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Dec. 7, 2016

The Tour Championship will be starting Friday morning in Dauphin.  There are 8 womens teams and 16 mens teams attending.  The womens teams will be split into 2 pools and play a round robin.  The top 2 teams in each pool will advance to a page playoff.  The men will play a TKO event with 8 qualifiers moving on to the playoffs.  Both events are eligible for CTRS/OOM points.

The 2 mens teams and 1 womens team with the most MCT points, (top 5 MCT events counted), at the end of the weekend will earn berths into the provincial championships.  The winners of each event, or highest finishing eligible team if the winner has a spot, will each also earn a berth into the provincial championship.

The draw was sent out to teams yesterday and will be posted on the website as soon as possible.  If your team did not receive the email with the draw or has any questions please contact us.

 

Team Loreth Wins 2nd Event

Dec. 6, 2016

20161107_225824_1478620169730The Thistle curling club was hosting the annual Integrity Stakes event this past weekend.  16 mens teams started out Friday night and last night Trevor Loreth and his team from the Granite took down Braden Calvert in the final.  Calvert ,along with the team he will play junior provincials with, Colton Lott, Kyle Doering, Robbie Gordon qualified out of the A side and started with hammer.  They blanked the 1st end and would take a single in the 2nd.  Loreth would make the most of his chance with the hammer and score 2 in the 3rd end.  The turning point came in the 5th as Loreth, Brad Haight, Ryan Lowden, Brett Cawson would steal 2 and go up 4-1.  Calverts team came back to take 2 in the 6th but Loreth again would cash in with the hammer in the 7th and score 2 more to put the game out of reach.  This is the 2nd win of the season for team Loreth.  They Pocket $1,300 for the win and also vault into the #5 ranking on the Gord Green MCT Rankings.  They also continue to pick up momentum as they look for a berth into provincials.  For making the Final the Calvert rink picks up $900.

The semi finals also were held Monday night.  Dennis Bohn and Taylor McIntyre each made the semis and earn $750 for the weekend.  Bohns strong season continues and they remain at #2 in the rankings while McIntyre slides into #13.  Stephen Dropkin was the only team not from Manitoba to play this weekend and he along with Rob Atkins each made a quarter final appearance.  Both of these teams won $550 for qualifying.  Team Atkins moves up 1 spot to #12 on the overall rankings.

Up next is the MCT Tour Championship in Dauphin that kicks off Friday morning. 16 mens teams and 8 womens teams will make the trip and try to pick up the available provincial berths.

 

Fleury Wins Sunova Spiel

Nov. 29, 2016

img_095916 womens teams were also in East St.Paul this weekend for the Sunova Spiel.  Tracy Fleury and her Sudbury Ontario team of Jennifer Wylie, Jenna Walsh, Amanda Gates were wanting to get some good competition in before the Canada Cup started.  After loosing their 1st game of the event they went on a 6-0 run and now have some good momentum heading to the Canada Cup.  The final was Fleury against Michelle Englot.  Engot along with Kate Cameron, Leslie Wilson-Westcott, Raunora Westcott are playing in the final for the 2nd straight weekend.  Fleury got out to a 4-0 lead with a steal of 3 in the 2nd end.  Englots team would try and rally back but would be forced to a single in the 3rd end.  After scoring 1 in the 4th end Fleury would steal 3 more in the 5th and take the title along with the $2,600 winners prize.  Engot and her team walk away with $1,800 and now move into top spot on the Kristi Green MCT Rankings.

Barb Spencer and Colleen Kilgallen each pick up $1,200 for making the semis this weekend.  Spencer jumps to #8 overall while Kilgallen moves up to #10 in the rankings.  Quarter finalists each took home $800 and they were Briane Meilleur (#3), Darcy Robertson (#4), Rachel Burtnyk (#7) and Meghan Armit (#13).

The Sunova was the final event for the womens teams before the Tour Championship begins Dec.9 in Dauphin.

 

Dunstone Dominates Sunova

Nov. 29, 2019

The Sunova Spiel was himg_0958eld in East St.Paul this past weekend.  16 mens teams started play Friday night and when it was all over Matt Dunstone and his team of Alex Forrest, Ian McMillan, Connor Njegovan were left standing on top with a $2,600 cheque and an event win.  Dunstone finished off a perfect 6-0 weekend by beating David Bohn in the final.  Bohn along with Justin Richter, Tyler Forrest, Bryce McEwen found themselves down 3-0 after 5 ends as Dunstone stole singles in the 4th and 5th.  In the 6th Bohn could only muster a single point and that is as close as they would get.  Bohn’s team picked up $1,800 and move to #5 overall on the Gord Green MCT Rankings.  Dunstone and company now find themselves at #6 with only 1 weekend left until the Tour Championship.

The semi finalists this weekend were Daley Peters and Dennis Bohn.  For making the semis each teams pockets $1,200 and earn valuable points.  Peters is currently #7 in the rankings while Bohn continues to sit at #2.  William Lyburn (#3), Braden Calvert (#4), Rob Atkins (#13) and Bill Kuran (#14) all made the quarter finals at the Sunova.  The each won $800 and now all sit comfortably inside the top 16 in the rankings heading into the final weekend.

The next event for the men starts Friday evening at the Thistle.  This is the final event before the Tour Championship.

 

Tour Championship Invites

Nov. 24, 2016

With only a couple weeks left before the MCT Tour Championships in Dauphin invites are starting to get sent out to teams.  If the top 12 womens and top 16 mens teams all do not go then we will invite the next team down on the list.  This is the same as years past.

Draws will start Friday morning at 9 am and the final has been tentatively scheduled for 4pm Sunday.  Depending on your seed your teams first game could be at 9, 12, or 3 on Friday.  If your team is interested in playing the Tour Championship and you have not received an invite yet you can send us an email using the contact form so we know you’re interested.  We will be at East St Paul this weekend and should get a chance to contact most teams.

Accommodations and Info:

Hotel locations for those who don’t know – Boulevard and Dauphin Inn Express are directly across the street from the complex – Super 8 is on the edge of town and requires driving.

When contacting the hotels please mention Ray Baker and the Manitoba Curing Tour Championship

Rooms are blocked off at the following:

Dauphin inn express  (204-638-4430)     6 rooms – all they have are 2 – 1 room suites and 4 – 2 room suites they sleep quite a few people all rooms are around $152

Super 8  (204-638-0800)                         29 rooms – 8 with 2 standard beds – the rest are suites mostly with 2 or more beds

Reg room $128.88 – suites/business rooms $138.88

Boulevard   (204-638-4410)                     14 rooms – we have pretty much the entire hotel

The sooner the better to book these as there is a hockey tournament in town this weekend as well.  As always any questions feel free to contact us.

 

Jones Wins 2nd Straight DEKALB

Nov. 22, 2016

img_0952This past weekend the curling world stopped in Morris for the DEKALB superspiel.  This was yet another strong field of 24 womens teams battling for the $10,000 top prize.  The final was an all Manitoba affair that had Jen Jones defend her title from last season.  Jones along with her foursome of Kaitlyn Lawes, Jill Officer, Dawn McEwen capped off a perfect 6-0 weekend and move into top spot on the Kristi Green MCT Rankings by defeating Michelle Englot.  The final game was back and forth until a steal of 3 in the 5th end by Jones let her pull away for good.  Englot and her team of Kate Cameron, Leslie Wilson-Westcott, Raunora Westcott tried to battle back but couldn’t make up the points in the last half of the game.  The final was 8-3 for team Jones.  For their work this weekend team Englot picked up $6,600 and also find themselves in 2nd place overall on the season long rankings.

The semi finalists were Julie Tippin and Jamie Sinclair.  For making the semi finals their teams each took home $4,000.  The 4 quarter finalist each got $3,000 for making the playoffs.  They were Allison Flaxey, Shannon Birchard, Briane Meilleur, and Darcy Robertson.  With only a couple events left the points race is getting tight as Birchard, Meilleur, Robertson are currently sitting 3rd, 4th and 5th overall.

This coming weekend the ladies teams head to East St.Paul for the Sunova Spiel.  The first draw is Friday afternoon at 4pm.

McEwen Gets 1st Win Of Season

Nov. 22, 2016

32 mens teams came to Morris this weekend in search of points, experience, and a good pay day.  The final, just like the womens final, was a battle of Manitoba.  Mike McEwen and his team from the Fort Rouge curling club took on William Lyburn.  This was a rematch of the A side qualifier game Saturday night that had Lyburn and his team of Richard Daneault, Jared Kolomaya, Braden Zawada, Jim Coleman get the upper hand on McEwen.  The final started with McEwen and his team of BJ Neufeld, Matt Wozniak, Denni Neufeld stealing in the 1st and 3rd ends and jump out to a 3-0 lead.  Team Lyburn would close the gap but with hammer in ends 5 and 7 team McEwen would hang 3 points up each end and win the game 9-4.  Along with the 1st win of the year they also get the $11,000 cheque and make a huge jump all the way to #5 on the Gord Green MCT Rankings.  Team Lyburn adds $6,600 to their bank account and also makes a move in the rankings to #4.

Reid Carruthers and Gustav Eskilsson were the semi finalists and each pocket $4,000.  By making the semis team Carruthers remain the top ranked team for another week.  Steffen Walstad, Kody Hartung, Jason Gunnlaugson and Dennis Bohn all made the quarter finals and earn $3,000.  Bohns team remain in 2nd place in the points race while the quarter final appearance moves Gunnlaugson inside the top 10 to 9th overall.

The next event for the men will be at East St.Paul.  The Sunova Spiel kicks off at 4pm Friday afternoon.

 

Loreth Conquers Galaxy

Nov. 8, 2016

20161107_225824_1478620169730The latest stop on tour brought 30 teams to Rossmere for the Ken Kurbis Galaxy Memorial event.  Majority were Manitoba rinks but there was a couple teams that made the trip from the USA as well as a team from Ontario.  Late Monday night only 2 were left standing.  Trevor Loreth and his team of Brad Haight, Ryan Lowden, Brett Cawson finished off a 10 game weekend in style with a 6-5 win over Braden Calvert.  Calvert along with Kyle Kurz, Lucas Van Den Bosch, Brendan Wilson also had a 10 game weekend as both teams had to qualify out of the C side.  Loreth’s team picked up $3,400 for winning the event.  With the win they also jump into 5th place overall on the Gord Green MCT Points List.  For making the final team Calvert took home $2,000 and slides into 3rd place in the points race.

The 2 semi finalist this weekend also took the long road and qualified out of the C side.  They were the Daley Peters rink and Dennis Bohn Rink.  Both teams picked up $1,200 for their efforts and continue their consistent play this season.  Peters holds down 4th place while Dennis Bohn remains in 2nd overall.  Quarter finalists in this event got to pocket $800 and they were Al Hackner, Willy Lyburn, Rob Atkins and Sean Grassie.

The next MCT event is starting Nov. 18 in Morris and at the Rosenort Arena.  The Dekalb Superspiel will host 24 womens teams and 32 mens teams from around the world.

 

Team Homan Wins Canad Inns Classic

Oct. 25, 2016

fullsizerenderThis weekend all eyes were on Portage La Prairie again as the Canad Inns Womens Classic was going on.  A lot of the top ranked teams were there for this event.  The final took place last night and was between Rachel Homan of Ontario and Chiaki Matsumura of Japan.  Matsumura and her team of Emi Shimizu, Ikue Kitazawa, Hasumi Ishigooka had to battle from the C side of the event to make it into the playoffs.  After Homan scored 2 with hammer to start the final she forced the team from Japan to a single in the 2nd end.  Then along with her team of Emma Miskew, Joanne Courtney, Lisa Weagle they would blow the game open with a hit and stick for 4 points in the 3rd end.  Matsumura’s team kept fighting and would take their deuce in the 4th but Homan with hammer in the 5th would again score multiple points and put the game out of reach.  The team from Japan could only score 1 in the 6th and would call it a night.  Homan wins the final 9-4 and after she lost the opening game would go on to run the table and win 8 in a row and win $15,500.  Team Matsumura picked up $10,400 for their 2nd place finish.

The semi finalist teams this weekend each got $6,400 and they were Bingyu Wang from China and Anna Hasselborg of Sweden.  Teams that qualified for the quarter finals earned $4,100 this weekend.  They were Ontario’s Tracy Fleury, Sherry Anderson from Saskatchewan, Jennifer Jones and Shannon Birchard from Manitoba.  Along with the money this weekend Jones now moves into 4th place on the Kristi Green MCT rankings.  Birchard and her team are now in a tie for 2nd place overall in the rankings.

 

Peterson Rink Wins Atkins Curling Supplies Classic

Oct. 18, 2016

captureThe MCT also had a womens event on the schedule this weekend and saw 21 teams head to the AMCC, the new home of the Atkins Curling Supplies Classic.  The teams played a round robin format and had the top 8 records moving on to the playoffs.  After the round robin there was a log jam of teams that finished with 2-2 records and the tie breaking scores had to be used to determine which rinks would make the playoffs.

The final was a battle between 2 Manitoba teams.  Beth Peterson along with Robyn Njegovan, Melissa Gordon, Breanne Yozenko were taking on the Darcy Robertson team.  Both teams could only manage singles early in the match but in the 4th end Robertson and her team of Karen Klein, Vanessa Foster and Michelle Madden tried to break away by scoring a huge 3.  Down 4-2 playing the 5th end Peterson’s team took all the momentum back and with a huge 4 as well as a 2 point lead.  Held to a single in 6, Robertson managed a steal of 1 in the 7th to tie the game up.  The Peterson team now had hammer coming home in a tie game and just needed a single point to secure the victory.  They would score their single and earn themselves a $4,000 pay day.  The win also moves them up to top spot on the Kristi Green MCT rankings.  By making the final team Robertson still moves into 4th spot in the rankings and earns $2,500.

The 2 semi finalist teams this weekend each made $1,800.  They were Jackie Dewar who now moves into 7th place and Briane Meilleur who moves into 2nd place on the season long rankings.  Quarter finalists Deb McCreanor and Janet Harvey both slide into 9th overall with their performances.  Them along with fellow quarter finalists Jamie Sinclair and Tori Koana each pocket $1,350 in winnings.

Next on the MCT schedule is the Canad Inns Womens Classic beginning this Friday in Portage.

 

Carruthers Captures Canad Inns Crown

Oct. 18, 2016

fullsizerenderThis past weekend was the Canad Inns Mens Classic in Portage La Prairie.  This event brought in a strong field and by the time the playoff round started Monday morning only 1 Manitoba team was left.  The final saw 2 teams that had to qualify out of the C side and they were Reid Carruthers and his team of Braeden Moskowy, Derek Samagalski, Colin Hodgson take on the Charley Thomas rink from Alberta.  Early in the match the teams traded 2’s and after the halfway mark it was Carruthers up 4-2.  Thomas, who is supported by Nathan Connolly, Brandon Klassen, DJ Kidby, would score 1 in the 5th then steal another in the 6th to tie the game.  Carruthers again would score his duece with hammer in 7 and play a flawless 8th end only leaving Thomas an Al Hackner like double to force the extra.  Thomas was only able to score 1 which handed the Carruthers team $18,000 and the win and also moved them into top spot on the Gord Green MCT rankings.  For finishing 2nd Thomas and his team earned $10,000.

Semi finalist this weekend got to take home $6,000 and they were the Steve Laycock team and the Shaun Meachem team.  The quarter finalists were Kevin Koe, Brad Jacobs, John Morris and Bruce Korte.  For qualifying these teams earned $4,000 each.

There is now a break in the schedule for a couple weeks for the men.  The next mens MCT event will be the Ken Kurbis Memorial event held at Rossmere starting Nov.4/16

 

Westwood Inn Classic Cancelled

Oct. 11, 2016

We have been informed that the Westwood Inn Classic in Swan River, running Nov.11-14, will be canceling their event.  After 18 years of running this event the entries have got to be too low to make it work.  This year there was only 7 mens and 4 womens teams that were entered.  For those teams that entered you will be getting contacted by those who run the event.  Thanks to all the people that have made the Swan River event run for the past 18 seasons.  Your hard work and dedication does not go unnoticed.  Hopefully in the near future this event can be feasible for you to run again.

 

Calvert wins 1st Man Curl Classic

 

Oct. 11, 2016

The 1st Man Curl Clafullsizerenderssic was held at the Thistle curling club over the long weekend and had 16 mens teams show up to play for the top prize of $3000.  The final was played Monday afternoon between Braden Calvert and his team of Kyle Kurz, Lucas VanDenBosch, Brendan Wilson and Richard Muntain.  Calvert had got out to an early 4-1 lead but Muntain and his team of Kelly Marnoch,(in for Mike McCaughan), Brad Van Walleghem, Rodney Legault refused to go away and would steal 1 in the 5th end to narrow the gap to 4-3.  In the 6th end Calvert sealed the deal when he peeled Muntains last rock freeze out of the 4 foot and left 5 of his own scattered around the rings for the 9-3 win.  Team Calvert won $3000 and moves into 3rd place in the overall standings.  Muntain and his team took home $2000 and now move into 5th place overall.

This weekend the semi finalists earned $1500 each and they were Daley Peters and Trevor Loreth.  These teams are 6th and 7th respectively in the MCT rankings.  The 4 quarter finalist each pocket $1000 and they were Derek Oryniak, Bill Kuran, Dennis Bohn, David Bohn.  By making the quarters this weekend Dennis and David Bohns teams sit 1st and 2nd in the standings after the third week of the season.

We would like to thank Rob Atkins as Atkins Curling Supplies donated a $250 gift card to be raffled off with proceeds again going towards the Tour Championship in Dauphin.  Congratulations to Kyle McCannell for having his name pulled and winning the gift card.

Thanks to the Thistle for hosting us and to all the volunteers that helped make this event run so smooth.  We look forward to running this event again and hope all the teams will be back.

This weekend coming up the women are at the AMCC for the Atkins Curling Supplies Classic while the men head to Portage for the Canad Inns Mens Classic.

 

Winnipeg Cash League Seeking Teams

Oct. 5, 2016

If there are any teams that are wanting to join a league that has competitive games every week the Winnipeg cash league still has a couple openings.  This league is at the Granite on Tuesday nights at 7:45.  Many of the teams that play in the league are competitive teams that qualify for provincials annually.

This season the league has been made eligible to collect CTRS points as well as MCT points.  There will be 2 halves to the season both with a seeded round robin format followed by playoffs.  The 1st half will end before the tour championship so all accumulated points will help your teams standings going into the MCT Tour Championship and OOM ranking.  The 2nd half will end in March so points won in the 2nd half will give you a head start on next seasons MCT rankings.

Teams are paid per win in the round robin and also paid depending on where they finish in the playoffs.  Teams that don’t make the playoffs will continue to play during playoffs against other non playoff teams.  They will continue to be paid per win.  Teams will get about 18 games in over the season.

If your team has goals of reaching slams or qualifying for provincials without the grind of regional play downs then the points earned here can help.  If your team is seeking good competition and wants to improve your skills every week then playing competitive games will also help.

If interested you can contact Trevor Loreth for more details at trevorloreth@hotmail.com

 

Kim wins KKP Classic

Oct. 3, 2016

image1This past weekend 20 mens teams competed at the Fort Rouge curling club in the KKP Classic.  After the round robin finished up Saturday night there were 8 teams left standing.  For the 2nd weekend in a row the final featured Chang-Min Kim, Se Hyeon Seong, Eun Soo Oh, Chi Goo Kim from Korea against Team Bohn.  This weekend however it was Dennis Bohn and not David.  Along with Dennis Bohn is his team of Neil Kitching, Kennedy Bird and Daniel Hunt.  These 2 teams also played a round robin game against each other earlier in the weekend that Kim had won.  In the final team Bohn started with hammer but after 4 ends they were down 3-0.  They managed 1 in the 5th and another in the 7th but Kim now had hammer and a 4-2 lead playing the last end.  Team Kim would run Bohn out of stones and claim the KKP Classic prize of $2500.  Team Bohn won $1800 and by making the final they now move into top spot on the MCT rankings.

The semi finalist took home $1250 each and they were Hayden Forresters team and Matt Dunstones team.  Dunstone now moves into 2nd place on the MCT rankings after this weekend.  The 4 quarter finalists and $800 winners were Taylor McIntyre, Andrew Wickman, Braden Calvert and Daley Peters.

Thanks to the volunteers this weekend for updating line scores and also thanks to Brad Haight for donating a set of Jets tickets to the game tonight.  Raffle tickets were sold over the weekend for a chance to win the Jets tickets.  Congratulations to Andrew Irving for winning the draw.  All proceeds from this draw will go towards the tour championship.

Up next on tour is the Manitoba Curling Tour Classic held at the Thistle curling club.  The first draw is this Friday at 6pm.  The draw is posted on the events page.

 

Events filling up fast

Sept. 29, 2016

Hello curlers,

This season the events are all filling really fast.  Most womens and mens events only have a couple spots left to fill.  Some later in the season have some more room but that can change fast.  Here is a list of roughly how many spots are left in each event.  If your team is wanting to enter don’t wait or you could miss out.  Visit the events page to see all the contact info and details.

Womens MCT Events

Atkins Curling Supplies Classic – 2 teams

Sunova – 1 team

Dekalb – 8 teams

Westwood Inn Classic – 12 teams

Mens MCT Events

Canadinns Mens Classic – NOW FILLED

Ken Kurbis – 5 teams

Dekalb – 3 teams

Sunova – NOW FILLED

Westwood Inn Classic – 10 teams

Integrity Streaks and Brandon still have more as they are late in the season

 

All other events are full at the moment but feel free to get in touch with the event contact person as a waiting list could be started.

Hopefully we can fill all of our events and try to expand on the number next season.

 

Back to back for Bohn

Sept. 26, 2016

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The first MCT event for the men was also the Motherclub Fall Classic held at the Granite curling club.  There were 24 mens teams split into 4 pools and the top 8 made the playoffs.  The final was an impressive match between David Bohn and his team of Justin Richter, Tyler Forrest, Bryce McEwen and a team from Korea that consisted of Chang-Min Kim, Se Hyeon Seong, Eun Soo Oh, Chi Goo Kim.  Team Kim had a slight lead early on in the game but after team Bohn scored a big 3 in the 7th end Kim and his undefeated rink was down 1 heading into the last end.  Team Kim managed to score a single point and force the extra end.  With the last stone in the extra Bohn threw it to the boards confident his team had shot stone already.  The teams measured for the win and team Bohn was indeed shot rock meaning for the 2nd year in a row they have won the season opening event.  The are now at the top of the points list and won $3000.  Team Kim won $2000.

The semi finals both were decided in extra ends and saw Matt Dunstone and Dennis Bohn come out on the wrong side of the scoreboard.  They both earned $1500.  The 4 quarter finalist were Richard Muntain, Jason Gunnlaugson, J.T Ryan and Sean Grassie.  They all pocket $1000 to start the season.

The next MCT event for the men will be starting on Thursday at Fort Rouge as the KKP Classic gets underway.

 

 

Englot wins 2016 Motherclub Fall Classic

Sept. 26, 2016

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The first event of the MCT season was held at the Granite and saw 15 womens teams battle all weekend with 6 teams making the playoffs.  The final was a back and forth match between Michelle Englot and Joelle Brown.  Brown got out to an early 3 point lead after 2 ends but team Englot clawed back and took the lead after steals in ends 4,5,6.  Brown and her team of Alyssa Calvert, Erika Sigurdson, Lindsay Baldock scored 2 in the 7th end to tie the game up.  With the hammer in the final end Englot along with Kate Cameron, Leslie Wilson-Westcott, Raunora Westcott scored 1 and secured the win.  The win puts team Englot at the top of the points list early on in the year and earned them $2500.  Team Brown took home $1600.

The semi finalists were Lisa Menard and Briane Meilleur and their teams walked away from the event with $1100.  Beth Peterson’s team and Rachel Burtnyk’s team each qualified for the quarter finals and got $850 for their efforts this weekend.

Thanks to all the teams who came out and treated us to some great curling.  The next event on the womens MCT schedule is the Atkins curling supplies classic at the AMCC starting Oct.14.

 

 

Sweeping Regulations

 

Sept.12, 2016

With the MCT season about to kick off we have been asked about sweeping and what the rules will be this season.  We have decided to follow the new sweeping rules and regulations since all of our events earn CTRS points.

To read the new rules and regulations click this link http://17962-presscdn-0-57.pagely.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/58/files/2016/09/2016-18_Sweeping_Moratorium.pdf

If you’re interested in the results of sweeping summit those details have also been published as well.

To review the results from the summit click this link http://17962-presscdn-0-57.pagely.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/58/files/2016/09/Sweeping-Summit-Summary.pdf

If there are any questions feel free to contact us.

Thanks

 

 

Aug 30, 2016

Hello curlers

As you know the Manitoba curling tour Presented by Manitoba Liquor Marts has a new leadership group and with that has come a few exciting changes.  Just so there are no surprises before the season starts we would like to introduce our changes publicly.

First off the mancurltour.ca website is brand new and mobile friendly!  Here you will find tour dates and information regarding bonspiels, Event history and points recaps as well as a contact us page.  Some future additions to our website include team pages with headshots, room to display team sponsors and teams schedules, As well as updated list on which teams have entered a specific event. If there is anything else you would like to see apart of the website please share your ideas.

We have worked hard to get all the events compliant with the WCT rules and guidelines.  This allows all events to earn CTRS points.  All of the events have been posted on the WCT site for added exposure.  So far we have teams from Korea, Scotland, Japan, China, Norway, USA, and neighboring provinces entering events that in the past years have been mainly Manitoba teams.

There are 6 events on the women’s schedule this season and 10 events on the men’ schedule.  Women’s teams can still enter into men’s events providing there is no women’s event being played that weekend on the MCT.  A women’s team playing in a men’s event can still earn MCT points towards the tour championship but according to the WCT rules they will be ineligible to earn CTRS points.

This season the MCT points that will count towards the MCT Championship will be simplified. There is no longer a gold, silver, bronze label placed on events.  Instead we are using a formula much like the CTRS points to eliminate any confusion.  Our system will now take strength of field into consideration, based on purse ($300/team minimum), and size of field.  If you qualify in an event with a strong field you earn more points than a team that qualified in an event with a weaker field.  1 point will be awarded per win for non-qualifying teams. Strength of field multiplied by 3 points will be earned for quarter finalists, SFM multiplied by 4.25 points for semi finalist, SFM multiplied by 5.5 points for runner up and SFM multiplied by 7 points for the bonspiel champions.

Your teams 5 best point earning bonspiel’s will be counted towards MCT championship qualifying.  The spring and fall berth bonspiels are not eligible for MCT points due to not meeting the $300 per team entry fee criteria.

Curl Manitoba has given berths to provincials to the tour again this season.  The men have 3 berths, 1 to the winner of the tour championship and 2 to the highest finishing eligible teams in the points standings.  The women have 2 berths.  1 to the winner of the tour championship and 1 to the highest finishing eligible team in the points standings

The tour championship will be held in Dauphin again this season.  This event is an invite only event for the top 16 eligible men’s teams and the top 12 women’s teams in the point standings. We are working hard to raise sponsorship in order to make the tour championship a free entry event! The curling tour will cover your entry fee into the championships and still provide a prize purse. We are hoping this will increase entries into bonspiels throughout the year, and show support to the teams that play on the tour as often as possible.

We are still searching for and accepting new sponsors for the tour, if you or your business would like to learn about the opportunities of becoming a tour sponsor please contact us!

Best of luck to everyone this season!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

May 26, 2016

To our valued MCT supporters and curlers

I would like to first briefly introduce myself to you. My name is Curtis Atkins, President of the Manitoba Curling Tour elected 2016. I grew up in curling clubs all over Manitoba.  I have participated in junior programs, high school curling, the MCT and WCT circuit my whole life. Curling has been not only an extracurricular activity for me but also a lifelong passion.

Upon hearing about Resby’s transition into the CCA I had dabbled at the idea of volunteering my time to our curling community.  It wasn’t until I had shared the idea with my curling friends and family that I took action.  I had overwhelming support on the idea of possibly being involved with the MCT.  A few emails exchanged with past president Resby Coutts eventually led to public meetings with other likeminded individuals.  I was eventually elected as Tour President and gladly accepted the daunting position.  I must say I am quite excited about the venture.

Luckily my volunteer position came with more volunteers;  Keith Doherty accepted position of Vice- president and Justin Twiss as Secretary.  As the transition was being made, we were fortunate enough to bring on Kevin Wiebe as our website guru and marketing master.  After a few team meetings, and the decision to bring on a female representative,  Lisa DeRiviere happily agreed to come on board and volunteer her time.

I assure you we have been hard at work this past month and a half.  Our brand new mobile friendly website is up and running!  Our schedule is set!  We have had overwhelming support from clubs, bonspiel  coordinators and  league chairmen.  As you can imagine putting all these details together  is time consuming.  We plan to release our schedule of events as early as the first week of June!

There are more exciting changes to the MCT for the upcoming season. All bonspiels will be registered with the World Curling Tour,  allowing teams to collect CTRS points!  There have been two competitive leagues expressing interest in multi week bonspiels, which will also award CTRS points.  An ambitious idea we are working to confirm is the elimination of the entry fee completely from the MCT Championship, meaning the top 16 point earners will be playing for sponsored money and a berth into the Provincial Championships.  Another change we have made and something we would like to continue moving forward with is an MCT schedule with no conflicting bonspiels. Our goal is to fill the clubs again.  Since we have had their continued support over the years, we wish to return the favour!

The MCA has also confirmed their support of the tour, awarding the Men’s division with three berths – the MCT CHAMPION and the two highest ranked eligible teams at the conclusion of the championship. In the women’s division – the MCT CHAMPION and the highest ranked team at the conclusion of the championship.

Our biggest task, and certainly one of the most important tasks, is too reach out to our existing sponsors, as well as approach new sponsors. We have been in contact with our presenting sponsor Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries, and they have expressed great excitement to continue their support.

As we strive to please our curling community, we will graciously accept any ideas or concerns from the public.  Our website  www.mancurltour.ca has a contact page if you wish to leave an email for our volunteers.  On behalf of the Manitoba Curling Tour we would like to extend  thanks for your continued support and we wish you a fun filled summer.  See you in September!

Regards,

Curtis Atkins,

President, Manitoba Curling Tour

 


March 21, 2016

MANITOBA CURLING TOUR “UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT

An “Under New Management” sign has been posted on the virtual doors of the Manitoba Curling Tour presented by Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries.Curtis Atkins, Keith Doherty and Justin Twiss will head the volunteer Manitoba Curling Tour (MCT) Committee as of March 21, 2016. Atkins has been elected President with Doherty as his Vice-President. Twiss will serve as the committee’s secretary.The new leaders plan to expand the organizing committee to include both rural and Winnipeg as well as female and male representation. While they have identified some possible additions to the Board, they invite other interested curler-volunteers to contact with them.The plan for the immediate future of the Manitoba Curling Tour includes a return to its roots with the volunteer-directed committee taking a very hands on approach.”As curlers we want to work directly with the event organizers, the players, our sponsors and partner organizations such as CurlManitoba to build upon the success of the Manitoba CurlingTour” said new President Curtis Atkins. “We also want to explore ways to re-new and improve upon the way the MCT has operated, basically unchanged since its inception.”The Manitoba Curling Tour was created in the summer of 1991, to provide a means of co-ordination and support for the series of local bonspiels or cashspiels in the province. Initially it involved men’s events, but in 1996 -97, a women’s division was added. Atkins says the new MCT organizing committee will be contacting event organizers , players, sponsors and other stakeholders during to remaining few weeks of the current curling season to hear comments and suggestions for the future and to confirm an MCT schedule for 2016-2017.”On behalf of all the curlers, we want to express their appreciation to retiring Tour Coordinator Resby Coutts and former Coordinator Bob Picken as well as to Andy Stewart and all of the past volunteer directors of the Manitoba Curling Tour. their efforts have helped the MCT play an important role on the Manitoba curling scene” Atkins said.

Interested curlers may contact:Curtis Atkins (curtis_atkins@hotmail.com)
Keith Doherty (kdoherty@hotmail.com)
Justin Twiss (justin.twiss@mccain.ca)


<Dec 13, 2015>

 

Lyburn Wins 25th Anniversary Manitoba Curling Tour Men’s Championship

Winner_MCT 2015Twenty-five curling seasons after Vic Peters and his Manitoba champions won the inaugural Manitoba Curling Tour Men’s Championship, William Lyburn’s Granite team of Jason Gunnlaugson, Richard Daneault, and Braden Zawada have won the 2015 MCT Championship presented by Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries. The event was played December 11-13 in Dauphin.Lyburn posted a 4-3 victory, with a final end last rock draw to the eight foot circle to defeat Alex Forrest-East St. Paul (Travis Bale, Ian MacMillan, Connor Njegovan).Lyburn and his team won the championship’s $2,500 first prize. Team Forrest picked up $2,000 and the Viterra provincial championship berth which goes to the highest finishing eligible team. Lyburn and his team already had a provincial men’s berth in hand.In the semi-finals, Lyburn defeated Scott Ramsay-Granite (7-3) while Forrest defeated David Bohn-Granite (6-1). The semi-finalists each earned $1,500. Team Bohn had already earned an entry into the Viterra Championship in Selkirk through the CTRS process while Ramsay’s semi-final finish earned his team a Viterra invitation.Quarterfinalists Matt Dunstone-Granite and Dennis Bohn-Assiniboine Memorial picked up the final two provincial berths as a result of their final MCT ranking positions. The other two quarterfinalists were Jared Kolomaya-Stonewall and Richard Muntain-Pinawa. The quarterfinalists all picked up $1,000 cheques.

 

Montford Wins 20th Anniversary Manitoba Curling Tour Women’s

 

Winner_MCT Women2015Championship The Manitoba Curling Tour’s Women’s championship, an event which started five years after its men’s counterpart, was won Sunday in Dauphin by Michelle Montford-Assiniboine Memorial (Lisa DeRiviere, Sara Van Walleghem, Sarah Neufeld). Montford defeated clubmate Joelle Brown 4-3 in the final.In the semi-finals, Brown defeated Darcy Robertson-Rossmere (7-4) and Montford beat Beth Peterson-Fort Rouge (5-2). Robertson and Peterson each earned $1500.A pair of Dauphin teams, the Tiffany McLean and Melissa Barsewsky foursomes reached the quarterfinals.The Montford, Brown, and Robertson teams all earned Manitoba Curling Tour invitations to compete in the Scotties Tournament of Hearts presented by Monsanto in January 2016 in Beausejour.In the semi-finals, Brown defeated Darcy Robertson-Rossmere (7-4) and Montford beat Beth Peterson-Fort Rouge (5-2). Robertson and Peterson each earned $1500.A pair of Dauphin teams, the Tiffany McLean and Melissa Barsewsky foursomes reached the quarterfinals.The Montford, Brown, and Robertson teams all earned Manitoba Curling Tour invitations to compete in the Scotties Tournament of Hearts presented by Monsanto in January 2016 in Beausejour.