SASKATOON (April 28, 2019) Bringing a close to the 2018-19 Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling season, Team Bottcher (Edmonton) and Team Tirinzoni (Aarau, Switzerland) have claimed top honours at the Humpty’s Champions Cup in Saskatoon – the seventh and final event of the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling series.
On the men’s side of the draw, Team Bottcher captured its third consecutive Grand Slam crown following a 6-5 victory over Battle of Alberta rival Team Koe (Calgary) in the men’s final on Sunday. With this win, Team Bottcher takes home $40,000 of the $125,000 men’s purse for the victory.
“It’s amazing”, said skip Brendan Bottcher. “We’ve had such a great year, such a great 2019 and I think it’s so fitting we had to battle right down to the end against Koe. It feels great going into the summer now knowing we’re on the top and we’ve just got to keep doing what we’re doing and we’ll have some success.”
In women’s action, Team Tirinzoni captured its second Grand Slam title following a 6-3 victory over Team Einarson (Gimli, Manitoba). In addition to the Humpty’s Champions Cup title, Team Tirinzoni collects $40,000 of the $125,000 women’s purse and a berth in the Humpty’s Champions Cup next season.
“We didn’t play very well last Slam so this was a great recovery and a great finish to a great season”, said skip Silvana Tirinzoni. “You almost don’t know what to say. It’s been such an amazing first season with that team. I’m really, really happy.”
The Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling tour returns for the 2019-20 season in North Bay, ON with the Canadian Beef Masters on October 22-27. Here is the schedule for all six Grand Slam events next year, with ticket information available online:
• Canadian Beef Masters – North Bay, ON (October 22-27, 2019 at North Bay Memorial Gardens)
• Tour Challenge – Pictou County, NS (November 5-10, 2019 at Pictou County Wellness Centre)
• Boost National – Conception Bay South, NL (December 10-15, 2019 at Conception Bay South Arena)
• Meridian Canadian Open – Yorkton, SK (January 14-19, 2020 at Gallagher Centre)
• Players’ Championship – Toronto, ON (April 7-12, 2020 at Ryerson’s Mattamy Athletic Centre)
• Humpty’s Champions Cup – Olds, AB (April 21-26, 2020)
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