The Pinty’s Grand Slam is set to roll back into North Battleford for six days of curling at the Civic Centre.
The Meridian Canadian Open will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday night with five games, all on the men’s side. The rest of the week promises to showcase 32 of the best men’s and women’s curling teams in the world.
This is the 17th year for the Meridian Canadian Open and it will be the second time in three years that the event has been held in North Battleford.
Teams in the field include those of world champion and Pinty’s Cup champion Jennifer Jones from Winnipeg, 2018 Olympic gold medalist Anna Hasselborg of Sweden, the event’s defending champions Chelsea Carey of Calgary and Peter De Cruz of Switzerland who won last year at Camrose, and Brad Gushue from Newfoundland who is also defending Pinty’s Cup champion. The Robyn Silvernagle team from North Battleford is included in the field as well.
This is the fifth event in the Pinty’s Cup series this season, following the events held in Chatham, Truro, Thunder Bay and Conception Bay South. Going into North Battleford, Team Gushue led the Pinty’s Cup standings on the men’s side with 27 points, followed by Kevin Koe at 26 and Brad Jacobs at 24.
On the women’s side Rachel Homan comes into North Battleford with a commanding lead at 40 points, compared to 29 for Hasselborg and 24 for Jones.
Wednesday through Friday will see full days of action at the Civic Centre in the triple-knockout format, with both men’s and women’s teams competing. Sportsnet will begin its televised coverage of the event Thursday at 11:30 a.m. for the triple-knockout rounds.
Quarterfinals and semifinals were set for Saturday. Sunday action sees the men’s final scheduled for 11:30 a.m. on CBC and the women’s final is set for 3 p.m. on Sportsnet and Sportsnet NOW.