What has been an entertaining week of curling in North Battleford comes to an end Sunday as the Grand Slam of Curling’s Canadian Open wraps up.
The men’s final is between Brendan Bottcher of Edmonton and Toronto’s John Epping. Bottcher advanced to the final defeating Brad Gushue 6-5 by scoring two in the 8th end in a rematch of last year’s Tim Hortons Brier final in Regina.
— Team Bottcher (@TeamBottcher) January 13, 2019
Bottcher has gone unbeaten at the triple knockout event all week while Epping had to qualify through the “C” event to get to the final which is his second on the Grand Slam circuit having previously won the Masters. Epping defeated Niklas Edin of Sweden 9-1 in the other semi-final game. This will also be Bottcher’s second appearace in a GSOC final this year as he lost the Tour Challenge final to Brad Jacobs.
In the women’s bracket, the final has Switzerland’s Silvia Tirinzoni against Rachel Homan. Tirinzoni beat Scotland’s Eve Muirhead in one semi-final 8-4 while Homan got past American Nina Roth 6-4.
It has been quite a roll for Homan on the GSOC circuit this year as she finished runner-up at the Canadian Beef Masters, captured the Tour Challenge and Boost National trophies back-to-back and is now one win away from becoming the first women’s skip to hit double-digit title wins in the series. The 29-year-old Homan is currently tied with Winnipeg’s Jennifer Jones at nine Grand Slam of Curling women’s championships each.
The winners of Sunday’s game each receive $30,000 and a berth at the Champions Cup which will go in Saskatoon later this year.