Time to get a mid-season update on here!
First and foremost, let’s get this out of the way:
Although not officially announced by the CCA (no idea when they’ll do that), we are in the 2013 Roar of the Rings (Olympic Trials) in Winnipeg!!! We are guaranteed to receive at least a 2 year CTRS direct entry spot. The whole team is very excited to be awarded this entry after so many years of high level consistency. Definitely relieved to have avoided the pressure-packed, cutthroat Pre-Trials event for the 2 remaining spots in November!
Next… how was Europe?!?
Although we fell just one game shy of making it an impressive (and never been done before) 3 Perth Masters Championships in a row… we enjoyed the event and trip immensely! Not to mention the “fun” we had just getting to Europe! It all somehow worked out as Air Canada managed to at least get us to the United Kingdom on December 31st…. just not to the right city, but a lot better than their 1st response of “you’re not leaving Winnipeg today”. So, from Manchester we hopped in a rental and left-side roaded and manual sticked-it 4 hours or so to Edinburgh just in time to check-in, have a few “pre-gamers”, and collect our tickets for the 80,000 person street party!!! We initially had plans to find and meet-up with Team Steve Laycock in the mess of people… no chance, but it didn’t matter as the whole thing was a blast! When the wee hours of the morning rolled around and we had made it back to our apartment it was finally time to get over some jet-lag… apparently 42 hours up straight along with New Years Hogmanay in Edinburgh really does a number on you!
All together we managed to stack together an impressive 8 days of activities while in the UK: 3 days in Edinburgh (well let’s be honest… I never really saw Edinburgh during the day!), golfing at The Old Course St. Andrews, lunch in the R&A clubhouse with Chuck Hay (thanks again Chuck!), 4 days of curling in the Mercure Perth Masters, dinner & a night out with the Norwegians, Swedes, and Scots before they headed to the Continental Cup, and lastly a quick detour to Belfast, Ireland with golfing at Royal County Down before finally heading home. I was a bit skeptical about really needing to make the effort to play this golf course (and donating more money to Denni as he seems to win a lot when we play lefty/righty snips)…. but wow, wow, wow… BJ was right! This course makes a lot of places I’ve golfed before look like dog tracks… lol … sorry, but that’s just how truly amazing this place really is! Ranked #1 outside of the USA and #3 globally, check it out here: Royal County Down … the pictures/videos still don’t quite do it justice!
As a team we have Sportsnet’s The National Grand Slam in Port Hawkesbury, NS next week and then our Provincial Championship (also on Sportsnet) in Neepawa, MB February 6-10. This weekend BJ is at CasinoRama, ON for The Curling Skins Game on TSN… we’ll be watching every moment from home and cheering him on! Geez…. I hope he gets a good skip…. lol, just kidding! The draft should be entertaining to watch on Thursday at 6:30pm CT on TSN. I wonder if the poor soul picked last gets some kind of prize like they do for the NHL?!? Personally, between watching BJ play in the skins event this weekend I’ll be playing with some good buddies on Team McNamee in the 125th MCA Spiel. I’m playing a bit of 3rd and stepping in for some skipping duties towards the finale of the event. Honestly, with the whole Christmas/New Years stretch I could definitely use the sweeping! Time to get playdown ready!
Enjoy all the curling on the tube during the next 4 weeks! Sportsnet with the Grand Slam and a lot of the Provincial Championships (mens and ladies), and the Skins on TSN!
Oh, and for all you MCA’ers who happen upon our home club, Fort Rouge:
Enjoy the pizza, the drinks, the big & roomy men’s locker room, and most importantly the ice! We practice here almost daily and throwing on great ice has been a large contributor to our success! The ice-maker, Reece, is flooding and touching up the rocks as I write this, so enjoy the excellent surface and the big swing!
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