Yukon North Of Ordinary

Sports archive for January 10, 2014

Six teams to clash in men’s curling playdowns

Six men’s curling teams began the battle to represent the Yukon at the Tim Hortons Brier this morning at the Whitehorse Curling Club.

By Marcel Vander Wier on January 10, 2014 at 2:56 pm


Photo by Vince Fedoroff

ROAD TO THE BRIER – Gord Zealand bellows out orders to his teammates this morning during his game against Pat Paslawski at the Whitehorse Curling Club.

Six men’s curling teams began the battle to represent the Yukon at the Tim Hortons Brier this morning at the Whitehorse Curling Club.

Territorial men’s championships action will continue through the weekend, with the top two teams in the single round-robin event going on to face the Northwest Territories’ top two teams in the YT/NWT Championships Feb. 6 to 9 in the Yukon capital.

The 2014 Brier will take place in Kamloops, B.C., March 1 to 9. Yellowknife skip Jamie Koe has represented the North at the annual Canadian men’s curling championships for the past five years.

Koe is the twin brother of Kerry Galusha, the North’s longtime representative at the Scotties.

After the Yukon Curling Association failed to attract a single team to participate in last year’s local men’s championships, the organization developed an initiative that saw three competitive clinics hosted locally by national instructor Bill Tschirhart.

“The Yukon Curling Association is very pleased that six teams have entered the Yukon Men’s Championship,” championship director Pat Molloy told the Star.

Molloy said he believes Tschirhart’s clinics are at least partly responsible for the renewed interest in competitive curling.

The six teams entering today’s competition include skips: Gordon Zealand, Pat Paslawski, Ray Mikkelsen, Walter Wallingham, Wade Scoffin and Robert Smallwood.

In lieu of tiebreakers, the tournament is expected to wrap up Sunday, with a final game at 9 a.m.

In other news, the Whitehorse Curling Club announced today that eligibility restrictions for the Dominion Club Playdowns have been lifted.

In the past, the club had enforced a rule that did not allow men and women’s teams to represent the Yukon at the national club championships in subsequent years.

The club’s Dominion playdowns are set for Feb. 28 to March 1.

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