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ll the chatter on Tuesday night at the Tim Hortons Olympic Trials centred on “the heavyweights.” Those being the so-called top-four men’s seeds headed into their own three-round finale at Rexall Place starting this afternoon. Unbeaten Glenn Howard of Coldwater, Ont., is maybe one win away from assuring himself of a playoff berth and faces Edmonton’s Kevin Koe. And two Edmonton giants, Kevin Martin and Randy Ferbey, collide in a second game. All three hometown units are 3-and-1 with one game today and two on Thursday. Winnipeg’s Jeff Stoughton, who suffered a horrible break in the eighth end of his nightcap Tuesday against Martin when both his stones appeared to grab debris and/or fudge, is 2-and-2 and facing the same three foes he topped at the Prince George Pre-Trials in the stretch. “You can say there are heavyweights but anybody who thinks you can prepare any different from any of these teams is stupid,” said Howard on Tuesday night. “Every team here should be here and every one is dangerous. Having said that, we feel we have three of the

best teams on the planet left to play.” Howard defeated Pat Simmons (1-3) of Davidson, Sask., 7-5 in Round 4 while Martin doubled the score on Stoughton (8-4), breaking up a 4-4 tie with three on the eighth courtesy Stoughton’s misfortune and another steal in the ninth. Elsewhere, Koe throttled Wayne Middaugh (0-4) of Toronto 11-4 and Ferbey dumped Jason Gunnlaugson (0-4) of Beausejour, Man., 9-4. “Truth be known,” said Howard, “I’d have taken 3-and-1 at this stage if someone had asked me prior to the start of the tournament. But we’re playing really well now, the ice conditions are fantastic and 4-and-0 is a definite bonus.” Howard will close out the round robin in a much anticipated battle with Brier champion Martin on Thursday night. So, does the Ontario champ feels he’s owed one . . . or two, based on the results of two high-calibre collisions at last March’s Calgary Brier? “Those two games I still talk about,” he said. “They were two of the most enjoyable games I’ve ever played. They were so entertaining. There was great shotmaking. Each could have gone either way.” But they didn’t. And it cost Howard at least a shot at his second Brier title as a skip. “Is it our turn? I don’t

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“It’s disappointing, sure, but easier to park than missing that shot (in the first round) to Howard,” said the Winnipeg skip. “Those shots tonight, I was taken right out of the equation by something I couldn’t control. “But two back-to-back? I was shocked. I just don’t

know what’s going on. Halfway down it looked perfect. Two-thirds of the way down it was gone. It’s just disappointing that it came down to that. “It was a great game, Great shots made by both sides. It hurts now. Hopefully it won’t be so painful at

the end of the week. It looks like we’re going to have to win the last three.” Stoughton plays Gunnlaugson and Simmons plays Middaugh in other 1 p.m. fixtures.

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na’s Kelly Scott, on Tuesday afternoon and now face their top-seeded peers the remainder of the way, with Calgary arch-rival Shannon Kleibrink and defending Canadian champion Jennifer Jones on the opposition docket today. “It’s key,” agreed Bernard, moments after accepting a 9-7 gift decision from former world champion Scott in Tuesday’s only assignment. “We have tough games, we know that. Obviously we’ve had tough games. But I’m, uh, sort of enjoying this. Whatever’s going our way, it’s good.” Scott led by two playing

the 10th end but missed both her shots and Bernard, who’d jammed a cluster of her own stones in the fourfoot behind a guard, wasn’t even required to swing the hammer to score four and slip away with the win. “Every team I ever saw win anything of this magnitude had to have a lot of things going its way,” said Bernard. “And you have to be making shots and you have to get stronger and stronger as you go along. That’s sports!”

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‘Olympic grind’ has changed the roaring game LARRY WOOD Morning Roar Editor

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here’s something about the Olympic Trials that doesn’t seem to fit with Wayne Middaugh. The event didn’t seem to fit when he was a perennial all-star second player with Russ Howard. It didn’t seem to fit along about the time Middaugh was a world champion skip. And it still doesn’t seem to fit today. “I don’t have the greatest record, do I?” he was admitting following qualification at Prince George for the current Trials. Right. As a skip he was 5-and-16 going into Tuesday night’s joust at The Rex against Kevin Koe. As sec-

ond for Howard he was 6-5. As an alternate for Glenn Howard last time around he was 5-4. So when, sometime during the last quadrennial, he appeared on TSN’s Off The Record gabfest and opined that “the Olympics have ruined curling,” eyebrows were arched everywhere and the suspicion was the grapes being sucked were a little sour. Not so, however. Middaugh’s statement never was a knock on the Olympics. But rather on how curling’s inclusion in the overblown Games has changed the sport he loves. “I grew up in Al Hackner’s era, in Ed Werenich’s era, in Russ Howard’s era, and Russ probably was one of the first guys to look at fitness and everything associated with it, and he was a leader that way,” said Middaugh the other day. “I really enjoyed growing up in that era. Al Hackner probably was the best example in the world. He was great curler, won everything, but when he went to an event he went to enjoy the whole shebang. He went

to enjoy the curling, he went to enjoy his peers, he went to enjoy the volunteers, he made everybody around him have a good time. I thought, ‘Gosh that seems like a lot of fun. This guy is a great guy’. “Now I look here. And I see some of those guys I played back in those days. I remember Jim Armstrong. We played a million times. Here was a guy who had a ton of fun, enjoyed himself all the time. And that’s what I liked about curling. That’s part of the reason I went out of my way in the first place to play the game. Right? “Well now, everybody’s real serious. I mean, REAL serious. And they don’t just enjoy the game. They don’t enjoy the apres-curling as much and they take it more like a job. But it’s not a job. It shouldn’t be a job. It’s a sport that we all love to play. And, hey, I love it more than anything. I mean, I wouldn’t have met my wife if I hadn’t pursued curling.”

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GETTING TO KNOW YOU

Team Scott: Skip: Kelly Scott Nickname: Kell, Cupcake. Home: West Kelowna, B.C. Began curling at age: 11 Delivery: Right Occupation/title: Accountant Employer: Nutri-Lawn Ecology-Friendly Lawn Care DOB: June 1, 1977 Place of birth: Winnipeg Marital status: Married Spouse/partner: Chad Scott Children: Nash 1. First vehicle: Tracker Current vehicle: Ford Escape Favourite food: Perogies are a treat Favourite drink: Pina coladas, preferably near a beach Celebrity dream man: Unfortunately, all have aged Most annoying celebrity: Ben Mulroney All-time favourite movie: Seabis-

cuit, The Notebook Last movie she loved: Still trying to see The Hangover Last movie she hated: Maybe Star Wars. Not a science-fiction fan Tattooed? Yes, two Never leaves home without: Kissing my Nash’s chubby cheeks Competed in: 1991, 1995 Junior Nationals, 1995 World Junior, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 Scotties, 2006, 2007 World Women’s, 2005 Olympic trials.

Third: Jeanna Schraeder Home: Kelowna. Began curing at age: 10 Delivery: Right. Occupation/title: Data warehouse architect

Jacquie Armstrong, left, and Sasha Carter

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Employer: B.C. Interior Health DOB: September 21, 1976 Place of birth: Kelowna. Marital status: Married Spouse/partner: Jeremy Schraeder Children: Luke 4, Dion 2 First vehicle: Toyota Tercel Current vehicle: Honda Civic Favourite food: Sushi, ribs, butter chicken Favourite drink: Mojito Most annoying celebrity: Paris Hilton All-time favourite movie: Undecided Last movie she loved: Finding Nemo (all the movies she sees these days are kid’s movies) Last movie she hated: Groundhog Day Tattooed? Yes, one Never leave home without: Giving my boys hugs and kisses Competed in: 1991, 1994, 1996 Junior Nationals, 2006, 2007, 2008 Scotties, 2006, 2007 World Women’s, 2005 Olympic trials.

Second: Sasha Carter Nickname: Sash Home: Kelowna Began curling at age: 10 Delivery: Right Occupation/title: Business manager Employer: Peacock Sheridan Group DOB: July 20, 1974 Place of birth: Ashern, Man. Marital status: Married Spouse/partner: Greg Carter Children: No children, just a pug named Snickers First vehicle: Chrysler Cordoba Current vehicle: Mazda CX-9

Favourite food: Lobster Favourite drink: American Misto (pre-noon), honey lager (mid-afternoon), spiced rum and coke (predinner), red wine (dinner)! Celebrity dream man: George Clooney, the late John F. Kennedy Jr. Most annoying celebrity: Janice Dickenson All-time favourite movie: The Goonies. Last movie she loved: Ice Age 3 Tattooed? Yes, two. Never leave home without: Credit cards — never know when you might find the next pair of perfect shoes which are mandatory for your closet! Competed in: 1995 Junior Nationals, 1995 World Junior, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 Scotties, 2006, 2007 World Women’s, 2005 Olympic trials.

Lead: Jacquie Armstrong Home: Surrey, B.C.

Began curling at age: 12 Delivery: Right Occupation/title: Software development manager Employer: IP Applications DOB: March 19, 1976 Place of birth: Penticton, B.C. Marital status: Married Spouse/partner: Paul Armstrong Children: Jeffrey 6, Megan 4. First vehicle: 1976 VW Super-beetle Current vehicle: Ford Escape Favourite food: Grilled steaks and garlic mash Favourite drink: Coffee with Bailey’s Celebrity dream man: Sean Connery (the younger version, of course) Most annoying celebrity: Perez Hilton All-time favourite movie: Seven Brides For Seven Brothers Last movie she loved: Twilight Last movie she hated: Barbie and the Diamond Castle

Tattooed? None Never leave home without: A key to get back in (made that mistake only once) Competed in: 2003 Scotties (fifth)

Fifth: Helen Radford Home: Halifax Began curling at age: Fifteen Delivery: Right Occupation/title: Manager of High Performance Development Employer: Nova Scotia Curling Association Date of birth: June 14, 1968 Place of birth: Halifax Spouse/Partner: None Children: Daughter Zoe (2) First vehicle: Mazda 323 Current vehicle: Honda CR-V Favourite food: Steak Favourite drink: Milk Celebrity dream man: Hugh Jackman Most annoying celebrity: None All-time favourite movie: The Sixth Sense Last movie she loved: Slumdog Millionaire Last movie she hated: The Matrix Tattooed? Just temporary tattoos of Dora the Explorer Never leaves home without: Keys Competed in: Canadian Mixed Champion 1993

Coach: Gerry Richard Home: Kelowna Occupation/title: Firefighter (captain) Employer: City of Kelowna Date of birth: Feb. 26, 1956 Place of birth: Kelowna Coached/played: 2005, 06, 07, 08 Scotties, 06, 07 Worlds women’s/1974 Junior Nationals, 1993, 1994, 1995, 2002 (fifth) Brier, 2004 Worlds.


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Catch Vancouver’s five-ring fever

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s the Roar of the Rings Olympic Trials continue this week in Rexall Place, the 16 women’s and men’s teams aren’t the only ones looking to book their tickets to the 2010 Olympics in February. A lot of fans will be planning their trips to Vancouver, too. The 2010 Olympic curling will take place in the new 108,000 square-foot foursheet Vancouver Olympic/ Paralympic Centre next to Nat Bailey Stadium and Queen Elizabeth Park in central Vancouver. It is one of only two newly-constructed competition venues in Vancouver, and will not only house a curling club after the

Dave Nedohin and the Ferbey team are gunning for Vancouver.

Olympics are over, but also an arena, swimming pool, library and community centre. Just like the Road to the Roar pre-Trials in Prince George and the current Trials in Edmonton, the Olympic competition will take place on arena ice.

“It allows the fans to be closer to the action and to feel more involved in what’s happening.” Olympic curling official Neil Houston

The venue is much smaller than those typically used for major Canadian events like the Scott Tournament of Hearts or Brier, though; seating capacity is about 5,000. “Any time you decrease the size of the venue, you bring the spectators closer to the field of play,” explains Neil Houston, Sport and Venue Planning Manager for Olympic curling and a former Olympic competitior (1988). “It allows the fans to be closer to the action and to feel more involved in what’s happening.” Another significant difference: There won’t be an event beer garden (or “Patch”) on site or nearby. “It’s just not the kind of competition that lends itself to a Patch environment,” Houston says.

Although Canadian fans are used to watching championships in larger venues, the Vancouver centre boasts more seating than any other curling venue at past Olympic Games. Fans watching on television will be able to see every angle and perspective from each sheet — more than 40 television cameras will be focused on the ice. An in-venue big screen also will focus on key shots taking place across the four sheets during every draw. “It’s sometimes hard to watch four games at once,” Houston explains. “Our system with the big screen and cameras shooting every sheet will allow fans in the venue to see when an important or exciting shot is about to be made, so they don’t miss anything.” While the 2010 Olympic Winter Games officially start on Feb. 12, the 10-team curling round-robin competition won’t kick off until Feb. 16. Team Canada’s men will have their first match against Norway at 9 am; the women will face off against Switzerland at 2 p.m. The round robin will finish on Feb. 23, with the women’s medals decided Feb. 26 and the men’s on Feb. 27. Curling tickets are among the 100,000 that have been released for sale. Fans can attempt to buy them online at www.vancouver2010.com

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Responding to the scene was their dream.

Middaugh was pointing a finger at what he called “hideous” rocks following the morning session. Following his 7-3 loss to Martin, the Toronto skip said the yellow stones his team was using on Sheet A were a handful to predict. “They decided to go with a set of rocks that are just worn out,” he said. “Across all four sheets, I don’t think anyone will tell you different. “We had four rocks that curl 10 inches, and four rocks that curl four feet. So how do you put the broom down?” added Middaugh. “You don’t complain. You deal with it and move on. You know what? Everybody’s going to have to throw them once during the week, and everybody you talk to about that . . . I’m sure they’ll tell you the same thing.” In Tuesday morning’s other action, Howard pushed his record with a 6-4 victory over young Manitoba interloper Gunnlaugson. Koe fell from the ranks of the undefeated with a 6-5 loss

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to Stoughton while Ferbey dumped Pat Simmons 9-4. The rocks used at this week’s Roar of the Rings are Manitoba Curling Association rocks which have been employed at several Briers, including the 2009 edition at Calgary, and numerous Ford world championships, excluding last year’s renewal at Moncton. There were no issues raised over the rocks at Calgary. Martin was one who verbally sympathized with Middaugh’s struggles. “They had three rocks that didn’t curl, eh? That makes it tough,” said Martin. “I don’t know what we’re going to do with the yellows when we get stuck with them. Glenn had the same trouble (Monday) night. “I really wish the players had more say in the equipment we throw with, because it’s such a big event,” added Martin. “I know I get unpopular sometimes for

saying what I think, but I really have to say it this time.” Hans Wuthrich, the Canadian Curling Association’s head ice technician, weighed in on the controversy, saying the CCA had removed small imperfections and smoothed that set of yellow rocks, and matched their weights to the others, prior to the tournament. “There shouldn’t be that kind of difference in those rocks. I don’t know where that’s coming from, or why,” said Wuthrich. “I’m going to see what happens in the next game . . . . I haven’t heard any of the women say anything about those rocks. “If there’s a problem with the rocks, we’ll find out. We’ll take a look. What are the options? Well, you change (modify) the rocks. It’s an easy problem to fix,” added Wuthrich. “We knew how important this event was. We double-checked all those rocks. There were about eight or nine that we fixed, that had wee little imperfections in them. But I just can’t see it. Rocks react different in every building.”

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Keith’s Patch is the Party Place! Fun and Games… after the Games The wall- to-wall party atmosphere of Keith’s Patch also comes with a competitive edge. All week long the Roar of the Rings is alive with contests, games and unique competitions that challenge fans to make their own mark on the 2009 Canadian Curling Trials. Obviously, the stakes aren’t quite as high as those facing the teams competing for the right to represent Canada in Vancouver. But some serious bragging rights are still on the line! Everything that happens at Keith’s Patch is in the name of fun. some cases, great prizes are in store for the ultimate winners.

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The temperature rises in Keith’s Patch every time a new match hits the table. Now that we’re mid way through the week Cool Curlers are starting to focus on their strategy and technique… not to mention the great prizes on the line.

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Competitors - playing in pairs - have been dedicated to their game… and to having a whole lot of fun! Step up to the table, or just come out and watch. It carries on through Friday when the qualifiers will be picked to face off at the Saturday championship playdowns

Team Kleibrink Thomas Pottle Rebecca Bartz Myrnam CC Lamont CC

The winners take home $600 for first, $300 for second and $150 for third – along with two prize packs each.

What’s Your Cup Size? Cup Stacking Contests are just one of many fun activities that go on in the Patch… not to mention Olympic Torch Races, Draw to the Button competitions, a Candy Cane Hunt, Wii games and Holiday Word Scrambles. The fun is all headed up by our colorful MC’s who lead the way every day with off-the-cuff activities in between the live on-stage entertainment. When you show up at the Patch you just never know what to expect! And on Saturday, December 12 we’ll be introducing an exciting new promotion called Roar of the Wreaths. Watch the Friday edition of Party Line for full details. There’s lots more on the go at Keith’s Patch as our colourful MC’s lead the way every day with an array of crazy games and competitions. When you show up at the Patch you just never know what to expect!

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Glenn Howard and Randy Ferbey, two of Canada’s true curling legends, will be sitting down with their teams in the Oh Canada Lounge to take part in a wide-ranging discussion pertaining to anything and everything related to the game.

&personal Howard – the first team to qualify for the Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings – seasoned his game playing third for brother Russ, winning Brier and World Championships in 1987 and 1993. Since taking on the skip duties he has represented Ontario on four occasions claiming the championship title at the 2007 Tim Hortons Brier and the Ford World Men’s Curling Championship. Ferbey grabbed the fourth spot in the Roar on the merits of an undefeated roll through the Players’ Championship to finish off last season – saving the team from a trip to the Road to the Roar pre-trials qualifier. With the victory they became the third Edmonton men’s squad in the Canadian Curling Trials. Ferbey is an eight-time competitor in the Brier with six Tankard titles and four world championships. He is also a three-time winner of the Canada Cup of Curling.

The two teams will be enjoying an evening off at the Roar of the Rings – as they prepare to go head to head at 8:30 am the next morning on the ice at Rexall Place. So you can expect a lively conversation on the upcoming match.

Come and meet your favourite curlers! Four teams will be featured today and tomorrow in the Oh Canada Lounge at 4:45 p.m. Today Team Wayne Middaugh Team Jeff Stoughton Team Kevin Koe Team Kevin Martin Thursday Team Amber Holland Team Krista McCarville Team Cheryl Bernard Team Jennifer Jones

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Wednesday, December 9, 2009 Bernard admitted a guard out front set the stage for the game’s turnaround. “Everything rolled our way in that last end,” she said. “Hey, I’d like an easy one but it doesn’t look like I’m going to get one.” She admitted she struggled with draw weight and yielded what should have been a killing three in the seventh end. “We need three W’s now,” offered Scott. “I was inbetween on the weight on both those last rocks. It’s disappointing. But I don’t think the team has to change a whole lot.” Defending Trials winner Kleibrink moved a game back of the leader at 3-and-1 with a 7-4 decision over Krista McCarville (2-2) of Thunder Bay. Kleibrink hammered a three on the board in the second end and refused to relinquish control thereafter. “They played a strong game,” said McCarville. “We just didn’t get a lot of opportunity to get back in it. The way they were playing, we couldn’t do much about it.” Kleibrink said her team is starting to attain the same comfort level it enjoyed when piling up a seven-game win streak in the last Trials and a 10-of-11 round-robin run at the 2008 Scotties. “Same rocks, same ice, same feeling,” she said. “The whole team is feeling pretty comfortable. They aren’t missing any peels. They’re on fire. On ice this good, it’s hard to be bad.” Someone suggested the Olympic experience played in favour of this Calgary team. “It has nothing to do with it,” she said. “Everybody in

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this field is loaded with experience at this level. We’re just playing a little better every game. You have to play well, shoot 80 per cent, or get beaten in this event.” Elsewhere, defending Canadian champion Jennifer Jones squared off her record

The Cheryl Bernard rink’s Cori Bartel, left, and Susan O’Connor do their thing Tuesday. at 2-2 with a tenacious 8-7 conquest of Calgary’s Crystal Webster (1-3). And Saskatoon’s Stefanie Lawton also pulled even at 2-2 with a 10-4 thumping of Saskatchewan counterpart Amber Holland (1-3) of Kronau. Webster tossed a pair of deuces at Jones in the early going but gave up a three and a two and when the Winnipeggers hit for a vital

Page 13 deuce in the seventh, control was theirs. “We know from years gone by that anything can happen in this game, so we just keep trying to be our best,” said Jones, explaining the team’s knack for gutty performance with its back to the wall. “It’s not a part of the plan (slow starts),” added vice-skip Cathy OvertonClapham. “I don’t know what it is. We just dig deep and play better. Once we get our backs up our best just seems to come out of us. “We sit down and take a look at the things were aren’t doing and pick up on those thing. Communication is a big part of our team. Our dynamics are so good.” Holland held a 3-2 lead with the hammer after four ends but faced four Lawton stones in the fifth and, forced to play on outside ice, sailed her last draw through. “That was the turning point,” said Lawton. “You get a break like that, it gives you momentum. There’s room for improvement yet, but we’re working at it.” Holland’s world fell apart after her mid-game miscue. Lawton actually stole another point in the sixth. “We weren’t playing well enough, plain and simple,” she said. Holland was playing on Sheet A with the yellow rocks heavily maligned in the earlier men’s draw. “They’re definitely not as matched as the other sets,” she said. “But I think we managed the rocks. You have to deal with that. It wasn’t a reason for the loss. We just have to pick it up and play a lot better.”

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GETTING TO KNOW YOU

Skip: Wayne Middaugh Nickname: Mudbug? Home: Victoria Harbour, Ont. Began curling at age: 12 Delivery: Right Occupation/title: Chief operating officer/general manager Employer: Port Carling Golf and Country Club Date of birth: September 20, 1967 Place of birth: Brampton, Ont. Marital status: Married Spouse/Partner: Sherry Middaugh Children: Kelly 10, Emily 7 First vehicle: 1983 Dodge Omni Current vehicle: MB ML550 Favourite food: Meat Favourite drink: Large Coke with a

Team Middaugh: Euge, Mudbug, McLovin, Nuke LaLoosh, and . . . big hitter, the Lama

dash of CC Celebrity dream woman: Lois Griffin or Marg Simpson (with her hair down) Most annoying celebrity: Craig Savill. All-time favourite movie: Caddyshack Last movie he loved: Work too much, no time for movies Last movie he hated: Ditto Tattooed? No, zero Never leave home without: His clothes on Competed in: 1987 Junior Nationals, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1998,

2001, 2005 Brier; 1993, 1998 World Men’s; 1997, 2001, 2005 (fifth) Olympic trials.

Third: Jon Mead Home: Winnipeg Began curling at age: 13 Delivery: Right Occupation/title: Business development manager Employer: Mondetta Clothing Date of birth: April 10, 1967 Place of birth: Regina Mari-

tal status: Married Spouse/Partner: Eileen Children: Sophie 6, Charlotte 1 month Competed in: 1986 Junior Nationals; 1987 World Junior; 1999, 2000, 2006 Brier; 1999 World Men’s; 1997, 2001, 2005 Olympic trials.

Second: John Epping Nickname: Euge Home: Toronto Began curling at age: 7 Delivery: Right Occupation/title: Medical sales consultant Employer: Synthes (Canada) Ltd. Date of birth: March 20, 1983 Place of birth: Peterborough, Ont. Marital status: Single Spouse/ Partner: None Children: None First vehicle: 1991 Pontiac 6000LE Current vehicle: 2005 Pontiac Sunfire Favourite food: Team

would say, sushi Favourite drink: Rye and Coke Celebrity dream woman: Sherry Middaugh Most annoying celebrity: Depends on the day All-time favourite movie: Happy Gilmore Last movie he loved: Superbad Last movie he hated: Crank Tattooed? Nope Never leave home without: Underwear intact Competed in: 2004 Junior Nationals, 2006, 2007 Mixed Nationals.

Lead: Scott Bailey Home: Brampton, Ont. Began curling at age: 12 Delivery: Right Occupation/title: Contractor Employer: MG Date of birth: March 12, 1970 Place of birth: Brampton, ON Marital status: Married Spouse/Partner: Darlene Bailey Children: Nick 14, Kaitlyn 11, Makenzie 1 Competed in: 1998, 2001, 2005 Brier, 1998 World Men’s, 1997, 2001, 2005 Olympic trials.

Fifth: Trevor Wall Home: Oakville, Ont. Began curling at age: 10 Delivery: Right Occupation/title: VP operations Employer: Goliath Golf Group, Inc. Date of birth: October 10, 1974 Place of birth: Halifax Marital status: Married Spouse/Partner: Kirsten Wall Children: Dayna 3, Sarah 1 First vehicle: Chevy Cavalier Current vehicle: Jeep Favourite food: Meat Favourite drink: Canadian Club and Diet Coke Celebrity dream woman: Elisha Cuthbert Most annoying celebrity: Drew Carey All-time favourite movie: Bull Durham Last movie he loved: The Hangover Last movie he hated: The Incredible Hulk Tattooed? Nada Never leave home without: His keys Competed in: 2004 Brier

From left, Jon Mead, Scott Bailey and Wayne Middaugh


Wednesday, December 9, 2009 “I wouldn’t have my kids,” added Middaugh. “And whether I’m playing here or playing in the club I’m still going to play because I love the game. But I wish there was more of that stuff, that feeling. “By the same token, I understand. People commit their lives to this. And their goal is to get to the Olympics. And, you know what? That’s their priority. But the Olympics has changed the game from the way it was when I grew up around it, that’s all. In a big, big way.” Don’t get the idea Middaugh is playing here for a lark. Don’t get the idea he wouldn’t surrender (well, not his livelihood but maybe . . .) his eye teeth for a mouthful of that Olympic experience. “Hey, I’d love to play in the Olympics,” he said. “It would be the dream of a lifetime. Nothing could be better. To wear that maple leaf on your back? I’ve been lucky enough to wear that twice. I can’t think of anything better. To do it on the largest stage in sports? How could it be better than that? “But am I going to, you know, alienate my kids and my wife, and commit all my time to it? Am I going to miss out on a career — I have an unbelievable job that I wouldn’t pass up for the world? If it was a choice between my career and curling I’d have to take my career. I’m very fortunate to have an unbelievable boss I work for who pushes me to play. He says, ‘Go play, go play, but when the golf course is going, you’re here.’ “So, you know, for six

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WOOD: ‘Now, it’s work!’ months of the year I don’t step on the ice, I don’t practise, I don’t work out. I just work every day. And you know what? I love that, too.” Middaugh has a point. In fact, he has several points. The Olympic connection has changed competitive curling in Canada. Big-time. And it’s very likely we haven’t seen anything yet. (More on that in this space tomorrow).

“Whether I’m playing here or playing in the club I’m still going to play because I love the game . . . I wish there was more of . . . that feeling” Toronto’s Wayne Middaugh

go to a couple of ‘spiels, entering the playdowns and enjoying it. Not any more. Now, it’s work! And curling has changed. It’s been a grind all right.” And a time-consuming killer that threatens employment for many. “I negotiated four years ago for four years and maybe an extra year off,” said Rocque, a physical education teacher. “It’s a big sacrifice on my part but it has to be because there’s just so much more time involved in this game now. I just don’t know how you keep a job and maintain performance at a high level to compete against the guys that can spend the time? “I mean, you hear guys like Blake MacDonald (third for Kevin Koe) who say they don’t see how they can manage it much more, and these are young guys, they’re our future, and they’re going on about doubting they can keep doing this! “A lot of these guys, if they so choose, can continue going. But how many will be willing to commit for four more years? “I mean, you try to have fun but the more you say you try to have fun the more serious it becomes. Some times you bring yourself up a notch and you wind up hindering yourself in some way. “Somehow, they have to figure out a way to bring some of the fun back into it. “I don’t know the answer, I really don’t. Something needs to be looked at but I don’t know what. I don’t like complaining if I don’t have suggestions. I just know something has to change.”

Meanwhile, the Port Carling (Muskoka) golf course manager isn’t the only guy on the planet who’s noticed the change in curling’s atmosphere these days. “The Olympic grind?” Edmonton’s Marcel Rocque repeated a question at the Canada Cup last March. “It sure seems to have changed the game, eh? It’s not just one year at a time like it used to be. It’s not having some fun,briar relaxing, sixteenth:Layout 1

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This Week’s Draw Schedule

Today

Draw 9 (8:30 a.m.) Kelly Scott vs. Krista McCarville Cheryl Bernard vs. Shannon Kleibrink Jennifer Jones vs. Stefanie Lawton Crystal Webster vs. Amber Holland Draw 10 (1 p.m.) Wayne Middaugh vs. Pat Simmons Kevin Koe vs. Glenn Howard Kevin Martin vs. Randy Ferbey Jeff Stoughton vs. Jason Gunnlaugson Draw 11 (7:30 p.m.) Jennifer Jones vs. Cheryl Bernard Amber Holland vs. Krista McCarville Crystal Webster vs. Kelly Scott Stefanie Lawton vs. Shannon Kleibrink

Thursday Draw 12 (8:30 a.m.) Kevin Koe, vs. Kevin Martin Jason Gunnlaugson vs. Pat Simmons Jeff Stoughton vs,. Wayne Middaugh Randy Ferbey vs. Glenn Howard

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Draw 13 (1 p.m.) Krista McCarville vs. Crystal Webster Stefanie Lawton vs. Cheryl Bernard Shannon Kleibrink vs. Jennifer Jones Amber Holland vs. Kelly Scott Draw 14 (6 p.m.) Pat Simmons vs. Jeff Stoughton Randy Ferbey vs. Kevin Koe Glenn Howard vs. Kevin Martin Gunnlaugson vs. Middaugh

Tiebreakers

(if necessary) One draw — Friday, 1 p.m. Two draws — Friday, 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Three draws — Thursday, 10:30 p.m., and Friday, 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Playoffs

Women’s Semifinal Friday, 6 p.m. Men’s Semifinal Saturday, 1 p.m. Women’s Final Saturday, 6 p.m. Men’s Final Sunday, 1 p.m.

Road to the Roar

(Nov. 10-14 at Prince George, B.C.) Women’s Winners ‘A’ Side — Crystal Webster, Calgary ‘B’ Side — Krista McCarville, Thunder Bay ‘C1’ Side — Kelly Scott, Kelowna, B.C. ‘C2’ Side — Amber Holland, Kronau, Sask. Men’s Winners ‘A’ Side — Jeff Stoughton, Winnipeg ‘B’ Side — Pat Simmons, Davidson, Sask. ‘C1’ Side — Jason Gunnlaugson, Beausejour, Man. ‘C2’ Side — Wayne Middaugh, Toronto

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Women’s Cumulative Statistics Skips Name %age Krista McCarville 79 Jennifer Jones 79 Shannon Kleibrink 77 Crystal Webster 76 Amber Holland 76 Cheryl Bernard 74 Kelly Scott 74 Stefanie Lawton 73

Thirds Name %age Lori Olson-Johns 81 Jeanna Schraeder 79 Susan O’Connor 78 Marliese Kasner 78 Amy Nixon 78 Cathy Overton-Clapham 75 Kim Schneider 74 Tara George 73

Seconds Name %age Bronwen Webster 84 Sam Preston 83 Sherri Singler 81 Jill Officer 81 Carolyn Darbyshire 80 Tammy Schneider 80 Sasha Carter 78 Kari MacLean 74

Leads Name %age Heather Kalenchuk 85 Stephanie Malekoff 84 Dawn Askin 84 Lana Vey 82 Chelsey Bell 81 Lorraine Lang 80 Cori Bartel 79 Jacquie Armstrong 77

ROAR OF THE RINGS: RESULTS, STANDINGS, AND STATS

Women’s Standings

Men’s Standings

Team W L Bernard 4 0 Kleibrink 3 1 McCarville 2 2 Jones 2 2 Lawton 2 2 Webster 1 3 Scott 1 3 Holland 1 3

Team W Howard 4 Martin 3 Koe 3 Ferbey 3 Stoughton 2 Simmons 1 Gunnlaugson 0 Middaugh 0

Draw 6 Results

L 0 1 1 1 2 3 4 4

Draw 7 Results

Martin* Middaugh %age Maritn Middaugh

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 T 0 1 2 0 1 1 0 2 x x 7 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 x x 3 Lead Second Third Skip Team 85 85 88 81 85 92 71 83 71 79

Lawton Holland* %age Lawton Holland

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 T 0 1 0 1 4 1 0 3 x x 10 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 x x 4 Lead Second Third Skip Team 86 92 86 86 88 91 73 69 72 76

Simmons Ferbey* %age Simmons Ferbey

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 T 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 x 4 1 0 3 0 1 0 1 0 3 x 9 Lead Second Third Skip Team 83 81 79 76 80 94 86 85 88 88

Webster* Jones %age Webster Jones

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 T 0 2 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 1 7 0 0 3 0 2 0 2 0 1 0 8 Lead Second Third Skip Team 71 81 79 84 79 88 90 83 91 88

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 T Gunnlaugson 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 x 4 Howard* 2 0 0 0 2 1 0 1 0 x 6 %age Lead Second Third Skip Team Gunnlaugson 88 78 88 79 83 Howard 93 91 88 99 92

Kleibrink* McCarville %age Kleibrink McCarville

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 T 0 3 0 0 1 0 0 3 0 x 7 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 x 4 Lead Second Third Skip Team 79 95 81 89 86 76 74 74 79 76

Koe Stoughton* %age Koe Stoughton

Scott Bernard* %age Scott Bernard

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 T 0 0 1 0 2 0 3 0 1 0 7 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 4 9 Lead Second Third Skip Team 76 81 70 73 75 89 79 65 67 75

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 T 0 1 0 2 0 1 0 0 1 0 5 1 0 2 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 6 Lead Second Third Skip Team 94 86 81 91 88 99 90 91 95 94

Draw 8 Results Middaugh Koe* %age Middaugh Koe

Now hear this! Crystal Webster is curling at 76%, fourth among skips.

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 T 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 0 x x 4 2 0 3 0 1 1 0 4 x x 11 Lead Second Third Skip Team 92 86 84 84 87 84 88 86 94 88

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 T Ferbey 0 0 2 0 0 1 1 0 5 x 9 Gunnlaugson* 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 x 4 %age Lead Second Third Skip Team Ferbey 88 89 89 85 88 Gunnlaugson 71 81 63 69 71

Stoughton* Martin %age Stoughton Martin

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 T 0 0 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 x 4 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 3 1 x 8 Lead Second Third Skip Team 90 83 90 76 85 93 93 93 85 91

Howard* Simmons %age Howard Simmons

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 T 2 0 2 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 7 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 1 5 Lead Second Third Skip Team 88 90 94 88 90 89 79 80 91 84

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Men’s Cumulative Statistics Skips Name %age Kevin Koe 91 Glenn Howard 90 Jeff Stoughton 85 David Nedohin 84 Pat Simmons 82 Wayne Middaugh 81 Kevin Martin 78 Jason Gunnlaugson 72

Thirds Name %age Kevin Park 90 Richard Hart 88 John Morris 87 Randy Ferbey 85 Jon Mead 85 Blake MacDonald 82 Gerry Adam 78 Justin Richter 78

Seconds Name Carter Rycroft Brent Laing Marc Kennedy Rob Fowler Scott Pfeifer Braden Zawada Jeff Sharp John Epping

%age 87 86 86 85 85 84 80 79

Leads Name Scott Bailey Ben Hebert Marcel Rocque Craig Savill Tyler Forrest Steve Laycock Steve Gould Nolan Thiessen

%age 92 90 90 89 87 85 85 85


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Trivia time who have competed at the Canadian junior championships. Name the skips of each team. 5. Can you provide a number representing the total junior appearances of those 16 players? 6. Only one lineup (excluding alternates) in the current men’s Trials field (including pre-trials at Prince George) boasted absolutely no previous appearances at the Canadian junior championships. That team was skipped by? 7. Two teams in the women’s Pre-Trials and Trials include four players (excluding alternates) who have competed at the Canadian junior championships. Name the skips of these two teams.

8. Can you provide a number representing the total junior appearances of those eight players? 9. Only one lineup in the current women’s Trials field boasts absolutely no previous appearances at the Canadian junior championships. That team is skipped by? 10. Among women’s team alternates, name those who haven’t played in at least one Canadian junior championship. 11. Name those alternates (men and women) who have won a Canadian junior championship. 12. How about those who have won a world junior championship?

Ursel, Mike McEwen, Brad Gushue. 5. 35 appearances. 6. Ted Appelman. 7. Cathy King, Rachel Homan 8. 10 appearances.

1. Men’s trials in 2001 at Regina. 2. Randy Ferbey, Kevin Martin. 3. Ferbey 28, Martin 25. 4. Kevin Martin, Bob

(Note: The 1991 Labatt Brier and Scott Tournament of Hearts constituted the 1991 trials for the 1992 Canadian teams bound for the Albertville Winter Olympics). 1. During one complete edition of Olympic trials, men’s or women’s, not one extra end was required to decide any game. That was the (men’s or women’s) trials, when and where? 2. Name two skips in the current Trials field who have won 20 or more games at the Canada Cup of Curling. 3. How many wins for each? 4. Four teams in the men’s Pretrials and/or Trials include four players (excluding alternates)

Answers

9. Cheryl Bernard 10. Sherry Anderson, Jennifer Clark-Rouire. 11. Beth Iskiw, Heather Nedohin, Kristie Moore. 12. Nedohin, Moore.


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Sales for the 50/50 raffle tickets for each draw shall commence up to 60 minutes before each scheduled curling draw and will cease when the last two teams end their 5th end break. The drawing of the winning 50/50 raffle ticket shall be conducted, with at least two members of the Executive for the Northern Alberta Curling Championship Society (NACCS) present, in the 50/50 control room at Rexall Place as soon as possible after the cease of sales and the determination of the 50/50 prize for that draw based on the number of tickets sold for that draw. The winning 50/50 ticket number shall be displayed on the jumbotron by the end of the 8th end of the feature game for each of the scheduled curling draws. The winning number shall also be posted on two announcement boards in Rexall Place and the Keith’s Patch at the Edmonton Expo Centre, and will be announced on the public address system when the last curling game is completed. If there is only one curling game played (semi final and final games), the public address system will announce the winning 50/50 number at the break at the end of the 7th end or the end of the 8th end. The winning 50/50 numbers will be displayed on bulletin boards in both Rexall Place and the Keith’s Patch at the Edmonton Expo Centre during the 2009 Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings, Canadian Men’s and Women’s Curling Trials until claimed or until 45 minutes prior to the final draw on Sunday, December 13, 2009, whichever comes first. Any unclaimed prizes at that time shall become a carryover prize, the winner of which will be determined by drawing an extra ticket from the tickets sold on Sunday, December 13th. The first 50/50 ticket drawn will claim the share of the Sunday, December 13th sales and if required, a second 50/50 ticket drawn will claim the carry-over prize. For the Sunday, December 13 draw for the final game, there will be an extra ticket drawn. This extra ticket will be used in the event that the ticket for the Sunday draw or – if applicable – the ticket for the carryover draw have not been claimed within 15 minutes of the announcement for the original 50/50 or, if applicable, the carryover 50/50 prize. If a winner does not come forward for the draw(s) or the additional ticket drawn after the final curling draw on Sunday, December 13, the NACCS will apply to Alberta Gaming for the winning raffle amount for that draw to be provided to the designated charities that the profits will be distributed to; that is the participating curling clubs.

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1987 OLYMPIC TRIALS

Lukowich, Moore delivered drama

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d Lukowich of Calgary cracked a five-ender in the men’s final and Linda Moore of North Vancouver scored a three-ender in the final of the women’s event of the first-ever Canadian Olympic Curling Trials. The competition to decide Canadian reps for the 1988 Winter Olympic Games demo event at Calgary involved eight men’s and eight women’s teams in round robins plus three-team playoffs, the exact draw they’ll employ at Rexall Place at Edmonton for next month’s Olympic trials. Lukowich went on to win bronze at the Calgary Games while Moore’s team of Lindsay Sparkes, Debbie Jones and Penny Ryan claimed gold. Edmonton’s Pat Ryan roared through the men’s

round robin with a 6-1 record, losing only to the inimitable Ed Werenich of Toronto. But Werenich finished 4-3 along with Lukowich, Bernie Sparkes of Vancouver and Russ Howard of Penetanguishene, Ont. In tiebreakers, Werenich sidelined Howard 8-6 and Lukowich stomped Ed Sparkes 9-4. Lukowich Lukowich then eliminated Werenich 7-2 in the semi-final, setting up an all-Alberta final. Which was 1-1 after two ends and 1-1 after six. Ryan took a go-ahead single in the seventh before Lukowich and his team of John Ferguson, Neil Houston and Brent Syme exploded with the big five-ender to settle the issue.

Ryan replied with a futile single in the ninth and the match ended 6-3. Up the track in the men’s scuffle were Kevin Adams of Montreal and Kirk Ziola of Estevan at 3-4 and Eugene Hritzuk of Saskatoon at 0-7. On the women’s side, Moore and Winnipeg’s Connie Laliberte ran up 5-2 records in a highly-competitive tourney while three other teams including Kathy Fahlman of Regina (with Sandra Schmirler at third), Pat Sanders of Victoria and Colleen Jones of Halifax each amassed 4-3 marks. Moore won four in a row out of the gate, then lost backto-back to Kathie Ellwood of Winnipeg and Sanders before doubling up on Laliberte 8-4 in the last round. In tiebreakers, Sanders blanked Jones 7-0 and pummelled Fahlman 7-2. Laliberte ditched Sanders 6-4 in

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the semi-final. Laliberte stole in front 2-1 in the final and maintained control after a swap of deuces in the seventh and eighth panels. But Moore blanked the ninth and made use of the hammer in the final end to count a winning trio. Teams skipped by Chris More and Ellwood of Winnipeg and Marilyn Bodogh of St. Catharines each logged in at 2-5. At the Calgary Games, Lukowich and Hansjuerg Lips of Switzerland led the round robin with 5-2 records but Switzerland’s 4-3 win in Round One left Lukowich in a semi-final position against Norway’s Eigill Ramsfjell who had survived 6-4 and 6-3 tiebreakers over Dan-Ola Eriksson of Sweden and Bud Somerville of the U.S. respectively. Ramsfjell’s momentum carried him to an 8-5 semi-final win over Lukowich leaving

From left, Linda Moore, Lindsay Sparkes, Debbie Jones and Penny Ryan won Oly demo gold in 1988. Canada with a breonze medals. Norway then pummelled Switzerland 10-2 in the goldmedal match. Moore and Sweden’s Elisabeth Hogstrom registered 5-2 records in the women’s round robin while Trine Trulsen of Norway, Lisa Schoeneberg of the U.S. and Andrea Schoepp of Germany were 4-3. In tiebreakers, Norway

ousted the Yanks 10-7 and Germany 8-4. Because Sweden had won its round-robin tilt with Canada, Moore was relegated to the semi where she scored two in the 10th end with hammer for a 6-5 victory. Canada notched another 10th-end deuce with hammer against Sweden in the final for a 7-5 gold-medal triumph.

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