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Ontario skip Rachel Homan was named to the Olympic team Thursday, meaning skip Hollie Duncan’s team is now slated to wear Ontario colours at the Scotties. The upcoming tournament will feature more teams than usual. Todd Hambleton/Postmedia Network
Ontario avoid Rachel Homan was called to the Olympic group Thursday, implying avoid Hollie Duncan’s group is now slated to use Ontario colours at the Scotties. The upcoming competition will include more groups than normal. Todd Hambleton/Postmedia Network

Curling Canada has actually made a format modification to relieve a sticky circumstance relating to the certification of groups for the upcoming Scotties Tournament of Hearts.

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Curling Canada is still dealing with Ontario Health on a strategy to even stage the Canadian females’s curling champion– it’s by no indicates an assurance at this moment– amidst the COVID-19omicron crisis, in Thunder Bay Jan.28 -Feb. 6, however must the occasion move forward, the format modification will permit more groups than typical into the field.

A statement was made late Thursday that both the Scotties and the Tim Hortons Brier( in Lethbridge, Alta., in early March) will include18- group fields rather of the typical16

” We’re taking a look at format alternatives, even if of the COVID issues and ramifications,” Curling Canada’s high efficiency director Gerry Peckham stated prior to the statement.

” We had groups connect to us and recommendations made to us about doing a comparable thing to what we performed in the bubble in Calgary in 2021, so that’s on the table.”

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The strategy consists of increasing the variety of wild card groups from 2 to 3( as was performed in the bubble in 2015) and getting rid of the play-in video game.

The ladies’s wild card groups, based upon Canadian Team Ranking System standings, are Tracy Fleury of Manitoba, Chelsea Carey of Saskatchewan, and the Rachel Homan group from Ontario.

While some provinces, like Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and B.C., had the ability to hold their females’s curling playdowns, regardless of rigorous health orders, locations like Northern Ontario, Ontario, Quebec and the Atlantic provinces were not. Rather those provincial associations called groups to take part in the Scotties.

The Ontario Curling Association’s judgment was especially questionable. The association chosen Homan’s Ottawa group to represent Ontario, however likewise stated that needs to Homan be picked to contend in the Olympics in blended doubles (with John Morris), it would send out Hollie Duncan’s Toronto group going to the Scotties rather.

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Homan was called to the Olympic group Thursday, implying Duncan’s group is now slated to use Ontario colours at the Scotties. There was anger in the curling world that the rest of Homan’s group– Emma Miskew, Sarah Wilkes and Joanne Courtney– may not be enabled to get a replacement gamer and complete at the Scotties, a high-end that is generally managed to groups at championship games.

That has actually altered now, as both the Duncan and Homan groups will take part.

” It was frustrating to hear that we may not have the ability to contend, my group, if I was to be picked,” Homan stated Thursday, prior to the statement came out.

” There are a great deal of things that may occur with nationals and we’re so not sure of where that’s going. We’re confident that my group has the ability to play and if not, we’ll be cheering on Team Duncan 100%.”

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In a typical year, the guys’s and ladies’s Canadian champions are had fun with16- group fields. The fields consist of groups from14 member associations, the protecting champ and one wild-card group( winner of play-in video game).

Last year, due to the fact that there were no provincial playdowns in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, there was an18 -group field.

Had there been simply 2 wild card groups( based upon the CTRS standings), it would have been objected to since some groups (like Carey’s) made points by playing in their provincial champion, while others( like Homan) did not due to the fact that playdowns were cancelled. Carey passed Homan in the standings with the points her group made in making it to the Saskatchewan last.

Homan herself will not be playing in Thunder Bay, as she’ll be at the Olympics in Beijing, however her group will have the ability to change her.

Right now, everybody is simply confident that the occasion can be dipped into all.

” We actually do not understand all the information behind what might take place,” Homan stated.

” We’re simply confident that the occasion even occurs at this moment. Everyone is worthy of a possibility to contend at the championship game, so we’ll see what comes of it.

” We’re truly uncertain at the minute what the Ontario federal government is going to enable Curling Canada to place on the occasion. I understand they’re attempting their hardest to make things occur for the professional athletes and we’re actually grateful for that.”

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