By Jim Easson

A new curling season commenced Tuesday at the Annandale Curling Club.

There is a lot of volunteer help that went behind the two new video cameras and monitors that show the far end of sheets six and seven. Cameras had been donated by club member Scott McGhee. The Junior league sold World Curling Tour tickets that were donated by coach Paul Bourque. Those funds raised were used to purchase the two monitors. The monitors and cameras were installed by member Gary Fitzpatrick of Fitzpatrick Electric, and a scissor lift was donated by Hart-Well (champion curler Rich Hart) Electric to assist with the installation. All of these people donated their time and services in order to make this venture possible.

A beginner’s clinic is scheduled for Annandale on Saturday, Oct. 24. Signup sheets will be in the club. Also coming soon is a little rock bonspiel on Nov. 7, and a Bantam/Junior bonspiel is slated for Nov. 28.

The major international curling event which will be a preview of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games curling event is now called the Grey Power World Cup of Curling. It is to be held at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga Oct. 21-25. Canadian men’s teams entered include Glenn Howard, Kevin Martin, Kevin Koe, Randy Ferbey and Brad Gushue. Actual Olympic teams from Great Britain, Norway, USA, China, Germany, Sweden, France, Denmark and Switzerland are all coming to compete.

To run at the same event is the women’s Three Nations Cup which will begin on Friday, Oct. 23 and will feature a total of four Olympic qualifiers and hopefuls. They are reigning Olympic bronze medalist Shannon Kleibrink of Calgary, Alta., 2009 Roar of the Rings direct qualifier Stefanie Lawton of Saskatoon, Sask, reigning World Championship gold medalist Bingyu Wang from Harbin, China and 2010 Olympic Winter Games qualifier Eve Muirhead of Perth, Scotland, representing Great Britain.

Team Glenn Howard with Pickering resident Richard Hart at vice, and the front end of Brent Laing and Craig Savill were competing in the $80,000 Westcoast Curling Classic Oct. 9-12 in New Westminster, BC. Thirty-two top men’s teams were competing, and only eight made it to the finals. For the third bonspiel in a row this season, the team qualified in the finals for a share of the purse, and this time tied for third. They lost their semifinal game and collected $8,750. The next challenge for Team Howard will be at the Hershey Centre for the Grey Power World Cup of Curling when they meet Andy Capp of Germany at 7:50 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21.

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