News Releases and Current Results
<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.
<June 13, 2014>
Heather CC to Host 2014 MCT Championships
The Heather Curling Club and Manitoba Curling Tour have finalized plans for the 2014 season ending MCT Championship event to be staged at the 8-sheet facility on Youville Street in St Boniface/Winnipeg.
When the MCT Championships take place at Heather December 12-14, 2014, it will mark the first time in nearly 20 years the event has been played in played in a Winnipeg curling club. Beausejour and Morris have hosted the last five events with other hosts clubs having included Swan River, Portage and Brandon.
Continuing the practice of the recent past, CurlManitoba will award four invitations to the Manitoba Men’s Safeway Championship in Brandon and a pair of invitations to the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Winkler through the Manitoba Curling Tour.
The Men’s and Women’s MCT champion teams (or the highest finishing eligible team) will earn provincial championship invitations. In addition, three men’s teams and one women’s team will receive provincial invitations based on the MCT Rankings at the conclusion of the championship event.
Heather CC Names New Manager
Winnipeg’s Heather Curling Club has announced the appointment of Adam MacPherson to the dual roles of Club Manager and Chief Ice Technician for the 2014-15 Curling Season.
MacPherson, originally from Ontario, joins the Heather from a parallel position in Port Alberni, BC.
“We’re excited to have Adam lead our team into the future,” said Heather CC Past President Bill Biehl, who was a member of the search committee. “Like many clubs, we have fallen into habits and ways of doing things and like many clubs, we need to be re-energized. Adam MacPherson is the person who can work with our Board of Directors to help us progress.”
Prior to the change in management, Heather CC was already committed to hosting the 2014-15 Canola Junior Men’s and Women’s Championship. After joining the Heather staff team, MacPherson was instrumental in the decision to have the club also host the Manitoba Curling Tour Championships.
The Canola Juniors will be played at the Heather December 26-31, 2014 while the MCT Championships are set for December 12-14, 2014.
2014-15 "DRAFT" MCT EVENTS CALENDAR IS NOW POSTED
<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.