Canadian women’s curling championship gets go-ahead in Thunder Bay


Published January 20, 2022 at 2:06 pm

THUNDER BAY, Ont. — The Canadian women’s curling championship has the green light to proceed in Thunder Bay.

The 18-team Scotties Tournament of Hearts at Fort William Gardens opens Jan. 28 without fans or media in the building because of the COVID-19 virus.

Ontario announced Thursday up to 500 fans will be allowed at sporting events starting Jan. 31, leaving the door open for the possibility of spectators the final three days Feb. 4-6.

“Curling Canada is erring on the side of caution and will not admit fans into the building during the round robin even though public health guidelines allow it,” the national governing body of curling said Thursday in a statement.

Two pools of nine teams will be seeded based on their position in the Canadian Team Ranking System (CTRS) as of Jan. 10 and play an eight-game round robin.

The top three teams in each pool advance to playoffs with the second and third in each crossing over for Page playoff qualifier games Feb. 4. The victors meet the winner of each pool for Page playoff seedings.

In the Page, the winner of the game between the top two seeds advances directly to the Feb. 6 final, while the loser meets the winner of the playoff between the third and fourth seeds for a berth in the final.

The winner represents Canada at the women’s world championship March 19-27 in Prince George, B.C.

Pool A consists of wild-card teams skipped by Tracy Fleury, Chelsea Carey and Emma Miskew as well as Penny Barker (Saskatchewan); Krista McCarville (Northern Ontario); Andrea Crawford (New Brunswick); Suzanne Birt (Prince Edward Island); Sarah Hill (Newfoundland and Labrador); and Brigitte MacPhail (Nunavut).

Pool B is comprised of Laura Walker (Alberta); defending champion Kerri Einarson; Mackenzie Zacharias (Manitoba); Hollie Duncan (Ontario); Kerry Galusha (Northwest Territories); Mary-Anne Arsenault (B.C.); Laurie St-Georges (Quebec); and Hailey Birnie (Yukon).

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 20, 2022.

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