Statement – #brushgate
by McEwen Curling on October 22, 2015 in News
In the spring of 2014 Hardline Curling approached our team. They were looking for ambassadors to showcase and win with their flagship product, the icePad. They strongly believed in our team to be an integral part of that plan. We took a leap of faith as we had nothing to lose except an opportunity to explore another avenue of tapping into our potential as a team. Part of the rejuvenation of our team at that time included training to be the best version of ourselves, both physically and mentally. The desire to use the top equipment available to enhance our performance also aligned with our goals.
It has been a full season since our debut as a Hardline team and there is no doubt in our minds that the icePad is the best brush ever produced. It has many beneficial attributes and even owes the odd design feature here or there to the athletes who use it. Working with a company that enjoys feedback from its users is both a pleasure and a privilege.
Team McEwen supports Hardline’s view that the design of the broom and the fabric operate within the standards of what is considered to be the integrity of the game. We believe that the fabric does not unduly damage the ice surface, nor does it perform in a manner that creates unfair advantages over other comparable technologies. We firmly believe that the icePad performs in line with the standards set by other leading broom technology, only better.
In recent weeks, we have been both disheartened and disillusioned with the actions by some directed at Hardline Curling and its teams. However, we do understand the concerns of many of our best teams and support the purity of athletic endeavour. Curling is on the brink of professionalism and equipment regulation for the top echelons of the sport has been a long time coming. How good is too good? That is the debate that is raging on as we speak. Creating clear and transparent testing and limitations need to be high priorities.
So, where do we go from here?
Team McEwen supports:
– The athletes’ voice to spur the governing bodies into action
– Hardline Curling and the integrity of their company and the teams that use their products
– Due process (proper timelines and steps)
Our team also respects both our competitors on the ice and the environment of good sportsmanship. Accordingly, for our next event, the Masters Grand Slam of Curling, we will be using a material on our icePads that will be a comparable fabric to other competitors’ sweeping utensils. A big thanks to Hardline Curling for going above and beyond to give us this option. We will continue to monitor the situation week by week until this issue is resolved, and in the meantime we will compete as we always have: with the spirit of our great game in mind.
In the wake of technological advances that are allowing players to do some incredible things with sweeping, some of curling’s elite players met to discuss the matter in Toronto. And to ask the question: Is this a good thing?
You are invited to attend a special event at Glenmore!
Friday October 18th will be a special evening at Glenmore. We are combining the first TGIF evening of the year with a Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser for Team Fournier, our Mixed Provincial Champions who will represent Glenmore at the Nationals Championships in November. Tickets are only $10.00, so don’t eat before you come to the club.
Representatives of Curling Quebec will also be there to present Glenmore with three separate Méritas awards recently earned by our club:
Curling Club of the Year (2013)
Club Coach of the Year (Nancy Harvey)
Volunteer of the Year (Stanley Fong)
Please be there to help us proudly celebrate our accomplishments of the past year. Dinner will be served throughout the evening, starting at 6:30. We look forward to seeing all our old friends again and starting the new season in style!
Congratulations to team Lawren Steventon, Mike Carson, Mac Baines and Greg Sleno for winning the 2013 Masters Provincial title this past weekend. They defeated Team Manseau from Boucherville in the finals by a score of 6-3, with a big steal of 3 points in the 4th end by the Glenmore team being the turning point of the game.
The team will travel to Thunder Bay ON in April where they will represent QC at Masters Nationals!
Congrats team! A 3rd provincial title for Glenmore this year!
The final Sunday started off with the semi-final with Team Julie Hamel who had a 6-1 record in the round robin (2nd place overall) facing off against Team Eve Belisle who finished with a 4-3 record and needed a tie breaker win to get to the semis. Team Belisle got off to an early lead and were up 7-2 after the 6th end. In the 7th, Julie Hamel made a crucial raise double takeout to score a deuce and trail 7-4. In the 8th, Belisle made a draw to the 4-ft against two to take her single and lead 8-4. Hamel then took 2 in the 9th to set up the 10th end. Lying 2 with her last rock to come, Hamel’s stone came to rest in the 4-ft, to lie 3. Belisle made the takeout and rolled in to score her 1 and win the game 9-6 and secure their spot in the championship finals. Team Julie Hamel, Alanna Routledge, Marie-Pier Cote, and Joelle St Hilaire walked away with the bronze medal.
In the championship final, Team Allison Ross continued their great play during the week and got off to great start by taking 2 in the 1st, and with a Belisle missed takeout in the 2nd, they stole 1 to take a 3-0 after 2. After Belisle took a single in the 3rd, Team Ross came back with a 2 in the 4th, and another steal in 5 to go up 6-1 at the break. In the 6th, with a chance to take 2, Belisle hit and rolled out and took only 1. In the 7th, Team Ross showed some nervousness and missed a couple of takeouts and gave up a steal of 2. They continued to lead 6-4. But they regained their composure and in the 8th they came back with a 3 of their own to take a commanding 9-4 lead. In the 9th end, sitting comfortably with 3 in the house, Belisle removed only one of the stones, leading to another steal of 2, and the championship with a final score of 11-4.
With that, Team Eve Belisle, Joelle Belley, Martine Comeau, and Laura Thomas take home the silver medal!
Team Allison Ross, Audrée Dufresne, Brittany O’Rourke, Sasha Beachamp and coach Glenn Tester win the gold for Glenmore and will represent QC at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Kingston ON from February 16 to 24. Have you got your tickets yet?!?