Canadian Mixed, Seniors, may be moving away from relegation toward 8 end games, 2 pools (In the House)

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(“In The House” blog by Brian Belfry @belfrycurling)

After only two years of the relegation system with the Canadian mixed and senior curling champs we may have already seen the last of it.

The Canadian Curling Association recently sent out several notices of motion for the 2014 National Curling Congress and Annual General Meeting for the member associations across Canada.

Among  the several notices brought up by the CCA Board of Governors were:

  • Canadian Mixed, Canadian Seniors be changed to two-pool format with seven teams in each so all member associations would have direct entre (no relegation) and shortened to eight-end games.
  • Eligibility age for Canadian Juniors cutoff be changed to June 30th of the year prior to the championships instead of Dec. 31
  • Setup for Canadian Mixed Doubles to continue for another year

Concerning the mixed fours and seniors (two events basically tossed from TV coverage back in the early 2000s) the CCA lists doing painstaking research over the past three years of the events and found a strong desire that all our member associations wanted a direct entry into the champs. There’s a shock.

Click for full story in In The House blog

Reminder: Pre-season curling starts Sept. 8 in Crapaud. ALL Island curlers invited. Signup by Aug 1. $115.

The Crapaud Community Curling Club is pleased to announce that they will once again be running pre-season curling.

Last year’s first pre-season was a great success and could not have been made possible without the support of Island curlers.

This year’s pre-season will begin on Monday September 8th, 2014 and run until October 31st, 2014. The cost for a pre-season membership will be $115 (HST included). This fee will give you unlimited access to the ice on a first come – first serve basis, upon advance booking with Miranda Ellis, the pre-season coordinator. The club will also be running a league night so teams can get in some great games before up-coming competitions. Please remember that the pre-season is not just for competitive curlers, we welcome everyone to join us and get on the ice early.

To join Crapaud Community Curling Club’s pre-season curling please register by email:  mle4ccc@outlook.com or by phoning Miranda Ellis at (902) 940-9264.

Deadline for pre-season registration is August 1st, 2014.

Photo: The volunteer crew was working well into the night painting the rings. It's beginning to look like curling ice! Still time to sign up or rent some ice!

Photo: ice in final preparation stages at last year’s pre-season curling

Field set for 2014 Canada Cup of Curling (CCA)

(by Al Cameron)

The first steps toward the 2018 Winter Olympics will be taken in early December at Encana Arena in Camrose, Alta., and a who’s-who of Canadian curling will be on hand.

 

Olympic champs Brad Jacobs, left, and Jennifer Jones are headed to Camrose for the 2014 Canada Cup of Curling, presented by Meridian. (Photos, CCA/Michael Burns)Olympic champs Brad Jacobs, left, and Jennifer Jones are headed to Camrose for the 2014 Canada Cup of Curling, presented by Meridian Manufacturing. (Photos, CCA/Michael Burns)

The 2014 Canada Cup of Curling, presented by Meridian Manufacturing, scheduled for Dec. 3-7, will not only feature both defending Olympic gold-medal teams (Brad Jacobs of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., Jennifer Jones of Winnipeg), it will feature the reigning champions of the Tim Hortons Brier (the former Kevin Koe team of Calgary, now skipped by John Morris) and Scotties Tournament of Hearts (Rachel Homan of Ottawa), in addition to giving curling fans a peek at some intriguing new lineups that are starting down the road to the 2017 Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings Canadian Curling Trials and the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

A total of 14 teams (seven men’s, seven women’s) will be in Camrose, playing for their share of the $140,000 purse ($14,000 to each winning team, $9,000 to second place, $5,000 to third, and $2,000 for each round-robin win), in addition to the berths in the 2015 World Financial Group Continental Cup (Jan. 8-11 in Calgary), the 2015 Canada Cup of Curling (Dec. 2-6, location TBD) and the 2017 Road to the Roar Pre-Trials (dates and location TBD).

The Olympic, Brier and Scotties champs will face stiff tests in Camrose. On the men’s side, Jacobs and Morris will be challenged by new teams skipped by Koe and four-time world champ Glenn Howard. Koe’s new team from Calgary features third Marc Kennedy and lead Ben Hebert, both of whom won gold with Kevin Martin in 2010 in Vancouver, and second Brent Laing, who won two world titles playing with Howard. Howard, meanwhile, shuffled his Penetanguishene, Ont., lineup in the off-season with the departures of Laing and third Wayne Middaugh (retirement). His new lineup features the return of Richard Hart to vice-skip (the two combined to win the 2007 world title) and Jon Mead at second; Mead was a member of the Jeff Stoughton team that won the most recent Canada Cup men’s title in 2012 in Moose Jaw, Sask.

The men’s field is rounded out by Jim Cotter of Vernon, B.C. (the runner-up team, with Morris skipping, at the 2014 Tim Hortons Brier), 2006 Olympic gold-medallist Brad Gushue of St. John’s (with former third Mark Nichols returning to the lineup) and Mike McEwen of Winnipeg.

The women’s field will feature six of the teams that were in the final stage of qualifying for the 2014 Winter Olympics, including Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings champ Jones and runner-up Sherry Middaugh of Coldwater, Ont.

As well, Scotties runner-up Val Sweeting of Edmonton (with seven-time New Brunswick women’s champ Andrea Crawford moving in at third) is entered, as is 2012 Scotties champ Heather Nedohin (with new third Amy Nixon) of Sherwood Park, Alta.

The women’s field is rounded out by three-time Canada Cup champ Stefanie Lawton of Saskatoon, and 2014 Ontario women’s champion Allison Flaxey of Listowel.

The teams will play a single round-robin draw, with the top three teams advancing to the playoffs. The first-place team in the round-robin will advance directly to the championship final, while the second- and third-place teams will meet in the semifinal.

Click here for the complete list of teams, and click here to purchase tickets for the 2014 Canada Cup of Curling.

Curl PEI Seeks Applications for Master Learning Facilitator

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Curl PEI would like to increase the number of qualified Master Learning Facilitators (MLFs) on PEI. MLFs are responsible for the delivery of National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) workshops to train Learning Facilitators (who then train the coaches). Curl PEI and the CCA will work together to ensure MLFs receive the proper training and support necessary to deliver the workshops.

An MLF should possess all or some of the following skills:

• Acquired teaching skills (facilitation style – recent university and/or education grads)
• Strong Communication (speaking and listening) skills
• Receptive to professional development and ongoing evaluation
• Bilingualism is an asset
• Current Coaching experience (within the last 3 years)
• Positive role model
• Ability to adapt/be flexible
• Demonstrated commitment to coaches and the coaching program
• Presentation skills
• Ability to interact with people of all ages

We are looking for an MLF for each of the following NCCP workshops: Club Coach: Youth; Club Coach; and Competition – Introduction. Here is a list of Master Learning Facilitator prerequisites:

Community Sport – Initiation “Club Coach: Youth”

• Current LF for Club Coach: Youth; or
• Course conductor in Levels NCCP; or
• Level 1 Certified coach; or
• Club Coach “Trained”

Community Sport – Ongoing Participation “Club Coach”

• Current LF for Club Coach; or
• Course conductor in Levels NCCP; or
• Level 2 Certified coach; or
• Competition Introduction Certified

Competition – Introduction

• Current LF for Competition – Introduction; or
• Course conductor in Levels NCCP; or
• Level 3 Certified coach
• Competition Introduction Certified

MLFs will receive payment for each workshop delivered.

For further information or To apply, please complete the Curl PEI MLF Application Form and return it to Amy Duncan at aduncan@sportpei.pe.ca / 902-368-4208 by June 27, 2014.

MLF APPLICATION FORM (.pdf)
MLF APPLICATION FORM (.docx)

Cheryl Bernard announces her retirement from competitive curling

Olympic silver-medalist Cheryl Bernard will retire from competitive curling, it was announced today. The Alberta-born curler has strong ties to Prince Edward Island. Her father, Thayne, was born in Freetown and several aunts, uncles and cousins live on the Island.

Bernard won a silver medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, curling with third Susan O’Connor, second Carolyn McRorie (Darbyshire), lead Cori Morris (Bartel), alternate Kristie Moore and coach Dennis Balderston.

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She will now devote her energies to her family, her charity endeavours and to public speaking.

“To retire from the game I absolutely love is one of the toughest decisions of my life” said Bernard.

“But it’s time to be satisfied with what I have accomplished in the sport and walk away with some amazing memories and incredible relationships. I don’t think you ever really leave the game, I am sure I will stay involved in some capacity going forward.”

“It’s now time to give back to my family and continue my work with my two favorite charities, the Brain Tumor Foundation of Canada and World Vision Canada. As well, I will continue to do keynotes across the country speaking about the parallels that exist between sport and business.

I  am excited about all the possibilities out there. ”

In addition to her Olympic appearance, she appeared in four Scotties Tournament of Hearts Canadian women’s championships skipping Team Alberta (1992, 1996, 2007, 2009), including a runner-up finish in 1996 at Thunder Bay, Ont.

“Standing on the podium in Vancouver and winning a medal for Canada with three other outstanding women was the most incredible feeling — a dream come true for all of us,” she said. “It’s been an amazing career and I have so many people to thank. Specifically my common-law husband,Terry Meek, my family, friends, fans and sponsors, as well as the exemplary coaching and friendship I received from Dennis and from sports psychologist Penny Werthner.

They all provided amazing support and enabled our team to compete at the highest level.”

Bernard extended her curling career beyond the ice. She co-authored a book (with Guy Scholz) called “Between the Sheets: Creating Curling Champions” in 2005, and also created and co-chaired the annual Curl For a Cure charity bonspiel in Calgary, which raised more than $1.3 million for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation between 2003 and 2007.

Curl PEI hands out end-of-season awards (Guardian)

Kim Dolan and Eddie MacKenzie were recognized as the top female and male athlete, respectively, recently at the Curl P.E.I. annual awards presentation at the Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club in Summerside.

Both skipped their teams to provincial titles and earning a place at the national championship. Dolan, of the Charlottetown Curling Complex, made her 10th appearance at the nationals, registering more than 100 games in a career spanning four decades.

Charlottetown’s MacKenzie made his fourth trip to the Brier, and second in a row, where he skipped his team to a credible 4-7 record.

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Winners at the recent Curl P.E.I. awards presentations show off their Sport P.E.I./ADL certificates of achievement. Pictured from left are Cliff Poirier (official of the year), Shelley MacFadyen (volunteer of the year), Brooks Roche (junior male curler of the year) and Veronica Smith (junior female curler).

The Alex MacFadyen Rink of James Dalton, Matthew MacDonald, Parker MacFadyen and Alex MacFadyen from the Silver Fox were named the team of the year having won the Under-18 provincial championships, and finishing third at the Atlantics.

Pat Quilty of Charlottetown won the coaching honour for his dedication in coaching two Rinks from the Cornwall Club.

Click for full story in The Guardian

 

Breadalbane PEI’s Veronica Smith wins $5000 Spirit of Sandra Scholarship from Sandra Schmirler Foundation

OTTAWA – The Sandra Schmirler Foundation today announced the successful applicants for the 2014-2015 Spirit of Sandra $5,000 junior curling scholarships. “Once again, we were thrilled with the applicants and had a very difficult time selecting just 6 scholars”, said Theresa Breen, Foundation Chair. “Last year’s scholars all enjoyed success both at school and on the curling ice. They also all held highly successful fundraising events and showed a wonderful commitment to building Sandra’s legacy and awareness of the Foundation’s mandate”

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This is the second year for the $5,000 scholarships which will be funded from crowd sweeps at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Montreal, the Tim Horton’s Brier in Kamloops and Roar of the Rings in Winnipeg. “The Foundation is indebted to the Canadian Curling Association and the entire curling community for providing this opportunity for competitive curlers to engage with fans at these major curling events and collect money to fund these scholarships,” stated Breen.

The 2014 Spirit of Sandra Scholars are: Kristen Streifel from Clavet, Saskatchewan; Katherine Doerksen from Morden, Manitoba; Corryn Brown from Kamloops, BC; Veronica Smith from Breadalbane, PEI; Renelle Humphreys from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; and Jestyn Murphy from Mississauga, Ontario.

World Champion curlers Jon Mead and Cathy Overton-Clapham will once again volunteer as mentors to the scholars. “Cathy and I are honoured to continue to mentor these young competitive curlers and help them however we can to realize their own dreams”, declared Jon. Added Cathy, “Jon and I thoroughly enjoyed working with last year’s scholars and look forward to meeting and getting to know this new multi-talented group. We hope that together we can help them to build their competitive skills while balancing curling with school”. The 6 Scholars will join Cathy and Jon in August for a 2-day training session.

Each of the Scholars has committed to organizing a fundraiser in their local community to build awareness and raise money to support the mission of the Sandra Schmirler Foundation, which is to donate to Newborn Intense Care Units (NICUs) in hospitals across Canada for the purchase of life-saving equipment for babies born too soon, too small or too sick.

About the Sandra Schmirler Foundation:

The Sandra Schmirler Foundation was created in January, 2001 as a legacy to three-time world curling champion and Olympic gold medalist Sandra Schmirler, in recognition and celebration of her love of family. The Foundation raises and donates funds across Canada for the care of premature and critically ill babies recognizing that all “Champions Start Small”. The Foundation has now donated over $2.5 million to 34 newborn intensive care units in hospitals across the country.

For more information contact:

Robin Wilson

Leadership Director

Sandra Schmirler Foundation

(604) 230-5871

wilson@sandraschmirler.org

The Dominion Curling Club Ch’ship gets new name, is giving away umbrellas

To reflect the fact that The Dominion is now part of Travelers Canada, The Dominion Curling Club Championship has been rebranded the Travelers Curling Club Championship. The event’s vibrant new logo features Travelers’ signature red umbrella, surrounded by curling rings.

Enter to win one of 10 Travelers umbrellas by visiting the Travelers Curling Club Championship Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/travelerscurls?fref=nf and “Liking” the new logo. Hurry! The umbrella giveaway ends Thursday, June 12th at noon Atlantic.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. SEE BELOW FOR FULL CONTEST DETAILS. PARTICIPATION IN THIS CONTEST CONSTITUTES YOUR FULL AND UNCONDITIONAL ACCEPTANCE OF, AND AGREEMENT TO BE LEGALLY BOUND BY, THESE CONTEST RULES (THE “Contest Rules”).

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Visit the newly designed Travelers Curling Club Championship website www.travelerscurls.ca for all of the up to date news on the #TCCC2014

The 2014 championship takes place at the Mayflower Curling Club in Halifax from Nov. 24-29. The Tammi Cudmore and Phillip McInnis teams from the Charlottetown Curling Complex won their respective PEI championships in March, and representative the Island at this event.

It was announced recently that George Cooke, past President & CEO of The Dominion (now part of Travelers Canada), has been inducted into the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame. Travelers congratulates George on this outstanding achievement, and thanks him for paving the way for them  and others to support this great Canadian sport at all levels.
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Fox Fall Fling Junior Spiel almost full

The eighth annual Fall Fling Junior Cashspiel is set for the Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club in Summerside Nov. 14-15-16 2014. The junior women’s event is already full, so new entries will be added to the waiting list. The junior men’s side currently has only one spot left.

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Details:

$125.00 PER TEAM
Open To The First 12 Ladies and 12 Mens Teams.
GUARANTEED 5 GAMES
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS – NOVEMBER 1, 2014
(NOTE: IF ENTERED EARLY PLEASE POSTDATE CHEQUES TO NOVEMBER 1, 2014)

HOST HOTEL
QUALITY INN, SUMMERSIDE
1-800-265-5551
EMAIL – JACQUI GRADY
jgrady@qualityinnpei.com

ENTRY FEE MUST BE PAID WITH ENTRY FORM
SEND MONEY AND ENTRY FORM TO
SHEILA COMPTON
268 ALL WEATHER HIGHWAY
SUMMERSIDE, P.E.I.
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PHONE 902-436-5629
e-mail pudgesc@pei.sympatico.ca
PLEASE POSTDATE YOUR CHEQUE AND MAKE IT PAYABLE TO:
THE SILVER FOX CURLING AND YACHT CLUB
CLOSING DATE NOVEMBER 1, 2014

Click to download poster with application form

 

 

Silver Fox hosting Island Petroleum Cashspiel in December

ipcash2014The annual Island Petroleum Cashspiel, open to all Senior, Junior, and Dominion teams, male and female, in the Maritime Provinces, takes place Friday, Saturday, and Sunday Dec. 5-7, 2014 at the Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Community Complex in Summerside. There are separate Men’s and Women’s divisions, if sufficient numbers (6 or more teams)..

Entry fee is $200 per team. Please contact Lou Nowlan at (902) 436-8676 or Blair Jay at (902) 436-5994 to enter your team. Entry deadline is Saturday November 29.

Journal Pioneer ACT Cashspiel set for Summerside in November

jpcash2014The annual Journal Pioneer Cashspiel, part of the Atlantic Curling Tour (ACT) takes place November 21, 22 and 23, 2014 at the Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club in Summerside PEI.

First Draws are at 12:30 and 3:00 pm Friday (with16 teams)
Format: 16 teams for full draw. Games are eight ends, and three games are guaranteed. The top 4 teams advance to the championship event on Sunday. There is also a consolation event.

$6600 in prize money  (with16 teams). OPEN TO ALL TEAMS: MENS, WOMENS, MIXED.

ENTRY FEE: $450 + $31.50 ACT Fee

NOTICE: Please Pay Entry Fee By November 8th.,2014

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SILVER FOX CURLING AND YACHT CLUB  110 Water St., SUMMERSIDE,PE   C1N1A9

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Charlottetown Curling Complex nominated for Kraft Celebration Tour award

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The Charlottetown Curling Complex is among the sports facilities and communities nominated for a Kraft Celebration Tour award.The Top 10 winning community finalists, chosen by a judging panel, will become a stop on The Kraft Celebration Tour — each receiving a community celebration and a live TSN SportsCentre broadcast from their town. Tune into TSN SportsCentre and RDS Sports 30 Le Magazine on July 1 (7:00pm AT) for the Top 10 Winner announcement.

The Top 10 winning community finalists will go head-to-head in an online voting battle July 21 and 22 to determine who will win the Grand Prize of $100,000 for their community project. The remaining finalists will each receive a Secondary Prize of $25,000 for their community project.

Over the past 5 years, Kraft, TSN and RDS have helped communities across Canada build better places to play. Their commitment and dedication to active and healthy lifestyles have changed neighbourhoods, towns and cities alike.

Ten Island facilities/communities are among the current nominations, which close at 1 am tonight. If the Charlottetown Curling Complex was awarded the $100,000 grand prize, the money would go towards updates to the facility’s insulation and heating system, and to fix issues with the roof.

Click to read the Charlottetown Curling Complex nomination.

For more information on the Kraft Celebration Tour, visit www.kraftcelebrationtour.ca

 

Three of the five Grand Slam of Curling events will now include women’s divisions

(Grand Slam of Curling) The Grand Slam of Curling announced today that the Canadian Open has expanded and will include a women’s division for the first time in the event’s history.

Along with the Masters and Players’ Championship, three of the five Grand Slam of Curling events will now host both men’s and women’s tournaments.

The 2014 Canadian Open runs Dec. 9-14 at Gallagher Centre in Yorkton, Sask.

Charlottetown Curling Complex gets grant, 3 PEI student/athletes awarded scholarships, from Joyce Myers Trust Fund

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Joyce Myers Trust Fund curling scholarships and grants announced

The trustees of the Joyce Myers Trust Fund, established under Curl Atlantic from profits from the 2003 Brier and the 2005 Roar of the Rings curling events in Atlantic Canada, has announced the 2014 recipients of its Student/Athlete Scholarships and Curling Club Capital Works and Curl Atlantic Member Association Program Initiatives grants.

The 2014 Joyce Myers Scholarship recipients are:

Prince Edward Island ($500 each): Dylan Lowery, Aleya Quilty, Veronica Smith

Nova Scotia ($500 each): Brittany Black, Michael Brophy, Karlee Jones

Newfoundland and Labrador ($500 each): Sarah Ford

New Brunswick ($500 each): Jamie Ward, Shelby Wilson, Andrew Burgess

 

The 2014 Joyce Myers Capital Grant recipients will each receive $1500.  The successful curling centres are:

Doaktown Curling Club, NB

Charlottetown Curling Club, PEI

Sydney Curling Club, NS

Caribou Curling Club, NL

 

The 2014 Program Initiative grant will be used to license the “Rocks and Rings” elementary school program throughout Atlantic Canada. “This joint initiative between Curl Atlantic and the four Atlantic associations appears to fit well with the intent of junior curling development of the Joyce Myers Trust Fund and with Curl Atlantic”, said Gary Wilson, Chair of Curl Atlantic. “The Rocks and Rings program is a great way to introduce and bring curling to the school setting. The program has received much attention during the televising of the CCA’s championship events, and is hugely popular across the country and in great demand.”

 

Backgrounder:

The Joyce Myers Trust Fund is an Atlantic Canada initiative to foster the development and promotion of the sport of curling throughout Atlantic Canada.

The Trust Fund, which was established from profits from the 2003 Nokia Brier and 2005 Tim Horton’s Roar of the Rings, provides funding for the development of curling in Atlantic Canada through grant opportunities for Curling Club Capital Works projects, Student/Athlete Scholarships, and Curl Atlantic Member Association Program Initiatives.

The trustees of the Joyce Myers Trust Fund announced plans for future investments in the sport of curling for Atlantic Canada and released its first grants during the 2009-2010 curling season.

Joyce Myers was inducted into both the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame and the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame as an athlete and a builder. Joyce’s accomplishments as an athlete, administrator, coach and official made her one of the most versatile and impacting persons in Nova Scotia sports. Her passion for sport and the countless hours she contributed to many individuals and events has left a lasting impression. Joyce was a true inspiration and mentor to many.

Capital Acquisition Grants

The Trustees of the Joyce Myers Trust Fund created the Capital Acquisition Grants as a means to assist member curling clubs within Atlantic Canada with capital projects. Expenses that are of a special and/or extraordinary nature will be eligible for funding. In other words, programs and initiatives that are both unusual and occur infrequently; they are not part of the regular, day-to-day operation of the club. Listed below are a few possibilities:

The repair, replacement, purchase or construction of a curling facility or part of a curling facility. For example, the repair or replacement of a curling club roof;

The repair, replacement or purchase of a plant asset or piece of equipment. For example, the repair or replacement of ice making equipment.

The purchase of special curling equipment. For example, the purchase of little rocks for a junior curling program;

Exempt from funding are any expenses of an operational nature. For example, membership dues, utility and tax bills do not qualify.

Scholarships

Curl Atlantic has implemented a scholarship to curlers who have enrolled in full time studies in a post-secondary institution. The intention of these awards is to allow talented athletes to devote primary sources of time and energy to training, rather than extensive employment in order to fund post-secondary education. Recipients will be expected to devote a full-time, shared commitment to sport and education exclusively. This award is not intended to reward past achievements but rather a means to pursue further achievements that surpass the current level of performance. Priority will be given to athletes attending Atlantic universities, colleges or vocational schools.

$1500 is allocated per province, with up to three recipients receiving $500 each.

Contact:

Helen Radford, Curl Atlantic, 902.497.6655 or curlatlantic2001@gmail.com

Website: CurlAtlantic.com

Pre-season curling starts Sept. 8 in Crapaud. ALL Island curlers invited. Signup by Aug 1. $115.

The Crapaud Community Curling Club is pleased to announce that they will once again be running pre-season curling.

Last year’s first pre-season was a great success and could not have been made possible without the support of Island curlers.

This year’s pre-season will begin on Monday September 8th, 2014 and run until October 31st, 2014. The cost for a pre-season membership will be $115 (HST included). This fee will give you unlimited access to the ice on a first come – first serve basis, upon advance booking with Miranda Ellis, the pre-season coordinator. The club will also be running a league night so teams can get in some great games before up-coming competitions. Please remember that the pre-season is not just for competitive curlers, we welcome everyone to join us and get on the ice early.

To join Crapaud Community Curling Club’s pre-season curling please register by email:  mle4ccc@outlook.com or by phoning Miranda Ellis at (902) 940-9264.

Deadline for pre-season registration is August 1st, 2014.

Photo: The volunteer crew was working well into the night painting the rings. It's beginning to look like curling ice! Still time to sign up or rent some ice!

Photo: ice in final preparation stages at last year’s pre-season curling

Brad Gushue special guest at PEI 25th annual Special Olympics Festival

Special Olympics PEI  announced today that Canadian curler Brad Gushue will be attending the 25th Anniversary of the Special Olympics Festival, on June 24th. Gushue, who represents
Newfoundland  and Labrador on the national stage, won a gold medal for Canada at the 2006 Winter Olympics. He is a six time provincial junior curling champion, winning the Canadian Junior title in 2001, before transitioning to a successful career in men’s curling, where he has won eight provincial men’s championships to-date.

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Photo: Brad Gushue

Gushue joins an impressive list of celebrity guests already announced for the event, including
Gino Reda, Host of TSN’s That’s Hockey, Gerard “Turk” Gallant,  Assistant Coach of the Montreal Canadiens, Dion Phaneuf, Captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Actress Elisha Cuthbert, and Special Olympics PEI’s Female Athlete of the Year Rachael Loggie. Additional celebrity guests are expected to be announced in the coming days.

The Festival is the largest annual fundraising event for Special Olympics PEI. This two
part event includes a Luncheon in Summerside at Credit Union Place, and a Gala Dinner and Auction in Charlottetown at the Delta Prince Edward Hotel. Tickets for the Luncheon are $35 each, or $275 for a corporate table, while tickets for the Gala are $110 each, or $880 for a corporate table. Tickets are available by calling Charity Sheehan at 902-368-8919.

For more information on Special Olympics please visit www.sopei.com.

Curl PEI/ADL/Sport PEI Award Winners for 2013-2014 season Announced

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Here are this year’s winners at the Curl PEI/ADL/Sport PEI Awards, presented in advance of Curl PEI’s Annual General Meeting this evening at the Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club in Summerside.

Junior Female Athlete of the Year – Veronica Smith

Junior Male Athlete of the Year  – Brooks Roche

Senior (Adult) Female Athlete of the Year – Kim Dolan

Senior (Adult) Male Athlete of the Year – Eddie MacKenzie

Coach of the Year – Pat Quilty

Volunteer of the Year– Shelley MacFadyen

Team of the Year– Alex MacFadyen

Umpire of the Year– Cliff Poirier

Marion Dockendorff Scotties Appreciation Award – Nancy Cameron

Here are the nomination details for each of the winners.

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Junior Female Athlete of the Year– Veronica Smith

Veronica Smith of Breadalbane, who curls out of the Cornwall club, and is a business student at UPEI, had another very busy season, for the second year in a row skipping teams at two national championships and, for the first time, playing in a major international cashspiel, and also organizing a major curling recruitment event on PEI.

Her team again won the provincial Pepsi Junior women’s championship, going through round robin play undefeated, and making a clutch last-rock draw in the final end to win the final, against the Amanda MacLean team, who they also faced in the previous season’s final.

Veronica and her team then advanced to the Canadian Juniors, where they finished round robin play with a 2 and 4 win-loss record. Although they did not advance to the Championship round, they finished at the top of the seeding division with a 5-4 record.

At the nationals, Veronica was selected to give the English “Thank you” on behalf of the players at the banquet. She is an excellent speaker, and her thank-you was very well received.

She was given a special award from guest speaker Colleen Jones for being the Loudest Yeller. This award was voted on by a show of hands by all who attended the National Banquet.

Teaming up, as she did the previous year, with three members of the MacLean team, Veronica came from behind with a deuce in the ninth and a single steal in the 10th end to win the B final of the Atlantic University Curling Championships, and repeat as a representative at the CIS/CCA Canadian University Curling Championships, where they finished with a 2-5 record.

The Smith team was one of 16 women’s rinks participating in the 20th annual edition of the JSI-OVCA international Junior SuperSpiel, at a number of clubs in the Ottawa area. They finished with a 3-3 record.

As a business student at UPEI, Veronica took on the task of organizing the RBC Sports Day in Canada “Try Curling” sessions, with all seven PEI curling clubs taking part, and a number of new curlers taking up the sport as club members.

She also volunteered at the 2014 Players Championship Grand Slam of Curling event in Summerside, and participated as a rower at the 2013 Canada Summer Games.

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Junior Male Athlete of the Year– Brooks Roche

Montague’s Brooks Roche, who plays third for the Tyler Smith junior team out of Montague and Crapaud, is a student athlete who excels both on and off the ice.

The Smith team made the finals at both the Pepsi Juniors and the O’Connor Glass Under 18 Championships this year, with Brooks receiving the men’s Fair Play Sportsmanship Award at the Juniors. This award is voted on by all the teams at the event, and presented annually to a player who demonstrates sportsmanship and fair play both on and off the ice.

The team won the Under 21 men’s division of the 14th annual Codiac Maritime Junior Bonspiel in Moncton in October, stealing the second extra end to outlast a Halifax team in the final.

The Smith team also won one of the two PEI men’s Training Teams spots for the 2015 Canada Games, winning a see-saw tiebreaker over the Leslie Noye team from the Western Community Club in Alberton in the selection trials.

He also excels in soccer, where he was Captain of the Provincial Champion U-16 Boys First Division Eastern Eagles, and played AAA High School Soccer with the Montague Vikings.

Brooks maintains a rigorous training regime both on and off the curling ice, and spent time in the month of September on the ice at Crapaud, and after school in Montague throughout the winter. He also participated in league play on two teams in Montague. Off-ice, he always places at the top of the physical testing for the Canada Games training teams, and, despite a broken leg in March, which necessitated an aggressive rehabilitation program, he has returned to being a very active participant in the Canada Games training program. Brooks also participated in the Whitecap Curling Camp in August 2013, and attended the Grand Slam of Curling exhibition matches for the Canada Games training teams in Summerside in April, although he was unable to curl in the event due to his injury.

Brooks also excels academically. He was the Top Academic Aggregate Student in Grade 10 at Montague Senior High in 2012-13, and was the Atlantic Spokesperson/Ambassador for the IWK Molly Appeal for Medical Research in 2013. He was elected to attend and lead sessions at the 2013 Canadian Student Leadership Conference, and was selected to attend the 2014 Canadian Student Leadership Conference in BC. He was also a Grade 11 Student Council Representative at his school.

 

Senior Female Athlete of the Year – Kim Dolan

In the 2013-2014 season Charlottetown’s Kim Dolan made her tenth appearance, representing her province in each of the past four decades, at the national women’s championship, and has now played over 100 games at the national event. At the provincial event, her team, which includes Rebecca Jean MacDonald, her daughter Sinead, Jackie Read, and alternate Michala Robison, beat the Kathy O’Rourke rink by a 6-4 score in an extra-end final to advance to the national Scotties. Kim holds the record for the most provincial women’s championship wins.

Kim also won a cashspiel in Charlottetown this past season, beating a field which included both men’s and women’s rinks.

Kim is a longtime member of the Charlottetown Curling Complex, joining as a Junior in 1974 (and advancing to the national Juniors her first three years), and continues to be involved in club activities, including serving on a sub-committee of the Board of Directors on the promotion of the Complex.

Kim is a PEI curling Hall of Fame member, being inducted in October 2012.

Senior Male Athlete of the Year – Eddie MacKenzie

Charlottetown’s Eddie MacKenzie made his fourth trip to the Brier, and his second in a row, this past season, improving on the previous year’s record to finish with a 4-7 win-loss record. His team placed near the top of the Charlottown Curling Complex’s Super League, and also took part in the Curl Atlantic Championship, where Eddie was also an organizing committee member. He won the event in 2012.

Eddie’s busy season also included serving as Past President of the Charlottetown Curling Complex, as well as travelling to a number of off-Island curling events, including the Challenge Casino de Charlevoix cashspiel in Clermont Quebec.


Coach of the year – Pat Quilty

Pat Quilty of Charlottetown coached Cornwall’s Meghan Ching and Lauren Lenentine rinks during this past season, with the Ching team coming second in the O’Connor Glass Under 18 event, and tieing for sixth spot in the Pepsi Juniors Under 21 championship, while the Lenentine foursome were runners-up in the O’Connor Glass Under 16 provincials. He also coached the Ching team to a tie for first place in the Future Scotties event, and a third place finish in the Canada Games Selection Trials.

Pat was the recipient of the girls’ team coaching award at the O’Connor Glass Under 1 event, while his daughter, Aleya, won the same award for the boys’ teams. These awards are voted on by their coaching peers.

Pat is a very dedicated coach, holding three, two hour practices each week, and also coached the team at multiple off-Island tournaments, and coached at the Whitecap Curling Academy last summer as well.

Pat is always supportive, motivational, encouraging and energetic when it comes to curling. He puts full effort into making sure his teams are as prepared as possibl for all of their tournaments, and he is always available to help out around clubs in any way he can – he even volunteered to coach teams that were not his own while still coaching his own girls team (during the same tournament) , just to help out young teams who are still looking for coaches.

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Volunteer of the Year – Shelley MacFadyen

Over the last three years, Summerside’s Shelley MacFadyen has been instrumental in revitalizing the junior curling program here at the Silver Fox, with yearly membership increases through her leadership and commitment.

Shelley has evolved the Little Rock and Intermediate programs to a point where the young Little Rockers are forming teams and competing in provincial and recreational events, including the KFC Provincial Under 13 championship and funspiel, comprising four of the 16 teams entered, a testament to her dedication. She also coached all the Fox entries at the events, and two of her teams placed 1st and second in the championship.

Her administrative skills were brought into play again at the Grand Slam of Curling Players’ Championship event at Credit Union Place, where she arranged to have the junior curlers involved in the opening ceremonies, marching the teams into the event, building interest in the sport by having the juniors involved with the greats in the sport. Silver Fox juniors were also well represented at the Junior Rockstarts program held during the final morning of the event, giving the young curlers experience on championship arena ice, and some TV exposure, with clips from the event being shown on national TV.

On the provincial side, Shelley has worked closely with Curl PEI to provide events and developmental opportunities at the Silver Fox, and has travelled with the curlers to other clubs to support their events.

From the first slide of the season, to the final moments of the closing banquet, Shelley makes sure that each child is engaged through a careful blend of skills development, competition, and fun. Everyone is thankful that Shelley chooses to donate her valuable time to the kids of the junior program.

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Team of the Year – Alex MacFadyen rink

The Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club team of Skip: Alex MacFadyen, Third: James Dalton, Second: Matthew MacDonald and Lead: Parker MacFadyen, with coach Dave MacFadyen , are this year’s team of the year, capturing first place in the men’s division at this year’s O’Connor Glass provincial Under 18 curling championships, and, playing in the higher Under 21 age category, finishing in fourth place in the eight team field at the Pepsi Juniors. The team, who beat the Tyler Smith rink from Montague in the Under 18 final, advanced to the Atlantic Under 18 championships in Oromocto New Brunswick, where they finished third.

The MacFadyen rink were also the first of the two teams to qualify for the two men’s training spots to be the 2015 Canada Games representatives for PEI, going through round robin play at the Selection Trials with a perfect 5-0 record. MacFadyen and the other qualifying men’s rink, skipped by Tyler Smith, will now square off in a best of three series in November, with the winning rink advancing to the Canada Games in Prince George BC from February 13—March 1, 2015.

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Umpire of the Year – Cliff Poirier

Summerside’s Cliff Poirier is a CCA Level 3 umpire who is conscientious and hard working and can always be relied on to do a great job, whether at a provincial, a national, or an international “Grand Slam” event.

Cliff was Chief Umpire at several Provincial events this year and handled each in a professional manner. He is well respected by the players at all age and ability levels. Cliff is always fair and makes any necessary decisions only after a thorough evaluation of the situation. He is not afraid to ask for assistance, if required, which itself is an admirable trait.

On the regional level, he was a volunteer at the Curl Atlantic Championship, an event featuring Atlantic Canada’s top curlers.

Cliff was also an umpire at the Canadian Juniors in Liverpool this season, lending his skill and expertise to this national event.

He was also in charge of on-ice volunteers at the Grand Slam of Curling Player’s Championship in April, a televised event featuring some of the best teams from around the world. He oversaw the umpires, timers and scorekeepers and did the scheduling, re-scheduling and other duties extremely well. He also was the supervising umpire at every draw, a very time-consuming and, no doubt exhausting, role.

Cliff also sits on the Curl PEI Board of Directors as the representative for the Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club, and represents Curl PEI on the Curl Atlantic board. He was also a finalist for Official of the Year at the Sport PEI Awards, and taught new officials at a Level I Officiating course.

Cliff gives a lot of hours as a volunteer to help the sport of curling and is extremely deserving of the Umpire of the Year award

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Marion Dockendorff Scotties Appreciation Award Winner– Nancy Cameron

This year’s winner of the Marion Dockendorff Scotties Appreciation Award is Charlottetown’s Nancy Cameron.

Nancy has been on six winning PEI women’s championship teams over the years, and has also been to the nationals a number of times as a fifth player. This year, she changed her role from curling in the Scotties to coaching in it, serving as the coach for the Kim Dolan rink at the national event in Montreal.

Nancy also volunteers as a coach with the PEI Special Olympics Curling Program.

She still curls, on Monday evenings at the Charlottetown Curling Complex, and is lucky to have her daughter curl with her.

Nancy was introduced to curling at an early age by her father Doug, a member of the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame. He played in the first national Schoolboy championship in 1950, while she took part in the Canadian Junior Women’s in 1980.

 

 

The Curl PEI/ADL/Sport PEI Sport Achievement Awards and Curl PEI AGM set for Wednesday

ADL/PEICA/SportPEI logos

The Curl PEI/ADL/Sport PEI Sport Achievement Awards ceremony will be held on Wednesday, May 28, at the Silver Fox Curling & Yacht Club in Summerside. A light dinner will be provided at 6 pm, with the awards being presented at 6:30pm.  The annual  awards ceremony honours the achievements of PEI curlers, coaches, officials, and volunteers during the past season, in eight categories.

The Curl PEI Annual General Meeting will follow the awards ceremony at 7:15pm.

RSVP is not necessary but would be appreciated. RSVP to Amy Duncan at  902-368-4208 or aduncan@sportpei.ca.

 

Curl Atlantic Ch’ship, set for Sept. in Ch’town, will see debut of new Adam Casey team (updated)

The schedule and team rosters have now been made available for the Curl Atlantic Championship, which returns to the CARI Complex MacLauchlan Arena ice at UPEI in Charlottetown, Sept. 11-14. Eight men’s and eight women’s teams are competing, plus five junior men’s and an equal number of junior women’s Canada Games teams. All games are eight ends. Following practices, first Canada Games teams draw is at 11 am Thursday, with the  women’s opening draw at 4 pm and the men’s at 9 pm. Defending champions are the Heather Smith and Peter Burgess rinks from Nova Scotia. Smith is back this year.

Schedule

curlatlsched2014The event includes  top teams from Atlantic Canada, including PEI women’s rinks skipped by Kathy O’Rourke and Suzanne Birt, and, on the men’s side, the Jamie Newson foursome, and a new Island team which includes skip Adam Casey, who most recently played on the Brad Gushue team in St. John’s, and third Josh Barry, who is attending UPEI in the fall, and skipped the New Brunswick men’s rink at the 2013 Canadian junior men’s championship and played lead stone on that province’s representative at the 2014 Tim Hortons Brier. Also on the team are second Anson Carmody, a former teammate of Casey’s on the Brett Gallant rink, who won a Canadian junior men’s championship and world junior silver medal back in 2009. Carmody was most recently on the Eddie MacKenzie rink, current PEI Tankard champs. Lead stone is Robbie Doherty, who played lead stone for the Blair Jay rink, who came third at the PEI Tankard this year, and played second on the 2011 Canadian Mixed championship rink, skipped by Robert Campbell.

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PEICurling.com photo: Adam Casey at the Players’ Championship

The winning teams in the Curl Atlantic Championship will pocket $3000, with the runners-up receiving $2000, and the third place teams will go home with $1000. The men’s and women’s teams are divided into two pools of four teams

Also competing at the event, in another division, will be teams from all four Atlantic provinces, who are gearing up to compete at the 2015 Canada Winter Games, including the two men’s and two women’s training teams from PEI. A wheelchair and vision-impaired curling demonstration is also scheduled during the final draw.

Here are the rosters of the teams entered in the Curl Atlantic Championship:

curlatlteams2014Further information, including ticket prices, will be available as the event approaches. Event contact is Helen Radford, Executive Director, Curl Atlantic at curlatlantic2001@gmail.com or  902.497.6655.

 

Canadian Curling Association to award 10 scholarships (CCA)

Some of Canada’s future curling stars will be the beneficiaries of a new program of post-secondary scholarships, it was announced today by the Canadian Curling Association.

The “For The Love of Curling” scholarships were funded through the support of Canadian curling fans, who purchased T-shirts through the CCA’s successful “Got Gold” campaign in March.

“We were blown away by people’s generosity during the Got Gold? Campaign,” said Greg Stremlaw, Chief Executive Officer for the CCA. “Our original goal was to sell 600 T-shirts and provide six scholarships. When Canadian curling fans bought more than 1,000 T-shirts, we were thrilled that even more young curlers would be helped.”

 

 

 

Thanks to the generosity of Canadian curlers who bought "Got Gold" T-shirts, 10 scholarships are now available (CCA Photo)


Thanks to the generosity of Canadian curlers who bought “Got Gold” T-shirts, 10 scholarships are now available (CCA Photo)


The application process for the 10 $1,000 scholarships for the 2014-2015 academic year is now open to young curlers who will be enrolling or continuing to study at a Canadian university or college.

Emphasis will be placed on athletes who have competed at the provincial/territorial level or higher and who have maintained a good level of academic standing while showing a commitment to curling through their involvement in coaching, instructing and/or volunteer activities.

The application process begins today and will run through to June 30, with the scholarships awarded by Aug. 15.

For more information, or to apply, go to www.curling.ca/ilovecurling/2014/05/15/scholarships/.

Former New Brunswick skip Andrea Crawford new member of Alberta championship rink (Edmonton Journal)

(By Norm Cowley, Edmonton Journal)

EDMONTON — Val Sweeting reached across the country to fill the vacancy on her Alberta women’s curling championship rink, so she also got creative when she introduced her new lineup.

Val Sweeting goes cross-country to find replacement

 

Alberta skip Val Sweeting takes a shot during her match against Quebec at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts draw fourteen curling action Thursday, February 6, 2014 in Montreal.

Photograph by: Ryan Remiorz , THE CANADIAN PRESS

Sweeting used a TSN graphic often seen during Canadian championships to show off her new team Tuesday on Twitter.

“TSN is so much fun to work with and we really appreciate them doing that for us,” Sweeting said after officially adding seven-time New Brunswick women’s champion Andrea Crawford to her Saville Centre crew.

Crawford, a human resources manager with the Canadian Forces in New Brunswick, decided to move to Edmonton. Her husband is hopeful of getting a job with the Edmonton Police Service.

“Alberta has such a talented pool of curlers and we found a lot of them were either taking the season off or already committed to a team,” Sweeting said. “That still left a lot of talented curlers, but we found that Andrea fit all of the characteristics that we wanted in a teammate and the added bonus that ended up tipping the scale was the experience she has at the Scotties.

Crawford, a longtime skip, has never made the playoffs at the Scotties, with her best record 6-5 each of the last two years. She will play third for Sweeting, with Dana Ferguson becoming a full-time second. Ferguson threw second rocks last season but held the broom for Sweeting’s shots.

Click for full story in the Edmonton Journal

AGM Date Set

AGMNotice of AGM

The 2014 Curl PEI Annual General Meeting will take place Wednesday May 28, 2014 at 7:15pm at the Silver Fox Curling & Yacht Club in Summerside.

Any club wishing to have an item of business placed on the agenda is requested to submit the item to Executive Director Amy Duncan, in writing, by May 7, 2014.

Gold and silver for Canada’s Maritime teams at the World Seniors (CCA)

(by Jean Mills)

It’s a gold medal repeat for Canadian men at the 2014 World Senior Curling Championships as Wayne Tallon capped off a perfect week, finishing on the top of the podium at the Ice Bowl in Dumfries, Scotland, on Wednesday morning.

Tallon and his Fredericton, N.B., team of third Mike Kennedy, second Mike Flannery, lead Wade Blanchard, alternate Charles Kingston and coach Bill Tschirhart controlled the game from the outset to win the men’s final 7-2 over Sweden’s Connie Oestlund and bring home Canada’s ninth senior men’s world title.

Wayne Tallon calls the sweep during playoff action at the 2014 World Senior Curling Championship in Dumfries, Scotland (Photo WCF/Richard Gray)

Wayne Tallon calls the sweep during playoff action at the 2014 World Senior Curling Championship in Dumfries, Scotland (Photo WCF/Richard Gray)

“I’m just lost for words. Really ecstatic about it,” said Tallon after the game.  ”I’m really happy at how the boys played, they played really hard, so it feels good.”

“We were patient. We were trying to score soft deuces without too much risk and we were able to do that – textbook curling – take two and give up one, take two and give up one,” he said. “That was the plan, that was the way we executed it and that’s the way it turned out.”

Tallon said the win was even more special after having been involved in the championship last year (as Chair of the World Curling Championships 2013 held in Fredericton, N.B.).

“Last year my responsibility was to ensure everybody had a good time,” he said. “This year it was to make sure that everyone played well and we kept the team unit together an focused. I think we showed that in every single game we played in this week.”

In the women’s final, Pinkney and her team of third Wendy Currie, second Shelley MacNutt, lead Susan Creelman, alternate Judy Burgess and coach Bill Tschirhart lost 6-5 to Scotland’s Christine Cannon in a close battle. Trailing 5-4 after seven, Cannon stole two in the final end to claim the gold in front of a hometown crowd.

“We are very disappointed right now but will be happy in a couple of hours,” said Pinkney. “Basically the key was that Scotland had two great last ends and we’ve missed a couple of shots that we couldn’t afford.”

Pinkney was hoping to win Canada’s seventh consecutive gold medal, and her second — Pinkney, Currie and Creelman (Karen Hennigar played second) went unbeaten to win gold in 2010 at Chelyabinsk, Russia. Canada has won nine times since the World Seniors were introduced in 2002.

Both Canadian men’s and women’s teams went undefeated throughout the round robin. Pinkney earned a spot in the semifinal by virtue of her first-place pool finish, but Tallon had to qualify for the semifinal by defeating Scotland’s Keith Prentice 6-5 in the men’s quarterfinals on Tuesday.

In the semifinals, Tallon defeated USA’ s Jeff Wright 5-4, while Pinkney won 6-5 over Sweden’s Ingrid Meldahl.

Colleen Pinkney delivers to sweepers Susan Creelman and Shelley MacNutt during playoff action at the 2014 World Senior Curling Championship in Dumfries, Scotland (Photo WCF/Richard Gray)

Colleen Pinkney delivers to sweepers Susan Creelman and Shelley MacNutt during playoff action at the 2014 World Senior Curling Championship in Dumfries, Scotland (Photo WCF/Richard Gray)

At the 2013 event in Fredericton (which was chaired by Tallon), Rob Armitage of Red Deer, Alta., won the men’s gold medal while Cathy King of Edmonton captured the women’s gold. Both of the Canadian teams at the 2014 World Seniors qualified for the trip to Scotland by winning their respective titles at the 2013 Canadian Senior Men’s and Curling Championships in Summerside, P.E.I.

For scores, standings and event information from the World Senior Curling Championships, go to: wscc2014.curlingevents.com/.

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Val Sweeting team names New Brunswick’s Andrea Crawford as new third

The Val Sweeting team from Edmonton, who lost third Joanne Courtney to Ottawa’s Rachel Homan rink, has announced that New Brunswick’s Andrea Crawford will be their new third.

sweetingCrawford, who curled out of the Gage club in Oromocto, is a former Canadian Junior Champion, and skipped the New Brunswick team at the Scotties seven times — in 2006, and every year from 2009 through 2014.

Semifinals for Tallon and Pinkney at World Seniors (CCA)

(by Jean Mills) Both Wayne Tallon and Colleen Pinkney have qualified for Wednesday’s semifinals at the 2014 World Senior Curling Championships in Dumfries, Scotland. Pinkney earned her spot by virtue of her first-place finish in pool play with an undefeated record, but Tallon had to win a tense quarter-final battle over home team Scotland to advance.

 

Canadian second Shelley MacNutt shares a laugh with skip Colleen Pinkney at the 2014 World Senior Curling Championships  in Dumfries, Scotland (Photo WCF/Richard Gray)Canadian second Shelley MacNutt shares a laugh with skip Colleen Pinkney at the 2014 World Senior Curling Championships in Dumfries, Scotland (Photo WCF/Richard Gray)

Pinkney and her team of third Wendy Currie, second Shelley MacNutt, lead Susan Creelman, alternate Judy Burgess and coach Bill Tschirhart powered their way to a 13-2 win over Russia’s Ludmila Murova in their last game of the round robin to earn top spot in the standings and a trip to the playoffs.

Canada scored four points to start the game, then stole the next two ends to lead 9-0 after three. The Russians managed to score singles with hammer, but conceded after six ends.

The Canadian skip from Truro, N.S., acknowledged that going unbeaten and earning an easy win against Russia is a confidence-builder, but she’s taking nothing for granted.

“You never know what will happen in curling,” she said, looking ahead to the semifinal against Scotland’s Christine Cannon. “We still have to come with our A-game. The other teams in the other sections are also gaining momentum, so we certainly won’t be going in over-confident. You have to expect the best from everybody.”

On Tuesday morning at the Dumfries Ice Bowl, Tallon and his Fredericton, N.B., team of third Mike Kennedy, second Mike Flannery, lead Wade Blanchard, alternate Charles Kingston and coach Bill Tschirhart dominated Germany’s Rainer Schoepp, stealing four points in the sixth end to go up 9-2 and put the game away.

With the win, Tallon finished the round robin with an 8-0 record – the only undefeated team in the 25-team men’s competition – and progressed to the quarter-final on Tuesday evening against Scotland’s Keith Prentice (5-2).

In a tight game, Canada trailed 5-4 after seven, but scored two with hammer to secure the 6-5 win – and ensure a semifinal berth.

On April 30, the senior men’s and women’s gold-medal and bronze-medal games are scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Atlantic

For live scores and standings from the World Seniors Championship, go to: wscc2014.curlingevents.com/.

Skip Wayne Tallon calls the line on second Mike Flannery's shot as sweepers Wade Blanchard and Mike Kennedy work hard at the 2014 World Senior Curling Championships in Dumfries, Scotland (Photo WCF/Richard Gray)Skip Wayne Tallon calls the line on second Mike Flannery’s shot as sweepers Wade Blanchard and Mike Kennedy work hard at the 2014 World Senior Curling Championships in Dumfries, Scotland (Photo WCF/Richard Gray)

Click to read at the CCA website