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 to win the event, but had Team Fleury defeating Team Sweeting in the semi-final and facing Team Homan in the final. With the men, I was 0/3 with qualifying teams, as I had Carruthers, Gushue, and Jacobs qualifying as opposed to Epping, Koe, and McEwen. Therefore, I was also 0/3 on final results as I had Team Carruthers beating Team Jacobs in the semi-final and ultimately losing to Team Gushue in the final.
As with the European Championships, the NerdCurl vs Twine-Time Challenge utilized a different scoring method than with the Grand Slam events: 1 point for predicted qualifier, 3 points for third, 4 points for second, 5 points for winner. You can view Twine-Time’s predictions here. Going into this event, NerdCurl had a slim lead of 67 points to 65. The results:
Women: 3/3 QF, 1st/2nd/3rd: 15 Points
Men: 1/3 QF, 1st: 6 Points
Event Total: 21 Points
Season Total: 86 Points
Women: 2/3 QF, 1st: 7 Points
Men: 0/3 QF: 0 Points
Event Total: 7 Points
Season Total: 74 Points
And there you have it. NerdCurl got our asses kicked. Well-done and congratulations to Twine-Time. With how close things have been so far, twelve points is quite a deficit, but there’s a lot of curling left so far this season.
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