Brier could get very territorial

JOE PAVIA, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:44 AM ET

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The Northwest Territories Curling Association has filed a challenge with the Canadian Curling Association, asking for direct entries to all national championships.

The CCA has struck a committee to examine options, including a separate entry for all three territories.

In the case of the Brier, some question the inclusion of Northern Ontario. An increasing number also want the defending champion to be guaranteed entry, like the Scotties.

Apparently, the committee is ready to propose two options.

Rather than eliminate teams, it could add rinks. Rumours persist that a soccer-style, two-tier format may be adopted. The top teams would remain up top at the following Brier, while the bottom two would be relegated. Conversely, the top two in the lower tier would be promoted.

The World Curling Federation uses this system for some of its championships.

The notion to expand the Brier by adding Team Canada might be an easy sell to the 14 CCA member associations. But having your representative relegated is quite another matter.

Whatever the change, it is status quo until at least after the Vancouver Olympics. That's the same time eight-end games might be introduced because of a potential expanded format.

HOT SHOT SAVILL SAVED

Excited to make the final eight of the Ford Hot Shots, winner Craig Savill almost played out of turn. Danny Lamoureux, the CCA's director of competitions and an Ottawa resident like Savill, reminded the Ontario lead that such an infraction would have disqualified him. Savill jokingly promised Lamoureux that if he won, he would drive him to work every day for a year. The CCA offices are in Cumberland, so the Hunt Club resident's no-cost lease may have cost him more than he thought.

OCA RESULTS

Winners in mixed regionals: A -- Bryan Cochrane, B -- Jonathan Buek; senior mixed: A -- Layne Noble, B -- Dwayne Lowe; junior mixed: A -- Christian Tolusso, B -- David Staples; bantam mixed: A -- Ryan McCrady, B -- Chris Lewis.

HOUSE CLEANING

The Barb Sunderland rink with Susan Sager, Brenda Macumber and Heather Schan won the 75th Ottawa Ladies Bonspiel Williamson Trophy ... The Canadian Senior Curling Championship will be at the Ottawa Hunt in March 2010 ... Glenn Howard's angle raise in-off double -- I've made it before. Just not on purpose.


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