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If you watched the World Curling Tour Grand Slam Masters on TV last weekend one thing that should come to mind is the caliber of curlers here in Canada and how hard it is for a team to get to the Olympics out of Canada.

So many of the European teams curling in the Masters have already been declared as the representatives of their respective countries and Canada has two more full weeks of curling before their teams will be declared. And the whole world will be watching as they all know that Canada is a team they will have to beat to earn the gold!

This week 12 men’s and 12 women’s teams are curling in Kitchener in the Road to the Roar just to be one of the two teams that will get to go on to compete in the Roar of the Rings in Winnipeg, Dec. 1-8, where the winners on the men’s and women’s sides will represent Canada at the Olympics in Sochi Russia.

We have a local representative in the Road to the Roar as Team Kean with Travis Fanset at vice will be trying their best to come out of the triple knockout draw as one of the qualifiers for the Roar of the Rings. Travis is our ice technician Dale Fanset’s son and has been curling on the World Tour for a number of years now, and their team could be one of those unexpected entries to do well and move on to the next event. Remember Gushue was almost a total unknown when he emerged as our representative for the Olympics in 2006.

The Road to the Roar coverage can be seen on TSN, Saturday, November 9th at 9 a.m. through Sunday, November 10th at 9 a.m. and then it gets iffy with CTV2 for the Men’s finals at 2 p.m. and TSN2 for the Ladies at 7 p.m.

It is sad to see all the empty seats in the stands on these Grand Slam events, but perhaps we have to fault TV coverage for being too good so nobody wants to go to the venue! I was very pleased to see my favorite team, Team Howard, come through with the win on the weekend and on the women’s side to see Rachel Homan take the win from Eve Muirhead of Scotland. Hopefully these wins are preparing them for the Olympic Trials and they will be at their best in December.

As to club events, all leagues are completing their first draws and looking for curlers to sign in for the second draw of the season. No winners declared yet. But there should be lots of news next column.

The Senior Men’s curling began last Friday, November 1st and will continue Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings until the end of March.

The organizers for the Host/Guest Bonspiel sponsored by Harvest Retirement Community are still looking to fill at least one eight-team draw for the bonspiel on November 16th. The “guest” portion of the bonspiel has been dropped and it is hoped that members will fill the mixed bonspiel up with teams. The deadline for sign-ups is Friday, November 8th and if the one draw isn’t filled the bonspiel will be cancelled or possibly postponed to a later date.

We also need curlers to sign in for the kitchen duty roster for that day – there are several spots open. Actually curlers should be looking at the kitchen roster to see when you could do a kitchen duty, as bonspiel dates are confirmed the kitchen roster is updated with new slots. Having members work in the kitchen is one way the club saves money and adds to the bottom line. It’s usually light duty and sometimes fun, so please do your bit.

See you on the ice. Curling Rocks!

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