THIRD MANITOBA SENIOR MEN’S TITLE FOR TEAM NEUFELD

(5PM: Tuesday, Nov. 9) CurlManitoba Release Randy Neufeld and his La Salle team of Dean Moxham, Peter Nicholls, and Dale Michie have won their third Strathcona Trust Manitoba Senior Men’s Championship.

The team was the Manitoba Senior Champion team in 2015 and 2016 as well as winning the 2016 World Seniors Silver Medal.

The Neufeld foursome defeated CurlManitoba President Ray Baker and his Dauphin team of Jason Yates, Dwight Bottrell, Terry Gudmundson 7-4 in the Tuesday afternoon final at Pembina. It was one of the few times in Manitoba’s long curling history that a sitting president had an opportunity to win a Manitoba championship during his term.

Baker started strong, playing a split on the first end to roll a rock onto the rings along with his shooter to count a pair. However Neufeld scored two on the second and stole two on the third to lead 4-2 and take control of the game. Baker made a dramatic triple kill with his last rock of the seventh but still left Neufeld with a draw for two and a 7-4 lead coming home. Baker ran out of rocks coming home.

The two finalist teams took identical routes to the final game. Both qualified undefeated through the “A” event in the triple knock-out competition and both defeated the “B” qualifiers in the semi-finals; Neufeld beat Dave Boehmer (Granite) and Baker beat Richard Muntain (Granite). Boehmer and Muntain had defeated the “C” qualifiers in the quarterfinals; Boehmer beat Rob Atkins (East St. Paul) and Muntain beat Bill Menzies (Granite).

Neufeld and his champions will have the opportunity to represent Manitoba at the Everest Canadian Senior Championships December 6-11 in Sault Ste. Marie.

With the third Seniors title, Team Neufeld joins Dave Boehmer, Kelly Robertson, and Lloyd Gunnlaugson teams as three time champions with the same team. Barry Fry also won three but with different teams and Gunnlaugson actually won a fourth, with a slightly changed team.

(1PM: Tuesday, Nov. 9) BAKER-NEUFELD TO MEET IN SENIOR MEN’S FINAL ….. Former champion Randy Neufeld, looking to advance along the pathway to another opportunity to play in the Canadian and maybe the Senior Worlds, will play Ray Baker, looking for his first CurlManitoba championship in the final game of the Strathcona Trust Manitoba Senior Men’s Championship,

Neufeld reached the final with a 7-3 semi-final win over Dave Boehmer, a game that was tied 2-2 playing the fourth end. Neufeld had the hammer. Boehmer had given him a centre line miss in the front eight foot on the second end to steal a point. Neufeld left him the same shot and drew to the side behind the tee-line leaving a ‘tease-double’. Boehmer made the hit but rolled out and Neufeld had his draw for 2 and a 4-2 lead.

On end five, Boehmer was good on a hit facing three and stuck in the four foot for a single point but gave Neufeld a miss on the sixth end to allow a draw for two and a 6-3 lead.

Down three playing the eight end, Boehmer had to score but in the end Neufeld left him nothing but an angle raise takeout with his first target a rock just 6-8 inches over the hogline. Another steal of one ended the game at 7-3.

Baker and his Dauphin team defeated Richard Muntain in a match which was also close for the first half. On the fourth end, down 2-1 without last rock, Muntain’s last rock draw to bite the button behind cover forced Baker to attempt a draw which bit the four foot but gave up a steal of one for a 2-2 tie.

On end five, Muntain’s double raise takeout attempt had a fortunate result as he rolled off the second shot stone to lie one, almost buried on the four foot. Baker’s tapback got past a guard but overcurled and rubbed his own before contacting the shot stone and he rolled away to count only one and lead 3-2.

On the sixth, Baker established an early rock almost biting the back of the button. When Muntain got second shot in the front four foot, Baker and his team played guard after guard as Muntain removed them. Baker’s last shot guard was good enough to force Muntain to play past it to tap his own back but he rubbed the guard to give up a steal and trailed 4-2.

A Baker double kill on the seventh, left Muntain a possible double for two but he got only one and gave up another steal to trail 5-2. The eighth was played mostly in the four foot and Baker ended the game with a double kill that would be called routine in the second end but pressure-packed in the eighth.

Anything but routine – Baker throwing red had to kill the two yellow stones

The final is scheduled for 2PM at Pembina.

(9PM: Monday, Nov. 8) BAKER-MUNTAIN, BOEHMER-NEUFELD SEMI-FINALS …The final four in CurlManitoba’s Strathcona Trust Senior Men’s championship are Dauphin’s Ray Baker team, La Salle’s Randy Neufeld and his former Canadian Champion-World Senior Silver Medalist team, three-time reigning Manitoba senior champion skip Dave Boehmer and his new Granite foursome, and Richard Muntain also of Granite.

AJ Girardin & Al Purdy prepare to sweep a Richard Muntain stone

Baker and Neufeld won the “A” Event playoff spots and earned byes to Tuesday 10AM semi-finals.

Muntain and Boehmer were the “B” Event qualifiers. They won both won quarter-final games Monday evening to advance. Boehmer eliminated Rob Atkins (East St. Paul) while Muntain beat Bill Menzies (Granite).

In the semi-final games, Baker plays Muntain and Neufeld plays Boehmer. The final game at Pembina is scheduled for 2PM.

(11PM: Sunday, Nov. 7) BAKER-NEUFELD ADVANCE TO TUESDAY PLAYOFFS …… Ray Baker faced three on the seventh end in his Sunday afternoon game against three-time champion Dave Boehmer, one of them biting the button. Baker threw an out-turn draw to the button for a 3-2 lead coming home.

The Dauphin team was able to build a wall of stones in the front eight foot circle as wide as the four foot and Boehmer`s last rock attempt to go around them with a wide in-turn draw to the four foot overcurled, giving Team Baker a steal and a 5-2 win. They advance to the semi-final to be played Tuesday morning at 10AM.

Randy Neufeld`s win over Richard Muntain had an equally close first half. The game was tied 2-2 after four ends. On the fifth end, a Muntain attempt at a very thin double moved both rocks but kiilled only one and left Neufeld a draw for a deuce and a 4-2 lead. Neufeld stole two more on end six to lead 6-2, gave back two to lead 6-4 coming home, and ran Muntain out of rocks coming home. Team Neufeld also advances to the Tuesday semi-final.

Boehmer bounced back on the late draw to beat Neil Okumura 10-1 and Muntain also bounced back to beat Mark Franklin 8-3 as both qualified for the quarter-finals. The final two playoff teams will be determined Monday.

(Saturday, Nov. 6) BAKER-BOEHMER, NEUFELD-MUNTAIN TO PLAY FOR FIRST PLAYOFF SPOTS …. The first playoff spots in the Strathcona Trust Senior Men’s Championship will be awarded Sunday at 12:30PM when Ray Baker takes on three-tine champion Dave Boehmer and former champion, and World Silver Medalist, Randy Neufeld plays Richard Muntain.

Baker advanced with a Saturday afternoon win over Bill Menzies while Boehmer defeated Mark Franklin, Neufeld was a winner over Neil Okumura, and Muntain beat Mike Mahon.

The “B” event qualifying games willtake place at 7:30PM Sunday and the “C” Event Q-Games are set for 2PM Monday. First round of Senior Men’s playoffs is 7PM Monday with the final at 2PM Tuesday.

(Noon: Friday, Nov. 5) VAN KOMMER WINS BATTLE OF CURLMANITOBA PAST_PRESIDENTS…..Rob Van Kommer, skipping the Dean Smith-Carberry team, took on Thompson’s Sam Antila on the opening draw of the Strathcona Senior Men’s Championship at Pembina.

The two former CurlManitoba Past-Presidents were tied 3-3 coming home but Van Kommer had the advantage and the Carberry team put a deuce on the scoreboard for their first win in the triple knock-out event.

It must have been home-ice advantage for Pembina’s Howard Doerksen who trailed Barry Mandryk (Fort Rouge) 5-2 coming home but scored four for a 6-5 win.

And CurlManitoba President Ray Baker and his Dauphin team had the same 5-2 lead coming home but they were able to mark that up as the final score in their first win over Derek Dowsett (Stonewall).

All three games were extra-series games so the winners have advanced to even in the draw with the other 13 teams. The losers drop to the B Event.

Link’s East St. Paul Team Wins 2021 Senior Women’s Curling Title

CurlManitoba Release (5PM: Monday, Nov. 8) Kim Link and her East St. Paul teammates Colleen Kilgallen, Karen Fallis, Renee Fletcher, and fifth Lynn Fallis -Kurz have won the 2021 CurlManitoba Senior Women’s Championship.

CurlManitoba Photo: (l-r) Kim Link, Colleen Kilgallen, Karen Fallis, Renee Fletcher, Lynn Fallis-Kurz

Link, who won her third Manitoba Senior Women’s title, defeated Norma Purdy of St. Vital (Patti Ulrich, Marlene Lang, Gwen Wooley and fifth Nicole Goshawk) 7-4 Monday afternoon at Pembina.

Leading 6-4 playing the seventh end, Link was able to get a rock behind cover in the four foot, forcing Purdy to draw full to the four foot circle. The draw was just heavy and Link stole a point to lead 7-4 coming home. Link ended the game with a double kill on her first rock of that eighth end.

Link had earned the triple knockout event’s “A” playoff spot and a bye to the final. Her three preliminary round games were all victories over former champions; Sandra Cowling, Maureen Bonar, and Laurie Deprez.

Purdy qualified for the playoffs through the last-chance “C” event and played Maureen Bonar’s Charleswood team, which was skipped by Joelle Brown, in the semi-final. Purdy had lost two previous games during the championship to the Bonar team but it was third time lucky as the St. Vital foursome scored a 7-5 victory to advance to the final game.

Link previously skipped the Manitoba Senior Women’s champions in 2015 and 2018. She was joined both times by second Karen Fallis, who threw third on each of the earlier champion teams. This year’s lead Renee Fletcher and fifth Lynn Fallis-Kurz were members of the 2018 team.

For third Colleen Kilgallen, the 2021 championship is her first Manitoba curling title.

The champions will have the opportunity to represent Manitoba at the Everest Canadian Senior Championships December 6-11 in Sault Ste. Marie.

(1PM: Monday, Nov. 8) LINK TO PLAY PURDY IN MANITOBA SENIOR WOMEN’S FINAL….Norma Purdy and her St. Vital team have won the semi-final game of the CurlManitoba Senior Ladies Championship underway at Pembina, defeating the Maureen Bonar team (skipped by Joelle Brown) 7-4 on the morning draw.

Gwen Wooley (l) and Marlene Lang were ready to sweep the Norma Purdy stone, if needed.

Purdy led by three coming home but faced three when she went to the hack to deliver her final rock. A double kill left a steal of one.

It was a Purdy shot on the first end that may have changed the tone of the game. Facing two, without last rock, Purdy hit and rolled behind a corner guard. Brown attempted a tap to remove it but just rubbed the Purdy rock and gave up a steal instead of a possible score of two.

The game was tied 2-2 when the next big break came. Purdy, with hammer on the fifth, drew her first rock to backing behind cover and when Brown could not follow, Purdy had a draw for two and a 4-2 lead. Purdy stole three more on the sixth. Brown took two on the seventh to set up the three down, need to steal scenario which almost worked out.

The Purdy team will play Kim Link and her East St. Paul team in the final game at 2PM.

(11PM: Sunday, Nov 7) PURDY-BONAR SEMI-FINAL, WINNER PLAYS LINK……Sunday was a tough day for former champion Laurie Deprez and her Stonewall team at the Manitoba Senior Women’s Championship at Pembina. Team Deprez had lost the “A” qualifying game Saturday.

Dropping to the “B” Q-game, they were beaten 9-2 by Maureen Bonar’s Charleswood team, skipped by Joelle Brown. The loss dropped them to the “C” Q-game where they played Norma Purdy’s St. Vital foursome and suffered another loss.

The 10AM Monday semi-final has the Bonar team playing Purdy and her team with the winner advancing to a 2PM final game against Kim Link’s East St. Paul team.

(6PM: Saturday, Nov. 6) LINK ADVANCES TO SENIOR WOMEN’S FINAL….Kim Link’s East St Paul team (Colleen Kilgallen, Karen Fallis, Renee Fletcher, Lynn Fallis-Kurz) team is a win away from the Manitoba Senior Women’s title. Team Link won the “A” Event playoff spot Saturday afternoon at Pembina and with it a bye to the provincial final game Monday afternoon at 2pm.

Team Link had Laurie Deprez and her Stonewall team in trouble right from the outset. Early first ends draws to the four-foot behind centre guards left Deprez facing a Link stone on the button with her last rock. An attempted run-back failed and Link stole a point.

On the second end, a Link steal was the result of her being able to split the rings early and another steal came in the third when a biter just behind the teeline counted.

Deprez salvaged a single point with a draw to backing against a Link rock buried in the four foot but down 3-1 after four, the momemtum was all in Link’s favour. A score of two and steal of two more ended the game after 6 ends.

Deprez will have two more chances to qualify for the playoffs as the Stonewall team will drop to the “B” final and if necessary, the “C” final.

(7PM: Friday, Nov. 5) LINK-DEPREZ TO PLAY FIRST SENIOR WOMEN’S Q-GAME…..Kim Link and her East St. Paul team will play Laurie Deprez and her Stonewall team in the first qualifying game at the Manitoba Senior Women’s Championship. The game is set for 4PM Saturday.

Deprez skipped the 2012 champion team while Link was skip of the 2015 and 2018 champions.

Reigning champion Terry Ursel, who skipped the 2019 and 2020 champion teams, lost her opening game Friday afternoon to Deprez.

(11 AM: Friday, Nov. 5) FORMER CHAMPS WIN SENIOR WOMEN’S OPENERS…..Laurie Deprez’s Stonewall team scored a big five coming home for a come from behind win over Brenda Michel (Granite).

A former champ win was assured between Kim Link (East St.Paul) and Sandra Cowling (Hamiota). This time it was Link who prevailed with an 8-3 win.

And Charleswood’s Maureen Bonar, a former Manitoba-Canadian-World champion (with Lois Fowler) was a 6-3 winner over Norma Purdy (St. Vital). Bonar’s lead, Deb McCreanor, skipped the winners a week ago at the Club Champions event in Brandon so she is looking for two championships in a ten-day period.

Reigning champion Terry Ursel and her Hamiota team had the first draw bye in the seven team event.

PEMBINA TO HOST SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS

(CurlManitoba Release) Winnipeg’s Pembina Curling Club will host the third of three carry-over provincial championship events to be played this fall when the 2021 Manitoba Senior Men’s and Senior Women’s Curling Championships take place this weekend. The two championships get underway Friday morning at the Pembina Curling Club.

The dual Senior Championships come on the heels of a very successful double Club Championships event last weekend in Brandon and the Mixed Championship earlier at the Granite.

The championships are replacement events for the 2020-21 season championships which had to be postponed during last curling season. They represent an opportunity to re-ignite excitement and interest in curling among curlers and fans.

“The response of the curlers last week and this and the response of fans who filled the Brandon Curling Club last weekend tell us this was the right way for us to kick off the new curling season,” says CurlManitoba Executive Director Craig Baker.

“It is exciting for us to be able to provide championship curling entertainment and I look forward to see a full-house of Winnipeg curling fans at Pembina this weekend.”

The two skips who have won five of the last six championships are in the Pembina Strathcona Senior Men’s field. Dave Boehmer, who skipped the last three champion teams, returns to defend the title with a Granite team which includes Dean Dunstone, Graham Freeman and Bruce Wyche. 2015 World Senior Silver Medallist Randy Neufeld (La Salle) will compete with his 2015 and 2016 team intact. A third notable champion is Mark Franklin, who won the 2016, ’17, and ’18 Manitoba Masters titles, skipping another Granite foursome.

Among the challengers are Hamiota’s Dale Brooks, a member of Brent Strachan’s 2009 Senior champion team, Bill Menzies (Granite) who was on Franklin’s Masters champion team in 2018 and won the Seniors with Lionel Walz in 2007, and Neil Okamura (Pembina) who was a member of Gord McTavish Masters champion team in 2019.

In the CurlManitoba Senior Women’s, two-time defending champion Terry Ursel (Neepawa) returns with her team intact to defend the title. Ursel also won in 2017 with a different team. Challenging Ursel are 2015 & 2018 champion Kim Link (East St. Paul), 2012 champion Laurie Deprez (Stonewall), Maureen Bonar who was at third for Lois Fowler’s World Senior Champion team, and the 2016 champion team skipped by Sandra Cowling (Hamiota),

The Strathcona Senior Men’s, which has attracted 19 entries, will begin Friday, November 5 at 9AM and run through to the final game scheduled for 2PM on Tuesday, November 9. The CurlManitoba Senior Women’s, which has attracted seven entries, will begin Friday, November 5 at 9AM and run through to the final game scheduled for 2PM on Monday, November 8.

The winners will have the opportunity to represent Manitoba at the Everest Canadian Seniors in early December on Sault Ste. Marie, ON.

HEATHER TO HOST JUNIOR “WORLD QUALIFER” COMPETITIONS

(CurlManitoba Release) Winnipeg’s Heather Curling Club will host a pair of unique junior events this weekend – Junior Competitions to identify Manitoba’s teams for Canada’s 2022 World Junior Qualifier.

As with the Senior Championships scheduled for Pembina, November 5-9, the Junior World Qualifier events are the result of the COVID-cancellation of curling last year.

CurlManitoba Executive Director Craig Baker explains that prior to last year the decision had been made to re-work the Canadian curling calendar to stage the national juniors in late March and to send the junior champion to the next year’s world championship. As a result the 2021-22 calendar has national juniors scheduled March 25-April 1, 2022, three weeks after the Worlds in Sweden.

“Since there was no Canadian Junior Championship last spring, we have not identified teams to represent Canada in Sweden so a bonspiel has been scheduled in Saskatoon to determine who those teams will be,” Baker explains. “Winners of the Heather bonspiel this weekend will earn the right to represent Manitoba at that National Qualifier bonspiel to be held in November 22-27, 2021.”

Nine Junior Men’s teams and six Junior Women’s teams will compete. The men’s draw is a triple knockout format with a Page Playoff while the women will play a round robin with a three team playoff.

Five of the women’s teams compete regularly on the Manitoba Junior Curling Tour. The MJCT #1 and #2 ranked teams, Emma Jensen and Emily Ogg head the list of entries along with Meghan Walter whose team has focussed on Scotties level competition this season. In her quest to return to a world championship, Walter’s experience as a 2019 World Mixed Gold Medallist, with Colin Kurz, will be matched against junior level winning experience this year.

MJCT #1 Emma Jensen and her team have won MJCT events in Swan River, last weekend, and at Heather, two weeks ago. MJCT #2 Emily Ogg and her team won the event at St. Vital and #5 ranked Grace Beaudry won the Elmwood Junior bonspiel.

On the men’s side, eight of the nine teams compete regularly on the Manitoba Junior Curling Tour circuit. The MJCT #1, Jordon McDonald and his team won the MJCT events at Heather, Stonewall and St. Vital. They have also already qualified for this year’s Viterra Championship. MJCT #2 Jordon Johnson and his team won at Swan River and #4 Cam Olafson won at Elmwood. MJCT #3 Jace Freeman and his team won at Morris and lost the finals at Stonewall, Heather and Swan River.

Play starts Thursday, November 4 with a 7:30PM draw at Heather and continues through the weekend to final games on Sunday, November 7.

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MCCREANOR, LORETH WIN NATURE’S BOUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS IN BRANDON

Second time around, Trevor Loreth and his Granite team made no mistake. They had lost the Manitoba Club Championship final two years ago in Melita, the last time the event was played.

This year, in the Nature’s Bounty Manitoba Men’s Club Championship game in Brandon, they won their first Manitoba title with a victory over Andrew Irving and his Fort Rouge team.

First time champions – Trevor Loreth and his Granite team

Tied 2-2 playing the fourth end, Irving made a double kill to lie four but Brad Haight, throwing last stones for Loreth as he has done for years, made good on a draw to the four foot for a single point.

On the next end, it was the Loreth team (Brad Haight, Ryan Lowdon, Brett Cawson) counting three when Irving threw his last – it didn’t curl up enough and he bumped a Loreth stone in for a steal of four. All out attack on the sixth didn’t pay off and the game ended with the Loreth team savouring victory.

In the women’s final between unbeaten teams, Stacey Fordyce (Brandon) led Deb McCreanor 2-0 after three ends but gave up three consecutive singles to trail 3-2 after six. A point on the seventh tied the game and gave McCreanor last rock coming home. McReanor got an early rock behind cover in the four foot circle and in the end, Fordyce was left with only an attempt at a triple raise takeout to salvage the situation. McCreanor and her team (Trisha Hill, Michelle Buchanan, Jennifer Cawson) win their second Manitoba title without having to throw their last rock.

The Loreth and McCreanor teams will have the opportunity to represent Manitoba at the national championship in Ottawa in December.

(3PM: October 31) FORDYCE-MCCREANOR, LORETH-IRVING FINALS IN BRANDON Trevor Loreth and his Granite team will play Andrew Irving (Fort Rouge) in the final of the Manitoba Men’s Club Championship in Brandon.

Trevor Loreth (Granite) – Travis Taylor (Brandon) and it might be that a first end shot by Loreth’s fourth thrower Brad Haight changed the entire game. Haight was perfect with his first shot past a guard tight to the ring to tap out a Taylor biter at the back of the 12 foot circle a foot from the wall. It brought a front biter into play and turned into a deuce when a force or even a steal were real possibilities.

Brad Haight delivers with Ryan Lowden and Brett Cawson prepared to sweep

Although Taylor came back to score two on the second end, the Loreth team controlled play: a blank third end, a two on the fourth, a steal of three when Taylor got a bad luck roll on a last shot runback kill attenpt on end #5. The score was 7-2 after five ends and ended 7-3 in six.

Irving advanced with a win over Dale Fust (LaSalle). With Irving leading by one playing the sixth end, Team Fust skip Randy Neufeld drew the button with his last rock but Irving followed with just enough more weight to angle tap the rock and stick for one. When the Fort ROUge team stole two on the seventh, the game ended.

In the Women’s championship, former champions Stacey Fordyce (Brandon) and Deb McCreanor (LaSalle) will meet in the final.

McCreanor beat Liza Park (Deloraine) in five ends but it took Fordyce’s last rock coming home to defeat Patti Ulrich (St. Vital). Trailing 5-1 after four ends, Ulrich fought back and led 6-5 coming home. Facing four with three in the four foot, with her last rock Ulrich made a delicate angle hit to move two and sit second shot rock half buried. Fordyce threw a light weight hit to corner the Ulrich stone and remove it from the rings. The Brandon team scored four for a 9-6 win.

The finals are set for 5PM at the Brandon Curling Club.

(12PM: October 31) SEMI-FINALS SET AT CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS IN BRANDON
The semi-finals are set in the Nature’s Bounty Manitoba Club Championships at the Brandon Curling Club.

On the Men’s side, Trevor Loreth (Granite) plays Travis Taylor (Brandon) and Andrew Irving (Fort Rouge) meets Dale Fust (LaSalle).

Corey Anderson (Charleswood), the only unbeaten team after the round robin, lost Sunday morning to the Dale Fust team. Trailing by four after four ends, the Randy Neufeld skipped team scored a single on the fifth. Neufeld threw a near perfect guard with his last on end six to set up a steal of three and then made an angle raise takeout on the seventh to set up another steal and lead 7-6 coming home. Anderson’s last rock hit for two did not curl up quite enough and he left the LaSalle team another steal and an 8-6 win.

A sixth end guard touching the centre line by Randy Neufeld (skipping the Fust team) left Corey Anderson nothing but a raise hit facing three. The result was a stolen three for Team Fust.

Team Fust’s opponent, Andrew Irving, advanced with an extra end win over Graham McFarlane (Assiniboine Memorial).

Trevor Loreth and his team lost the final of this event two years ago in Melita. They continued the quest to return to the final by beating Brett MacDonald (Fort Rouge) while Travis Taylor (Brandon) eliminated Paul Scinocca (St. Vital) in their quarterfinal game this morning.

Three time champion Stacey Fordyce and her Brandon team and Deb McCreanor (LaSalle) both finished the round robin undefeated. Fordyce marked up her fifth win Saturday but McCreanor needed a Sunday morning win for #5. Fordyce plays Patti Ulrich (St. Vital) who qualified this morning with a win over Betty Buurma (Carberry).

Mc Creanor plays Liza Park (Deloraine) who lost this morning but advances based on the rpund robin win over Judy Colwell (East St. Paul) who also finished at 3W-2L.

Semi-finals in Brandon are at 1:30PM.

Forrest Wins Manitoba’s Chicken Chef Mixed Provincial Championship

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(CurlManitoba Release) Alex Forrest and his family team from Assiniboine Memorial have won the 2021 Chicken Chef Manitoba Mixed Championship. Forrest had his brother Tyler at second, wife D’Arcy at lead, and sister-in-law Brandi at third as they won the title Monday afternoon with a 9-3 win over former four-time champion Sean Grassie and his Deer Lodge team.

After a blanked first end, Grassie scored two and stole one to lead 3-0 but never scored again. Forrest and his team filled the rings with rocks, scoring a four, two and three over the next three ends and Grassie conceded with no chance of scoring a comeback end midway through the seventh.

Grassie (Sarah-Jane Sass, Daryl Evans, Calleen Friesen) earned the bye to the final by placing first, thanks to 7-6 round-robin win over Forrest. Team Forrest earned the re-match with a 7-6 win over Corey Chambers in the Monday morning semi-final.

For Alex Forrest, it is a third Manitoba ‘buffalo’. He skipped the Manitoba junior champion team in 2010 and was at third for Jason Gunnlaugson in winning the Manitoba men’s title in 2020. Tyler Forrest, his brother, won the Manitoba Juniors at second for Reid Carruthers, in 2003.

Grassie was attempting to win a fifth Manitoba championship. To go with a Junior title, a fourth Mixed Championship would allow him to join three others with a record of four (by a skip): Ernie Boushy (1964-65-66-67), Jeff Stoughton (1988-89-91-94), and Terry McNamee (2004-05-07-11). Grassie had previously won in (1999, 2009-12-14).

The champions will have an opportunity to represent Manitoba at the 2021 Canadian Mixed, November 7-14, in Canmore, AB. Manitoba teams have won the Canadian Mixed title on seven occasions.

Boushy (1964 & 1966) and Stoughton (1988 & 1991) won twice. Hal Tanasichuk (1977), Jim Dunstone (1980) and Grassie (2009) were one-time Canadian champions.

The early October championship event was originally scheduled for last March but was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The early season playoff was scheduled as a part of the CurlManitoba effort to bring curlers and curling fans back into the clubs, as well as to identify a representative to attend the Canadian Mixed in Canmore.

The 2021-22 season Chicken Chef Mixed is tentatively scheduled for March 18-21, 2022 in Carman.

CurlManitoba will also be hosting a double set of championships this year for seniors and club champions.

The next Manitoba championships will be the Nature’s Bounty Men’s and Women’s Club Champions Championships in Brandon, October 28-31 and the Strathcona Trust Senior Men’s/CurlManitoba Senior Women’s November 5-10 at Pembina Curling Club.