Year: 2015

Meridian Canadian Open Recap

      Congratulations to Team Homan and Team Epping on winning the Grand Slam Of Curling 2015 Meridian Canadian Open! For Team Homan, this marks their third consecutive slam title, and seventh event title of the season. For Team Epping, this is their first slam and event title of the season. Team Homan are 52-6 overall this season. Their only loss at the event came to Team Paetz in the A qualifier game. Dropping to the B road, they defeated Team Fleury to qualify, followed by Team Sidorova in the quarterfinal, Team Carey in the semifinal, and ultimately Team Jones in the final. Overall they have won seven out of the eight events they have played in this season, losing to Team Tirinzoni in the final of the Tour Challenge back in September. Having won 3 out of the 4 Majors of the Grand Slam series, Team Homan can make history and secure a career Grand Slam with a win at the Players’ Championship in Toronto come April. Team Epping are having quite the season themselves, gaining momentum and seemingly getting better with each event. They qualified via the A road with a win over Team Koe, followed by Team Laycock in the quarterfinal, Team Koe in the semifinal, and Team Gushue in the final. Throughout the event skip John Epping was on fire, making shot after shot...

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2015 Canada Cup Recap

          Congratulations to Team Homan & Team Koe, winners of the 2015 Canada Cup! Both teams have earned berths to compete as part of Team North America at the 2016 Continental Cup in Las Vegas. More importantly, both teams have earned berths into the 2017 Tim Horton’s Roar of the Rings in Ottawa, which are the Canadian Olympic Trials. Team Homan went 5-1 in the round robin, losing their final game to Team Middaugh (thus ending an impressive 25 game winning streak going back to October). They earned a bye straight to the final, where they faced Team Sweeting, beating them 8-7 in an extra end. For Team Homan, this marks their fifth consecutive event win (and sixth overall) of the season. Team Koe went 5-2 in the round robin, losing to Team Epping and Team McEwen. They faced Team Epping again in the semi-final, winning 7-6. and then faced Team McEwen once again in the final, where they won 7-3 in nine ends. For Team Koe, this marks their third event win of the season. As for my predictions, I has mixed results (in case you missed it, you can listen to them here). For the women, I was 2/3 on qualifying teams, as I had Team Fleury qualifying instead of Team Jones. I was 1/3 on final results, as I correctly predicted Team Homan...

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The Last Play is Under Review

It’s the tenth end in the Olympics.  Skip has the hammer and is about to put the game on ice.  The skip releases pretty close to the hog line, but the lights don’t go red.  The front end is sweeping hard, putting every last bit into it.  The rock slowly creeps in the hours, the tension mounts.  Creeping, the skip is yelling HARD as loud as possible. Is it?  Yes, it is!  You can tell that the hammer just out-edged the other teams yellow.  It’s a gold medal. An official steps out on the ice.  The red flag has...

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2015 European Curling Championships Recap

  Congratulations to all the medal winners from the 2015 European Curling Championships! Gold     Silver     Bronze         At the conclusion of women’s round-robin play, Russia topped the standings with an 8-1 record, followed by Scotland (7-2), Finland (6-3), and Denmark (6-3). Russia defeated Denmark in the semi-final, while Scotland defeated Finland. In the Bronze Medal game, Finland topped Denmark 10-8, while Russia defeated Scotland 6-4 to win Gold. For the men, Norway went undefeated in round-robin play with a perfect 9-0 record, while Finland, Switzerland, Sweden, and Scotland all finished 5-4. This resulted in a tiebreaker game between Scotland and Sweden for the fourth playoff spot, which Sweden won. Sweden went on to defeat Norway in the semi-final, while Switzerland defeated Finland. Norway defeated Finland 7-4 for Bronze, while Sweden defeated Switzerland 7-6 for their Gold Medal. Looking at my predictions for the event (available here), I was 2/4 with women’s qualifying teams and 3/4 for the men. On the women’s side I had Sweden and Switzerland qualifying instead of Denmark and Finland, while for the men I had Scotland instead of Finland. When it comes to final placing/medals, I was 2/4 with the women and 1/4 with the men. I predicted both Gold Medal winners correctly, and also had Scotland Women winning Silver. However, I had the Switzerland winning Bronze and Sweden...

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