Olympics wreak havoc on MCA's schedule

JIM BENDER

, Last Updated: 9:31 AM ET

The 2010 Olympics are playing havoc with the MCA's schedule next season.

For the first time, the Manitoba junior men's and women's championship will be held before Christmas, MCA executive director Shane Ray confirmed yesterday.

The Deer Lodge Curling Club will play host to the junior men while Charleswood will welcome the junior women, Dec. 17-22.

The women's provincials will start on Jan. 3, 2010, with the location yet to be determined.

"The juniors had to be moved to before Christmas because the CCA moved up its events because of the Olympics," Ray said. "And we have to declare our champion 21 days before the Canadian championship starts."

The two provincial berths for the junior men and junior women will have to be moved elsewhere. One will likely be added to the respective berth bonspiels but the MCA is still trying to decide where to add the other ones.

The MCA will also award just one spot into the 2010 provincials for the junior men and women at the 2009 Junior Christmas Bonspiel.

BURTNYK UNBEATEN: Manitoba teams have made their mark at the MTS Centre this week.

Reigning provincial champion Kerry Burtnyk (5-0) is guaranteed $8,000 ($5,500 for qualifying and $500 per win).

Jeff Stoughton is 4-0 and qualified for the playoffs heading into last night's draw against Alberta's Kevin Koe.

"It's great to qualify but we want to win the championship," said Stoughton, who won this Grand Slam event here in 2006. "That's our goal."

Alberta's Kevin Martin was the only other unbeaten team at 4-0 heading into the late draw.

Winnipeg's Mike McEwen downed Ontario's Wayne Middaugh 6-3 to clinch at least a tie-breaker spot with a 3-1 record before last night.

Reid Carruthers (2-3) upset Alberta's Randy Ferbey 7-6, knocking him out of the playoff picture. The tie-breaking situation was being determined in last night's draw.

The quarter-finals are at 2 p.m. with the semifinal at 7 p.m. on CBC.


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