Champions Cup commences in Saskatoon
Champions Cup commences in Saskatoon.Photo: . Pictures may be protected by copyright.
An international field got the rocks rolling at Merlis Belsher Place Tuesday afternoon.
An international field got the rocks rolling at Merlis Belsher Place Tuesday afternoon.The Humpty’s Champions Cup commenced with two draws, one in the afternoon and another in the evening.John Shuster’s reigning Oympic gold-medalist team — playing with John Morris at skip while Shuster attends the world mixed doubles championship — opened with a 7-2 win over Japan’s Yuta Matsumura.Anna Hasselborg’s Swedish team, skipped this week by Eve Muirhead, beat Allison Flaxey’s Winnipeg team (skipped this week by Laura Walker) 7-1, Winnipeg’s Kerry Einarson beat Russia’s Alina Kovaleva 6-5, and Ottawa’s Rachel Homan beat Sweden’s Isabella Wrana 6-4.The Champions Cup features teams that have won major events through the 2018-19 curling season.Tuesday’s night-time games were still being played at press-time. Wednesday’s draws are slated for noon, 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.Three Saskatchewan teams are playing in the Cup, and Wednesday’s action includes Regina’s Matt Dunstone meeting Edmonton’s Brendan Bottcher at 4 p.m. In the 8 p.m. draw, Saskatoon’s Kirk Muyres takes on Calgary’s Kevin Koe, and North Battleford’s Robyn Silvernagle plays Walker.The men’s final goes Sunday at 10 a.m., and the women’s final at 2 p.m.