It has been another busy two weeks for the high performance teams in Canada, all of whom are trying to perfect their game before heading into their provincial playdowns in the new year.
The first weekend of November turned out to be a very successful one for our Goldline Ambassadors. In Kemptville, Rachel Homan and her Ottawa squad won the title at the Royal Lepage OVCA Women’s Fall Classic for a second consecutive year. This win moved Rachel’s team into fifth place in the CTRS (Canadian Team Ranking System) standings. Congratulations!
And the winning did not stop there. In a strong field of 32 teams, Chelsea Carey and her team came out as the champions at the Red Deer Curling Classic. With this win, Chelsea’s team moved into 9th spot in the CTRS standings. Congratulations to Chelsea, Kristy, Kristen and Lindsay on their excellent play!
This past weekend, the men were playing in Swan River, Manitoba, in the White’s Drug Store Classic. The teams skipped by Kevin Martin and Jim Cotter advanced to the playoff round; good work gentlemen!
The key women’s event was the Colonial Square Ladies Classic, in Saskatoon, with a field of 48 teams! Our Goldline ambassadors fared extremely well. Teams Kleibrink, Homan and Carey all made it into the playoff round. Chelsea Carey defeated Rachel Homan in one of the semi-final games and played strongly in the final but ultimately came a couple of shots short in the final, losing to Stefanie Lawton. Teams Homan and Carey have had an exceptional start to the year and have to be considered serious contenders for Scotties berths. Congratulations to all our Goldline ambassadors for an excellent showing in Saskatoon.
There is lots more curling in the weeks ahead, with the key event being the first of the Grand Slam series, The Masters of Curling, in Brantford, Ontario. This event will run from November 14-18 and features 34 teams in each of the men’s and women’s fields. Ontario curling fans – head on out to Brantford to catch some great curling action!