Trio of 'Toban rinks join Cup chase

KIRK PENTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 12:44 PM ET

It was a productive weekend for Manitoba rinks at the men's and women's Canada Cup curling qualifiers.

Three Winnipeg foursomes earned berths in the Canada Cup, the big-money event that will take place in Kamloops, B.C., in late February and early March.

Mike McEwen and Kerry Burtnyk picked up spots at the men's qualifier in Ottawa, while Janet Harvey did the same at the women's event in Edmonton.

The four semifinalists at both bonspiels had their tickets punched.

McEwen made it the furthest, falling 5-3 to Calgary's Kevin Koe in last night's men's final. McEwen, supported by Matt Wozniak, B.J. Neufeld and Denni Neufeld, earned $9,500.

Burtnyk lost 6-5 to Koe in one semifinal and pocketed $6,000. Koe downed another Manitoba qualifier, Winnipeg's Jeff Stoughton, 7-6 in a quarter-final yesterday morning.

In Edmonton, Harvey dropped a 6-5 decision to Sherry Middaugh of Victoria Harbour, Ont., in semifinal action and cashed a cheque for $5,000.

"That helps because you have to pay most of your way there," said Harvey, who was seeded 13th among the 13 qualifiers. "At the same time, there's a lot of money you could win and you're playing against a lot of great teams. It should be fun."

The other women's qualifiers yesterday were Middaugh and Calgary's Cheryl Bernard, who met in last night's late final, as well as Saskatoon's Stefanie Lawton.

Kelly Scott of Kelowna, B.C., the reigning national champ, and Winnipeg's Jennifer Jones, the defending Canada Cup winner, had already qualified to be in Kamloops, as did Ontario's Glenn Howard (Brier), and Edmonton's Randy Ferbey (Canada Cup) and Kevin Martin (Player's Championship) on the men's side.

The remaining spots in the 10-team events will be offered to the top point getters on the Canadian Team Ranking System between Sept. 1 and this Wednesday.

It's believed the women's qualifiers will be Calgary's Shannon Kleibrink, Edmonton's Cathy King, Sherry Anderson of Delisle, Sask., and Regina's Michelle Englot.


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