Playoffs are set!

[Corrected with proper time for Women’s semi-final game on Friday]

With the conclusion of Men’s round-robin play, the playoff picture is set.

On the Men’s side, teams Shuster and Clark have clinched the #1 and #2 positions respectfully, and will play each other in the Men’s Page Playoff draw, which will be Friday at 9:00 AM PST.

For the 3-4 Page playoff, team Birr has clinched the #3 seed, but #4 is a tie between teams Brown and Fenson, who will face each other in a tie-breaker game tonight at 8:00 PM PST. The winner of that draw will face Birr Friday at 9:00 AM PST.

The Women’s playoff draws were determined earlier this morning. Team Sinclair clinched the #1 seed during round-robin, and will advance directly to the Finals. Teams Roth and Potter will play in the Women’s semi-final game Friday at 2:00 PM PST.

We’ve updated our competition schedule page with the updated draw information.

10 thoughts on “Playoffs are set!

  1. In football playoffs, the #1 plays off against #4 and #2 plays against #3, so if #2 is really better than their next closest opponent, they will end up in either first or second instead of third or fourth. Why are #1 & #2 seeds playing one another in the semis?

    1. Hi Terry,
      In curling we use a different playoff format called a Page playoff. In a Page system, the top 2 seeds play each other in a double elimination format, and the bottom 2 seeds in a single elimination.

      The result is that the winner of 1/2 will advance directly to the Finals, while the loser will go to the semi-finals.

      Meanwhile, the loser of the 3/4 is eliminated, and the winner of the 3/4 advances to the semi-finals to face the loser of the 1/2. The winner of that semi-final match advances to the finals to play against the winner of the 1/2.

      So it is entirely possible that 1/2 will face off in the Page playoff game, then again in the finals if the loser wins the semi-final match.

      The system is designed to reward seeding by giving the top 2 seeds an advantage by having 2 chances to advance to the finals, whereas the 3 and 4 seeds are in single elimination. It’s different than the tradition single elimination seeding format (1 v 4, 2 v 3), but provides a bigger advantage to the top 2 teams.

      Hope that helps explain it!

  2. I hope you can clarify the time of the women’s semi-final on Friday. This post says it will start at 11:00 am but the competition schedule shows it starting at 2:00 pm. Also, I want to confirm that the men’s semi will start at 7:00 pm. Thank you!

    1. Thank you for the question! You are absolutely correct that the post had the wrong time. The women’s semi final game is at 2:00 PM PST. We’ve corrected the post to include the correct time.

      The Men’s semi-final will start at 7:00 PM PST.

      Thanks for keeping us honest!

  3. What’s the situation as regards to what teams will represent us at the Worlds? I know it’s not just a case of who wins these national championships.

    1. It’s a complicated situation. 🙂

      From what I understand, on the Men’s side if it is Clark v. Shuster in the final, the winner will go to Worlds.
      If Birr beats Clark in the semi-final, then Shuster is the World representative no matter the outcome of the final.

      On the Women’s side we’re still trying to figure it out. 🙂

    1. Hi Nicholas,
      I believe the 12th end guys have archives of all of the broadcasts through the USA Curling website.

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