Free ride to Trials on line

JIM BENDER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:00 AM ET

B.C.'s Kelly Scott is one of two teams that can earn a berth directly into the 2009 Canadian Curling Trials at the Grand Slam's Players' Championship in Calgary this weekend.

Should the transplanted Manitoban win the women's championship, Scott would not have to play in the pre-trials qualifying tournament, CCA official Danny Lamoureux confirmed. Ontario's Glenn Howard is in the same boat because both teams have already won both the national and world championships this year.

But even if Manitoba's Jennifer Jones defends her title in Calgary after winning the Canada Cup and being the CTRS points leader, she would still need to win another event or to lead the CTRS standings again to earn one of those four direct berths on both the men's and women's sides, Lamoureux said.

"But she's still in a pretty good position. She's got another two years to do it."

Manitoba's Karen Porritt and Darcy Robertson are also competing in Calgary.

Both Manitoba's Jeff Stoughton -- who earned $25,000 by winning the World Curling Tour cashspiel in Victoria last weekend, and Kerry Burtnyk -- who pocketed $9,500 in Victoria -- are competing on the men's side.

Manitoba's Jon Mead, Stoughton's former third, is making his debut with Ontario's Wayne Middaugh in Calgary, as the Sun first reported. Mead helped Alberta's Kevin Koe win $9,500 in Victoria last weekend. Manitoba's Reid Carruthers, who recently won the Manitoba Mixed, also got $6,000 in B.C.

CBC will televise the women's final on Saturday at 9 p.m., with the men's final airing on Sunday at 1 p.m.

BITERS -- As the Sun first reported, Manitoba's Cathy Gauthier will officially be inducted into the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame next month. The CCA will also officially recognize Manitoba's Arnold Asham for his contributions to the sport ... TSN recently announced that its once-popular Skins Game will return next season.


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