1 October 2018

History for Suzhou finalists Team Hasselborg

© WCF / Céline Stucki

How did our rinks get on in the first Grand Slam of Curling event of the season?

The first Grand Slam of Curling event took place in Chatham, Ontario this weekend with many of our Suzhou and Omaha rinks on the ice competing in the 2018 Princess Auto Elite 10.

Sweden’s Team Hasselborg beat Switzerland’s Team Tirinzoni 4&2 in the final of the women’s event to win their first Grand Slam of Curling tournament, with a perfect record of 6-0 throughout the five days.

“It’s huge and also winning our first Slam, that is crazy for us,” Team Hasselborg third Sara McManus told Grand Slam of Curling. “We’re super, super happy. We said to ourselves, ‘now we’re making history’ - that feels pretty neat.”

The Olympic champions gained revenge on Suzhou winners Team Homan in the semi-finals, winning 1 UP after being beaten 7-3 in the final in the first leg of the Curling World Cup last month.

Match play rules were in effect at the St. Clair Campus Arena, with points being scored by either counting two or more rocks with the hammer or stealing at least one rock. You can read more about the new rules here.

In the men’s event, former Olympic and world champions, Team Gushue, were victorious in a stellar field including Suzhou winners Team Koe, former world junior champions Team Mouat and world champions Team Edin.

“I just love curling with these guys,” said Gushue, who will represent Canada in the Curling World Cup third leg in Jonkoping.

“We have a ton of fun out there. We’re joking around, we’re ribbing each other. It’s fun and I think the fact that we have this much fun, it keeps us loose in big moments like this and allows us to perform the way we have in these big games.”

Elsewhere, Team Sinclair, who will be competing for United States in Omaha, beat two-time national champions Team Roth in the round robin stage but failed to advance from their pool.

Canada’s Team Gunnlaugson – who will be competing for Canada in Omaha – managed to pick up one win but also did not proceed from the round robin stage.

Mixed doubles champion from Suzhou, Laura Walker, competed with her women’s rink and reached the quarter-finals before being beaten by eventual finalists Team Tirinzoni.

Playing in their first Elite 10 event, Team Fleury – who will be wearing Canadian colours in Omaha – claimed a win against the beaten finalists but did not progress for the round robin stage.

Team Jones, the Olympic champions four years ago in Sochi who will be representing Canada in Jonkoping, topped their pool but were also beaten by the Swiss team in the semi-finals.

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