Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Curling News

In the Running for Russia

BC Curlers vie to represent Canada

Released by Rebecca Connop Price, Curl BC


Kelly Scott takes aim at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games. Photo courtesy of CCA/Sharp Eye Photography and Design.


wo BC curling teams are among the 24 teams that have converged in Kitchener, Ontario, this week for the Capital One Road to the Roar with dreams of winning gold for Canada at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.


Team Scott and Team Morris are in the running for the final four spots in the 2013 Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings, where it will be decided which menís and womenís teams will represent Canada at the Olympics.


In the running at the pre-trials are 12 teams of each gender, including a host of past national, international and Olympic champions.


This year there are two womenís spots on the line, and Kelowna-based Kelly Scott would dearly love to lay claim to one of them, especially given the 2013 Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings, presented by Monsanto, will be contested in her former hometown.


ďIt would be wonderful to make it to the Trials. Three of us on the team are originally from Winnipeg so it would be just a thrill to be there,Ē said Scott. 


BC front-enders Sasha Carter and Sarah Wazney are former Winnipeggers, while third Jeanna Schraeder is a native of Kelowna.


Meanwhile, the newly minted Team Morris are headed to the Capital One Road to the Roar, with three members of last yearís Team Cotter.


Jim Cotter, from Vernon, Tyrel Griffith, from Kelowna, and Rick Sawatsky, from Kelowna, are joined by defending Olympic Champion John Morris, from Alberta, for the 2013-14 season.


The three BC members of Team Morris qualified for the Pre-Trials event on the basis of their Canadian Team Ranking System (CTRS) standings before they were joined by Morris.


Games began today at 6 a.m. PST. The format sees the teams in a triple-knockout draw, with four teams of each gender moving to a championship playoff to determine the two Trials qualifiers.


The womenís qualifying games are Saturday, Nov. 9, at 4 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 10, at 11 a.m. The menís Trials qualifiers are Saturday, Nov. 9, at 11 a.m., and Sunday, Nov. 10, at 4 p.m. (All times PST).


For the complete lineup of the teams competing, click here for a downloadable roster sheet from the Canadian Curling Association.

For the event draws, click here for the menís schedule; click here for the womenís schedule; and click here for the playoff schedule.


The closing weekend will be televised on TSN. The first Curl BC event to be televised on Sportsnet will be in Chilliwack.


Follow Team Scott on Twitter: @TeamScottCurl

Follow John Morris on Twitter: @johnnymocurler


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