The international six day event came to a close Sunday the Glenn Howard defeating Kevin Martin and Rachel Homan defeating Eve Muirhead.
Homan Beats Muirhead (sportsnet)[excerpt] Rachel Homan has successfully defended her Grand Slam of Curling’s Masters title after defeating Scotland’s Eve Muirhead in the final Sunday night in Abbotsford, B.C.
Muirhead, the reigning world champion, trailed by one in the final end and needed shot rock to grab a steal to stay alive but couldn’t knock off Homan’s stone and the Ottawa rink won 7-5.
Homan, the 2013 Canadian champion, finished the round-robin with a 2-2 record but defeated Winnipeg’s Chelsea Carey 5-1 in the tiebreaker, earned a 6-3 victory over Edmonton’s Heather Nedohin in the quarter-finals and then reached the final with a 6-3 win against Switzerland’s Mirjam Ott. [source]
Howard defeats Martin To Win Grand Slam
[excerpt] Glenn Howard fired an incredible raised takeout to score four and defeated Edmonton’s Kevin Martin to win his sixth career Grand Slam of Curling Masters championship Sunday in Abbotsford, B.C.
Howard’s slash shot broke open a 2-2 tie game in the fifth and the native of Penetanguishene, Ont., went on to win 7-4 after Martin ran out of rocks in the eighth end.
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Howard, Martin to meet in Masters final (Sportsnet)
[excerpt] Glenn Howard needed an extra end to top Winnipeg’s Jeff Stoughton and punch his ticket to the final of the Grand Slam of Curling’s Masters tournament in Abbotsford, B.C.
The Penetanguishene, Ont., native held the hammer and his final shot hit-and-stick gave him a 4-3 victory in Saturday’s semifinal.
Howard faces Edmonton’s Kevin Martin with a chance to earn his sixth Masters title.
30 men’s and women’s teams have been competing competing for a combined purse of $200,000. The Masters is the final international Grand Slam of Curling Event prior to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
“We are excited to be bringing a world class event like The Masters Grand Slam of Curling to Abbotsford,” said Global Spectrum’s Jason Blumenfeld, General Manager of the Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre, “It is not only a great opportunity for the local community to embrace the event, but the entire Greater Vancouver Area.”
“The City of Abbotsford is looking forward to having this high profile event right in our own backyard,” said Mayor Bruce Banman last week, “The Grand Slam of Curling is a fantastic opportunity for the city to get international exposure as teams and spectators from all over the world will be in attendance, enjoying all that our community has to offer.”
Tickets for The Masters Grand Slam of Curling are on sale now. Single draw tickets start at $15 while full event passes are $175 plus applicable service charges. All tickets will be available at the AESC box office, charge by phone at 1-866-977-2372, or online at www.abbotsfordcentre.ca.