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Team MB is playing a better game then my ladies so far and they now lead 4 - 1 going into the 5th end.........not looking good for Team ON.
Kerri just made a lights-out shot to take 2 in the 6th to lead 6 - 2...all but impossible for Team Homan to come back now without Team MB falling completely apart ..............and that isn't going to happen.
Team MB leads 7 - 3 going into the 9th..........could be handshakes and a win for them when the last rock is thrown in the end.
Nope, no handshakes yet. Team ON gets 2 in the 9th and trail by 2 going into the 10th - they will have to play their hearts out to try and steal 2 to tie and force an extra end...............but Team MB will have the hammer in both.
OMG! They did it! Team ON stole 2 to tie in the 10th...........what a fabulous come-back ladies.......never gave up and battled for every shot.
Team Manitoba are the Scotties Champions and assume the title of Team Canada representing our country at the World Women's Curling Championship in Prince George next month. Well done, Team it on the second go round. And to Team Ontario, thank you for battling all the came so close. Congratulations on winning the Silver Medal. Congrats also to Team Wild Card........they had a tough round robin but managed to claw their way into the finals and will receive the Bronze medal.

And thank you TSN for another great Scotties broadcast.

Next up - The Briar which will get underway this coming Friday.
The 2020 Tim Horton's Briar got underway last night with the Wild Card game.

Team McEwen wins Wild Card game to advance to Tim Hortons Brier main field

KINGSTON, Ont. — With the agility of a magician, Team Mike Ewen escaped disaster for five ends before he and the rest of his team make the key shots down the stretch to sneak pass Team Glenn Howard 5-4 in the Wild Card game Friday night and earn a spot in the Tim Hortons Brier, presented by AGI.

The McEwen team out of the West St. Paul Curling Club in Winnipeg were in trouble most of the first half of the game at Leon’s Centre, but somehow managed to avoid giving Howard multi-scores in several ends. The Howard foursome out of the Penetanguishene, Ont., Curling Club did score a deuce in the third but managed only singles in the fifth and ninth ends.

“They had us sweating real bad the first half and we played Houdini and escaped,” said a much-relieved McEwen after drawing the edge of the button in 10 for the winning single. “That’s about as uncomfortable a game, other than the Brier final, that you can get. To play in that atmosphere, you’re the only sheet out there, the building is full of fans, sounded like they were enjoying themselves. That’s about as much pressure as you’re going to get until you get to the final”

Howard, who has played more Tim Hortons Brier games since 1980 that any other player, was naturally disappointed, both in the loss and some of his own play.

“I felt we controlled the first half of the game,” he said. “It could have gotten away from them, in my mind. It was disappointing. I missed a few shots I shouldn’t have missed. I just wish I personally would have played better. We had our chances and they got out of a few situations.”

Howard had McEwen in trouble in both the second and third ends. McEwen drew the four foot with his final stone in two, facing three Howard counters, to score a single.

But Howard, backed by third Scott Howard – his son – second David Mathers, lead Tim March and alternate Adam Spencer, took full advantage of a couple of misses by the McEwen team to post two in the third. McEwen third Reid Carruthers narrowly missed a triple opportunity and McEwen himself had to make a tough double with his final stone to keep Howard to a deuce.

McEwen, Carruthers – a 2011 Tim Hortons Brier and world champion playing with Jeff Stoughton – second Derek Samagalski, lead Colin Hodgson and coach Rob Meakin, had a chance for their own deuce, and a possible three, in the fourth. But a perfectly frozen stone, behind cover, by Howard forced McEwen to draw for one.

McEwen was in trouble again in the fifth, facing three Howard counters, until McEwen drew the edge of the button with final stone. Howard couldn’t tick it out and had to settle for a single.
“That was a big end because we had a good end going there,” said Howard. “Mikey made a freeze. Out of his hand they’re going ‘Back 12, back eight’ and for some reason it curled up and ended up a great shot … an absolutely perfect shot. That curls a little bit more I make a double we get a deuce. We ended before forced to one.”

McEwen got a game-changing two in the eighth end, set up by a superb double runback take out by Carruthers that left them sitting three. Howard had a chance to keep them to one but missed on a try for a double.

“Reid made a couple of great shots, he set up that two in eight,” said McEwen. “Derek made a great freeze … fortunately Glenn missed the double and that was a big turning point.”

In the ninth Carruthers made another key shot, a double peel that opened up the house and prevented Howard from building a possible multi-score end.

“That double peel Reid made, they don’t get much tougher than that,” said McEwen. “That was a huge shot.

The two teams got into the Wild Card game as the two highest ranking teams on the Canadian Team Ranking System to not win their provincial/territorial title.

The main draw of the event gets underway Saturday at 2 p.m. Team Wild Card will play its first game Saturday at 7 p.m. against Matt Dunstone of Saskatchewan.

They are slotted in Pool A of the championship, which includes defending and four-time Tim Hortons Brier champion Kevin Koe and Team Canada, plus teams from Ontario, Saskatchewan, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Yukon and Northwest Territories.

Pool B includes Alberta’s Brendan Bottcher – the silver medallist the last two years – former Olympic gold medallists and Tim Hortons Brier champions Brad Gushue of Newfoundland and Brad Jacobs of Northern Ontario, plus teams from Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Quebec, Prince Edward Island and Nunavut.

Teams play seven games in their respective pools with the top four then moving on to the Championship Pool, taking their won-lost records with them, for another four games. The top four teams after that round then advance to the Page playoffs. The semifinal and final will be played on Sunday, March 8.

The 16 teams are chasing a share of the $300,000 prize pool – the wining team gets $105,000 – plus automatic berths in the 2020 world championship in Glasgow, Scotland, the 2021 Tim Hortons Brier and the 2021 Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings. They also get to wear Team Canada jerseys for the next year.

bill barilko
Curling is So White.

I posted same on the CBC and they censored me.
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Curling is So White.

I posted same on the CBC and they censored me.

Your thoughts are duly noted and will stand, Bill.
TSN's first draw coverage sees Team Koe aka Team Canada pitted against Team ON. In the 8th end, Team On has the hammer and the score is tied at 3 apiece. Some great shots so far.
Team ON lead by Jon Epping stole a point in the 10th for a two point lead and the win over Team Canada. Final: 5 - 3

Draw 2 gets underway on TSN 315 at 4:30PM PST and will feature Team N ON (Team Jacobs - Go lads!) against Team AB (Team Bottcher)
It was hand-shakes in the 9th as Team AB got off to a quick lead in the early going and Team N ON struggled to get on the board.

Draw 3 in progress as I write and the focus is on Team SK vs Team NB - so far the latter has a 4 point lead over the former going into the 5th end. Also on the ice today - Team N ON takes on Team PEI, Team Wild Card (Team McEwen) vs Team YT, Team AB vs Team Nu.
4 in a row for Team SK
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4 in a row for Team SK

Matt was curling 100% in his last two draws, pete. Outstanding performance.
The World Women's Curling Championship is due to start in Prince George on March 14th. Teams will be coming from all over the world to compete in the championship. Questions are now being raised in that city about the possibility of some competitors who may have been exposed to the Covid-19 virus and what measures are in place to have them screened prior to leaving their various countries.
We're into the Championship Round today. TSN is featuring Team AB vs Team SK. GO TEAM SK!
Matt Dunstone's crew just stole a point from Team AB, Pete and lead 3 - 2 after 5 ends of play. Go Saskatchewan!
Unfortunately, Team SK went down to Team AB in the final end, Pete......though they are still in the mix by virtue of their record. Team N ON won their draw against Team Wild Card.
Raymond de Souza: For pure Canadiana, the Brier is hard to beat

Curling is very, very Canadian in the best sense — challenging, wintry, courteous. Every good shot, regardless of team, is cheered with admiration

Team Saskatchewan skip Matt Dunstone delivers as they take on Team BC at the Brier in Kingston, Ont., on March 2, 2020.Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press

KINGSTON, ONT. — Sports do not infallibly bring out the best in the human condition. But sometimes they do, as in this week in Canada.

Major League Baseball is weeks away from opening a new season having discovered that the Houston Astros — best record in baseball last year, three consecutive 100-win seasons, World Series champions in 2017 — ran a prolonged scheme to massively cheat. Baseball is not greatly fussed about that. The players will not be punished, their titles and records will remain because, well, correcting it would be an enormous bother and, besides, wouldn’t it mean having to act when other cheaters were caught? Baseball has a very, very long history of cheating. It’s somewhat traditional behaviour in a pastime that loves its traditions. A genteel sport is plagued by ungentlemanly conduct.

The contrary appears to be true this week in Kingston, where the annual Brier, our national men’s curling championship, is taking place. Curling is very, very Canadian in the best sense — challenging, wintry, courteous. It’s a nice change from nearly everything else going on in the country at the moment.

Last week in these pages Sean Speer wrote about the Special Olympics taking place in Thunder Bay as a refreshing contrast to the rise of rancour across the land. The games — for those with intellectual or developmental disabilities or cognitive delay — use sports to bring out the best in the athletes and all those who assist them.

“(The Special Olympics) is a testament to the reciprocal benefits of volunteerism, civic engagement, and surrendering one’s ego to something bigger,” Speer wrote. “What distinguishes these games from so much else of modern society is the lack of cynicism, self-importance, or guile.”

The Brier is not the Special Olympics; it is the most elite curling championship held anywhere in the world. It is intensely competitive.

And yet a lack of cynicism, self-importance and guile is a description that fits.

And it is so very Canadian. Consider that while Thunder Bay was hosting the Special Olympics last week, the curling team from Manitoba dropped by overnight. Not to the city, the airport. Their Thursday flight to Toronto and onward to Kingston had been cancelled due to weather, so they rebooked for Friday before sunrise. That, too,was cancelled. So they flew late Friday evening to Thunder Bay, where all the hotels were booked for the Special Olympics. They stayed in the airport, took a flight on Saturday to Toronto and then drove to Kingston.

There was nervousness all round because the Manitoba curlers were carrying the official shirts and jackets for all the teams. The supplier was in Winnipeg and it was a cost-saving favour to Curling Canada. We celebrate “hometown hockey” but it really doesn’t get anymore down home in the Canadian winter than that.

While the curlers at the Brier are the best in the world, the week-long event is as much about the fans, who form a genuine community.

While this is the first time I have ever watched competitive curling live, there are a great number of Brier fans who travel the country year after year and attend every one of the week’s 24 “draws,” or sessions, in which up to four matches can be taking place at once. At three hours a draw, and three draws a day, that is a serious commitment.

Everyone is unfailingly polite. Every good shot, regardless of team, is cheered with admiration. Every missed shot is greeted with sighs of disappointment and consolation. There is absolutely no cheering for the misfortune of rivals. Even competing players acknowledge a particularly good shot by their opponents.

There are umpires to enforce the rules, but they are rarely called into action. The players monitor themselves and report any infractions. They decide among themselves who has scored and then report it to the scorekeeper. Concord and comity reign even amidst the necessary concentration of competition.

Alas, even into an icy Eden a technological snake has slithered in, and the rocks are fitted with electronic transmitters to ensure that they are released before the hog line. Superfluous, I object. The integrity of the players should suffice.

Rocks? Hog line? Players — or you mean lead, second, third, skip? “Hurry hard!” resounding throughout the rink?

Curling, like all sports, has its own vernacular and distinctive rules. It can be confusing for a newcomer, but a memorable part of the Brier is not knowing what exactly is happening and asking for guidance from the strangers around you. The enthusiasm with which they provide comprehensive explanations is an authentic experience of kindness. I have never been to another sporting event where the expert fans are quite as eager that you come to enjoy the game as much as they do.

It’s pure Canadiana, or at least a part of Canadiana that has remained quite pure, and unembarrassedly so. The “Brier,” by the way, was the name given by chief sponsor Macdonald Tobacco back in the 1920s. Yes, the national championship is named after a brand of pipe tobacco. After 50 years, tobacco gave way to beer, and it was the Labatt Brier from 1980-2000. Then someone had the bad idea of having it sponsored by Nokia, presumably on the grounds that they curl in Finland. Maybe they wired up the rocks.

For the past 15 years it has been the Tim Hortons Brier, which seems eminently fitting, even if going from tobacco and beer to coffee and doughnuts does seem to indicate a softening of the national character.

Then again, curlers are rather more physically fit than they were 30 years back. That is regrettable in part, distancing the curlers from their amateur colleagues who throw and sweep at rinks across the land, especially in the Prairies. But they are very good at what they do, and the Brier is a very good part of Canada. We need it this week, and are blessed to have it in Kingston.
After dropping their first three games, Northern Ontario hasn't missed a beat since with 7 consecutive wins under their belts. They just polished off a win against Team Canada (Team Koe) with a lovely 7 - 3 finish in the 8th end of play. The entire team is curling in the high 90's with Brad at 98% on his hits and 100% on his draws. Mark Kennedy has similar numbers with 100% on his hits and 98% on his draws. The Brush Brothers - EJ and Ryan Harnden - haven't missed a lick and Ryan's Weagles were a key factor early in each end.

Team Wild Card got a single in the 8th to tie NFLD 3 - 3 going into the 9th.

AB stole 3 in the 8th against ON for 10 - 3 win.

MB with the hammer in the 8th took two against SK. SK blanked the 9th to take the hammer into the 10th.
SK takes it in the 10th end with a beauty take-out and eliminating MB in the process. Rock on SK! Matt's last shot, a hit for two and the win, was perfect. His numbers in this draw were down considerably from other draws - around 83% - but he came through when it really counted.

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