Hold onto your hats, it's going to be a roller coaster of a ride for the next few months! It is hard to believe that in just eight weeks time, Canada will have declared its representatives for the women's world curling championships in Riga, Latvia and men's Victoria, British Columbia (men).It is only mid-January but we have already seen a lot of action out on the ice. Kicking off the year was the Mercure Perth Masters, which was played in Perth, Scotland, from January 3 – 6. One of the two semi-finals was an all-Goldline affair – sadly, both teams could not win. In the end, the Norwegian squad skipped by Thomas Ulsrud won out over team Gushue. Team Ulsrud then moved on to defeat Mike McEwen in the final. Congratulations to the Gushue and Ulsrud teams for their outstanding play!
Closer to home, it was a very happy new year for our Ontario-based ambassadors. Goldline extends congratulations to the teams skipped by Rachel Homan and Rob Rumfeldt who both emerged victorious in their regional playdowns and thus qualified for their respective provincial finals.
Last week, the Continental Cup was played in Penticton, B.C. Team North America regained the Cup with a decisive victory over team world. Congratulations are extended to all the Goldline ambassadors who took part in this event: teams Martin, Muirhead and Ulsrud.
Over in Bern, Switzerland, the Bernese Ladies Cup was contested from January 11-13. This featured a top notch field of 32 women’s teams. Shannon Kleibrink and Crystal Webster didn’t have their best outing, but we’re happy to report that the team skipped by Erika Brown, which includes Goldline distributor Debbie McCormick, took 3rd place in the event; congratulations are extended to the team!
Also kicking off this past week was the Strathcona Cup. Goldline is proud to be a sponsor of this terrific event which sees 60 Scottish curlers play against Canadian teams across the country. Games began Thursday January 10 and the festivities wrap up at Burlington Golf and Country Club on January 31.
For curlers in the greater Toronto area, the men’s Goldline began play this past Saturday. Nearly 300 teams entered in the open, seniors and senators divisions. We’ll provide photos of our city-wide champions in the next edition of our newsletter.
And, when we next go to press, much of the field for the women’s Scotties Tournament of Hearts will have been determined. Goldline wishes all of its ambassadors – teams skipped by Rachel Homan, Chelsea Carey, Crystal Webster, and Shannon Kleibrink - the best of luck in their upcoming provincial playdowns.