The Manitoba Curling Tour season opens this weekend and it should have the Carberry Curling Club rocking.
The four-sheet facility is hosting the men’s and women’s King Spud Classic. Both events feature eight teams in pools of four, with the top two advancing to Sunday’s playoffs. While some teams will be looking to get off on the right foot, Carberry’s Betty Buurma’s squad is just looking at getting to know each other.
Buurma returns to the house this winter after throwing second stones for Tina Kozak last season. This year she’s teamed up with Quinn Roberts and Nicole Metzger, who played together last year, as well as Kendell Kohinski, who left Terry Ursel’s team from Plumas. Roberts and Buurma have played together before, but this weekend will be a chance for Buurma to get to know the other two players on the team.
“I’m kind of excited about it,” she said. “Hopefully I can keep up with these young chickies. I’m very excited that it’s in Carberry.”
The women’s field also features teams skipped by Ursel, Deb McCreanor, D’Arcy Maywood, Janet Harvey, Meghan Armit, Tiffany McLean and Kortney Teale. Harvey goes in as the favourite, but her team and the rest of the competitors could face some challenges as the ice in Carberry won’t be ready until today and the rocks were recently resurfaced, which could make consistent shot-making a challenge.
Buurma will break in the ice today, as will Carberry’s Kelly Marnoch, who’s skipping a squad in the men’s event that’s running at the same time.
Marnoch’s team will have a slightly different look than last year as Winnipeg’s Bill Kuran will throw fourth stones. Brandon Jorgenson and Chris Cameron will play on the front end and Evan Reynolds will be the team’s fifth.
The men’s side of the draw should be very competitive with all eight teams coming from the Westman area. The field also includes Jerry Chudley, Curtis McCannell, Steve Irwin, Geoff Trimble, Kelly Skinner, Tyler Waterhouse and Darko Reischek. Without anyone really favoured going into the event, Marnoch is determined to come out on top.
“It always is (important to get off to a good start to the season),” he said. “We have one new guy on the team this year, so it would be nice to get off to a nice start.”
The first draw starts Friday at 6 p.m. The finals are set for Sunday at 3 p.m.
JUNIORS: The Westman Junior Super League is still looking for teams. The entry deadline is Wednesday. Contact the Brandon Curling Club at 204-726-3560.
ANDREWS CLASSIC: The Neil Andrews Classic Senior Bonspiel, which is set for Oct. 18-20, is looking for more teams. Interested squads can contact Darryl Andrews at 204-729-4949 for more information.
BRANDON CLUB: The Brandon Curling Club is hosting free adult learn to curl sessions on Mondays starting on Oct. 21 at 8:30 p.m. The youth curling program, for players aged eight to 14, begins on Oct. 24 at 4:15 p.m. The cost is $50, and adult volunteers are still needed. Call 204-729-4949.
RIVERVIEW CLUB: The Riverview Curling Club is looking for more women’s teams for its Monday and Friday leagues that play at 1:15 p.m., as well as its 50-plus Tuesday league that plays at 1:15 p.m. For more information, contact Colleen at 204-728-1181.
WCT: Brandon’s Rob Fowler and former Brandonite William Lyburn will skip their teams in the Direct Horizontal Drilling Fall Classic in Edmonton from Friday through Monday. Meanwhile, former Brandonite Mike McEwen and his teammates are in Toronto for the StuSells Toronto Tankard, which also runs Friday through Monday.
EXTRA ENDS: Riverview is hosting a charity bonspiel to raise money for cancer research from Nov. 7-10. It’s open to men’s, women’s and mixed teams and costs $140. Email email@example.com … Former Brandon resident Jill Officer has been named an RBC Olympians community ambassador.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition October 10, 2013