CURLING Preview: Boost National underway in Newfoundland

The fourth of seven legs on the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling Tour is the Boost National in Conception Bay South, Newfoundland (CAN) this week, with teams still trying for a win that will qualify them for the season-ending Humpty’s Champions Cup. The finalists through the first three legs:

Men:
Elite 10:
1. Brad Gushue (CAN)
2. Reid Carruthers (CAN)

Masters:
1. John Epping (CAN)
2. Kevin Koe (CAN)

Tour Challenge:
1. Brad Jacobs (CAN)
2. Brendan Bottcher (CAN)

Women:
Elite 10:
1. Anna Hasselborg (SWE)
2. Silvana Tirinzoni (SUI)

Masters:
1. Anna Hasselborg (SWE)
2. Rachel Homan (CAN)

Tour Challenge:
1. Rachel Homan (CAN)
2. Tracy Fleury (CAN)

“The National” is one of the four original “major” events on the tour, along with the Masters and later tourneys including the Canadian Open and Players Championship. It started in 2002, with Glenn Howard (CAN) as the first victor. The women’s division was added in 2015, with Rachel Homan the first champion.

Defending champs are Bruce Mouat (SCO) and Jennifer Jones (CAN). This year’s National has a $125,000 prize purse for both divisions, with the winners getting $30,000. Look for match results and standings here.

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