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Provincial Champs Win DEKALB SuperSpiel Finals

Tuesday Nov 17 2015

Manitoba’s reigning provincial champions are this year’s champions of the DEKALB SuperSpiel in Morris. Reid Carruthers and Jennifer Jones and their teams won the Monday afternoon final games over challengers from out-of-province.

Carruthers and his East St. Paul team (Braeden Moskowy, Derek Samagalski, Colin Hodgson) posted a 6-2 final game win over Charley Thomas and his Alberta team to win the 8th annual event. Carruthers and his team earned $10,000 while the Thomas foursome cashed a cheque for $6,000. The two teams move into the top 15 on the men s rankings for the Manitoba Curling Tour presented by Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries.

The two teams share the 13th place in the rankings.

Semifinalists Dennis Bohn-Assiniboine Memorial (6-4 loss to Carruthers) and Gustav Eskilsson-SWE (4-3 loss to Thomas) each won $3,0000. Bohn moved to #7 on the MCT rankings (up from #8) while Eskilsson and his team make their first appearance on the MCT list.

The four quarter-finalist picked up $2,000 each. Matt Dunstone-Granite moved to #5 on the rankings list (up from #7); Alex Forrest-East St. Paul improved to #9 (up from #12); William Lyburn-Granite moved to #11 (up from #14); and at #24, Mike McEwen-Fort Rouge moved into the top 25 for the first time.

Despite not qualifying for the playoffs in Morris, Daley Peters-East St. Paul, Taylor McIntyre-Granite, Jared Kolomaya-Stonewall, and David Bohn-Granite retained the top four ranking positions respectively.

TOP TEN - MCT MEN’S RANKING (November 23 – Week 9)


Skip Name

Home Club

Ranking Points*
(5 Events)

$$$ Winnings**


Daley Peters

East St Paul




Taylor McIntyre***





Jared Kolomaya***





David Bohn





Matt Dunstone





Scott Ramsay





Dennis Bohn

Assiniboine Memorial




Kelly Marnoch





Alex Forrest

East St. Paul




Kody Hartung

Langenberg, SK




William Lyburn***





Curtis McCannell

Pilot Mound




Reid Carruthers

West St. Paul




Charley Thomas

Calgary, AB




Braden Calvert

Deer Lodge



  *Ranking Points include January March qualifying events
**   $$$ Winnings are for events beginning September, 2015
*** has a provincial championship berth

In the Women’s final Jennifer Jones-St. Vtal (Kaitlyn Lawes, Jill Officer, Dawn McEwen) defeated Erika Brown-USA 8-4 to win the final game. Jones took the $10,000 champion’s purse while the Brown team earned $6,000. The championship,  along with a runner-up finish at their only other Manitoba event – the Canad Inns Classic, moved Team Jones to #11 on the MCT Women’s rankings. It is their appearance in the top 15 in 2015.

The Brown foursome’s finalist finish and $6,000 cheque moved them into the 14th ranking position, also their first appearance in the top 15.

Barb Spencer, who lost the semi-final  6-1 to Jones, improved to #3 (from #7) on the MCT Rankings list. Allison Flaxey-ON lost the other semi-final  7-5 to Brown and moved onto the rankings list for the first time at #28. The two semi-finalists each earned $3,000.

The quarter-finalists, who cashed cheques of $2,000, were #2 Darcy Robertson-Rossmere (up from #3); #7 Joelle Brown-Assiniboine Memorial (up from #10); #15 Cathy OvertonClapham-Fort Rouge (first time in the top 15); and Shannon Kleibrink-AB.

Top ranked Kim Link-East St. Paul did not compete but retained the top position.

MCT WOMEN'S RANKING (November 17- Week 8)







Kim Link - East St. Paul




Darcy Robertson - Rossmere




***Barb Spencer - Assiniboine Memorial




***Shannon Birchard - St. Vital




Michelle Wiens (Montford) - Assiniboine Memorial




Kristy McDonald - Granite




Joelle Brown - Assiniboine Memorial




Kerri Einarson - East St. Paul




Beth Peterson - Fort Rouge




Jennifer Clark-Rouire – Granite




Jennifer Jones – St. Vital




Janet Harvey - Granite




Jill Thurston - Granite




Erika Brown - USA




Cathy Overton Clapham – Fort Rouge




Megan Armit - Granite


 *Ranking Points include January March qualifying events
** $$$ Winnings are for events beginning September, 2015
*** has a provincial championship berth

Next on the Manitoba Curling Tour schedule are the Men’s & Women’s  Sunova Spiels at East St. Paul, November 27-29.

Carruthers-Thomas, Jones-Brown Finals in Morris: Reid Carruthers defeated Dennis Bohn 6-4 and Charley Thomas beat Gustav Eskilsson 4-3 to set up a Carruthers-Thomas final game in the men's division of the DEKALB SuperSpiel. In the women's section, Jennifer Jones (6-1 over Barb Spencer) will play Erika Brown (7-5 over Allison Flaxey.                  

Manitobans Assured in DEKALB Finals: Quarterfinal results have assured the appearance of a Manitoba team in the final games of both the men's and women's DEKALB SuperSpiel in Morris. On the men's side, Reid Carruthers (6-5 over Mke McEwen) will play Dennis Bohn (7-3 over Alex Forrest) and Gustav Eskilsson (5-4 over William Lyburn) will play Charley Thomas (7-4 over Matt Dunstone) in semifinal action. In the women's event, Jennifer Jones (9-5 over Darcy Robertson) will play Barb Spencer (6-5 over Joelle Brown) and Erika Brown (7-4 over Shannon Kleibrink) 7will play Allison Flaxey (6-3 over Cathy Overton-Clapham). Semifinals are set for 12:45 (CDT) in Morris.

McEwen-Carruthers Quarterfinal in Morris DEKALB SuperSpiel: Reid Carruthers and Mike McEwen and their Manitoba teams meet in a quarterfinal game at the Morris DEKALB SuperSpiel Monday after McEwen defeated Kody Hartung-SK (6-2) in a late qualifier game Sunday evening. At the same time, Dennis Bohn-MB beat Josh Heidt-SK (6-3) to advance to the playoffs against Alex Forrest-MB and Gustav Eskilsson-SWE (7-1 over Daley Peters-MB) advanced against William Lyburn-MB. In the fourth quarterfinal, Matt Dunstone-MB meets Charley Thomas-AB.

In the Women's DEKALB, Manitoba teams won all three of their opportunities to qualify. Barb Spencer (6-5 over Jacqueline Harrison-ON), Darcy Rovertson (5-3 over Michele Jaeggi-SUI), and Cathy Overton-Clapham (5-4 over Cathy Auld-ON) all advanced. The fourth qualifier was Shannon Kleibrink-AB (5-4 over Cory Chistensen). In the Monday quarterfinals, Robertson plays Jennifer Jones-MB, Spencer plays Joelle Brown-MB, Kleibrink plays Erika Brown-USA, and Overton-Clapham plays Alison Flaxey-ON.

(SUNDAY UPDATE #1) Five More Qualifiers in Morris DEKALB SuperSpiel: Manitoba teams skipped by Reid Carruthers, Matt Dunstone,and Joelle Brown along with Charley Thomas(AB) and Allison Flaxey (ON) have qualified for the playoff round of the DEKALB SuperSpiel. In the men's division, Carruthers defeated Mark Kean-ON (6-2) in a B-Qualifying game. Later Sunday, Kean dropped to a C-Qualifying game but lost again to Charlie Thomas-AB (8-2). Dunstone defeated Mike McEwen-MB (4-3) in the other B-Qualifying game.
The other three C-Qualifier games, late Sunday, feature Daley Peters-MB vs Gustav Eskilsson-SWE, Dennis Bohn-MB vs Josh Heidt-SK, and Kody Hartung-SK vs McEwen.

In the women's division, Brown defeated Cathy Auld-ON (8-4) and Flaxey defeated Jacqueline Harrison-ON (8-3) in the B-Qualifier games. In the late Sunday C-Qualifiers,Harrison plays Barb Spencer-MB, Auld plays Cathy Overton-Clapham-MB, Shannon Kleibrink-AB plays Cory Christensen-USA, and Darcy Robertson plays Michele Jaeggi-SUI.

First Qualifiers in Morris DEKALB SuperSpiel: Alex Forrest and his East St. Paul team (Travis Bale, Ian McMillan, Connor Njegovan) and Jennifer Jones-St Vital (Kaitlyn Lawes, Jill Officer, Dawn McEwen) are the first qualifiers in the 8th annual DEKALB SuperSpiel in Morris, Forrest defeated Josh Heidt-SK (8-7EE) while Jones was a 4-3 winner over Joelle Brown-Assiniboine Memorial in the first qualifying games.

In the second A-Qualifying games William Lyburn-Granite defeated Richard Muntain-Pinawa (7-3) and Erika Brown-USA beat Jacqueline Harrison-ON (7-6) in Saturday evening games.

Qualifying for the Monday playoff continues Sunday at the Morris Curling Club.

DEKALB SuperSpiel Welcomes the World: The DEKALB SuperSpiel Committee and their many volunteers are busy preparing to welcome the world November 20 – 23, 2015.   The Official Host Sponsors, the Town of Morris and the Rural Municipality of Morris are delighted to welcome 32 men’s teams and 32 women’s teams from across Canada and around the world to the Morris Curling Rink and the Rosenort arena.

The DEKALB SuperSpiel is a competitive bonspiel on the World Curling Tour (WCT) and Manitoba Curling Tour (MCT) schedule.  Teams earn points in these events and based on points earn the right to play in the event that would qualify them to represent their country in the 2018 Olympics.  In Canada this is the event known as the Roar of the Rings (or the pre-qualifying event of the Road to the Rings).  Eligibilty for the qualifying events in Canada are based on dollars earned and points earned from the spiels.  These points are based on several factors including the number of teams playing, the ranking of the teams in the event and the level of International involvement.  The DEKALB SuperSpiel rates very high in all of these categories. 

Fans will be able to watch on the men’s event, Tom Brewster from Scotland, Wonderlin from Switzerland, Mabergs from Sweden, Seong from Korea, 4 teams from the USA National program as well as high ranked Canadian teams including Mike McEwen, Reid Carruthers, Kevin Koe, Mark Kean and William Lyburn.   In the Women’s division, fans can cheer on 2014 Olympic Gold Medalist, Jennifer Jones as well as many well know teams from across Canada including Shannon Kleibrink (AB), Sherry Anderson (SK) and Allison Flaxey (ON).  International teams include 6 teams from the USA National program including several olympians as well as Team Jaeggi from Switzerland and returning for a second year is Team Ogasawara from Japan.  Well known Manitoba teams include Kerri Einarson, Barb Spencer, Kristy McDonald and Cathy Overton Clapham to name a few

The DEKALB SuperSpiel began 8 years ago with the idea of having a first rate spiel in small town Manitoba.  The first few years the event hosted 16 men’s and 16 women’s teams.  It has grown from a struggle to fill the 16 teams to last year’s expansion to 32 women’s teams and the current year’s expansion to also include 32 men’s teams.  Not only has it doubled in size, it has had a waiting list since mid summer.  Prize moneys awarded is amongst the top 5 in Canada in both men’s and women’s events outside of the Grand Slam events.  Total purse for the event is $85,000

The DEKALB SuperSpiel strives to provide “World Class Curling and Small Town Hospitality”.  The ice is prepared in Morris by Al Gitzel and in Rosenort by Greg Ewasko and is comparable to any top level curling event.  Teams have the opportunity to play on not just curling club ice but also arena ice which is an asset in preparing the teams for their provincial or national play.  Hospitality in both Rosenort and Morris is top notch too with over 150 volunteers helping with ice preparation, driving teams, accomodations, hospitality in the players’ lounge, gate keepers and the list goes on.  It is great to have so many volunteers from across Southern Manitoba helping make the DEKALB SuperSpiel an event to remember.  Volunteers come from Morris, Rosenort, St Jean, Emerson, Lowe Farm, Altona and surrounding areas.  Thanks goes to the Volunteer Sponsor, Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries.

An event of this magnitude doesn’t happen without great community and sponsor support.  Monsanto Canada through their DEKALB seed brand has been the title sponsor since the bonspiels inception.  Meridian Manufacturing Inc is the presenting sponsor for the women’s event and Rocky Mountain Equipment, Case IH is the presenting sponsor for the Men’s event.  Curling begins at 8:30 am on Friday, November 20th with 6 draws on Friday and Saturday, 5 draws on Sunday beginning at 9 am.  Monday has the Championship round of play and begins at 9:30 am with the finals taking place at 4 pm.  The final game will declare the Champions to see whose names go on the DEKALB SuperSpiel trophies and who walks away with the $11,000 top payout for the men and $10,000 top payout for the women.  Come on out and enjoy the great games and “small town hospitality”.   Great media support helps make this event a success. (for more information visit the Morris Curling Club website at or call Co-chairs Lorne & Chris Hamblin 204-712-5842 or 204-746-3330)

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