Curling results round-up
Taking a look at the Scotties and the Brier .
Another year has come and gone for the Scotties Tournament of Hearts and the Tim Hortons Brier. For those of who missed all the excitement from these two iconic tournaments, never fear! Here is everything you need to know about the results!
The Scotties Tournament took place at the end of February. From February 19 to the 28 of 2021, we had the pleasure of watching the best female curlers compete for the title in Calgary, Alberta. In this year’s tournament, 18 teams took to the sheets to compete, whereas in previous years there were only 16. The reason for this sudden increase was due to the strict protocols put in place to secure the bubble that they were placed in. To ensure that this was worth the players’ time they allowed the increase. This is the first time in the 60-year history of the Scotties that the field has ever been expanded.
In the final gold medal game, the results were a repeat of last year. Team Ontario was faced to go head-to-head with Team Canada once again. Again, Team Canada was represented by the Manitoba team Einarson. Throughout a nail-biting match, Team Canada came out on top once again with the final score being Canada 9, Ontario 7. This win is the first time a team has won back-to-back titles since 2013-14.
It has already been said that the team will look very similar when they come back for the 2022 tournament. However, the real question that is on everyone’s mind is whether or not they will get an opportunity to represent Canada at the Women’s World Championship. This team has already lost the opportunity to play in this championship in 2020 which was scheduled to take place in Switzerland. Let us hope that this is not the case again.
Now switching gears to the men, the Tim Hortons Brier, which also took place inside the Calgary bubble, occurred from March 6 to 14 2021. Just like the Scotties, the Briers expanded to allow for 18 teams to compete instead of the usual 16. Again, this is an unusual turn of events but it is fitting for such an unusual circumstance.
Reaching the gold medal match, it was the best of Alberta left to fight it out between themselves. They were represented by Bottcher’s Team Alberta and Koe’s Wild Card teams. Both teams played exceptionally well with the final score coming out to be Team Alberta 4, Wild Card team 2.
The winning team has not only won the prize money but will also be representing Canada at the BKT Tires & OK Tire World Men’s Curling Championships which are happening from April 2 to 11 2021.
It has been a busy curling season over the last month and it will only continue from here. The rocks never stop rolling as teams prepare for their next tournament appearances and try again for the shot at the next title.