Curling Canada’s inaugural PointsBet Invitational ch’ship to be played Sept. 21-25 at Willie O’Ree Place in Fredericton, N.B. (Curling Canada)

Curling Canada’s newest championship, the PointsBet Invitational, will feature new teams, an exciting new format and new ways to be entertained.

 

The inaugural PointsBet Invitational will be played Sept. 21-25 at Willie O’Ree Place in Fredericton, N.B., and will bring together Canada’s best men’s and women’s curling teams for the first major event of the 2022-23 curling season, and the first event of the quadrennial that leads to the 2026 Winter Olympics in Italy.

Not only will it be the first opportunity to see many new teams that were formed during this off-season, but it will also be a chance to see a format new to Curling Canada’s Season of Champions that will feature 16 men’s and 16 women’s teams compete in a single-knockout tournament offering a purse in excess of $350,000.

“The drama and emotion of a single-knockout bracket tournament is well-chronicled in sports such as tennis and the NCAA basketball championships, and we expect our new event to bring that kind of passion and excitement to curling,” said Katherine Henderson, Chief Executive Officer of Curling Canada. “It’s also a chance for us to showcase our partnership with PointsBet, and, happily, finally bring a major championship to Fredericton after a couple of disappointing years of cancellations due to the pandemic.”

The PointsBet Invitational will be the first curling event sponsored by PointsBet Canada, the official Sports Betting Partner of Curling Canada.

“Since Day 1 of our partnership with Curling Canada, we have made it a priority to offer new and exciting ways for fans to connect with the sport we all love,” said Nic Sulsky, Chief Commercial Officer for PointsBet Canada. “Whether it is the Trailer Park Boys throwing rocks with national champions Kevin Koe and Kerri Einarson, or events like the PointsBet Invitational, we are committed to working with Curling Canada to excite the existing supporters but to also attract the next generation of fans.” 

Fredericton had been announced as the host of the 2020 Home Hardware Canada Cup and 2022 Continental Cup, but both events were cancelled because of the pandemic.

“It is truly an honour to host the inaugural PointsBet Invitational,” said Host Committee Chair Wayne Tallon. “After having had two events cancelled due to COVID we are looking forward to the opportunity to host this event. For our fans and volunteers it will be exciting for them to watch all the new teams compete in their first big event. We look forward to working with the City of Fredericton, Curling Canada and the title sponsor PointsBet to roll out the red carpet for the players, coaches and fans.”

The full fields will be announced at a later date, but tentatively, the 16 teams in each gender will comprise the top 12 ranked teams on the revamped World Curling Team Ranking System; the reigning women’s (Nova Scotia’s Team Emily Deschenes) and men’s (Ontario’s Team Landan Rooney) champions at the New Holland Canadian Juniors; and the reigning women’s (Team Tracy Larocque) and men’s (Nova Scotia’s Team Nick Deagle) champions at the Everest Canadian Curling Club Championships; host committee-selected men’s (Team Jack Smeltzer) and women’s teams (Team Andrea Kelly) from Fredericton; and a men’s and women’s sponsor’s exemption entry.

All 32 competing teams will receive $5,000 to cover travel and accommodation costs, and teams will earn more money for each successive win in the single-knockout tournament — $3,000 for a first-round win, $6,000 for a quarterfinal win, $12,000 for a semifinal win and $24,000 to the victorious women’s and men’s teams, meaning the two winning teams will each collect a total of $50,000.

In addition to watching Canada’s best teams compete in a high-stakes championship, fans will have many other ways to enjoy the inaugural PointsBet Invitational.

The Patch will be set up at Willie O’Ree Place, with live entertainment throughout the event.

Additionally, on the Friday night, following the “Elite Eight” rounds in both genders, there will be a Celebrity Invitational event featuring numerous Canadian celebrities participating with elite curlers in exhibition games.

With only around 1,000 seats available in the initial ticket offering, it’s expected that New Brunswick curling fans will snap them up quickly.

The full-event package will sell for $249 and will guarantee a single ticket and seat selection for all 10 draws of the 2022 PointsBet Invitational. The package will also include a bonus ticket for admission to the Friday night Celebrity Invitational and party in the Patch. All ticket purchases are subject to standard ticket service fees.

Curling fans who had purchased tickets to the canceled 2022 Continental Cup will receive an email and be provided the first chance at the best seats in the house through an exclusive advanced sales window from June 22 to 27. Starting Tuesday, June 28, at 10 a.m. AT, full-event ticket packages will be available to the public online via Ticketmaster, in-person at the Capital Winter Club or by phone at 506 452-0020.  

Customers are encouraged to sign up for Curling Canada’s e-newsletter at curling.ca to receive ongoing ticket information.

Volunteer and entertainment information will be made available in the coming weeks. 

“We’re thrilled to see the PointsBet Invitational make its debut in New Brunswick,” said Bernard Savoie, president of the New Brunswick Curling Association. “We’re also very happy to see Fredericton finally get its opportunity to host a major curling championship after the disappointments of the past two seasons.” 

Broadcast plans will be announced at a later date.

Click to read at Curling Canada: https://www.curling.ca/blog/2022/06/20/pointsbet-event-in-fredericton/

Reminder: Application deadline is June 30 for PEI Curling Hall of Fame student bursaries

 

The Prince Edward Island Curling Hall of Fame is once again offering bursaries to junior curlers from PEI who will be attending college or university in the upcoming season. There are two $1000 bursaries, one for a female curler, one for a male, plus two $500 bursaries, one for a female curler, one for a male, for a total of $3000. Bursaries are awarded based on financial need and passion for the game.

Application Deadline is June 30, 2022

To be eligible to apply for a bursary, an applicant must be eligible to participate in provincial junior playdowns for the upcoming curling season. Also, an applicant must be enrolled as 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 via email to Derek MacEwen at derek.macewen@gmail.com

The information provided will be kept confidential.

Click to download Bursary Application Form in MS Word Format

Click to download Bursary Application form in Adobe PDF format

Passing of long-time Ch’town curler and drawmaster Don Wonnacott at age 97

The death occurred peacefully at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, surrounded by the love of his family on Wednesday, June 8, 2022 of Don Ashley Wonnacott of Charlottetown, age 97 years. Devoted husband of Florence (nee MacLean), loving father of Mary (Harvey) Chandler, Jean Peterson, Bradford (Bonnie Flavell), Bruce (Kyle Chan), Ann (John) FitzGerald and Carl. Grampie Don to Jordan, Christie (Ryan), John, William (Jacquelyn), Courtney, Brodie (Kayla), James, Benjamin, Taylor (Mark), Abby (Spencer), Emily (Jonathan), Morgan (Luke), and Matthew. Great-Grampie Don to Harvey, Eloise, Henry, Coraline, Annika and Isla. Survived by sister-in-law Lois Norton and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents Lloyd and Hilda (LePage) Wonnacott, parents-in-law Bruce and Mary Ellen (MacEachern) MacLean, daughter Carol McQuillan, brother Earl (Eunice) Wonnacott, sister-in-law Jean (Philip) Parry and brother-in-law Fred Norton.

Resting at MacLean Funeral Home Swan Chapel. Funeral Sunday from Trinity United Church at 1:30 p.m. Interment in New Dominion Cemetery. If so desired, memorial donations to Trinity United Church or the Autism Society of PEI would be appreciated. Visiting hours Friday from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. Online condolences may be made at www.macleanfh.com

From Memories of Charlottetown Curling Club Facebook Group, posted by Craig Mackie:

The Charlottetown Patriot newspaper from December 23, 1994. Members of the CCC are celebrating Don Wonnacott’s 70th birthday, which was on December 21st. This contribution comes via John Likely from Don’s daughter Ann.

Here is another photo from Ann Wonnacott. L-R: Gordon Stewart, Jim Cameron, Don Wonnacott, Bob LeClair. Classic straw brooms that took much physical effort.
 
 
 

Posted by Gloria Large:

“Don Wonnacott, 96 years young…always the shirt and tie…”

Saturday trivia at The Factory with Don Wonnacott, 89 on the 22nd of December, 2013

New Curling Canada awards program to invest $20K in future builders of sport (Curling Canada)

Curling Canada is launching a new annual monetary awards program for junior curlers growing the sport in meaningful and inclusive ways.

The All Heart Junior Curlers Awards is for young Canadians who embody the values of curling by placing the highest priorities on fair play, respect, and inclusivity and who care passionately about diverse representation of the Canada-wide curling community. The award aims to give the next generation of builders the support needed to create a more empowered sporting community. 

“Celebrating inclusion in our sport is so important. I’m excited to see this award move forward because I know some fantastic young people are doing incredible things. Now, their hard work will be highlighted through the All Heart Junior Curlers Awards,” said Andrew Paris, member of the All Heart Junior Curler Awards selection panel [and a former Summerside PEI resident/curler].

Paris is the founder of the grassroots organization Black Rock Initiative and embodies the spirit of the All Heart Junior Curler Awards. His organization is creating opportunities for BIPOC youth to learn about and play the sport of curling and aims to provide curling facilities with the support and tools needed to be truly welcoming and offer diverse resources in their communities.

Through Curling Canada’s For the Love of Curling philanthropic program, $20,000 will be invested annually into deserving junior curlers who are building the sport in their communities by advancing their personal curling goals and developing programs focused on building a more diverse and inclusive sport.

Eight individuals will receive a $2,500 award, allocated as a $1,000 curling-related personal expense reimbursement and $1,500 contribution payable to their curling facility, to make those goals a reality, and they will be dispersed across the country, so every region feels the impact of the All Heart Junior Curling Awards.

Two individuals in each the West (British Columbia, Yukon, Northwest Territories and Alberta), Prairies (Saskatchewan, Manitoba), East (Northern Ontario, Ontario, Nunavut and Quebec), and Atlantic (New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland & Labrador) will receive awards to make those goals a reality. 

This program complements the For the Love of Curling Scholarship program, which plays an active role in supporting the next generation of curlers who best demonstrate athletic and academic prowess and community leadership and volunteerism.

Karsten Sturmay, a former For the Love of Curling Scholar, and a member of the scholarship selection panel for five consecutive years (2017-2021), was instrumental in the creation of the new All Heart Junior Curler Award.

Sturmay, who will join Paris on the inaugural All Heart Junior Curler Award selection panel, recognizes the curling community is chock-full of inspiring young leaders who will make exceptional guardians of our sport.

The All Heart Junior Curler Awards application deadline is July 31. Full application details and program information can be found here.

Click to read at Curling Canada: https://www.curling.ca/blog/2022/06/01/new-junior-curler-award/

 

Curling Canada announces new U-25 event aimed at keeping young players in the game (Curling Canada)

For a lot of young curlers, the transition out of juniors can be difficult. This period in life is usually accompanied by a number of other changes like moving away from home, studying at college or university, or starting a new job.

While many schools have programs at the U-Sports or Canadian Collegiate level, the athletes who choose other schools (or maybe don’t make the team) are left with few options to compete beyond diving head-first into men’s or women’s play.

“We tend to lose a lot of athletes at this age group,” said Helen Radford, Manager of Youth Curling and NextGen Programming for Curling Canada. “Life gets in the way. School, work, money, moving away from home… it all makes it difficult to stick with the sport in a meaningful way.”

Langley B.C. January 25, 2020.New Holland Canadian Junior Curling Championship.Men’s Semi Final. Saskatchewan skip Rylan Kleiter.Curling Canada/ michael burns photo

Four-time Saskatchewan junior champion Rylan Kleiter agrees. “It’s tough coming out of juniors and trying to battle against the top teams,” he said.”Even if we have the time, and we’re ready to put the work in, it can put us in a big hole financially. It’s not easy to travel around the country to compete against the best teams out there. It can cost a lot and you don’t usually win much.”

Saskatchewan skip Rylan Kleiter, third Trever Johnsond, second Joshua Mattern. Curling Canada/ michael burns photo

To help provide some more opportunity for these young curlers, Curling Canada is announcing a new event, the U-25 NextGen Classic, which is to be held at the Saville Community Sports Centre in Edmonton, from August 31 to September 3. A U-25 Mixed Doubles event will follow, from September 3 to 5.

“We’re trying to target those young players just out of juniors,” said Radford. “It’s difficult and expensive to keep up with ‘tour’ teams at that age, so we’re trying to provide an opportunity where young teams can play similar teams, and hopefully build that age group.”

“It’ll be nice to play against teams who are all in the same situation,” said Kleiter. “We’ll have a chance to play good, young teams.  It’s a perfect opportunity to use it as something to build off.

The Edmonton event will feature ten men’s and ten women’s teams, each with a combined age of less than 100 years. They’ll be vying for a top prize of $6,000 and an automatic entry into Curling Canada’s NextGen Future program. There will also be a 20 team Mixed Doubles event where teams have a combined age of less than 50 years. The top prize will be $3,000 and an automatic entry into Curling Canada’s NextGen Future program.

“I love the ‘win and you’re in’ model,” said Kleiter. “It’s a really great opportunity for young teams, and it’s really transparent about how to get into the program.”

Both reigning U-21 Canadian Junior champs are guaranteed to be in the field, along with others selected by Canadian Team Ranking System points. Teams who may not have a lot of CTRS points can also apply, and be reviewed by a Curling Canada selection panel.

“You can already see this idea is starting to snowball,” said Radford. “Already we’ve seen the ‘Best in the West’ event which was aimed at young teams, and you’re seeing more and more Member Associations coming up with U-25 events that are designed to keep this age group in the sport. It’s about creating meaningful competition.”

Starting today, teams are invited to download and submit the application form (see below) to Curling Canada. The deadline for applications is June 30th.

DOWNLOADS:

 
Click to read this post at Curling Canada: https://www.curling.ca/blog/2022/05/30/new-u25-event/

Application deadline is June 30, 2022 for PEI Curling Hall of Fame student bursaries

 

The Prince Edward Island Curling Hall of Fame is once again offering bursaries to junior curlers from PEI who will be attending college or university in the upcoming season. There are two $1000 bursaries, one for a female curler, one for a male, plus two $500 bursaries, one for a female curler, one for a male, for a total of $3000. Bursaries are awarded based on financial need and passion for the game.

Application Deadline is June 30, 2022

To be eligible to apply for a bursary, an applicant must be eligible to participate in provincial junior playdowns for the upcoming curling season. Also, an applicant must be enrolled as 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 via email to Derek MacEwen at derek.macewen@gmail.com

The information provided will be kept confidential.

Click to download Bursary Application Form in MS Word Format

Click to download Bursary Application form in Adobe PDF format

Nova Scotia’s Team Purcell wins World Junior bronze (Curling Canada)

Canada’s Team Owen Purcell is taking home the bronze medal after emerging victorious on Sunday at the 2022 World Junior Curling Championships in Jönköping, Sweden.

Team Owen Purcell won bronze at the 2022 World Junior Curling Championships. (Photo, Cheyenne Boone/World Curling Federation)

The junior men’s team from the Halifax Curling Club defeated Norway’s Grunde Buraas 13-4 in eight ends at the Jönköping Curling Club to win the bronze-medal game.

“It’s awesome. This is a fantastic moment in my curling career, and I hope it leads to more. Considering we started the event at 0-2, I’m really proud of how we were able to claw back and the way we handled the pressure of needing to make the shots and play the games that counted,” Purcell said.

A spot in the playoffs – never mind the podium – was in question early in the week after Canada started the event with back-to-back losses to the United States and Germany. But Purcell, vice-skip Joel Krats, second Adam McEachren, lead Scott Weagle, alternate Scott Mitchell, coach Anthony Purcell, and team lead Jeff Hoffart dug their collective heels in and battled back. The team finished the round robin on a four-game winning streak to finish third in the standings and secure a playoff spot.

Canada took control of the game in the third end with a score of four and followed with a steal of two in the fourth end to take a 7-2 lead. Team Purcell had the inside track to the bronze-medal victory from that point forward.

“We played phenomenally, set up really good angles and went from there,” Purcell said of the third-end score. “We never looked back, and the guys played extremely well. This is probably one of our best-played games this week, so I’m really proud of the guys.”

Canada forced Norway to one in the fifth end and scored a second four-ender in the sixth end to get a stranglehold on the game. 

Norway conceded after being forced to one point the next end and gave up a deuce in the eighth.

Purcell is quick to credit the team around him for this week’s success, as he wouldn’t be here without them. His teammates on the ice, who battled back from the slow start, to his father sitting behind the bench as the team coach, have played a crucial role in the bronze-medal run.

Joel Krats, left, and Adam McEachren after winning bronze at the 2022 World Junior Curling Championships. (Photo, Cheyenne Boone/World Curling Federation)

“It shows that the guys have that ‘star’ attitude. They can play really well when the game is on the line, and I’m really proud of what they’ve done,” Purcell said, adding that getting to wear the Maple Leaf for the first time with his dad has been an incredible experience for the family. 

This experience isn’t just about the victories on the ice either for the 21-year-old skip. Purcell and his team have developed grit and learned a lot about being mindful and staying positive when not everything is going their way. Resiliency was the key theme all week and a trait that everyone on the team can take to wherever life takes them.

“I’m really proud of how we’ve been able to grow as people and players this week. I’m extremely grateful for this opportunity,” Purcell said.

Purcell, a computer science student at Dalhousie University, has another opportunity to represent Canada soon. This September, he and his university curling team will compete at the qualification event to determine Canada’s representation at the 2023 FISU World University Games

In 2020, Purcell and teammate McEachren played on a team that earned silver at the U SPORTS Canadian University Championships.

Team Purcell’s win marks the ninth bronze medal a Canadian junior men’s team earned at the event and increases Canada’s leading medal count to 40 medals earned. 

Click to read at Curling Canada: https://www.curling.ca/blog/2022/05/22/bronze-for-team-purcell/

Meanwhile, Canada’s Team Isabelle Ladouceu, which included PEI’s Katie Shaw, finished the World Juniors with a 3-6 record. It drops Canada into the B event next season.

Canadian junior women will now have to place top-3 in the World Junior B event to be able to compete in the World Juniors. Info from Devin Heroux (CBC)

Nova Scotia’s Team Purcell to play for bronze at the 2022 World Junior Curling Championships (Curling Canada)

After a semifinal loss on Saturday, Canada’s Team Owen Purcell will play for bronze at the 2022 World Junior Curling Championships.

Canada’s Team Owen Purcell will play for bronze at the 2022 World Junior Curling Championships. (Photo, World Curling Federation/Cheyenne Boone)

Team Purcell of the Halifax Curling Club succumbed to Germany’s Benjamin Kapp by 8-5 in Jönköping, Sweden.

Germany took an early 4-0 lead against Canada, and while Team Purcell battled back in the second half of the game, it was short of winning. In the 10th end, Germany’s Kapp led by two with the hammer and made an open hit for one to clinch a spot in the gold-medal game. 

“They’re a really strong team, and giving up early points like that is very tough to come back from. They played really well and capitalized on a lot of our misses,” Purcell said.

After blanking the first end, Germany made an open draw for two in the second. Canada blanked the third but then gave up a steal of two in the fourth. Kapp played a tap to sit two, and Purcell tried to come off his own stone. The line was off, and Germany took a four-point lead. 

In the fifth end, Canada flirted with the idea of making a tough, thin double for three but took its two with a hack-weight hit to halve the score 4-2.

Germany was playing phenomenally halfway through the game, with all four players owning shooting percentages in the high 80s and low 90s. Canada opened the second half of the game by focusing on making Germany’s ends more complicated and attempting to get an early force. 

In the second half, Canada achieved both of those tasks and got back into the game. In the sixth, Canada put a draw behind its centre guard and forced Germany to one after Kapp was light on a draw for two. In the seventh, Purcell played a double raise takeout to mould a cluster of stones in the four-foot into a deuce for Canada.

Now with only a one-point lead, Germany was attempting to get control of the game in the eighth end. On Canada’s last shot, Purcell and the team couldn’t get the roll required to sit one behind cover and gave Germany a draw for two and three-point lead. 

Germany added to its momentum in the ninth end after Germany vice-skip Felix Messenzehl made a long double takeout that flipped the end in his team’s favour. Purcell and Canada scored one on a draw against four, while Germany took a two-point lead with the hammer into the final end.

“I feel like we eventually started making a lot more shots and junking it up a little better. We started getting some misses out of them after that. I really liked how we played the second half, but it’s just so tough to come back from what ended up happening in the first half,” Purcell said.

With the loss, Purcell, vice-skip Joel Krats, second Adam McEachren, lead Scott Weagle, alternate Scott Mitchell, coach Anthony Purcell, and team lead Jeff Hoffart will take on Norway’s Grunde Buraas on Sunday at 3 a.m. ET.

“I think we’re going to play it cool and chill out for a little bit to decompress. A lot of energy and intensity goes into a game like that. So we’ll need to regroup and prepare for the next game the same way we did for this game.”

In the gold-medal game, Germany plays Scotland’s James Craik, who was victorious against Norway in the other semifinal by 7-5.

Germany is attempting to win its first-ever gold medal at the World Junior Men’s Curling Championship, and Scotland is seeking its 11th.

Canada’s last bronze-medal game appearance was in 2016, when Matt Dunstone defeated Switzerland’s Yannick Schwaller. Canada has won eight bronze medals at this event.

World Curling TV’s Curling Channel on Recast will stream select Canadian games with either light coverage (two static cameras, no commentary) or full coverage (multi-camera with commentary). To see the streaming schedule, click here

For Team Canada updates, go to www.curling.ca. Follow us on TwitterInstagram and Facebook.

For the list of teams, draw information and live scoring, visit the event website.

Click to read at Curling Canada: https://www.curling.ca/blog/2022/05/21/bronze-medal-bound/

Nova Scotia’s Team Purcell advances to World Junior semis, Canadian women’s team with PEI’s Shaw finishes with 3-6 record (Curling Canada)

Skip Owen Purcell and his Canadian junior men’s team from the Halifax Curling Club are among the final four teams to keep their dreams of winning a world junior curling championship alive at the 2022 World Junior Curling Championships in Jönköping, Sweden.

Owen Purcell and his team from the Halifax Curling Club are moving onto the semifinals at the 2022 World Junior Curling Championships. (Photo, World Curling Federation/Cheyenne Boone)

Canada bested Sweden’s Axel Landelius (1-8) by 6-3 during the final round-robin draw for the men at the Jönköping Curling Club. 

Purcell, vice-skip Joel Krats, second Adam McEachren, lead Scott Weagle, alternate Scott Mitchell, coach Anthony Purcell, and team lead Jeff Hoffart finished third overall in the round robin with six wins and three losses. 

“It’s the ultimate goal,” Purcell said of making it this far into the event. “Ever since the start of the season, this was our goal to be in this position. To be able to be doing this with my best friends as well is fantastic.”

Canada’s path to defend its world junior men’s title in 2020 (the event was cancelled in 2021 due to Covid-19) goes through Germany’s Benjamin Kapp (7-2) in a semifinal game slated for 8 a.m. ET (all times ET) on Saturday.

Team Purcell’s spot in the semifinals was never guaranteed after the team started with a 2-3 record. But the unit persevered and made improvements all week long, leading to wins in the remaining four games to clinch the spot. That four-game win streak also included wins against two other playoff teams: first-place Team James Craik of Scotland (8-1) and fourth-place Grunde Buraas of Norway (6-3). 

“It’s a whole new event now. Everybody is starting from the bottom, so now it’s a whole new ball game. We know what we’re doing, we have a game plan that we’re going to stick to it, and we’re ready to get going,” Purcell said.

Heading into Canada’s last round-robin game, Landelius and his team from Sweden already knew they would be relegated to the World B Junior Curling Championship by finishing in one of the bottom three spots at the event. But his team came out firing and determined to go blow for blow against a Canadian team looking to cement a place in the playoffs. 

Sweden started the game with the hammer and blanked the first two ends before taking a single point in the third. Sweden added a steal of one in the fourth end by securing its stone onto the button with backing. It forced Purcell and his team to play a big-weight in-off to dislodge the Sweden stone, and while it was a valiant attempt, Sweden stole the point. 

Canada tied the game in the fifth end, aided by a superb double from Krats to sit two behind cover. Both teams were managing a difficult draw path to the four-foot, which neither could master. Purcell had a triple raise hack-weight shot for three, but it didn’t curl enough.

“I thought we were able to do a lot of what we wanted this game. They played really well, especially in the first half, but they made a few mistakes in the second half, and I thought we capitalized on that really well,” Purcell said.

Those mistakes started in the sixth end when Team Purcell took its first lead of the game. The Canadians played a draw and were a bit wide; however, the stone clipped a guard out front and redirected behind a centre guard. Sweden attempted to follow it in, but it over-curled and Canada stole a point. 

In the 10th end, Purcell made a lone Swedish stone in the house go away and run his opponents out of rocks to win.

“The most important thing that I’ve learned so far is patience. You need to keep making simple shots and then attack when the time is right. That patience and picking your spots have been the most important thing for us this week,” Purcell said of what he’s learned over the nine games played this week.

The winners of the Canada/Germany and Scotland/Norway games will advance to the gold-medal games, while the losers will play in the bronze-medal game. Both of those games are scheduled for Sunday at 3 a.m.

Isabelle Ladouceur, left, and Jamie Smith of Canada split a pair of games on Friday to end the round robin. (Photo, World Curling Federation/Cheyenne Boone)

Team Isabelle Ladouceur of Curl Sudbury was not in playoff position on the women’s side. However, there was plenty to play for on Friday, with relegation in the World B Junior Curling Championships being a possibility. 

The team from Curl Sudbury split its final two games to finish the event with a 3-6 record and was relegated to the B division event.

In the morning, Ladouceur, vice-skip Jamie Smith, second Lauren Rajala, lead Katie Shaw, alternate Katy Lukowich, coach Steve Acorn and team leader Lori Olson-Johns defeated South Korea’s Bo Bae Kang (3-6) by a score of 10-3.

Leading 2-1, Canada scored four in the fifth end for a five-point lead and stole a single point in the sixth. South Korea scored single points in the seventh and eighth ends, and Canada ended the game in the ninth with a three-spot for the win.

In the evening, Canada lost to Japan’s Sae Yamamoto by 6-5 in an extra end. The win elevated Japan to a 6-3 record and qualified the team for playoffs. 

Canada will need to finish near the top of the standings at that event to qualify for the 2023 World Junior Curling Championships in Fussen, Germany from Feb. 23 to March 4.

World Curling TV’s Curling Channel on Recast will stream select Canadian games with either light coverage (two static cameras, no commentary) or full coverage (multi-camera with commentary). To see the streaming schedule, click here

For Team Canada updates, go to www.curling.ca. Follow us on TwitterInstagram and Facebook.

For the list of teams, draw information and live scoring, visit the event website.

Click to read at Curling Canada: https://www.curling.ca/blog/2022/05/20/playing-for-a-medal/

Fall Fling Junior Cashspiel set for Summerside Oct. 7-9

The Fall Fling Junior Cashspiel at the Silver Fox Entertainment Complex in Summerside PEI will take place October 7th, 8th & 9th 2022. Spots are filling up fast! Secure one of the 12 spots in either the male or the female division by emailing;
cory.snow@city.summerside.pe.ca

Entry form and details:

Application deadline is June 30, 2022 for PEI Curling Hall of Fame student bursaries

 

The Prince Edward Island Curling Hall of Fame is once again offering bursaries to junior curlers from PEI who will be attending college or university in the upcoming season. There are two $1000 bursaries, one for a female curler, one for a male, plus two $500 bursaries, one for a female curler, one for a male, for a total of $3000. Bursaries are awarded based on financial need and passion for the game.

Application Deadline is June 30, 2022

To be eligible to apply for a bursary, an applicant must be eligible to participate in provincial junior playdowns for the upcoming curling season. Also, an applicant must be enrolled as 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 via email to Derek MacEwen at derek.macewen@gmail.com

The information provided will be kept confidential.

Click to download Bursary Application Form in MS Word Format

Click to download Bursary Application form in Adobe PDF format

Ron Matters is new Cornwall icemaker

 

Ron Matters, on the ice crew at a Grand Slam event in Summerside

Canadian men’s curling team won its third-straight game, while the women’s team. with PEI’s Katie Shaw, is focused on having a solid finish at the 2022 World Junior Curling Championships (Curling Canada)

The Canadian men’s curling team won its third-straight game, while the women’s team is focused on having a solid finish at the 2022 World Junior Curling Championships in Jönköping, Sweden. 

A two-win day for Team Owen Purcell (5-3) elevated the junior men’s foursome from the Halifax Curling Club into the playoff mix with victories over playoff-calibre teams at the Jönköping Curling Club on Thursday. 

Purcell, vice-skip Joel Krats, second Adam McEachren, lead Scott Weagle, alternate Scott Mitchell, coach Anthony Purcell, and team lead Jeff Hoffart started with an all-around efficient morning game win against Jae Beom Lee of South Korea (3-5) by a score of 7-4. Canada leapfrogged South Korea in the standings and was one step closer to a playoff spot with the win. 

“We’re definitely starting to get rolling here a little bit. I think we’re more confident. The ice is starting to straighten out, which I think is working to our favour, as well. But for the most part, it’s the confidence,” Weagle said.

With the game tied 1-1, Team Purcell found its form in the fourth end and carried it throughout by putting a series of well-placed draws and accurate hits on display for the remainder of the match. 

Canada scored two when it had hammer and forced South Korea to one from that point on. In the eighth end, Canada sat one and made a full four-foot draw to get a second point, taking a 7-3 lead. South Korea scored one in the ninth but opted to concede instead of going into the final end three down without hammer.

But to rise into the four-team playoffs, Canada will need to knock one of those existing teams out. On Thursday night in Sweden, it took another step closer to that goal by defeating Norway’s Grunde Buraas 9-3.

The game reached its peak in the ninth end. Leading by one, Purcell settled into the hack and made a stellar triple takeout to score five and finish the game.

“We’re definitely feeling great right now. Skipper made a peach. Definitely one of the best shots I’ve seen in a long time for the five,” said Weagle. “It doesn’t get a whole lot better than that. It was exciting, and it got the boys fired up. It was a lot of fun to be a part of.”

Team Purcell kept Norway off the board for nearly the entire first half of the game. Canada started with the last stone and opened with a score of one. Norway blanked the second, gave up a steal of one to Canada in the third, blanked the fourth and then scored its first point of the game in the fifth end to trail 2-1 at the halfway mark.

It picked up in the second half of the game. The teams traded scores of two in the sixth and seventh ends. Then in the eighth, Canada put the game away with the five-ender, its biggest single-end score of the event.

Weagle and Purcell joined forces in 2018 and found immediate success, winning the 2018 Canadian Under-18 Curling Championships men’s gold medal. Over the past four years, it’s been a whirlwind of an adventure for the team and filled with moments of joy and anguish on and off the ice. 

In 2019 McEachren joined the team, and it had lofty expectations of repeating at the national under-18 event. But the team lost the bronze-medal game to Manitoba. In 2020, Weagle and Purcell competed at the New Holland Canadian Juniors but did not qualify for playoffs. But the Nova Scotia-based team bounced back in 2021 and earned the right to represent Canada at the world juniors by winning a qualification event.

“There’s been some ups and some downs. We had Covid cancel most of our season last year and some of it this year, but it’s been really good for the most part. He’s just a really great guy and fun to be around,” Weagle said, who is embracing every moment representing Canada.

Canada’s combined win with Norway’s loss levelled both teams to records of five wins and three losses and are now in a three-way tie for the final two playoff spots alongside Switzerland’s Kim Schwaller.

Germany’s Benjamin Kapp and Scotland’s James Craik have both qualified for the men’s playoffs with 7-1 records.

For its best chance of qualifying for playoffs, Canada must win its final round-robin game on Friday against Sweden’s Axel Landelius (1-7) at 8 a.m. (all times ET).

“We’re going to keep it the same. Keep rolling with what we’re doing. We’ll try to play a little more conservative but will take our chances when we get them,” Weagle said.

Canada’s Katie Shaw, left, and Lauren Rajala of Curl Sudbury at the 2022 World Junior Curling Championships. (Photo, World Curling Federation/Cheyenne Boone)

Team Isabelle Ladouceur (2-5; Curl Sudbury) took on Delaney Strouse of the United States (6-1) in its lone game of the day in the women’s competition.

The United States defeated Canada 11-5 and became the first team to qualify for the playoffs with the win. In the middle of the game, the Americans stole three consecutive ends and capped the victory off with a four-ender in the ninth.

Ladouceur, vice-skip Jamie Smith, second Lauren Rajala, lead Katie Shaw, alternate Katy Lukowich, coach Steve Acorn and team leader Lori Olson-Johns started the game with hammer. After giving up a first-end steal of one, the team had the U.S.A. against the ropes in the second. Strouse came through for her team, making a double to limit some damage, and it kept Ladouceur to a draw for two instead of a potential three or more.

In the third end, the U.S.A. regained its lead with a score of two and went on a roll stealing one in the fourth, one in the fifth and two in the sixth. 

Canada scored one in the seventh and stole two in the eighth after the U.S.A. pulled the string on its final draw attempt, but Stouse and the Americans made a hit for four in the ninth and finished the game.

The Canadian women’s team will miss out on the four-team playoffs but aims to finish the final day of the round-robin competition firmly on Friday. Team Ladouceur plays two important games. First, it takes on Bo Bae Kang of South Korea (3-4) at 3 a.m., followed by Japan’s Sae Yamamoto (5-2) at 1 p.m.

The 10 teams of each gender play nine-game round-robin schedules, with the top four advancing to the semifinal playoffs on Saturday. The winners advance to the gold-medal game and losers will play in the bronze-medal game on Sunday. 

World Curling TV’s Curling Channel on Recast will stream select Canadian games with either light coverage (two static cameras, no commentary) or full coverage (multi-camera with commentary). To see the streaming schedule, click here

For Team Canada updates, go to www.curling.ca. Follow us on TwitterInstagram and Facebook.

For the list of teams, draw information and live scoring, visit the event website.

Click to read at Curling Canada: https://www.curling.ca/blog/2022/05/19/momentum-canada/

Canadian Junior Men defeat medal contenders, women (including PEI’s Katie Shaw) split games at 2022 World Juniors (Curling Canada)

The Canadian junior men’s curling team found a big win against a medal contender, while the Canadian women’s team split a pair of games on Wednesday at the 2022 World Junior Curling Championships.

Team Owen Purcell (Halifax Curling Club) improved to 3-3 at Jönköping, Sweden on the men’s side, while Team Isabelle Ladouceur (Curl Sudbury) is at 2-4 in the women’s competition.

Team Purcell found confidence after stealing the 7-6 extra-end win against a top tier and previously undefeated Scottish team led by two-time world junior bronze-medallist James Craik (5-1).

Two Canadian front-end stones picked during the extra end, and it led to some early frustration. However, Scotland’s shot rock was on the back of the button and allowed Purcell to freeze up to it for shot stone. Scotland, needing to hit the Canadian stone with peel weight and on the nose, over-curled and hit it on the high side. Canada stole one and served Scotland its first loss at the national championship.

“They’re an unreal team. I know they maybe didn’t have their best game this game, but they’re still a phenomenal team. That win does more than just put a win under the ‘W’ section of our record,” said Team Canada second Adam McEachren. “Getting in a good win against a good team that’s undefeated does a lot for our confidence.”

Trailing 3-2 in the sixth end, Canada took a timeout to discuss its strategy with several rocks scattered around the four-foot. The team opted to punch one of its stones on the side of the four-foot further into the house and lock it onto another stone for backing. That led to Canada scoring three and taking a two-point lead in the game.

“That three in that end was huge,” McEachren said. “We’ve been consistent with the hammer this week, but to get two up on those guys was massive.”

Scotland blanked the seventh and tied the game with two in the eighth. In the ninth end, Canada faced a choice: a raise for a potential two or a more difficult high-weight double for three. Team Purcell opted for the latter but hit the intended stone too thin. Scotland stole a point and Canada kept the hammer in the 10th end. Canada scored one in that frame to force the extra end.

McEachren, skip Purcell, vice-skip Joel Krats, lead Scott Weagle, alternate Scott Mitchell, coach Anthony Purcell, and team lead Jeff Hoffart have three games left in the round robin and figure they must win the remaining games to secure a playoff spot. The win against Scotland was a great start.

“We could be playing better up until this point, but we’re playing really well. It seems like every single time we play a team that is coming off a big loss, or they just had a phenomenal game and outplayed us,” McEachren said.

But in the end, perspective is what prevails. McEachren is representing Canada for the first time in his career after losing a national championship final in the past. McEachren and Purcell lost the 2020 U SPORTS Curling Championship final representing Dalhousie University. That kind of loss puts into perspective how special this opportunity in Jönköping is.

Canada hopes to maintain its momentum on Thursday with two games on the docket. Canada starts the day at 3 a.m. against Jae Beom Lee of South Korea (3-3), followed by Norway’s Grunde Buraas (5-1) at 1 p.m. (all times ET).

Canada split a pair of games Wednesday in the women’s competition. 

Canadian vice-skip Jamie Smith and her team from Curl Sudbury split a pair of games on Wednesday. (Photo, World Curling Federation/Cheyenne Boone)

Team Ladouceur fell just shy of a win in the morning against Sweden’s Moa Dryburgh (3-3) in a 9-8 loss.

Canada trailed by one in the fifth end and managed to take advantage of some missed draws by Sweden. Ladouceur and the team made a draw for three and took a one-point lead at the game’s halfway mark.

However, Sweden struck back the following end with three of its own and then stole two points in the seventh after Canada rolled away on its intended nose hit for one. 

Canada bounced back over the eighth and ninth ends. First, it made a hit for two in the eighth, followed by stealing two in the ninth after Sweden was heavy on a draw. 

The game was tied eight apiece in the 10th end, but Canada couldn’t sit shot stone on its last, meaning Sweden didn’t have to throw its final shot to win.

In the evening, the Canadian junior women’s team played Karolina Jensen of Denmark (0-6) and got back into the win column with an 11-7 victory.

Ladouceur and her team were simply efficient when they had the hammer. They opened the game with it and scored three points immediately. Canada was methodical over the next four ends by forcing Denmark to one, taking two with hammer and repeating the process until the fifth end for a 7-2 lead.

Denmark upped the ante in the sixth by scoring three points, but Canada maintained its orderly fashion and continued by scoring two in the seventh end. The teams traded scores of two in the eighth and ninth ends to finish the game.

Up next, the Canadian women play Delaney Strouse of the United States (5-1) in a battle of North American teams at 8 a.m. 

The 10 teams of each gender play nine-game round-robin schedules, with the top four advancing to the semifinal playoffs on Saturday. The winners advance to the gold-medal game and losers will play in the bronze-medal game on Sunday. 

World Curling TV’s Curling Channel on Recast will stream select Canadian games with either light coverage (two static cameras, no commentary) or full coverage (multi-camera with commentary). To see the streaming schedule, click here

For Team Canada updates, go to www.curling.ca. Follow us on TwitterInstagram and Facebook.

For the list of teams, draw information and live scoring, visit the event website.

Click to read at Curling Canada: https://www.curling.ca/blog/2022/05/18/confidence-boosting-win/

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Charlottetown’s Brett Gallant wants to leave Gushue team as a world champion. Rink will represent Canada in Las Vegas, April 2-10 (SaltWire)

(By Dave Stewart) CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. — Charlottetown’s Brett Gallant said he’s hoping to end an eight-year run with the Brad Gushue rink as a world champion. Gallant, who is leaving the team at the end of the season and then getting … Continue reading

Ch’town Curling Club holding spring fling spiel, discussing progress toward building a new curling facility in Stratford (SaltWire)

The Charlottetown Curling Club is holding its first annual spring fling spiel on April 9 and is inviting the public to come and try the sport of curling. The free event will celebrate the legacy and future of the club, … Continue reading

Brett Gallant wins Lieut. Governor’s and Sr. Male Athlete of the Year, Katie Shaw wins Jr. Female Athlete of the Year at Sport PEI Awards

The 48th Annual Sport PEI Awards Ceremony, presented by SCORE! Sport Charlottetown, took place Thursday evening at the Confederation Centre of the Arts in Charlottetown with curling’s Brett Gallant winning both the Lieutenant Governor’s Award, presented by the honourable Antoinette … Continue reading

N. Ont. with Islander Katie Shaw, NS with PEI’s Lauren Ferguson earn byes to semi-finals at New Holland Canadian Under-21 Ch’ships (Curling Canada)

[PEI Women, skipped by Rachel MacLean and men, skipped by Mitchell Schut, finish round-robin out of playoffs, with Women at 4-4, and men at 2-6 win-loss] WOMEN’S POOL PLAY CONCLUDES AT 2022 NEW HOLLAND CANADIAN UNDER-21 CURLING CHAMPIONSHIPS Thursday morning … Continue reading

PEI’s Rachel MacLean rink 2-3 win-loss following win over Quebec Tues. morning at New Holland U21 Ch’ships. Watch on YouTube!

PEI’s Rachel MacLean rink stole a deuce in the last end for a 7-6 win over Quebec 2’s Jolianne Fortin rink on Tuesday morning to sit at 2-3 win-loss at the 2022 New Holland U21 Curling Championships in Stratford Ontario. … Continue reading

O’Connor Glass-sponsored U13 Funspiel set for Cornwall on Saturday. Schedule, teams, other info

Here are the teams and draw/schedule for this Saturday’s U13 Funspiel at Cornwall: This day promises to be a ton of fun!! The young curlers will be welcomed with fruit and pastries for registration that begins at 9:00 am and … Continue reading

PEI’s Team Schut at 2-3 win-loss following New Holland Canadian U21 win over Manitoba #2 (Curling Canada)

Monday was an important and ultimately an exceptionally successful day for Daymond Bernath and his Saskatchewan #1 rink at the 2022 New Holland Canadian Under-21 Championships from the Stratford Rotary Complex in Stratford, Ont. Bernath (6-0; Saskatoon) found himself staring … Continue reading

Host Summerside teams sweep men’s, go 5-2 in women’s to capture 2022 PEI Curling Club Ch’ships

The 2022 PEI Curling Club Championships, with 7 men’s and  4 women’s teams who won their respective club championships taking part, wrapped up Sunday afternoon at the Summerside Curling Club, with the host Summerside teams sweeping the men’s division and … Continue reading

Ch’ship rounds set after day three play at PEI Curling Club Ch’ships in Summerside

The 2022 PEI Curling Club Championships, with 7 men’s and  4 women’s teams who won their respective club championships, are down to the men’s and women’s Championship Rounds following the conclusion of round robin play Saturday evening at the Summerside … Continue reading

Cornwall and S’Side men 3-0, Montague and S’Side women 2-1 after day two play at PEI Curling Club Ch’ships in Summerside

The 2022 PEI Curling Club Championships, with 7 men’s and  4 women’s teams who won their respective club championships, continue at the Summerside Curling Club. Following Friday play there are two unbeaten (3-0) rinks in the round-robin men’s section — … Continue reading

Deadline extended to Sunday at 5 pm for O’Connor Glass U13 Funspiel at Cornwall

  The registration deadline has been extended to 5 pm on Sunday, March 27th. for the Cornwall Curling Club U13 Funspiel presented by O’Connor Glass that is set to take place on Saturday, April 2nd, 202!.   This is a … Continue reading

Cornwall and S’Side men, Montague and Crapaud women unbeaten after opening day action at PEI Curling Club Ch’ships in Summerside

The 2022 PEI Curling Club Championships, with 7 men’s and  4 women’s teams who won their respective club championships, are underway at the Summerside Curling Club. Following two draws on Thursday, there are four unbeaten rinks, with the Cornwall team, … Continue reading

Canadian Juniors: Team Bios for PEI teams, and teams with PEI players

From Curling Canada’s Media Guide, here are the team bios and other info for The PEI Men’s and Women’s teams, plus the Northern Ontario women’s team with Islander Katie Shaw, and the Nova Scotia #1 women’s team, with PEI’s Lauren … Continue reading

PEI’s Schut and MacLean rinks, plus Islanders Ferguson, Shaw competing in New Holland Canadian Juniors, returning Friday in Stratford, Ont. (Curling Canada)

The 2022 New Holland Canadian Junior Curling Championships will run for the first time in two years, and with it is a new crop of talented curlers under the age of 21 who are vying for an opportunity to make … Continue reading

Updated: Seven men’s, four women’s teams to compete in PEI Curling Club Ch’ships, starting Thursday in Summerside

The 2022 PEI Curling Club Championships, with 7 men’s and  4 women’s teams who won their respective club championships, are set for the Summerside Curling Club from March 24-27.  The winning men’s and women’s rinks will advance to the 2022 … Continue reading

Dunsford / Sanderson team win Cornwall Cup stick curling tourney

  The Cornwall Cup Stick Curling Tournament took place Saturday and Sunday at the Cornwall Curling Club, with 16 teams participating in total, and 8 making it to the playoff round on Saturday. Photo  ( L-R): Finalists Elaine Hughes and … Continue reading

Gallant leaving Team Gushue at end of the season (SaltWire Network)

(by Jason Simmonds) In the end, Brett Gallant’s decision to leave the Brad Gushue rink at the end of the 2021-22 curling season comes down to family. The 2022 Olympic bronze-medallists and Canadian men’s curling champions released a statement announcing … Continue reading

Revised draw for U16 Dev’t League (open to all clubs) at Cornwall on March 26

  The U16 Development League (open to all clubs) at the Cornwall Curling Club will be playing a doubleheader next weekend (Saturday, March 26th), with a draw at 10 am and a second draw at 12:30 pm. Three teams will … Continue reading

O’Connor Glass-sponsored Cornwall Curling Club OPEN U13 Funspiel Registration now open

The Cornwall Curling Club U13 Junior Funspiel, sponsored by O’Connor Glass Limited, is a fun event for curlers under the age of 13. It will take place at the club on Saturday, April 2nd, with doors opening at 9 am … Continue reading

Bradley and defending Men’s champion Gorveatt sweep 2022 PEI Seniors (50+) Ch’ships

The PEI Seniors Curling Championships, for curlers in the 50+ age category, came to an early conclusion Saturday afternoon at the Montague Curling Club in Montague / Three Rivers, with defending men’s champ Philip Gorveatt from the host Montague Curling … Continue reading

PEI’s Brett Gallant leaving Team Gushue and, reportedly, joining Team Bottcher

Team Gushue has confirmed (release below) that PEI native Brett Gallant is leaving the team at the end of the season to join “another team”. Sportsnet Analyst Kevin Martin reported, during a special edition of the Inside Curling podcast released … Continue reading

Bradley and defending Men’s champion Gorveatt both 1 win away from 2022 PEI Seniors (50+) Ch’ship titles

The PEI Seniors Curling Championships, for curlers in the 50+ age category, continued on Friday, March 18 at the Montague Curling Club in Montague / Three Rivers, Three women’s and an equal number of men’s teams are entered. On Friday, … Continue reading

Cornwall welcoming Junior curlers from other clubs to FREE Coaching Super Series session with Craig Savill

The Cornwall Curling Club is now welcoming Junior Age (13-21) curlers from clubs across PEI  to register for our first session of Coaching Super Series, with Craig Savill!! There are only eight spots remaining and the deadline to register is … Continue reading

Jennifer Jones joins forces with Team Zacharias, which includes Islander Lauren Lenentine (Curling Zone)

Jennifer Jones forms new team for next Olympic quadrennial, joining forces with Team Zacharias.  More at CurlingZone: https://www.curlingzone.com/post.php?postid=5238#1 … Continue reading