian Firefighters (Truro Daily News)

(by Joey Smith) TRURO – History was made at the Truro Curling Club on Saturday. In front of a crowd of more than 200, Chad Stevens gave Nova Scotia its first Canadian firefighters curling title after an 8-4 victory over … Continue reading

Host Nova Scotia wins their first-ever Canadian Firefighters title

The Chad Stevens rink from the Chester Fire Department didn’t have far to travel to win Nova Scotia’s first Canadian Firefighters Curling Championship today, beating Alberta’s Aaron Bartling squad 7-5 in the semifinal game, and doubling the Greg Tarasoff foursome … Continue reading

Sask. advances to Cdn. Firefighters final, Alta. vs NS in semi

The Canadian Firefighters Curling Championship is down to two games, following the completion of the Page playoffs this afternoon in Truro. The Saskatchewan team, who have only one loss in the entire event, advanced to the 1 pm Saturday final, … Continue reading

PEI finishes play with 4-6 record at Canadian Firefighters Ch’ship

Round robin play concluded this afternoon at the Canadian Firefighters Curling Championship in Truro, with the PEI team, skipped by Leo Stewart from the Summerside Fire Department, finishing out of the playoffs with a 4-6 win-loss record. The Island squad … Continue reading

Prairie teams win Canadian Masters in NS

The Saskatchewan women, skipped by Merle Kopach, and Alberta men, with skip Ed Lukowich. are the Canadian Masters champions, following play in the Annapolis Valley over the weekend. The Saskatchewan women beat the host province, skipped by Margaret Cutcliffe, 6-3, … Continue reading

Four teams with only 1 loss, PEI slips to 2-3 at the Canadian Firefighters Ch’ship

The PEI rink, skipped by Leo Stewart from the Summerside Fire Department, lost both their games – 8-4 to Alberta, and 7-4 to Southern Ontario, today at the Canadian Firefighters Curling Championship in Truro, to slip to a 2-3 win-loss … Continue reading

PEI 2-1, Alberta, Quebec and NS still undefeated at Canadian Firefighters Ch’ship

The PEI team from the Summerside Fire Dept., skipped by Leo Stewart, split their games today at the Canadian Firefighters Curling Championship in Truro, beating Northern Ont. 11-8, aided by a 5 point second end, but losing 7-5 to Saskatchewan. … Continue reading

Summerside names their rookies of the season

The Silver Fox held their closing bonspiel and  banquet on the weekend. Shown are Sheila Compton President of the curling club, presenting  the Rookie Male and Rookie Female awards to Michelle Stark and Ron McIntyre. Photo (L-R): Sheila Compton, Michelle … Continue reading

PEI opens with an extra-end win at Canadian Firefighters Ch’ship in Truro

The Summerside Fire Department team, skipped by Leo Stewart, picked up a win in the opening draw of the Canadian Firefighters Curling Championship, being played at the Truro Curling Club. The Island squad beat Team Manitoba, skipped by Len Krisko, … Continue reading

Epping, who won in Summerside in 2012, hoping for hometown Players’ Ch’ship win (GSOC)

(by Jonathan Brazeau) John Epping is receiving the rock star treatment for his hometown Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling event. The Toronto-based skip has taken his play to another level this season highlighted with a perfect game against Brad Gushue … Continue reading

PEI teams out of the playoffs at Canadian Masters

Women’s round robin play wrapped up Wednesday and men’s round robin play finished this morning at the Canadian Masters Curling Championships in the Annapolis Valley, with both PEI teams finishing out of the playoffs and in the “seeding pool”. Sandy … Continue reading

Joyce Myers Trust Fund Scholarship and Capital Works Grant Applications due May 15

The Board of Trustees of the Joyce Myers Trust Fund created a Scholarship Fund as a means to assist  talented full time student athletes in Atlantic Canada. Priority will be given to athletes attending Atlantic universities, colleges or vocational schools. Click Joyce Myers … Continue reading

Neither 1st place team (with Brett Gallant) nor 2nd place (with Geoff Walker) going to World Mixed Doubles (Curling Canada)

Canada will send an experienced pairing to the 2016 World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship, it was announced today by Curling Canada. Marliese Kasner and Dustin Kalthoff will wear the Maple Leaf at the 2016 World Mixed Doubles Championship. (Photo Curling … Continue reading

Hope 1-1, Walsh 0-2 after opening day at Canadian Masters

Two draws are in the books after opening day play at the Canadian Masters Curling Championships, for curlers age 60 and over, being played in the Annapolis Valley. PEI’s Sandy Hope team, from the Cornwall Curling Club, recovered from a … Continue reading

Summerside Fire Department competing in Canadian Firefighters Curling Ch’ships, starting Saturday

The opening draw takes place on Saturday, following the team draw and opening ceremonies on Friday evening as the 57th Canadian Firefighters Curling Championship gets underway at the Truro Curling Club, hosted by the Nova Scotia Firefighters Curling Association. Truro … Continue reading

PEI native Brett Gallant, Jocelyn Peterman are 2016 Mixed Doubles champs (Curling Canada)

Jocelyn Peterman and Brett Gallant are the 2016 Canadian Mixed Doubles champions after battling to a 12-8 win over Laura Crocker and Geoff Walker at the Nutana Curling Club in Saskatoon, Sask., on Sunday.“It was a bit of a battle. … Continue reading

PEI native Brett Gallant wins Canadian Mixed Doubles Championship

PEI native Brett Gallant, curling with Jocelyn Peterman from Alberta, beat Gallant’s Team Gushue teammate Geoff Walker, teamed with Laura Crocker, who curls out of Edmonton, by a 12-8 score this evening to win the Canadian Mixed Doubles Championship in … Continue reading

Casey wins “Tuff” bonspiel

Adam Casey won the one-on-one “Tuff Spiel”, sponsored by Dow AgroSciences and Bayer CropScience, which took place Saturday at the Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club in Summerside. Tim Hockin was the runner-up, while  Sheila Compton won the Consolation Round … Continue reading

Optimist U18 event to be replaced (upon approval) by a Curling Canada national U18 ch’ship

(by Lisa Shamchuk) It was announced at the banquet last night that this will be the last year for the Optimist U18 Curling Championships. The Optimist U18 Steering Committee has been working with Curling Canada for many years to establish … Continue reading

Ontario men and Nova Scotia women win gold at Everest Seniors (Curling Canada)

Ontario’s Bryan Cochrane and Nova Scotia’s Colleen Jones claimed the men’s and women’s 2016 Everest Canadian Senior Curling Championship titles on Saturday afternoon in Digby, N.S. Cochrane overpowered the defending champion, Randy Neufeld, 6-3, while Jones defeated Saskatchewan’s Sherry Anderson, … Continue reading

PEI native Gallant advances to Mixed Doubles quarters, Smith/Holland finish with 3-4 record (Curling Canada)

Ottawa’s Emma Miskew and Toronto’s Ryan Fry put together a second-half comeback Saturday night to reach the quarter-finals of the 2016 Canadian Mixed Curling Championship in Saskatoon. Ryan Fry and Emma Miskew secured their berth in the quarter-finals with a … Continue reading

PEI’s Smith/Holland duo pick up Canadian Mixed Doubles win over a pre-tournament favourite (Curling Canada)

After eight rounds of play, the pool standings are taking shape, with five teams remaining undefeated as the competition heads into Round Nine. Rachel Homan/Mark Nichols along with Laura Crocker/Geoff Walker both lead Pool A with undefeated records of 5-0.They … Continue reading

Championship round is underway at Everest Canadian Seniors (Curling Canada)

Ontario’s Bryan Cochrane remains undefeated and Cathy King (Alberta) and Sherry Anderson (Saskatchewan) continue to battle for top spot on the women’s side as the championship round got underway on Thursday at the 2016 Everest Senior Men’s and Women’s Curling … Continue reading

PEI native Brett Gallant 3-0 at Mixed Doubles, Sabrina Smith/Kyle Holland are 0-3 (Curling Canada)

The 2016 Canadian Mixed Doubles Championship kicked off on Thursday with 32 teams – including some very familiar names – vying for the chance to compete at the world championship in Karlstad, Sweden in April. National Mixed Doubles Coach Jim … Continue reading

Canadian Masters start Monday in Annapolis Valley area. PEI represented by Hope and Walsh teams

The Wolfville Curling Centre and the Glooscap Curling Club are the co-hosts of the 2016 men’s and women’s Canadian Masters Curling Championships, for curlers age 60 and over, which take place April 4 to 10, 2016. PEI will be represented … Continue reading

Update: Both Dolan and MacDonald make the Ch’ship round at Canadian Seniors

We just received word from Robyn Mattie of Curling Canada that the Kim Dolan rink has also advanced to the Championship round at the Canadian Seniors in Digby, as they were tied with BC in win-loss records, but they were … Continue reading

Cdn. Seniors: MacDonald (3-3), Dolan (2-4) both make the playoff round (Curling Canada)

Saskatchewan’s Sherry Anderson, Ontario’s Bryan Cochrane and Nova Scotia’s Alan O’Leary will enter the Championship Pool of the 2016 Everest Canadian Senior Curling Championships as the only undefeated teams heading into the playoffs. Sherry Anderson of Saskatchewan delivers her rock … Continue reading

Rod MacDonald rink 3-1, Kim Dolan gets 1st win at Canadian senior curling championships (Journal)

DIGBY, N.S. – The Rod MacDonald-skipped rink won two games at the Canadian senior curling championships on Tuesday. Nova Scotia’s Alan O’Leary delivers his rock to sweepers Danny Christianson and Harold McCarthy during round robin play at the 2016 Everest … Continue reading

Curling wrapping up at Island clubs

Curling is wrapping up at PEI’s seven full-time curling facilities, with the last closing bonspiels scheduled for next weekend. The Montague Curling Rink’s “Milkcan” spiel goes this weekend. Here is the opening draw: Thursday March 31st 6:00 pm Jillian Macguire … Continue reading

Sabrina Smith, Kyle Holland, Brett Gallant in Canadian Mixed Doubles Ch’ship, beginning Thurs. in Saskatoon (Curling Canada)

The most talent-laden field in the history of the event will open play Thursday at the Nutana Curling Club in Saskatoon in the 2016 Canadian Mixed Doubles Curling Championship. PEICurling.com photo (L-R): Kyle Holland, Sabrina Smith [PEI will be represented … Continue reading

PEI men 1-1, women 0-2 following opening day play at national Seniors (Curling Canada)

The 2016 Everest Canadian Senior Men’s and Women’s Curling Championships kicked off Monday at the Digby Area Recreation Centre in Digby, N.S., with 28 teams – 14 men’s, 14 women’s – competing for the right to represent Canada at the … Continue reading

Holland Hurricanes finish with 2-5 record and pick up Fair Play award at CCAA nationals

The Holland Hurricanes women’s curling team finished round robin play at the at CCAA nationals in London ON, hosted by Fanshawe College, with a 2-5 win-loss record, picking up wins over Confederation and Niagara colleges, but they did not advance … Continue reading

PEI men’s and women’s rinks sweep Atlantic Under 18 Curling Championships

It was a PEI sweep at the Atlantic Under 18 Curling Championships, which wrapped up Sunday afternoon at CFB Halifax, with the PEI U18 championship rinks, skipped by Tyler Smith and Lauren Lenentine, capturing both the men’s and women’s divisions. … Continue reading

Everest Seniors begin Monday in Digby (Curling Canada)

The 2016 Everest Canadian Senior Men’s and Women’s Curling Championships begin Monday at the Digby Area Recreation Centre in Digby, N.S. It’s the second time that the city has hosted the championships, following the 2011 edition at the same venue. … Continue reading

PEI’s Team Casey parting ways after season (Grand Slam)

(By Jonathan Brazeau) Team Casey’s run has come to an end. Photo by Anil Mungal: Adam Casey The reigning P.E.I. champs are parting ways, announcing Tuesday on Facebook  that lead Robbie Doherty and second Anson Carmody are both stepping back from … Continue reading

PEI rinks in Atlantic U18 Ch’ships, starting Friday

Cornwall’s Lauren Lenentine rink and the Tyler Smith team from Crapaud and Charlottetown and  Montague will be  competing in the Atlantic Under 18 Curling Championships this weekend at CFB Halifax. Photo (L-R) Skip, Lauren Lenentine Third, Kaleigh Mackay Second, Breanne … Continue reading

Holland College at Nationals

The Holland Hurricanes are ready to compete in their final National Championship of the 2015-2016 season this week when the women’s curling team takes on the country’s best in London, Ontario for the 2016 CCAA National Curling Championships hosted by … Continue reading

NS and PEI teams capture Stick Curling Titles

The Dave MacDougal/Paul Doucet team from Yarmouth NS won the open division of the Maritime Stick Curling Championship held recently at the Cornwall Curling club by narrowly defeating the Ron Crowe/Bill Spinney team from Truro. The women’s division championship game … Continue reading

Charlottetown men, Western women win PEI Travelers Ch’ship

The Dennis Watts rink from the Charlottetown Curling Complex had to play in two finals today, against the previously-unbeaten Barry Cameron foursome from the Silver Fox Curling & Yacht Club in Summerside, but they won both, to capture the PEI … Continue reading

Watts steals triple in final end to force sudden death Travelers men’s final, Horne goes undefeated to win women’s

The Dennis Watts rink from the Charlottetown Curling Complex took a deuce in the seventh end and stole a triple in the eighth to come from behind and hand the Barry Cameron team from the Silver Fox Curling and Yacht … Continue reading

Little Rocks Jamboree reminder

The Silver Fox Curling & Yacht Club in Summerside is hosting a Little Rocks Jamboree, aimed at Little Rockers and new curlers age 6-13. Everybody (all clubs) welcome. The Jamboree takes place Tuesday March 22 from 10 am to 3 … Continue reading

Curler Ryan Giddens goes from beer league to the Brier (CBC PEI)

Amateur curler Ryan Giddens now has a story he’ll be telling for years — how he got to throw rocks at the Canadian Men’s Curling Championship. “It was an opportunity of a lifetime and I’ll never trade that for anything else,” Giddens … Continue reading

Ryan Giddens recounts Brier experience (CBC PEI audio)

CBC’s Mitch Cormier sat down with Team Adam Casey 5th player Ryan Giddens on Island Morning this morning to talk about his Brier experience. Click for audio. Ryan Giddens (CBC photo) … Continue reading

Championship round set following Men’s tiebreakers at PEI Travelers

The men’s tiebreaker round, between the Montague, Crapaud, and Maple Leaf men’s teams, took place today at the PEI Travelers Curling Club Championship at the Cornwall Curling Club, in order to determine the final spot in Tuesday’s semi-finals. All three … Continue reading

Cornwall hosting Maritime Stick Curling Ch’ship, starting Wednesday

The Cornwall Curling Club is hosting the 2016 Maritime Stick Curling Championships, featuring the top 4 teams from the provincial 2 person stick curling competitions in the three Maritime provinces in the Open (any combination of men/women) Division, and the … Continue reading

Hot-shooting Koe leads Alberta to Tim Hortons Brier championship over NL (Curling Canada)

OTTAWA – Kevin Koe’s razor-thin pick of a Brad Gushue counter in the seventh end was the pivotal shot that led to Alberta’s 9-5 win over Newfoundland-Labrador in the championship game of the Tim Hortons Brier Sunday evening. “Pretty special … Continue reading

Silver Fox Men, Western Women advance to Travelers finals

Round robin play wrapped up Sunday evening at the provincial Travelers Curling Club Championship in Cornwall, with the Silver Fox men, skipped by Barry Cameron, and the Western Community Curling Club women, with skip Sharon Horne, finishing with perfect 6-0 … Continue reading

Rachel MacLean rink goes undefeated to win KFC Under 13

The Rachel MacLean rink from the Cornwall Curling Club won all seven of their games to capture the KFC Provincial Under 13 Curling Championships, which wrapped up this afternoon at the Charlottetown Curling Complex, edging their clubmates, the Chase MacMillan … Continue reading

Measurement gives Alberta semifinal Brier win over Northern Ontario (Curling Canada)

OTTAWA – It took 10 nail-biting ends and a measurement on the winning point for Kevin Koe of Alberta to get by Brad Jacobs of Northern Ontario 6-5 in the Tim Hortons Brier semifinal Saturday evening. Alberta had a stone … Continue reading

Silver Fox Men, Western Women still unbeaten at the Travelers Curling Club Championship

Round robin play wraps up Sunday at the provincial Travelers Curling Club Championship, being played at the Cornwall Curling Club, with the Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club men’s team, skipped by Barry Cameron, and the Western Community Curling Club … Continue reading

KFC U13 Semis set, MacLean, Schut undefeated after round robin play

Round robin play concluded Saturday evening at the 11 team KFC PEI Under 13 Curling Championship, being played at the Charlottetown Curling Complex, with the Rachel MacLean team from Cornwall, and the defending champion Mitchell Schut rink from Cornwall and the … Continue reading

Newfoundland-Labrador, with PEI native Brett Gallant, advances to Tim Hortons Brier final (Curling Canada)

OTTAWA – Brad Gushue of Newfoundland-Labrador made a gentle tapback to count one in the 11th end Friday to beat Brad Jacobs of Northern Ontario 7-6 in the Page 1-2 playoff game and earn a berth in Sunday’s gold-medal game of … Continue reading

Team PEI’s Ryan Giddens – the most electrifying man in curling (TSN Video)

Of all the competitors at this year’s Brier, Ryan Giddens may have been the most unlikely participant. Vic Rauter has more on P.E.I’s fifth player, who only started curling three years ago. Click to view video at TSN.ca … Continue reading

Casey completes Brier play with 2-9 record (Journal)

OTTAWA – P.E.I. completed round-robin play at the 2016 Tim Hortons Brier with a record of 2-9 (won-lost). The Adam Casey-skipped rink fell 8-3 to Manitoba’s Mike McEwen in the final round-robin draw. P.E.I., Nova Scotia, Yukon and Nunavut, will … Continue reading

Casey records second win at Brier (Journal)

OTTAWA – P.E.I.’s Adam Casey rink snapped a four-game slide at the 2016 Tim Hortons Brier on Thursday morning. © PEICurling.com From left are third David Mathers, skip Adam Casey, second Anson Carmody and lead Robbie Doherty. Casey took advantage … Continue reading

Sackville NB Curling Club looking for used “modern” Little Rocks

Diane Michaud , President of the Sackville Curling Club in Sackville NB is looking to purchase a second set of used modern Little Rocks. If your club is looking to sell a set, please get in touch with her at:  … Continue reading

Reporter Bob Weeks, whose family has PEI roots, being inducted into Curling, then Golf, Hall of Fame (Guardian)

(by Jason Malloy) Renowned golf journalist Bob Weeks can trace his introduction to the sport to the Strathgartney Highlands Golf Course.  Weeks was visiting family on the Island when a ferry strike left his father looking for something to do … Continue reading

Casey loses pair Tuesday at Brier to drop to 1-5 record (Guardian)

The Adam Casey rink dropped two games Tuesday to fall to 1-5 at the Tim Hortons Brier in Ottawa. Team P.E.I. dropped the morning draw with Northern Ontario’s Brad Jacobs 6-2 in nine ends and lost 8-5 to Saskatchewan’s Steve … Continue reading

PEI Travelers Curling Club Ch’ship starts Friday in Cornwall

The PEI Traveler’s Curling Club Championship, featuring teams who win their club championships, takes place at the Cornwall Curling Club from March 11-15, 2016 (if no tiebreakers, it could wrap up on the 14th). First draw is Friday at 11. … Continue reading

Atlantic Podium Project/Next Generation Coaching Clinic with Earle Morris

Where? Curl Moncton When? September 10-11, 2016 Instructor? Earle Morris How much? $50 per coach (two meals included) Who can register? Anyone who is currently coaching or looking to coach a competitive U15, U18 or U21 curling team Curl Atlantic … Continue reading

Silver Fox hosting Little Rocks Jamboree for new and Little Rocks curlers age 6-13

The Silver Fox Curling & Yacht Club in Summerside is hosting a Little Rocks Jamboree, aimed at Little Rockers and new curlers age 6-13. Everybody (all clubs) welcome. The Jamboree takes place Tuesday March 22 from 10 am to 3 … Continue reading

Tim Hortons Brier features plenty of wild hats (Ottawa Sun)

Hats are normal. At the Brier, hats are special. Anyone can have a baseball cap but only a few people wear a lobster hat well. Sue MacLeod from PEI and her friend Lynda Howell from Saskatoon were resplendent with crustaceans … Continue reading

PEI knocks Team Canada from unbeaten ranks at Tim Hortons Brier (Curling Canada)

OTTAWA – Adam Casey of P.E.I. tapped back a Team Canada counter with his final stone to score two in the 10th end and upset unbeaten Pat Simmons of Calgary 6-4 Monday at the Tim Hortons Brier. Casey and his … Continue reading

KFC Prov. Under 13 Curling Ch’ships start Friday in Charlottetown

  The KFC PEI Under 13 Curling Championship (Teams may be any combo of male/female) takes place March 11 to 13, 2016 at the Charlottetown Curling Complex. Games are six ends. Last year’s champions were the Mitchell Schut rink from … Continue reading

Cornwall Jr. Program looking for gently used trophies

Do you have any trophies (curling or generic) gathering dust on your mantle or in boxes in your basement that you no longer have a use for? The Cornwall Curling Club junior program is looking to recycle trophies for their … Continue reading

Schut U16 P.E.I. mixed curling champ, Noye wins U21 event (Journal)

O’LEARY — The Mitchell Schut foursome from the Cornwall Curling Club is the P.E.I. Curling Association’s 2016 Under 16 Mixed Curling Champion.  The Cornwall team, which also consists of Sydney Howatt, Michael MacEwen, Madelyn Cantwell and coach Nancy Yeo, broke … Continue reading

Leslie Noye and Mitchell Schut rinks win Junior Mixed Championships

The Provincial Under 21 and Under 16 Junior Mixed Curling Championships took place this Saturday and Sunday at the Maple Leaf Curling Club in O’Leary, with the two U21 teams playing a best of five series, and the four team … Continue reading

Team Casey back on TSN tonight at 8:30

It’ll be Team Adam Casey taking on Quebec at the Brier in Ottawa, on TSN channels 1 and 4 at 8:30 Atlantic on Sunday evening. Casey, and Quebec’s Jean-Michel Menard are both at 0-2. Casey lost 8-4 to BC’s Jim … Continue reading

PEI native Brett Gallant leads field into Ford Hot Shots final at Brier (Curling Canada)

OTTAWA – Second Brett Gallant of Newfoundland-Labrador led the field of eight curlers advancing into Saturday’s playoffs of the Ford Hot Shots competition at the Tim Hortons Brier. “It doesn’t mean a whole lot,” Gallant said of his positioning after … Continue reading

Junior Mixed starts Sat. morning in O’Leary

The Curl PEI Provincial Junior Mixed Curling Championship, a four player per team Mixed competition with Under 16 and Under 21 divisions, will be held at the Maple Leaf Curling Club in O’Leary, on March 5-6, 2016, with opening draw … Continue reading

Robbie Doherty – Reporting from the Brier on Q93FM!

Robbie Doherty, lead for PEI Brier representative Team Adam Casey, will be doing an exclusive broadcast on Q93FM from the 2016 Brier in Ottawa. Tune in tomorrow until March 13th at 8:25am 12:25pm and 4:25pm for BETWEEN THE SHEETS, sponsored … Continue reading

TSN’s Tim Hortons Brier Broadcast Schedule

TSN will feature expanded coverage of the 2016 Tim Hortons Brier from Ottawa, ON. Here is the broadcast schedule for each and every draw throughout the week over TSN’s five channels.  PEI’s Team Adam Casey will be the feature game … Continue reading

St. Patty’s Day Funspiel at Montague Mar. 19

The Eastern PEI Chamber of Commerce is holding a St. Patty’s Day Funspiel, Saturday March 19 from 9 am to 6 pm at the Montague Curling Rink/ $150+hst per team of four (+ Door Prize) or $40+hst per person includes … Continue reading

Annual one-on-one “Tuff Spiel” at the Silver Fox

What are you doing on Saturday, April 2, 2016? The Silver Fox is having a one-on-one “Tuff Spiel”, sponsored by Dow AgroSciences and Bayer CropScience. and you are invited. RULES OF PLAY: • 4 End Games • 6 Rocks Per … Continue reading

2016 Tim Hortons Brier opens Saturday in Ottawa (Curling Canada)

A field many consider to be the finest ever assembled to contest a Canadian men’s curling championship will open play Saturday at TD Place in Ottawa in the 2016 Tim Hortons Brier. Curling’s biggest names will be at the 2016 … Continue reading

2016 Travelers Curling Club Championship to be staged in Kelowna (Curling Canada)

Canada’s best club curling teams are headed to B.C.’s sunny Okanagan next November to play for a national championship, it was announced today by Curling Canada. The Kelowna Curling Club will play host to the 2016 Travelers Curling Club Championship, … Continue reading

Youthful Veronica Smith rink wins provincial mixed curling title (Journal)

(by Eric McCarthy) ALBERTON — The youthful Veronica Smith rink from the Crapaud and Cornwall curling clubs compiled an 8-1 record en-route to winning the Atelka P.E.I. Mixed Fours Provincial Curling Championship. The team, which includes Tyler Smith playing mate, … Continue reading

PEI curlers set for Special Olympics Winter Games

Five athletes and two coaches are representing PEI in curling at the Special Olympics Canada 2016 Winter Games in Corner Brook, Newfoundland from March 1-5. Curler John Anthony Laybolt Team PEI Curling Athletes are: Phillip Chugg from Stratford, Monique Gauthier … Continue reading

Rocks & Rings expanding? Yes it is! (Curling Canada)

The Curling Canada Rocks & Rings is growing again, expanding its unique gym-based program to three new cities in 2016. This means over 36 Rocks & Rings instructors will bring the Olympic sport of curling to over 200,000 students across … Continue reading

Veronica Smith rink wins Atelka PEI Mixed (Fours) Ch’ship (pictures added)

The Veronica Smith rink from Crapaud and Cornwall beat Charlottetown’s Jamie Newson team by a 9-4 score in this afternoon’s championship game at the Atelka Provincial Mixed (Fours) Curling Championship at the Western Community Curling Club in Alberton. Smith won … Continue reading

Veronica Smith wins her 2nd section final – could win Atelka Mixed this aft.

The Veronica Smith rink from Crapaud and Cornwall has an advantage going into the two game championship against Charlottetown’s Jamie Newson rink at the Atelka Provincial Mixed (Fours) Curling Championship being played at the Western Community Curling Club in Alberton. … Continue reading

PEI Junior Mixed takes place Saturday and Sunday at the Maple Leaf club in O’Leary

The Curl PEI  Provincial Junior Mixed Curling Championship, a four player per team Mixed competition with Under 16 and Under 21 divisions, will be held at the Maple Leaf Curling Club in O’Leary, on March 5-6, 2016, with opening draw … Continue reading

Alberta wins Scotties (Curling Canada)

GRANDE PRAIRIE, Alta. – Chelsea Carey took a deep breath in the hack and then delivered a last-rock draw for a single point that earned her Alberta team the Scotties Tournament of Heart championship Sunday evening. It took Carey’s last … Continue reading

Smith, Newson, split 1st 2 Atelka PEI Mixed section finals, play again in 3rd

The Veronica Smith rink from Crapaud and Cornwall, and the Jamie Newson team from Charlottetown and Crapaud have each won two of the three modified triple knockout sections, and are now the only teams remaining out of the  9 who … Continue reading