November 6, 2012
Five Manitoba curling teams confirmed for Canada CupSeeking berths to Canadian Olympic Trials
By JIM BENDER, QMI Agency
WINNIPEG - Four more Manitoba teams will attempt to get to Winnipeg through Moose Jaw, Sask., at the end of this month.
Jeff Stoughton, Mike McEwen, Chelsea Carey and Cathy Overton-Clapham have been confirmed to join fellow Manitoban Jennifer Jones, the defending champ, at the 2012 Canada Cup, Nov. 28-Dec. 2, the Canadian Curling Association announced Monday.
The respective men's and women's winners, if eligible, will earn berths directly into the 2013 Tim Hortons Canadian Curling Trials Roar of the Rings in Winnipeg.
However, if any of the four teams that have already booked their trips to the trials — Jones, Alberta's Heather Nedohin and Kevin Martin, and Ontario's Glenn Howard — win the Can Cup, that berth will get thrown back into the Canadian Team Ranking System points standings. The highest-ranked eligible team on the 2012-13 standings would get that nod at the end of the season. Alberta's Kevin Koe and Ontario's Sherry Middaugh, who will also be at the Can Cup, currently lead those standings.
Saskatchewan's Stefanie Lawton and Alberta's Crystal Webster will also be in Moose Jaw. So will Newfoundland's Olympic gold medallist Brad Gushue and Ontario's John Epping.
The total prize money is $70,000 each for men and women, with the winning teams receiving $14,000 and an invitation to the 2014 Continental Cup.
For the first time, TSN will also provide complete coverage of the Canada Cup.
CAREY'S REVENGE: With Alberta's Cathy King taking over as skip, the Jones team advanced to a World Curling Tour final in Red Deer, Alta., where they met Carey on Monday — a re-match of last year's Canada Cup final — sans Jones. But Carey exacted some revenge as she downed Jones 7-3 to pocket $9,500. Jones got $6,500.
BERTH WINNERS: East St. Paul's Rob Atkins beat Brandon's Jim Renwick 9-3 in the McDiarmid Lumber Senior Men's Bonspiel final at the Heather Curling Club on Monday to earn a trip to the provincials to be played in Killarney, Feb. 21-25 ... In Petersfield, both Assiniboine Memorial's Rachel Burtnyk (Kerry's daughter) and Victoria's Alyssa Vandepoele earned trips to the Canola Junior Men's and Women's Championships to be played in Brandon, Jan. 3-7, on Sunday ... In the junior men's berth spiel there, both Portage la Prairie's Austin Mustard and Pembina's Daniel Birchard punched their tickets to the provincials in Brandon.
KAATZ CASHES IN: Speaking of juniors, St. Vital's Selena Kaatz, who had already qualified for the provincials, won the prestigious Ottawa Valley Junior SuperSpiel and the $3,000 top prize ... Reigning Manitoba champion Kyle Doering, who has also qualified for the provincials, failed to make the playoffs there.
BITERS: Just to clear this up: yes, Thistle's Chris Scalena earned a berth into the provincials at the recent Lloyd Gunlaugson Memorial Senior Bonspiel but no, she didn't win the spiel. She lost the final to defending Manitoba champion Laurie Deprez of Stonewall, who earned $1,000 ... Fort Rouge's Ron Westcott won the senior men's side and $1,800. There was no senior men's spot available but that could change in the near future ... The Curling News reports that Mike Harris, Richard Hart and Joan McCusker will handle Sportsnet curling broadcasts.