28 February 2019

Around the rinks #9

The latest in the world of curling

As we approach the business end of the 2018-2019 season, we wrap up the latest happenings in the world of curling, with some big prizes on the line.

Cool, calm and collected Carey

Despite leading Alberta’s Team Chelsea Carey 5-1 at one stage in Canada’s Scotties Tournament of Heart final, it was not to be for Suzhou champions Team Rachel Homan. They were left stunned by Carey, falling 8-6 in an extra end after Homan was light on her final draw.

Team Carey will return to the LGT World Women’s Curling Championship after a three-year gap. "I have no words," Carey said. "It's been such a roller coaster but I'm so happy."

Skip Homan, who like second Joanne Courtney is expected to give birth in the summer, said: "Obviously disappointed. We wanted to win that one and just came up short when we had every opportunity to win. We just missed a few too many."

Curling never sleeps

It has been a jam-packed start to 2019 for Korea’s Team Minji Kim, who after their triumphant week in Jonkoping, Sweden headed to Liverpool, Canada for the World Junior Curling Championships.

However, the young quartet were edged out of a play-off berth by virtue of their 0-2 record against Russia and Canada. The Koreans will now focus on this week’s Winter Universiade Games in Krasnoyarsk, Russia, followed by the LGT World Women’s Curling Championship in Silkeborg, Denmark.

Kovaleva gets better of Sidorova

Russia’s Team Anna Sidorova were defeated by Team Alina Kovaleva in their seven-game series to qualify for the LGT World Women’s Curling Championship in Denmark next month. Sidorova’s rink have been chosen by the Russian Curling Federation to go to Beijing’s Curling World Cup Grand Final. Two Russian teams could yet compete in the Chinese capital if Team Kovaleva also qualify by becoming world champions.

Elsewhere in Sochi, Anastasia Moskaleva and Alexander Eremin booked their spots in World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship in neighbouring Norway.

Teammates to rivals

Sticking with mixed doubles, plenty of American stars return to the ice this week to try to secure their spots at the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship in April – and are facing familiar faces.

John Shuster, Matt Hamilton and Chris Plys are used to being together but will be opponents, as will Jamie Sinclair and twins, Sarah and Taylor Anderson.

The winner will go on to represent the Stars and Stripes at the world championship, a tournament they are yet to win with Tabitha Peterson and Joe Polo the most successful to date with their third-place finish in 2016.

Onto the Brier

With the Scotties Tournament of Hearts concluding in extraordinary fashion, it’s the turn of the Canadian men who get their national championship under way this weekend.

The Tim Horton’s Brier will feature Curling World Cup leg one winners Team Kevin Koe, as well as the mixed doubles champion from Suzhou, Kirk Muyres, leading his own Saskatchewan rink.

Alberta’s Team Koe are currently ranked No. 1 in the world having earned $USD 121,648 this season thus far.

© WCF / Céline Stucki

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