Star-studded field hitting sheets in Brockville

JOE PAVIA -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:05 AM ET

There seems to be as much early season curling news as there were showers this summer.

The AMJ Campbell Shorty Jenkins Curling Classic starts tomorrow through Sunday at the Brockville Country Club. The $58,000 purse has attracting a strong field, including Kerry Burtnyk, Glenn Howard and Brad Gushue. The women's section stars Debbie McCormick, Patti Lank, Marie-France Larouche. Jenn Hanna and Rachel Homan add Ottawa flavour. The final is at 4 p.m. Sunday.

Two other local events are attracting top teams in the last season to accumulate Olympic trials qualification points. The JSI Canada Cup Qualifier (Dec. 11 -15) boasts every top-ranked women's team in the country, including Jennifer Jones. The Royal Lepage OVCA Women's Fall Classic (Nov. 7-9) will see Lank and McCormick facing the likes of Sherri Middaugh and Jenn Hanna.

WINNING WAYS

Christian Tolusso, Ritchie Allen, Alex Young and Kevin Rathwell defeated the Homan rink in the Carleton Heights Junior 'Spiel final Sept. 7. At the same club last Saturday, Tracy Samaan, Patricia Hill, Kathy Kerr and Monique Robert beat Allison Farrell 8-4 for the $900 win in the women's cashspiel. Greg Richardson and Paul Winford won the Scotch doubles event.

ON/OFF THE ICE

Josh Adams is the new RA Centre icemaker, while Mike Brodeur takes on the Rideau Club ... Denise Hoekstra assumes managerial duties at the Granite Club ... Hanna gave birth to Abigail on May 17 ... Craig Savill tied the knot in August ... Russell's Jim Campbell won election to the Canadian Curling Association's board of governors. The CCA turned a $1.3-million-plus deficit two years ago into a $1.3-million-plus surplus last season ... IntheHack.com founder Mike Potter is married with a five-month-old son and has new priorities.

ICE KING HAS FALLEN

Area clubs will be scrambling to find blades and someone to sharpen them after Smiths Falls-based Ice King declared bankruptcy.

NEW NATIONAL

Curling club champions will now advance to a new national event called the Dominion Curling Club Championship. Club champions can elect to compete in a provincial playdown system to represent their province in Toronto in November 2009.

BRAZILIANT!

The Brazilian Ice Sports Federation wants to challenge the U.S. for one of the two Western Hemisphere spots at the 2009 worlds.


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