CurlManitoba held a berth bonspiel for both the 2024 Scotties presented by RME and the 2024 Viterra Championship this past weekend. The event was hosted by the Gimli Curling Club and had 7 teams participate in each event.
In the Women’s event, Rhonda Varnes (Manitou) and Kristy Watling (East St. Paul) qualified out of the A event. Emma Jensen (Heather) and Rachel Kaatz (AMCC) qualified through the B event. In the page playoff, Varnes and her team beat Kristy Watling to move directly to the final. In the 3vs4 game, Emma Jensen and her team took control of the game against Kaatz to move onto the semi-final against Watling. It was Watling who came out on top of this match to set up a rematch of the 1vs2 game earlier in the day. This time it was Kristy, along with Laura Burtnyk, Emily Deschenes and Sarah Pyke that outlasted Rhonda Varnes and came away with a 7-5 win. The Watling team will participate in the 2024 Scotties Tournament of Hearts presented by RME January 23-28, 2024 in Morden, MB.
In the Men’s event, Brett Walter and Devon Wiebe qualified out of the A event to meet in the 1vs2 page playoff game. Walter’s team won the game to move directly to the final, while Wiebe had to then play in the semi-final against Justin Reynolds and his team from Winnipeg Beach. Reynolds had beaten Emerson Klimpke (Stonewall) earlier in the day in the 3vs4 game to move onto the semi-final. As in the women’s event, a rematch between Brett Walter (AMCC) and Devon Wiebe (Fort Rouge) was set after Wiebe beat Reynolds. In the final, it was Brett Walter and his team of JT Ryan, Graham McFarlane and Hugh McFarlane that earned the berth to the 2024 Viterra Championship that will be held in Stonewall, MB from February 6-11, 2024.