Curling Calendar Update – October 16, 2013
Another two weeks have gone by and the action is heating up as teams continueto gear up in preparation for Olympic playdowns and the Olympics themselves.
From October 3-6, a large field of 40 men’s teams gathered in Basel, Switzerland, to play for the Swiss Cup Basel. A huge congratulations goes out to Goldline Ambassadors team Ulsrud, from Norway, who won the championship title! Well done!
Closer to home, 32 women’s teams and 16 men’s teams made up the field for the Prestige Hotels and Resorts Curling Classic in Vernon, B.C., from October 4-7. The 2013 world curling championship team (and Goldline ambassadors) skipped by Eve Muirhead battled through the C-side of the draw to make it to the quarterfinals, where they were defeated by the ultimate champion, team Wang from China. On the men’s side of the draw, we congratulate team Morris on advancing to the semi-final round of play.
Thanksgiving weekend was an exceptionally busy one with action spread out across the country.
In Toronto, High Park Club played host to the Stu Sells Tankard. Brad Gushue and his team mates played well and made it into the quarter-final round, where they were defeated by team Howard, the ultimate winners of the event. Team Gushue has been playing well this season, and has to be considered a threat at the Road to the Roar coming up in November.
In Calgary, 32 of the strongest women’s teams in the world made up the draw of the Curlers Corner Autumn Gold Curling Classic. Team Muirhead, from Scotland, played strongly all weekend, beating the team skipped by Rachel Homan (another great Goldline ambassador) in the semi-finals before beating team Wang from China in the championship game. Congratulations to Eve and the entire team! Here’s a link to the story in the Calgary Herald about Eve’s impressive win.
Last but not least, the Direct Horizontal Drilling Fall Classic featured 24 men’s teams. Goldline ambassadors featured prominently in the playoffs. The team skipped by Brock Virtue defeated team Steve Laycock in the semi-final round to advance to the final. When the dust had settled, Kevin Martin and his team stole a point in the extra end to claim the title. Congratulations to all of our ambassadors for their fine play! Click here to read Norm Cowley’s blog in the Edmonton Journal regarding the event.
Next major event up on the calendar: the Canad Inns Prairie Classic