Craig Savill back curling with Team Charley Thomas
BY JOE PAVIA
Craig Savill salutes the crowd after the opening ceremonies during the Tim Hortons Brier held at TD Place in Ottawa on March 10, 2016. (Jean Levac/Postmedia/Files)
Buckle up cause there’s a lot to see.
The Tour Challenge, which began Tuesday, showcases sixty top teams – thirty of each gender – in a big bucks round robin spiel in Cranbrook, BC.
The sixty squads are divided into two tiers of fifteen men and women’s teams who compete in a round robin. Tier 1 teams are after the $200,000 available while Tier 2 goes for $100,000 in prize money.
This is the event where Craig Savill marks his return to the ranks with Team Charley Thomas in Tier 1. He says he’s excited and he will be playing all his former opponents like Koe, McEwen and Jacobs.
The Tier 2 teams include Glenn Howard, Tom Brewster and Jean-Michel Menard.
The women’s Tier 1 contingent is strong featuring Rachel Homan, Anna Hasselborg and Jennifer Jones. Krista McCarville, fan favourite Kerry Galusha and Stefanie Lawton head up Tier 2.
Sportsnet coverage begins Thursday afternoon at 3 p.m. with the women’s and men’s final at noon and 3:30 p.m. respectively.
HOW’S YOUR PAD
The approved fabric curlers now have to use in certain events comes from the J Ennis Fabric company in Edmonton. They are the sole source as deemed by the World Curling Federation. Called Oxford 55 Sport Yellow, the fabric has been in that company’s inventory since 1992. According to Ennis buyer Kevin Cornell the material was originally made to fashion bags but has more been used to make hockey pants. Asham, Balance Plus, Goldline, Hardline, Moen and Performance all have to use this material. How have sales been? Cornell said, “Sales have gone through the roof. That was caused by the increase in the use of the product for curling. Our sales have definitely skyrocketed.”
By the way the product comes in twenty-four colours just not yellow.
The Japanese team featured in this column last week had an undefeated run in the Royal Lepage OVCA Women’s Fall Classic before suffering a defeat at the hands of PEI’s Robyn MacPhee 6-2 in the final. Japan’s Ogasawara breezed through the A-side while MacPhee emerged through the B. The winner left with $5000 and the runner-up with $3000.
The Huntley U21 bonspiel crowned two local teams as champs. Team Jessica Thorne and Carp’s Ryan Hahn won their respective divisions. The two Chinese squads that were in town for the annual Broker Link OVCA Junior Superspiel hung around to play in Huntley. The boy’s were in the final. Sources say together the pair of Chinese teams has a $50,000 budget for their current Canadian trip.
EIGHT IS GREAT
The team of Myrtle Blinn, Sandra Herage, Doreen Larouche and Lynn Pratt scored the ever-elusive eight-ender last Wednesday evening at the RCMP club.
Brian Lewis, JP Lachance, Mike Johansen and Graham Sinclair won the Navan Men’s spiel on the weekend.
The Governor General’s Curling Club inducted three new members Saturday. Ottawa’s Wil Thurlow and Elaine Brimicombe as well as London’s Peter Inch join the body. Brimicombe is the twelfth woman to be inducted…Registration is now open for January’s OVCA Mixed bonspiel. Register at http://www.ovcaevents.com/…The Pembroke Cashspiel is also seeking teams for their November 25 to 27 event. $4000 is up for grabs… The Mixed Nationals begin Monday in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. Ilderton’s Wayne Tuck is the Ontario rep. Ottawa’s Jon Wall is fashioning the ice…Bryan Cochrane’s Senior team received their national and provincial banners on Thursday.
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