Botcher And Homan To Play Curling Finals
Curling 2021 is fast shaping up to be the year of Brendan Bottcher vs Kevin Koe. Botcher pulled a repeat stunt on Sunday in another all-Alberta game when he beat Koe 6-2 while booking a berth in the men’s curling final of the Humpty’s Champion Cup. For the women, it had been Ottawa’s Rachel Homan to book a spot in the championship.
This will not have been the first time Bottcher has knocked off Koe this year. He did the same earlier this year to win the Canadian men’s championship. He’ll next face Scotland’s Bruce Mouat in the Grand Slam of Curling finals on Monday – this after Mouat edged Bread Gushue 5-4 in St. John’s semi-final.
Bottcher is the current defending Champions Cup titleholder.
Next: Homan Vs Tirinzoni
In the women’s event, it had been Homan getting her own back from Kerri Einarson. After Einarson outranked Homan in the final of the Canadian women’s championship earlier on in the season, Sunday’s victory would have been only sweet for latter.
The other semi-final saw Silvana Tirinzoni (Switzerland) outplay Tracy Fleury’s Manitoba 7-4. This means the Swiss defending champion will on Monday get to face it off with 2018 champion Homan. Since the last Champions Cup had been played in 2019, Tirinzoni’s title defense will look slightly different to what is the norm.
Tirinzoni certainly remains a force to be reckoned with, despite a lengthy period away from the championships action. The Swiss curler put up a stellar show for Switzerland at the 2018 Winter Olympics after reigning victorious in convincing fashion in the 2017 Swiss Olympic Curling Trials.
Curling’s New Reality
This year’s Champions Cup is the first of two Grand Slams, as well as the fifth curling event, to be staged in a spectator-free bio bubble with a controlled environment. The sport’s Grand Slams offer a combined $560,000 in total prize money and features both international and domestic sides.
Representing Canada at the upcoming World Championship from April 30-May 9 as well as the World Mixed Doubles Championship, which is set to be played later in May, will be Kerri Einarson. She’ll be competing in the doubles in Aberdeen alongside curling partner Brad Gushue.
The Grand Slam of Curling returned to its Calgary bubble a week later than scheduled over four incidents of false positives.
Curling Canada has in the meantime announced that all future events will follow the same strict health and safety protocols that were established during the first tour of the year.