Cowan, Solberg to take on NWT

There was a bit of controversy in the curling community this time last year when Jon Solberg, business manager of the Whitehorse Curling Club, decided to play for NWT's Team Koe, eventually defeating Yukon's Team Cowan.

There was a bit of controversy in the curling community this time last year when Jon Solberg, business manager of the Whitehorse Curling Club, decided to play for NWT’s Team Koe, eventually defeating Yukon’s Team Cowan for a spot at the Tim Hortons Brier.

This time around Solberg is skipping for his own team out of the Yukon, but to get to the Brier his team will have to defeat both NWT and Cowan in playdowns February 6-9 in Whitehorse.

“We had lots of fun and we enjoyed ourselves curling as a team out there,” said Solberg, speaking of this past weekend. “There was no pressure and there is absolutely no pressure at these levels, so it just makes it that much more enjoyable for us.”

However, it is looking like Team Cowan, headed by Whitehorse’s Chad Cowan, will have the advantage, taking first in the 2010 Yukon Men’s Championship last weekend at the Whitehorse Curling Club.

“It was a great weekend – both Jon Solberg and myself had 5-1 records,” said Team Cowan’s second, Wade Scoffin. “They were great games and we did do a tiebreaker process.

“All three of the games were really close and we had good competition from the other teams that were in the playdown as well.”

The Cowan and Solberg teams defeated Team Paslawski and Team Zealand in round-robin play to find themselves in a tie for first with 5-1 records. Going to a tiebreaker, Team Cowan won 7-4 taking a 2-0 lead after one end and more or less maintaining the spread.

“We then just exchanged points back and forth, so we maintained that buffer,” said Scoffin. “There wasn’t one big thing that happened. We just kept the lead we had by having the last rock advantage from the beginning of the game and just went from there.”

As a result, Team Cowan will be the Yukon’s No. 1 and Solberg’s will be No. 2 as they welcome NWT teams yet to be determined for a playdown to get to the Brier, Canada’s men’s curling championship, being held March 6-14 in Halifax.

Joining Cowan and Scoffin on the team are James Buyck throwing third and lead Clint Ireland. On Team Solberg are Robert Smallwood throwing third, Douglas Gee throwing second and lead Darol Stuart. Every member of both teams has made a trip to the Brier at one point or another. Team Cowan went to the Brier in 2008, going 2-9 at the championships.

“Darol Stuart and I went to the Brier in 2002 together,” said Solberg.

The Yukon also had a women’s team in Yellowknife last weekend vying for a chance to represent both territories at the 2010 Scotties Tournament of Hearts.

Taking on two NWT rinks in a triple round-robin, Yukon’s Team Grant, headed by Whitehorse’s Leslie Grant, ended the robin tied with the NWT rinks, forcing a tiebreaker.

Facing NWT’s Team Cormier in the tiebreaker, Team Grant lost 8-5 after going up 2-1 to start the third end. The win gave Team Cormier the ticket to the Scotties.

Contact Tom Patrick at

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

City of Whitehorse’s Selkirk pump house on Selkirk Road in Riverdale on Jan. 26. Whitehorse city council decided Jan. 25 that there will be no advantage for local firms planning to submit proposals for the final report and design of a second barrier water treatment project for the Selkirk pump house. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
No local content weighting on pump house contract

Work will see design for water treatment system

The Yukon Workers’ Compensation Health and Safety Board is issuing $10 million in rebates to employers this month. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
Yukon employers to receive $10-million in rebates from Workers’ Compensation Board

Eligible employers will receive cheques based on total premiums paid in 2020

Connie Peggy Thorn, 52, pleaded guilty Jan. 27 to manslaughter in the 2017 death of Greg Dawson. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Whitehorse woman pleads guilty to manslaughter in death of Greg Dawson

Connie Thorn, 52, was arrested in October 2019 and pleaded guilty in Supreme Court on Jan. 27.

Abigail Jirousek, left, is tailed by Brian Horton while climbing a hill during the Cross Country Yukon January Classic in Whitehorse on Jan. 23. Jirousek finished second in the U16 girls category. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
Cross Country Yukon hosts classic race

Cross Country Yukon hosted a classic technique cross-country ski race on Jan.… Continue reading

Yukon Premier Sandy Silver talks to media on March 5, 2020. The Yukon government said Jan. 25 that it is disappointed in a decision by the federal government to send the Kudz Ze Kayah mining project back to the drawing board. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Territorial and federal governments at odds over Kudz Ze Kayah mine project

The federal government, backed by Liard First Nation, sent the proposal back to the screening stage

Solstice Ciderworks’ Haskap Cider that has been recalled. (Solstice Ciderworks Facebook)
Haskap cider recalls

If you have a case of ciders sitting at home that you’ve… Continue reading

Yukon RCMP’s Historial Case Unit are seeking the public’s help locating Bradley MacDonald, a 42-year-old man who has been missing since Aug. 5, 2019. (RCMP handout)
Historical Case Unit seeks man missing since 2019

Yukon RCMP’s Historial Case Unit are seeking the public’s help locating a… Continue reading

Yukon RCMP said in a press release that they are seeing an increase in tinted front passenger windows and are reminding people that it is illegal and potentially dangerous. (RCMP handout)
RCMP warn against upward trend of tinted windows

Yukon RCMP are seeing more vehicles with tinted front passenger windows, prompting… Continue reading

An arrest warrant has been issued for a 22-year-old man facing two tickets violating the <em>Civil Emergency Measures Act</em>. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
Arrest warrant issued for CEMA violation

An arrest warrant has been issued for Ansh Dhawan over two tickets for violating CEMA

The office space at 151 Industrial Road in Marwell. At Whitehorse city council’s Jan. 25 meeting, members voted to sign off on the conditional use approval so Unit 6 at 151 Industrial Rd. can be used for office space. (John Hopkins-Hill/Yukon News file)
Marwell move set for land and building services staff

Conditional use, lease approved for office space

The bus stop at the corner of Industrial and Jasper Road in Whitehorse on Jan. 25. The stop will be moved approximately 80 metres closer to Quartz Road. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
UPDATED: Industrial Road bus stop to be relocated

The city has postponed the move indefinitely

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police detachment in Faro photgraphed in 2016. Faro will receive a new RCMP detachment in 2022, replacing the decades-old building currently accommodating officers. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
Faro RCMP tagged for new detachment

Faro will receive a new RCMP detachment in 2022, replacing the decades-old… Continue reading

In a Jan. 18 announcement, the Yukon government said the shingles vaccine is now being publicly funded for Yukoners between age 65 and 70, while the HPV vaccine program has been expanded to all Yukoners up to and including age 26. (
Changes made to shingles, HPV vaccine programs

Pharmacists in the Yukon can now provide the shingles vaccine and the… Continue reading

Most Read