Alberta Curling Tour

Breaking down the 2021-22 Excel Points Race

November 26, 2021

All events on the Alberta Curling Tour this season are eligible for Excel Points, which is Curling Alberta’s points system to qualify teams for the Alberta Curling Tour Championship. Success early this season will give teams the bonus of pre-qualifying for our men’s and women’s combined provincial championships in Grande Prairie, AB!

How will it work?
Five men’s teams and four women’s teams will pre-qualify for the combined provincial championships. First, teams will qualify based on their year-to-date point totals on the World Curling Team Rankings lists (three men’s and three women’s teams). Next, teams will pre-qualify based on their success on the Alberta Curling Tour this season (two men’s and one women’s). The rest of the provincial field will be filled through Curling Alberta’s provincial qualifiers.

Women’s Pre-Qualifiers (these are confirmed):
WCR Qualifiers: Team Walker (91.443 points), Team Rocque (84.628 points), and Team Scheidegger (64.306 points)
Excel Points Race Qualifier: Team Sturmay (56.87 Excel Points)

If the Provincial Pre-Qualifier deadline was today…(these are not final totals)

WCR Qualifiers: Team Koe (157.633 points), Team Jacques (59.0312 points), and Team Sturmay (51.542 points)
Excel Points Race Qualifiers: Team Harty (57.37 Excel Points), and Team Molberg (41.98 Excel Points)

Congratulations to Team Walker, Team Rocque, Team Scheidegger, and Team S. Sturmay for qualifying for women’s provincials with their early season success! Team Sturmay, out of the Saville Community Sports Centre, earned their way with a semi-final finish in Red Deer this past weekend. The other three teams, who are all competing in the Canadian Curling Trials, have earned their berths through World Curling Rankings points. They will be seeded after the conclusion of the provincial qualifiers on December 6.

The first provincial qualifier takes place in Fort Saskatchewan this weekend. Top seeds Team Hilker and Team Sherrer will each look to earn one of two spots in the provincial championships, with seven others looking competing for a spot in Grande Prairie.

In the men’s category, no team did more for their provincial pre-qualifying chances last weekend than Team Jacques. With an undefeated weekend culminating in a steal in the 10th end of the championship final, Team Jacques has propelled themselves into Alberta’s second place on the WCR’s Year-to-date standings, and has all but assured themselves of a provincial pre-qualifier spot. Team Koe, Team Sturmay, and Team Harty are also almost certain to pre-qualify, with Team Molberg left as the bubble team heading into the next Alberta Curling Tour event: the Mile Zero Cash in Dawson Creek. On the verge of a takeover, Team Appelman and Team Cross need success in Dawson Creek to avoid competing in the provincial qualifying events.

Important Dates:
November 5-7
– Alberta Curling Series – Men’s and Women’s @ Rose City Curling Club (Camrose, AB)
Champions – Team Molberg (AB) and Team Scheidegger (AB)
November 12-14 – Alberta Ladies Open (Okotoks, AB)
Champion – Team Gim (KOR)
November 12-14
– Original 16 WCT Bonspiel (M) (Calgary, AB)
Champion – Team Tardi (BC)
November 19-22 – Vesta Energy Classic (M & W) (Red Deer, AB)
Champions – Team Jacques (AB) and Team Fujisawa (JPN)
November 22
– Women’s Provincial Pre-Qualifier Deadline
Qualifiers – Team Walker, Team Rocque, Team Scheidegger, and Team S. Sturmay
November 25-28
– Women’s Provincial Qualifier (Fort Saskatchewan CC)
November 26-28 – Mile Zero Cash Spiel (M) (Dawson Creek, BC)
November 29 – Men’s Provincial Pre-Qualifier Deadline
December 2-5 – Women’s Provincial Qualifier (Vulcan CC)
December 2-5 – Men’s Provincial Qualifiers (Fort McMurray CC, Spray Lakes Sawmill Family Sports Centre, and Grande Prairie Curling Centre)

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Curling Alberta is excited to pilot the Alberta Curling Tour for the 2021-2022 curling season! The Alberta Curling Tour coordinates a schedule of men’s, women’s, and mixed doubles events within Curling Alberta’s borders.

The Alberta Curling Tour has been created for three main purposes:
1. To Extend the Curling Season 
– increasing the number of events in each category (events stretching into early April)
– increasing parity among the categories, giving a reason for teams to compete within Alberta
2. To Establish Consistent Event Standards
– requiring all events to meet our minimum requirements in order to be included on our tour
– creating a schedule of events that will remain consistent from year to year, allowing curling clubs and teams ample opportunity to plan their season
3. To Create a Tour Championship (Men’s and Women’s)
– to reward teams for competing and excelling on the Alberta Curling Tour
– to finalize and celebrate the 2021-2022 curling season

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