News Releases and Current Results
<Dec 31, 2012>
Birchard Wins Fort Rouge's MCT Coors Light Christmas Classic
Prepping for next week’s Canola Junior Championships in Brandon, Daniel Birchard (Kelly Fordyce, Brody Moore, Andrew Peck, Coach Ray Fillion)and defending provincial junior champion Kyle Doering-West Kildonan (Conner Njegovan, Derek Oryniak, Kyle Kurz, Coach Cal Edie) met in the final of the Fort Rouge Coors Light Christmas Classic.
The Birchard foursome won this round with a 5-1 victory to earn a $1650 pay-cheque. Team Doering picked up $850. Birchard’s victory also puts his young team at the top of Gord Green’s Manitoba Curling Tour Men’s Rankings as a new round of rankings begins, building toward the 2013-14 season.
Birchard defeated Sean Grassie–Deer Lodge (Corey Chambers, Kody Janzen, Stu Shiells) 6-4 in the semi-final and Kevin Brown 6-2 in the quarterfinal. Doering had beaten Andrew Irving 9-3 in the semifinal and Dale Lott 6-3 in the quarterfinal.
The other quarterfinalists were Randy Dutiaume and Reid Carruthers who, along with Irving, declared themselves ineligible for MCT Rankings based on line-up.
The semifinalists earned $550 while the quarterfinalists pcked up $325.
<Dec 9, 2012>
Grassie, Spencer Teams Win MCT Championships & Top Season-End Rankings
The Manitoba Curling Tour Championships for the 2012 year were hosted successfully December 6-9, 2012 by the Beausejour Curling Club. Beausejour’s volunteers with the support of local sponsors Thrifty Carwash, Beausejour Optical, Chicken Delight provided a new level of hospitality which was much appreciated by curlers.
Sixteen men’s teams from the top of Gord Green`s REMAX professionals MCT Men`s Rankings and eleven women’s teams from Kristi Green’s REMAX professionals MCT Women`s Rankings along with a Beausejour club host women’s team took part in the championship.
The championship concluded the season long Manitoba Curling Tour series of 7 Men’s, 5 women’s, and 5 open events. For the 21st year, Asham Curling Supplies was a valued Manitoba Curling Tour sponsor. The support of CurlingZone and CurlManitoba is also noted with appreciation.
GRASSIE WINS CHAMPIONSHIP: Sean Grassie-Deer Lodge won his first Manitoba Curling Tour championship with a 6-2 final game victory over Scott Ramsay-Granite. Grassie (Corey Chambers, Kody Janzen, and Travis Bale subbing for regular lead Stu Shiells) picked up the champion`s $2,000 cheque.
Team Grassie’s championship marked the fourth championship title they had earned beginning with the Deer Lodge Cash Spiel in January 2012 and including Rossmere’s Ken Kurbis Galaxy Speil and the Thistle Integrity Stakes in 2012. Grassie also advanced to the semi-finals in the 2012 DEKALB SuperSpiel. That record of accomplishment also earned the Grassie foursome the top spot on the season-ending rankings.
The finalist Ramsay foursome (Mark Taylor, Ross McFadyen, Kyle Werenich) picked up $1600 and a berth invitation for the Safeway Championship in Neepawa in February. The MCT champion`s berth went to the highest finishing eligible team, which was the Ramsay team, because the Grassie foursome had previously won a Safeway berth.
Semifinalist William Lyburn-West Kildonan (Alex & Tyler Forrest and Ken Tresoor subbing for regular third James Kirkness) earned $1,200 and earned a Safeway berth invitation, as well. Qualifier Daley Peters-Gimli (Chris Galbraith, Kyle Einarson, Mike Neufeld) also picked up a Safeway berth invitation.
The Peters and Lyburn invitations were to the two highest ranking teams, at the end of the championship, on Gord Green`s REMAX professionals MCT Men`s Rankings. Again, these two berths were both available as Grassie had previously earned a bonspiel berth.
Bob Sigurdson-Granite (Darren Oryniak, Alan Purdy, Chad Barkman) was the second semifinalist, losing 8-4 to Grassie while Lyburn lost 7-4 to Ramsay.
With Peters, the quarterfinalists were Kyle Foster-Arborg, Steen Sigurdson-Fort Rouge, and Dave Elias-West St Paul.
SPENCER WINS CHAMPIONSHIP: In the Women`s championship, Barb Spencer won her fourth MCT title with a 7-3 win over her Assiniboine Memorial clubmate Janet Harvey. Spencer (Katie Spencer, Ainsley Champagne, Raunora Westcott) earned $1,950.
Harvey (Cherie-Ann Loder, Kristin Loder, Carey Kirby), like Ramsay in the Men’s division, had already earned the MCT rankings provincial berth invitation berth. While the Spencer foursome ended the season at the top of the rankings, like Grassie, they had already earned a provincial Scotties berth prior to the event.
In the semifinal, Harvey had defeated Lisa DeRiviere (Karen Klein, Jolene Rutter, Theresa Cannon, Laryssa Grenkow) 5-1 and Spencer had eliminated Kim Link-East St Paul (Maureen Bonar, Renee Fletcher, Pam Kolton) 9-3.
Quarterfinalists were Darcy Robertson-Fort Rouge and Michelle Montford-Assiniboine Memorial.
Harvey’s team earned $1550, DeRiviere & Link picked up $1150, and Robertson & Montford cashed cheques for $750.
The Harvey and Robertson teams were tied as the highest ranked eligible team on Kristi Green’s REMAX professionals MCT Women`s Rankings at the conclusion of the championship. The berth was awarded to Harvey on the basis of the tie-breaker formula whose first criterion was which team advanced furthest in the playoffs of the 2012 MCT Championship event.
In addition to the Tour Championship, to earn top spot on the Women’s rankings list Team Spencer qualified at the Manitoba Lotteries Women’s Classic, reached the semifinal in the Atkins Curling Supplies Classic, and reached the final of the DEKALB SuperSpiel.
The Championship event ends the 2012 Manitoba Curling Tour season. The first two events of the 2013 season will be the Fort Rouge Coors Light Christmas Classic and the Deer Lodge Cash Spiel, hosted by MCT champion Sean Grassie January 3-6, 2013.
PROVINCIAL BERTH INVITATIONS FROM THE MCT
Champion's Berth – (Granite) Scott Ramsay, Mark Taylor, Ross McFadyen, Kyle Werenich
#1 Points – (Gimli) Daley Peters, Chris Galbraith, Kyle Einarson, Mike Neufeld
#2 Points – (West Kildonan) William Lyburn, James Kirkness, Alex Forrest, Tyler Forrest
#1 Points – (Assiniboine Memorial) Janet Harvey, Cherie-Ann Loder, Kristin Loder, Carey Kirby
<Dec 8, 2012>
Four men`s teams and four women`s teams are a win away from the playoff round in the Manitoba Curling Tour Championships underway in Beausejour.
In the 16-team men`s championship William Lyburn-West Kildonan, Sean Grassie-Deer Lodge, Scott Ramsay-Granite and Dave Elias-West Kildonan have won a pair of games and their next victory puts them into the eight team championship round. Those games go at 9AM Saturday, December 8 as Lyburn plays Grassie and Ramsay meets Elias.
The highest finishing eligible team in the championship earns a berth invitation for the Safeway Championship in Neepawa. Two additional berth invitations will be awarded at the conclusion of the event to the top two eligible teams on Gord Green`s REMAX professionals MCT Men`s Ranking.
In the 12-team women`s championship, a trio of Assiniboine Memorial teams skipped by Barb Spencer, Janet Harvey, and Kerri Einarson are joined by Kim Link-East St Paul as the four teams looking for one more win on the short route to a Scotties berth invitation. The berth invitation will be awarded at the conclusion of the event to the top eligible team on Kristi Green`s REMAX professionals MCT Women`s Ranking.
Play to qualify a total of eight men`s teams and six women`s teams for the Sunday playoff rounds will continue with five draws Saturday. (9AM, Noon, 3PM, 6PM, 9PM)
The championship round will be played over three draws Sunday – quarterfinals at 9:30AM, semi-finals at 1PM, and finals at 4:30PM.