Team (Gunner) Gunnlaugson 2016-2017

We were proud to sponsor Team (Gunner) Gunnlaugson for the 2016/17 season.Team Gunnlaugson

 

GOAL: To qualify for the 2017 Olympic Pre-Trials

HOME CLUB: Granite Curling Club

WHAT’S UNIQUE ABOUT THE TEAM: Three team members are eligible to compete at the Junior level and will be competing for back-to-back Canadian Juniors titles.

 

Meet the Team

 

Watch the video for a full introduction.

 

Skip – Jason Gunnlaugson 

Skip-Jason GunnlaugsonJason started curling at 5 years old and has been hooked on the sport ever since. Jason has many accomplishments through his curling career that include 2010 Russian National Champion, 2013 Canadian Olympic Trials Finalist, 2009 Canadian Trails Participant, 2009 Road to the Roar Qualifier. 11 time Grand Slam Participant and 2012 Masters Grand Slam Finalist. Jason is a small business owner of DV Painting and is very excited to go back to the skipping position next season.

 

Third – Colton Lott

Colton Lott - ThirdColton has been curling since he was 7 years old. He started curling competitively in the 2010-2011 season winning a bronze medal at the Canada Winter Games. He is a 2012, 2013, 2016 Provincial Junior Champion and a 2016 Provincial Men’s finalist. Colton is also a 2012 Canadian Junior bronze medalist and 2013 & 2016 Canadian Junior gold medalist. Representing Canada in 2013 and 2016 he came home with a World Junior bronze medal both times. Colton is looking forward the transition into men’s curling and the opportunity to play against the highest level of competition.


Second – Kyle Doering

Kyle Doering - SecondKyle has been a curling enthusiast since he started the little rocks program at the age of 6. Since then his long list of accomplishments includes skipping teams to 2 Sixteen and Under Provincial Championships, 2011 Canada Winter Games bronze medalist, 2 time Optimist international gold medalist, 2012 Manitoba Junior provincial champion and bronze medalist at the 2012 Canadian Junior Championships. Kyle then switched to the second position where he won the 2016 Manitoba Junior Provincial Championship, 2016 Canadian Junior Championship, and a bronze medal at the 2016 World Junior Championships. Kyle has also experienced success on the World Curling Tour and was a runner up at the Manitoba Men’s Provincials in 2016. Kyle is extremely excited to begin this next chapter in his curling career with Team Gunnlaugson.


Lead – Rob Gordon

Robbie Gordon - LeadRob has been curling for 8 years and within that relatively short span of time has accomplished many things in the sport of curling. Rob has qualified for the Manitoba Junior men’s Provincial Championships 7 times and won the Provincial title in 2016. He went on to win the National title at the Canadian Junior men’s Championship and won a bronze medal while representing Canada at the World Junior Championships in Tarnby, Denmark. While still eligible for junior competition, Rob has also experienced success at the men’s level winning both a World Curling Tour and Manitoba Curling Tour event along with being the 2016 Manitoba Men’s Provincial Championship runner-up. He is excited to join Team Gunnlaugson and play full time on the World Curling Tour next season.


Coach – Gerry Sande

Ggerryerry 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.

 

Team Updates

Provincials Update

We were so proud of our young curlers. They made it to the semi-finals in the Manitoba Men’s Championships! Although McEwan took first spot, Team Gunner put up a great fight. Way to go guys!

Click here to view the final results.

 

January U21 Provincials Update!

Rob, Kyle and Colton shot the lights out all week at the St. Vital and Pembina Curling Clubs in Winnipeg from January 1st – 6th. They were the class of the field all week, with big wins including the 1 v 1 page game to make it directly into the final. Added to the team for the week was Skip Braden Calvert and coach Tom Clasper. In the final the squad got nipped by JT Ryan, a strong albeit surprising new Manitoba Junior Champion.

Colton Lott took over the lead in most games played and most games won at the Manitoba Juniors (Career)

Coach Tom Clasper won his record 5th Coach of the event award.

Losing this final was very hard on all members of the team, but with the excitement of the Men’s Provincial Championship starting in Portage in one month we are already begging plans to get back to our peak level and improve on our career best runner up position for the event.

The Team has added the Buffalo Buster Classic event in Beausejour in late January as a tune up for the Men’s Provincials.

Thank you for all your support,

Jason Gunnlaugson
Team Gunnlaugson

 

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*** Mid Season Update ***

We’ve officially ended our bonspiel season for the calendar year 2016 and are looking forward to the holiday season and being well rested for the new year, and the looming Play-down season.

The first half of the season was fantastic as we achieved some of our significant goals. We currently sit within the top 10 in Canada and top 15 in the World. Due to these rankings we have already secured our spot in the Olympic Pre – Trails for next season. We also received an invite to the Canadian Open Grand Slam hosted by Sportsnet. In a cruel twist of fate, the team ( minus Jason ) has a conflict with that event and the Manitoba Juniors where they will look to defend their Manitoba and Canadian Championship from last year. While obviously improving on our Bronze Medal at the worlds.

 

In other exciting news the team has been invited to South Korea for a week before Christmas to train with the Korean National Team. This will be a fantastic trip, as well as a great opportunity to prepare for the upcoming World Junior Championship that is being held in South Korea at the newly built Olympic Venue.

Happy Holidays,

Team Gunnlaugson

 

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

We have a weekend off coming up and everyone is excited to get some rest and practice in.

We played this past weekend close to home, the team was extremely exhausted mentally after so many events in a row, but the fact we had so much support at the club all weekend made it an extremely fun weekend.

We rolled thru the qualification section of the event at 4-1 with one strange game where nothing went our way Friday evening. We were not at our best, but a good effort in our 4 wins and a good tie-breaking shootout got us thru in 3rd place out of the 24 rinks.

In the playoffs against the defending champions of the event we came out very flat, got down 4 fairly early and then clawed all the way back to 1 down playing 8. The opponent made a nice double for the win and our event ended.

We were able to secure a few more ranking points and a modest payday, but this event was about the families, friends and local sponsors. We felt overwhelmingly supported and our cheering section was among the largest every game.

The event marked the first event for our Coach Gerry Sande to be able to be in attendance. He will be at most of our events going forward as we really try and focus on improving over the next few seasons.

Up Next:
Edmonton, AB Oct.7-10 – More fun playing with the best teams in the world ( Triple Knockout format )
First Game is Friday @ Noon Winnipeg Time

Pre-Season Ranks for Team Gunnlaugson

OOM ( World ) 2 Year – 23th
OOM ( World ) YTD – N/A
CTRS ( Canada ) 2 Year – 13
CTRS ( Canada ) YTD – N/A

Current Ranks:

OOM ( World ) 2 Year – 18th
OOM ( World ) YTD – 2rd
CTRS ( Canada ) 2 Year – 12
CTRS ( Canada ) YTD – 1st

It looks likely we will lose our top spot on this years CTRS during our off week, so we will be extra motivated to have a great showing in Edmonton.
Thank you!
Jason Gunnlaugson
Team Gunnlaugson

 

Monday, September 19, 2016

Our second trip was this past weekend to Cornwall, Ontario. We competed in the Shorty Jenkins Classic after legendary ice maker Shorty Jenkins. The field was stacked with top teams 13 of the top 15 in the world.

We started off with a huge come from behind win against the 2-time world champions Team Edin of Sweden. We then beat Team Allen and lost a close one to Team Gushue ( Current #1 in the world ) on Friday. On Saturday we required two huge wins to make the playoff round. We played our best day of the season, winning fairly comfortably over both Team Laycock and Team Van Dorp.

We qualified for the playoffs at 4-1 and lined up with Team Edin. We controlled early Sunday morning, but some key steals in ends 3 and 4 flipped control and we lost a tough one.

All in all a fantastic weekend, we were really able to analyze what we needed to improve to compete and win often against the top teams. We come back for a nice break in Winnipeg ready to improve our game and entertain the hometown fans at the Granite Mother Club Classic!
Up Next:

Granite Mother Club Classic – Sept 22nd – 25th. We will be the top ranked team in the event.

Our Draw times for the Round Robin are:

Thursday @ 6PM
Friday @ 3PM
Friday @ 9PM
Saturday @ Noon
Saturday @ 6PM
Playoffs all day Sunday if we qualify.

Pre-Season Ranks for Team Gunnlaugson:

OOM ( World ) 2 Year – 23rd
OOM ( World ) YTD – N/A
CTRS ( Canada ) 2 Year – 13
CTRS ( Canada ) YTD – N/A

Current Ranks:

OOM ( World ) 2 Year – 19th
OOM ( World ) YTD – 3rd
CTRS ( Canada ) 2 Year – 12
CTRS ( Canada ) YTD – 1st

This massive start for the team will be challenged in the coming weeks as more and more of the top teams play extra events.

Thank you!

Jason Gunnlaugson
Team Gunnlaugson

Monday, September 12, 2016

Thank you for your support of our young up and coming team. We couldn’t do what we do without you!

Our first trip was this past week ( 10 Days ) to Toronto, Ontario. We competed in three events during our stay.

We started with the first tour stop in North America at the Oakville Curling Club. We went 3-1 in the round robin and qualified for the playoff round. In the quarters, we won Sunday morning before losing out in the Semi Final.

No rest for the squad, as the next day we began competing in the Performance Spider Midweek Classic. Jason had double duty in this event as he was running the event as well as competing in it with the team.

We started off slowly with an early loss before a big win to qualify B-side. We really hit our stride and played the best curling on the trip during the playoff run the next day winning three big matches in a row, capped off with a championship victory over Jason’s former teammates in Team Lyburn.

The last event this past weekend was the Stu Sells event in Toronto. Again we had an early loss before running the table to finish 3rd overall in the round robin. In the playoffs, we had an unfortunate loss against the reigning US champions in the quarter-final that left us a very motivated team going into our next event.

Up Next:
Shorty Jenkins Classic in Cornwall, Sept 15-18. This event features the top 12 teams in the world and will be a true measuring stick for the team.

Pre-Season Ranks for Team Gunnlaugson:

OOM ( World ) 2 Year – 23rd
OOM ( World ) YTD – N/A
CTRS ( Canada ) 2 Year – 13
CTRS ( Canada ) YTD – N/A

Current Ranks:

OOM ( World ) 2 Year – 19th
OOM ( World ) YTD – 4th
CTRS ( Canada ) 2 Year – 12
CTRS ( Canada ) YTD – 1st

This massive start for the team will be challenged in the coming weeks as more and more of the top teams play extra events.

Thank you!

Jason Gunnlaugson
Team Gunnlaugson