With the start of the junior provincials looming this Friday, the final two berths in the two 16-team fields were determined last night in special playoffs at the Christmas Junior Bonspiel at Deer Lodge Curling Club.
Pembina's Andrew McMillan earned his berth with a 4-3 victory over LaSalle's Tyler Drews in the junior men's final, while Victoria's Sarah Lund picked up her berth by defeating Fort Rouge's Katie Kruk 8-5 in an extra end in the junior women's final.
The final two provincial berths were awarded on the same day the Manitoba Curling Association announced the seedings for this weekend's junior provincials.
On the junior men's side, Petersfield's Steen Sigurdson was named the top seed, followed by 2006 Manitoba junior champion Travis Bale and Deer Lodge's Alex Forrest. Christmas Bonspiel champion Jim Coleman was named the seventh seed, while McMillan was installed as the eighth seed.
On the junior women's side, defending Manitoba and Canadian junior champion Kaitlyn Lawes was named the top seed, followed by West St. Paul's Kelsey Boettcher and Ste. Anne's Alyssa Vandepoele. Bonspiel champion Michelle Montford was named the seventh seed, while Lund was named the eighth seed.
Dutiaume beats Grassie in MCT season-ender
RANDY Dutiaume defeated Sean Grassie 5-3 last night to capture the final regular-season event of the Manitoba Curling Tour season, the Shaw Digital Christmas Open at Fort Rouge Curling Club.
But Grassie was the big winner, picking up a berth into this coming weekend's MCT Championships in Morris because Dutiaume already had his berth. "This spiel's big to get on a roll and get some momentum going into those January events," said Grassie, who skipped the Canadian Mixed champion just two months ago.
Dutiaume won the event with Dave Tonnellier playing in place of regular Dutiaume third Nathan Asham. Dutiaume said afterward that Asham would return as the team's third in Morris, but Tonnellier would remain as the team's fifth.
Battle of the sexes on TSN: Jones to face Howard
WINNIPEG curling fans will get a chance to watch Jennifer Jones take on Glenn Howard live on TSN next month.
The sports network yesterday announced the broadcast schedule for the Casino Rama Skins Game, where Jones will be the lone female team doing battle against three of the game's male greats -- Randy Ferbey, Kevin Martin and Howard.
Jones will play Howard live on TSN beginning at 7 p.m. (all times CT) Jan. 10, while Ferbey will play Martin earlier in the day, beginning at noon.
The winning teams will advance to the final the next day, to be played beginning at noon. A total of $100,000 in prize money will be up for grabs in the unique event, which is being played in a 5,000-seat casino theatre.
Gimli icemaker Hans Wuthrich is making the ice, using a portable refrigeration plant.
Jones's appearance marks the first time a women's team has ever taken on a men's team in a TSN skins game.