Field expanded to 28 for Road to the Roar Pre-Trials in Summerside (Curling Canada)

Two more teams of each gender will get a chance to chase their gold-medal dreams at the 2017 Road to the Roar Pre-Trials later this year in Summerside, P.E.I., it was announced today by Curling Canada.

Because the race was so tight for the final available berths into the Pre-Trials, rather than force teams into tiebreaker scenarios, the decision was made to add teams to the field, with the added benefit of giving more teams a chance to get a feel for the pressure of being part of the race to represent Canada at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

The Road to the Roar Pre-Trials are scheduled for Nov. 6-12 at Credit Union Place in Summerside. The event will decide the final two entries in each gender for the Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings, Dec. 1-9 in Ottawa, where Canada’s men’s and women’s four-player teams for the 2018 Winter Olympics will be decided.

“I’m very pleased that more teams will get this kind of experience,” said Gerry Peckham, Curling Canada’s Director, High Performance. “It’s important that teams get a chance to perform under these circumstances — not just for this Olympic cycle, for the future as well, and I think this was the most equitable solution, not to mention the most beneficial as we look beyond 2018. This event is as much about getting teams ready for 2022 and 2026 as it is about 2018, and it’s yet another reminder that the Olympic qualification process truly is the engine that drives competitive curling in our country.”

The two additional teams were added based on their performance on the 2016-17 Canadian Team Ranking System.

On the men’s side, that means Mark Bice of Sarnia, Ont., and Jamie Murphy of Halifax have earned invitations to participate in Summerside.

On the women’s side, a potential tiebreaker between Karla Thompson of Kamloops, B.C., and Briane Meilleur of Winnipeg for the 12th and final spot will no longer be necessary. Additionally, Winnipeg’s Shannon Birchard has been invited to join the field.

Here’s an updated look at the teams that have earned invitations to participate in the Road to the Roar Pre-Trials:

Men

Greg Balsdon, Kingston, Ont.
Mark Bice, Sarnia, Ont.
Brendan Bottcher, Edmonton
Adam Casey, Charlottetown/Regina
Dayna Deruelle, Brampton, Ont.
Matt Dunstone, Winnipeg
Jason Gunnlaugson, Winnipeg
Glenn Howard, Penetanguishene, Ont.
Bruce Korte, Saskatoon
William Lyburn, Winnipeg
Jean-Michel Ménard, Gatineau, Que.
John Morris, Kelowna/Vernon, B.C.
Jamie Murphy, Halifax
Charley Thomas, Calgary

Women

Shannon Birchard, Winnipeg
Nadine Chyz, Calgary
Kerri Einarson, Winnipeg
Tracy Fleury, Sudbury, Ont.
Jacqueline Harrison, Mississauga, Ont.
Shannon Kleibrink, Okotoks, Alta.
Stefanie Lawton, Saskatoon
Krista McCarville, Thunder Bay, Ont.
Briane Meilleur, Winnipeg
Sherry Middaugh, Coldwater, Ont.
Darcy Robertson, Winnipeg
Kelsey Rocque, Edmonton
Karla Thompson, Kamloops, B.C.
Julie Tippin Woodstock, Ont.

Invited teams are being given time to decide on their status for the Pre-Trials, with some teams already having changed lineups for the 2017-18 season. To accept the invitation, teams must retain three of the original players who earned the qualifying points for the berth, and have them on the ice at all times. In some cases, the invitations may have to be declined because of that stipulation.

An announcement of the official field will be made at a later date.

The Pre-Trials teams will be seeded one through 14 based on their 2016-17 CTRS rankings, and then split into two pools of seven for the round-robin competition.

The top three teams from each pool will advance to the playoffs, with the first- and second-place teams crossing over to meet each other in the first round of the A-side. The winners will then meet for the first available Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings berth.

The first-round losers, meanwhile, will drop to meet the third-place teams in each pool in the first round of the B-side. The winners of the two games will then meet, with the winner taking on the A-side final loser for the second available Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings berth.

Tickets are available for the Road to the Roar Pre-Trials. CLICK HERE for more information.

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Curling Clubs caught up in huge cable fee hikes intended for sports bars #NotaSportsBar (Curling Canada)

As you may have heard, Rogers and Bell Canada recently increased fees paid for cable packages that include TSN and Sportsnet by licensed establishments with capacity over 100 people. The target of the rate increase is sports bars, but the curling facilities across Canada that are licensed are unfairly getting caught up in this rate increase. It will cost an extra $3,000-5,000 a year.

Help us stop Bell and Rogers from gouging community curling clubs. Tell them to cancel the increase in cable fees to our rinks. Curling facilities aren’t sports bars. These fees hurt and aren’t necessary. Visit www.notasportsbar.ca and share this post, tweet, email, call and tell them enough is enough.

Celebration Gala for Brett Gallant

The Charlottetown Curling Club is pleased to announce an evening to celebrate Brett Gallant. On Saturday, June 24th, they will be hosting a reception and dinner to honour his amazing accomplishments of winning both the Brier and the World Men’s Curling Championship in the same year with Team Gushue. 

They invite you to come out and join the celebration. The evening will start with piping the guest of honour in to a reception in the lounge area, where guests will enjoy conversation and a selection of seafood including mussels, chowder and oysters.

Guests will then join Brett and his family, along with various dignitaries, in a delicious dinner of lobster, ham, rolls, potato salad, coleslaw and sweets, prepared by the St. John’s United Church women’s group in Mt Stewart.

They will be transforming the upstairs room at the club into a banquet for 170, including a bar, a stage and a head table. The overflow of up to 100 guests will be seated downstairs in the lounge. Video cameras and screens will be used to project images of Brett’s rise to stardom and ensure all  guests have a good view of the proceedings.

Because space upstairs is limited, they encourage you to take advantage of the early bird ticket price until June 3rd.

Schedule

6pm  Seafood Reception

7pm  Lobster & Ham Dinner

9:15pm Local Entertainment  (19 +)

Tickets can be purchased by:

email cccgala2017@gmail.com
phone: call the CCC 902.892.7467 and leave a message
in person at the CCC 11am – 2pm Saturday, May 27th and June 3rd

All the latest breaking news and updates will be posted on the event Facebook page which they are inviting everyone to follow and like:

www.facebook.com/events/1828783447439851

PEI Curling Hall of Fame offering bursaries – deadline is Sept. 30

The Prince Edward Island Curling Hall of Fame is offering four annual bursaries, for a total amount of $3000, with $1000 and $500 awarded annually to junior female curlers, and an equal amount to junior male curlers. Bursaries are awarded based on financial need and passion for the game.

Application Deadline is September 30, 2017.

To be eligible to apply for a bursary, an applicant must be eligible to participate in the provincial junior playoffs for the coming year. Also, an applicant must be a full-time student at the university or college they are attending. An applicant can only be awarded one bursary.

Please submit your application form to Jerry Muzika, Chair, Prince Edward Island Curling Hall of Fame, 46 Eagles Path Lane, York, PE, C0A 1P0 or to peicurlinghalloffame@gmail.com

The information provided will be kept confidential.

Click to download application form in Adobe PDF format

Click to download application form in MS Word format

May 28 is Pizza Day for KidSport

Sunday, May 28th is “Pizza Day for KidSport” in partnership with Papa John’s Pizza!  Any order over $25, on this particular day, will see $5 donated to KidSport PEI!  Customers will also receive enough Papa Points loaded onto their Rewards Card for a free large pizza, valid within 30 days!

This is an online promotion only – ou must visit papajohns.ca and use PROMO CODE: kidsport

KidSport PEI is a program that helps remove the financial barriers that limit some children from participating in sport in PEI.

All curlers invited to signup for Pre-Season Curling at Crapaud

The Crapaud Curling Club will be running the Preseason curling again this year starting September 8 and running until the end of October. Curlers from all clubs are welcome.  Cost will be $125 (HST included) per person. This will run 7 days a week with league nights on Tuesday and Thursdays. All practice times must be booked ahead of time. If interested, contact Jamie and Miranda by email @ thelostanchorcavendish@gmail.com.
 

‘The lifestyle on the Island’: Yet another PEI curler on the world stage (CBC PEI)

Ian MacAulay of P.E.I. recently faced off against some of the best curlers in the world at the World Senior Men’s Curling Championship in Lethbridge, Alberta. The team finished with the silver medal.

“Representing Canada is pretty special,” said MacAulay, who is back on P.E.I. at his cottage near Souris for a couple of weeks. 

“Putting on the jacket the first time, I got choked up a bit and to see all of your family out there it’s pretty special.”

Ian MacAulay focuses on a shot at the World Senior Curling Championship in Lethbridge, Alberta. (Submitted by Ian MacAulay)

There was a large contingent from P.E.I. at the Worlds to cheer him on. Not surprising considering MacAulay has 42 first cousins on his mother’s side, and even more on his father’s. 

Ian MacAulay and Team Canada had a large group of fans in the stands in Lethbridge, Alberta. (Submitted by Ian MacAulay)

MacAulay got his start at the Souris Curling Club as a teenager, working as a volunteer to the club’s ice makers.

He moved to Ottawa as a mechanic, but needed to find another career after injuring his back. He found it making curling ice.

“Passion for the game, I guess,” recalled MacAulay about what attracted him.

“I really loved making ice and turned it into a full-time career.”

 

Ian MacAulay and his son Jeremy helped to turn the Souris hockey rink into a temporary curling club in April 2010. (Submitted by Ian MacAulay)

 

MacAulay is currently the ice maker for two clubs in Ottawa, where he sometimes comes in at 6 a.m. to get in some practice time.

He has also helped to get curling up and running again in Souris, on a makeshift curling sheet at the local rink.

“My son and I came down to help Colin LaVie,” he explained.

Islanders take the world

MacAulay joins an impressive list of Prince Edward Islanders who have curled at world championships, including the Bill Jenkins rink, world junior champions in 1977.

Suzanne Gaudet of Summerside, P.E.I. skipped her team to gold the 2001 World Juniors.

Brett Gallant and his teammates won silver at the 2009 World Junior Curling Championships.

Last month, Gallant won world gold as part of Team Canada.

Ian MacAulay and his teammates won silver at the Worlds. (Submitted by Ian MacAulay)

Is there something in the water?

“We’ve always been a factory at producing really talented young curlers,” said well-known curling coach Al Ledgerwood.

While curlers in other provinces could live long distances from the best curlers, on P.E.I., they shared the ice.

“It is the natural advantage of a junior on P.E.I.,” said Ledgerwood.

“If you were a young junior team, you got to play the best.”

President of the P.E.I. Curling Hall of Fame and Museum Jerry Muzika has also watched world champions emerge on P.E.I.

“The curlers from P.E.I. who have been successful on the wider curling stage know the game well, they practice, they take advantage of learning opportunities,” said Muzika.

‘A little bit more passion’

P.E.I.’s newest world silver medallist has his own theory.

“People from small towns have a little bit more passion for whatever they do, whether it’s curling, hockey.”

“Maybe the lifestyle on the Island is the reason,” he said. “I’m not sure, but it’s a great question.”

Click for full story at CBC PEI

 

 

 

Applications now being accepted for 2017 For the Love of Curling Scholarships (Curling Canada)

Young curlers from across the country will once again be able to further their academic and athletic ambitions, thanks to the Curling Canada Foundation’s For the Love of Curling Scholarship program.

Kristen Streifel (WCF/Richard Gray photo)

Applications are now being accepted for the 2017 For the Love of Curling Scholarships, which are funded through the generous support of the Canadian curling community.

Ten $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to male and female curlers who best demonstrate athletic and academic prowess as well as community leadership.

As well, for the 2017 scholarship campaign only, there will be three additional scholarships — each worth $1,100 — made available to young female curlers, a legacy of the remaining funds from the now-defunct Women’s World Curling Tour.

“This is one of my favourite announcements annually because it gets young people engaged and excited about curling, and it demonstrates how supportive our curling community truly is from coast to coast,” said Peter Inch, Chair of the Curling Canada Board of Governors. “We’re well aware of the challenges facing our young athletes, and we’re excited that we’re able to play a role in helping them pursue their curling and scholastic dreams.”

2010 Olympic silver-medallist Cheryl Bernard, who, like Inch, is a member of the selection committee for the scholarships, was a driving force with Anne Merklinger, Karen Purdy and Cathy King on the Women’s World Curling Tour.

Tyler Tardi (WCF/Tom Rowland photo)

“We’re all thrilled to see the final legacy of the WWCT being put to such good use,” said Bernard. “Canada’s curling future is bright, but those young athletes need support to train and go to school, and this is a wonderful way to help them achieve their goals.”

Both of this past season’s Canadian junior champion skips are past recipients of the For the Love of Curling scholarships. Kristen Streifel, who won bronze for Canada at the 2017 World Juniors in Gangneung, South Korea, was awarded a scholarship in 2015 while Tyler Tardi, who lost a playoff tiebreaker in South Korea, was a recipient last year, as was his vice-skip Sterling Middleton. Another 2016 scholarship awardee, Maxime Blais, won a bronze medal with Northern Ontario at the 2017 Canadian Juniors in Victoria, while 2015 awardee Laura Masters also was a bronze-medallist at the 2017 Canadian Juniors with the Northern Ontario women’s team.

All of the 2017 scholarships will be awarded to deserving young athletes, from across Canada, to help post-secondary athletes cover some of their education and curling costs.

Emphasis will be placed on athletes who have competed at the provincial/territorial level or higher; 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. Athletes must be under the age of 23 as of Dec. 31, 2017 and not have received the For the Love of Curling Scholarship previously.

The application process runs from May 8 to June 30, 2017. Scholarships will be awarded in August.

For more information or to apply, visit online www.curling.ca/scholarship

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PEI’s Adam Casey accepts invitation for Summerside pre-Olympic trials (Journal)

(by Jason Simmonds)

CALGARY – There will be a P.E.I. skip in the 2017 Road to the Roar Pre-Trials in Summerside.

Adam Casey

©Jason Simmonds/Journal Pioneer

Seven Mile Bay native and Winsloe resident Adam Casey confirmed on Friday that his Saskatchewan rink, which curled out of the Highland Curling Club in Regina this past season, has accepted an invitation for the final qualifying event for the Olympic Curling Trials after securing enough points through the Canadian Team Ranking System (CTRS) for an invitation.  
“We had done the math and knew we were in a position to receive one,” said Casey in a phone interview with the Journal Pioneer from Calgary, where he is on a family vacation. “It’s exciting, and one of the goals I set going into this year was to earn one of those spots.”

The pre-trials event will feature 24 teams – 12 men and 12 women – at Credit Union Place from Nov. 6 to 12.
Casey, third stone Catlin Schneider, second stone Shaun Meachem and lead Dustin Kidby went 7-1 (won-lost) en route to winning the Saskatchewan provincial men’s championship, and represented the province at the Tim Hortons Brier in St. John’s, N.L.
“We kind of took the long way towards earning that invitation,” said Casey, 27. “It wasn’t until the last three events of the year that we put ourselves in a position where we would receive one.
“We had to play well down the stretch, and it was a big accomplishment for us in that sense.”

Lineups
With off-season lineup shuffles ongoing, it’s important to note that rinks must retain three of the players who earned the qualifying points, and have them on the ice at all times to maintain eligibility.
“There is some lineup shuffling going on with all the teams at this point,” said Casey, who noted his rink is still working on “what the final lineup will look like,” and he hopes to have that finalized in a couple of weeks.
“At the very least we will maintain three of four to keep that invitation because it was a goal for us, and a big goal for me to get a chance to play in Summerside,” continued Casey.

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Qualifiers, including PEI’s Adam Casey, unveiled for Road to the Roar in Summerside (Curling Canada)

A Prince Edward Island product has the opportunity to pursue his dreams of representing Canada at the 2018 Winter Olympics close to home.

P.E.I.’s Adam Casey has earned an invitation to the Road to the Roar Pre-Trials in Summerside, P.E.I. (Photo, Curling Canada/Michael Burns)

Summerside product Adam Casey, now living in Charlottetown, has been invited to join the field for the 2017 Road to the Roar Pre-Trials in Summerside, P.E.I., Nov. 6-12 at Credit Union Place.

The Road to the Roar Pre-Trials will determine the final two direct-entry berths (in each gender) into the 2017 Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings — the event that will decide Canada’s four-player men’s and women’s team for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Casey skipped a Saskatchewan-based team at last March’s Tim Hortons Brier in St. John’s, N.L., and gained enough qualifying points on the Canadian Team Ranking System (CTRS) to nail down one of the 12 invitations (in each gender) to the Pre-Trials.

It’s notable that the two men’s teams that qualified from the 2013 Road to the Roar Pre-Trials in Kitchener, Ont., would meet again in the men’s final of the 2013 Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings in Winnipeg — Brad Jacobs of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., and John Morris’s team from Kelowna/Vernon, B.C. Jacobs, of course, would go on to win Olympic gold a few weeks later in Sochi, Russia.

Morris, meanwhile, will have to take the same route he did in 2013 as his team has again earned an invitation to the Road to the Roar Pre-Trials.

Credit Union Place in Summerside, P.E.I., will play host to the 2017 Road to the Roar Pre-Trials. (Photo, courtesy Credit Union Place)

Invitations to take part in the Pre-Trials were issued earlier this week. While teams are already making some off-season lineup changes, to accept the Pre-Trials invitation they must retain three of the original players who earned the qualifying points for the berth, and have them on the ice at all times. In some cases, the invitations will have to be declined because of that stipulation.

Invited teams are being given some time to decide on their status for the Pre-Trials. An announcement of the official field will be made at a later date.

The teams qualified through their results on the CTRS — individual-season results for the 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17 season, as well as a two-year total for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons.

Here’s a listing of the teams that have been invited to the Road to the Roar Pre-Trials:

Men

Greg Balsdon, Kingston, Ont.
Brendan Bottcher, Edmonton
Adam Casey, Charlottetown/Regina
Dayna Deruelle, Brampton, Ont.
Matt Dunstone, Winnipeg
Jason Gunnlaugson, Winnipeg
Glenn Howard, Penetanguishene, Ont.
Bruce Korte, Saskatoon
William Lyburn, Winnipeg
Jean-Michel Ménard, Gatineau, Que.
John Morris, Kelowna/Vernon, B.C.
Charley Thomas, Calgary

Women

Nadine Chyz, Calgary
Kerri Einarson, Winnipeg
Tracy Fleury, Sudbury, Ont.
Jacqueline Harrison, Mississauga, Ont.
Shannon Kleibrink, Okotoks, Alta.
Stefanie Lawton, Saskatoon
Krista McCarville, Thunder Bay, Ont.
*-Briane Meilleur, Winnipeg
Sherry Middaugh, Coldwater, Ont.
Darcy Robertson, Winnipeg
Kelsey Rocque, Edmonton
*-Karla Thompson, Kamloops, B.C.
Julie Tippin Woodstock, Ont.

* – Teams Meilleur and Thompson finished in a virtual tie for the 12th and final invitation. Should no teams above them decline their invitations, the teams will play a tiebreaker for the berth; date and location TBC.

The Pre-Trials teams will be seeded one through 12 based on their 2016-17 CTRS rankings, and then split into two pools of six for the round-robin competition.

The top three teams from each pool will advance to the playoffs, with the first- and second-place teams crossing over to meet each other in the first round of the A-side. The winners will then meet for the first available Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings berth.

The first-round losers, meanwhile, will drop to meet the third-place teams in each pool in the first round of the B-side. The winners of the two games will then meet, with the winner taking on the A-side final loser for the second available Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings berth.

Tickets are available for the Road to the Roar Pre-Trials. CLICK HERE for more information.

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PEI Curling Coach Olympics Bound (CBC PEI)

‘I’m still pinching myself here’

By Krystalle Ramlakhan, CBC News

P.E.I. curling coach Peter Gallant, who is also father to world curling champion Brett Gallant, will be going to the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea with the South Korean women’s curling team. 

Gallant coaches a team in South Korea which just won the national championship, an Olympic qualifying tournament, Wednesday in Icheon, South Korea. Icheon is a city about three hours east of Seoul. Now the team will represent the country at the Olympic Games. 

‘Seeing them reach this goal, it’s a really special feeling for sure.’— Peter Gallant 

Peter Gallant with the national women’s team for South Korea. From left to right: Peter Gallant, Skip Eun Jung Kim, Third Kyeong Ae Kim, Second Seon Yeong Kim, Lead Yeong Mi Kim, Korean coach and interpreter Min Jung Kim. (Submitted by Peter Gallant)

“Pretty exciting, I’m still pinching myself here,” said Gallant. 

Gallant has been curling most of his life and next year will be his first time at the Olympics.  

Gallant connected with the Korean team through his son and curler Brett Gallant. 

Brett may also be at the Olympics with his father. Team Gushue will compete in Olympic trials in December to represent Canada in South Korea at the Winter Olympics in 2018.

“It would be amazing just to be there at the same time that he’s there playing as well so it would be a dream come true for sure,” said Gallant.

Click to read full story at CBC PEI.

14 teams set for Roar of the Rings, 4 more to be selected at Road to the Roar in S’Side (Curling Canada)

Fourteen teams are officially a step closer to achieving their gold-medal dreams after being named to the field for the 2017 Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings, it was announced today by Curling Canada.

World champions Brad Gushue, left, and Rachel Homan will headline the field for the 2017 Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings in Ottawa. (Photos, Curling Canada)

The seven men’s and seven women’s teams will compete from Dec. 2-10 at the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa for the right to represent Canada in four-player curling at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

It will be a who’s-who of Canadian curling coming to Ottawa, led by the recently crowned 2017 women’s and men’s world champions: hometown favourite Rachel Homan of Ottawa and 2006 Olympic gold-medallist Brad Gushue of St. John’s, N.L.

Additionally, the reigning Olympic gold-medallists — Brad Jacobs of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., and Winnipeg’s Jennifer Jones — are returning in hopes of defending the Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings titles they won four years ago in Winnipeg, and then looking to make it back-to-back Olympic gold.

Calgary’s Kevin Koe, meanwhile, returns to Ottawa looking to replicate the success he enjoyed in the city in 2016, when he won the Tim Hortons Brier and then followed up with gold at the 2016 World Men’s Championship in Basel, Switzerland.

Today’s announcement is the culmination of a qualifying process that began during the 2014-15 season, with teams able to qualify directly for the Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings in three distinct manners:

  • By winning the Home Hardware Canada Cup;
  • By winning the Tim Hortons Brier/Scotties Tournament of Hearts and then earning a medal at the world men’s or women’s curling championship;
  • Performance on the Canadian Team Ranking System (CTRS).

In some cases, teams clinched more than one berth; Homan, for instance, had four direct-entry berths based on the qualifying criteria, while Jones had three. On the men’s side, Gushue qualified in three different ways while Koe did it twice.

In cases where teams qualified in more than one way, the berth then went to the highest non-qualified team on the 2016-17 CTRS. The one exception was when the winner of the Tim Hortons Brier/Scotties Tournament of Hearts didn’t win a medal at the world championship; in that instance, the Trials berth went to the highest non-qualified team on the CTRS in that season. That was the case in 2016 when Calgary’s Chelsea Carey won the Scotties but finished fourth at the Ford Worlds. Her Trials berth then went to Jones, the 2015-16 CTRS leader.

Here’s a look at the 14 qualifiers:

Men

Reid Carruthers, Winnipeg
John Epping, Toronto
Brad Gushue, St. John’s, N.L.
Brad Jacobs, Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.
Kevin Koe, Calgary
Steve Laycock, Saskatoon
Mike McEwen, Winnipeg

Women

Chelsea Carey, Calgary
Michelle Englot, Winnipeg
Alli Flaxey, Caledon, Ont.
Rachel Homan, Ottawa
Jennifer Jones, Winnipeg
Casey Scheidegger, Lethbridge, Alta.
Val Sweeting, Edmonton

The field — nine men’s, nine women’s teams — in Ottawa will be completely filled in November when two more qualifiers of each gender are decided at the Road to the Roar Pre-Trials, Nov. 6-12 at Credit Union Place in Summerside, P.E.I. That event will feature 12 teams of each gender, playing down for the two Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings berths. The teams for that event will be finalized soon.

The Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings will feature nine-team round-robin draws in both genders, leading to the playoffs.

Full-event packages for the 2017 Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings are now available by CLICKING HERE.

Tickets also are available for the Road to the Roar Pre-Trials in Summerside. CLICK HERE for more information.

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Colleen Jones rink wins Gold, Bryan Cochrane team with PEI native Ian MacAulay wins Silver at World Seniors (Curling Canada)

LETHBRIDGE, Alta. — It was a memorable day for Team Canada on Saturday at the World Senior Curling Championships.

Team Canada celebrates its women’s gold-medal victory at the World Seniors. (Photo, World Curling Federation/Céline Stucki)

First, Colleen Jones’s Halifax team won Canada’s 11th women’s gold medal in the 16-year history of the World Seniors, cruising to a 10-5 victory over Switzerland’s Cristina Lestander.

Then, Ottawa’s Bryan Cochrane pushed reigning world champ Mats Wranå of Sweden to the very limit before bowing 5-4 in an extra end when Wranå made a cold draw to the four-foot looking at two Canadian counters.

It was an emotional victory for Jones and her teammates — third Kim Kelly, second Mary Sue Radford, lead/vice-skip Nancy Delahunt and coach Helen Radford.

Jones, a six-time winner of the Scotties Tournament of Hearts and a two-time world women’s champ, was wearing the Maple Leaf for the first time since she won gold at the 2004 Ford World Championships in Sweden.

Thirteen years later, the sensation of winning a world title at the senior level was just as special, she said.

“Winning is winning. Whenever you win something this big, the euphoria is the exact same,” she said. “If you could bottle it, you’d be a multi-millionaire, and you want to hold onto that feeling forever. Winning at this age maybe sweeter than when I won as a 21-year-old or a 39-year-old because your body’s aging, there’s a lot more work that goes into maintaining your ability and talent at this age. You have to keep improving your game.”

The Canadian team, which carried a perfect 8-0 record into the gold-medal game, took control early and never let go.

Lestander had hammer in the first end, but she nose-hit on her blank attempt in the first end, giving the hammer to the Canadians, who immediately made her pay with a count of three in the second end and a stolen three in the third.

Switzerland managed to get three back in the fourth, but Jones drew for three more in the fifth, stole another in the sixth, and the gloves came off after Switzerland scored one in the seventh and conceded.

“It feels really sweet, to have finished it and to win a world championship — it was such a thrill,” said Jones. “Last night, going to sleep, we had that same kind of nervous ball of energy. Kim and I woke up and we said to each other, did you get any sleep? Not much, but it was enough. It just felt really good.”

So good, in fact, that Jones says she isn’t done chasing national and world championships with her team.

“I think I have a lot left in my tank,” she said with a smile. “I have to talk to the girls to see how much is left in their tanks, but I think they embrace the challenge to get better as much as I do. I think they’re renewed and re-energized. It’s a wonderful goal to have at any age, and especially our age.”

Cochrane, vice-skip Ian MacAulay [a native of Souris PEI], second Doug Johnston, lead Ken Sullivan, alternate Howard Rajala and coach Bill Tschirhart, meanwhile, had a slow start against the Swedes, falling behind 3-0 after five ends. Sweden scored one with the hammer in the first, and then stole points in the fourth and fifth ends on Cochrane misses.

Canada had a shot at a deuce in the fourth; sitting one, Cochrane attempted an angle-raise takeout but was just inside and ended up jamming, leaving a Swedish stone as shot. In the fifth, Cochrane was just heavy on his draw to the four-foot.

But Canada rallied to tie the game with deuces in the sixth and eighth ends, sandwiched around a Swedish single.

In the extra, Canada had rocks lined up at the back four-foot and top eight, forcing Wranå to the draw. But the Swede made no mistake.

“It wasn’t our best game, but I’m proud of the way we fought back and made their skip make a really good shot,” said Cochrane. “Those guys are good curlers; they won (gold) last year, and it was a fun game in the end. I’m proud of our team; we curled well all week. No shame.”

Nor should there be. The Canadians entered the gold-medal game unbeaten, and went home with a silver medal, and wore the Maple Leaf with class and pride.

“At the age of 59, wearing a Team Canada uniform for the first time, it’s a very proud moment for all of us,” said Cochrane. “When we got here, we had the jitters — we wanted to make sure we put on a good show. And we did — we played really well all week. I wish we would have played a little better today, but that’s what happens in this game. We’re proud of how we performed.”

Click to read this story at Curling Canada

 

Charlottetown Curling Complex to honour Brett Gallant (Guardian)

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. – A dinner honouring world champion curler Brett Gallant is part of upcoming activities at the Charlottetown Curling Complex (CCC).

Gallant is the first Islander to win a Canadian Brier and the first from the province to win a world men’s title.

P.E.I.’s Brett Gallant, right, and team skip Brad Gushue celebrate at the World Curling Championship against Sweden. Curling Canada/Michael Burns photo

The June 24 salute to Gallant will honour the Charlottetown native who learned his craft at the CCC. After winning a national junior men’s title, Gallant joined skip Brad Gushue in St. John’s, N.L.

Gallant played second this season with Gushue as the team won the Newfoundland and Labrador title, hosted and won the Brier in March and then went on to win the world title in Edmonton this month.

Further details on the Gallant dinner will be announced in the coming days.

Initial plans for the dinner were unveiled at two recent special general membership meetings.

The club is planning several special fundraisers during the summer to get the club on a better financial footing in time for the new season this fall. Past and former members will be contacted to rejoin the club and a letter will be sent to members seeking their support.

The second meeting last week saw a new executive elected, while expanded committees and duties were approved and organizational plans were announced for the summer and the coming season.

The club hopes to increase its membership, add more bonspiels and activities, improve communications and generally enhance operations.

Click for full story in The Guardian.

Moncton making bid for 2019 Brier, seeking $100 pre-sale deposits on full event passes. #BringOnTheBrier

As you may have heard, Moncton New Brunswick is working on a bid to bring the Canadian Men’s Curling Championship, The Brier, to the Hub City in 2019.  They are treating it as a regional event, and expect to draw fans from all over Atlantic Canada. 

Two years ago, St. John’s NL changed the bid process with their aggressive pre-sale campaign.  They pre-sold 2100 deposits on event passes as part of their bid — a major factor in getting the Brier to St. John’s for 2017. Now Curling Canada is looking for a strong pre-sale as part of the bid. 

The Moncton Bid Committee is reaching out to curling club members and curling fans to put a deposit down on a full event pass, and have set up pre-sale tickets at tickets.moncton.ca

 Here’s what you need to know:

  •  Moncton is officially bidding on the 2019 Brier
  • They have launched a pre-sale campaign to assist in winning the bid.
  • They have set up ticket deposits at tickets.moncton.ca.  When you make a $100 deposit, it will go toward securing your event pass for the Brier.
  • Their bid will be submitted by the end of June 2017, so they would like strong pre-sale support in advance of that date.
  • Should they not win the bid, all deposits will be fully refunded.
  • Bringing the Brier to Moncton will have a huge economic benefit to the region and be a massive support to curling throughout the region.  

Those who make a $100 deposit (per seat) in support of Moncton’s bid to host the 2019 Brier will be granted first rights to purchase one Full Brier Ticket Package (all matches) when they become available, should Moncton win the bid for the 2019 Brier. Deposits will be fully refunded should Moncton’s bid not be accepted.

Please help #BringOnTheBrier to Moncton!

Summer Fitness Training Program for Curlers – Try it on May 9

Synergy Fitness is once again offering an off-season Sport Performance Training Program to Island curlers.  This program includes fitness sessions, nutrition sessions and fitness testing. All ages and levels are welcome.  The folks at Synergy will work with your fitness … Continue reading

Gushue, Homan confirmed for new Everest Curling Challenge in Fredericton this August

The Everest Curling Challenge is a world-class curling event with a novel game format. The event, which will air across Canada on TSN, and in the U.S. will bring together 32 of the world’s top women’s and men’s curlers to … Continue reading

PEI Curlers win Gold, Bronze in Mixed Doubles portion of inaugural Cdn. U18 Ch’ships in Moncton

Two members of the Lauren Lenentine-skipped PEI Girl’s team won medals on Saturday in Canada’s first-ever Under-18 Mixed Doubles national championship, as part of the inaugural Canadian Under- 18 Boys and Girls Curling Championships in Moncton, with Rachel O’Connor, paired … Continue reading

N. Ontario sweeps gold medals, Maritime teams take silver, at inaugural U18 Ch’ships (Curling Canada)

(Story by Cathlia Ward) The inaugural Canadian Under-18 Boys and Girls Curling Championships saw the first-ever champions crowned in Moncton, N.B., on Saturday night, and it was a clean sweep for Northern Ontario with Sudbury’s Tyler Horgan and Kira Brunton … Continue reading

Playoff teams set at U18 Ch’ships in Moncton, PEI players to compete in Mixed Doubles (Curling Canada)

(Story by Cathlia Ward) The final day of championship and seeding pool play wrapped up in Moncton, N.B. at the inaugural Canadian Under-18 Boys and Girls Curling Championships on Friday, determining the final four women’s and four men’s teams who … Continue reading

PEI teams both pick up wins today, but fall short of the playoffs at the U18 Ch’ships

Round robin play is over at the inaugural Canadian Under 18 Boys and Girls Curling Championships in Moncton, with the PEI  girl’s team, skipped by Lauren Lenentine, finishing with a 2-3 win-loss record, while the boy’s, skipped by Donald DeWolfe, … Continue reading

Colleen Jones skipping women’s rink, Souris PEI native Ian MacAulay on men’s team at World Seniors (Curling Canada)

Three Canadian teams will begin their quest for gold Saturday when the 2017 World Mixed Doubles and World Senior Men’s and Women’s Curling Championships get underway at the ATB Centre in Lethbridge, Alta. The ATB Centre in Lethbridge, Alta., host … Continue reading

Lenentine 1-2, DeWolfe 0-4 at Canadian U18 Ch’ships

Two round robin games, at 10 Thursday against the Northwest Territories, and at 2 pm against the host province, remain for PEI’s Lauren Lenentine-skipped girl’s team, while there’s one game left in the round robin for the Island’s Donald DeWolfe … Continue reading

Lenentine 1-1, DeWolfe 0-2 after Cdn. U18 opening day

The Canadian Under 18 Boy’s and Girl’s Curling Championships got underway on Tuesday in Moncton. PEI’s Lauren Lenentine girl’s rink are 1-1 after a 6-3 loss to aBC and a 5-3 win against Quebec. They’re back on the ice Wednesday evening at … Continue reading

Ch’town Curling Complex committed to staying open

The Charlottetown Curling Complex held a meeting on April 5, and are holding another on Wednesday, April 19 at 6 pm to discuss the future of the facility. They have posted the April 5 minutes on their website. Click to view … Continue reading

Canadian U18 Ch’ship starts this morning in Moncton

The inaugural Canadian Under 18 Boy’s and Girl’s Curling Championships get underway this morning in Moncton, at the Superior Propane Centre arena and at Curl Moncton. PEI is represented by the Lauren Lenentine and Donald DeWolfe rinks. Games on sheets B and … Continue reading

Sport PEI Scholarship deadline May 17

Sport PEI offers Sport Scholarship awards which recognize excellence and achievement in sport, academics and community involvement.   Sport PEI in 2017 will grant three scholarships of $1000.00 each to Island student athletes.  These scholarships are made possible with support from Sport Centre … Continue reading

Lenentine rink to represent PEI at inaugural Canadian U18 Ch’ships in Moncton

The Cornwall Curling Club’s provincial Under 18 girl’s champions, the Lauren Lenentine rink, three members of whom are also the PEI junior women’s champs, will be competing in the inaugural Canadian Under 18 Boy’s and Girl’s Curling Championships, starting Tuesday … Continue reading

DeWolfe team heading to under-18 curling nationals (Journal)

SUMMERSIDE – The Donald DeWolfe team will represent P.E.I. at the 2017 national under-18 curling championships from April 18 to 22. The Donald DeWolfe rink, with members from the Cornwall Curling Club, Silver Fox in Summerside and the Western Community … Continue reading

Inaugural U18 Canadian Curling Ch’ships begin Tues. in Moncton (Curling Canada)

(by Al Cameron) Many of Canada’s up-and-coming curling stars will get their first exposure to a national championship competition when the inaugural Canadian Under-18 Boys and Girls Curling Championships get underway in Moncton, N.B. The event, for players ages 17 … Continue reading

Whitecap Jr. camp still has space available

The 2017 Whitecap Summer Curling Camp for Juniors age 12-18, takes place at the Centre of Curling Excellence in Moncton New Brunswick from August 6-11. This camp uses a similar “all inclusive” format to previous Whitecaps, with meals and five nights … Continue reading

‘A dream’ says PEI’s Brett Gallant of winning men’s world curling championship (CBC PEI)

Brett Gallant is the first Islander ever to be part of a men’s world curling championship-winning team, after winning gold with Team Gushue at the tournament in Edmonton on Sunday. P.E.I.’s Brett Gallant (2nd from right) celebrates his team’s gold-medal win … Continue reading

PEI U16 curlers pick up experience on arena ice at Fredericton spiel

There was great competition on arena ice at the Willie O’Ree Place in Fredericton on the weekend at the CWG SLAM spiel for teams of age for the 2019 Canada Winter Games. Five Island rinks took part, and all managed … Continue reading

Summerside area’s own Adam Casey among those at the Road to the Roar. Get your tickets now!

Homegrown talent will be in the house at Summerside’s Credit Union Place November 6-12 for Curling Canada’s Season of Champions “Road to the Roar” pre-trial event. Team Adam Casey will be fighting for a spot at the Tim Hortons Roar of the … Continue reading

Courtney, Carruthers win Cdn. Mixed Doubles, Team PEI finishes with 1-6 record (Curling Canada)

Joanne Courtney and Reid Carruthers claimed the 2017 Canadian Mixed Doubles Curling Championship, earning a 9-6 extra-end win over Rachel Homan and John Morris in a star-studded gold-medal game. PEI’s entry of Sabrina Smith and Kyle Holland picked up one … Continue reading

Canada completes perfect run with Ford World’s Gold (Curling Canada)

Brad Gushue’s curling resume is now complete. Team Canada scored a clutch deuce in the ninth end, and Gushue made two superb finishing shots in the 10th, to beat Niklas Edin of Sweden 4-2 Sunday and win the Ford World Men’s Curling … Continue reading

PEI’s Bill Hope team loses Canadian Masters Bronze Medal game in extra end. The Iceman takes men’s gold, Sask. wins women’s

The Canadian Masters Curling Championships, for age 60+, wrapped up today in Guelph. PEI’s Bill Hope rink lost a close men’s bronze medal game, 6-5 in an extra end to Saskatchewan. The Sask. skip had to draw the button to … Continue reading

Ch’town Curling Complex open this (Sunday) evening to watch Team Gushue in World Men’s final

The Charlottetown Curling Complex will be open after 8 pm tonight (Sunday) to allow everyone to watch Team Gushue and Charlottetown’s own Brett Gallant go for gold in the World Men’s Curling final. Game time is 9 pm on the big screen, so … Continue reading

PEI’s Bill Hope rink advances to Canadian Masters semi-finals

The PEI Men’s team, skipped by Bill Hope, have advanced to the 3 pm semi-finals at the Canadian Masters Curling Championships, for curlers age 60+, in Guelph. They finished round robin play in fourth place overall, and face first place … Continue reading

PEI duo 1-5 at Mixed Doubles

  The PEI rink of Sabrina Smith and Kyle Holland have one win, against Jill Officer and Pat Simmons, against 5 losses at the Canadian Mixed Doubles championship in Saskatoon. They finish up round robin play today against Jill Routledge … Continue reading

Gushue, with PEI’s Gallant to get shot at his 1st World Men’s title (Curling Canada)

EDMONTON – Brad Gushue has a chance to give his country an achievement it hasn’t reached in 22 years. But more importantly, he has a shot at a huge first for himself and his Canadian teammates.   After almost a decade and … Continue reading

Island U16 teams doing well at Canada Games-age spiel on arena ice

There was lots of great curling action on arena ice at the Willie O’Ree Place in Fredericton NB on Friday as the Canada Games-age spiel got underway. Five PEI rinks are among the participants. The Lauren Ferguson rink won their … Continue reading

Cdn. Masters: PEI’s Hope rinks both advance to playoffs

Round robin play has wrapped up at the Canadian Masters Curling Championships in Guelph, with both the Sandy Hope women’s team (3-2) and the Bill Hope men’s rink (4-2) finishing with two losses and advancing to their respective playoff rounds, … Continue reading

Mixed Doubles underway in Saskatoon. PEI’s Smith/Holland duo loses opener (Curling Canada)

(by Jean Mills) The 2017 Canadian Mixed Doubles Championship kicked off on Wednesday with a host of familiar names taking to the ice at the Nutana Curling Club in Saskatoon. Rachel Homan and John Morris, Joanne Courtney and Reid Carruthers, … Continue reading

Team Canada clinches Page 1-2 Playoff Spot at Ford World’s (Curling Canada)

EDMONTON – Job No. 1 is done for Canada’s Brad Gushue and his Canadian squad at the 2017 Ford World Men’s Curling Championship, presented by Service Experts. Geoff Walker, left, and Brett Gallant listen for instructions during Wednesday’s win over … Continue reading

PEI Men 2-1, Women 2-2 at Canadian Masters

Going into Wednesday play at the Canadian Masters, for curlers age 60 and over, in Guelph, the PEI Men’s team, skipped by Bill Hope, has a 2-1 win-loss record, while the Women’s foursome, skipped by Sandy Hope (Bill’s wife) is … Continue reading

“Mighty Maple Leaf” takes down China to improve to 6-0 at Ford World’s (Curling Canada)

EDMONTON – Marcel Rocque knows all about the Mighty Maple Leaf. He’s a three-time world champion for Edmonton skip Randy Ferbey back in the day. So he knows the mystique of the Maple Leaf doesn’t need any help, but that’s … Continue reading

PEI’s Hope rinks win Masters openers

Both the PEI men’s rink skipped by Bill Hope, and the women’s team skipped by Bill’s wife Sandy ended up on the winning side of their opening matches at the Canadian Masters Curling Championships, for curlers age 60+, in Guelph … Continue reading

Canadian Mixed Doubles start Wednesday. Sabrina Smith, Kyle Holland representing PEI (Curling Canada)

The 2017 Canadian Mixed Doubles Curling Championship gets underway Wednesday at the Nutana Curling Club at Saskatoon. Olympic gold-medallists, world champions, Scotties and Tim Hortons Brier winners are competing in the five-day event, which is raising excitement levels for mixed … Continue reading

Gushue only unbeaten team at Ford World’s (Curling Canada)

EDMONTON – Bolstered by a lively crowd cheering them on in tense times, Canada’s Brad Gushue overcame a rough first five ends to down Sweden’s Niklas Edin 8-6 Sunday evening at the 2017 Ford World Men’s Curling Championship, presented by Service … Continue reading

Hope rinks representing PEI at Canadian Masters, starting today in Guelph

Canada’s best age 60+ curlers are in Guelph Ontario for the Hy-Grade Steel Roofing Canadian Masters Curling Championships. PEI is represented by the Bill Hope men’s rink from Cornwall and Charlottetown, and the Sandy Hope women’s team from Cornwall, who both recently won … Continue reading

Canada ices Switzerland in opening draw at World Men’s (Curling Canada)

EDMONTON – Some Swiss misses helped propel Canada to victory in Saturday afternoon’s opening draw of the 2017 Ford World Curling Championships presented by Service Experts. The Canadian squad skipped by Brad Gushue defeated Switzerland, skipped by Peter de Cruz … Continue reading

Alberta edges Sask. to take Canadian Firefighters title

After finishing round robin play with a 7-2 record, and earning a bye to the final with a win over Nova Scotia in the Page 1 vs. 2 game, Team Alberta, skipped by Aaron Bartling, stole the last end to … Continue reading

Follow Team Gushue at the Worlds, which start today in Edmonton

Canada’s Brad Gushue rink, which includes PEI native Brett Gallant, is set to compete at the World Mens Curling Championships, starting today and continuing until April 9 in Edmonton. Event website: http://www.curling.ca/2017worldmen/ Tickets: http://www.curling.ca/2017worldmen/tickets/ TSN broadcast schedule: http://www.curling.ca/championships/tsn-curling-broadcast-schedule/ Official hashtag: #fwmcc2017 … Continue reading

Alberta advances to Cdn. Firefighters final. PEI finishes at 1-8

After winning their opener, the PEI team from the Crossroads Fire Dept. didn’t manage to pick up any more wins at the Canadian Firefighters Curling Championship in Mississauga, ending play with a 1-8 win-loss record. After a couple of tiebreakers … Continue reading

Canada Games age curlers to compete on arena ice in Fredericton

Five teams – four from the Cornwall Curling Club, and one from the Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Community Complex in Summerside, will get a rare chance to curl on arena ice next weekend at the Capital City SLAM – … Continue reading

Team Canada faces ‘strong field’ at curling worlds, says Gallant (CBC PEI)

P.E.I. curler Brett Gallant says the Canadian team will have to be sharp to compete in a balanced field at the World Curling Championship, starting this weekend in Edmonton. Brett Gallant (right) consults with Newfoundland and Labrador skip Brad Gushue … Continue reading

ParaSport PEI and SCI PEI funspiel held at Cornwall

Here are pictures from the funspiel held this past Saturday at the Cornwall Curling Club, by ParaSport and Recreation PEI in partnership with Spinal Cord Injury PEI. Source: Parasport and Recreation PEI Facebook page. Click on a picture to enlarge, … Continue reading

‘It was very disappointing’: Crapaud curling season put on ice (CBC PEI)

(by Tom Steepe) Those who had hoped to hear the familiar shouts of “hurry hard!” in Crapaud this winter have been out of luck — the curling season ended last fall just as it was about to begin. ‘We need more people, new blood.’— Jonathan Ramsay … Continue reading

PEI Firefighters at 1-3 after Monday play at Canadian Ch’ship

After winning their opener 9-2 against Northern Ontario, the PEI Firefighters champions – the Crossroads Fire Dept. skipped by Jerry Hughes, have had three losses at the Canadian championships in Mississauga – a close 9-8 decision to Nova Scotia, an … Continue reading

Great time had by all at Advantage Comm. Little Rocks Jamboree

The Advantage Communications Little Rocks Jamboree took place on Saturday at the Montague Curling Club, with 35 young curlers taking part. (Photo) Participants and helpers of the 2017 Advantage Communications Little Rocks Jamboree held in Montague on Saturday. The winners … Continue reading

Upcoming sessions, etc., from Sport PEI

Sport PEI’s  women’s only CAAWS event is coming up on April 5th Click here to register and to find more information https://thelocker.coach.ca/event/public/5165863 Info on Colin Moore Concussions 101 session http://www.sportpei.pe.ca/news/Behind-the-Scenes-101/no/2 Reminder that the Deadline for NCCP Planning a Practice is tomorrow March … Continue reading

Nova Scotia rinks winner/runner-up at Canadian Stick Ch’ship

The 2017 Canadian Stick Curling Championship was held last week in New Glasgow NS. There were 44 teams from 6 provinces competing in the triple knockout event with 8 of them being from PEI. Gordon MacDonald and Floyd Stewart from … Continue reading

PEI (Crossroads FD) win their Cdn. Firefighters’ opener

All 10 teams saw action in the Saturday opening draw of the 58th Canadian Firefighters Curling Championship at the Dixie Curling Club in Mississauga Ont. PEI, out of the Crossroads Fire Department and skipped by Jerry Hughes, was the only Maritime … Continue reading

DeWolfe wins Fox “Tuff Spiel”

Donald DeWolfe, who curls out of the Silver Fox and Cornwall clubs, won this weekend’s One on One “Tuff Spiel”, sponsored by Wayne’s Auto Sales, at the Fox. Charlottetown’s Robbie Doherty was runner-up, while Mike Spencer won the Consolation division. … Continue reading

Panthers capture bronze at 2017 USports Curling Nationals (UPEI)

It was a productive day for Atlantic teams on the men’s side as UPEI Panther’s Chris Gallant edged the Regina Cougars and skip Sam Wills 7-6 to win the bronze medal. Gallant’s crew of Kyle Holland, Brooks Roche, Alex McFadyen and … Continue reading

PEI teams finish out of playoff round at Canadian Seniors (Curling Canada)

The playoffs match-ups are set as the Championship Round wrapped up on Friday evening at the 2017 Everest Canadian Seniors Curling Championships in Fredericton, N.B. Men’s Leading the way on the men’s side is undefeated Terry Odishaw of the host … Continue reading

Leaders starting to emerge at Cdn. Seniors Ch’ships in Fredericton (Curling Canada)

The standings are starting to take shape in both women’s and men’s pool play as the round robin continues at the Everest Canadian Seniors Curling Championships in Fredericton, N.B. British Columbia’s Lynne Noble remains the only undefeated team in the … Continue reading

Team UPEI wins Bronze at Univ. Ch’ships, Memorial takes men’s gold

At the U SPORTS/Curling Canada University Championships in Thunder Bay, Alberta’s Thomas Scoffin carried their momentum from Tuesday night’s win into today’s game against, once again, UPEI. The Golden Bears had a convincing 9-2 decision over Chris Gallant, but lost … Continue reading

UPEI men make the playoffs at Canadian University Curling Championships

The UPEI Panthers men’s curling team, skipped by Chris Gallant, with other members Kyle Holland, Brooks Roche, and Alex MacFadyen, finished round robin play with a 4-3 win-loss record at the USport Canadian Curling Championship in Thunder Bay ON, and … Continue reading

Joyce Myers Trust Fund Applications for Scholarship, Capital Acquisition, Program Initiative Due May 15

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

PEI’s Peter Gallant hopes to lead South Korean women curlers to Olympics (CBC PEI)

He’s played in nine Briers and done some coaching in the past — now Peter Gallant of P.E.I. is the national coach for Team South Korea at the world women’s curling championship, and eyeing the Olympics.  “With the Olympics coming up in … Continue reading

Hope rinks win Maritime Masters

The Charlottetown and Cornwall rink skipped by Bill Hope, and the Cornwall Curling Club team skipped by Bill’s wife Sandy, have won the Maritime Masters Curling Championships, which wrapped up this weekend at the Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Community … Continue reading

Last rock decides Wendy’s U16 Development League at Cornwall

The Wendy’s U16 Junior Development League wrapped up this Saturday, March 18 2017. Congratulations to all participants, coaches, parents/guardians and staff for making the 2nd season another success.  Congratulations to the top five teams who received gift certificates from Wendy’s … Continue reading

Clarke/Stavert win another Maritime Stick Women’s Curling title

The 2017 Maritime Stick Curling Championship was held at Curl Moncton this week from Tuesday to Thursday. Each province is represented by 4 open teams and 2 women’s teams. The PEI representatives in Open Division were Walter Callaghan and John … Continue reading

Canadian Senior Men’s and Women’s Curling Ch’ships begin Monday in Fredericton (Curling Canada)

The 2017 Everest Canadian Senior Men’s and Women’s Curling Championships begin Monday, March 20 at Fredericton, N.B. Willie O’Ree Place in Fredericton, N.B., will play host to the 2017 Everest Canadian Seniors, beginning Monday. (Photo, Mallory Donahue) It’s the first … Continue reading

Curling Panthers head to 2017 National Championships today (UPEI)

By Marshall Mayne The University of Prince Edward Island is heading to the USports Curling Canada University Championships today. This year’s tournament will run from March 18-22 at the Fort William Curling Club in Thunder Bay, Ontario.  Photo (L-R): MacFadyen, … Continue reading

Maritime Masters underway in Summerside (Draw/Sched.)

The Maritime Masters Curling Championship got underway on Thursday at the Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Community Complex in Summerside. Here is the event schedule: Here’s PEI’s Bill Hope rink in the opening draw (they won). (Craig Mackie photo)   … Continue reading

Crapaud’s Julie Mutch rink wins PEI Travelers Women’s Title

The Crapaud Community Curling Club entry, skipped by Julie Mutch, beat Susan Dowling-Shaw  and her team from the Charlottetown Curling Complex by a 6-3 score this morning at the Western Community Curling Club in Alberton to win the PEI Travelers … Continue reading

‘I cried here half the morning’: PEI Gallant family elated after NL Brier win (CBC PEI)

Charlottetown native Brett Gallant first Islander to win Brier (By Steve Bruce, CBC News) A day after watching his son Brett sweep the final rock that propelled Newfoundland and Labrador to victory in the Brier championship, Peter Gallant is still overcome with emotion. “I’m still … Continue reading

Ch’town rink forces deciding game in PEI Travelers Women’s Division

The Charlottetown Curling Complex women’s team skipped by Susan Dowling-Shaw got off to a slow start at the PEI Travelers Curling Club Championship at the Western Community Curling Club in Charlottetown, losing their first three games, but rebounded with five … Continue reading

Leo Stewart rink from Silver Fox wins PEI Travelers Men’s section, Crapaud vs Ch’town for women’s title

The men’s division of the PEI Travelers Curling Championship, being played at the Western Community Curling Club in Alberton has been decided, with the Summerside Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Community Complex team of Leo Stewart (skip), Barry Cameron (3rd), … Continue reading

Newfoundland/Labrador, with PEI native Gallant, wins Tim Hortons Brier (Curling Canada)

Brad Gushue’s life-long pursuit has finally ended. The 36-year-old St. John’s native and his Newfoundland/Labrador teammates beat Kevin Koe and Team Canada 7-6 Sunday to win his first Tim Horton Brier title before a sellout audience of 6,471 screaming fans … Continue reading

“What a time!” – Larry Richards completes icemaking duties at the Brier

PEI icemaker Larry Richards reports that he had a great two weeks at the Brier. He even got a picture with winning team Gushue and the Brier trophy, and another with PEI native and Team Gushue second Brett Gallant. He … Continue reading

Brett Gallant, on NL’s Team Gushue, becomes 1st PEI native to win the Brier (The Canadian Press in The Guardian)

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Brad Gushue of Newfoundland and Labrador defeated Canada’s Kevin Koe 7-6 on Sunday night to win the Tim Hortons Brier for the first time.   Newfoundland and Labrador’s Brad Gushue, Mark Nichols, Brett Gallant and Geoff … Continue reading

Men’s Semis set at the PEI Travelers, Crapaud goes undefeated and advances to women’s ch’ship game(s)

Round robin play concluded Sunday evening at the PEI Travelers Curling Club Championships being played at the Western Community Curling Club in Alberton. On the men’s side, four curling clubs – the Silver Fox (Summerside), Western Community (Alberton), Charlottetown, and … Continue reading

Wendy’s U16 Development League wraps up on Saturday

Teams competing in the Wendy’s Under 16 Saturday morning Junior Development League at the Cornwall Curling Club have had a great season, with a number of podium finishes against their peers  in the Under 13 and Under 16 championships and … Continue reading

Clara Jack rink steals final end to win KFC U13 Ch’ship

The Clara Jack rink from the Cornwall Curling Club were trailing the undefeated Cruz Pineau team from the host Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Community Complex 5-2 after 4 ends of the six-end KFC Provincial Under 13 Open (any combination … Continue reading

Pineau and Jack rinks advance to 2:30 KFC Under 13 final

Two experienced teams have made it to the 2:30 pm final of the KFC Provincial Under 13 Open (any combination of boys and/or girls) Curling Championship. The Cruz Pineau rink from the host Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Community Complex … Continue reading

Final day of round robin action at the PEI Travelers

Round robin play wraps up Sunday with women’s draws at 9 am and 4 pm, and men’s games at 12:30 and 7:30 pm in the PEI  Travelers Curling Club Championships at the three-sheet Western Community Curling Club in Alberton. Cornwall (Paul … Continue reading

Semi-final round set at KFC Under 13 Ch’ships

The 11 am Sunday semi-final round has been determined at the KFC Under 13 Open (any combinations of girls and/or boys) Championship being played at the Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Community Complex in Summerside, with the Cruz Pineau rink … Continue reading

PEI Travelers Saturday 7:30 pm men’s draw delayed – should start around 8 pm

The 7:30 pm Saturday men’s draw at the PEI Travelers Curling Club Championships at the Western Community Curling Club in Alberton has been delayed due to ice plant issues. The issue was fixed within minutes when the repair person arrived, … Continue reading

Gushue, with PEI’s Gallant, back into Tim Hortons Brier Final (Curling Canada)

ST. JOHN’S — Brad Gushue’s Brier dream is still alive. The Newfoundland/Labrador skip, playing on home ice in his hometown, and shooting almost perfect himself, led his team to a methodical 7-5 win over Mike McEwen of Manitoba (Winnipeg) in … Continue reading

Day one over at KFC U13, Travelers Ch’ships

The first day of play has wrapped up at the final PEI curling championships of the season — the KFC Under 13 at the Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Community Complex in Summerside, and the Travelers Curling Club Championships at … Continue reading

Volunteer now for the Road to the Roar Pre-Trials in Summerside in November #rd2roarsside

The road for Canada’s bid to become the first country to repeat as men’s and women’s Olympic curling gold-medallists will go through Summerside PEI, when the Road to the Roar Pre-Trials takes place Nov. 6-13 at Credit Union Place (CUP). … Continue reading

Cathy “O” joins Chelsea Carey team, who have a spot in Summerside Pre-Trials (Cdn. Press)

CALGARY – Veteran curler Cathy Overton-Clapham has joined Chelsea Carey’s curling team. Carey announced the move Wednesday on her team’s Twitter account and said Overton-Clapham will compete with them in 2017-18. Manitoba skip Cathy Overton-Clapham smiles after making a shot against … Continue reading

Gushue, with PEI native Gallant, books spot in Brier Page Playoff 1 vs. 2 game (TSN)

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. (The Canadian Press) — The pre-tournament favourites are playing like contenders this week at the Tim Hortons Brier. Newfoundland and Labrador skip Brad Gushue directs the sweep against Ontario at the Brier on Thursday.  (ANDREW VAUGHAN / THE … Continue reading

PEI Ch’ship curling season wraps up this weekend with KFC U13, Travelers Curling Club Ch’ship

Play gets underway this morning, for PEI curling’s final championship weekend for the 2016-2017 season, with the KFC Under 13 taking place at the Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Community Complex, and the PEI Travelers Curling Club Championships taking place … Continue reading