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The Goldline and Continental Cup

It's the time of the year for the biggest event in the City of Toronto, as the TCA hosts the 117th Annual Toronto Men's Bonspiel, dubbed the Goldline TCA Men's. Goldine is honoured to be involved in such a prestigious event, the biggest event in Toronto.

Play continues through Sunday in the Open, Seniors and Senators divisions, and the Main event is drawing to a conclusion. Tonight's Quarterfinals in the Open event have Steve McKerihen of High Park taking on Brent Swain of Brent Swain of Richmond Hill, Tom Dearie of High Park against John Leermakers of Dixie, Mike Maddin of Richmond Hill against Brian Jackson of Bayview and The Dominion Club Championship runners up Greg Balsdon of Richmond Hill taking on John Bell of Unionville.

The Seniors and Senators events are down to the Semifinals, with Elgin Horton of St. George's facing Garry McCullough of Thornhill and Brian Roblin of Scarborough facing Art Leganchuk of Bayview in the Seniors. Ron Barnes of Oakville takes on George Aubrey of Weston and Mike Shields of York plays on Ross Baker of Unionville in the Senators section.

Play continues through Saturday, with the Seniors and Mens Finals on RogersTV at 2pm and 5pm respectively. Coverage by Olympic Silver Medalist and Broadcast personality Mike Harris.

After a severe thrashing at last year's World Financial Group Continental Cup in St. Albert, the leaders of the World side have instituted a no drinking rule for the entire event. It will be interesting to see how this turns out, but the sport has tended in this direction in Europe, so this shouldn't be a big adjustment for the teams.

Squads like Team Edin and Norberg of Sweden, Muirhead and Brewster out of Scotland and Wang of China and Ulsrud of Norway are all high-level funded Olympic athletes who are restricted from drinking often during competition.  This is just an extension of this and the approach the World is taking shows how this event ranks in the importance of the curling schedule for these teams.

Looks like Team Muirhead is following the rules, as they're consuming "dry" drinks at the Opening banquet, seated with Team Howard.

Play began today, with the first women's matches on the ice at 8:30 Pacific time in Langley, BC.  Looking forward to a great weekend of curling action on TSN!

Some Quick Hitters:

Alberta SUBWAY Junior Championships begin this week, with official coverage on CurlingZone, as Men's and Women's teams play for respective berths into the Canadian Juniors in Napanee.  Follow the Scores here, and the blog coverage of the event at The Curling Report.

More on The Dominion becoming the official title sponsor of the TSN Skins Game.

Showing more growth of the sport, Oklahoma City Curling Club is offering a Learn to Curl, a four week session to teach new players the game.

Another great followup story from Al Cameron on the Scotties Alberta Southerns, he really does a great job following the stories and this time touches on Heather Jensen's move to throwing skip stones for Glenys Bakker and their run to qualify for the Alberta Scotties.

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