(CCA/PEICA) The Canadian Mixed Curling Championship begins today at the Burlington Golf and Country Club in Burlington, Ontario.
Twelve teams, representing the 10 provinces, plus Northern Ontario and Yukon/Northwest Territories, will contest the 47th edition of The Mixed from November 14-21.
PEI is represented by the rink of Kyle Stevenson, Donna Butler, Doug MacGregor, and Tricia Affleck from the Charlottetown Curling Club, who beat out Montague’s Larry Dewar foursome in the M&M Meatshops Provincial Mixed curling championship final on March 1st.
Photo L-R: Kyle Stevenson, Donna Butler, Heather Campbell (M&M Meat Shops), Doug MacGregor, Tricia Affleck
The teams play a round robin, concluding next Friday morning, after which the first place team advances directly to Saturday’s final, while the second and third place teams meet in a semi-final.
Here is the schedule for the round robin portion of the event (all times Eastern):
Draw # 1 – Saturday, November 14 @ 6:00 p.m.
Sheet A – Saskatchewan vs. Quebec
Sheet B – Yukon/Northwest Territories vs. New Brunswick
Sheet C – Prince Edward Island vs. Newfoundland & Labrador
Sheet D – Ontario vs. Manitoba
Draw # 2 – Sunday, November 15 @ 9:00 a.m.
Sheet A – open
Sheet B – Alberta vs. Northern Ontario
Sheet C – New Brunswick vs. Saskatchewan
Sheet D – Nova Scotia vs. Prince Edward Island
Draw # 3 – Sunday, November 15 @ 1:30 p.m.
Sheet A – British Columbia vs. Nova Scotia
Sheet B – Quebec vs. Ontario
Sheet C – Manitoba vs. Alberta
Sheet D – Northern Ontario vs. Newfoundland & Labrador
Draw # 4 – Sunday, November 15 @ 6:00 p.m.
Sheet A – Prince Edward Island vs. New Brunswick
Sheet B – open
Sheet C – Ontario vs. British Columbia
Sheet D – Yukon/Northwest Territories vs. Quebec
Draw # 5 – Monday, November 16 @ 9:00 a.m.
Sheet A – Quebec vs. Newfoundland & Labrador
Sheet B – New Brunswick vs. Nova Scotia
Sheet C – Northern Ontario vs. Prince Edward Island
Sheet D – Manitoba vs. British Columbia
Draw # 6 – Monday, November 16 @ 1:30 p.m.
Sheet A – Nova Scotia vs. Saskatchewan
Sheet B – Ontario vs. Yukon/Northwest Territories
Sheet C – Newfoundland & Labrador vs. Manitoba
Sheet D – Alberta vs. New Brunswick
Draw # 7 – Monday, November 16 @ 6:00 p.m.
Sheet A – Yukon/Northwest Territories vs. Northern Ontario
Sheet B – British Columbia vs. Quebec
Sheet C – Saskatchewan vs. Alberta
Sheet D – Prince Edward Island vs. Ontario
Draw # 8 – Tuesday, November 17 @ 9:00 a.m.
Sheet A – Saskatchewan vs. Ontario
Sheet B – Yukon/Northwest Territories vs. Alberta
Sheet C – Manitoba vs. Quebec
Sheet D – New Brunswick vs. Northern Ontario
Draw # 9 – Tuesday, November 17 @ 1:30 p.m.
Sheet A – Northern Ontario vs. British Columbia
Sheet B – Quebc vs. Prince Edward Island
Sheet C – Alberta vs. Nova Scotia
Sheet D – Ontario vs. Newfoundland & Labrador
Draw # 10 – Tuesday, November 17 @ 6:00 p.m.
Sheet A – Newfoundland & Labrador vs. New Brunswick
Sheet B – Nova Scotia vs. Manitoba
Sheet C – Prince Edward Island vs. Yukon/Northwest Territories
Sheet D – British Columbia vs. Saskatchewan
Draw # 11 – Wednesday, November 18 @ 9:00 a.m.
Sheet A – Manitoba vs. Yukon/Northwest Territories
Sheet B – Newfoundland & Labrador vs. British Columbia
Sheet C – Ontario vs. Northern Ontario
Sheet D – Quebec vs. Alberta
Draw # 12 – Wednesday, November 18 @ 1:30 p.m.
Sheet A – Alberta vs. Prince Edward Island
Sheet B – Northern Ontario vs. Saskatchewan
Sheet C – British Columbia vs. New Brunswick
Sheet D – Nova Scotia vs. Yukon/Northwest Territories
Draw # 13 – Wednesday, November 18 @ 6:00 p.m.
Sheet A – Nova Scotia vs. Quebec
Sheet B – New Brunswick vs. Ontario
Sheet C – Saskatchewan vs. Newfoundland & Labrador
Sheet D – Prince Edward Island vs. Manitoba
Draw # 14 – Thursday, November 19 @ 9:00 a.m.
Sheet A – Ontario vs. Alberta
Sheet B – Prince Edward Island vs. Saskatchewan
Sheet C – Yukon/Northwest Territories vs. British Columbia
Sheet D – Newfoundland & Labrador vs. Nova Scotia
Draw # 15 – Thursday, November 19 @ 1:30 p.m.
Sheet A – British Columbia vs. Prince Edward Island
Sheet B – Manitoba vs. Northern Ontario
Sheet C – Quebec vs. Nova Scotia
Sheet D – Saskatchewan vs. Yukon/Northwest Territories
Draw # 16 – Thursday, November 19 @ 6:00 p.m.
Sheet A – New Brunswick vs. Manitoba
Sheet B – Alberta vs. Newfoundland & Labrador
Sheet C – Nova Scotia vs. Ontario
Sheet D – Northern Ontario vs. Quebec
Draw #17 – Friday, November 20 @ 9:00 a.m.
Sheet A – Newfoundland & Labrador vs. Yukon/Northwest Territories
Sheet B – Saskatchewan vs. Manitoba
Sheet C – Northern Ontario vs. Nova Scotia
Sheet D – British Columbia vs. Alberta
Ontario has won The Mixed twice since the championship began in 1964 in Toronto – in 1986 by skip Dave Van Dine in Kamloops and by skip John Epping at the 2006 edition in Whitehorse. Alberta leads all provinces with nine wins, while Manitoba and Saskatchewan are next with eight victories each.
This year, the host province is represented by skip Mark Bice and his Sarnia Golf and Curling Club team of Leslie Bishop, Codey Maus and Courtney Davies. Bice and Maus are former provincial junior champions.
Topping the field this year is Nova Scotia, skipped by 2004 Brier winner Mark Dacey, along with his wife, Heather Smith-Dacey, at third, second Andrew Gibson and lead Jill Mouzar. The Daceys teamed to win the 2002 Mixed in Halifax, while Gibson played lead for Dacey on the Brier-winning team and bronze medal winners at the Ford Worlds in Sweden that year. Mouzar (2004) and Smith-Dacey (1991) are also former Canadian junior champions, while Smith-Dacey won her first Mixed title as third for New Brunswick’s Grant Odishaw in 1994 in Leduc, Alberta. Mouzar also skipped Nova Scotia at the 2007 Scotties.
Other skips include former provincial junior champions Jason Montgomery of Duncan, British Columbia, Matt Blandford of St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, and New Brunswick’s Mary Jane McGuire of Fredericton, who will attempt to become just the second female skip to win the Mixed. Alberta’s Shannon Kleibrink became the first to do so in 2004 in Schumacher, Ontario.
The roster also includes Quebec second William Dion, who skipped his province to victory at the 2008 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Juniors in Sault Ste. Marie, then earned a bronze medal at the World Juniors in Östersund, Sweden, New Brunswick third Jérémy Mallais and Northern Ontario third Tracy Horgan, both former provincial junior champion skips, former Brier and Mixed competitor Wade Scoffin of Whitehorse, who will skip the Yukon/Northwest Territories team and Alberta’s Karen Powell, a former Scotties and Mixed participant who will skip her province but throw third stones.
Saskatchewan’s Lana Vey, the lead for Stefanie Lawton’s Tim Hortons Canadian Curling Trials-bound team next month in Edmonton, will play third for another former provincial junior champion, Jason Ackerman, as she replaces Amber Holland, who is skipping her team this week at the Pre-Trials Road to the Roar in Prince George.
In addition to the Canadian title, two players from the winning team will also represent Canada at the 2010 World Mixed Doubles Championship, slated for April 16-24, 2010 in Chelyabinsk, Russia.
Up to the minute draw results will be available at the Canadian Curling Association’s website (www.seasonofchampions.ca/2010Mixed ).
Last year, The Mixed, which was won by Manitoba’s Sean Grassie, was held in Iqaluit, Nunavut, the first time the Territory had staged a national sport championship.
For tickets (event passes are only $35.00), please contact Helen Martin, at [email protected] or call 905-522-4613. The opening draw is at 7:00 pm Atlantic on Saturday, November 14, followed by three draws daily during the round robin at 10:00 am, 2:30 pm and 7:00 pm Atlantic. The final draw of the round robin takes place Friday, November 13 at 10:00 am, followed by any required tiebreakers and a semi-final, leading to Saturday’s 2:30 pm final.
The Burlington Golf and Country Club, located at 422 North Shore Boulevard East in Burlington, is celebrating 50 years of curling this season while hosting its first national championship.
2010 Canadian Mixed Curling Championship
November 14-21, 2009
Burlington Golf and Country Club, Burlington, Ontario
(Teams listed in order of skip, third, second and lead, unless otherwise noted)
Alberta – Sexsmith CC, Sexsmith
Graham Powell, Karen Powell (skip), Todd Maxwell, Michelle Trarback
British Columbia – Duncan CC, Duncan
Jason Montgomery, Sarah Wark, Will Duggan, Nicole Montgomery (Vice-skip)
Manitoba – Selkirk CC, Selkirk
Dave Boehmer, Kerri Flett, Kyle Einarson, Tamara Bauknecht
New Brunswick – Capital Winter Club, Fredericton
Mary Jane McGuire, Jérémy Mallais, Megan McGuire, Jared Bezanson
Newfoundland and Labrador – Re/Max Centre, St. John’s
Matthew (Matt) Blandford, Stephanie (Steph) LeDrew, Kelly Schuh, Jessica Mouland
Northern Ontario – Idylwylde Golf & Country Club, Sudbury
Jordan Chandler, Tracy Horgan, Clint Cudmore, Lindsay Miners
Nova Scotia – Mayflower CC, Halifax
Mark Dacey, Heather Smith-Dacey, Andrew Gibson, Jill Mouzar
Ontario – Sarnia Golf and Curling Club, Sarnia
Mark Bice, Leslie Bishop, Codey Maus, Courtney Davies
Prince Edward Island – Charlottetown CC, Charlottetown
Kyle Stevenson, Donna Butler, Doug MacGregor, Tricia Affleck
Quebec – Club de Curling Baie-Comeau, Baie-Comeau
Simon Hébert, Noémie Verreault, William Dion, Vicky Tremblay
Saskatchewan – Tartan CC, Regina
Jason Ackerman, Lana Vey (replaces Amber Holland), Andrew Foreman, Colleen Ackerman
Yukon/Northwest Territories – Whitehorse CC, Whitehorse, Yukon
Wade Scoffin, Helen Strong, Steve Fecteau, Rhonda Horte