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Curling Fri Jan 19 2018 09:27:26 GMT+0000 (UTC)
WHERE THE PARTY'S AT -- Curlers have always liked to sing. Not necessarily on the ice of course, but at post-match festivities, and club dinners. Or on friendship tours, and at international competitions. At the 2004 Ford World Curling Championships in Gavle, Sweden, altern
The Saskatoon Blades lost their second straight Western Hockey League game on Tuesday, falling 6-5 to the host Calgary Hitmen. The game was tied 3-3 late in the second, but the Blades surrendered the next three goals. They got two of their own back i
I was searching in the British Newspaper Archive last week for articles about curling on Christmas Day in times past, and my search took me to this page of the Daily Record of January 14, 1914. There was a photo of a group of curlers on the page. The
WINNIPEG — With third Kaitlyn Lawes bound for the Winter Olympics, Jennifer Jones has recruited Shannon Birchard to join her team at the upcoming Scotties Tournament of Hearts. Lawes, who was Jones’s vice when they won an Olympic
Driving today into Lochwinnoch from the south, you pass between two large expanses of water, the Barr Loch, and Castle Semple Loch, both now part of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds Lochwinnoch Reserve. Both lochs have a curling history!
LONDON, Ont. — Team North America took eight points in the afternoon draw to carry a 23.5 to 21.5 lead over Team World at the Continental Cup curling tournament. Team World was able to take three of the five points available after a 3-2 win
The European Championships twenty years ago were held in Fussen, Germany, December 6-13, 1997. That's the winners, above. The women's champions were (L-R) Elisabet Gustafson (skip), Katarina Nyberg, Louise Marmont, Margaretha Lindahl and Elisabeth Pe
LONDON, Ont. — Team World took two of three mixed doubles matches Saturday morning to climb within a point of Team North America at curling’s Continental Cup. The seventh end was the downfall for Team North America. Manuela Siegri
Not all old curling stones are made from Ailsa Craig granite. When David Smith wrote 'Some facts about old stones' back in 2008, see here, he listed many of the different types of stone that had been used to make curling stones, as he had found in ad
Rylan Kleiter’s decisive run through the provincial junior men’s curling playdowns has vaulted his team to Shawinigan, Que., where they’re about to compete for a national crown. Kleiter — whose Saskatoon Suther
I've written already about some of the pioneering women who took to the curling ice at the end of the nineteenth, and beginning of the twentieth, centuries, see here and here. When an old postcard came up for sale on eBay earlier this year, I realise
LONDON, Ont. — American skip John Shuster scored an 8-3 win in front of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for Team North America’s only victory Friday evening, giving his squad a 10.5 to 7.5 advantage in the race to 30.5 poin
The Scottish Ice Rink at Crossmyloof, Glasgow, opened for business on Tuesday, October 1, 1907. This image, from the Royal Caledonian Curling Club Annual for 1907-08, is the only photo of the outside of the rink that I know of. I think we are looking
LONDON, Ont. — Team North America’s Kevin Koe and his Calgary-based team beat Thomas Ulsrud of Team World 6-4 in one of three team matches Thursday night at the Continental Cup curling tournament. Two of Canada’s best me
 Chuck Hay, legend, died last week, aged 87. That's him in happy times on the hack at the Brora rink. You will find the World Curling Federation's obituary here.Some years ago I wrote the following about Chuck and his team of John Bryden, Al
The Brazilian curling team is aiming high in its effort to help grow the sport in the South American country. Skip Marcelo Mello will take on Canada’s Glenn Howard — a four-time world champion — in the Americas Zone Chal
In 2009, Robin Copland wrote 'Curling in the Footsteps of History', looking back one hundred years to when Canadian curlers visited Scotland for the first time. Robin's booklet was reproduced on the Curling History blog in four parts, here, here, her
WINNIPEG — They haven’t had much time together, but Kaitlyn Lawes and John Morris feel they have really started to jell as they prepare to represent Canada in mixed doubles curling next month at the Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, S
In 1908, the Wanlockhead village school received a letter from the Reverend John Kerr. The Royal Caledonian Curling Club chaplain wanted to know about the school curling club. John Edmond, the schoolmaster, organised for photographs to be taken, and
MELFORT – Sherry Anderson turned 54 years old Saturday. The next day, she demonstrated clearly that she’s no creaking geriatric. Anderson, whose first provincial women’s curling title came in 1994 — before anyb
Wednesday, February 21, 1855, dawned cold and fair. The ice on Corsebar Pond was good. The curlers of Paisley were soon engaged in a bonspiel, those from the north side of the town playing those from the south side. Many came to watch.A brass band wa
PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE, Man. — Kaitlyn Lawes was feeling elated and shocked at the thought of going to her second Olympic Games. Lawes and John Morris earned the right to represent Canada when mixed doubles curling makes its Olympic debut at th
Back in the eighteenth century, when it was not possible to travel far, curlers would only have had the opportunity to play against those from the neighbouring parish. These were the days before railways, and even getting to a neutral venue for a bon
PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE, Man. — John Morris and Kaitlyn Lawes will represent Canada in mixed doubles curling at the 2018 Winter Olympics. They defeated Brad Gushue and Val Sweeting 8-6 in the final of the national trials today at Stride Place. M
Curling these days is very colourful, and the painted circles at each end of the sheet contribute to making the game look attractive to those who are seeing it for the first time. The circles, the head, or the house, is that area which stones have to
Jennifer Jones and Mark Nichols booked a berth in the Page Playoff 3-4 game at the Canadian mixed doubles curling trials Saturday morning with an 8-7 extra-end victory over Chelsea Carey and Colin Hodgson. The Carey/Hodgson duo had hammer in the extr
I wrote recently about the Royal Bank Ladies World Curling Championship in 1979 (the first world women's championship, see here) and noted that the programme contained two pages with a montage of cartoons entitled 'To see ourselves ... as others see
PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE, Man. — Jennifer Jones and Mark Nichols booked a berth in the Page Playoff 3-4 game at the Canadian mixed doubles curling trials Saturday morning with an 8-7 extra-end victory over Chelsea Carey and Colin Hodgson. The Car
 Recognise the curlers on the photo above? This is a photograph of a Swiss women's curling squad, from a promotional postcard, duly autographed by all involved. They were Swiss champions, and about to take part in the first women's world cur
The Viterra Scotties provincial women’s curling playdowns are moving into playoff mode. Teams wrap up the round-robin portion of their schedule Friday night in Melfort, with playoffs slated for Saturday and Sunday. The semifinal goes Sunday
 It's that time of the season when the curling enthusiast spends far too much time engrossed in watching major curling events in front of the television, tablet or computer screen. Sustenance is needed of course, and what can be better than
PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE, Man. — Chelsea Carey and Colin Hodgson defeated Catlin Schneider and Nancy Martin 9-7 in a tiebreaker Friday morning to claim the last playoff spot at the mixed doubles Olympic curling trials. Carey/Hodgson scored a deuc
Construction of the St Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall, Orkney, began in 1137. The photo above is by Chris Downer and was taken in 2011. The history of the cathedral can be found here. The link to the sport of curling is that, in 1638, the Bishop of Ork
Chantelle Eberle of Regina and Robyn Silvernagle of North Battleford were tied for the lead after Thursday’s afternoon draw at the provincial Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Melfort. Eberle and Silvernagle had 4-1 records heading into thei
 In the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh can be found an interesting painting. It forms a backdrop to a display of sporting items, including a pair of curling stones, a broom and a spectacular medal. It is described as a 'Watercolour
PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE, Man. — Geoff Walker and Laura Crocker locked up first place in their pool with a 9-6 win over Brendan Bottcher and Dana Ferguson on Thursday at the Canadian mixed curling championship. Walker and Crocker stole two in the
In the 1800s, the railways brought curlers from far and wide to participate in Scotland's great bonspiels. Chief amongst these was the Grand Match. The Royal Club's pond at Carsebreck had its own halt on the nearby railway, see here, and curlers had
Saskatoon’s Stefanie Lawton had a 3-1 record after Wednesday’s afternoon draw at the provincial Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Melfort. With action in the Wednesday evening draw not available at press time, Lawton was i
 Thomas Blackwood Murray was one of the best curlers in the first half of the twentieth century in Scotland. He played second in the GB team, skipped by Willie Jackson, which won the first gold medals to be awarded for curling at the 1924 Ol
Stefanie Lawton of Saskatoon had a 3-0 record after Wednesday’s early draw at the provincial Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Melfort. Four teams were tied at 2-1 — those skipped by Ashley Howard of Regina, Chantelle Eberle of Reg
 Last year saw the centenary of the Swedish Curling Association. This was marked in a number of ways, not least by the publication of a substantial book, above. This was put together by Hakan Sundstrom, for many years the Swedish Association
PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE, Man. — Nancy Martin and Catlin Schneider scored three in the eighth and final end to post a 7-6 win over Emilie and Robert Desjardins in Wednesday’s morning draw at the Canadian mixed curling championship. The
The Prince's Skating Club in Knightsbridge, London, opened on November 7, 1896. The artificial ice rink was installed in a refurbished building, the new interior by JM Boekbinder, a well known decorator of the time. The large ice surface was rectangu
Penny Barker had three consecutive steals in the fourth, fifth and sixth ends on her way to an 8-5 win in opening-draw action at the 2018 Viterra Scotties provincial women's curling championship.
SWAN RIVER, Man. — Jennifer Jones and Mark Nichols scored five over the first two ends and cruised to a 9-3 win over Jason Gunnlaugson and Shannon Birchard on Tuesday in the opening draw of the Canadian mixed doubles championship. Jones, fo
Lawrence Kucheran has been making curling ice for more than 30 years, most recently for the Nutana Curling Club in Saskatoon.
Rylan Kleiter and his rink had plenty of reason to celebrate on New Year’s Eve as the Saskatoon-based team won the provincial junior curling championship final 8-2 to cap off an undefeated tournament. Taking on fellow Saskatoon team Shawn V