Canada switch teams for Curling World Cup leg three
Team Matt Dunstone, Team Darcy Robertson and young mixed doubles pair drafted in for Jonkoping
Curling Canada has announced a change of line-ups for Curling World Cup leg three in Jonkoping in January.
Team Matt Dunstone, who currently sit sixth on the men’s Canadian Team Ranking System (CTRS), will compete in the men’s event in Sweden, replacing Team Brad Gushue.
With Winnipeg-born Dunstone at skip, Braeden Moscowy is third, Catlin Schneider is second and Dustin Kidby is the lead.
The Saskatchewan-based team have two tournament wins under their belts this season, with victories in the Prestige Hotels and Resorts Curling Classic in late September and November’s DEKALB Superspiel in Manitoba.
Team Darcy Robertson, currently ranked fifth in Canada, will now wear the famous Maple Leaf as they bid for victory in the women’s event in Jonkoping and attempt to secure a place in May’s Curling World Cup Grand Final in Beijing.
Team Robertson, who replace Team Jennifer Jones, started their 2018-19 season superbly by taking the winners’ cheques at the Goldline Icebreaker at the Granite and the Colonial Square Ladies’ Classic in Saskatoon.
Robertson, 53, is hugely experienced, having first shot to prominence in 1984 when skipping Manitoba to the Canadian junior women's championship. She is joined by third Karen Klein, second Vanessa Foster and lead Theresa Cannon.
Both Team Gushue and Team Jones will instead compete in the TSN All-Star Curling Skins Game in Banff, Alberta, which coincides with the Jonkoping leg.
Canada’s mixed doubles representatives in leg three will be 2018 national runners-up Kadriana Sahaidak and Colton Lott.
The pair, who curl out of the Winnipeg Beach Curling Club, lost out to Suzhou champions Laura Walker and Kirk Muyres in April’s final of the national championships. They are relishing the chance to represent their country for the first time on their first ever trip to Sweden.
“I heard that the Curling World Cup is a great event and tons of fun to compete in!” said teenager Sahaidak. “I am looking forward to having the chance of wearing the Maple Leaf for the first time and playing for my country!
“Our season has been going great. It couldn’t be better with the accomplishments we’ve already made as a team.”
Lott, 23, added: “I’ve heard the Curling World Cup is a lot of fun and it’s an experience I’m looking forward to, that’s for sure - just to meet new people and enjoy the atmosphere.
“For our mixed doubles season it’s almost been flawless, coming in second in the Canad Inns Mixed Doubles Classic last month and that was our only bonspiel so far this season.”