Around The Rinks #1
The latest in the world of curling
Welcome to the first edition of ‘Around The Rinks’, our regular round-up of what’s happening in the world of curling, as well as previewing upcoming events involving teams competing in the Curling World Cup.
SUCCESS FOR JAPAN
Team Yuta Matsumura picked up their second tournament victory of the season, winning the Driving Force Abbotsford Cash Spiel in British Columbia over the weekend.
The rink have been announced this week as Japan’s entrant for the men’s event in the second leg of the Curling World Cup and will feature alongside countrywomen Team Fujisawa in Omaha in their attempt to reach the Grand Final in Beijing.
We got a sneak peek at what we could expect in Omaha at the Canad Inns Men’s Classic in Manitoba over the weekend, with Omaha participants Team Jason Gunnlaugsson (Canada) and Team John Shuster (United States) going up against each other on the ice.
It was the Canadians that got the upper hand this time over their Curling World Cup rivals, triumphing 6-2 in seven ends and advancing to the quarter-finals.
SECOND LEG PREVIEW
It’s the women’s turn this weekend at the Canad Inns Classic and some big names are taking part, including four teams set to compete in Omaha.
United States’ rinks from the first and third Curling World Cup legs are also in action, with Team Nina Roth and Team Cory Christensen battling it out, in addition to Suzhou mixed doubles champion Laura Walker skipping her women’s rink.
HOMAN’S DOUBLES DELIGHT
Someone who has already booked her ticket to Beijing next May is Rachel Homan, who teamed up with Marc Kennedy to win the Sherwood Park Mixed Doubles Classic.
The skip for Team Homan is no stranger to mixed doubles, winning the WCT Arctic Cup with Niklas Edin last season.
Congrats to our skipper on winning the @ShPkcurlingclub Mixed Doubles Classic. @RHoman89 and @Leftykenbear went undefeated in Edmonton. @JoanneMCourtney teamed up with her dad to finish in the semifinals, losing only to this squad. pic.twitter.com/cJzk3QQE7v— Team Homan (@TeamHoman) October 15, 2018
CURLING BACK IN CHINA
Curling is back is China following the huge success of the first leg in Suzhou. The inaugural China Open in Chongqing gets under way this week with Team Thomas Ulsrud – who are also competing in Omaha - taking part in the men’s event.
The Norwegian rink will be joined by fellow second leg participants, Team Alina Koveleva – who will fly the flag for Russia - while former Olympic champions and Canada’s rink for Jonkoping, Team Jennifer Jones, are also competing.
The China World #Curling Cup kicks off this Sunday in Chongqing! With three years to go, Liu Yin, China's National Women's team coach, says the competition will provide China's curling athletes with invaluable experience as they turn their sights to #Beijing2022! @worldcurling pic.twitter.com/VKAm0GjuSx— Beijing 2022 (@Beijing2022) October 16, 2018
STEP FOR THE SWISS
The race to the Europeans heats up for Switzerland’s Team Peter de Cruz and Team Yannick Schwaller at the Curling Masters Champery this weekend.
As previously reported, the leader in the YTD rankings after the conclusion of the Canadian Beef Masters of Curling on October 28, will be heading to the European Championships in Tallinn, Estonia.
But there is good news for the rink that loses out. They will be heading to Omaha to represent Switzerland and an opportunity to win up to $USD 29,000 in prize money.
Competing against the home favourites in Champery are defending champions, Team Niklas Edin, who recently rediscovered some of their best form in Switzerland, winning the Swiss Cup in Basel earlier this month.