Well the first half of our season is now complete! Since we last touched based we have had some ups and downs that our expected with any new team. We had poor performances at the National and the Canadian Open but re-focused and earned our berth into the Skippers favourite event the Manitoba Provincials (2015 Safeway Championship). Our team enjoyed a short break for Christmas and then we travelled with our significant others to Blaine, Minnesota for the U.S Open of Curling. We had a good showing in Blaine losing the semi-final in an extra end to a red hot Reid Carruthers team. Along the way we have picked up a Coach to help us get to where we want to be come February for Provincials. Don Nelson, a long time Manitoba Curler and Coach has joined Team Stoughton and has already made a significant impact in taking our team in the right direction. We now have about a month off of competing to get ready for our #1 main goal of the season. Represent Manitoba at the 2015 Tim Hortons Brier. We will be doing everything we can to make sure we are ready to put on a show in Brandon come February 4th.
We would also like to remind everyone about our great sponsors that make our season possible. Please take time to visit our Sponsor Page
Our team got our first bonspiel win last weekend going undefeated in Swan River! We defeated Olympic Silver Medallists Team Murdoch in the final. We want to remind everyone that travelling and playing every weekend would not be possible without our awesome Sponsors.
We have a short break to practice and get ready for our next event, The GSOC National in Sault St. Marie. Click here to look at our draw.
Team Jeff Stoughton has partnered with GORP bars this season. We will be using these bars to fuel us through our games. The bars taste great and are a great way to get healthy nutrition in between games.
“Clean eating is important. We are advocates of eating as much whole food as possible. In today’s fast-paced world, we know there is a desperate need for HEALTHY AND CONVENIENT energy foods on the supermarket shelves. That’s why we created GORP. No fake sugars, preservatives, fillers or colouring. No high fructose corn syrup or scary sounding ingredients you can barely pronounce. We did our research and filled these bars with all the good stuff: power-packed nuts and seeds, oats for heart health and long lasting energy, super stars like flax and hemp for all their omega-3 goodness, and lots of fiber for weight control and intestinal health!”
To learn more about GORP click here
October was a busy month for us! Last time we posted we were on our way to Portage la Prairie. At the Canad Inns Prairie Classic we qualified A-Side before losing our quarter-final game.
We had a week off to practice and then we had the first Grand Slam of Curling Event “The Masters” in Selkirk Manitoba. It was fantastic to play in front of a home crowd all week. We struggled in the middle of the week but were able to find our stride and battle through two tie-breakers to qualify for the playoffs. We got our first TV game of the year on Sportsnet in the Quarter Finals against Gushue. Unfortunately Brad and his team were building on what ended up to be an event winning performance and were able to beat us 5-4.
Quick turnaround for us as we are headed to Swan River on Friday for the Whites Drug Store Classic.
Click here to see the draw
Team Stoughton was in Edmonton for the Direct Horizontal Drilling Fall Classic at the Crestwood curling club. As usual the host committee and volunteers did a great job at running a fantastic tour event. We had a good weekend getting back on the right track. Our team finished 5-1 and lost in a semi final on last rock against Team Steve Laycock.
With a few days back home to practice we are heading off tonight to the Canad Inns Prairie Classic in Portage. Our first game is tomorrow morning at 10am against Team Stanus.
Follow along this weekend here
For our second spiel of the year we headed off to Saskatoon for the Point Optical Curling Classic. Not a great weekend for us! We couldn’t seem to find our groove and ended up losing a qualifier and going 3-3 on the weekend. After flying home we had a week off for some much needed practice.
On the plus side to our rough go in Saskatoon, we were able to retain the 15th spot on the order of merit and were granted the Sponsor Exemption into the first Grand Slam of the year in Selkirk.
To check out the teams in Selkirk and to buy tickets click here
We head out to Edmonton this Thursday for the Direct Horizontal Drilling Fall Classic. Click here for the link to follow us this weekend.
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Last week we officially kicked off our season at the Shorty Jenkins Classic in Brockville, Ontario. We were able to qualify for the playoff round with a 4-1 record in round robin. We drew Howard in our Quarter Final and had a great game but unfortunately lost on last rock. As usual Gerry and Curlingzone did a great job livestreaming some of the action and if you are interested in seeing this game click here
Overall we will chalk this past weekend up as a successful one as we were able to gel as a team and jump up to 15th in the order of merit.
Tomorrow we leave for Saskatoon for the Point Optical Curling Classic. Feel free to follow along and cheer us on here
Team Stoughton leaves for our first bonspiel of the year on Wednesday. We will be playing in the AMJ Campbell Shorty Jenkins Classic in Brockville, Ontario.
Click here to see our draw and follow the team.
TSN announced this week that Pinty’s has signed on as the new title sponsor of its annual All-Star Curling Skins Game. The network also confirmed that the PINTY’S ALL-STAR CURLING SKINS GAME expands this year with the addition of a women’s competition for the first time since 2003.
TSN President Stewart Johnston made the official announcement today in the closing address of the Canadian Curling Association (CCA) Summit in Niagara Falls, Ont.
With a women’s skins game joining the men’s event, TSN doubles the total number of draws to six and expands TSN’s broadcast coverage from nine to 18 hours.
“It’s wonderful to have a sponsor like Pinty’s on board, one who is so engaged and committed to growing the sport,” said Stewart Johnston, President, TSN. “By adding the top women’s curlers, this year’s event will truly be an all-star weekend and a celebration of curling and its place in the Canadian sporting landscape.”
“We are looking forward to celebrating the stars of curling and broadening our support of TSN’s fan-favourite event this year,” said Anthony Spiteri, Vice-President of Marketing, Pinty’s. “With top curlers competing in both the men’s and women’s draws, the PINTY’S ALL-STAR CURLING SKINS GAME will be a memorable event for curling fans across the country.”
To view more about this years Skins Game check out this link
Competition schedule for the 2014-15 Season is now finalized
*** Event competition requires qualification
|Shorty Jenkins Classic||Brockville, ON||September 18-21|
|Point Optical Classic||Saskatoon, SK||September 25-29|
|Direct Horizontal Drilling Classic||Edmonton, AB||October 10 – 13|
|Canad Inns Prairie Classic||Portage, MB||October 17 – 20|
|Grand Slam – Masters||Selkirk, MB||October 28 – Nov 2|
|Grand Slam – National||Sault Ste Marie, ON||November 19 – 24|
|Grand Slam – Canadian Open||Yorkton, SK||December 10-14|
|***TSN Skins Game||Banff, AB||January 16-18|
|Safeway Championship||Brandon, MB||February 4-8|
|***Tim Hortons Brier||Calgary, AB||February 28 – March 8|
|Pomeroy Suits Prairie Showdown||Grand Prairie, AB||March 12 – 15|
|Grand Slam – Elite 10||Fort McMurray, AB||March 18-22|
|***Ford Worlds||Halifax, NS||March 28- April 5|
|Grand Slam- Players Champ||Toronto, ON||April 7-12|