Tankard will be retooled

JOE PAVIA, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:48 AM ET

The TSC Stores Tankard surprise was in the hotel.

That Team Glenn Howard won the men's provincials in Woodstock was no surprise. The surprise was the Ontario Curling Association calling a meeting last Saturday, where it invited all Tankard stakeholders to discuss the future format of the men's provincials and the event's qualifying route. To his credit, OCA President Rick Clift encouraged discussion among the stakeholders. He asked for written submissions for the April board meeting.

Consensus developed around a number of issues including the format for future Tankards. Both host committees and sponsors would like a shorter competition and see more marquee teams decided before Christmas. Curlingzone.com's Gerry Guerts presented some cost data that showed that a 14-team, two-pools Tankard.

For now, the zones and regions will stay in place to determine eight spots. How to decide the other six berths was left open.

"It will look different," Clift said of the 2011 Tankard. "How it will look different I can't say right now."

The OCA has opened the door for change. They better not slam it.

HOUSE CALLS: There is joy and disappointment at the Kreviazuk residence. Sisters Alison and Lynn fell short in the Canadian junior women's final, but their silbing Cheryl won her first Ontario title, winning the bantams. After finishing the round-robin tied for first at 5-2, Manotick's Jamie Sinclair, Kreviazuk, Melissa Gannon and Rebecca Wichers-Schneur beat Toronto's Laura Arbour, who beat Sinclair 3-2 in the round-robin. The next day the Manotick rink bested Arbour 8-2.

SHOULD SHE? Rachel Homan could have drawn for one or tried the thin double for two in the eighth end of the national final. After cautioning her, coach Earle Morris deferred to the skip's thin double wish. In the junior provincial semi-final two years ago, Homan decided on a shot her coach advised against. That successful shot was one of the finest she's ever made.

Homan and Alison Kreviazuk (who is in her last year in juniors) were named to the second all-star team.

OCA RESULTS? In Intermediate zones, winners were: 1A, Al Solari and Micheline Baker; 1B, Charles Wert and Lori White; 2A, Paul Madden and Cheryl McBain; B, Ian Bridger and Dorothy Jessup; 3A, Jim Guthmann and Deb Karbashewski; B, Dale Evenson and Susan Schmidt; 4A, Dave Collyer and Toni Rutland; B, Paul Dickson and Dianne Wylie.

CRYSTAL HEART0: The main event and senior event winners were E. Judge and Bonnie Morris. Other Main Event winners were: P. Guay, S. Ferris, P. Goodrich and Agnes Charette. Senior event winners were: S. Anderson, Lois Graham and A. McLean.


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