Team Kaitlyn Jones, with Cornwall’s Lenentine, loses quarter-final to Carey, Homan steals spot in Masters semis (GSOC)

(by Jonathan Brazeau) TRURO, N.S. — Three-time Canadian Beef Masters champion Rachel Homan continues her quest for the quad at the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling event.

Homan and her Ottawa-based club used thievery to steal a spot in the semis from Winnipeg’s Team Darcy Robertson with an 8-3 victory during Saturday’s quarterfinals at Rath Eastlink Community Centre.

Although it was an evenly-matched first half, tied 3-3 after four, it was all Homan from there. Robertson was just a tad too narrow on her final shot in five, not only connecting with Homan’s guard but promoting it in to concede two points and the lead.

Homan swiped another one in six and pirated two more in seven to bring out handshakes.

Team Homan third Emma Miskew explained how the fifth end swung the momentum in their favour.

“They were playing really well in the first half, we weren’t quite sharp and we sharpened up a little bit in the second half,” Miskew said. “We got a little bit of a break in the fifth end. Rachel made a nice hit and roll and then she kind of chiseled us in for our second point, then the game had kind of turned from there.

“They’re a really good team, they made a lot of shots, we were just on the right side of the inch in the second half of the game.”

Photo: Team Kaitlyn Jones, with Cornwall’s Lauren Lenentine on the right (Anil Mungal photo)

Team Homan, who won their third Masters title at this very rink in 2015, now play Team Chelsea Carey of Edmonton. Carey clinched a spot in the final four defeating reigning world junior champions Team Kaitlyn Jones of Halifax 7-3.

It’s a much different Slam story for Team Homan from where they were at this point last season as they missed the playoffs at the first couple events and have now reached a second consecutive semifinal to start the 2018-19 GSOC campaign.

“We like coming to Truro and are happy we get to play another game,” Miskew said. “It’s no secret, last year our Slam season, the first half of the year, wasn’t our favourite, so just to make a semifinal now, we’re really grateful that we’re still playing.

“We just want to get in one game at a time here but being able to play still on Sunday makes us really, really happy. We’re excited to play again tomorrow and we know it’ll be a battle.”


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On the other side of the bracket, Olympics gold medallists Team Anna Hasselborg of Sweden doubled up Winnipeg’s Team Jennifer Jones 8-4 to eliminate the defending champions. Team Hasselborg third Sara McManus summed up their win in one word: “Amazing.”

“Obviously, we heard that we didn’t have the best record against them for quite a while so that was a really nice win,” she added.

No, they did not as Jones, who defeated Hasselborg for gold at the worlds last season, entered the match with an 11-3 lifetime record including 5-1 in the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling series. No surprise, McManus anticipated it would be a tough road ahead.

“If feels like that every time we play Jennifer Jones,” McManus said. “They are a great team. They have strong players on each position. It’s always tough but it’s really fun to play against them. It’s back and forth, but we came out with a win and we are super happy.”

Hasselborg stole a point in the first as she was lying dead buried. Jones was unable to get to it as she crashed on a guard. Jones drew against two counters to get her single back in the second but failed to freeze her last in the third allowing Hasselborg to make an open draw for two and a 3-1 lead.

The teams alternated singles in four and five and Jones, who has won a record nine GSOC women’s titles, finally got the equalizer in six by hitting and sticking around in the four-foot circle for a deuce to knot it up 4-4.

Hasselborg, who outshot Jones 74 percent to 52 percent, remained in control though and had a hit for three in the seventh but rolled too far for just a deuce. It was good enough though as Jones’s last rock of the game sailed by the house and Hasselborg tacked two more points onto the scoreboard.

Team Hasselborg, who won the GSOC season-opening Princess Auto Elite 10, hold a spot in the semis against Team Casey Scheidegger of Lethbridge, Alta. The No. 1 seed Scheidegger shook off Team Tracy Fleury of East St. Paul, Man., 6-4.

Meanwhile, Calgary’s Team Kevin Koe remain undefeated winning their fifth consecutive game of the tournament by knocking out Team Matt Dunstone of Regina 6-4 in the last men’s quarterfinal match.

Koe will clash with Scotland’s Team Bruce Mouat in the men’s semifinals while Toronto’s Team John Epping goes up against Team Niklas Edin of Sweden.

Both sets of semifinals go down Sunday at 10 a.m. AT (9 a.m. ET, Sportsnet) followed by the men’s final at 2 p.m. AT (1 p.m. ET, CBC) and ending with the women’s final at 6 p.m. AT (5 p.m. ET, Sportsnet).

Online streaming for all three draws is available at Sportsnet NOW(Canada) or Yare (international).

NOTES: The Canadian Beef Masters is the second event and the first major of the 2018-19 Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling season. … Winners take home $30,000 of the $250,000 total purse plus berths to the season-ending Humpty’s Champions Cup in April. … Points are also on the line for the Pinty’s Cup, which is awarded to the overall season champions following the conclusion of the Players’ Championship.

Click to read this story at the Grand Slam website.

Post last modified: Oct 27, 2018 @ 8:39 pm

Junior champ Jones, with Cornwall’s Lenentine, stuns Homan to reach Truro Masters playoffs (GSOC)

TRURO, N.S. — Kaitlyn Jones and her young Halifax team [which includes Cornwall member Lauren Lenentine at third stone] are through to the Canadian Beef Masters quarterfinals in their own backyard.

The reigning world junior champions, who earned the sponsor’s exemption spot for the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling event, finished round-robin play with a 3-1 record after upsetting Ottawa’s Team Rachel Homan 6-5 Friday to advance.

Kaitlyn Jones shoots a stone during the 11th round-robin draw of the Canadian Beef Masters on Oct. 26, 2018, in Truro, N.S. (Anil Mungal)

Jones’s team includes cousins Karlee and Lindsey Burgess at second and lead, respectively, who are from the Truro area and are feeding off of the positive vibes from the crowd.

“It’s pretty cool,” Karlee Burgess said. “We’re just super excited to have the hometown crowd here. We’re kind of playing off them, they’re really loud for us and it’s been a lot of fun so far and we’re super excited to make the playoffs.”

Jones pulled off a nose double takeout to score two in the final frame to lift her team into the playoffs.

“Going into the last shot of the game, I was like let’s just keep it close throughout the whole game,” Karlee Burgess said. “We knew we had that open shot there and Kaits was a little nervous going into the hack but I trust Kait very much. It was a good shot and I’m proud of her for making that shot for us.”

Homan, who has won seven Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling titles, gave up a steal in the second and bounced back into the lead with a deuce in three followed by a steal in four to go up 3-1. Jones replied with a three-ender in five to hold a 4-3 advantage and Homan took two in six to leapfrog back ahead. Jones blanked the seventh to retain the hammer for the dramatic final frame.

Team Homan had already qualified and finished preliminary play at 3-1, too.


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In men’s action, American Team John Shuster doubled up on the defending champs Team Brad Gushue of St. John’s, N.L., 8-4 to move onto the playoffs. It was the first time Shuster (3-1) had beaten Gushue (2-1) since 2009.

Gushue, who has won 11 GSOC titles, said earlier he’s feeling foggy having arrived at the Canadian Beef Masters straight from playing in China.

“Actually, this is the first time I’ve beaten Brad since 2008, I believe,” Team Shuster second Matt Hamilton said. “Jamie Korab was still on his team so it’s quite a different squad. It’s nice to get a win against those guys. They’re such a good team and jet-lagged or not, we’ll take it.”

The teams traded deuces to start with Shuster drawing for two in the first and Gushue hammering away for his pair of points in the second. Shuster had to draw his last in the third through a port and just rubbed his own guard and spilled through the house to cough up a steal.

The reigning Olympic gold medallist rebounded to count another couple in four and swiped a point of his own in five to extend his lead 5-3. Shuster forced Gushue to a single in six and put the game to bed with a three count in seven.

“We went into this game knowing that they’re obviously a really great team and we needed to have a really good draw shot to really give ourselves a chance at a playoff and a win to guarantee ourselves a qualifying,” Hamilton said. “We kinda knew that we just had to go out, play loose, play our game and we’d have a good time and things might go our way. It worked out this time.”

Toronto’s Team John Epping got back on track to qualify for the playoffs brushing aside Sweden’s Team Niklas Edin 6-1.

“That was big, we needed that one,” Epping said. “I didn’t want to be playing tomorrow morning in a tiebreaker. That was one of our best performances of the year. It nice to play well when you need to.”

Team Epping stole one to kick things off in the first end and that proved to be the harbinger of the game. Epping reclaimed a 2-1 lead in the third and then rode the steal train swiping a point in the fourth, one more in the fifth plus two in the sixth for handshakes.

“We put a lot of pressure on Nik and his level of difficulty was high out there,” Epping said.

Both teams are through to the playoffs at 3-1.

Halifax’s Team Jamie Murphy is still in it at 2-2 after crushing Norway’s Team Steffen Walstad 9-2 in only five ends. Murphy scored a deuce in one, a four-ender in three and ended things early with a trey in five. Walstad was limited to singles in the even ends and has been eliminated with a 0-3 record.

Team Matt Dunstone of Regina dusted Winnipeg’s Team Reid Carruthers 6-1 with both teams hanging around at 2-2 and awaiting the tiebreaker scenario.

The Canadian Beef Masters is the second event and first major of the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling season with 15 of the top men’s teams and 15 of the top women’s teams from around the world. Divisions are split into three pools for round-robin play with the top eight overall qualifying for Saturday’s quarterfinals. The semifinals and finals are set for Sunday.

Round-robin action continues Friday at 3:30 p.m. AT (2:30 p.m. ET) on Sportsnet and online at Sportsnet NOW (Canada) and Yare(international).

NOTES: Winners take home $30,000 of the $250,000 total purse plus berths to the season-ending Humpty’s Champions Cup in April. … Points are also on the line for the Pinty’s Cup, which is awarded to the overall season champions following the conclusion of the Players’ Championship.

Click to read at the Grand Slam of Curling Website.

Post last modified: Oct 26, 2018 @ 3:51 pm

From Little Rockers to World Champs, our Junior Instructional Program, starting Sunday, will get you started!

From Little Rockers right through to World Junior Champion Lauren Lenentine, the Cornwall Curling Club has a junior program for everyone!  Our Little Rock (age 6-7) and Novice (age 8-12) instructional programs start this Sunday, October 28, and it’s not too late to join – you can register when you arrive, or online at CornwallCurling.com/registration. The instructional curling program is divided into two sessions, before and after the Christmas break, and you can sign up for one or both. Junior curling wraps up just before March Break.

Schedule

Little Rockers go Sunday afternoons from 1-2.

Novice curl Sunday afternoons from 2 to 3, PLUS Tuesday from 5 to 6 pm

Junior team practice times: Please see the manager and book times for the season. Teams get two practice slots per week between 3:30 and either 5:30 or 6 pm Monday through Friday.

There is also a Saturday morning Under 16 junior team league, running selected dates. Teams from other clubs are welcome to join this league as well.

Our championship record last season
 
One of our U21 members last season, Lauren Lenentine, skipped a Cornwall team to our provincial championship and later joined the Kaitlyn Jones rink from Halifax for the Worlds last spring, with the team winning the World Championship. She is curling with them in Halifax this season, where they are in the playoffs of a Grand Slam of Curling event in Truro this weekend. In addition to the U21 girls’, Cornwall members were also the U13 B division winners, as well as the U16 and U18 boys and girls champions last season Cornwall junior member Lauren Ferguson was also one half of the provincial Mixed Doubles team. Three of the four finalist teams for the Canada Games, who will be playing off for the final boys and girls spots here in Cornwall in December are from Cornwall.

Left photo: Paula Ling helps out Little Rocker age curler (Craig Mackie Photo).
Right photo: Lauren Lenentine of Team Canada with her Gold Medal and the trophy from the World Junior Curling Championships

Membership rates

  • Little Rockers (ages 6-7): One session Oct-Dec or Jan-Mar $55. For both sessions: $95
  • Novice (8-12) & Juniors (13-20) $140 (two days per week)
  • Junior, plus one evening draw $250
  • Junior Development League (7 weeks) $40

Junior “walk on” fee (for non-members when space available) is $5 per game, HST included.

Locker Rentals (may be shared) are $30 for the season. There may be a waiting list.

Provincials

There are a number of Provincial Championships available for Junior curlers to compete in each season, in the Under 13, Under 16, Under 18 and Under 21 (Juniors) age categories. There is also a less competitive Jamboree Day with fun activities. The U13 teams can be any combination of male and female while the others have separate male and female divisions. Teams require a chaperone or coach for provincial competitions Visit PEICurling.com for specific requirements.and championship schedules. 

Helmet Policy

At the Cornwall Curling Curling Club anyone under 12, as well as everyone in the instructional program, is required to wear a helmet. Any helmet – bicycle, hockey, etc. is acceptable. 

Post last modified: Oct 26, 2018 @ 2:43 pm

Cornwall’s Lauren Lenentine and Team Kaitlyn Jones beat Rachel Homan to make the playoffs at Truro Grand Slam

The World Junior Champion Kaitlyn Jones rink from Nova Scotia, in the event on a sponsor’s exemption, scored two points in the last end of their final round-robin game today, beating the Rachel Homan team 6-5 to advance to the playoff round of the Canadian Beef Masters Grand Slam of Curling Event in Truro with a 3-1 win-loss record. Homan will also advance with an identical record. The Jones team includes Cornwall Curling Club member Lauren Lenentine at third stone.
 

Photo: Lauren Lenentine (left) and Lindsey Burgess sweeping Homan’s rock

Post last modified: Oct 26, 2018 @ 3:56 pm

Daytime Team League starts Wednesday – here is the draw

Here is the draw for the Cornwall Curling Club’s Wednesday Daytime Team League, sponsored by Lance “The Iceman” Lowther, with three games at 10 am, four at 12:30 pm, and one bye each week. Rosters will follow when finalized.

October 31, 2018
10:00 am
Ice 1. B Stuckey vs Vern Chowan
Ice 2. B Sutherland vs P Arsenault
Ice 3. D Kneabone vs G Cudmore
12:30 pm
Ice 1. C Sweetapple vs P Durant
Ice 2. L Callbeck vs S Hope
Ice 3. B Craswell vs R Biagé
Ice 4. D MacKay vs J Gill
Bye: Shirley Berry

November 7, 2018
10:00 am
Ice 1. L Callbeck vs S Berry
Ice 2. G Cudmore vs V Chowan
Ice 3. P Arsenault vs S Hope
12:30 pm
Ice 1. B Sutherland vs R Biagé
Ice 2. D Kneabone vs J Gill
Ice 3. B Stuckey vs P Durant
Ice 4. B Craswell vs C Sweetapple
Bye: Diane MacKay

November 14, 2018
10:00 am
Ice 1. B Stuckey vs B Craswell
Ice 2. R Biagé vs S Hope
Ice 3. V Chowan vs J Gill
12:30 pm
Ice 1. G Cudmore vs P Durant
Ice 2. P Arsenault vs S Berry
Ice 3. B Sutherland vs C Sweetapple
Ice 4. D Kneabone vs D MacKay
Bye: Lester Callbeck

November 21, 2018
10:00 am
Ice 1. P Arsenault vs L Callbeck
Ice 2. V Chowan vs D MacKay
Ice 3. R Biagé vs S Berry
12:30 pm
Ice 1. S Hope vs C Sweetapple
Ice 2. J Gill vs P Durant
Ice 3. G Cudmore vs B Craswell
Ice 4. B Sutherland vs B Stuckey
Bye: D Kneabone

November 28, 2018
10:00 am
Ice 1. G Cudmore vs B Sutherland
Ice 2. S Berry vs C Sweetapple
Ice 3. V Chowan vs D Kneabone
12:30 pm
Ice 1. J Gill vs B Craswell
Ice 2. R Biagé vs L Callbeck
Ice 3. S Hope vs B Stuckey
Ice 4. P Durant vs D MacKay
Bye: P Arsenault

December 5, 2018
10:00 am
Ice 1. R Biagé vs P Arsenault
Ice 2. D MacKay vs B Craswell
Ice 3. C Sweetapple vs L Callbeck
12:30 pm
Ice 1. S Berry vs B Stuckey
Ice 2. P Durant vs D Kneabone
Ice 3. J Gill vs B Sutherland
Ice 4. S Hope vs G Cudmore
Bye: Vern Chowan

December 12, 2018
10:00 am
Ice 1. J Gill vs S Hope
Ice 2. V Chowan vs P Durant
Ice 3. B Craswell vs D Kneabone
12:30 pm
Ice 1. D MacKay vs B Sutherland
Ice 2. C Sweetapple vs P Arsenault
Ice 3. S Berry vs G Cudmore
Ice 4. L Callbeck vs B Stuckey
Bye: Ray Biagé

December 19, 2018
10:00 am
Ice 1. R Biagé vs C Sweetapple
Ice 2. D Kneabone vs B Sutherland
Ice 3. B Stuckey vs P Arsenault
12:30 pm
Ice 1. L Callbeck vs G Cudmore
Ice 2. B Craswell vs V Chowan
Ice 3. D MacKay vs S Hope
Ice 4. S Berry vsJ Gill
Bye: Paul Durant

January 9, 2019
10:00 am
Ice 1. D Kneabone vs S Hope
Ice 2. P Arsenault vs G Cudmore
Ice 3. B Sutherland vs V Chowan
12:30pm
Ice 1. S Berry vs D MacKay
Ice 2. B Stuckey vs R Biagé
Ice 3. L Callbeck vs J Gill
Ice 4. B Craswell vs P Durant
Bye: Carol Sweetapple

January 16, 2019
10:00 am
Ice 1. B Stuckey vs C Sweetapple
Ice 2. V Chowan vs S Hope
Ice 3. G Cudmore vs R Biagé
12:30 pm
Ice 1. P Arsenault vs J Gill
Ice 2. B Sutherland vs P Durant
Ice 3. D Kneabone vs S Berry
Ice 4. L Callbeck vs D MacKay
Bye: Barry Craswell

January 23, 2019
10:00 am
Ice 1. D Kneabone vs L Callbeck
Ice 2. R Biagé vs J Gill
Ice 3. S Hope vs P Durant
12030 pm
Ice 1. V Chowan vs S Berry
Ice 2. G Cudmore vs C Sweetapple
Ice 3. P Arsenault vs D MacKay
Ice 4. B Craswell vs B Sutherland
Bye: Busher Stuckey

January 30, 2019
10:00 am
Ice 1. G Cudmore vs B Stuckey
Ice 2. S Berry vs P Durant
Ice 3. J Gill vs C Sweetapple
12:30 pm
Ice 1. D MacKay. R Biagé
Ice 2. S Hope vs B Craswell
Ice 3. V Chowan vs L Callbeck
Ice 4. P Arsenault vs D Kneabone
Bye: Bryan Sutherland

February 6, 2019
10:00 am
Ice 1. V Chowan vs P Arsenault
Ice 2. C Sweetapple vs D MacKay
Ice 3. S Berry vs B Craswell
12:30 pm
Ice 1. L Callbeck vs P Durant
Ice 2. J Gill vs B Stuckey
Ice 3. R Biagé vs D Kneabone
Ice 4. S Hope vs B Sutherland
Bye: G Cudmore

February 13, 2019
10:00 am
Ice 1. S Berry vs S Hope
Ice 2. B Stuckey vs D Kneabone
Ice 3. L Callbeck vs B Sutherland
12:30 pm
Ice 1. B Craswell vs P Arsenault
Ice 2. D MacKay vs G Cudmore
Ice 3. C Sweetapple vs V Chowan
Ice 4 P Durant vs R Biagé
Bye: Joe Gill

February 20, 2019
10:00 am
Ice 1. V Chowan vs R Biagé
Ice 2. B Craswell vs L Callbeck
Ice 3. D MacKay vs B Stuckey
12:30 pm
Ice 1. C Sweetapple vs D Kneabone
Ice 2. S Berry vs B Sutherland
Ice 3. P Durant vs P Arsenault
Ice 4. J Gill vs G Cudmore
Bye: Sandy Hope

Team Rosters

1. Shirley Berry, Janice Murdoch, Gloria Turner, Arleen Harris
2. Carol Sweetapple, Carlene Peters, Bernie Field, Helen Smith
3. Barry Craswell, Roy Coffin, Myrna Craswell, Myrna Sanderson
4. Lester Callbeck, Vince Fisher, Cliff Sentner, Dave O’Hanley
5. Busher Stuckey, Cecil Fraser, Irene Fraser, Linda Stuckey
6. Bryan Sutherland, Etta Reid, Elaine Hughes, Dick MacKinnon
7. Paul Arsenault, Ron Giggey, Alan Acorn, Edgar Coffin
8. Paul Durant, Eugene Murphy, Carolyn Crockett, Joanne Durant
9. Danny Kneabone, Karen Currie, Al MacCormac, Roger DesRoches, 
10. Garth Cudmore, Tom Dunn, Frank Weiler, Lloyd Pollard
11. Vern Chowan, Marg Stewart, Pat McCardle, Jean Anderson
12. Sandy Hope, Debbie Rhodenhiezer, Karen Hardy, Linda Fairhurst
13. Ray Biagé, Hélène LaPalme, Donald Weeks, Italo Marzari
14. Diane MacKay, Kimball Blanchard, Gary O’Sullivan, Don Steeves
15. Joe Gill, Archie MacKinnon, Ron Diamond, Doug Campbell

For spares, use bye team if possible.
Spare: Carrie Jones

Photo (L-R): Sponsor Lance “The Iceman” Lowther, Danny Kneabone and Roger DesRoches from last year’s winning team, organizers Paul and Joanne Durant

Post last modified: Nov 1, 2018 @ 3:21 pm

Check the Draws section of CornwallCurling.com or The Guardian page B2 to see when you curl

We’ve gone through one weekly draw cycle, and will no longer be sending out posts for each day’s draws, until there is a new draw. You can find the schedule for each draw in the Draws section of CornwallCurling.com, and the day’s draw schedule in the paper and e-edition of The Guardian that morning (Saturday for Sunday draw) as well, on Sports Page B2. Note that The Guardian do this as a courtesy, depending on space available. 

The full schedules are also posted on the individual draw boards near the women’s change room, and the day’s games are also on the board at the bar on the left side.

Post last modified: Oct 26, 2018 @ 12:37 pm

Kaitlyn Jones rink with Cornwall’s Lenentine now 2-1 at Truro Grand Slam, wraps up round robin vs. Homan at 11:30 am (GSOC)

 

TRURO, N.S. — Sweden’s Niklas Edin has flipped the script in the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling.

Niklas Edin shoots a stone during the ninth round-robin draw of the Canadian Beef Masters on Oct. 25, 2018, in Truro, N.S. (Anil Mungal)

After missing the playoffs at the season-opening Princess Auto Elite 10, as well as last year’s Humpty’s Champions Cup finale, Edin’s crew qualified for the quarterfinals at the Canadian Beef Masters.

The three-time GSOC title winners scored their third consecutive win to remain undefeated by beating Team Brad Jacobs of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., 8-2 during Thursday’s evening draw at Rath Eastlink Community Centre.

“It’s been two Slams in a row now, the Champions Cup last year and the Elite 10 we didn’t qualify, so we’re not used to that,” said Team Edin third Oskar Eriksson. “It’s good to bounce back here and sitting good right now going into the playoffs.”

While Team Edin climbed to a 3-0 record, Team Jacobs headed in the opposite direction to 0-3.


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Team Brad Gushue of St. John’s, NL {which includes PEI’s Brett Gallant], fought off the jet lag for another night to pull off a 5-2 victory over Winnipeg’s Team Reid Carruthers in a repeat of Princess Auto Elite 10 final. Gushue, who grabbed his 11th career GSOC title last month, arrived to the Canadian Beef Masters straight from competing at the China Open and is now up 2-0 while Carruthers sits at 2-1.

Reigning world champions Team Jennifer Jones of Winnipeg also made the trek halfway around the world from Chongqing and appear unfazed by fatigue, too, as they qualified for the playoffs.

“We’re actually surprisingly not bad,” Team J. Jones second Jocelyn Peterman said. “As soon as we got off the plane, we convinced ourselves that we were on Truro time, so it’s been good.”

Jones earned her third straight win of the Canadian Beef Masters defeating Scotland’s Team Eve Muirhead 5-3. Muirhead slipped to a 0-3 record.

Gushue and Jones are the defending Canadian Beef Masters champions capturing the titles a year ago in Lloydminster, Sask., with unblemished 7-0 records.

Team Tracy Fleury of East St. Paul, Man., wrapped up their round-robin set early with a 2-2 record and now have a day off to play the waiting game to determine where they land next. Fleury finished things off with a commanding 7-2 win over reigning world junior champions Team Kaitlyn Jones (2-1) of Halifax {which includes PEI’s Lauren Lenentine. The Kaitlyn Jones rink’s final round robin game is at 11:30 am against Team Rachel Homan.]

The Canadian Beef Masters is the second event and first major of the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling season with 15 of the top men’s teams and 15 of the top women’s teams from around the world. Divisions are split into three pools for round-robin play during the week with the top eight overall qualifying for Saturday’s quarterfinals. The semifinals and finals are set for Sunday.

Round-robin action continues Friday at 8 a.m. AT with broadcast coverage resuming at 11:30 a.m. AT on Sportsnet and online at Sportsnet NOW (Canada) and Yare (international).

NOTES: Winners take home $30,000 of the $250,000 total purse plus berths to the season-ending Humpty’s Champions Cup in April. … Points are also on the line for the Pinty’s Cup, which is awarded to the overall season champions following the conclusion of the Players’ Championship.

Click for the full story at the Grand Slam of Curling website.

Post last modified: Oct 26, 2018 @ 8:07 am

P.E.I. Curling Hall of Fame adds five members (Journal Pioneer)

Induction ceremony held at new home in O’Leary

O’LEARY (by Eric McCarthy)– As a member of the Maple Leaf Curling Club from the time the sports facility opened in 1978, this year’s P.E.I. Curling Hall of Fame induction ceremony was a double honour for O’Leary’s Clair Sweet.

 

The 2018 P.E.I. Curling Hall of Fame inductees, from left, Derek MacEwen, Susan McInnis, Cliff Poirier, Ernie Stavert and Clair Sweet pose beside their portraits. This year’s induction took place recently at the Hall of Fame’s new permanent home, the Maple Leaf Curling Club in O’Leary. – Eric McCarthy

His home club is now the permanent home for the Hall of Fame. Portraits of all Hall of Fame members are displayed in the club’s main entrance and at the top of the stairs.
“We’re pleased,” said Sweet, the club’s past president. “It’s going to add to our entry way. It’s a nice addition to our club as well as giving them a home for pictures at this time.”

Second member

Sweet is the second member of the Maple Leaf Curling Club to be named to the Hall of Fame.  
Sweet, Ernie Stavert, Derek MacEwen and Cliff Poirier were enshrined in the builder category, and Cornwall curler Susan McInnis joined in the “curler” category.

Eight-time women’s champion
McInnis, who has curled on eight P.E.I. women’s curling championship teams, six provincial mixed championship teams and one senior women’s championship teams between 1989 and 2016, said she is truly honoured to be inducted.
“I truly love the sport, and I am so thankful for everything it has given me,” she told a who’s-who of P.E.I. curling.

Internet age
MacEwen is credited with bringing the sport of curling into the Internet age, having built the website to post results from the 2000 Tankard at the Cornwall Curling Club. He’s been keeping curling fans updated on curling activities at the club and at provincial competitions across P.E.I. ever since.

Long involvement
Stavert has been involved with curling for close to 60 years, having played on natural ice the year the Crapaud Curling Club opened and having been part of the committee that led to the opening of the Cornwall Curling Club.
He pioneered stick curing in the province about 15 years ago, and has been part of its growth across P.E.I.

Recognized official
Poirier is a long-time recreational curler, who has become one of the most recognized officials for the sport in Prince Edward Island.

Click for the full story, including more information on all five inductees, in the Journal Pioneer.

Post last modified: Oct 25, 2018 @ 5:17 pm

Kaitlyn Jones team with Cornwall’s Lenentine wins again; J. Jones, Gushue win in extra ends at Truro Masters (GSOC)

(by Jonathan Brazeau) TRURO, N.S. — There’s no rest for the world’s best with Team Jennifer Jones and Team Brad Gushue arriving at the Canadian Beef Masters straight from playing in last weekend’s China Open.

Jet lag? What jet lag? Both teams managed to open their title defences in the win column Wednesday night although both needed extra ends to secure their victories with identical 7-6 scores.

“I’m feeling great, actually,” a chipper Jones said following the match. “We had a great flight over and had a ton of fun over there. We feel pretty good, all things considered.”

 

Jennifer Jones shoots a stone during the fifth draw of round-robin play at the Canadian Beef Masters on Oct. 24, 2018, in Truro, N.S. (Anil Mungal)

The reigning world women’s champions Team Jones slipped past Team Darcy Robertson in an all-Winnipeg club battle while the back-to-back Brier winners Team Gushue, from St. John’s, N.L., got by Team Matt Dunstone from Regina.

“It’s pretty big,” Jones said. “Obviously, we flew in a little bit late. Just to get that W under our belts, we didn’t start out well so pretty proud with how we found a way to grind that one out.”

Team Jones lead Dawn McEwen did not make the trip to China as former second Jill Officer, who stepped back into an alternate role after last season, filled in and assisted in capturing the bronze medal.

“It was nice to have Jilly out there,” Jones said. “We made her sweep every single rock, I think, because it was super heavy in China. It was a ton of fun and like I’ve said, I knew she was going to retire but she’ll always be a part of our team in some way.”

Jones had a bit of a rough start against her provincial rival with Robertson scoring a deuce in the first and stealing one in the second to jump out to an early 3-0 advantage. The nine-time Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling title winner Jones was forced to a single in the third and Robertson replied with a point in the fourth to re-establish the three-point gap.

That’s when Jones found her groove with a deuce in the fifth followed by steals of two in the sixth and one in the seventh to lead 6-4 coming home. Robertson (1-1) held the hammer for the eighth end and looked like she had a shot for the win but rolled too far and only counted two.

Still, that forced OT but Jones made no mistake on her last with an open hit.

“They’re a tough team and it usually comes down to the wire,” said Jones, who defeated Robertson in last season’s Manitoba Scotties final. “Thankfully, we had the last one in the extra.”

 

.@TeamJJonesCurl hits for the win in the extra end to edge @teamdrobertson 7-6.

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Gushue, who finished second in China, was a magician to pull off his victory crediting it all to “smoke and mirrors.”

“I’m not really tired, I’m kind of in a fog, to be honest,” said Gushue, who won his 11th Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling title last month at the Princess Auto Elite 10. “It just doesn’t feel comfortable. I was pretty tired at the start of the game and I got better as it went on.

“I don’t know if I’m going to be able to sleep now tonight. Our clocks are all out of whack, that’s for sure. Hopefully, we can adjust over the next couple days and get some regular rest and stuff like that, so we’ll see.”

Gushue forced Dunstone (0-2) to a single in the first and scored a deuce in the second to grab a short-lived 2-1 lead. Dunstone responded by potting a pair of his own in the third and stole one in the fourth to go up 4-2.

After alternating singles in five and six, Gushue got ahold of the lead again tapping for a trey in the seventh.

“We made a lot of shots,” Gushue said. “I think I made a wrong call on [third Mark Nichols’] first one. We should have played a double. We tried to roll and Mark made it good but I wanted to play the double and I second-guessed myself. It looked like we may just get away with a two there but I made a really good runback on my first one and then laid three …

“To get the lead back, it kind of put the momentum on our side. If we only get two there, they have hammer in the last end [tied] and probably going to win. To get that third point, it was huge.”

Dunstone was limited to just an equalizing single in eight to knot it up and require bonus curling. Gushue avoided having to make the hero shot for the win as Dunstone hit and rolled too far with his final rock.

“For six ends, it was a little foggy out there,” Gushue said. “I thought we played pretty good in the seventh, eighth and ninth ends. Fortunately, I didn’t have to throw the last one in the extra, which is always nice.”

Team Gushue and Team Jones posted perfect 7-0 records to win the Masters titles last year in Lloydminster, Sask.

Elsewhere in Draw 5 action, Ottawa’s Team Rachel Homan moved up to a 2-0 record with, what else, an 8-7 extra-end victory over Team Silvana Tirinzoni of Switzerland. Tirinzoni, who finished runner-up at the Princess Auto Elite 10, fell to a 0-2 record.

.@TeamHoman hits & sticks for the 8-7 extra-end win over @TeamTirinzoni.

World junior champions Team Kaitlyn Jones (2-0) picked up another stunning victory scoring three in the eighth end to upset Team Kerri Einarson, the World Curling Tour’s year-to-date No. 1 club, 6-5. Einarson, from Gimli, Man., went even on the day at 1-1.

The only game that ended early saw Team John Shuster of the U.S. trump Team Jason Gunnlaugson of Morris, Man., 8-1 in five ends. Shuster improved to a 2-0 record while Gunnlaugson is now down to 0-2.

The Canadian Beef Masters is the second event and first major of the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling season with 15 of the top men’s teams and 15 of the top women’s teams from around the world. Divisions are split into three pools for round-robin play during the week with the top eight overall qualifying for Saturday’s quarterfinals. The semifinals and finals are set for Sunday.

Round-robin action resumes Thursday at 8 a.m. AT with broadcast coverage beginning at 11:30 a.m. AT on Sportsnet and online at Sportsnet NOW (Canada) and Yare (global).

NOTES: Winners take home $30,000 of the $250,000 total purse plus berths to the season-ending Humpty’s Champions Cup in April. … Points are also on the line for the Pinty’s Cup, which is awarded to the overall season champions following the conclusion of the Players’ Championship.

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Beat the Buzzer! A few simple tips to speed up your game

The Cornwall Curling Club, like most curling facilities, tightly schedules its draws so that curlers don’t have to curl late at night, or right after work. Because of this, we allocate 15 minutes per end of curling, or 2 hours for a normal eight-end draw. In order to ensure that this happens, we ring a buzzer 15 minutes before the end of the allotted time slot. At that time, we ask you to finish up the end you are on, and then take the rocks back to the home end if necessary. In other words, you have to be in the hack throwing your first rock in your last end by 15 minutes before the end of the allotted timeslot in order to get all the ends in. In order to keep things fair, we do this on the late evening draw as well as the early draw, to ensure that everyone is treated equally and you aren’t here too late at night. Whenever possible — i.e. there is a bartender on duty — the Board of Directors has voted to use the buzzer for all draws.

Here are some tips to help you get eight ends in:

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