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Gim, Tirinzoni stay undefeated heading into HearingLife Tour Challenge playoffs

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. — South Korea’s Team Eun-Ji Gim and Switzerland’s Team Silvana Tirinzoni are all tuned up for the HearingLife Tour Challenge playoffs.

Both teams will enter the women’s quarterfinals for the first Grand Slam of Curling event of the season with unblemished 4-0 records.

Gim wrapped up her round-robin schedule with a 6-2 win over Japan’s Team Satsuki Fujisawa and Tirinzoni downed Sweden’s Team Isabelle Wranå 8-1 during Draw 13 Friday morning at the Gale Centre.

While it’s all clear sailing for Gim and Tirinzoni, Fujisawa and Wranå were both eliminated from playoff contention with 1-3 records.

Team Tabitha Peterson of the United States also finished at 1-3 but ended on a high note with a 7-3 victory over Team Rebecca Morrison of Scotland. Morrison is still in the mix for now with a 2-2 record.

Canada’s Team Kaitlyn Lawes is also hanging around at 2-2 after holding off Norway’s Team Marianne Rørvik 8-6.

Lawes was a roll leading 6-0 after four ends until Rørvik rallied with a huge five count in the fifth. Things settled down after that with singles back and forth in six and seven. Lawes held the hammer coming home and tacked another point on the board in the eighth.

HEARINGLIFE TOUR CHALLENGE: Scores/Standings | Draw Schedule | Broadcast Schedule


• Team Ryan Wiebe 8, Team Cameron Bryce 6

• Team Rylan Kleiter 8, Team Daniel Casper 7

• Team Marco Hösli 5, Team Mike McEwen 3

• Team Catlin Schneider 9, Team Yusuke Morozumi 4


The HearingLife Tour Challenge continues with Draw 14 at 11:30 a.m. ET / 8:30 a.m. PT on Sportsnet and streaming online at Sportsnet+ (Canada) and Yare (international).


The HearingLife Tour Challenge includes 32 men’s teams and 32 women’s teams in two tiers of action. Tier 1 features the top teams from around the world. Tier 2 features the next group of teams in the rankings with the winners earning promotions into the Co-op Canadian Open later this season. … Round-robin play wraps up Friday evening with the top eight teams in each division qualifying for the playoffs. … If teams are tied for the final playoff spots, their draw-to-the-button shootout totals will determine who advances. … The quarterfinals and semifinals are scheduled for Saturday with the finals set for Sunday.