News Releases and Current Results
<October 21, 2014>
Team Harvey Captures Atkins Curling Supplies Classic Title
Janet Harvey’s Assiniboine Memorial team (Cherie-Ann Sheppard, Kristin Napier, Carey Kirby) defeated Colleen Kilgallen-MB 7-3 in the final to win the 2014 edition of the Atkins Curling Supplies Charity Classic, the past weekend’s women’s event on the Manitoba Curling Tour presented by Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries.
With the championship, the Harvey foursome took home the champion’s purse of $4,500 as well as 40 Manitoba Curling Tour Rankings points, moving them into the MCT Women’s Rankings Top Ten. Team Kilgallen’s payday was $2,500 and their 34 MCT Rankings points moved them into second place in the Rankings.
Semifinalists Beth Peterson-MB (7-4 loss to Harvey) and Kerri Einarson-Gimli (8-7 loss to Kilgallen) both earned $1,500 with Einarson improving to #4 and Peterson appearing in the Top Ten (#9) for the first time.
Quarterfinalists Darcy Robertson-Fort Rouge(9-3 loss to Harvey); Kristy McDonald-Granite (8-5 loss to Kilgallen); Barb Spencer-Assiniboine Memorial (5-3 loss to Peterson); and Michelle Montford-Assiniboine Memorial (7-1 loss to Einarson) all earned $900 and solidified Top Ten Rankings positions with Team Montford remaining at #1.
Money earnings were increased as well by a per win payout of $40 to all teams for round robin victories.
The season end rankings, based upon each team’s best five results, will determine invitations to the MCT Championship at the Assiniboine Memorial Curling Club, December 12-14. Final rankings on the Manitoba Curling Tour presented by Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries will determine who earns one of the available invitations to the Scotties Tournament of Hearts presented by Monsanto in Winkler in January. The Champion, if eligible, plus the top two ranked teams after the championship earn provincial invitations.
The next scheduled MCT events are the October 24-27 Canad Inns Women’s Classic in Portage and the October 24-26 La Salle Women’s Classic.sic.
<October 21, 2014>
Team McEwen Wins Fourth Canad Inns Men`s Classic in Five Years
Mike McEwen (BJ Neufeld, Matt Wozniak, Denni Neufeld) posted a 6-4 victory over Kevin Koe-AB in the final of the Canad Inns Men’s Classic in Portage Monday evening, October 20. The win gave Team McEwen their fourth Canad Inns championship in the past five years. It was also the third bonspiel championship of the season for the McEwen foursome which has only lost one game in three events. They were undefeated in winning WCT events in Oakville in September and in Saskatoon earlier in October. Their only loss came in Portage when they were defeated 7-5 by Jeff Hartung-SK in an A-Event game.
The win earned the team $18,000, valuable CTRS (Canadian Team Ranking System) points, and moved them into the top ten on the Men`s rankings in the Manitoba Curling Tour presented by Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries. Team Koe earned $10,000.
Mike McEwen-Fort Rouge defeated William Lyburn-Granite 7-2 in their semifinal while Koe Glenn Howard-ON 6-3. Lyburn and Howard each cashed $6,000 cheques.
The quarterfinalists were Jeff Stoughton-MB (7-3 loss to Lyburn); Jared Kolomaya-MB (6-2 loss to Howard); Steve Laycock-SK (5-2 loss to Koe); and YasukeMorozumi-JPN (8-6 loss to McEwen. Each quarterfinalist team earned $4,000.
Reaching the semifinal moved Lyburn into the MCT top 15 while qualifying bumped Kolomaya into the seventh position on the rankings.
Despite going winless in three games in Portage, Steve Irwin`s Brandon team retains the top spot on the MCT Men`s Rankings list. Matt Dunstone`s Granite Junior team, with three wins in Portage, remains in second place on the Men`s rankings while Sean Grassie-Deer Lodge and Richard Muntain-Pinawa had a win each and remain tied for third in the rankings after three weekend bonspiels in the fall season.
The season end rankings, based upon each team’s best five results, will determine invitations to the MCT Championship at the Assiniboine Memorial Curling Club, December 12-14. Final rankings on the Manitoba Curling Tour presented by Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries will determine who earns one of the available invitations to the Safeway Championship in Brandon in February. The Champion, if eligible, plus the top four ranked teams after the championship earn provincial invitations.
<October 15, 2014>
MCT Finals to be Broadcast on Shaw TV
The Manitoba Curling Tour presented by Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries is pleased to announce the December 14 Men’s and Women’s MCT final games at Assiniboine Memorial Curling Club will both be featured as Community Access broadcasts on Shaw TV. The telecasts are possible thanks to the support of the new Presenting Sponsor, Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries, and MCT’s partners; Asham, CurlManitoba, CurlingZone, ReMax Professionals Gord & Kristi Green, and Best Western Plus Winnipeg West.
The games are tentatively scheduled for 1:30pm (Men’s final) and 4:00pm (Women’s final) as the culmination of men’s 16-team triple knock-out and women’s 12-team triple knock-out competitions. The 28 teams participating in the championships will be invited based upon their season-end rankings.
The fall 2014-15 Manitoba Curling Tour season includes 17 bonspiels in 7 rural communities and 4 Winnipeg clubs. In addition, current season rankings include the results of the January 2014 Deer Lodge Cash Spiel as well as the January - March Safeway and Scotties provincial berth qualifying events in Brandon & Carman.
The results of CurlManitoba’s Safeway Berth Bonspiel in Neepawa (November 27-29) and the Scotties Berth Bonspiel in Swan Lake (November 14-16) will also be included in the calculation of MCT rankings to determine eligibility for MCT Championship invitations. The rankings also determine post championship eligibility for invitations to the Scotties Tournament of Hearts presented by Monsanto in Winkler (January, 2015) and the Safeway Championship in Brandon (February, 2015).
If eligible, the winners of the televised final games will earn invitations to compete in the respective Provincial Championships. In addition, the four top ranked eligible men’s teams two top ranked eligible women’s teams after the championship will also earn provincial invitations.
Spectators at Manitoba Curling Tour events can also win! Three lucky spectators will win a special championship package which will include reserved seating at Assiniboine Memorial Curling Club with hospitality & promotional merchandise compliments of Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries along with a comfortable room for a one-night stay compliments of Best Western Plus Winnipeg West. The winner of these special championship packages will be drawn randomly from spectator entries at each MCT bonspiel.
<October 13, 2014>
Peters Team Wins Nott Autocorp Classic
Daley Peters (Brendan Taylor, Taren Gesell, Greg Melnichuk) were undefeated through three round robin and three playoff games to win the Nott Autocorp Thanksgiving Charity Classic at Thistle CC, their first bonspiel together as a team. The Peters foursome scored three on the seventh end to beat Braden Calvert-Deer Lodge (Kyle Kurz, Lucas Van den Bosch, Brendan Wilson) by a final score of 7-3 in the Thanksgiving Day afternoon final.
To reach the final, Peters and his team defeated Travis Bay-E. St. Paul (Brad Van Walleghem, Curtis Bale, Ronan Gueret) 5-2 in the Monday morning quarterfinal and Steen Sigurdson-Granite (Barrie Sigurdson, Ian McMillan, Nick Curtis) by the same score in the semifinal. The Calvert team’s two playoff victories were 7-2 over Matt Dunstone (Tanner Lott, Kyle Doering, Robbie Gordon) and 5-4 over Steve Irwin-Brandon (Joey Witherspoon, Travis Taylor, Travis Saban).
Making it to the final game moved both Peters and Calvert into the top ten in the Men’s Rankings of the Manitoba Curling Tour presented by Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries. Modest success at the season opening Granite bonspiel plus the finalist finish at Thistle moved Calvert to the sixth position in the rankings while Peters is at number nine after only one event.
Steve Irwin and his team retained top spot in the MCT Rankings while Steen Sigurdson’s team moved up to the fifth position as a result of their semifinalist finishes.
Along with Dunstone and Bay, Richard Muntain-Pinawa (Mike McCaughan, Curtis Atkins, Rodney Legault) and Sean Grassie-Deer Lodge (Corey Chambers, Kody Janzen, Stu Shiells) reached the quarterfinals. This result kept Dunstone at #2 with Grassie and Muntain tied at #3 in the rankings while Bay’s playoff result moved his team into the ranking for the first time, at #19
The season end rankings, based upon each team’s best five results, will determine invitations to the Championship at the Assiniboine Memorial Curling Club, December 12-14. Final rankings on the Manitoba Curling Tour presented by Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries will determine who earns one of the available invitations to the Safeway Championship in Brandon in February. The Champion, if eligible, plus the top four ranked teams after the championship earn provincial invitations.
Including the results at the Nott Autocorp Classic, and revisions based upon lineup clarifications, the MCT Top Ten Men’s Teams as of October 13 are:
1. Steve Irwin-Brandon (84)
2. Matt Dunstone-Granite (63)
T3. Sean Grassie-Deer Lodge (57)
Richard Muntain-Pinawa (57)
5. Steen Sigurdson-Granite (48)
6. Braden Calvert-Deer Lodge (37)
7. Justin Stanus-Fort Rouge (35)
8. Kelly Marnoch-Carberry (34)
9. Daley Peters-TBA (30)
T10. Scott Ramsay-Granite (28)
Ray Baker-Dauphin (28)
William Kuran-Heather (28)
Despite being in third position on the MCT Men’s Rankings list, Sean Grassie’s Deer Lodge team leads the MCT fall bonspiel money winners list. A championship at the Mother Club Fall Classic and quarterfinal finish in the Nott Autocorp Classic have earned Grassie and his Deer Lodge team $3,000 since late-September. Steve Irwin’s Brandon team, with finalist and semifinalist finishes in the two events, is close behind at $2,800 in winnings.
MCT Men’s Cash Winnings, as of October 13:
1. Sean Grassie - Deer Lodge $3,000
2. Steve Irwin-Brandon $2,800
3. Daley Peters-TBA $2,500
4. Matt Dunstone-Granite $1,750
5. Braden Calvert-Deer Lodge $1,500
6. Richard Muntain-Pinawa $1,300
7. Scott Ramsay-Granite $1,250
8. Steen Sigurdson-Granite $1,000
T9. Ray Baker-Dauphin $ 800
T9. Justin Stanus-Fort Rouge $ 800
T9. William Kuran-Heather $ 800
12. Travis Bale-East St. Paul $ 500
<September 28, 2014>
Grassie Foursome First Winner of Granite’s Mother Club Men’s FallClassic
Sean Grassie’s Deer Lodge team has won the Mother Club Men’s Fall Classic, the first event of the fall season on the Manitoba Curling Tour presented by Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries, with an 8-5 victory over Steve Irwin-Brandon in the final.
The victory earned Grassie (Corey Chambers, Kody Janzen, Stu Shiells) the winner’s purse of $2,500 plus 40 MCT Rankings points while Irwin (Joey Witherspoon, Travis Saban, Travis Taylor) picked up $1,800 and 34 MCT points. (Pictured are bonspiel Honourary Chair Cathy Gauthier and Granite President Pat Bourassa with Team Grassie)
In the semi-finals, Irwin defeated Matt Dunstone-Granite (7-1) while Grassie defeated Scott Ramsay-Granite (5-3). Dunstone and Ramsay each earned $1,250 while the four quarter-finalists (Justin Stanus-Ft. Rouge, Richard Muntain-Pinawa, Ray Baker-Granite, and William Kuran-Heather) started the season with $800 paycheques.
The Mother Club Fall Classic attracted 18 men’s teams for the first-time event which was co-sponsored by Asham, Assiniboine Dental Group, Dakota Lock & Safe, Enns Brothers, Exchange Income Corporation, and Lake of the Woods Hotel.
The results of the Granite Bonspiel, combined with results from the January-March 2014 events, place Irwin’s Brandon foursome at the top of the Men’s MCT Rankings. The top ten ranked teams on the Men’s Manitoba Curling Tour presented by Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries, as of September 28, 2014, are:
1. Steve Irwin – Brandon (64)
2. Sean Grassie-Deer Lodge (40)
3. Richard Muntain-Pinawa (38)
4. Steen Sigurdson-Heather (32)
T5. Matt Dunstone-Granite (28)
T5. Scott Ramsay-Granite (28)
T5. Kelly Marnoch-Carberry (28)
T5. Justin Stanus-Ft Rouge (28)
T9. Wes Jonasson/Ray Baker-Dauphin (22)
T9. William Kuran-Heather (22)
The MCT Rankings are significant for Manitoba curlers as invitations to the season ending Championship, to be played at Assiniboine Memorial, December 12-14,are based on the rankings. The champion that weekend plus the four top-ranked teams after the championship weekend will all earn invitations to compete in the Safeway Championship in Brandon in February 2015. The rankings are based upon a team best five finishes over the season.
<September 28, 2014>
McDonald Wins First Mother Club Women’s Fall Classic at Granite
Kristy McDonald and her new Granite team have won the Mother Club Women’s Fall Classic, the first event of the fall season on the Manitoba Curling Tour presented by Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries, with a final game 6-3 victory over Colleen Kilgallen.
The victory earned McDonald (Kate Cameron, Lesley Wilson-Westcott, Raunora Westcott) the winner’s purse of $2,500 plus 40 MCT Rankings points while Kilgallen (Susan Baleja, Janice Blair, Kendra Georges) picked up $1,800 and 34 MCT points. (Pictured are Honourary Chair Cathy Gauthier & Granite CC President Pat Bourassa with the McDonald team)
In the semi-finals, McDonald defeated Barb Spencer-Assiniboine Memorial (7-2) while Kilgallen defeated Michelle Montford-Assiniboine Memorial (6-5 EE). Spencer and Montford each earned $1,250 while the four quarter-finalists (Kim Link-East St Paul, Jill Thurston-Granite, Kerri-Einarson-Gimli, and Darcy Robertson-Ft Rouge) started the season with $800 paycheques.
The Bonspiel attracted 18 women’s teams for the first-time event which was co-sponsored by Asham, Assiniboine Dental Group, Dakota Lock & Safe, Enns Brothers, Exchange Income Corporation, and Lake of the Woods Hotel.
Despite not advancing to the final, the results of the Granite Bonspiel, combined with results from the January-March 2014 events, place Montford’s Assiniboine Memorial foursome at the top of the Women’s MCT Rankings. The top ten ranked teams on the Women’s Manitoba Curling Tour presented by Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries, as of September 28, 2014, are:
1. Michelle Montford-Assiniboine Memorial (48)
2. Kristy McDonald-Granite (40)
3. Colleen Kilgallen-TBA (34)
4. Barb Spencer-Assiniboine Memorial (28)
T5. Kerri Einarson-Gimli (22)
T5. Darcy Robertson-Fort Rouge (22)
T9. Jill Thurston-Granite(22)
T9. Kim Link-East St Paul (22)
T10. J. Brown-Fort Rouge (20)
T10. J. Clark-Rouire-Granite (20)
The MCT Rankings are significant for Manitoba curlers as invitations to the season ending Championship, to be played at Assiniboine Memorial, December 12-14,are based on the rankings. The Champion that weekend plus the two top-ranked teams after the championship weekend will all earn invitations to compete in the Scotties Tournament of Hearts presented by Monsanto in January 2015. The rankings are based upon a team’s best five finishes over the season.
The next scheduled event is the Nott Autocorp Thanksgiving Charity Classic, October 10-13, at the Winnipeg Thistle Curling Club.
<September 23, 2014>
MCT Announces Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries Partnership
The Manitoba Curling Tour (MCT) is pleased to announce that an agreement has been reached with Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries which will see the tour renamed the Manitoba Curling Tour presented by Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries for the 2014-15 season.
First established in the 1991-92 season, the Manitoba Curling Tour provides a coordinating function for the fall cash bonspiel season across Manitoba. The Tour will conclude with a December 12-14 championship event at Assiniboine Memorial Curling Club featuring 16 men’s teams and 12 women’s teams invited based on rankings points for the top five finishes by each team in cash bonspiels and CurlManitoba berth bonspiels.
The fall season opens September 25-28 with a Men’s event and a Women’s event at Winnipeg’s Granite Curling Club. Subject to confirmation of event affiliation, the tour season continues with 13 more bonspiels hosted by Thistle (2) and Rossmere in Winnipeg as well as Swan River, Dauphin, Portage (2), Morris (2), LaSalle and East St Paul (3) in rural Manitoba. A bonspiel at Winnipeg’s Deer Lodge club in January 2014 was actual start of the 2014 season. The event will go again in January 2015 as a kick-off to the next competitive season.
Plans for support of the individual tour bonspiels as well as for the championship event at Assiniboine Memorial are being finalized and will be announced in the near future.
"Curling is not only one of Manitoba’s most popular winter sports, but our competitive edge is world class and places us on the podium,” said Winston Hodgins, President & CEO of Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries. “We have sponsored some of the most notable curling championships in the country, with home grown talent leading the field. We are honoured to partner with the Manitoba Curling Tour to help all curlers in the province reach for new levels of success."
The bonspiels on the Manitoba Curling Tour presented by Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries provide an opportunity for Manitoba teams to qualify into the Men’s Safeway Championship and Women’s Scotties Tournament of Hearts presented by Monsanto. The champions at Assiniboine Memorial on December 14, if eligible, will earn provincial championship invitations. In addition, the four men’s teams and two women’s teams at the top of the rankings, after the championship, will earn provincial championship invitations.
“We look forward to working with Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries,” says Tour Coordinator Resby Coutts. “The new partnership enhances Manitoba curling’s competitive season at the same time as it provides support for Manitoba curling clubs in their effort to provide competitive opportunities as well as great curling entertainment for curlers and curling fans.”
The first bonspiel of the fall season is the new Mother Club Fall Classic, September 25-28 at the Granite CC, Winnipeg. The complete bonspiel schedule and other information about the Manitoba Curling tour presented by Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries is available at www.mancurltour.ca.
<August 25, 2014>
Assiniboine Memorial to Host MCT Championships
The Assiniboine Memorial Curling Club (AMCC) will serve as host club for the Manitoba Curling Tour’s Men’s and Women’s Championships, December 12-14, 2014.
“The AMCC is excited to host many of Manitoba’s top curlers over three days of what we expect to be the best Men’s and Women’s curling competition Winnipeg curling fans will be able to see in-person this season,” says Club Manager Paul Batchelor. “Matt Rankine, our Ice Technician, delivers championship calibre ice all season long so we know the curlers will have the kind of surface they want for making all of the shots.”
Batchelor says facility upgrades in recent years have made the AMCC an excellent venue for championship curling. From improved ice-shed lighting, reverse osmosis water, very recent installation of a dehumidifier and a replacement chiller to installation of a public lift and fully accessible washrooms facilities, AMCC will provide an enjoyable championship experience for both competitors and spectators.
The Manitoba Curling Tour Championship events will feature a 16-team Men’s Division and a 12-team Women’s division. Each is scheduled to play a triple knock-out with a playoff round. The teams will play for a cash prize pool plus the opportunity to add to their chances of earning Men’s Safeway Championship invitations and Women’s Scotties Tournament of Hearts invitations. In addition, the MCT Championships will be CTRS (Canadian Team Ranking System) eligible in order to allow interested teams to earn coveted points on the national competitive scene.
Teams will be invited to compete in the MCT Championship based on their season-long MCT rankings. Each team’s top five finishes in MCT bonspiels are counted in the determination of the rankings. The champions plus the four top ranked men’s teams and two top ranked women’s teams will qualify for their respective provincial championships.
The MCT’s fall season begins with the September 25-28 Mother Club Classic at the Granite Curling Club.
For information contact MCT Coordinator Resby Coutts (204-799-2250)
AMCC Manager Paul Batchelor (204-479-7528
<August 13, 2014>
DEKALB SuperSpiel expands to the Rosenort Arena and World Class Ice!!
The DEKALB SuperSpiel, presented by Meridian, Rocky Mountain Equipment and official host Sponsor, the Town of Morris, is excited to announce the expansion of the DEKALB SuperSpiel into the Rural Municipality of Morris and the Rosenort Arena.(15 minutes north west of Morris) on November 20-24.
With the expansion to 48 teams (32 women-16 men) the DEKALB SuperSpiel needed more ice. The event will now be held at the Morris Curling Club Nov 20-24th and at the Rosenort Arena Friday, Nov 21 and Saturday, Nov 22.
“This is exciting news for the Rural Municipality and gives us the opportunity to showcase the RM, the Rosenort arena and the sport of curling to the World.” said Reeve Ralph Groening of the RM of Morris.
World Class Ice maker Greg Ewasko will provide 4 sheets of Olympic quality ice for the teams..
The prize money (subject to full entry) will increase to $40,000 for the women and $30,000 for the men, bringing the total DEKALB SuperSpiel purse to $70,000. 32 women’s teams also increases the value of the CTRS Points for teams hoping to qualify for the 2018 Olympics.
The DEKALB SuperSpiel welcomes Team Jennifer Jones-2014 Olympic Gold Medalist and many others from around the world and Canada !!
<August 13, 2014>
Granite Looks to Expand Men's Event
Response has been positive to the new Mother Club Classic, the Granite Curling Club's first bonspiel of the new season, according to organizer Darryl Gunnlaugson. The men's event has already posted 17 entries, one more than the original target and Gunnlaugsoon says they will expand the bonspiel to 18 if they get one more entry. In the event of a change, the 18 teams will play in groups of six - guaranteeing them five games in the opening spiel of the year and a minimum $10,000 purse.
On the Women's side of the bonspiel, there are 11 entries at this stage but lots of time before the event for it to fill up as well.
Interested teams are encouraged to contact Darryl Gunnlaugson - email@example.com
Entry fee checks, payable to Granite Curling Club, are requested for the full amount ($500) but may be post-dated to September 1, 2014.
Mail to: MOTHER CLUB FALL CURLING CLASSIC
One Granite Way, Winnipeg Manitoba, R3C OY9
<July 15, 2014>
Introducing the SUNOVA SPIEL AT EAST ST PAUL
East St. Paul Curling Club has partnered with Sunova Credit Union for two new bonspiels on the MCT and WCT circuits this fall. The Sunova Spiel will be held November 27 - 30, which is perfect timing for some fine-tuning before zone playdowns. The format will be a triple knock-out 16 team women’s bonspiel and 16 team men’s bonspiel. The purse will be $10,000 for each bonspiel, with an entry fee of $600.
Entries can be submitted to Kim Link: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please forward a list of team members and post-dated cheque (October 1), payable to The Sunova Spiel, to: Kim Link, 116 North Hill Drive, East St. Paul, MB, R2E 0H7
<June 23, 2014>
CANAD INNS INITIATES CLASSIC FOR WOMEN
RETAINS PREMIERE MANITOBA SPIEL ON WORLD CURLING TOUR
Manitoba will continue to attract world-class women’s curling, with Canad Inns announcing The Canad Inns Classic for Women from October 24-27 in Portage la Prairie.
“Canad Inns is pleased to host this first-class event on the World Curling Tour,” said Paul Robson, CEO for Canad Inns. “Manitobans are huge curling fans and love to watch our home-grown talent compete against the best in Canada and the world. “
With a purse of $60,000, the 32-team triple knockout event attracts the top women competitors with teams expected from across Canada as well as International Teams.
“The fall spiel has always been important to women’s curling and further building our level of competitiveness in Manitoba and across the Prairies,”said Cathy Overton Clapham. Canad Inns has a track record in supporting curling, and we know that this event will be a huge success.”
Canad Inns has extensive experience and commitment to supporting competitive curling. Since 2010, Canad Inns has been the Title Sponsor for the Canad Inns Prairie Classic, a prestigious spot on the men’s world curling tour, which will take place again in Portage la Prairie from October 17-20th. Canad Inns was also a Gold sponsor for the 2008 Tim Horton’s Brier in Winnipeg and Title Sponsor for the 2009 Men’s World Curling Championship in Grand Forks North Dakota.
The curling will take place at the Portage la Prairie Curling Club, which is part of Canad Inns Destination Centre Portage la Prairie. Further details on draws and ticket prices will be announced in the fall.
“Canad Inns is proudly committed to our community and partnerships supporting events important to Manitoba,” said Robson. “We look forward to supporting Manitoba’s proud tradition of world-class curling.”
Vice President, Corporate Identity & Community Relations
<June 13, 2014>
Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries Women's Curling Classic Ends its Run
The following email was sent earlier this week by Cathy Overton-Clapham (on behalf of the Manitoba Liuquor and Lotteries Curling Classic Committee) to the bonspiel's team list. It includes the news that the bonspiel will not be running this year. That news will be a disappointment to competitors and local fans alike. Both groups have looked forward annually to the spiel at Fort Rouge as the first real chance every winter to compete against or watch the best female curlers in the world. The Manitoba Curling Tour says a big THANK YOU!! to the volunteers who have put the time and effort into the bonspiel over the years - Resby
Hello Everyone..........As the 2014 curling season will soon be upon us, the organizing committee of the Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries Women's Curling Classic has made a difficult decision. For over 20 years, Winnipeg has hosted a major women's curling event, with the departure of some key committee members as well as volunteers, we have decided not to run the event this year. We sincerely thank our dedicated committee members as well as our volunteers who have worked for many years on this event, we could not execute a first class event without your support and efforts.
We would also like to thank our many sponsors who have been supporting the event for long time, we sincerely appreciate their support over the years..
As we look forward to the future, we will endeavor to search out other opportunities to give back to this sport that we love.
To the many teams that have participated over the years, we thank you and hope that you understand that this decision was a difficult one for us to make.
Good luck to all teams in the 2014/2015 season...................Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries Women's Curling Classic Committee.
<Jan 5, 2014>
GRANITE TO HOST NEW MCT MEN’S & WOMEN’S EVENTS
The Granite Curling Club has announced plans to host new men’s and women’s cash bonspiels as a Manitoba season opener in the fall of 2014. The events will be both MCT and WCT affiliated.
The details of the MOTHER CLUB FALL CURLING CLASSIC are posted on the Granite Curling Club website (www.granitecurlingclub.ca/Bonspiel). A 16-team Men’s event (triple knock-out, eight qualifiers) and a 16-team Women’s event (triple knock-out, eight qualifiers) will run at the same time, September 25-28, 2014.
The entry fee will be $500 per team with a prize payout of $9,000 per event.
On behalf of the organizing committee, spokesperson Darryl says the first 16 paid entries per bonspiel will be accepted and the 16 teams per event are the maximum which will be accepted.
Draws will take place Thursday and Friday evenings and all day Saturday and Sunday.
Entry fee checks, payable to Granite Curling Club, are requested for the full amount ($500) but may be post-dated to September 1, 2014.
Mail to: MOTHER CLUB FALL CURLING CLASSIC
One Granite Way, Winnipeg Manitoba, R3C OY94
Contact for information: Darryl Gunnlaugson email:email@example.com
<Jan 5, 2014>
SIGURDSON WINS DEER LODGE MCT SPIEL
Steen Sigurdson and his Heather team (Riley Smith, Ian McMillan, Nick Curtis) won the championship and the $1,300 first prize at the Deer Lodge Open MCT Bonspiel with four wins and a single loss. Team Sigurdson defeated Richard Muntain 8-3 in the final game. The 12-team event included six teams bound for the Safeway Championship and three headed for the Scotties Tournament of Hearts. Muntain earned $700. Semi-finalists Kate Cameron and Darcy Robertson (skipped by Kyle Foster) each earned $550 while the quarterfinalists Joelle Brown and Kevin Brown each earned $400. The Cameron and Robertson teams were the unbeaten A-Side qualifers.
Team Sigurdson starts the 2014-15 MCT season at the top of Gord Green's MCT Men's Rankings with Muntain ranked second and Kevin Brown ranked third.
As the Robertson foursome was ineligle, Cameron starts the 2014-15 MCT season at the top of Kristi Green's MCT Women's Rankings with Joelle Brown ranked second.