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Playdowns, Playdowns, Playdowns!

Many Junior Playdowns are now underway, with teams looking to qualify for the M&M Meats Shop Junior Nationals in Napanee, Ontario at the end of the month.

In Manitoba, Joey Witherspoon looks to the be favourite on the Men's side, while the cursed and blessed Alyssa Vandepoele hopes to overcome several previous finals losses to reach their first national championship. Manitoba's reps are always strong and both favourites have already shown their strength in the adult game.

In New Brunswick, Sackville rink Andrew Trites is shooting for a berth in the Junior Nationals, games beginning on January 5th.

Nanaimo's Kesa Van Osch and Victoria's Josh Hozack are headed to Napanee after winning the BC Junior Provincials.

In Ontario, the Pepsi Juniors begin Wednesday in Russell and curling takes priority for Napanee native Scott Chadwick as he attempts to represent Ontario in his hometown.

More Juniors news to come as the week unfolds and the winners and not so lucky are sorted out...

In the Men's Tankard ranks, Ontario Regionals go this weekend, with several Annandale curling connections. Play begins Saturday at Rideau, Granite Club in Toronto, Meaford and Brantford as 8 teams look for berths into The Dominion Tankard in Stratford. Glenn Howard waits as reigning champion, and two additional spots will be added in three weeks during the Challenge Round play.

Some Quick Hitters:

The Portage Curling Club looks back positively on last season, after a successful 2011 season highlighted by the Canad Inns Prairie Classic. World Curling Tour officials report the event has re-upped for 2012 on October 19-22.

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The Code of Ethics of curling is integral to the growth of the game, a great thought around Christmas time as curling looks to attract more youth to the game.

English Curler Angharad Ward selected to the Great Britain squad for the Youth Olympics in Austria, a rare move considering you've really only seen the sport played by the Scottish. Could you imagine the Scottish and English having to get along on the curling ice?

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