Monday, December 19, 2011

Building bridges with brooms

I've been following the first women's invitation curling event being held in Yichun, China, the Yichun Ladies International Cup. Molly Bonner from the USA's Patti Lank team has been recording her experiences in the Curling News blog, here, and this makes for an interesting read. (Click on the December 2011 link in the blog archive, to bring up all the posts).

Teams from USA (Lank), Sweden (Anna Hasselborg), Denmark (Madeleine Dupont), Switzerland (Silvana Tirinzoni) and Canada (Shannon Kleibrink) have been competing with three Chinese teams. The results are online here.

Have a look at this short video on CTV (it follows the advert). The curling rink in a warehouse certainly looks impressive.

And just to follow up from the weekend, in Canada, the Tom Brewster rink won two but lost three, so did not qualify for the playoffs at the BDO Canadian Open Grand Slam event in Kingston, Ontario. Mike McEwen's team, who came out of the Brewster section, see here, finished top in that.