After many years of complaining about poorly run Provincial Championships and poor runs at the Scotties and Brier, the Nova Scotia Curling Association has finally listened to its Elite Curlers and have stepped in the right direction for this year’s display of the NS Tankard and NS Scotties.
For the first time in Nova Scotia’s curling history, the NSCA has combined the Tankard and Scotties Championships and are running them at the same time at the Mayflower Curling Club. By combining the two events into one, they are able to save some money and put more emphasis into running a great event and providing better ice conditions for the players. That said, the NSCA has also turned to professional icemaker Jon Wall from Renfrew, Ontario to provide the players with great championship ice. For the teams to compete on great ice at a great event all week long, this is as good as it gets apart from Arena Ice before making their way to the Scotties Tournament of Hearts and the Tim Hortons Brier.
Now I did not get to play in this event this year as I have stepped away from the constant competitive play week in and week out but from what I have heard and read from my competitive curling friends, it seems the majority of them are pleased with the ice that was provided to them and love the atmosphere that was created for this championship. From what I can tell so far, the cream of the crop on both sides of the Championships seem to have risen to the top. On any given year, you would always have one or two favorites make playoffs at these events and end up with a few teams upsetting other favorites to sneak into playoffs. Seems to me this year that this is no longer the case. If you are at the top of your game and you are given this great event and great ice to play on, it seems the 4 heavy favorites on the Scotties side and Tankard side have dominated play this week so far. We are still two draws away from the new playoffs format but it seems that we will not be disappointed with the high caliber playoff curling that will be on display this weekend.
Best of luck to all the teams rounding off the round robin and best of luck in the playoffs.
Here are some twitter quotes from notable curlers on this year’s Provincial Championship:
Pierre M. Fraser
Burned Stone Curling