Around The Rinks #2
The latest in the world of curling
Welcome to the second 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 Kovaleva in China
Curling was back in China last week and it was Team Alina Kovaleva, who will be representing Russia in the second leg of the Curling World Cup in Omaha, which came out on top defeating Team Ursi Hegner 6-4 in the final.
Norway’s participants in Omaha, Team Thomas Ulsrud, claimed bronze in Chongqing, while Team Jennifer Jones – who will fly the flag for Canada in the Curling World Cup third leg in Jonkoping – also took home bronze in the women’s event.
Curling will return to China next year, with the Curling World Cup Grand Final taking place in the capital Beijing in May 2019.
Champagne in Champery
Team Peter de Cruz claimed their first title of the 2018-2019 season at the Curling Masters Champery and piled the pressure on countrymen Team Yannick Schwaller in the race to compete in the Europeans.
The Swiss rink beat Team Glen Muirhead 6-5 in the final and the team with the higher YTD ranking points at the end of October will be heading to the European Championships. The runner-up will have the ultimate consolation of representing Switzerland in Omaha and the chance to earn up to $USD 29,000.
Team Yannick Schwaller failed to progress from their pool in Champery, which leaves a tantalising finish as the qualification race all comes down to the Canadian Beef Masters this week.
Carey stops Einarson
Last week we promised some juicy match-ups at the Canad Inns Curling Classic and the competition did not fail to deliver.
Team Satsuki Fujisawa defeated Team Eve Muirhead in the early stages, but it was Team Chelsea Carey – who came through the C event – who came away with victory, beating this season’s in-form rink Team Kerri Einarson 7-5 in the finals.
Big guns in town
The Canadian Beef Masters will host 16 Curling World Cup rinks in Nova Scotia this week, with Team Anna Hasselborg aiming to make it two from two in the Grand Slam of Curling events this season.
Maple Leafs deny triumphant Spain
At the World Mixed Curling Championships in British Columbia, Spain’s Team Sergio Vez claimed a historic silver medal – their first medal in any major championships. Skipped by Sergio Vez, alongside sisters Oihane and Leire Otaegi, with Mikel Unanue making up the quartet, the rink topped their group and beat Germany and Russia on the way to the final.
Martin Rios – who is of Spanish origin and competing in Omaha – has been assisting the rink in Switzerland, where the team visit each weekend and train alongside Rios in his homeland.
Despite losing 6-2 to Canada in the final, the rink has made headlines all across Spain and skip Vez will now target further success at the European Championships in Tallinn.
"We are very happy, in a cloud, and hopefully this medal will help promote curling in Spain," says Vez. "We train what we can at the Txuri-Urdin Ice Palace but the conditions are very bad because we share a track with the hockey team.
“People do not know that the ice that is needed in curling - dedicated ice - has nothing to do with skating or hockey, so in Spain it is almost impossible to do quality training, it's like playing Real Madrid vs Barcalona in a mud field.”