Team Homan and Team Jacobs Claim the Tour Challenge Crowns in Thunder Bay
– Live coverage of the Boost National begins December 13 on Sportsnet and Sportsnet NOW –
THUNDER BAY, ON (November 11, 2018) Drawing world-class curling action in Canada’s Gateway to the West to a close, Team Homan (Ottawa) and Team Jacobs (Sault Ste. Marie, ON) have captured the Tour Challenge Tier 1 titles at the Thunder Bay Tournament Centre. Additionally, Team Stern (Oberwallis, Switzerland) and Team Muyres (Saskatoon) claimed titles following Sunday’s Tier 2 finals.
In the Tier 1 women’s competition, Team Homan collected its eighth career Grand Slam crown following an 8-4 victory over Team Fleury (East St. Paul, MB) in front of a sold-out crowd on Sunday afternoon. Along with the title, Team Homan takes home $20,000 of the $100,000 women’s purse.
“It feels amazing. It was such a great week here in Thunder Bay,” said second Joanne Courtney. “We had a really strong performance from start to finish and it was nice to be able to come out with a win today.”
On the men’s side, Northern Ontario’s own Team Jacobs captured its first title of the 2018-19 season after downing Team Bottcher (Edmonton) in a close 6-5 battle. In addition to the Tour Challenge title, Team Jacobs receives $20,000 of the $100,000 men’s purse and qualifies for the Humpty’s Champions Cup, the final Grand Slam event of the 2018-19 season in Saskatoon
“We played great all week. It’s been a long time for our team since we’ve won anything and winning never gets old,” said skip Brad Jacobs. “To do this in Northern Ontario, it means a lot to us, and hopefully everybody enjoyed the show. That’s what we’re here to do, we’re here to entertain and do special things for Northern Ontario. All around, a great week.”
In Tour Challenge Tier 2 action, Team Stern edged out Team Yoshimura (Sapporo, Japan) in the women’s final in a 6-5 battle, followed by Team Muyres’ 8-3victory over Team McDonald (Kingston, ON) in the men’s final. Along with the Tier 2 titles, Team Stern and Team Muyres each collect $10,000 in prize money and a berth in the Meridian Canadian Open in North Battleford, SK in January 2019.
The next event of the 2018-19 Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling season is the Boost National, set to get underway on Tuesday, December 11 in Conception Bay South, NL. The fourth of seven events on the Grand Slam calendar, the Boost National will shine the spotlight on 30 elite men’s and women’s teams as they face-off in the Conception Bay South Arena.
Additional events in the 2018-19 Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling series include:
- Boost National – Conception Bay South, NL (Dec. 11-16, 2018 at Conception Bay South Arena)
- Meridian Canadian Open – North Battleford, SK (Jan. 8-13, 2019 at Civic Centre)
- Players’ Championship – Toronto (April 9-14, 2019 at Ryerson’s Mattamy Athletic Centre)
- Humpty’s Champions Cup – Saskatoon, SK (April 23-28, 2019 at Merlis Belsher Place)
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