For years, the Grand Slam of Curling has been one of the most popular events for curling fans around the world. The curling community was elated when, in August of this year, it was announced that Rogers Sportsnet had acquired the rights to the Grand Slam.
The Masters of Curling, the first of the Slam series, took place in Brantford, Ontario, from November 14-18. Our Goldline ambassadors did us proud! On the men’s side, teams Martin and Laycock made it through to the semi-final round of play. The team skipped by Jim Cotter made it into the final, before losing to Kevin Koe. Congratulations to Jim and his team on their runner-up finish.
On the women’s side of the draw, Eve Muirhead and her Scottish team beat Shannon Kleibrink in the quarter-finals but then lost to Rachel Homan in the semis. In the end, it was an all-Goldline final, with two of the strongest teams this season facing off for the crown. Rachel Homan and her team emerged as the winners, defeating the Chelsea Carey squad in the final game. The win put the Homan team at the top of the CTRS standings with the Carey squad now in fifth place. Our sincerest congratulations to both teams on this outstanding result!
The next installment of the Grand Slam series will be The Canadian Open, which runs from December 12-16, in Kelowna, British Columbia. After that, it’s The National in Port Hawksbury from January 23-27. And, for curling fans in the greater Toronto area, The Players Championship will be landing down at the Mattamy Recreation Centre (a part of the former Maple Leaf Gardens) from April 16-21, 2013.
This past week saw most of the high performance teams take a break, as they rest up for the Canada Cup which starts this Wednesday in Moose Jaw. But there was still lots of great curling action in Canada, as two key events played out on the national curling scene.
Mont-Royal, Quebec, played host to the Canadian Mixed Curling Championship. In the end, Ontario emerged with the title, beating Nova Scotia in the final game.
The Dominion Curling Club Championship was the second key national championship played this week. This is an event like no other. It is the only national event we know of that has teams from all 10 provinces and all 3 territories, as well as a separate entry for Northern Ontario on both the men’s and women’s side of the draw. The Scarboro Golf & Country Club, celebrating its 100th anniversary, played host to 112 players and their families all week. The Dominion General Insurance Company is to be congratulated on its outstanding support of the sport of curling across this country. The finals were played on Saturday with team Ontario winning the women’s crown, and team Alberta winning the men’s title. As fate would have it, there is a Goldline connection in this story: the vice of the Ontario women’s squad is a Goldline distributor in Belleville! Sheri-Lynn Collyer and her husband operate Quinte Curling Supplies so if you’re in the Belleville area, be sure to drop in and congratulate Sheri-Lynn on the team’s success.
As mentioned above, the Canada Cup starts this week. TSN will be providing television coverage of all 7 draws as well as the semi-finals and finals. The top seven men’s and women’s teams will be battling out on the ice, with the winner getting a coveted spot in the Olympic trials in Winnipeg in December 2013. Enjoy!!!