Time for rinks to do change of season shuffle

JOE PAVIA -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:44 AM ET

Curling's change season has begun.

Jenn Hanna loses third Chrissy Cadorin. Her sister Stephanie moves to vice, while Lee Merklinger advances to second. Lauren Mann comes aboard at first stone.

Said Hanna: "The change is a desire to have four players in the same city ... to be able to practise and play together in a league on a regular basis." Cadorin will throw last rocks and vice for Mississauga's Colleen Madonia.

Former Rachel Homan lead Nikki Johnston sees her new team as Toronto's Darrelle Johns (second), Brockville's Laura Labonte (third) and Ottawa's Julia Weagle skipping. Homan has added Lynn Kreviazuk to her team of Emma Miskew and Alison Kreviauk. Who is playing which position? Homan replied, "At the moment there is no order."

Jennifer Day, Chantal Osborne and Jennifer Harvey's rinks are uncertain. The Robyn Mattie squad (Anna Piekarski, Lisa Weagle and Andrea Leganchuk) is intact. Deb Karbashewski is seeking a new team.

Bryan Cochrane's team (Rich Moffatt, Doug Johnston and John Steski) may stay put -- he thinks. Willie Jeffries needs one more player to join Spencer Cooper and Brian Vance.

"The other guys on my team want to scale back their schedule next year, which doesn't interest me as much," says skip Greg Richardson. He is looking to form a new team, as is the much travelled Matt Paul.

The Jeff McCrady team of Morgan Currie, Brian Norman and Nick Aubin remains unchanged. Josh Adams gets Gilles Allaire's former second Terry Scharf. Adams also signed Shane Latimer and Ronald Johnson.

Allaire isn't sure about new teammates.

Scott Linseman, Murray Arkinstall and Ron Reddick join Dave Murphy for their 10th year, proving that misery loves company.

Ottawa's Chris Gardner will skip Derek Abbotts, Brad Kidd and Sean Harrison out of Marmora. The Mike Stachon rink remains in place with Brian Benning, Erik Magnusson and Iain Wilson.

Gatineau's Jean-Sebastien Roy is parting ways with Chicoutimi's Robert Desjardins. Roy will either skip or join another foursome.

Former Ottawa native and Montreal resident, Sebastien Robillard, says some big Quebec changes are in the works. Marie-France Larouche retains the services of Gatineau residents Annie Lemay and Joelle Sabourin.

OCA RESULTS

Mixed regional winners were: 1A -- Willie Jeffries and B -- Chris Gardner; Senior mixed regional winners were: 1A -- Layne Noble and B -- Jim Marshall.

ODDS & ENDS

The 69th Ladies City of Ottawa results are: Williamson Trophy, Terry Ananny; Victory Trophy, Hilary Casey; Beulah Snelling Trophy, Barb Sunderland; and the RCAF Trophy high flier was Leith Mullin.

Ed Gardner and Steve Kot won last Friday's stick spiel.

Canada managed two world junior bronze medals. Canada's skip, William Dion, quipped, "We've got to come home with something around our necks ... either a medal, or a rope." U.S. men and Scottish women took gold.

So far at the world mixed doubles, Canada has lost only one game -- 10-6 to Italy.

The Pembroke Spring Open Cashspiel is looking for teams to compete, beginning March 27. For info call 1-800-930-6322.

As well, look for a Friday announcement awarding the Olympic Trials to Edmonton. The 2009 mixed championships goes to Iqaluit, Nunavut.

CURLING THIS WEEK

CBC carries their last semi-finals and finals of the Tim Hortons Brier Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and Sunday at 6:30 p.m.

And when it's all done Sunday, the City of Ottawa bonspiel will have consumed more than 850 sheets of ice.


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