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Scotties Tournament Returning to Winnipeg in 2017

Scotties Tournament Returning to Winnipeg in 2017

By Brian Schultz

Jennifer Jones
Manitoba skip Jennifer Jones makes a shot during a morning draw against P.E.I. at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Moose Jaw, Sask. Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)

The best in Manitoba women’s curling will be played in Winnipeg next year.

The Charleswood Curling Club will play host to the 2017 Manitoba Scotties Tournament of Hearts at the Eric Coy Arena.

CurlManitoba executive director Craig Baker says details of the hosting agreement are still being ironed out, but the first big step in finding a venue has been secured.

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River Curling Bonspiel in Jeopardy This Winter

River Curling Bonspiel in Jeopardy This Winter

Curlers play in the 11th Annual Ironman Outdoor Curling Bonspiel on the Assiniboine River on Saturday, February 4, 2012 at The Forks. The three-day tournament wraps up today with the final set for the rink behind the Granite Curling Club at 1:30 p.m. Net proceeds from the event support the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba. (TED GRANT / CHRISD.CA)
Curlers play in the 11th Annual Ironman Outdoor Curling Bonspiel on the Assiniboine River on Saturday, February 4, 2012 at The Forks. (TED GRANT / CHRISD.CA FILE)

WINNIPEG — Organizers of the Ironman Outdoor Curling Bonspiel are meeting with officials from The Forks to map out alternative plans should the river ice remain unplayable this year.

Warm temperatures have hampered efforts for crews to begin crafting the popular river skating trail.

Event director Michael Thompson says the Red River is the ideal location for the event, allowing enough space to build a complete 10 full-sheet rink.

“Based on passed events, we are projecting the 2016 event to be our biggest yet, so we needed to accommodate for its size.”

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Brandon Chosen to Host 2016 Home Hardware Canada Cup

Brandon has been chosen to host the 2016 Home Hardware Canada Cup, determining who will represent Canada at the 2018 Olympics.

The tournament will be held November 30 to December 4 at Westman Communications Group Place at the Keystone Centre.

“Brandon has a rich curling history, and the bid package the city put in to host the Home Hardware Canada Cup made this an easy decision,” said Hugh Avery, chair of the Curling Canada Board of Governors.

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Viterra Signs On as Manitoba Curling Championship Sponsor

Viterra Signs On as Manitoba Curling Championship Sponsor

By Brian Schultz

Viterra ChampionshipThe Viterra Championship, as it will now be called, signal a new partnership between CurlManitoba and the Regina-based grain company.

The deal replaces Safeway as the title sponsor of the Manitoba Men’s Curling Championship for the next two years.

“Competitors and curling fans alike can look forward to the Viterra Championship with anticipation that our relationship with Viterra will help maintain and even enhance an already exceptional championship event,” said CurlManitoba executive director Craig Baker.

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Safeway Pulls Out as Provincial Curling Sponsor After 21 Years

Safeway Pulls Out as Provincial Curling Sponsor After 21 Years

Curl ManitobaAfter 21 years as the title sponsor of the Manitoba Men’s Provincial Curling Championship, Safeway will no longer be presenting the event.

CurlManitoba says the grocery chain did not renew its sponsorship for the upcoming season.

“Safeway has been an incredible supporter of our sport for over half a century, and we’re particularly grateful for their substantial support and leadership over the past two decades,” said CurlManitoba president Sam Antila.

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Olympic Curling Champ Jones and Laing Make Long Distance Relationship Work

Olympic Curling Champ Jones and Laing Make Long Distance Relationship Work

By Lori Ewing, The Canadian Press

Jennifer Jones
Jennifer Jones delivers a rock leading up to her opening day victory over Chelsea Carey at the 2013 Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings, Sunday, December 1, 2013. (CHRISD.CA FILE)

TORONTO — Jennifer Jones and Brent Laing will be in the same city this weekend, curling under the same roof.

And that’s a notable accomplishment in itself for the soon-to-be married curlers, who make long-distance relationships look good.

Jones, the reigning Olympic women’s champion, and Laing are getting married in Mexico on June 1, but will continue to straddle two provinces — she’s based in Winnipeg, he curls for Kevin Koe’s rink in Calgary. They’ll eventually put down roots somewhere together, Jones says, perhaps after the 2018 Winter Olympics.

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Jennifer Jones Falls 8-6 to Sweden After 9-4 Win Over Scotland on Sunday

Jennifer Jones Falls 8-6 to Sweden After 9-4 Win Over Scotland on Sunday

By The Canadian Press

Jennifer Jones
Manitoba skip Jennifer Jones (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)

SAPPORO, Japan — Canada’s Jennifer Jones was happy to gain a split of her games Sunday at the world women’s curling championship.

The Olympic champion earned a 9-4 win over Scotland before dropping an 8-6 decision to Sweden. That left Jones with a 2-1 record, standing fourth in the overall standings behind unbeaten China, Russia and Switzerland (all 3-0).

“To be honest, we had a really tough day so to split the day we have to be happy with that,” said Jones. “We just didn’t play as well as we would’ve liked (against Sweden), which was unfortunate.”

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Manitoba’s Music Community Raises $4K for Walters’ Fund

Manitoba’s Music Community Raises $4K for Walters’ Fund

2015 Manitoba Music Rocks Charity BonspielA day-long curling bonspiel with members of the province’s vibrant music community raised more than $4,400 for a special cause.

The 2015 Manitoba Music Rocks Charity Bonspiel on February 28 supported the Kevin Walters Memorial Fund.

Manitoba Music and Manitoba Film & Music put on the event at the Granite Curling Club to bolster support for promising performers and organizations in music, film, performance and the creative arts. Walters passed away in June 2014 and had close ties with the province’s music and entertainment industry.

“To do it at such a fun event surrounded by the talented and generous members of our music community is particularly fitting. Uniting the community is exactly what Kevin was about,” said Sean McManus, Manitoba Music executive director.

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Arsenault Beats Jones to Hand Olympic Champ Her First Loss at Scotties

Arsenault Beats Jones to Hand Olympic Champ Her First Loss at Scotties

By Gregory Strong, The Canadian Press

Jennifer Jones (CHRISD.CA FILE)
Jennifer Jones (CHRISD.CA FILE)

MOOSE JAW, Sask. — Manitoba’s Jennifer Jones was due for a clunker. It finally happened Wednesday morning at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts.

Jones shot just 69 per cent and made some uncharacteristic errors in a 9-6 loss to Nova Scotia’s Mary-Anne Arsenault at Mosaic Place. It was her first defeat of the competition and ended a run of 23 straight round-robin victories at this event.

“They’re all great teams and we weren’t at our best and they played very well today,” Jones said. “A couple of rocks we’d like back but at the end of the day it’s just one loss.”

Arsenault hit a tapback for three points in the eighth end and gave up a deuce in the ninth before holding on for the win.

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