Sunday, April 15, 2018

Pinty's Grand Slam of Curling

The 2018 Players' Championship is on at the Ryerson Mattamy Athletic Centre in downtown Toronto, former home of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Players from around the world, including Olympic Champions, are going head to head at one of the last competitions of the season. Both sexes are taking part in the April 12 to 15 games and the Saturday semifinals have both groups
taking to the ice at the same time.
Some Pinty's curling stones
Actual Gardens chairs hanging at the Loblaws

We took time to watch the ladies quarterfinals which began at 3:30pm. Many of the seats which were sold were empty due to the unfortunate return of winter in springtime. Freezing rain and ice pellets made the roads hazardous. Even the tailgate party for the Raptors was cancelled due to the extreme weather alerts.

Canada's Jennifer Jones continues with 26 consecutive victories since the Scotties. Her team is the leading Canadian and World Champion and beat Japan's team Satsuki Fujisawa in the quarterfinals on Saturday. "Team Jones has captured two Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling championships this season, winning the Masters and Boost National, and already clinched the $75,000 Bonus Cup. Jones is also the defending Players’ champion winning the women’s title for a record sixth time at Ryerson’s Mattamy Athletic Centre a year ago."

Players' Championship Schedule
Thursday, April 12
Round Robin Draw 7 12:00 p.m.
Round Robin Draw 8 4:00 p.m.
Round Robin Draw 9 8:00 p.m.
Friday, April 13
Round Robin Draw 11 12:00 p.m.
Round Robin Draw 12 4:00 p.m.
Round Robin Draw 13 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 14
Men’s Quarterfinals 11:30 a.m.
Women’s Quarterfinals 3:30 p.m.
Men’s & Women’s Semifinals 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 15
Men’s Final 12:30 p.m.
Women’s Final 5:00 p.m.

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