Posted at 11:02 pm on October 20, 2013
The World Curling Tour rolls into its 10th week of the season. This weekend, Medicine Hat saw one of its best action of the 2013-2014 curling season with the kick off of the Medicine Hat Charity Classic. After a weekend of intense action, the playoffs are ready to roll on Monday morning.
This event saw the return of Matthew Blandford, who is teaming up with Darren Moulding, Brent Hamilton, and Brad Chyz. Blandford was one of the most highly touted junior players in the last decade, leading Team Newfoundland all the way to the final game of the Canadian Junior Championships, only to lose in the final end. This would have been the first male squad from Newfoundland to win the national title since Brad Gushue.
Another former junior hot-shot, Charlie Thomas, is playing in this event. Thomas traveled from his home rink in Calgary, along with team mates Colin Hodgson, Matthew Ng, and Mike Westlund.
In addition to the typical squads from Alberta and Saskatchewan, this year’s event features a few Asian teams. Fengchun Wang has returned again this year with his crew from China. Another Chinese team is in the mix, skipped by Dejia
Zou. Representing Japan, Yusuke Morozumi will attempt to gain some momentum in his World Curling Tour debut. Soo Hyuk
Kim has also made the journey from Korea to play in this event.
The round robin wraps up Sunday night. The playoffs begin early Monday morning with the quarter finals.