FRCC's Team Mike McEwen recovered from a devastating semi-final loss Saturday night to capture the bronze medal on Sunday, at the 2017 Tim Hortons Brier in St John's, NL. McEwen was left with an open hit for the 7-5 extra end win over Northern Ontario's Brad Jacobs. Leading 5-4 in the 10th end, it appeared Jacobs was headed for a certain two and the victory until McEwen executed a very difficult double with his last rock, leaving Jacobs with a draw to tie the game and force the extra end.
The bronze medal game at the Brier and the Scottie's is always a difficult game for the competitors. To reach the bronze medal game, you have to suffer the frustration of losing either the 3rd - 4th place game or the semi-final. To the credit of the teams, they always manage to pick themselves up after the tough defeats to play well and give fans one more opportunity to watch the very best in the game.
Congratulations to Mike McEwen, B.J. Neufeld, Matt Wozniak, and Denni Neufeld, for an outstanding week of curling, a 9-2 round-robin record, and this year's Brier bronze medal.
April 17 – April 23, 2017
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Mike McEwen, joined by Third B.J. Neufeld, Second Matt Wozniak and Lead Denni Neufeld, have successfully defended their title as Manitoba Champions.
McEwen defeated the top seed, Reid Carruthers, 8-7 at the Viterra Championships in Portage la Prairie, on Sunday. Down by one in the eighth end, McEwen took full advantage of a couple of Carruthers half-shots and aggressive strategy in scoring four. Carruthers chose to take one in the ninth rather than attempt a blank. The theory being it is easier to steal two than score three with last rock. A well played tenth end left McEwen with a cautious hit for the win, the coveted Manitoba buffaloes, and a trip to St John's, NL, for the Tim Hortons Brier, March 4-12, 2017.
Fort Rouge had another successful Manitoba Open in terms of participation, hospitality and competitor success.
We are proud to once again have entered the most teams of any club into the big spiel, with 42 teams claiming Fort Rouge affiliation. We are also thankful for the many kind words received from curlers on our hospitality and "fabulous ice".
On the ice, while many battled hard, not all could win. Congratulations to the Andrew Wickman foursome (Jeff Tarko, Mark Blanchard, Cam Barth) for winning the Atkins Event. We extend particular congratulations to the Ron Westcott team (Howard Restall, Dave Hardy, Don Shiach, Bob Boughey) and the Greg Mikolajek (Ian Harkness, Clinton Fuz, Dean Nero) squad for earning their berths into the upcoming Viterra Men's Provincial Curling Championships.
Well done to all Rougers.
The Fort Rouge Curling Club's Team Tracy Andries captured the 2016 Travelers Curling Club Championship on Saturday, in Kelowna, BC.
Teammates for 20 years, Andries, along with Crystal Kennedy, Diane Christensen, and April Klassen, found themselves down one coming home in the final against Alberta's Morgan Muise. The end was set up early and Andries continued to apply the pressure throughout with Manitoba rocks building up around the rings. Alberta's final rock draw attempt rubbed a tight guard and rolled to a position that was mostly exposed, but was shot rock. With no hesitation, Andries placed the broom on the centre line and headed to the other end where she would calmly deliver a flawless hit and stick for a score of four and the victory.
The close knit group were joined in Kelowna this week by nearly 50 friends and family. Congratulations to Team Andries on behalf of everyone associated with the Fort Rouge Curling Club.
The FRCC was also represented in the Men's category by Team Andrew Wickman. Wickman, joined by Jeff Tarko, Mark Blanchard, and Cam Barth, followed up a solid 5-1 round robin record with a disappointing quarter-final loss to BC.
Manitoba's Skip, Andrew Wickman, was presented with the Sportmanship Award - Men's Skip, as voted on by the curlers.
By all accounts, the FRCC was very well represented at the annual national event. Next year's Travelers Curling Club Championship will take place in Kingston, Ontario at the Cataraqui Golf and Country Club, Nov. 20-25
Team Kim (Chang-Min Kim, Se Hyeon Seong, Eun Soo Oh, and Chi goo Kim) from Korea defeated Team Bohn (Dennis Bohn, Neil Kitching, Kennedy Bird, and Daniel Hunt) in the Championship Final.
Kim received $2500, while Bohn received $1800. Kim defeated Matt Dunstone and Bohn got by Hayden Forrester in the semifinals. Dunstone and Forrester each received $1250. The four other qualifiers were Taylor McIntyre, Braden Calvert, Daley Peters, and Andrew Wickman. These teams each received $800 for their efforts.
Clark Norman (KKP) - Team Kim
The “Home of Friendly Curling” is accepting entries for several leagues for the 2016–2017 curling season.
The Winnipeg regionals to qualify for the 2017 Travelers Curling Club Provincial Championship, are being held November 25-27, 2016.
Prior to that, the Fort Rouge Curling Club will host a single elimination playoff of interested and eligible teams from our 2016/2017 men’s leagues between October 3 and November 6, 2016, to determine a team to represent the Fort Rouge at the regionals. Actual dates and schedule of the games are dependent on the number of teams that enter. Games will be fit into open spots throughout the timeline.
Eligibility criteria: http://www.curling.ca/2016travelers/about/eligibility-requirements/
Help carry on the Rouge’s winning streak of Travelers Champions!
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Fort Rouge Curling Club has spots available in a our new Friday morning Masters League (55+).
Draw time is 10:00 AM
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The Fort Rouge CC has two more Provincial Champions!
Tracy Andries (Crystal Kennedy, Diane Christensen and April Klassen) captured the 2016 Travelers Curling Club Provincial Women's title with an extra end victory over Brandon's Stacey Fordyce, while Andrew Wickman (Jeff Tarko, Mark Blanchard and Cam Barth) won the Men's side with their win over Doug Jordan of Portage.
Both teams will now represent Manitoba and the FRCC at the 2016 Canadian Travelers Curling Club Championship, November 20-16, 2016, at the Kelowna Curling Club, in Kelowna, BC.
Congratulations to both of our champions!
The Fort Rouge Curling Club would like to extend sincerest thanks to our staff, the 2016 Senior Provincial Curling Championships Host Committee, and the over 60 volunteers who helped make the Senior Provincial Championships at the Fort Rouge, a huge success.
Proudly hosted by the Fort Rouge Curling Club, a very successful Men's and Women's Senior Provincial Championships drew to a close on Monday. In the Strathcona Trust Senior Men's Championship, a 6-5 extra end victory by La Salle's, Randy Neufeld over the Granite's Bob Sigurdson, allowed Neufeld (Dean Moxham, Peter Nicholls, and Dale Michie) to successfully defend their status as current Manitoba Champion and earned a return trip to the Everest Canadian Seniors Championships, in Digby, Nova Scotia, at the end of March.
Joining Neufeld in Nova Scotia will be Hamiota's Sandra Cowling. For Cowling, it was third time's the charm. Unsuccessful in her previous two trips to the ladies' final, Cowling needed the hammer in the 8th end to score one and break a 4-4 tie over Neepawa's Terry Ursel. The Tim Hortons Senior Women's Champions include Cowling, Sheila Gregory, Jackie Brooks, Jeannine Skayman, and Coach Dale Brooks.
The Fort Rouge Curling Club wishes to thank all of the teams, coaches, and spectators who helped make this year's championships an enjoyable experience for everyone.
The Manitoba Curling Hall of Fame today announced its Class of 2016.
The Fort Rouge Curling Club is pleased to announce two of our members are among this year's inductees.
Ron Westcott (Curler) and Bob Boughey (Curler/Builder) will be inducted at the annual dinner in May 2016.
Ron Westcott has a long and successful curling career which includes 42 appearances in Manitoba Championships including Men’s, Senior Men’s, Masters Men’s, and Mixed with an impressive record of 178 wins and 104 losses. He won the MCA Bonspiel Grand Aggregate in 1971 at third for Terry Braunstein, and skipped his own team to the 1981 MCA Bonspiel Free Press event title, the 1999 Manitoba Senior Men’s title, the 2010-2012-2014-2015 Manitoba Masters titles, and the 2015 Canadian Masters title. He also won a World Seniors silver medal in 2002 as a replacement skip on the Carl German team.
Bob Boughey is a respected competitor who has made a significant contribution to the sport as a Fort Rouge club executive member and president in 1993-94 as well as assuming a leadership position on several major event committees. He chaired the Hog Line Inn layout committee at the 1991 Worlds, served on the inaugural Safeway Select committee (1995-Winnipeg) and the Green Valley Junior Men’s committee (1996), chaired the Transportation committee for the 2003 Worlds and the Arena, Ice, and Rocks committee for the 2008 Brier. As a competitor, he has appeared in 36 Junior, Men’s, Senior and Masters provincial championships winning one senior and four Masters Manitoba titles and the 2015 Canadian Masters Championship as second for Ron Westcott.
Congratulations to Ron and Bob. Both are most deserving.
For five of the last six years, Mike McEwen and his teammates, B.J. Neufeld, Matt Wozniak, and Denni Neufeld played the role of runner-up in the chase for Manitoba's most coveted curling prize, the Provincial Championship. The chance to wear the traditional buffalo and represent the winningest province in Brier history, at the Brier.
Everything changed today. Arguably under more pressure than ever to win today and become the Manitoba Champions, McEwen was taken the distance by the current Canadian Junior Men's Champion, Matt Dunstone. Tied at two in the 10th end, McEwen executed a delicate tap back of the Dunstone rock fully buried and covering a good portion of the button. The score of two broke the deadlock and a 4-2 victory for Team McEwen. Entering the final, McEwen was already heading to Ottawa for the Tim Hortons Brier as Manitoba's representative, but the victory will now send the team as Manitoba Champions and undoubtedly a favourite to win the Brier in their first appearance.
Photo credit: CurlManitoba
Congratulations to Team Mike McEwen on their victory, and best of luck representing Manitoba and The Rouge at the Brier, in Ottawa.