Battle of sexes in Brandon Skins Game

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:53 AM ET

A new Skins Game will be introduced on Brandon ice this October.

The $60,000 match will feature Manitoba's reigning Canadian women's champion Jennifer Jones against Alberta's reigning world champion Randy Ferbey at Brandon's Keystone Centre on Oct. 2. The game will be televised live on Sportsnet, Brandon's Reid Lumbard, a co-organizer with Darryl Wolski (of Hockey Gladiators fame), said yesterday.

"It's another first for Brandon," said Lumbard, who was instrumental in landing both the 1995 world curling championships and 1998 Olympic trials for the Wheat City. "It should be interesting."

Both Winnipeg's David Nedohin, who throws last brick for Ferbey, and Jill Officer, second for Jones, attended yesterday's press conference in Brandon.

"I don't know if it will be unfair for Jennifer because that is a tough team, but it is a Skins format where every end is a new game," Lumbard said. "And of course, both are preparing for the (2005) Olympic trials."

The Canadian junior men's and women's champions will also play a Skins Game against each other that morning, and will be broadcast on www.curltv.com.

The day-long activities will also feature a $1 million draw-to-the-button for a fan chosen from the crowd, an interactive segment with all four teams and fans, a skills competition and a post-game celebration.

Tickets go on sale at the Keystone Centre and Ticketmaster on Sept. 1.


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