Team Lyburn

Team Lyburn 2014/15

We were so inspired by Team Lyburn’s perseverance to succeed last year, we decided to sponsor them again this year. We have high hopes for them and are excited to follow their journey on the road to Olympic trials. Good luck Team Lyburn we’re cheering for you!

Team Lyburn 2014 team photo

Meet the Team

William Lyburn – Skip

William Lyburn – Skip

William has been a member of curling’s elite since emerging from the junior level, where he was Scotland’s National Junior champion. He has competed in numerous Manitoba Provincial Championships and finished 3rd in two of the last three years. William has participated in the Grand Slam Events and has qualified into the final 8 team championship round once. Also along the way he has won World Curling Tour events and numerous Manitoba Curling Tour events. William was the all-star skip at the Provincial Championships and 5th man for Team Manitoba at the 2012 Tim Horton’s Brier. 2012/13 was a year that got Team Lyburn back into the grand slams and higher in the rankings for Canada. In 2013/14 the team just narrowly lost out in the semi finals of the provincial championship. This father of two is the General Sales Manager for Krevco Lifestyles.

Richard Deneault - Third

Richard Deneault - Third

Richard has many accomplishments through his curling career that includes 2 time Manitoba Provincial champion 2008 & 2012, Tim Horton’s Brier bronze medalist 2012, and competitor 2008. He was an Olympic pre-trials competitor in 2010. Richard has participated in many Grand Slam Events and has qualified into the finals many times. He has won numerous World Curling Tour and Manitoba Curling Tour events. Richard, a father of one is a Mechanical Designer for Sperling Industries and is excited to join Team Lyburn in their quest for success. 

Andrew Irving – Second

Andrew Irving – Second

Andrew has been curling since the age of 11. Since then he has had many accomplishments throughout his curling career including winning the 2007 Manitoba Junior Men’s provincial championship and representing Manitoba at the Canadian Junior National championships. Andrew represented Manitoba at the 2003 Canada Winter Games and the Optimist International Championships. He has competed with success in World Curling Tour and Manitoba Curling Tour events. Andrew is a journeyman carpenter and is excited to join Team Lyburn in their journey to the top.

Danial Gagne – Lead

Danial Gagne – Lead

Danial has been around the game of curling since before he learned to walk. As a fourth-generation curler, he started curling competitively at the age of 10 and has been playing at high levels ever since. Danial was the 2012 Dominion Provincial Champion and was the Junior Provincial finalist in 2009 and 2010. Danial competed in the 2013 Manitoba provincials and made it to the final 8 team championship. This Business Analyst for Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries is very excited to join Team Lyburn.

Gerry Sande – Coach

Gerry Sande – Coach

Gerry has a Ph. D from the University of Waterloo. He was a faculty member in the department of psychology at the University of Manitoba until he just recently retired. He has received multiple teaching awards and is a nationally certified coach in the sports of curling and softball. He has decided after this past season with Team Lyburn to take a full-time role with this team.

Updates from the Team

Team Lyburn keeps us updated on how they are doing. We feel like part of the team!

December 1, 2014

This past weekend we played in the Safeway Berth Bonspiel in Neepawa. We showed great team tenacity on difficult ice conditions and completed the event undefeated. We have our spot in the Provincial Championships to be held in Brandon in February. This is a team picture taken after our win. Next weekend we play in a cash spiel at the Thistle Club, and the following weekend we play in an important event, the Manitoba Curling Tour Championship to be held at the Assiniboine Memorial Curling Club.


October 21, 2014

We had an outstanding weekend at the Canad Inns Classic in Portage la Prairie. In what was by far the toughest field of the year, a field that included several national and world champions and Olympic medalists, we made it to the semifinals. The game that got us to the playoffs was a barn-burner against Team China in which the team played exceptionally well and William made several spectacular shots that led to two 4-enders. We then won our quarterfinal game against Jeff Stoughton, former national and world champion. We made several giant leaps forward and will work to carry that momentum into the second half of the season.

Team Lyburn

October 16, 2014

The curling season is officially here and in full swing now. We have played 4 events and although the results have been below our expectations we have beaten some Olympians along our way and lost some close battles. The last 4 events have been tough on us but we will be better off for it as we have experienced what great teammates we are to each other during some tough losses. We can put those events behind us and chalk them up to learning experience. Now here we are, ready to roll in Manitoba for the first event this year in the province to be held this weekend in Portage La Prairie, MB. Lots of great teams will be there, but I think we are ready to take a run this weekend. Please feel free to come out and cheer us on and meet the team if it works out for you. Games are Friday, Saturday, Sunday with the championship round on Monday.

Upcoming Events:
Swan River Nov 7- 10
Morris Nov 21-23
Berth Bonspiel Nov 28-30
MCT Championships Dec 12-14
US Open (Minnesota) Jan 2-5 (tentatively)

Rest of Schedule TBD…

Thanks again,

Team Lyburn

October 15, 2014:

We are working our way through that difficult period of adjustment that all new teams face. But attitude and work ethic is good, and I expect we will start getting the results we want soon.


September 17, 2014:

We played our first event the weekend of September 3rd in Oakville, ON. It was our first event together as a new team. Since then we have been practicing diligently and are really coming together. We play this weekend in Brockville in the Shorty Jenkins Classic. In our group we will be playing the former world champion and Olympic medalist Swedish team and the Olympic silver medalist Scottish team, among others.

Here is the rest of our schedule for this fall.

Sept 18 – Sept 21:  Brockville – the AMJ Campbell Shorty Jenkins Classic

Sept 25 – Sept 29:  Saskatoon – the Point Optical Classic

Oct 9 – Oct 13:  Edmonton – the Direct Horizontal Drilling Fall Classic

Oct 16 – Oct 20:  Portage – the Canad Inns Men’s Classic

Oct 30 – Nov 2:  Berth Spiel – tentative

Nov 7 – Nov 10:  Swan River – the White’s Drug Store Classic

Nov 13 – Nov 17:  Dauphin – tentative, the Clinic Pharmacy Cash Spiel

Nov 19 – Nov 24:  Morris – the Dekalb Superspiel

Dec 8 – Dec 14:  Yorkton – hoping to qualify, the Canadian Open Slam Event

Jan 7 – Jan 11:  Perth, Scotland – tentative, the Perth Masters

It is an ambitious schedule that represents a significantly increased commitment to our goal of making the next Olympic trials.