April 7, 2010
A whole new worlds?
By JOE PAVIA, QMI Agency
There may be a world of change coming.
At the men's world curling championship this week, the World Curling Federation is discussing rule changes that would see games shortened from 10 ends to eight; the elimination of extra-end games by awarding points for ties, wins and none for losses; the elimination of tie-breakers, with those games being decided by round-robin records or a pre-round-robin skills competition; and the elimination of timeouts except for junior championships.
Any new rules would come into play next season and remain in effect until the 2014 season.
The rationale for implementing these new rules is to speed up games, especially for television, and to shorten the length of tournaments. It all comes down to money.
The Canadian Curling Association can choose to adopt any WCF rule changes.
The CCA is also faced with some format changes. There is a movement afoot to allow jurisdictions that don't have their own representatives at national championships (Northwest Territories, Yukon and Nunuvat) to have separate participation.
The first event to see this was November's Dominion Club championship. More may be on the way after the organization's committee tables a report this June.
The curling season may just about be over, but the fun may just be beginning.
There is more local team movement shaping up for next season. Bryan Cochrane's second, Colin Dow, is leaving Ottawa for graduate work, and will be replaced by Howard Rajala vice Chris Fulton. Rich Moffatt reunites with his Brier teammate Fulton while John Steski retains the lead position. Rajala has recruited J.P. Lachance at vice. Jeff Henderson and Craig Cordiner remain with the team. Lachance's former second, Calvin Christiansen, says he's now a free agent. Jennifer Harvey and Barb Kelly will be joining forces and taking a couple of their players with them -- Monique Robert-Quail and Janie Wall. Former Harvey players Lauren Mann and Jessica Barcauskas are forming their own team.
Two area rinks were in the bantam provincial final on Sunday. City View's Tyler Sagan nipped Almonte's Ryan McCrady 4-3 in an extra-end tie-breaker. Carly Howard, Jason Camm and Joan Moore round out Sagan's team. The double rink Silver Tankard provincial went to the Arnprior rinks skipped by Bruce Delaney and Damien Villard. Rick Bachand, Duncan Jamieson and George Mitchell curled for Delaney, while Don Bowser, Derek Visutski and Bruce Archer played for Villard.