You can't win if you don't try.
Despite what you may have heard elsewhere, the Manitoba Curling Association has yet to even bid on the Olympic trials qualifying tournament. And it may not even bother.
As recently as last month's Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Regina, the Canadian Curling Association had maintained that the the tourney would be awarded to either Prince George, B.C. -- which has included a government-backed money guarantee -- or Winnipeg. The decision is supposed to be announced on March 14 during the Brier -- the same day the 2009 Canadian Curling Trials are expected to be awarded to Edmonton.
"There are a lot of complications involved," MCA executive director Ian Staniloff said yesterday. "I'll know better by the end of the week whether we are interested in anything. There are meetings within the next couple of days with people who will tell me what our options are."
That will include a meeting with a government rep to discuss any possible guarantee.
"But no doors are closed," Staniloff added.
"I know the CCA would like to hear something from Winnipeg."
K-BRUSHER: Alberta third John Morris plans to participate in the Brier, which starts at the MTS Centre this Saturday, despite a broken right pinkie. Although he can throw the rock, Morris cannot sweep after suffering the fracture in a bar fight so skip Kevin Martin will have to break out the brush.
"It's really unfortunate," Morris told Sun Media. "(But) I'm confident I'll be able to play in Winnipeg."
Morris sat out last week's Canada Cup where Kevin Park replaced him.
LAWES EVEN: Canada's Kaitlyn Lawes rebounded from a morning loss in a big way.
Her Manitoba foursome cracked a three in the 10th end to knock off Denmark's previously unbeaten Madeleine Dupont 9-7 at the world junior championships in Ostersund, Sweden yesterday. After dropping a 7-4 decision to Russia's Liudmila Privivkova, Lawes evened her record at 2-2.
Canada's William Dion improved to 2-1 with a 6-2 triumph over the Czech Republic's Krystof Chazoupek.
COLLEGE CHAMPS: Before she left for Europe, Lawes lost the University of Manitoba women's final to Kaileigh Strath 8-5. Supported by third Theresa Cannon, second Jolene Rutter and Danielle Shrumm, Strath will represent U of M at the national university championships to be held in Guelph, Ont., Mar. 12-16.
Corey Chambers nipped Adam Norget 6-5 in the men's final and will head to Guelph with third Ian Fordyce, second Stuart Shiells and Andrew McMillan.
CHAMP BOUNCED: Lawes was slated to replace Cannon at third for reigning champion Reid Carruthers in the mixed zone playdowns this weekend but was obviously busy. With Courtney Blanchard at third and Jillian Sandison replacing Sarah Wazney (who is in Sweden with Lawes) at lead, Carruthers failed to qualify for the provincials.
Among those who did qualify was Sean Grassie, last year's finalist who beat Kaileigh Strath 7-6 in a zone final.
BITERS: MCA event co-ordinator Kyla Denisiuk has been hired as co-ordinator for curling for the 2010 Olympic committee. "I'm a little excited but nervous, too," she said ... Brenna Philp, the young curler accused of burning the rock while playing against Jennifer Jones during the provincials, was throwing rocks with members of the Jones team just before they went to the nationals in Regina -- for those who just can't let this go ... Rumour has it that former Manitoba champion Randy Dutiaume will skip Kyle Werenich, Ross McFadyen and Cory Naharnie -- Ryan Fry's former team -- next season.