Dave Merklinger and Darren Heath lay down ads before the 2019-20 season starts. (Padraig Mac Roibeaird - Contributed)

Vernon Curling Club to kick off star-studded season

Talent, expertise and world champions will shine on local sheets

The Vernon Curling Club is ready for the 2019-20 season and club manager Dave Merklinger says there is a full line of competitive spiels as well as provincial playdowns scheduled for the eight sheet facility. Regular leagues for the 600 club members start on Sept. 28.

“We have the Prestige Classic in the first week of October, and so far the women’s lineup includes a former Canadian women’s champion and the current one,” he said.

Reigning Canadian champ Chelsey Carey is coming with her team and Cheryl Bernard is signed on for this year’s edition of the Classic. German skip and two-time world women’s competitor Daniela Jentsch and last year’s Classic winner, Alina Kovaleva of Russia, is entered along with one of Japan’s touring teams skipped by Miki Hayashi.

Eight time Brier competitor and local skip Jim Cotter will be the favourite on the men’s side. He has a slightly different team, with Andrew Nerpin replacing Tyrel Griffiths at the second position. Last year’s Classic champion, Sean Geall, is also entered. Vernon skip Mark Longworth is entered, as are Yusuke Morozumi, a five-time world championship and Olympic competitor, and Cloverdale’s Tyler Tardi, the 2018 Canadian junior men’s champion skip.

B.C.’s junior curlers are into cash action two weeks later with the club hosting the Rick Cotter Memorial Junior Cashspiel Oct. 18-20.

READ MORE: Vernon coach ready to warm up Cold Lake Wings

Vernon will host three provincial championships in December and early 2020. The December event includes the relatively new stick curling competition, scheduled for the Dec. 14 and 15. Merklinger said as the curling population ages, the game which features throwing with a specially fitted stick, is gaining interest locally and around the country.

“It’s the same as curling, except the player throws standing up and walking out, with a stick that holds and puts a turn on the rock, the same as a sliding player would,” Merklinger said. “We have a growing participation here in Vernon, and that group is getting ready for the competition starting next week, with a stick clinic here at the club on this Wednesday morning.”

Stick curling operates outside the ambit of the Canadian Curling Association, with players and organizers grouped into their own Canadian Stick Curling Association.

The two other provincial playdowns will see the 60+ Masters here on Jan. 24-26, and the 50+ Senior Mens’ and Womens’ competitors will be in the Club on Feb. 18-23 to enjoy some of the world’s very best curling ice and compete to represent B.C. in the national finals.

The club’s annual general meeting will be held on Sunday, Sept. 22 at 7 p.m. at the club.

READ MORE: Merklinger enters major curling club


@caitleerach
Caitlin.clow@vernonmorningstar.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Haunted happenings revealed with Vernon ghost tours

Two unique versions of ghost tours offered

Famous Forgeries featured in Vernon art show

Okanagan Artists of Canada prepare for 75th anniversary with 75-year-old art

Website names SilverStar No. 4 most affordable ski hill

HomeToGo looks at rentals, lift passes, accommodations and food to compile list of Top 50

Vernon loves their butter chicken: SkipTheDishes

Delivery app releases 2019 stats for most popular Vernon food orders

Vernon Vipers acquire WHL veteran

Dawson Holt joins Snakes from Regina Pats; helped Vancouver Giants reach league final a year ago

VIDEO: #MeToo leader launches new hashtag to mobilize U.S. voters

Tarana Burke hopes to prompt moderators to ask about sexual violence at next debate

UPDATE: British couple vacationing in Vancouver detained in U.S. after crossing border

CBP claims individuals were denied travel authorization, crossing was deliberate

After losing two baby boys, B.C. parents hope to cut through the taboo of infant death

Oct. 15 is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day in B.C.

Cheating husband sues mistress for gifted ring after wife learns about affair

The husband gave his mistress $1,000 to buy herself a ring in December 2017

B.C. boosts legal aid funding in new payment contract

‘Duty counsel’ service restored in some communities, David Eby says

Okanagan man killed in head-on collision on Highway 1 near Salmon Arm

Police say 21-year-old died at scene after pickup truck collided with transport trailer

Rugby Canada helps recovery efforts in Japan after typhoon cancels final match

Canadian players wanted to “give back in whatever small way they could”

Alberta to join B.C.’s class-action lawsuit against opioid manufacturers, distributors

B.C. government claims opioids were falsely marketed as less addictive than other pain meds

Okanagan restaurant adds Canadian top 50 accolade to their menu

Old Vines Restaurant in West Kelowna was named a top restaurant for a date in 2019

Most Read