6 November 2018

Around The Rinks #4

The latest in the world of curling

Read our round-up of the latest happenings in the world of curling as we build up to the Curling World Cup second leg in Omaha.

Perfection in Pacific-Asia

The 2018 Pacific-Asia Curling Championships are under way at the Gangueung Curling Centre in South Korea – nine months on from the 2018 Olympics being held at the venue.

Japan’s rink for Omaha, Team Yuta Matsumura, will be pleased with their start to the competition with three wins from their opening four matches.

Team Minji Kim, who will be flying the flag for Korea next month in Omaha, have looked in good touch with a 3/1 record in front of their home crowd. The single loss was to the unbeaten Chinese rink, Team Jiang Yilun, who impressively dispatched the Qatar rink 25-0 in eight ends.

Team Satsuki Fujisawa, aiming to regain the title they won three years ago, have made the perfect start to their campaign with three big wins over Kazakstan, Australia and Hong Kong.

Build up to Omaha continues

Two more teams who we’ll be seeing in Omaha, Canada’s Team Jason Gunnlaugsson and Switzerland’s Team Yannick Schwaller, finished third and fifth place respectively at the DEKALB Superspiel in Manitoba.

Team Schwaller missed out on selection for the European Curling Championships to Team Peter de Cruz, but with an early-season title victory at the Stu Sells Oakville Tankard, they will be able to focus on the Curling World Cup and sealing a place in the Grand Final next May.

Team Gunnlaugsson are currently ranked number nine in the world and will be aiming to replicate Canada’s success from Suzhou in Nebraska next month. The Manitoba-based rink won three events last season but are still aiming for their maiden title this campaign.

Team-bonding exercise?

Each member of Team Jamie Sinclair were in action at the MadTown DoubleDown over the weekend, but happened to be competing separately in their respective mixed doubles rinks.

And they even came up against one another a couple of times, with skip Jamie Sinclair - alongside Sean Beighton - beating Taylor Anderson, who was partnered by Derrick McLean, in the qualifiers.

But, it was Monica Walker who claimed bragging rights leading up to Omaha, as the lead for the United States rink lifted the trophy by beating Shannon Birchard and Catlin Schneider 6-5 in the final.

Omaha draw revealed

The schedule for the second leg of the Curling World Cup in Omaha were revealed last week and it has produced some terrific match-ups, including former world champions Team Niklas Edin and Team Thomas Ulsrud facing each other in the round-robin stage.

You can read more head-to-heads here and see the full draw for Omaha here.

Competitive Challenge field

The next stage of the Grand Slam of Curling takes place this week in Ontario with the Tour Challenge and there are plenty of Curling World Cup rinks involved.

Team Niklas Edin and Team Peter de Cruz compete in their final event before the European Championships in Tallinn, Estonia and will be on the ice against Olympic champions Team John Shuster in the men’s draw.

Suzhou champions Team Rachel Homan and this season’s in-form rink Team Kerri Einarson will battle against Canada’s entrant for Omaha, Team Tracy Fleury and United States’ Team Jamie Sinclair.

Jonkoping tickets on sale

Tickets are now on sale for the third leg of this season’s Curling World Cup, marking the last opportunity to watch rinks from ten different nations attempt to book their spot in the Grand Final in Beijing in May 2019.

Jonkoping, a city situated on Lake Vattern, will be hosting a ‘Fan Corner’ and tickets are available for one, two or three sessions.

You can find further ticket information here.

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