The following is a statement from CurlON Executive Director Stephen Chenier regarding revisions made to the Ontario Men’s Provincial Qualification process. These changes have been made after assessing the current landscape of the qualification process as well as in the interest of honouring CurlON’s mandate; part of which is to develop and qualify the best possible teams in Ontario for Provincial and National playdowns.
In the spirit of the sport, please read below:
Citing the July 18th 2018 proposal submitted to players and the presumption that CurlON would not currently have a third team in the top 10 CTRS (including that >2 Ontario teams were not projected to participate in the two slams that conflict with our Provincial Qualifier Spiels), a total of two teams were to be awarded CTRS berths for the 2019 Ontario Championships.
CURRENT ONTARIO CTRS STANDINGS (end of December 2nd events – Canada Cup pending)
2. Team Epping 259.186 1. Team Homan 285.766
5. Team Howard 212.184 12. Team Harrison 113.958
7. Team McDonald 191.380 15. Team Murphy 102.993
After a thorough internal assessment, CurlON will be granting a third CTRS qualifying spot in the Men’s Provincials held in Elmira from January 27 – February 3, 2019. The Cataraqui Golf and Curling Club’s Team McDonald is in the top ten in CTRS and has earned two invites to the pending Grand Slam of Curling events that conflict with CurlON Berth Spiels.
The excellent play and devotion to the sport shows that Team McDonald has earned the additional berth. It is the express view of all curling fans that the best teams attend the Provincials annually and to restrict Team McDonald’s opportunities to compete to a single qualifier due to scheduling conflicts does not seem appropriate or fair. A team ranked in the top ten in Canada deserves each and every opportunity to compete on both the National and Provincial stage.
The additional CTRS qualifying spot will come from the CurlON Men’s Spiel # 2 to be held at the RCMP Curling Club. This event only has 8 entries which will qualify one (1) team directly to the Provincials instead of the originally planned two. The two qualifying spiels – Men’s Spiel # 1 – 17 entries for two berths and Women’s Spiel # 1 – 15 entries for two berths will maintain their original structure and the events will be balanced and fair.
I trust all curlers will see the inherent fairness in this decision and will support the accommodation made in support of the excellent season Team McDonald has had to date. CurlON wishes each and every team success in achieving their goals and competitive desires. Good luck to all teams in the playdown process this season.