Canadian rinks relishing Curling World Cup debuts
Rule innovations intrigue Team Robertson and Team Dunstone ahead of Jonkoping leg
Canada’s Team Darcy Robertson and Team Matt Dunstone are relishing getting to grips with the Curling World Cup’s innovative rules when they make their competition debuts in Jonkoping.
Leg three in Sweden from 30 January – 3 February will see both rinks get their first taste of the new four-leg international series and its alterations to some of curling’s traditional rules.
These include a one-stone shoot-out to decide a game tied after eight ends (rather than an extra end) and thinking time allocated per end (four minutes from ends one to four, and four minutes 15 seconds from ends five to eight), rather than full match timing.
“I have heard lots of good things about the Curling World Cup from the teams that have gone [to the first two legs],” commented Winnipeg-born men’s skip Dunstone.
“I think I am most looking forward to seeing the last rock shoot-out to win the game. It’s not a rule that we get to see very much, if at all, in our game! I also look forward to putting on the Maple Leaf and getting to curl for Canada – the best feeling ever!
“I have never been to Sweden before. I heard it is beautiful and cannot wait to check it out. I hope they fill the stands!”
Dunstone’s Saskatchewan-based team, which consists of third Braeden Moskowy, second Catlin Schneider and lead Dustin Kidby, has only come together this season. They already have wins to their name at the Prestige Resorts and Hotels Curling Classic in British Columbia, the DEKALB Superspiel in Manitoba and the Qinghai Curling Elite in Xining, China, just before Christmas.
“Our season has gone really well,” said the 23-year-old skip. “We’ve now won three events and have climbed up eight spots in the world rankings from where we started when the season began. We are a brand new team and have been very pleased with how quickly we have gelled and the success we have had.”
Canadian women’s skip for the Jonkoping leg is Darcy Robertson, who is also intrigued by her first experience of the new rules.
“What I've heard about the Curling World Cup is that it is a great event!” said the Winnipeg-based 53-year-old. “It is very well run, with great teams and ice.
"I've also learned about the four minutes per end, with the penalty of giving up two or the other team throwing their remaining rocks if you run out of time. This is a very steep penalty and we are very aware we need to play ready curling not to run out of time!
“What we are looking forward the most is representing Canada! This is very exciting and an honour. We are also looking forward to playing some of the best teams in the world.”