Curling body gives thumbs down to eight ends

JIM BENDER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:19 PM ET

There was a great sigh of relief earlier this week.

After much hue and cry about the possibility of reducing games to eight ends, the World Curling Federation decided to maintain the 10-end games at its AGM during the men’s world championship in Italy.

“All the feedback I’ve gotten from competitors is that they prefer the 10 ends, so we’re happy,” Curl Manitoba executive director Shane Ray said Friday. “Hopefully, this will be put to rest for a few more years now.”

The WCF also decided to keep tie-breakers. It was reportedly seeking ways to shave the length of championships by ditching tie-breakers and extra ends, and making games shorter for TV by reducing the number of ends.

The WCF also decided to continue with extra ends but cut the number of 60-second timeouts from two to one. Electric wheelchairs will be allowed at WCF wheelchair curling events, and both the World Mixed Doubles and Seniors championships will be moved from April to November starting in 2012.

Les Harrison, a Canadian, was also voted out as WCF president and replaced by Scotland’s Kate Caithness.

DOMINION ON TAP: Granite’s defending champion Jackie Komyshyn qualified for the Manitoba Dominion Curling Championship in Portage la Prairie this weekend as one of two Winnipeg reps. The other one was Wildewood’s Heather Pierson.

Mike Mahon of Deer Lodge was the lone Winnipeg winner on the men’s side.

BURTNYKS AT TRIALS: Looks like the Burtnyk name will carry on with Kerry back in retirement. His daughter, Rachel, is skipping a squad with her sister, Laura, at third in the Canada Games Trials at the East St. Paul Curling Club this weekend. Both the girls and boys winners will represent Manitoba at the 2011 Canada Winter Games in Halifax, N.S., Feb. 11-27.

CAREY IN: Manitoba’s Chelsea Carey has been added to the women’s side of the Players’ Championship in Dawson Creek, B.C., April 13-18. She will replace the Russian team, whose visa expired.


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