Look out for the Kaufman sisters, Calgary.
Jessie Kaufman joined her sister Nicky in skipping a team at the Alberta Scotties in Calgary later this month.
Kaufman polished off her 11 8 win over Karynn Flory in the B Event final of the northern Alberta women playdowns by scoring a four ender. Nicky had beaten Flory in Saturday A final.
really exciting that we both going (as skips) and I kinda glad we didn have to play each other here, said Kaufman.
This will be Kaufman seventh straight appearance at the Alberta Scotties.
After playing a supporting role for Tiffany Steuber in 2014 and Crystal Webster in 2015, Kaufman decided to step back into the skip role.
Even though Kaufman brand new lineup of third Erin Carmody, second Lynelle Mahe and lead Kim Curtin struggled on the World Curling Tour this season, they were full value Sunday afternoon.
pretty far down there, joked Kaufman. keep looking down the (CTRS) list. We only qualified in one event, at Lloyd. Brand new team.
of us have ever played together before, so it was kind of a building year getting to know each other. We got off to a slow start, but we coming together. has had one magic moment in her career when she won the 2012 A Event final and the Page Playoff game at the Alberta Scotties against Heather Nedohin. Kaufman lost the final and Nedohin went on to represent Canada at the worlds.
would love to get back to that point again, said Kaufman. was definitely my highlight reel year. Hopefully, I can work my way back up there again some day. WORLD OF CHANGE
Once the Oilers move out of Rexall Place, what in store for the old arena?
If strong rumours prove to be true, Edmonton has already landed the right to host the 2017 men world curling championships.
The venue has hosted many high profile curling events but Edmonton has taken a breather since it hosted the Canadian Olympics Curling Trials in 2009.
The last time Edmonton hosted the men world was in 2007, when Glenn Howard phenomenal performance brought the title back to Canada.
That event followed the 2005 Brier and three major events in a four year span put the spotlight on the city.
If there any hint of volunteer burnout, an eight year breather should be enough.
Apparently, another volunteer base is in place and the organization is ready for Edmonton to host another event.
All that left, apparently, is for organizers to call a news conference and make it official.
WHERE ARE THE TEAMS?
There more curling than ever on TV.
The Grand Slam has expanded to seven events. The Continental Cup in Las Vegas is just around the corner, starting Jan. 14.
Next month, the Scotties will be on the tube and shortly afterwards the Brier and the worlds.
Curling clubs in the city are holding their own.
But somewhere the territory between the elite curler and the grassroots curler is starting to become a wasteland.
Case in point? This weekend northern Alberta playdowns at the St. Albert Curling Club.
There were three spots at stake for the Alberta Scotties to be held at Calgary North Hill Curling Club.
But only six, count six teams bothered to enter an open event that not too long ago had been a 16 team competition.
a little concerning, admitted Northern Alberta Curling Association president Brad Gibb. don know it it quote, everybody too busy these days or they don want to go in an compete against the big names that get the seeds and berths straight to the provincials. wholesale jerseys teams like defending champion Val Sweeting and 2015 finalist Chelsea Carey, along with two time world junior champ Kelsey Rocque are intimidating enough.
talked with several teams here and they saying we get to provincials, that our Scotties, said Gibb. got those World Curling Tour teams and the ones who get in with CTRS points. curling is still alive in well even though the playdowns system seems to be on life support. This playdowns season, nine junior women teams competed in the northerns, but the transition from junior seems unable to swell the numbers at the women level.
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