Monday, September 14, 2015



The season got underway in Oakville ON from Sept 3 – 7, 2015.   This is a great fun event with several top men’s and women’s teams taking part.  Defending men’s champions Mike McEwen decided to skip this event and begin their season in Paradise NL for the new GSOC Tour Challenge event.  On the women’s side, defending champions Silvana Tirinzoni were on hand to try and defend their title.

Several Hardline teams were there to begin their season.  On the men’s side: Reid Carruthers, Steve Laycock, and Brad Gushue, who were both making their Hardline debuts.  On the women’s side: Silvana Tirinzoni, Chelsea Carey, Allison Flaxey, Jacqueline Harrison, Caitlin Romain, and Courtney George.

This event gave Hardline the opportunity to meet all our teams, take some on ice action photos (see our Hardline Curling Equipment Facebook page), and wish them all a great curling season!  We also got to spend some social time with Team Reid Carruthers, Team Caitlin Romain, and Team Doug Brewer, Hardline supporters!  Thanks for your hospitality!
Out for dinner with Team Reid Carruthers

Caitlin Romain and Kim Tuck enjoying dessert
Enjoy the Blue Jays game with Team Doug Brewer

A little birthday dinner with Team Caitlin Romain

On the women’s side, Team Silvana Tirinzoni with new coach Gerry Adam qualified for playoffs, beating Anna Hasselborg in the quarterfinals, before losing the semi finals to eventual winners Rachel Homan.

On the men’s side, it was a great event for our teams.  Carruthers, Laycock and Gushue all made the playoffs and each won their quarterfinal games.  In one Hardline battle semi- final, Gushue defeated Laycock 8-6, while Carruthers held off Jim Cotter by a score of 5-4 in an extra end.  

This set up a Hardline battle final between Gushue and Carruthers, which Gushue won by a 5-3 score.  With the win, they joined a number of teams that won their first event playing with the icePad! 

Congratulations to all our teams!