Molding Doesn’t Plan to Decide on Curling Plans Until New Years | The Canadian News

Curling’s free agent Darren Molding has had “some discussions” about potential plans for this season since his departure from Team Bottcher and said he will take time before making a decision.

Molding was fired by the reigning men’s national champions on Friday night, less than a week after the team missed the playoffs at the Canadian Olympic curling events.

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The wording of a team statement announcing the move was hotly contested by Molding, kicking off an extended news cycle over the weekend as the perceived causes of the split were relayed separately by the veteran third and stir fry Brendan Bottcher.

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“I think it’s important to me that everything gets resolved first,” Molding told The Canadian Press on Thursday. “So for me, I’m listening and communicating, but I won’t make any decisions until the New Year.”

Team Bottcher changed the statement on Sunday. References to molding taking time away from sport and leaving for personal reasons were removed.

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The midseason lineup change was a huge surprise considering the team is preparing to defend its title from Tim Hortons Brier. Bottcher’s Edmonton-based team will be Team Canada in competition March 4-13 in Lethbridge, Alta.

Molding will not be using the Maple Leaf at the Enmax Center, but still hopes to compete in the event.

“I’m sure I’m at the Brier in Lethbridge as a player and I’m exploring ways to do it,” he said from Lacombe, Alta.

Molding said he was pleased that the team changed their statement and reiterated that he was proud of their accomplishments over the past four seasons. While maintaining his comments, he added that he wanted things to be handled “a little cleaner.”

“What we jumped into was completely unnecessary,” he said.

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The high-profile division was one of the top online sports stories in Canada from Friday night to Monday afternoon. Bottcher, who appeared on a Curling Canada conference call Sunday, did not immediately name a new third.

Leader Karrick Martin, second Brad Thiessen and coach Don Bartlett declined to speak publicly about the team’s developments, the federation said, preferring to reserve comment until a replacement is named.

Full program

Brad Gushue has not ruled out playing in the Newfoundland and Labrador men’s pitcher next month on the eve of the Beijing Olympics.

Gushue, who won Olympic gold in 2006, won last month’s trials in Saskatoon for the right to represent Canada at the Winter Games, which begin on February 4.

His team would reserve a spot in the Brier 2022 by winning the competition on January 24-30 at the Re / Max Center in their hometown.

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Gushue said in a text message that the team plans to make a decision near the start of a five-day training camp scheduled to begin on December 16. The NLCA has hinted to the end of its field to decide, he added.

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Jennifer Jones will skip the Canadian women’s team at the Games. The mixed doubles team will be determined from December 28 to January 28. 2 trials in Portage la Prairie, Man.

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Last chance

Team Rachel Homan has entered a last-chance qualifier for the Ontario championship, needing to win one of three remaining spots for a chance to wear the provincial colors again at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts.

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An open double knockout qualifier from December 17-19 in Guelph, Ontario, will be used to complete the eight-team provincial field.

Homan, a three-time national champion, reached the final in the last two Scotties, but lost to Kerri Einarson both times.

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The Ontario Curling Association used to provide automatic entry for a reigning provincial champion if that team won the national title, but that was dropped at the request of players about five years ago, CurlON CEO Stephen Chenier said in an email.

The association implemented a model Canadian team classification system more than three years ago, he said, but that qualification process was changed this season due to the pandemic and travel problems.

Homan could have qualified for the provincial playdowns in last month’s testing, but Jacqueline Harrison, a pre-testing entry, earned the spot by finishing ahead of her in qualifying.

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Teams could also qualify through winnings from three major Ontario-based events this season, but Homan did not participate in any of those competitions or a cashspiel qualifier earlier this month.

Provincial playdowns are scheduled for January 5-9 in Thornhill, Ontario. The winner will represent Ontario from January 28 to February 28. Scots 6 in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

COVID cancellation

The World Curling Federation canceled the 2022 Mixed Doubles World Qualifying Event as a result of evolving travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The January 4-9 open-entry competition in Angus, Scotland, aimed to qualify four additional teams for next year’s world championship. WCF said its rules and competitions commission will now review the qualification process.

Canada has already qualified for the event on April 23-30.

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