In this episode the girls have a great conversation with the very entertaining Darren Moulding (aka Wildman) from Team Alberta fresh off a silver medal finish at the Brier. Darren fills the girls in on joining Team Bottcher last year mid season and the quick success they experienced. Darren discusses his off season training, weight loss and tanning regime. The girls ask Darren his opinion on the Olympic Trial process and the new system at the Brier. Darren talks about his experience at this years Brier and what was the turning point in their week. Darren and the girls discuss whether Team Bottcher has had "the talk" and speculate on the off season switch ups with the mens teams. Lastly, the Brier awards are given for all the favourite categories! Lots of laughs in this episode! Please enjoy!
In this special mini pod episode the girls dish about all the Women's Team Changes! So grab your bowl of popcorn and hear all their thoughts about the new teams!
In this episode the girls discuss their Brier predictions, the division of the pools and the Wildcard game results. After they are joined by 3 time Canadian and World Champion and Olympic Gold Medalist, Jan Betker. Jan discusses the opening weekend at the Brier and how her team along with Sandra Schmirler's daughter threw the ceremonial first rock and tells the girls her Brier predictions. Then Jan explains some of Team Schmirler's more iconic moments during the Scotties, the Olympic Trials and the Olympics. Jan shares some very difficult stories about Sandra and how she dealt with the death of her friend and longtime teammate. This interview is full of insight and perspective - please enjoy!
In this latest episode the girls discuss the results of the Men's and Women's Team play at the Olympics and what happened to Team Canada!? And will these results cause possible system changes in the future of the Canadian Trial system. They also discuss is it worth it to chase the Olympic dream these days with all the pressure that is put on the athletes. Congratulations to all the podium finishers, Sweden, Korea and Japan for the women and USA, Sweden and Switzerland for the men. How important are these Olympic curling medals to the other countries and what impact will it make to the growth of the game and the future of curling. Of course, the feel good stories are always a favourite but there's also the news of the OAR Team getting stripped of their bronze medals in Mixed Doubles. Finally, are the commentators too harsh when it comes to commentating and questioning the curlers? Enjoy!
In this special mini pod episode, the girls weigh in on Team Canada's "burned rock controversy". Is it a controversy?
Four years of preparation and it is finally here! The Olympics!! The girls discuss the Mixed Doubles and the global sensation it has become. The huge success of Kaitlyn Lawes and John Morris winning the first ever Gold Medal in this new Olympic Discipline! Steve Simmons article in the National Post becomes this episode's hot topic and is curling as respected as the other sports in the Olympics. The girls answer an "Ask The Girls" question and then discuss the recent break up announcements of some high profile ladies teams! With all these teams ending, the girls compare notes on the etiquette of dissolving a team. They end the podcast with a funny spoof of a team's break up announcement!
After a whirlwind curling weekend the girls discuss everything Scotties! How their picks did, the overall impression of the new Scotties format, surprises and disappointments and the crowning of Team Manitoba as the Scotties Champions. The girls also discuss Team "Wildcard" not having a coach, Leslie Wilson's article about her mental health struggles, different sweeping styles and the "white toast theory". Lots of men's provincial results happened over the weekend - Ontario, BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Newfoundland so the girls discuss those results as well. Also starting to hear rumours about the teams who are shaking things up for the next Olympic cycle.
In this episode the girls got together before the Scotties began to discuss their picks, thoughts on the format changes and how they feel about the distribution of the teams in the two pools. They also make their Provincial Brier picks for BC, Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Northern Ontario and Quebec. The girls have some fun with a RACY segment on what really is creating the global interest in curling and it is not just because its now an Olympic sport!! Then they recap the opening weekend at the Scotties, hits and misses, highs and lows, surprises and disappointments. Enjoy!
In this episode, the girls are joined by 7 time Alberta Scotties and 2 time Scotties Tournament of Hearts Champion, Heather Nedohin. Heather weighs in on the Canadian junior results and discusses her experiences. They recap the Meridian Open and discuss Team Carey and Team DeCruz winning their first slam titles. They also chat about Michelle Englot's retirement announcement, Jennifer Jones bringing in Shannon Birchard for a couple games, Don Bartlett playing with Team Morris and how the Canadian Olympic representatives fared at the slam. Some other topics that come up are Mixed Doubles, 5th player roles and requirements and lastly some questions from the listeners! Enjoy!
One of the girls is away this week drinking rum on the beach so Gerry Geurts sits in for this episode. We talk about all the Scotties provincial results from the past weekend. Team Jennifer Jones adds another provincial title to her collection and we discuss Kaitlyn's replacement for the Scotties. Team Fleury wins the title in Northern Ontario and a surprise junior team, Team Gagne wins the province of Quebec. In Alberta, Team Scheidigger steals the win over defending champion Shannon Kleinbrink. Mary Anne Arsenault returns to the Scotties with her team from Nova Scotia and Hollie Duncan surprises the field in Ontario by claiming her first provincial title. We discuss the CTRS "wildcard" entry and the new Scotties format. Afterwards, Gerry gives a recap on the successfully run Continental Cup in his hometown of London, Ontario. Enjoy!
Happy New Year! In the first episode of 2018, the girls have a lot to talk about since the last podcast! They discuss the Mixed Doubles Olympic Trials and how the week played out, Scotties provincial results and upcoming picks, baby news and some juicy gossip. The girls also discuss Team Homan picking Cheryl Bernard as their 5th player for the Olympics, Michelle Englot's team being named as Team Canada for the 2018 Scotties, and Glenn Howard representing Canada at the America's Zone Challenge!
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from the girls! In this special episode, the girls talk about the holidays with their favourite curlers. We talk to Sarah Potts (Team McCarville), Tim March (Team Epping), Kirk Myers (Team Laycock), Rachelle Brown and Dana Ferguson (Team Sweeting), Jason Gunnlaugson (Team Gunnlaugson), Kate Cameron (Team Englot), Brendan Bottcher (Team Bottcher), and Olympian Mark Kennedy (Team Koe). Hope everyone has a safe and fantastic holiday season!
In PART 2 of the Canadian Olympic Trials recap, the girls discuss the action from Thursday night to the thrilling finals on Sunday. They interview Jocelyn Peterman from Team Carey and Tyrel Griffith from Team Morris after their last round robin games to discuss how they felt the week had gone up until that point. Lots of discussion on the playoffs games, patch stories and more insights on the final weekend! After the ladies final, they are joined by Joan McCusker and Mike Harris to help analyze the game. The episode ends with the LONG car ride home where the girls discuss the mens final game and their experience at the trials!
With the Olympic Trials being the largest event held in Canada for the last four years, the girls decided to do more frequent recaps throughout the week. This episode (PART 1) covers the opening weekend, their road trip to Ottawa and watching live Wednesday and Thursday at the Canadian Tire Centre. They focus on noteworthy games and moments, the standings, how their trials picks are faring and other highs and lows up until this point and of course, some insights and observations!
In this latest episode, the girls preview the upcoming Roar of the Rings Canadian Olympic Trials. They analyze each team, how they did during the fall spiel circuit and what chances they have to win the event. They rank them according to 3 categories: playoff bound, middle of the road or drinking in the patch. You do not want to miss the excitement the girls have for the trials, including an insomnia induced poem "T'was the Night Before Trials!" We also spoke to some fellow curlers to hear who they are picking and cheering for! Enjoy!!
In this episode, the girls recap the Road to the Roar which took place in Summerside, PEI. They discuss some of the controversial decisions: not to show the RRTR in its entirety, the pool format which created a log jam of tiebreakers and how that was handled, and not allowing the teams to wear their own uniforms. The girls revisit their picks and discuss the surprises and disappointments of the week. They celebrate the successes of Team McCarville, Team Morris, Team Tippen and Team Bottcher as they win their way to the Olympic Trials. There is a new segment being introduced called "Ask the Girls" where they discuss the importance of the draw and getting off to a good start. Lots of laughs as usual, especially when the new commercials comes up in conversation!
In this EXTRA extra long episode the girls recap the Masters GSOC, they review the Men of Curling Calendar with their very candid and live reactions and have a great chat with Olympic Silver Medalist and World Champion Richard Hart. We ask questions about the Olympic process, make our pre-trial picks and do a rapid 10 series of questions.
In this episode the girls interview a very candid and introspective Pat Simmons. We discuss winning his first Brier, becoming Team Canada and Kevin Koe's announcement that he was leaving the team. We relive the Cinderella story of Pat winning the Brier again the following year after switching positions with John Morris mid Brier. Also we discuss the pressures of medalling at the World Championships, team dynamics and break ups, and new beginnings with his young team and their successful start of the season.
In this fun bonus episode the girls catch up on some gossip and stories before the next slam. Some of the other topics are ideas for how to keep more curlers involved in the game, the importance of having a 5th player these days, and what's happening with the etiquette in curling? They take a look at the Olympic Trial Team Tracker and see how the trials and pre trials teams are preforming.
In this bonus episode, the girls have Gerry Geurts, president of Curlingzone, return to discuss all the recent approved changes by the World Curling Federation. We highlight the extra team at the Worlds and the new playoff format, a new World Series of Curling and the 5 rock rule and strategies to deal with it. We discuss where all these changes leave Tier 2 players and will Canada ever hand pick their Olympic representatives. Finally we turn to some early observations of this season and whether a slow start will impact the confidence of the trials teams.
In this episode the girls recap the Grand Slam of Curling's first event of the season, the Tour Challenge. We track how the Canadian Olympic Trials and Pre-Trials teams fared, analyze the finals for both the Tier 1 and Tier 2. We discuss our recent trip to the Oakville Curling Club and our experiences interviewing some of the games biggest stars! Lots of fun stories to share!
In this episode the girls catch up on all the off season curling news including fun tidbits about the players and what's new on the tour. We discuss the Everest Curling Challenge and debate on whether gender played a role in the final outcome. We are still excited about our interview with Amy Nixon and chat about what she had to say!
In our season opener, we interview a very candid Amy Nixon about her curling career, the highs and lows. We discuss her Olympic experience, Scotties accomplishments, balancing a family and her career as a lawyer. We ask her thoughts on her former skips and ask about her decision to retire before the Olympic cycle ended.