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McEwen, Carruthers A Win Away From Playoffs

The top two seeds, reigning champion Mike McEwen (Fort Rouge) and 2015 champion Reid Carruthers, have both advanced to A-Side Qualifying games with wins on the noon draw at the 2017 Viterra Championship at Stride Place in Portage.

Carruthers defeated Richard Muntain (Pinawa) 7-2 and McEwen was an 8-3 winner over Kelly Marnoch (Carberry).

Third Seed Matt Dunstone and 4th seed William Lyburn advanced to the A-Qualifiers on the morning draw Thursday. Winners of the other three games on the noon draw also moved into A-Qualifying games.

Tied 4-4 coming home, David Bohn (Assiniboine Memorial) did not have to throw his last rock in a 6-4 victory over Braden Calvert (Deer Lodge). Also tied 4-4 coming home, Brad Haight, throwing last rock for Trevor Loreth (Granite) used [...] Read more

Canadian Junior & Senior Champs Meet in Viterra Championship

Proof that Manitoba’s Men’s curling championship features talented athletes of all ages was on display on Thursday morning as Matt Dunstone, the 2016 Canadian Junior Champion skip took on the 2015 Canadian Senior Champion team of Randy Neufeld. Team Neufeld also won the 2016 Manitoba Senior Championship.

In this meeting at the 2017 Viterra Championship at Stride Place in Portage, Dunstone skipping a new team including Alex Forrest, Ian McMillan and Connor Njegovan was too much for the senior team, posting three deuces across eight ends in a 6-2 victory .  Team Dunstone (Deer Lodge) advances to an A-Side Qualifying game on the 8:30AM draw Friday.

Earlier, fourth seeded William Lyburn (Granite) became the first team to advance to an A-Side Qualifying [...] Read more

Calvert Re-united With World Junior Championship Team; Wins Viterra Opener

Two years after a remarkable year which included a final four appearance in the Manitoba Men’s Championship, Braden Calvert has re-united with his 2015 World Junior Champion team to compete in the 2017 Viterra Championship at Stride Place in Portage.

The Calvert foursome met Graham Freeman (Virden) on the late draw Wednesday, the first game of the event for both teams. Calvert opened a 6-3 mid-game lead with a five on the third end and went on to win the game 8-5.

The other four games on the evening draw were all elimination games as four teams suffered the disappointment of being dispatched on opening day.

Steve Pauls and his Clearwater team were the first to go, conceding after five ends. The game was never in doubt after Wayne Ewasko (Lorette) scored a six on the opening end.

The other three games, [...] Read more

Holmes Plays Viterra Championship 50 Years After First Championship Appearance

Doug Holmes is proof of how difficult it is to win a second Manitoba Men’s Curling Championship. In 1975, Holmes won his first ‘buffalo’, playing second for Rod Hunter. At the 2017 Viterra Championship, Holmes has returned as lead for Howard Restall (Fort Rouge) – still trying to win his second championship exactly 50 years after playing in his first British Consols Championship.

Restall and his team of Masters-age competitors earned a provincial berth with a strong run through the annual Manitoba Open bonspiel. The Fort Rouge foursome played fifth seed Jason Gunnlaugson (Granite) in their opening match and with a strong opening half, trailed 5-3 at the mid-game break. However, deuces on the sixth and eighth ends gave Gunnlaugson [...] Read more

Forrester Wins Junior Semi-Final Re-match

The highlight game of the 2017 Viterra Championship’s noon draw was a re-match of this year’s Canola Junior Men’s semi-final. 2017 Manitoba Junior Champion JT Ryan (Assiniboine Memorial) took on  Hayden Forrester (Fort Rouge) and this time the result was different. The Fort Rouge foursome held the hammer tied 6-6 coming home. Forrester, who controlled the end and left Ryan no shot with his final stone, won the game 8-6.

Third seeded Matt Dunstone (Deer Lodge), finalist a year ago to Mike McEwen, has won his opening game in the 2017 Viterra Championship at Stride Place in Portage la Prairie. Dunstone led Rob Fisher (Dauphin) 7-1 at the mid-game break and went on to a 9-1 victory. Team Fisher includes the youngest player in this year’s event, 16-year old Lawson Yates [...] Read more

McEwen Opens With A Victory

The returning champion Mike McEwen team, seeded #2 in the 2017 Viterra Championship at Stride Place in Portage la Prairie, has opened his defense of his title with a first draw win over Fort Rouge clubmate Greg Mikolajek and his foursome.  With a three on the second end, McEwen established control in an 8-2, nine end victory. By coincidence two years ago McEwen also defeated Mikolajek on the opening draw in Mikolajek’s first championship appearance.

In another draw coincidence, for the third consecutive year Daley Peters (East St. Paul) played Steve Pauls (Clearwater) in their first championship game. The result was the same this year, with Peters posting a third consecutive win – this time 8-5.

In other opening draw games, Kelly Marnoch (Carberry) defeated Steve Irwin (Brandon) [...] Read more

2017 Viterra Championship

For Immediate Release
January 31, 2017
Winnipeg, MB

CurlManitoba is hosting the 2017 Viterra Championship February 8-12 at Stride Place in Portage la Prairie, MB. The top 32 Men’s teams in Manitoba will compete for an opportunity to represent Manitoba at the 2017 Tim Hortons Brier in St. John’s, NL March 4-12, 2017.

The top five seeds are:
1) Reid Carruthers-West St. Paul
2) Mike McEwen-Fort Rouge
3) Matt Dunstone-Deer Lodge
4) William Lyburn-Granite
5) Jason Gunnlaugson-Granite

The draw, live results, and event information can be found at www.viterrachampionship.ca

CurlManitoba is pleased to partner with Sportsnet.
The broadcast schedule will be as follows:
February 12 – Sunday – 9:00am local Sportsnet (East, Ontario, West, and Pacific) – Semifinal
February 12 – Sunday – [...] Read more

Viterra Renews Title Sponsorship of Men’s Curling Championship

CurlManitoba and Viterra, title sponsor of the Manitoba Men’s curling championship, are pleased to announce the renewal of their title sponsorship agreement for an additional four years.

The announcement was made by Kent Klimpke, Viterra’s Regional Manager, at the 2017 Viterra Championship Seedings News Conference.

We’re excited to continue our significant support of the Manitoba Men’s Championship, which CurlManitoba and its volunteers do a fantastic job of organizing every year,” said Klimpke.  “It is our hope that together we can continue improving this event for our curlers and our fans, making it a memorable experience and one that helps curling grow and thrive in our communities,” said Klimpke. 

CurlManitoba Executive Director Craig Baker [...] Read more

Viterra Championship Committee Extends Early Bird Discount

If you haven’t purchased your event pass for the Viterra Championship in Portage la Prairie, you can still purchase an early bird pass for $80 until January 15th, 2017. Tickets are available online here or at the PCU Centre Reception Desk.

The Viterra Championship is taking place at the PCU Centre in Portage la Prairie from February 8-12, 2017. The top 32 teams in Manitoba will play in this double knockout format to determine a Championship for the Tim Hortons Brier.

For more event information, click here.

Viterra Championship Hosts Welcome Santa Claus to Town

Christmas is just around the corner and to help get everyone into the Christmas spirit, volunteers from the Viterra Championship Host Committee and the Portage Curling Club joined in the annual Parade of Lights in Portage la Prairie on December 2.  The float paid tribute to curling’s past with volunteers wearing vintage wool curling sweaters and wielding “rink rats” along the parade route – which a few parade spectators just had to try out!  The rocks pulled behind the float, being swept by an enthusiastic team of little rockers, were definitely a big hit.  Best of all, it was a great opportunity to remind local curling fans of the Viterra Championship’s “Return to Portage”.

If you’re still looking for the perfect gift for the curling fan in your life, [...] Read more

Tickets now available for the 2017 Viterra Championship

For immediate release:

Full event passes for the 2017 Viterra Men’s Provincial Curling Championship are now available at a special early bird price of $80.  This price will be available until December 31.

Tickets are available at the PCU Centre Reception (204-857-7772) and online at www.PCUCentre.ca.

Day and event passes will be also be available starting January 1.  Prices will be as follows.

  • Full Event Pass - $95
  • Day Pass - $25
  • Evening - $10

Note: All tickets include entry into “The Locker Room Pub”.


The Viterra Championship is Manitoba’s provincial men’s curling championship, which features 32 teams curling over a 5-day period.  The championship team will represent Manitoba at the Tim Horton’s Brier being held in St. John’s, [...] Read more

Viterra Championship Volunteer Signup & Apparel Fitting Dates

The Viterra Championship Host Committee is still in need of volunteers to make this the best Provincial Men’s event possible. 

There will be sign up and sizing of apparel on Monday, Oct. 31, Tuesday, Nov. 1 and Wednesday, Nov. 2 @ 6pm to 8 pm in the Curling Club Lobby. 

  • Please note that payment of cash or cheque is needed at this time

Anyone that signed up in the spring needs to attend to be sized.

Volunteering a minimum of two 4 hour shifts provides you with the following:

  • A long sleeve T-shirt, full event pass and access to any entertainment throughout the week for $20


  • A full zipper fleece, full event pass and access to any entertainment throughout the week for $40                          [...] Read more

Diamond Plus Sponsors for the 2017 Viterra Championship are Announced

For immediate release on Tuesday, October 11, 2016

The 2017 Viterra Championship host committee is pleased to announce that MIG Insurance, Portage CO-OP, and the Portage and Austin Credit Unions will be the Diamond Plus sponsors for the 2017 Viterra Men’s Provincial Curling Championship being held February 8 to 12, 2017, at Portage la Prairie’s PCU Centre.  Various sponsorship packages are still available.  Contact sponsorship committee chair Preston Meier (pmeier@miginsurance.ca) or Warren Neufeld (warren@rlpportagerealty.ca) for more information.


Brian Gilbert, President of MIG Insurance Groups explains, “MIG Insurance believes very strongly in supporting the communities that have helped our business grow and it’s always nice [...] Read more

McEwen Wins First Viterra Championship

Mike McEwen-Fort Rouge and his team of BJ Neufeld, Matt Wozniak, Denni Neufeld have won the Viterra Manitoba Men’s Curling Championship in Selkirk and with it the long awaited opportunity to represent Manitoba at the Tim Hortons Brier.

Team McEwen defeated Matt Dunstone-Granite 4-2 in the Sunday afternoon final game.

Tied 2-2 coming home in a low-scoring but very entertaining game, which featured innumerable runbacks, double & triple kills and freezes, McEwen was faced with a choice between a draw or a run-back double kill with his first stone. He played the runback perfectly but left a guard which Dunstone drew behind fully buried on the button.

McEwen’s last rock light weight tap back was right on the money to score a deuce and earn his team their first Brier trip [...] Read more

Richter Receives Pat Spiring Award

Justin Richter (centre), third on David Bohn’s Granite team, has been named the 2016 Viterra Championship recipient of the Pat Spiring Award.

The award was established three years ago by CurlManitoba and the Curling for Life Endowment Fund in tribute to the memory of Pat Spiring.

The award recognizes a curler who represents Pat Spiring’s love of the game of curling combined with ability and attitudes of fair play and sportsmanship.

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