Tuesday, 28 May 2019

2019 #GoldenGranite Award Winners

#BetweenTheSheets: Golden Granite Award Winners
The full list of who took home the big awards this season

With this season introducing many new #GoldenGranite Awards to centre ice, it made more sense to have one blog post just focused on the announcement of the winners and nominees.

ICYMI the introduction to this year's award ceremony, including a few highlights of this past blogging season, can be found HERE.

There will be 15 awards presented this season. The first award was presented in the introduction blog post: Social Team of the Year. The remaining 14 awards will be revealed here with a new category announced daily. Check back each day to see the next category nominees and winner.

Lets get to it.....

Monday, 27 May 2019

2019 #GoldenGranite Awards

#BetweenTheSheets: The 2019 Golden Granite Awards
Returning categories. New categories. More nominees. More winners.

With the Arctic Cup competition coming to a completion this past weekend, the 2018/19 curling season has come to an end. O-FFIC-IAL-LY!!!

When we add it all up the season will be one for the history books. But how will it be remembered? The first post-Olympic season is always a wild card year. The Olympic cycle does not start. New teams are formed. Old teams have one last season to figure out if they still like each other enough to make a run at the next Winter Olympics. And change can prove successful or halted before sliding too far into the game.

Who were the big winners of the season? Who waved the ultimate #TeamUpset flag? What nations stood out? And who underperformed? What were the hot topics and cold misses of the year? There is only one way to answer all these questions.

Welcome to the #TwineTime Annual Golden Granite Awards!

Friday, 3 May 2019

#PowerRankings FINAL

#BetweenTheSheets: Last. One. Standing.
Who stands alone on the apex as #1 for the 2018/19 season?

The time has come. The moment were we collectively shed some tears. The stones are being put away. The ice is melting. The broom bags are in the closet. And the smelly gear, from jersey to pants to lucky socks and boxers, are FINALLY going to get washed! Ok maybe some of those tears are a result of bad odor and are tears of joy from those around us.

A curling season that began back in August 2018 has come to a close in May 2019. 10 months folks. 10 months of competitive curling. Amazing.

There has been a lot of talk about the length of the curling season but lets save those conversation for the off-season. We have a few months to debate new ideas and theories. Plus we will *probably* have some major #FreeAgentFrenzy to discuss. But not today curling fans. Today we celebrate a season which enters the history books.

As the sun sets on the 2018/19 curling season, which teams and which nation stand tall above everyone else as #1? Time to find out rock heads.

Wednesday, 24 April 2019

#ChampionsCup Preview

#BetweenTheSheets: Champions Cup Preview
Saying goodbye and a final delivery to the 2018/19 curling season

🎵🎵 Goodbye my friend
I know you're gone, you said you're gone
But I can still feel you here
It's not the end
Gotta keep it strong
Before the pain turns into fear
So glad we made it
Time will never change it, no no no 🎵🎵

Oh the memories. We have had a season of up's and down's rock heads but it is the end of April. The inevitable is now upon us. We must deliver our final stone of the curling year and say goodbye to the 2018/19 season.

As the Spice Girls song above references, we knew it was coming. We knew it would happen. But it doesn't mean the feeling is any less sad. From celebratory fist bumps to consolation hugs, from cheers to tears, it has been quite the year. But we must keep our head's up, our brooms on the ice and our sliders clean to remember the moments of the season. Results aside, we celebrate the sport of curling for another year.

Welcome to the Champions Cup! The event to close out the season and help us say goodbye. Before emotions take over, lets get excited one last time and close out this year with a bang....or a triple runback in-off double? Anyone?!? Bueller?

Friday, 19 April 2019

#WMDCC2019 Preview

#BetweenTheSheets: Mixed Doubles Relegation?
Historic 48 nations competing this year but change is coming

Easter weekend is upon us. April is almost over. May is right around the corner. Can you believe it rock heads? Our curling season is actually coming to a close.

The final world championships of the year will take place this week in Stavanger, Norway when the World Mixed Doubles and World Senior Curling Championships hit the ice. The season began in August and here we are late April preparing to crown our final world champions.

I'm not crying....you are crying. Lets get to it...