Image Credit: GSOC Photo Credit: Anil Mungal

Image Credit: GSOC
Photo Credit: Anil Mungal

Image Credit: GSOC Photo Credit: Anil Mungal

Image Credit: GSOC
Photo Credit: Anil Mungal

 

 

 

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 no matter how difficult and earning an impressive 100% rating in the final.

As for my predictions for the event (listen to them here if you haven’t already), I was 6/8 with women’s qualifiers. I predicted Team Rocque and Team Tirinzoni to qualify instead of Team Carey and Team Paetz. I was 1/2 with teams in the final, as I had Team Homan facing Team Muirhead. I did correctly predict Team Homan to win the event. As for the men, I correctly predicted 5/8 qualifying teams. I had Team Cotter, Team Jacobs, and Team McEwen qualifying instead of Team Bottcher, Team Laycock, and Team Murdoch. I was 1/2 with teams in the final, as I had Team Gushue facing Team Koe. I incorrectly predicted Team Koe to win the event.

 

 

And now the moment you’ve all been waiting for, the update to the NerdCurl vs Twine-Time challenge. Coming into this event. Twine-Time had gained a 12-point lead of 86 points to my 74. You can read his predictions here, now let’s look at the results.

Twine-Time

Women: 6/8 QF, 1/2 CF, 1/1 F: 11 Points

Men: 5/8 QF, 0/2 CF, 0/1 F: 5 Points

Event Total: 16 Points

Season Total: 102 Points

NerdCurl

Women: 6/8 QF, 1/2 CF, 1/1 F: 11 Points

Men: 5/8 QF, 1/2 CF, 0/1 F: 7 Points

Event Total: 18 Points

Season Total: 92 Points

And there you have it. I win the event, and we’re tied back up at 3 each for event wins. I narrow the gap (slightly) to only 10 points. Given how close we’ve been for much of the season, 10 points is quite a lead. There are no Grand Slam events until March, but the season is far from over with the Scotties & Brier coming up in only a few months, followed by Women’s & Men’s Worlds and the final three Grand Slam events of the season. It’s still anyone’s game.

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