'Toba Scotties reaches far and wide

JIM BENDER, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 9:54 AM ET

Pull up to a beach-side bar, order an umbrella cocktail and watch ... women's curling?

Curling fans from such exotic locales as Bermuda, the Dominican Republic and even Costa Rica viewed the Westman Communications video feed of our women in action in Killarney on the Curl Manitoba website last week.

The Scotties Tournament of Hearts action drew 3,936 hits over four days, Curl Manitoba executive director Shane Ray relayed yesterday. The games were seen by fans in eight countries outside of Canada, including Switzerland, Mexico, Germany and the U.S.

Killarney is also expected to report some boffo numbers after hosting the Hearts, won by Deer Lodge's Jill Thurston, for the first time.

"By all accounts, I believe they are going to make good money off it," said Ray, declining to predict the actual amount.

DEADLINE LOOMING: Curl Manitoba has received about 250 entries into the MCA's annual men's bonspiel to date and the deadline is this Thursday at 4:30 p.m. That deadline will not be extended this year, even if the total is down from around 412 last winter.

"We decided a deadline's a deadline," said Ray, who assured that last year's problems have been addressed and games will be pre-iced the way they used to be.

Curl Manitoba has moved into a temporary headquarters at 1271 Sargent Avenue but teams can also enter online.

JONES REBOUNDS: Manitoba's Jennifer Jones bounced back from her Olympic trials disappointment to win a cashspiel in Bern, Switzerland, that included 10 Olympic-bound teams, including Canada's Cheryl Bernard. Jones, who clipped Japan's Moe Meguro 5-4 in the final, earned $6,054 -- but no gold medal.

ROCK SCHOOL: Manitoba champion Jeff Stoughton, Kerry Burntyk and Mike McEwen conducted an on-ice clinic with 33 juniors as part of the School of Rock program at the Assiniboine Memorial Curling Club yesterday. The clinic was part of the Grand Slam event that is coming to the MTS Centre next week.

jim.bender@sunmedia.ca


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