In this 26th Episode (Season 4) Lori and Mary discuss the results from the Grand Final of the Curling World Cup which was held in Beijing, China. Solid performance by all the Canadian contingent: congratulations to Team Jones and Team Koe who won the gold medals and to Team Walker/Muyres for winning the silver medal. After a long 2018-2019 curling season, the girls reminisce about some of the top curling stores: team lineup changes, 5 rock rule at the Season of Champions events, baby boom, curling controversies and the year women's curling emerged on the scene. Lori and Mary chat about divulging their identities, favourite moments, high and low points, what they could do without and possible improvements to curling for another year. THANK YOU to everyone for listening this season and please enjoy the season finale! Thank you to Asham, CurlingZone and JetIce for sponsoring this episode.
In the 25th Episode, Season 4 Lori recounts her experience as a Celebrity(?) Skip at the Kurl For Kids Charity event where 150K was raised for premature babies. Lori and Mary turn their attention to the last Grand Slam of the season, the Champions Cup: Format Change, 60 second recap, "super" spares and SportsNet coverage. Congratulations to Team Tirinzoni and Team Bottcher on their victories. Team Canada fared extremely well in the World Mixed Doubles where Jocelyn Peterman and Brett Gallant brought home a silver medal and both Canadian senior teams (Bryan Cochrane and Sherry Anderson) won GOLD at the World Senior Championships! The girls tackle a Hot Topic with Mike Fournier, curler and blogger about the increased amount of curling media and what are the responsibilities of curlers, fans and content creators. In our final "Behind the Glass" interview, Lori and Mary talk with Kim Tuck about everything to do with producing quality curling stones. Thank you for listening and please enjoy this EXTRA lengthy episode! This episode is sponsored by the following sponsors: Asham, JetIce and Curling Zone
In the 24th Episode (Season 4) Mary begins with an embarrassing curling confession! The girls recount their road trip to the Player's Championship in Toronto: fun stories from around the Mattamy Centre and meeting some of the podcast listeners. Lori and Mary take on the 60 second recap challenge of the men's and women's finals. Congratulations to Team Bottcher and to Team Einerson for their Player's Championship wins. Lori interviews Karrick Martin, Robin Silvernagle and the dynamic duo of Rachelle Brown and Dana Ferguson in a favourite "Things That Make Us Go Hmmm" segment. The girls discuss the recent team change for Team Epping and the online controversy it sparked. Finally the GIVEAWAY contest winners are announced! Thank you to all the listeners who entered. Thank you all for listening and please enjoy the episode. This episode is sponsored by: Asham, CurlingZone and JetIce.
In this 23rd Episode (Season 4) Lori and Mary begin the pod with an epic April Fool's prank that convinced many they were coaching Team Bottcher at the Player's Championship. Lori was concerned after the excitement at the Women's World Championship that the Men's Worlds may be a letdown. And thankfully that couldn't be farther from the truth and Lethbridge hosted a fantastic event! Congratulations to Team Sweden for their World Championship victory and excellent job to Team Canada on the silver medal. Did the untimely rock delay contribute to the outcome of the game? The girls also discuss when players get caught with their microphones open and the aftermath of Team Shuster's comments during one of the games. Lori and Mary break down Team Canada's week in Lethbridge: new roles for the players, Koe's highlight reel of shot making, BJ adjusting to his new skip and Ben and Colton's new partnership at front end. The girls always like to discuss new calendar picks at these events too! The last GIVEAWAY contest is announced: win a HardLine Broom, Asham Curling Shoes or a signed Geoff Walker Dynasty Jersey! Thank you for listening and please enjoy the episode! Thank you to the following sponsors who contributed to this episode: Asham, CurlingZone and JetIce.
In the 22nd episode (Season 4) Lori and Mary do a deep dive into the Women's World Championship which took place in Silkeborg, Denmark. This is the first time in 20 years that Team Canada failed to qualify for the playoffs so Lori and Mary discuss what could have contributed to the result: whether Canadian teams are as prepared for international events as other countries, how to handle wearing the maple leaf in curling and what can be done when an athlete is struggling. The girls talk about the downside of social media and the onslaught of negative comments about Team Carey and whether that contributed to the outcome of the week. Congratulations to Team Switzerland on the extra end win over Team Sweden in a thrilling gold medal game. Lori and Mary talk about recent team changes, mixed doubles and so much more! Thank for to the following sponsors for this episode: JetIce, CurlingZone and Asham. And thank you all for listening - please enjoy!
In this 21st Episode (Season 4) Lori and Mary finally have a chance to record the Brier recap after being away commentating at the U18 Ontario Provincial Championships all week. They discuss the action at the Brier as the teams made their way into the Championship pool and how there was a clear divide between the top 4 teams and everyone else. Lori and Mary discuss the final playoff weekend and how the teams fared. Congratulations to Team Alberta (Kevin Koe) with his dominant performance all week, defeating Team Wildcard in the final. The girls also discuss who received the awards at the Brier, how there was not many upsets in this Brier field and how Team PEI quickly became a favourite amongst fans. Lori and Mary caught up on other recent curling news: Brier and Scotties TV viewership numbers released, Team Homan declining her spot at the Curling World Cup and Team Jones filling in and some more team announcements. Thank you for listening and please enjoy the episode! Thank you to the following sponsors of this episode: CurlingZone, Asham and JetIce!
In this 20th Episode (Season 4) Lori and Mary get caught up on Mary's weekend commentating at the Ontario Mixed Doubles Provincial Championships. Conversation quickly turns to the opening weekend at the Brier: Wildcard game, picks for the preliminary round, which teams have impressed and which teams need to step it up. Lori and Mary discuss the new men's uniforms and should men wear hats? The Hot Topic for this episode is whether or not the men should be earning over double the amount that the women earn for winning the National Championship. Also covered is more curling news, team break ups and curling events coming up. Mary does a special interview with her Dad, Gord Bowman about attending over 30 Briers in his lifetime! Thank you for listening and please enjoy the episode. Thank you to the following sponsors: Asham, JetIce and CurlingZone
In this 19th Episode (Season 4) Lori and Mary are joined by special guest Wesley Forget, 2019 Ontario Tankard Champion and Scotties superfan to break down the dramatic final between Ontario and Alberta. What went right for Team Alberta and what went wrong for Team Ontario? Congratulations to Team Alberta on their Scotties victory! Wes shares his opinions on Canada's Greatest Curlers reveal, his thoughts on the new Scotties format and what the Scotties tournament means to him. Lori and Mary ask Wes some questions about his team as they are getting ready to represent Ontario at the Brier in Brandon, Manitoba! There is more Scotties discussion including how Sydney did hosting the event, the 5 rocks rule, observations on various teams and some favourite moments. Thank you for listening and please enjoy the episode! Thank you to the following sponsors: HardLine, CurlingZone, Asham and JetIce!
In this 18th Episode (Season 4) Lori and Mary discuss Lori's weekend coaching at the OUA Championships. They catch up on the news from the curling world last week including the final weekend of Men's provincial playdowns. Lori and Mary chat about the opening weekend of the Scotties championships: wildcard game results, the distribution of the pools, surprises so far and what happened to the Hot Shots competition? They also wonder if there can ever be too much curling content and if social media has started to become negative? Lori and Mary discuss the situation with the Scottish Championships and how the association almost allowed Eve Muirhead to go to the World Championships even though they lost to Sophie Jackson 3 times. Finally Lori and Mary were honoured to be included on a panel to vote on Canada's Greatest Curlers. Thanks so much for listening and please enjoy the episode. Thank you to the following sponsors: JetIce, Asham, CurlingZone and HardLine
In the 17th Episode (Season 4) Lori and Mary are reunited again after Mary spent the week at the Ontario Scotties and Tankard. They discuss running into a curling legend, calendar picks, the transition from the junior ranks, the results from the week, the difference with Team Homan and who is Scott MacDonald and what his team did to win a trip to the Brier! Lori fills in Mary on what took place out at the Skins game in Banff and some interesting decisions the teams made during the event. Lori recaps the Curling World Cup and what ended up being a great event for the Canadian men and mixed doubles teams! Lori and Mary check in with their provincial picks from last weeks episode and review all the results. Congratulations to all the winners from this action packed week of curling! Thank you all for listening and please enjoy the episode! Thanks to the following sponsors: Asham, CurlingZone, HardLine, and JetIce!
In the 16th Episode (Season 4) Lori is joined by celebrity co host Amy Nixon while Mary is away doing commentary for the Ontario Scotties and Tankard this week. Amy discusses how she has been spending her time since stepping back from curling and her new role on the Board of Directors for Curling Canada. Lori and Amy recap the Canadian Juniors, the changes to the current Junior U21 system and trends that are finding their way into the junior system. Congratulations to Team Alberta (Team Sturmay) and Team BC (Team Tardi) for their wins at the National Jr. Championship. Lori reviews the Scotties and Tankard picks from the last episode and she and Amy talk about the results from all the provinces that declared their champions over the weekend. Congratulations to all the winners! Then Lori and Amy make their picks for the provinces that will be declaring this week. Thank you all for listening and please enjoy the episode! Thank you to the following sponsors: CurlingZone, JetIce, Asham and HardLine
In the 15th Episode (Season 4) Lori and Mary share some fun stories about their weekend together. They discuss all things Continental Cup: breaking down the format, the uniforms, MVP picks, who they were actually cheering for and should the Continental Cup be an annual event? Lori and Mary weigh in on an "Ask the Girls" question with Rachel Homan expecting her baby in June, who will replace her at the Curling World Cup? With many of the Scotties and Tankard playdowns beginning this week Lori picks her top 2 finalists and Mary picks the winners. Thank you for listening and please enjoy the episode! Also thank you to the following sponsors: Asham, HardLine, CurlingZone and JetIce
In the 14th Episode (Season 4) Lori and Mary discuss the Meridian Canadian Open which took place in North Battleford, Saskatchewan. Topics include results from the week, Team Jacobs video feature, the 60 second recap challenge and another Team Homan pregnancy announcement!! Congratulations to Team Homan and Team Bottcher for winning the Meridian Open. The girls invite John Epping to join in on an "Ask The Girls" segment which tackles negative comments that an article about a LGBTQ curling league generated. John weighs in on why these leagues are so important to the curling community. The girls ask Kerry Galusha a "Things that make us go hmmm" question about her thoughts on relegation vs pool play at the Scotties. Thank you to the following sponsors: HardLine, Asham, JetIce and CurlingZone. Thanks so much for listening and please enjoy the episode.
Happy New Year from the 2 Girls! In this 13th Episode (Season 4) Lori and Mary reconnect after their 3 week break over the holidays. They discuss all the curling news that took place since the last episode. Engagements, weddings and pregnancies - oh my!! Ryan Fry returning to Team Jacobs and Rachel Homan announcing she's expecting a baby are just some of the stories they chat about. Lori and Mary recorded a "Behind the Glass" segment with ice tech extraordinaire Tom Leonard before Christmas and Tom patiently answers all the girls questions about how ice is made, what makes ice curl and fall and who complains more about ice conditions -men or women?! Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday. It's time to get back into CURLING! Thank you for listening and please enjoy the episode. Thank you to the sponsors: Asham, HardLine, CurlingZone and JetIce
In this last episode of 2018 (Episode 12, Season 4) the 2 Girls and A Game podcast gets recognized in a recent article on The Athletic. The girls discuss everything that happened at the Boost National Slam which took place in Conception Bay NFLD including the ever popular 60 sec recap of the finals. Congratulations to Team Homan and Team Paterson for winning the titles. The girls answer an "Ask the Girls" question which tackles the topic of: Are there too many events for the elite players? Curling Canada issues a statement recently that says there was an officiating error at the recent Canada Cup in the mens final. Warning: sensitive material with another segment of Dirty Curling Talk so listener discretion is advised! Have a safe and Happy Holiday and Merry Christmas to you all! Many thanks to the following sponsors: Asham, JetIce, HardLine and CurlingZone. Thank you for listening and please enjoy the episode!!
In the 11th Episode (Season 4) Lori and Mary tackle all the drama and controversy from the Canada Cup. This is the first Season of Champions event and it did not disappoint. Curling Canada introduced the 5 rock rule to the Canada Cup in addition to a new end by end timing system. The girls chat with Darren Moulding, 3rd for Team Bottcher, to discuss his experience with the time clocks and how it impacted their team. There was also some discussion on social media regarding ponytails and the girls weigh in with their thoughts. Congratulations to Team Jones and Team Jacobs who emerged as the Canada Cup Champions. Thank you to the sponsors: JetIce, Asham, CurlingZone and HardLine. Thank you for listening and please enjoy the episode!
In Episode 10 (Season 4), the girls leave the controversy of Red Deer behind and have some fun this week. They discuss Christmas, love languages and pet peeves. Since the Canada Cup begins on Wednesday, the girls make their picks for which teams will win the event. Lori interviews Casey Scheidigger in a "Things That Make Us Go Hmmmm" segment about modelling in the Women of Curling calendar, what it took to become a top ranked team, how she balances work, curling and family and a game of rapid fire to get to know Casey a little better. In a "Behind The Glass" segment, we interview Colin Hodgson, owner of Dynasty Apparel, a clothing company that recently was named Official Uniform Partner of Curling Canada. We asked how he started the company, about the new contract to supply clothing at the Scotties, Brier and Continental Cup, what he loved about the past curling fashion and play a game of "yay or nay" to hear Colin's thoughts on current fashion trends. Thank you to the sponsors: JetIce, Asham, CurlingZone and HardLine. Please enjoy the episode and thank you for listening!
In Episode 9 (Season 4) the girls invite back Gerry Geurts, president of CurlingZone, to help determine a midterm report card in the following categories: Teams, Slams, World Curling Cup, Tier 2 Teams, 5 Rock Rule and increased curling being streamed online. Then Gerry and the girls discuss the aftermath of the Red Deer event: How the story became a global sensation, Ryan Fry announcing he is taking some time off, who will be replacing him and the backlash over Frank McCourt's cartoon. Another topic that is discussed is an article in which Mark Kennedy feels Canada is exporting too much curling knowledge to the other countries these days. Thanks for listening and please enjoy the episode. Also a thank you to the following sponsors: HardLine, Asham, JetIce and CurlingZone.
In this mini pod episode the girls discuss the latest controversy involving Jamie Koe, Ryan Fry, Chris Schille, and DJ Kidby who were kicked out of a tour event in Red Deer for drunk and disorderly behaviour.
In the 8th episode (season 4) Lori and Mary discuss why the Tour Challenge was the best slam event so far! The girls reminisce with some of their own memories from Thunder Bay. Congratulations to the Tier 2 champions: Team Stern and Team Muyers. Mary added to her list of calendar picks and came up with a new segment called, "Have you noticed...". The girls face off once again in the popular 60 second recap of the finals. Then they break down the finals in more detail. Congratulations to Team Homan and Team Jacobs who won the Tier 1 event. Results are discussed from the Canadian Mixed Championships and the Pacific Asia Curling Championships. Thank you to the sponsors: HardLine, JetIce, CurlingZone and Asham. Please enjoy the episode!
In the 7th episode (Season 4) Mary and Lori discuss how they feel about having their true identities out into the curling world for the first time. Lori has written an article for The Curling News publication about how the podcast began and Frank McCourt has designed a 2 Girls And A Game cartoon which came as a big surprise. Then the girls chat about the current fashion scene in curling and whether the teams look too similar these days and lack some individuality. Then the segment everyone has been waiting for...the girls "unbox" the Women of Curling calendar and give their live reactions to all the photos. Lots of moments of surprise and a lot of laughs! The girls announce the 3 winners who will receive a copy of Brian Chick's new book, Written in Stone: A Modern History of Curling. Thank you to everyone who entered the contest! Thanks to the sponsors: Asham, Hardline, JetIce and CurlingZone. Please enjoy the episode!
In the 6th Episode (Season 4) the girls recap the Masters Grand Slam of Curling that took place in Truro, NS. Congratulations to the winners, Team Hasselborg and Team Epping! Some topics from the slam include the early ice conditions and low stats, Jill Officer now broadcasting for CBC Curling, the residency poll discussion on CBC, surprises and disappointments and a new favourite segment: the 60 second recap of the finals. The girls chat with curler and author Brian Chick about his new book entitled Written in Stone: A Modern History of Curling complete with a giveaway of 3 copies! The contest will run for a week so get your entry in today! Lastly, Laura Walker joins the podcast to discuss posing in the Women of Curling Calendar, how her current team joined forces, how she felt holding the broom for three such accomplished veterans and what their goals are for this season. Things get a little personal when the discussion turns to marriage and curling with a spouse. The interview ends with a fun game where Laura gives a word or phrase to describe some of the legendary players she has curled with. Thank you to the following sponsors: Hardline, JetIce, Curlingzone and Asham. Please enjoy this episode!
In this 5th Episode, Season 4 the girls share some stories and observations from the Stu Sells Tankard in Toronto. A new segment is introduced called "Things That Make Us Go Hmmmm?" which will be shorter interviews with the curlers answering questions the girls are curious about. In this weeks segment the girls hit up Greg Smith, Jamie Sinclair and Kirk Muyers and ask them some pressing questions. The girls weigh in on the HOT TOPIC about Team Homan not getting a direct berth into the Scotties but rather a second chance at making the Wildcard game if they are not successful in winning Ontario Provincials. There will be an "Ask The Girls" question and the girls will also announce the winners of the Women of Curling Calendar contest! Thank you to the following sponsors: JetIce, CurlingZone, Asham and Hardline! Thank you for listening and please enjoy the episode!
In this episode the girls discuss stories from the road trip to the Elite 10 Slam, recap the event and challenge one other to summarize the women's and men's final in 60 seconds. Then the girls introduce a new segment to the podcast called "Behind the Glass". These interviews will feature someone who is involved in and influences the sport of curling. This episode features George Karrys, Olympian and owner of The Curling News publication who announced the launch of the Women of Curling Calendar. The girls made their picks and have a fun competition to see who guessed the most correctly. The girls also catch up with George about his time as a competitive curler and what else he is involved in these days. In order to win the GIVEAWAY prize (3 Calendars) please go to the @2GirlsAndAGame social media (twitter, Facebook and instagram) and choose who would be on your curling calendar?! Thank you to the sponsors: Hardline, JetIce, CurlingZone and Asham. Hope you enjoy the episode!
In Episode 3 (Season 4) the girls do a quick recap of the Curling World Cup where all three of the Canadian teams stood on the podium. The girls get up close and personal with former coach of Team Homan, Adam Kingsbury. Adam discusses his background and education and how he became involved with Team Homan. Adam gives a sneak peak into the personalities and character traits of each of the ladies, the highs and lows of winning the trials and not medaling at the Olympics and what changes he would like to see for the next Olympic Trials. The girls tackle a couple hot topic issues with Adam including changing the 5th player after the Olympic Trials, the on ice coaching change and the infamous burned rock incident. Thank you to the sponsors for this episode: Hardline, Jet Ice, Asham and CurlingZone. Thanks for listening and please enjoy this extra long episode!