Month: September 2015

Point Optical Curling Classic Recap

Congratulations to Team McEwen, winners of the 2015 Point Optical Curling Classic! They went 7-1, having to qualify through the B-road after losing the A-event qualifier to Team Laycock. In top form as usual, they defeated Team Shuster in the quarterfinal and Team Jacobs in the semifinal before facing Team Carruthers in the final, winning 8-4 in seven ends of play. Now back to back winners of this event, Team McEwen takes home some nice prize money ($11,000 CDN) and perhaps more importantly valuable CTRS points. Right now Team Gushue sits atop the leaderboard, with Team Kevin Koe in the number two spot…but not having played this weekend McEwen and others will narrow that gap. The season is in full swing and the race is on for those coveted points…with the sheer caliber of talent and depth of teams in Canadian Men’s Curling, it’s set to be a good one.     It was a great field in Saskatoon, featuring several of my favorite teams. Team Jacobs played well, qualifying through the A side and defeating Team Edin in the quarterfinals before losing a close match to Team McEwen in the semifinal. Team Edin once again found themselves taking the hard road, having to battle through the C event to qualify. Overall though they are off to a better start than last year, and are setting themselves up for...

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Stockholm Ladies Curling Cup Recap

Congratulations to Team Homan, winners of the 2015 Stockholm Ladies Curling Cup! This marks the first time a Canadian rink has won the event, and they take home a little less than $16,000 (CDN) for their efforts. Besides the money (and perhaps more importantly), this win awarded significant CTRS points to Team Homan. If you’re not familiar, the Canadian Team Ranking System (CTRS) is a points system used to rank men’s and women’s curling rinks in Canada, with points being awarded based on results in qualifying events. The CTRS determines who qualifies for the Canadian Olympic Trials (Tim Horton’s Roar of the Rings) every four years, so needless to say it’s a big deal. Team Homan entered this event already at the top of the CTRS rankings by almost 50 points, so this win puts them even further into the lead and well onto the way of their goal of qualifying for and ultimately winning in Ottawa in 2017 to represent Canada in the 2018 Olympics. They’ve had a dominant year so far, and if they keep playing the way they have been this could really be a banner year for them. Looking at this event from my perspective as a fan, I was happy with how my favorite teams did. Team Muirhead played well, going 3-1 in the round-robin and defeating Team Paetz and Team Jones in the...

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Episode 8 – Phil’s Trip to Oakville, GSOC Tour Challenge

A jam-packed Episode 8 featuring Phil’s trip to Oakville for the Stu Sells Oakville Tankard.  Phil interviews Cissi Ostlund, Anna Sidorova, Chris Plys, Rachel Homan, Niklas Edin and Reid Carruthers. We also recap the foggy Grand Slam of Curling Tour Challenge. Find out the winners of our giveaway.  It’s the last week of  the search for Curling City, and all sorts of other nerdiness. SHARE ON SOCIAL MEDIA Tweet FOLLOW NERDCURL ON SOCIAL MEDIA Follow @nerdcurl...

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SLCC & POCC Preview & Predictions

Reading the title of this post I couldn’t help but think of that scene.                 Anyway, the curling season is well underway. Last weekend saw several events scattered across Canada, with top teams from all over the world sprinkled throughout, while others opted to take the weekend off. This weekend, however, finds most of the top teams in the world at one of two events: the Point Optical Curling Classic (Men) in Saskatoon, and the Stockholm Ladies Curling Cup (Women…obviously) in Stockholm. Given these respective fields, I figured I’d take a shot at handicapping both events. Besides, I need more practice for the NerdCurl vs Twine-Time Challenge.   The Stockholm Ladies Curling Cup features 20 teams playing in 4 pools of 5 teams each, playing one another in round-robin format. The top 2 teams from each pool will advance to the playoffs, which will then follow a typical 8-4-2-1 quarterfinal-semifinal-final-winner format. For a full listing of pools and draws, check out the event website. Action gets underway at 09:00 CET on Friday (02:00 AM CDT/03:00 EDT), and as usual you can follow the action via CurlingZone. The SLCC usually has webstreaming as well, and this year they are teaming up with WorldCurlingTV who will provide coverage of 7 games. There will be a featured game streamed with english commentary for  round-robin draws 2-5, quarterfinals, semifinals, and the finals...

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GSOC Tour Challenge Recap

                          The Winners Congratulations to Team Koe, Team Tirinzoni, Team Cotter, and Team Einarson…winners of the Pinty’s Grand Slam Of Curling Tour Challenge! In Tier I, Koe & Tirinzoni were the underdrogs, with Koe beating hometown favorite Team Gushue while Tirinzoni defeated the as-yet-this-season undefeated Team Homan. Tier II was almost the exact opposite, with Team Cotter & Team Einarson going undefeated throughout. For more detailed information, check out the official recaps for the men and women from the Grand Slam Of Curling Website.   Ice, Ice, Baby Of course, it’s hard to talk about the event without addressing the elephant in the room throughout the event…the ice conditions. Despite the best efforts of the ice crew, ambient humidity and late summer weather conditions led to teams being faced with challenging ice conditions throughout the event. The ice was quite frosty, with most teams breaking out synthetic hair brooms for sweeping (hair handles frosty ice better as it can dig between the pebble). In fact, one could often see sweepers actually cleaning frost from their brooms after shots. Anil Mungal (check out his gallery from the event here), curling photographer extraordinaire captured this great shot of Team Muirhead second Vicki Adams doing just that. Sweepers also struggled to maintain their footing at times, with many falls and near-misses. Stones were...

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