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Dunstone - McEwen Viterra Championship Final

Canadian Junior Men’s Champion Matt Dunstone and his Granite team have advanced to the Viterra Championship final game. The young team advanced with an 8-4 win over defending champion Reid Carruthers-West St. Paul, Sunday morning in Selkirk.

Dunstone meets Mike McEwen in a game to determine the Manitoba champion.

Because Dunstone (Colton Lott, Kyle Doering, Rob Gordon) will go to the World Junior championship in Denmark, at the same time the Tim Hortons Brier is in Ottawa, CurlManitoba has announced that McEwen (as the finalist, undefeated into the final game) will be Manitoba’s Brier rep whether or not his Fort Rouge team wins the final game.

Victory is important to McEwen, however, given the team’s history of having lost five previous final games.  

Even [...] Read more

DRAW 15 - McEwen Qualifies for Viterra Championship Final

Mike McEwen and his Fort Rouge team will play in their sixth Manitoba Men’s Championship final game in seven years Sunday afternoon at 2pm in Selkirk.

McEwen defeated defending champion Reid Carruthers-West St. Paul 7-2 in the Page 1-1 game Saturday evening. Tied 1-1, McEwen scored a deuce on the fifth end then stole two more on each of the sixth and seventh ends. The game ended when Carruthers could only score one on the eighth end.

McEwen’s opponent in the first Viterra Championship final game will be the winner of the Sunday morning semi-final between Carruthers and Matt Dunstone-Granite.

The Canadian Junior Champion posted an 8-7 victory in the Page 2-2 Playoff game over William Lyburn-Granite to qualify for the semi-final. Lyburn scored a pair on the tenth end to force an extra end but [...] Read more

Viterra Championship All-Stars Announced

The 2016 Viterra Championship All-Star Team was announced Saturday in Selkirk prior to the evening playoff draw. The All-Star Awards are sponsored annually by Awards & More and the All-Stars are selected each year by the members of the Manitoba Curling Media Association in attendance at the championship.

The All-Star Awards were presented by Paul Wiecek from the Winnipeg Free Press.

 The 2016 Viterra Championship All-Stars are: Ladies and

Lead – Braden Zawada from Team Lyburn
Second – Derek Samagalski from Team Carruthers
Third – BJ Neufeld from Team McEwen
Skip – Matt Dunstone

It is the third All-Star recognition for Neufeld, who was named to the team in both 2010 and 2015, and the first for Zawada, Samagalski, and Dunstone.


DRAW 14 - Viterra Championship Page Playoffs Draw Set

The match-ups are set for the Page Playoff Round – the final stage of the unique three stage Viterra Manitoba Men’s Championship.

From the original 32 teams, four have survived to the final stage. Earlier today, Reid Carruthers-West St. Paul and Mike McEwen-Fort Rouge, won their games to advance to the winners side of the Page Playoff draw. They will meet at 6pm Saturday in the 1-1 playoff game with the winner going through to the Sunday afternoon final and the loser going to the morning semi-final.

In the Page 2-2 Playoff, Matt Dunstone-Granite will play William Lyburn-Granite. Dunstone advanced with a 7-3 win over Alex Forrest-East St. Paul while Lyburn was a 5-3 victor over Daley Peters-East St. Paul.

The winner of the 6pm match between Dunstone and [...] Read more

DRAW 13 - Finally, THE RE-MATCH

The Viterra Championship’s top two seeds, #1 Reid Carruthers-West St. Paul and #2 Mike McEwen-Fort Rouge, have advanced to the Championship’s 1-1 Page Playoff game. It is the much anticipated re-match of the 2015 championship final game in Brandon which was won by Carruthers.

The defending champion advanced with a 4-3 win Saturday morning over Alex Forrest-East St. Paul. Tied 3-3 coming home, the Carruthers foursome played a nearly perfect last end leaving their skip a last rock draw to the four foot circle for the victory – he bit the back of the button.

McEwen had an easier time of it, qualifying for the Page Playoff game with a 7-3 victory over William Lyburn-Granite.

On the B-Side of the playoff round draw, junior champ Matt Dunstone stayed alive with a 7-1 win over [...] Read more

DRAWS 11&12 - Defending Champ Rebounds with Two Victories

Defending Manitoba Champion Reid Carruthers-West St. Paul rebounded from an early Friday loss to Scott Ramsay-Granite with a pair of wins later in the day at the Viterra Championship in Selkirk.

Carruthers was a 6-5 victor over Hayden Forrester-Fort Rouge in the B-Side qualifier game and then opened the playoff round with a 7-2 victory over Daley Peters-East St. Paul. Carruthers will play Alex Forrest-East St. Paul Saturday morning for a spot in the championship’s final four.

Forrest’s route to the playoff round was identical to Carruthers. A three game day Friday began with a 6-3 loss to Peters followed by a 7-5 win over Steve Irwin-Brandon and a 9-4 win over Ramsay.

Two undefeated teams will also meet Saturday morning with a spot in the final four on the [...] Read more

Portage la Prairie to host 2017 Viterra Championship

CurlManitoba Executive Director Craig Baker has announced the 2017 Viterra Championship will be hosted by Portage Curling Club and played at Portage Credit Union Centre, the community’s 2,000+ capacity arena.

The announcement was made Friday, February 12 at the Viterra Championship in Selkirk.

"CurlManitoba is excited to be going back to Portage which hosted a very successful Scotties Tournament of Hearts in 2012,” Baker said. “At that time, we made the decision that we wanted to bring the men’s championship to the PCU Centre at the earliest opportunity. We expect the second Viterra Championship to rival or surpass the success achieved in 2012 with the Scotties.”

Speaking on behalf of Viterra, Corporate Affairs Director Jeff Cockwill said Viterra is [...] Read more

DRAW 10 - Youthful Teams Continue Strong Play in Viterra Championship

Hayden Forrester-Fort Rouge, the current Manitoba U-18 Champion and Taylor McIntyre-Granite, with three members of the 2011 Manitoba Junior Men’s Champion team, won B-Side games on the Friday noon draw at the Viterra Championship.

Forrester (8-4 over Jared Kolomay-Stonewall) and McIntyre (7-1 over Kelly Marnoch-Carberry) advance into B-Side qualfier games on the 4pm draw. Forrester will play defending champion Reid Carruthers-West St. Paul while McIntyre meets Canadian Junior champion Matt Dunstone-Granite.

David Bohn-Granite and Steve Irwin-Brandon also stayed alive.

Bohn defeated Rylan Young-Springfield 9-7 and will advance to a re-match of an earlier game against his twin brother Dennis and his Assiniboine Memorial team.

Irwin posted a 9-6 [...] Read more

DRAW 9 - Triples Kill at Viterra Championship

A last shot triple kill by Scott Ramsay gave the Thistle team a big four-ender and 9-7 victory Friday morning over defending champion and top seed Reid Carruthers-West St. Paul at the Viterra Championship in Selkirk. The win advances Ramsay to the 8-team playoff round while Carruthers drops to the B-Side of the preliminary round.

Second seed, 2015 provincial finalist Mike McEwen-Fort Rouge defeated Dennis Bohn-Assiniboine Memorial 5-3 to advance. A triple also played a key role in the McEwen victory. Leading 4-3 without hammer, McEwen was in trouble until third BJ Neufeld baled the team out with his triple. McEwen went on to steal a point and a 5-3 win.

Daley Peters-East St. Paul was a 6-3 victor over Alex Forrest-East St. Paul and William Lyburn-Granite defeated [...] Read more

DRAWS 7&8 - Viterra Field Cut in Half

The original field of 32 hopefuls has been halved at the Viterra Championship in Selkirk. In B-Side games, five teams were eliminated from the championship on each of the Friday 4pm and 7:45pm draws.

At 4pm, former champion Mark Lukowich’s Granite team had a 5-2 victory to knock Shaun Parsons-Thompson from the competition. Lukowich was in turn bounced when his team lost 9-1 to Jared Kolomaya-Stonewall on the late draw.

Hayden Forrester’s Fort Rouge team had the same back-to-back draw as Lukowich but the juniors survived the day, posting an 8-2 win over Ray Baker-Dauphin followed by an 11-7 win over Randy Neufeld-La Salle. The losses moved both Baker and Neufeld to the sidelines.

Other winners on the 4pm draw were Trevor Loreth-Granite (9-3 over Doug Harrison-Granite), Taylor [...] Read more

DRAW 6 - Favoured Teams Advance to A-Qualifiers

Top seeded Reid Carruthers-WestSt. Paul, 2nd seed Mike McEwen-Fort Rouge, and Canadian Junior Champion Matt Dunstone-Granite all won their noon draw games Thursday to advance to –Side qualifying games in the Viterra Championship in Selkirk.

The three were the favourites in their second round games with Carruthers beating randy Neufeld-La Salle 9-2, McEwen defeating Terry McNamee-Brandon 11-4, and Dunstone posting a 7-2 win over Tyler Drews-Fort Rouge.

The other two games on the noon draw, both also A-Side games, had no clear favourite as play began.

Brothers Dennis and David Bohn faced off with Dennis and his Assiniboine Memorial team defeating David’s Granite foursome 9-2.

Only the Scott Ramsay-Jared Kolomaya game went the full ten ends with Ramsay’s [...] Read more

DRAW 5-Comeback Win for '78 Champion Harrison

In 1978, Doug Harrison skipped a team to the Manitoba Men’s championship – then called the British Consols. Harrison is competing in the first Viterra Championship, his 21st men’s championship event, and a Thursday morning come from behind victory proved the veteran is still competitive.

Down 6-2 after seven ends to Butch Mouck-Minnedoa, Harrison posted a three on the 8th. After Mouck blanked end #9, Harrison and his Granite team manufactured a steal on the 1oth and another on the extra end for a 7-6 win.

Three sheets over, 2016 Manitoba junior finalist Darren Oryniak, also skipping a Granite foursome, drew the button for two coming home to post an 8-7 win over Steve Pauls-Clearwater.

For Pauls and Mouck, it was a second loss and they join the teams on the sidelines.

In A-Side action, #3 seed [...] Read more

Day One Ends in Disappointment for Four Teams

A day which began with optimism and excitement ended in disappointment for four teams at the Viterra Championship in Selkirk. The four, losers of two games on opening day, are the first eliminated. For four other teams, their evening draw wins represented a bounce back from a first round loss and a chance to play again tomorrow.

On the Wednesday late draw, Kelly Marnoch-Carberry opened scoring with a five on the first end and went on to a 9-5 win over Troy Hamilton-Fort Rouge and Taylor McIntyre and his Granite team jumped out to a 5-0 lead over Lorne Hamblin-Morris after five ends  en route to an 8-3 win.

The other two B-side games were closer affairs.

Murray Woodward-St. Adolphe trailed Justin Reynolds-Winnipeg Beach 6-5 coming home but had last rock [...] Read more

Champ Begins Repeat Quest

Reigning champion and number one seed Reid Carruthers and his West St Paul team have made a successful start on their attempt to repeat as Manitoba Men’s Curling Champions. Carruthers and his team opened the Viterra Championship in Selkirk with a short-game victory over Shawn Parson and his Thompson team on the 4pm draw today.

History suggests it is possible but not likely. In the past 50 years, only three skips have repeated as Manitoba champion - Don Duguid (’70 & ’71), Vic Peters (’92 & ’93) and Jeff Stoughton.

Carruthers of course will draw inspiration from the success rate of former teammate Stoughton who won two in a row on three different occasions (1999 & 2000, ’06 &’07, ’13 & ’14) and three in a row in a fourth string (’09, ’10, & ’11).

Carruthers will return to the ice [...] Read more

2016 Championship Underway

The opening draws of the Viterra Championship have gone strictly by the form chart with the second, third and fourth seeds all winning their opening matches as the Men’s curling championship got underway today in Selkirk.

#2 Mike McEwen (Fort Rouge) began on the opening draw with an 8-4 win over Justin Reynolds (Winnipeg Beach). #3 William Lyburn (Granite) and #4 Daley Peters (East St. Paul) posted their victories on the noon draw with Lyburn beating Troy Hamilton (Fort Rouge) 8-5 and Peters coming from behind for a 6-4 win over Steve Pauls (Clearwater).

Other highly regarded teams who won on the opening draws included Canadian Junior champion Matt Dunstone (Granite) 8-4 over Lorne Hamblin-Morris, and the Bohn brothers with David’s Granite foursome beating Rylan Young –Springfield [...] Read more

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