Local favourites Team Brad Gushue will kick off their quest for the BOOST National men’s title by taking on Team Scott McDonald in the first round-robin draw.
The BOOST National is the third event and second major of the 2019-20 Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling campaign — featuring 15 of the top men’s teams and 15 of the top women’s teams from around the world — and runs Dec. 10-15 at CBS Arena in Conception Bay South, N.L.
Team Gushue, from St. John’s, have finished runners-up at the first couple Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling events this season, could the third time be the charm?
Gushue has won 11 titles in the series including two at the BOOST National.
Pinty’s Cup men’s champions Team Kevin Koe and Masters men’s winners Team Matt Dunstone also clash in the opening night’s draw.
Team Jennifer Jones face Team Satsuki Fujisawa, Team Silvana Tirinzoni take on Team Isabella Wrana and Team Kerri Einarson play Team Casey Scheidegger in women’s action during Draw 1.
Scheidegger (maternity leave) is out of the lineup and lead Kristie Moore will move up to skip the squad.
A combined prize purse of $300,000 is on the line with the winners earning $35,000 plus berths to the season-ending Humpty’s Champions Cup in Olds, Alta. Points are also up for grabs towards the Pinty’s Cup, which is awarded to the season champions in the series following the conclusion of the Players’ Championship in April.
BOOST National Draw Schedule
|Tuesday, Dec. 10|
|7 p.m.||1||Gushue vs. McDonald||Koe vs. Dunstone||Einarson vs. Scheidegger||Jones vs. Fujisawa||Tirinzoni vs. Wrana|
|Wednesday, Dec. 11|
|9 a.m.||2||Silvernagle vs. Stern||Mouat vs. McEwen||Schwaller vs. Matsumura||Hasselborg vs. Yoshimura||Epping vs. De Cruz|
|12:30 p.m.||3||Tirinzoni vs. Rocque||Jacobs vs. Bottcher||Paterson vs. McDonald||Fleury vs. Carey||Muirhead vs. Fujisawa|
|4:30 p.m.||4||Edin vs. Schwaller||Yoshimura vs. Silvernagle||De Cruz vs. Howard||Homan vs. Stern||Einarson vs. Jones|
|8:30 p.m.||5||Koe vs. Paterson||Muirhead vs. Scheidegger||Fleury vs. Wrana||Gushue vs. Dunstone|
|Thursday, Dec. 12|
|9 a.m.||6||Epping vs. Mouat||Edin vs. Matsumura||Howard vs. McEwen||Jacobs vs. Schwaller||Hasselborg vs. Stern|
|12:30 p.m.||7||Fujisawa vs. Scheidegger||Rocque vs. Wrana||Tirinzoni vs. Carey||Koe vs. McDonald||Homan vs. Yoshimura|
|4:30 p.m.||8||Bottcher vs. Matsumura||Epping vs. Howard||Jacobs vs. Edin||Hasselborg vs. Silvernagle||Gushue vs. Paterson|
|8:30 p.m.||9||De Cruz vs. McEwen||Dunstone vs. McDonald||Jones vs. Muirhead||Einarson vs. Fujisawa||Fleury vs. Rocque|
|Friday, Dec. 13|
|9 a.m.||10||Homan vs. Silvernagle||Mouat vs. Howard||Carey vs. Wrana|
|12:30 p.m.||11||Dunstone vs. Paterson||Einarson vs. Muirhead||Epping vs. McEwen||Tirinzoni vs. Fleury||Bottcher vs. Schwaller|
|4:30 p.m.||12||Carey vs. Rocque||Mouat vs. De Cruz||Hasselborg vs. Homan||Jones vs. Scheidegger||Yoshimura vs. Stern|
|8:30 p.m.||13||Tiebreaker (if nec.)||Jacobs vs. Matsumura||Koe vs. Gushue||Bottcher vs. Edin||Tiebreaker (if nec.)|
|Saturday, Dec. 14|
|9:30 a.m.||14||Tiebreakers (if necessary)|
|1:30 p.m.||15||Women’s Quartefinals|
|5 p.m.||16||Men’s Quarterfinals|
|8:30 p.m.||17||Men’s & Women’s Semifinals|
|Sunday, Dec. 15|
|1:30 p.m.||18||Men’s Final|
|5:30 p.m.||19||Women’s Final|