QUEBEC WINS CANADIAN MIXED; MANITOBA 5W-5L

Quebec’s Jean-Michel Menard and his team will represent Canada at the next World Mixed Championship after winning the Canadian Mixed in Canmore, AB. Quebec defeated Ontario’s Michael McLean 5-4 in the final.

In the semi-finals, Quebec had beaten NWT’s Jamie Koe team 6-4 while Ontario was a 6-5 winner over New Brunswick’s James Grattan team. Koe beat Grattan 8-3 for the Bronze Medal.

Koe finsihed the championship round with a 9W-1L record while McLean, Grattan and Meanrd all had 7W-3L records.

Alex Forrest and his Manitoba team completed play with an even 5W-5L record. Having finished the first round of play at 3W-3L, they needed a sweep of the four championship pool games but lost to both Ontario and New Brunswick in those cross-over games against teams who played the first round in the other first-round pool.

(November 10) TEAM MANITOBA INTO CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND AT CANADIAN MIXED …. Manitoba’s Alex Forrest Team finished the opening round of play at the Canadian Mixed in Canmore, AB with a 3W-3L record, just good enough to advance to the championship round.

Curling Canada Photo: Team Manitoba in Canmore (l-r) Alex Forrest, Brandi Forrest, Tyler Forrest, Darcy Forrest

Team Forrest will have to go unbeaten in their next four games to have any real hope of moving on to the 4-team Page Playoff round. Four teams moved forward with 5W-1L record, three had 4W-2L records, and Manitoba’s Forrest is the eighth ranked team at 3W-3L.

In this second round of play, teams cross over and play the four teams from the other pool – with wins and losses added to the record brought forward.

Manitoba has already played three of the 5W-1L teams: Northern Ontario, Quebec, and Northwest Territories. So the hope for advancement depends on Manitoba going unbeaten against the four cross-over teams while the three all dominate, allowing Alex Forrest and his team to take the fourth and final playoff spot.

First up is Ontario who also have a 5W-1L record. That game is scheduled for 3PM (CST) today. Games at 8PM today and 3PM & 8PM Friday against Saskatchewan, BC, and New Brunswick. All three advanced with 4W-2L records.

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