August 1, 2015


Roar of the Rings

Last rocks

The road to Russia

'TOBA WATCH

How the Manitoba squads did on Day 1 of the 2013 Canadian Olympic Curling Trials:

Jeff Stoughton delivers a rock during his opening game in the Roar of the Rings Olympic curling trials.

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Jeff Stoughton delivers a rock during his opening game in the Roar of the Rings Olympic curling trials.

Jennifer Jones and her St. Vital Curling Club foursome that includes Kaitlyn Lawes, Jill Officer and Dawn McEwen opened with a 10-2 win over Chelsea Carey's Fort Rouge crew of Kristy McDonald (who was ill and replaced by Breanne Meakin), Kristen Foster and Lindsay Titheridge.

Jeff Stoughton's Charleswood crew of Mark Nichols, Reid Carruthers and Jon Mead fell to Brad Jacobs -- supported by Ryan Fry, E.J. Harnden and Ryan Harnden, of Sault Ste. Marie, 7-4.

Mike McEwen's Fort Rouge foursome of B.J. Neufeld, Matt Wozniak and Denni Neufeld were edged by Kevin Martin and his crew of Ben Hebert, Marc Kennedy and Dave Nedohin, 5-3.

The Toban Tally: 1W, 3L

 

NOTABLE NUMBERS

Jones and her quartet shot the lights out in their opener, hitting 96 per cent as a team (McEwen, 100; Officer, 92; Lawes, 95 and Jones, 97). McEwen and Rachel Homan lead Lisa Weagle were both perfect Sunday, the only curlers on Day 1 to finish with a shooting percentage of 100.

Just because you have time to kill on the media bench: The birthplace broken down by province/country, of the participating curlers (not including alternates) -- Manitoba (17), Ontario (17), Alberta (12), Saskatchewan (10), B.C. (3), Nova Scotia (1), Newfoundland (1), Germany (2), Bahamas (1)

FYI: Jennifer Jones' six-spot in the sixth end of her 10-2 win over Chelsea Carey tied a Canadian Curling Trials record for the highest single-end score set by Russ Howard vs. Kevin Park in 1997.

John Epping's 9-8 win over Kevin Koe featured a ton of rocks in play. The Trials record for highest-scoring game is 21, set in 2005 when Shawn Adams edged Glenn Howard 11-10.

STRANGE, BUT TRUE: Team Morris' second Tyrel Griffith was sweeping so hard in the sixth end Sunday his belt popped open and fell on the ice, drawing laughs and whistles from the crowd.

 

GOOD OL' MO

GOOD OL' MO: Here's Jacobs, who won a berth at the Pre-Trials in Kitchener to punch his ticket to the Roar, on the impact of that momentum:

"What was important was we got to play on arena ice with these rocks right before this. We went to another 'spiel, once again played on arena ice. We've got the feel for arena ice right now."


TODAY'S MAIN MATCHES

MARQUEE MATCHUPS

Men: Stoughton faces 2010 Olympic gold medallist Kevin Martin in a rematch of the 2009 Brier final in Calgary (won by Martin) on the 1:30 draw.

Women: Carey will attempt to rebound today with two games, the first against Heather Nedohin of Edmonton on the morning draw and then again tonight against defending Canadian champion Rachel Homan of Ottawa.

Homan and Renee Sonnenberg of Grande Prairie will be the feature game this morning.

Draw times at MTS Centre are 8:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.


OTHER ROAR, OTHER RINGS: In the Manitoba Curling Tour Championship finals in Beausejour, Carberry's Kelly Marnoch edged Willie Lyburn 6-5 and Joelle Brown of Fort Rouge knocked off Michelle Montford 6-2 to earn berths in the provincial finals.

 

--Ed Tait

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 2, 2013 0

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