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2 Girls and a Game - Curling Podcast

Our show about Curling reflects our insights and observations about our favourite game, the athletes and their stories during the biggest competitions.
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Our show about Curling reflects our insights and observations about our favourite game, the athletes and their stories during the biggest competitions. 

Sep 18, 2018

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!

 

Sep 10, 2018

This episode was a happy accident of sorts.  The plan for this week was to interview Adam Kingsbury (former coach of Team Homan) but due to a scheduling conflict, that episode will be released next week.  The girls were both in Oakville at the Stu Sells Oakville Tankard, one of the stops on the World Curling Tour.  The plan was to have a brief discussion about their collected experiences.  However, when you put the two girls together to chat about curling what was meant to be a brief discussion ended up as a full episode.  The girls talked about what they were doing in Oakville, who they met, their observations with the 5 rock rule, what team they are both excited to watch this season, a celebrity sighting, drink etiquette questions and the all skip Team Einarson pulling out the victory over Team Tirinzoni in the final.  Hope you enjoy listening to this episode!

Sep 4, 2018

Welcome to Season 4! Not sure how it's already the start of the season but the girls are ready to delve into all topics curling!  The 2 girls are excited to announce new sponsors for the season: Hardline, Jet Ice and CurlingZone. Having these sponsors on board will increase the ability to attend more events and bring increased curling content to the podcast.  Some of today's topics include: what have your favourite curlers been up to during the off season, results from the tour events so far and what do they mean, Ben Hebert's interview on the Player's Own Voice podcast and some fun new segment ideas for this season. There may be the odd laugh or two as well.  Hope you all had a safe and happy summer and please enjoy!

Jul 30, 2018

With the 2018/2019 curling season just around the corner, the girls decided to do one more BONUS summer episode to get everyone excited about what is happening this year!  Kerry Galusha is a special guest and weighs in on the HOT TOPIC - Residency Rules.  The girls discuss the Canadian teams that have been picked for the Curling World Cup and the format that has been chosen.  Curling Canada announced which teams will receive funding for the next season. Which teams faired well with lineup changes and which teams did not?  And finally, which curler is now officially off the market!  Hope you enjoy!

Jun 15, 2018

Is anyone missing Curling yet?  In this bonus jumbo episode the girls get together for some summer fun poolside discussing the latest breaking news from Team Homan.  They catch up on the off season curling news, their summer highlights so far and tackle a few current event topics.  There may have been a cocktail involved and the girls have some fun discussing their similarities and differences, talk about some pet peeves and play a game of "Pick or Pan" curling edition.  It may be hot outside, but there was a lot of curling discussed in this special off season episode!  Hope you enjoy!

May 1, 2018

This is the final episode of this long Olympic season and who better to recap the year with the girls than Devin Heroux!  Devin is a CBC News and Sports Reporter and in the last 2 seasons has become a cross platform curling correspondent and has brought along the curling community to the biggest events through his social media platform!  The girls along with Devin recap the World Mixed Doubles Championships and the Champions Cup.  Then the biggest topics of the season get discussed: the Canadian Teams not making the podium in team play, who is profiting from curling, the future of the Brier and Scotties, Super teams forming and curling going Hollywood!  At the end the girls hit Devin with some fun rapid fire questions! This is an extra long and extra fun episode to close out the season - Enjoy and thanks for listening!  Special congratulations to Dave McDermott who is our New Scotland Clothing Co giveaway winner!

Apr 17, 2018

In this episode the girls are nearing the end of the finish line for this season.  They answer a question about curling etiquette and cheering for misses in the "ask the girls" segment.  Team Jamie Sinclair and Team Kevin Koe won the recent Players' Championships with Sinclair breaking Jones' winning streak, what happened to Homan who went 0-5 in the tournament and Team Gushue and Jones win the Bonus Cup for the slam circuit.  There is a discussion about the curlers expenses and who is profiting from curling?  The girls roll out Part 2 of Dirty Curling Talk with even more laughable lingo that happens out on the curling ice and in the broadcast booth!  Hot topic issue of 8 ends vs 10 ends and whether the girls think this change will be implemented. Enjoy and thanks for listening!

Apr 10, 2018

The girls would like to express sincere sympathies and condolences to the families and friends of the Humboldt Broncos and thank all the first responders and hospital staff for their bravery and dedication.  There are no words.

In this latest episode the girls discuss their respective weekends meeting super fans and participating in the Kurl for Kids.  Tyler George, Olympic Gold Medalist, joins the podcast to discuss his Olympic experience.  With the Men's World Championships ending, the girls chat about Sweden's victory over Canada in the Gold Medal game, how Team Canada dealt with challenging life events and difficult  ice conditions.  Some other topics include the Canadian Mixed Doubles Championships and the April Fools Tweet that fooled way too many people.  Thanks for listening!

 

 

Mar 26, 2018

In this episode, the girls return to talk about the Women's World Championships and Canada's victory over Sweden to claim the gold medal.  Discussions about Jill's retirement and leaving the game at the top of the world, Jennifer's ability to be on her game for all the biggest moments, and how even the best teams make strategy errors (there's hope for us all!).  The girls chat about some of the men's switch ups and how differently they handled the break ups from the women.  With all the "power teams" forming there is a discussion on the lack of top quality skips and the impact that will create here in Canada.  Lastly, there is an interview with the co-founders of Klutch Curling and their new system to help curlers improve their skills.  Enjoy the laughs!

Mar 13, 2018

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!

Mar 8, 2018

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!

Mar 5, 2018

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!

Feb 27, 2018

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!

Feb 16, 2018

In this special mini pod episode, the girls weigh in on Team Canada's "burned rock controversy".  Is it a controversy? 

Feb 14, 2018

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!

Feb 6, 2018

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. 

Jan 30, 2018

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!

Jan 23, 2018

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!

Jan 17, 2018

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!

Jan 8, 2018

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!  

Dec 24, 2017

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!

Dec 12, 2017

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!

Dec 11, 2017

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!

Nov 30, 2017

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!!

Nov 24, 2017
  • In this latest episode the girls discuss the recent Boost National GSOC, the new requirements necessary to take a 5th player to the Olympics and the US Olympic Trial process and winners.  Then the girls interview Julie Tippin, recent winner of the Road to the Roar, about their experience in PEI.  We discuss her team and coach, how they felt heading into the RTTR and what their thoughts are going forward to Ottawa for the Olympic Trials.  We end the interview with a fun game called "either, or" to see Julie's preferences on various items.  Enjoy!
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