9 October 2018

Multiple Curling World Cup rinks involved in Calgary Classic

© WCF / Michael Burns

How did our rinks compete in Calgary and Minnesota over the weekend?

Curling World Cup rinks were out in full force in Calgary over the weekend with six teams reaching the playoffs in the Autumn Gold Curling Classic.

Team Kerri Einarson dusted themselves off from two earlier defeats in the tournament to Team Laura Walker and Team Rachel Homan, to qualify through the ‘C’ bracket, and win the competition.

The Manitoba rink, who had already won three events this season, took advantage of the triple-knockout structure and gained revenge on Suzhou champions Team Homan in the semi-finals 7-4.

They went on to defeat United States’ representative in Jonkoping, Team Jennifer Jones, in the final 7-5.

Laura Walker, the mixed doubles champion in Suzhou, switched to the skipping her team in the women’s event in Calgary and had initial success after qualifying through the ‘A’ event.

However, they faced the tough task of going up against the 2014 Olympic champions, Team Jennifer Jones and lost 6-3 at the quarter-final stage.

Team Tracy Fleury, who will be representing the Canadians in Omaha, reached the semi-finals after their 7-2 win over Team Satsuki Fujisawa but came up short against Jones’ rink in the last four, losing 7-6.

Russia’s rink in Omaha, Team Alina Kovaleva, continued their excellent start to the season after changes in the off-season, as they progressed through the ‘B’ bracket but were edged out by Homan in the quarter-finals 7-5 in a tight affair.

Elsewhere, Team Mark Fenner – who will represent United States in the third leg in Jonkoping – made it to the final at the St Paul’s Cash Spiel in Minnesota but it was not to be as they were defeated 6-1 by national junior champions Team Andrew Stopera.

The American side includes Suzhou mixed doubles finalist, Korey Dropkin, and were runners-up in the United States national championships earlier this year.

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