CANADIAN SCOTTIES UNDERWAY TONIGHT

Team Einarson (Team Canada)
Photo Curling Canada/Andrew Klaver

Manitoba teams skipped by Kerri Einarson (Team Canada), Tracy Fleury (Wild Card #1), and Mackenzie Zacharias (Team Manitoba) are in Thunder Bay for the national Scotties Tournament of Hearts which begins play this evening. For at least the round-robin session, there will be no fans in the building as Curling Canada implements aggressive protocols to meet current health regulations.

Team Zacharias (Team Manitoba)
Photo Curling Canada/Andrew Klaver

Einarson and Zacharias are in the same pool of nine teams. They will not meet until the final round-robin draw on Thursday evening. Team Fleury will begin play with Selena Njegovan moving up to skip as Tracey Fleury misses the opening games due to a positive test and therefore starting the event in the Covid protocols.

Team Canada seeks to join Jennifer Jones and Vera Pezer as consecutive three-time champions and continue a chase to join Colleen Jones as the only consecutive four time champion.

Team Fleury and Team Zacharias are chasing their own form of Manitoba curling history. Since 1982 (40 years ago), when Scott Paper became the sponsor, only three Manitoba skips have won the Canadian Scotties championship. Connie Laliberte achieved legendary status. Jennifer Jones has already achieved legendary status and continues to write her story with her appearance in the next couple of weeks at the Olympics, and Kerri Einarson could begin to approach legendary status with her third consecutive win.

Zacharias, with her entire World Junior Champion team intact, and Fleury, ranked #1 in the world but with that disappointing final game loss in the Trials, would become just the fourth Manitoba skip to win a Canadian Scotties title. And it would be just the ninth Team Manitoba to win (Laliberte 1984, 1992 & 1995; Jones 2008, 2015 & 2018; Einarson 2020 & 2021) but Jones, of course, also won back-to-back as Team Canada in 2009 & 2010.

Team Fleury was seeded #1 while Einarson was #3 (behind #2 Laura Walker-Alberta) while Zacharias was ranked in the top third of the field at #6.

The draw for Team Einarson (Team Canada) is:

DRAW 2 (Saturday)1:00 PMOntario (Duncan)
DRAW 4 (Sunday)8:00 AMNova Scotia (Black)
DRAW 6 (Sunday)6:00 PMQuebec (St-Georges)
DRAW 8 (Monday)1:00 PMAlberta (Walker)
DRAW 10 (Tuesday)8:00 AMBritish Columbia (Arsenault)
DRAW 12 (Tuesday)6:00 PMYukon (Birnie)
DRAW 14 (Wednesday)1:00 PMNorthwest Territories (Galusha)
DRAW 18 (Thursday)6:00 PMManitoba (Zacharias)

The draw for Team Zacharias (Team Manitoba) is:

DRAW 2 (Saturday)1:00 PMBritish Columbia (Arsenault)
DRAW 6 (Sunday)6:00 PMYukon (Birnie)
DRAW 8 (Monday)1:00 PMOntario (Duncan)
DRAW 10 (Tuesday)8:00 AMNorthwest Territories (Galusha)
DRAW 12 (Tuesday)6:00 PMNova Scotia (Black)
DRAW 14 (Wednesday)1:00 PMQuebec (St-Georges)
DRAW 16 (Wednesday)8:00 AMAlberta (Walker)
DRAW 18 (Thursday)6:00 PMCanada (Einarson)

The draw for Team Fleury (Wild Card #1) is:

DRAW 1 (Friday)6:00 PMNew Brunswick (Crawford)
DRAW 3 (Saturday)6:00 PMSaskatchewan (Barker)
DRAW 5 (Sunday)1:00 PMPrince Edward Island (Birt)
DRAW 7 (Monday)8:00 AMWild Card #3 (Miskew)
DRAW 11 (Tuesday)1:00 PMWild Card #2 (Carey)
DRAW 13 (Wednesday)8:00 AMNewfoundland and Labrador (Hill)
DRAW 15 (Wednesday)6:00 PMNunavut (MacPhail)
DRAW 17 (Thursday1:00 PMNorthern Ontario (McCarville)

NEUFELD WINS SOUTHCENTRAL SUPERLEAGUE

Randy Neufeld continued his winning ways Saturday at Portage when he and his team (Dean Moxham, Devon Wiebe, Brett Moxham) won three games to win the South Central SuperLeague championship.

Neufeld beat Ryan Thomson in the final game, following earlier wins over Mike Zacharias and Dean North.

The Neufeld team had finished in a second place round robin tie, with a 5W – 2L record, in the pre-Christmas league play. Darryl Bachalo and Thomson were also at 5W – 2L, behind David Hamblin’s 6W – 1L record.

Neufeld’s team earned the $1,200 winning share of the $4,000 total league prize purse. Bachalo lost his opening game and dropped to the ‘consolation’ event, where a pair of wins earned his team $600 – the same amount as Thomson’s team picked up for their finalist finish.

LEAGUE ROUND-ROBIN STANDINGS

6-1 David Hamblin
5-2 Darryl Bachalo
5-2 Randy Neufeld
5-2 Ryan Thomson
3-4 Kyle McCannell
2-5 Dean North
2-5 Ryan Hyde
0-7 Mike Zacharias

HOMAN & MORRIS “PROUD & HONOURED”

“Excited to be going”, “grateful for the opportunity”, “proud & honoured to be named Team Canada” – Rachel Homan and John Morris echoed each other’s comments in today’s media availability shortly after the announcement was made that they would represent Canada in the Olympic Mixed Doubles competition in Beijing. They’ll leave Canada in 16 days and in the meantime will do their best to avoid the Omicron virus’s best efforts to derail the plan.

“Whether you’re Curling Canada or an athlete, it’s not how you want it to go down,” Morris said. “I wanted to play against Canada’s best to win it but unfortunately that couldn’t happen.”

“It’s the way it had to be done,” he said and he carefully avoided the question if being selected added extra pressure compared with winning the chance in head-to-head competition.

“Whenever you are Team Canada, regardless of how it happens, there is going to be pressure. I love the pressure – I want to play in it and so does Rachel.”

Homan and Morris have known each other for most of 30 years and when Mixed Doubles was launched in Canada, they began competing together. They have been very successful when they have had the chance to play together, winning some 30 events.

They did not compete in the 2017 Trials simply because Homan’s team had won the 4’s Trials and she was replaced by Kaitlyn Lawes. Lawes & Morris went on to win the Gold Medal in Pyeongchang.

While Homan’s team fell short of the medals in Korea, it must be remembered that she has succeeded at the international level in Asia – specifically in Beijing where she won the World Women’s in 2017. She will draw on both experiences in her return to the Olympics.

Coach Scott Pfeifer, speaking for Curling Canada made it clear that Homan-Morris were a logical choice noting that they have had a long and successful career together and that they both have very strong international and Olympic experience.

Morris & Homan will be on the ice in the next few days in a full training camp designed to get them ready for Beijing. Morris says it will be a different experience from the two previous Olympics where he won gold medals but he knows it will be a great experience. Clearly, they will go planning to soak it all in but also recognizing the need for dedication to best effort to bring back a medal.

While not providing details, Pfeifer says Curling Canada is putting in place contingency plans if it turns out, between now and departure day, that any member of any of the Canadian Olympic curling team contingent are unable to attend.

It was also made clear in the news conference that there will be discussion of timing before the next Olympic Trials process is defined. When this year’s Trials in Saskatoon and Portage were determined, the pandemic was still in the future. With the benefit of lessons learned, the potential for future wholesale cancellation has to be considered in both timing and the entire process.

Also for future discussion, the question of whether Canada’s 4-player team members should be excluded from Mixed Doubles.

“That’s how it is for this quadrennial,” Pfeifer said. “Curling Canada wants them to have full focus on the team game. If they play right to the Gold Medal game in Mixed Doubles, which we expect, it overlaps with the start of the teams’ competition. There is also the physical and mental toll. (For this quadrennial at least) we think it increases podium potential for all of the teams.”

That’s for next time, however. For this time, Rachel Homan and John Morris will be as prepared as they possibly can be when they play their first game at 7PM (CST), February 2 against Great Britain.

Positive cases among athletes force cancellation of Mixed Doubles Trials

(Curling Canada News Release) A rise in positive tests for COVID-19 among athletes who were scheduled to attend, along with the risks associated with travelling, have forced Curling Canada to cancel the 2022 Canadian Mixed Doubles Curling Trials.

The event was scheduled to begin on Tuesday at Stride Place in Portage la Prairie, Man., and was to decide Canada’s mixed doubles team for the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.

But the increasing numbers of Trials-bound athletes testing positive for COVID-19, along with the rise in cases across Canada, made it impossible to stage the event in a safe, responsible manner for athletes, staff and volunteers.

Unlike the Calgary bubble, which had months of preparation time and allowed athletes to self-isolate at home, and get tests done prior to their departure for the events, the dramatic rise in positive cases related to the sudden emergence of the Omicron variant across Canada in the past week made those safety precautions impossible to carry out.

Curling Canada’s High Performance staff will consult with the Canadian Olympic Committee and Own the Podium to decide the best process to nominate a Canadian mixed doubles team that will compete in China. An announcement of the nominated team will be made when the process is complete.

Curling Canada is continuing to consult with local, regional and national health authorities for the remaining events in the 2021-22 season, and remains optimistic that its championship events can be staged safely and responsibly. At this time no further comment is available.

Arrangements are being made for ticket-holders to be refunded.

2022 Canad Inns Canadian Mixed Doubles Trials gets underway in Portage la Prairie on Tuesday

(Curling Canada Release) Portage la Prairie is once again set to become the mixed doubles hotspot of Canada when it hosts the second edition of the Canad Inns Canadian Mixed Doubles Trials beginning this Tuesday at Stride Place.

The event, scheduled from Dec. 28 – Jan. 2, will determine the mixed doubles team representing Canada at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing. That winning team will defend Canada’s gold medal in 2018, courtesy of Kaitlyn Lawes and John Morris. Morris (Canmore, Alta.) will once again be competing in the field and has an opportunity to become the first player to win back-to-back mixed doubles curling trials events after successfully winning the inaugural event hosted in Portage la Prairie during the last curling quadrennial.

Morris, a two-time Olympian (gold at men’s competition in 2010 and gold at mixed doubles in 2018), is seeking his third appearance at an Olympic Winter Games. 2018 Olympian Rachel Homan (Beaumont, Alta.) joins Morris to pursue a path to Beijing. But the field is nothing short of incredible, featuring a who’s who of mixed doubles curling in Canada and decorated with Olympians.

Pool A features Nancy Martin (Saskatoon)/Tyrel Griffith (Kelowna, B.C.), who enter the event as the top seed in the Canadian Mixed Doubles Rankings (CMDR) as of Dec. 14, 2021. Martin/Griffith head into Portage la Prairie as the 2019 Canadian Mixed Doubles Championship silver-medalists and one of the most consistent teams on the mixed doubles tour this season. Brent Laing (Horseshoe Valley, Ont.) and Selena Njegovan (Winnipeg) join them as the second seed in the pool. Laing, who regularly curls with his wife Jennifer Jones in mixed doubles, had to find a replacement partner after Jones earned a trip to the 2022 Olympic Winter Games with her women’s team. Laing called upon Njegovan, who played vice-skip for Team Tracy Fleury and won silver at the 2021 Tim Hortons Curling Trials, to join him.

Those teams will compete against a talented Pool A field, including 2018 Canadian mixed doubles gold-medalists and world bronze-medalists Laura Walker (Edmonton) and Kirk Muyres (Regina), and two-time Canadian mixed doubles silver-medalists Kadriana Sahaidak and Colton Lott of Gimli, Man. Shannon Birchard (Winnipeg)/Catlin Schneider (Regina), Émilie Desjardins/Robert Desjardins (Chicoutimi, Que.), Lauren Wasylkiw/Shane Konings (Souffville, Ont.) and Kerri Einarson (Camp Morton, Man.)/Brad Jacobs (Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.) round out of the field. 

The pool features a pair of players who bookend the entire history of mixed doubles curling in Canada. Robert Desjardins is one-half of the inaugural Canadian mixed doubles gold-medallist team. In 2013, he won the championship with Isabelle Néron. Einarson is one-half of the defending Canadian mixed doubles championship team after winning the 2021 championship with Brad Gushue. Einarson forces with Jacobs, the 2014 Olympic gold-medallist in men’s curling, after Gushue qualified for the Olympic Winter Games with his men’s team.

Pool B includes four Olympian curlers vying to wear the Maple Leaf once again. 2018 Olympian Lisa Weagle (Ottawa) and her partner John Epping (Toronto) are the top seed in the pool. The experienced Olympic duo of Homan/Morris is also in the pool. While Marc Kennedy (St. Albert, Alta.), 2010 Olympic gold-medallist and 2018 Olympian, will try and qualify for this third Olympics and first as a member of the mixed doubles team. He’s playing with Val Sweeting (Lottie Lake, Alta.), who was just shy of winning the inaugural mixed doubles trials event in 2018 with Gushue, where the duo fell short in the final against Lawes and Morris. Weagle and Kennedy are both in unique positions to represent Canada in their respective four-player events and mixed doubles curling, which has never been done by a Canadian. Weagle, alternate for Team Jones, has already booked her spot to Beijing in the women’s competition, while Kennedy was just announced as the Team Gushue’s alternate earlier this week.

Clancy Grandy/Patrick Janssen (Pickering, Ont.), Bobbie Sauder/Brendan Bottcher (Spruce Grove, Alta.), 2014 Canadian mixed doubles gold-medallists Kim Tuck/Wayne Tuck (Strathroy, Ont.), Laurie St-Georges /Félix Asselin (Laval, Que.) and Chelsea Carey (Calgary)/Colin Hodgson (Red Lake, Alta.) round out the field.

The teams play a seven-game round-robin, with the top team in each pool receiving a bye in the playoffs. The teams with the next best four win-loss records qualify for the playoffs. Round-robin play begins on Dec. 28 at 9 a.m. (all times Central) and concludes on Dec. 31 at 12:30. Playoffs start on Dec. 31 at 4 p.m., with the semifinal occurring at 9:30 a.m. on Jan. 2 and the final at 1:30 p.m.

The winning team will join national mixed doubles coach Scott Pfeifer, and men’s and women’s Olympic teams skipped by Gushue and Jones in Beijing for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games, scheduled for Feb. 4-20.The mixed doubles competition begins two days before the Opening Ceremony on Feb. 2, with the gold-medal game held on Feb. 8. An expanded field of 10 teams will compete for the opportunity to top the podium in the second-ever mixed doubles competition at the event. Canada will enter the mixed doubles event at the top-ranked country in the world in the discipline.

View the full schedule for the 2022 Canad Inns Candian Mixed Doubles Trials here. View the 2022 Canad Inns Canadian Mixed Doubles Trials media guide here.

Tickets for the 2022 Canad Inns Canadian Mixed Doubles Trials can be purchased here.

The event will be streamed live and available through CBC Sports digital platforms:  cbcsports.ca, the CBC Sports app for iOS and Android devices and the free CBC Gem streaming service. The complete schedule can be found here.

ZACHARIAS – WATLING MANITOBA SCOTTIES FINAL

Kristy Watling (Assiniboine Memorial) Hailey Ryan, Emilie Rafnson, Sarah Pyke and Coach Jim Watling have advanced to the Manitoba Scotties Tournament of Hearts final game with an 8-6 semi-final victory over the Kaitlyn Jones/Abby Ackland team.

A score of two, as a bounceback after giving up a three ender on the fifth end, was one of three deuces scored by Team Watling in the game. A stolen two on the third gave them a 3-1 lead and a stolen two on the seventh gave them an 8-4 lead.

Team Watling will take on the Altona team of Mackenzie Zacharias, Karlee Burgee, Emily Zachariasn, Lauren Lententine and Coach Sheldon Zacharias in the 4PM final game on Carberry.

An end-by-end semi-final recap follows.

Sportsnet’s Joan McCusker prepares to interview the winner – Kristy Watling

END 10: The obvious centre guards went up early but it was an open end. With a stone in the four foot and a centre guard partially covering it, Jones’ attempt to put a second stone in the rings came up short. Watling removed the single counter and the game ended 8-6, earning Watling the Sportsnet interview!

WATLING: Assiniboine Memorial (throwing Red)
012 102 200
JONES/ACKLAND: Assiniboine Memorial (throwing Yellow)
100 030 011

END 9: Up three with hammer, Wating may have been over-cautious and a couple of half shots left her facing three Jones counters with her final stone. A double kill gave her a two point lead coming home.

END 8: When Watling rolled her last stone to the cluster at the side of the eight foot circle, Jones was left with only a draw for one.

END 8: Down four, Jones played the corner guards, Watling played the centre of the rings. With skip stones to come, it was the first wide open end of the game. Watling was facing two with her first and rolled from centre to sit in front of the second Jones counter. Jones attempting a freeze did not curl up enough. Watling banged it out and sat two in front of the Jones stone, forcing a draw for one.

END 7: Jones had a last shot hit for a possible double for two but could not navigate a fairly generous port, wrecked and gave up a steal of two to trail 8-4.

END 6: Ackland’s stone had to curl up a little more to tap the yellow Jones stone out past the stone in the back 8 foot circle

END 6: Attempting to remove the Watling shot stone, Jones’ first rock wrecked on her own second shot and left Watling lying four. She threw a guard with her first and Jones’ draw attempt to cut down the end slid deep in the four foot. Watling’s tapback for a possible five needed to curl up just a little more She pushed the Jones stone to contact one of her own in the back of the eight foot. Watling scored two but lost the measure for a third.

END 5: Playing confidently with a 3 point lead, Watling established a stone biting the back of the button. She gave Jones a break when her first shot draw, to put a second stone in the four foot, rubbed a Jones stone and left Jones a possible double kill. Jones jammed. An Ackland attempt to hit and roll another stone into the four foot back-fired when Ackland rubbed her own stone into the open and left Jones a hit for three.

END 4: Attempting to angle raise the yellow stone right of centre line biting the 8 foot, Jones wrecked on the red guard at the camera lens

END 4: With one stone each to come, Jones had shot rock along with #3, 4, 5, & 6. Watling’s draw to the shot stone in the four foot tapped it back a few inches. The separation tempted Jones to play an angle raise take out for at least two, maybe more if the angles were right. Jones over-curled, wrecked, and gave up another steal of one.

END 3: Play continued in the four foot circle, a Kristy Watling draw to the four foot forced Kaitlyn Jones to play a hit which went bad. It jammed out her own stone, she rolled harmlessly away and Watling stole two.

END 2: Watling attempt to double out the yellows failed. Watling scored one.

END 2: Aggressive play by Team Jones forced Watling to play most of the end in the four foot circle. A last shot difficult double for two didn’t work out and Watling put one of her own on the scoreboard.

END 1: The game was on right from the start – 14 rocks still in play after the final shot. Abby Ackland set the Jones team up to count with an angle raise to tap a buried rock to the button with her second stone but that was all they could score. With last rock, Jones’ wide in-turn draw needed to bit the button for a second point – a tough shot which didn’t succeed. Team Jones forced to take one with the hammer.

SCOTTIES CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND DRAW

Three teams from each competition pool have advanced to the Championship Round at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts presented by Bayer.

The three from each pool will play the three from the other pool with their total eight game win-loss record determining the three who will go to the playoffs on Sunday.

FRIDAY: 6:30PM………..Tracy Fleury VS Darcy Robertson; Kaitlyn Jones VS Kristy McDonald; Kristy Watling VS Mackenzie Zacharias

SATURDAY 10:00AM………..Kristy Watling VS Kristy McDonald; Tracy Fleury VS Mackenzie Zacharias; Kaitlyn Jones VS Darcy Robertson

SATURDAY 4:00PM………..Kaitlyn Jones VS Mackenzie Zacharias; Kristy Watling VS Darcy Robertson; Tracy Fleury VS Kristy McDonald

SATURDAY 8:00PM………..ONE TIEBREAKER GAME (if needed)

SUNDAY 10:00AM………….SEMI-FINAL (#2 VS #3)

SUNDAY 4:00PM………….FINAL (#1 VS WINNER #2 – #3)

CARBERRY SCOTTIES DAY 1 SUMMARY (DRAW 1, 2, 3, 4 REPORTS)

(Carberry Draw #4: December 15) PETERSON, ROBERTSON 2W-0L AFTER THEIR FIRST DAY .. Darcy Robertson (Assiniboine Memorial) and Beth Peterson (Assiniboine Memorial) have 2W-0L records as the opening day of the Manitoba Scotties wraps up in Carberry.

Robertson was tied 6-6 coming home with Mackenzie Zacharias (Altona). Robertson forced Zacharias to draw facing a pair of counters – a draw which had to bite the button. She got full to the four foot circle but no measure was required to ascertain that she had come just centimetres short. Zacharias’ record is 1W-1L after Day #1.

Zacharias 002 022 000 0 =6
Robertson 120 100 200 1 =7

Peterson was tested by the Terry Ursel team (Neepawa) whose opening day had them playing the two top seeds in the pool. The Ursel team trailed 5-4 after 6 ends and 7-6 after eight but could get no closer as Peterson posted a 9-6 win.

Peterson 100 040 202 x =9
Ursel 011 002 020 x =6

Kristy McDonald’s Granite team earned a first day split with a 5-4 win over Alyssa Calvert (Carberry), a game that was tied coming home, McDonald with hammer.

McDonald 001 100 110 1 =5
Calvert 000 020 002 0 =4

(Carberry Draw #3: December 15) WATLING, JONES 2W-0L AFTER THEIR FIRST DAY .. Top seeded Tracey Fleury had a split of her two games on opening day at the Scotties in Carberry. After a morning win, Fleury’s East St. Paul team was upset on the late afternoon draw by the Kaitlyn Jones team (Assiniboine Memorial), skipped today by Abby Ackland with Jones throwing fourth.

Fourth thrower Kaitlyn Jones helped author an upset over the #1 seeded Fleury foursome

A steal of one on the ninth end gave Jones/Ackland an 8-6 lead coming home. Facing three playing end #9, Fleury hit and rolled away to give up the steal of one. She had a shot to tie coming home but it was a wide in-off to kill the Jones shot rock and the East St. Paul team could only manage a single point for an 8-7 loss. The Jones/Ackland team is 2W-0L after the first day of play in Carberry.

Jones 100 301 021 0 =8
Fleury 021 010 200 1 =7

Watling & sweepers

Also at 2W-0L is Kristy Watling (Assiniboine Memorial) who posted an 11-3, seven end win over Shae Bevan (St. Vital). Bevan is winless after her first two games.

Bevan 101 001 0x =3
Watling 040 100 6x =11

In the third game of the 4PM draw, Meghan Walter (East St. Paul) made a last rock draw to the four foot, facing a buried opposition stone for victory over Jennifer Clark-Rouire (Miami).

Walter 011 010 300 1 =7
Clark-Rouire 000 302 010 0 =6

(Carberry Draw #2; December 15) .. ZACHARIAS, PETERSON, ROBERTSON WIN SCOTTIES OPENERS Second seeded Mackenzie Zacharias (Altona) and her reigning World Junior champion team had their handful today with Terry Ursel’s Neepawa foursome. Team Ursel, a very competitive Senior Women’s team, forced Zacharias to a single point on the eight end and a 6-4 lead.

On the ninth, Zacharias jammed on her first rock kill attempt, leaving Ursel one buried. Ursel drew to bite the top of the rings behind a centre guard and had a shot for three when Zacharias threw her rock deep into the back 12 foot circle. Ursel’s draw-tap for a possible three made contact with that Zacharias stone but not enough to push it through and they had to settle for two and a 6-6 tie coming home.

The Ursel team was unable to establish the guards needed for a steal but they did force Zacharias to play a last rock hit for the win. Facing two, Zacharias needed to hit and stick in the eight foot circle or make a double kill. She did both, and counted a pair for a hard-fought 8-6 win.

Zacharias 010 301 010 2 =8
Ursel 101 010 102 0 =6

Tied 5-5 playing the eight end, Kristy McDonald (Granite) made a tapback on her own stone in the eight foot circle, facing four Darcy Robertson (Assiniboine Memorial) rocks around the four foot. McDonald pushed her rock to backing to count a point and lead 6-5. McDonald was able to force Robertson to a last rock hit for a single, a tie and an extra end.

The extra end saw Robertson pay a last rock tap on a McDonald stone on biting the back of the button but with enough separation that McDonald could see an angle hit to score the winner but she overcurled slightly and rubbed her own stone as well – leaving Robertson a steal of two for victory.

Peterson & sweepers

McDonald 020 201 010 00 =6
Robertson 301 000 100 12 =8

In the third game, Beth Peterson (Assiniboine Memorial) was tied 2-2 with hometown favourite Alyssa Calvert (Carberry) when she saw Calvert slide a couple of inches deep on a draw the four foot facing two. The steal of two gave Peterson a 4-2 lead enroute to a 9-4 victory.

Peterson 001 120 302 x =9
Calvert 110 001 010 x =4

Draw # 3 goes on the ice at 4PM in Carberry. A complete copy of the draw can be accessed from thecurler.com’s Front Page!

(Carberry Draw #1: December 15) OPENING SCOTTIES WINS FOR FLEURY, JONES, WATLING A key hit & roll out facing five was the difference in the game this morning as Kristy Watling (Assiniboine Memorial) opened the Scotties Tournament of Hearts presented by Bayer with a win over Meghan Walter (East St. Paul).

Team Watling controlled play much of the game, twice forcing Walter to draw facing a pair and once forcing her to hit facing a pair. The big end end, however, built slowly and Walter faced the five, overcurled with her last stone and rolled out to give up the four on the seventh end in an 8-5 Watling victory.

Watling 002 011 400 x =8
Walter 101 100 020 x =5

Number one seed and acknowledged favourite Tracey Fleury and her East St. Paul team played patiently, building a6-2 lead after six ends. A four in that game, in the eighth end, resulted in Shae Bevan (St.Vital) conceding a 10-2 Fleury win.

Fleury 202 200 04x =10
Bevan 000 011 00x = 2

In a come-from behind, the Kaitlyn Jones (Assiniboine Memorial) team, skipped by Abby Ackland, scored a deuce on the eight end to tie at 5-5. Jones throwing last, actually had a chance for three that end but a wide out-turn draw did not curl up as expected and they scored only the deuce.

After a blanked ninth, Lisa McLeod, skipping the Jennifer Clark-Rouire Miami entry, was in some trouble for most of the end. Team Jones had a rock biting the back of the button which McLeod tried to draw to but was a bit heavy and with her final rock, Jones threw a second counter into the four foot, buried. It left McLeod only an angle tap which had to bite the button but she over-curled and gave up the stolen victory for Team Jones.

Jones 101 001 020 2 =7
Clark-Rouire 000 310 100 0 =5

Draw # 2 goes on the ice at 12:15PM in Carberry. A complete copy of the draw can be accessed from thecurler.com’s Front Page!

Sixteen teams confirmed to compete at 2022 Canad Inns Canadian Mixed Doubles Trials

(Curling Canada News Release) All 16 teams are confirmed following Sunday’s Brantford Mixed Doubles Classic. The event offered two berths to the top non-qualified teams in the top four of the event. The event’s conclusion also signalled the end of the qualification period for the 2022 Canad Inns Canadian Mixed Doubles Trials. The remainder of the teams qualified based on Canadian Mixed Doubles Rankings (CMDR) points earned this season. 

As was the case in 2018, some players and teams had to be replaced because they were victorious at the 2021 Tim Hortons Canadian Curling Trials earlier this year in Saskatoon.

The 2022 Canad Inns Canadian Mixed Doubles Trials, scheduled for Dec. 28, 2021 – Jan. 2, 2022, at Stride Place in Portage la Prairie, Man., will decide Canada’s mixed doubles entry into the Winter Olympics mixed doubles competition. The winner will defend Canada’s gold medal earned at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games by Kaitlyn Lawes and John Morris.

Morris will have an opportunity to become the first player to win back-to-back Canadian Mixed Doubles Trials titles in the young history of the event. This year, 2018 Olympian Rachel Homan joins Morris in pursuing gold. 

Here’s a look at the 16 teams that qualified. Italic names indicate the player will have already qualified for the Olympic Winter Games in four-player team competition and will not compete in Portage la Prairie. Bold names indicate a team’s replacement player:

  • Jennifer Jones (Horseshoe Valley, Ont.) replaced by Selena Njegovan (Winnipeg)/Brent Laing (Horseshoe Valley, Ont.) – CMDR as of May 20, 2020
  • Nancy Martin (Saskatoon)/Tyrel Griffith (Kelowna, B.C.) – CMDR as of May 20, 2020
  • Rachel Homan (Beaumont, Alta.)/John Morris (Canmore, Alta.) – CMDR as of May 20, 2020
  • Kerri Einarson (Camp Morton, Man.)/Brad Gushue (St. John’s, N.L.) replaced by Brad Jacobs (Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. – 2021 Home Hardware Canadian Mixed Doubles Championship gold-medallists
  • Kadriana Sahaidak (Gimli, Man.)/Colton Lott (Gimli, Man.) (2021 Home Hardware Canadian Mixed Doubles Championship silver-medallists)
  • Lisa Weagle (Ottawa)/John Epping (Toronto) (Aly Jenkins Mixed Doubles Memorial Bonspiel qualifier)
  • Laurie St-Georges (Laval, Que.)/Félix Asselin (Montreal) (Brantford Mixed Doubles Classic qualifier #1)
  • Chelsea Carey (Calgary)/Colin Hodgson (Red Lake, Ont.) (Brantford Mixed Doubles Classic qualifier #2)
  • Shannon Birchard (Winnipeg)/Catlin Schneider (Regina) (CMDR as of Dec. 14, 2021)
  • Val Sweeting (Lottie Lake, Alta.)/Marc Kennedy (St. Albert, Alta.)(CMDR as of Dec. 14, 2021)
  • Clancy Grandy (Pickering, Ont.)/Patrick Janssen (Pickering, Ont.) (CMDR as of Dec. 14, 2021)
  • Laura Walker (Edmonton)/Kirk Muyres (Regina) (CMDR as of Dec. 14, 2021)
  • Kim Tuck (Strathroy, Ont.)/Wayne Tuck (Strathroy, Ont.) (CMDR as of Dec. 14, 2021 – excluding CTRS points)
  • Émilie Desjardins (Chicoutimi, Que.)/Robert Desjardins (Chicoutimi, Que.) (CMDR as of Dec. 14, 2021 – excluding CTRS points)
  • Bobbie Sauder (Spruce Grove, Alta.)/Brendan Bottcher (Spruce Grove, Alta.) (CMDR as of Dec. 14, 2021 – due to no qualifier at Qualico Mixed Doubles Classic qualifier)
  • Jocelyn Peterman (Winnipeg)/Brett Gallant (St. John’s, N.L.) – CMDR as of May 20, 2020 REPLACED BY Lauren Wasylkiw (Kleinburg, Ont.)/Shane Konings (Stouffville, Ont.) (CMDR as of Dec. 14, 2021 – due to Peterman/Gallant qualifying on four-player teams)

The teams will be divided into two pools of eight teams based on CMDR and play a seven-game round robin. The top team in each pool will receive a bye, while the teams with the following four best records qualify for the playoffs. 

Round-robin play begins on Dec. 28 at 9 a.m. (all times Central) and concludes on Dec. 31 at 12:30. Playoffs start on Dec. 31 at 4 p.m., with the semifinal occurring at 9:30 a.m. on Jan. 2 and the final at 1:30 p.m.

The mixed doubles competition at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing beings on Feb. 2 and the gold-medal game will be held on Feb. 8.

Tickets for the 2022 Canad Inns Canadian Mixed Doubles Trials can be purchased here.

Broadcasting details and event schedule will be released later this month.

WALTERS WIN BRANDON MIXED DOUBLES

Meghan Walter started her visit to Western Manitoba for the Scotties in Carberry a few days early with a championship in the Manitoba Mixed Doubles Tour`s Brandon bonspiel on the weekend.

Meghan & Brett Walter

Teamed with her brother, Brett, the Walter duo defeated the local team of Steve Irwin and Stacey Fordyce in the final game. The result meant both teams finished with 4W-1L records as Fordyce-Irwin had beaten the Walters in round-robin play.

However, the championship and the $1000 first prize went to Meghan & Brett Walter on that final game win. Fordyce-Irwin earned $500.

Brett and Meghan Walter defeated locals Steve Irwin and Stacey Fordyce 7-4 in the finals. $1000 for 1st, $500 for 2nd.

Walter-Walter join Kadriana Sahaidak-Colton Lott (Morris Mixed Doubles Fall Opener) and William & Mikaylah Lyburn (Dauphin Mixed Doubles Classic presented by Nexus BioAg) as the third event winner in the inaugural three events in the Cargill Curling Training Centre Manitoba Mixed Doubles Tour presented by Asham.

Although the Brandon event attracted only five entries, the fledgling Mixed Doubles Tour continues to gain traction. Two additional events have been added to the Tour’s January-February schedule and discussion continue about additional possible locations.

The next event will be in Arborg, January 22 & 23 while La Salle Curling Club will host a new event February 5 & 6, 2022.